Close your eyes and imagine if you will, a world 200 years in the future. A world where democracy does not flourish. A world where our freedoms have expired in favor of a massive socialist or Muslim collective. Now imagine what the children are reading in their history books. Perhaps they are reading how General Colin Powell rose up against the system in creating an atmosphere of war against our way of life. Would they read of how he oppressed the Muslim world with his ideas of democracy? Yes, more than likely.
What brought this rant on?
A friend of mine did a post yesterday that mentioned Robert E. Lee. So Lee's bio was still fresh on my mind when a documentary came on TV about Lee and The Civil War. Two statement set me off. "Some people mistakenly argue that the war was over States Rights and not slavery. Rights to do what? Keep slaves." and "Lee was an unashamed slave owner that led... "
To the first I say, Yes, among other things.
The Constitution made slavery legal and gave the government the right to tax slaves bought, sold, imported, or exported. It also protected indentured servitude, a form of slavery widely used in the north.
The Confederacy made the import and export of slave into the state illegal all together.
They did add "or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves," to the fact that Congress could not issue ex post facto laws.
Some other changes:
The president was given "Line-Item Veto" authority.
Limit wasteful government spending
Congress was prohibited from offering bounties
Limit Congress' ability to engage in "Trade Wars". Passing laws that were good for industry but not for agriculture. The main reason for the succession.
Limit a Congressman's ability to siphon large amounts of money back into his own district
The Post Office had to support itself
Super-majority required for all spending bills
All spending bills had to be rigidly defined
Banned the use of "Riders" on bills
Other than these, the states were to have soul discretion of law making. These are laws we need or have today.
As for the latter statement about Lee...
How could an editor let such a blatant miss truth be spoken?
You can Google this yourself.
Getting correct information in this day and age should be easy.
I started my research forty some years ago and I didn't just look in history books. There was no miss-information highway at the time.
I found books from the 1800's to gather my information from. I urge each of you to do the same. The closer to the event, the more correct the history will be. There are many books that bind newspapers from that era. These are great resources for the true history.
Find out for yourself what happened when the Union decided they had to make slavery an issue in the war. Find out when it happened.
Find out when the slaves were set free. At the end of the war, you say? Nope. The slaves owned by Southern Sympathizers were set free to punish them. No slaves in the North were set free.
Find out where the Northern Generals moved there slaves after it was made illegal.
Read what the North did to the freedmen after the war. The things the black man endured in the resurrection years will make you more ashamed than the things we did during slavery.
There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race.
I agree with Lee. There is no shame in being enslaved. The shame is on the white man that did this.