Our Evolution is Futile
I sometimes go to Aolnews.com to see what the right thinks about issues. The reporting is unbiased, but the commenters are usually right-winged.
Two news repotrs startled me. One was on a poll about the Civil War and the other was about Obama wanting to raise taxes on the rich.
In this poll, it was found that about 40% of Southerners sympathize with the Confederecy. Of the opinions that recieved positive thumbs up, they went like this:
1. Support Confederecy and slavery.
2. Support pride in the Confederecy, despite its flaws. Not just Southern pride, mind you, but Confederate pride. Because what the Confederates did was right?
3. Deny that the Confedercy split over sllavery, but “states rights”
4. Most strangely, blaim AOL for reporting the story, as it would split the country more. So, in other words, we should have completely ignored the facts.
The number of positive thumbs ups to comments that critized supporting the Confedercy? Minimal at best.
This should terrifty us. Why? Because its fucking CONFIRMED that the Confedercy seceded over slavery. They were worried that Lincoln would stop the spread of slave states.
Don’t believe me? Let the states speak for themselves!
The People of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A. D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Consitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States.
The same article of the Constitution stipulates also for rendition by the several States of fugitives from justice from the other States.
But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution.
Those States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of Slavery…
They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.
Northern anti-slavery men of all parties asserted the right to exclude slavery from the territory by Congressional legislation and demanded the prompt and efficient exercise of this power to that end.
The prohibition of slavery in the Territories, hostility to it everywhere, the equality of the black and white races, disregard of all constitutional guarantees in its favor, were boldly proclaimed by its leaders and applauded by its followers. With these principles on their banners and these utterances on their lips the majority of the people of the North demand that we shall receive them as our rulers.
These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.
It refuses the admission of new slave States into the Union, and seeks to extinguish it by confining it within its present limits, denying the power of expansion.
It has nullified the Fugitive Slave Law in almost every free State in the Union, and has utterly broken the compact which our fathers pledged their faith to maintain.
It has made combinations and formed associations to carry out its schemes of emancipation in the States and wherever else slavery exists.
She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery— the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits– a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.
The States of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa, by solemn legislative enactments, have deliberately, directly or indirectly violated the 3rd clause of the 2nd section of the 4th article [the fugitive slave clause] of the federal constitution…
They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States.
They have impoverished the slave-holding States by unequal and partial legislation, thereby enriching themselves by draining our substance.
Funny how the word “slave”, “slavery”, and similar variations appear 82 times for a group of states who only fought to keep “state’s rights”. Yeah: their “right” to own slaves.
Nobody who actually knows the facts says that slavery was not a major cause of the creation of the Confedercy and heance the Civil War. Not the only cause, granted, but a major cause.
The people who say otherwise are either willingly ignorant, because they refuse to believe America could do something wrong (unless you are a Democrat), or, as some comments indicated, they outright support the Confedercy and its actions.
Another article that irritated me, perhaps even more, was one where Obama declared he wanted to “cut spending, raise taxes on the wealthy”. Sounds good to me.
Now, some people said it was just a lie. Fair enough. Some people have said it is a bad policy. I disagree, but fair enough. But some people called him a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist and/or a Communist.
Seriously, I am voting for Obama in 2012 on this attack alone. If these people decide to act like children, then I am going to fucking act like a child.
Communism, BY ITS DEFINITION, is a classless system that has control of means of production and ownership of private property, attempting to lead to a stateless system. It is generally atheistic and culturly to left.
Socialism, BY ITS DEFINITION, is a system that controls means of production
Fascism, BY ITS DEFINITION, is a system somewhere inbetween Capitalism and Communism (the third position). They do NOT believe in a eventual stateless system and were AGAINST complete control of private property, heavily AGAINST a classless system. They were religious and were culturly to the right. I.E. – There were reasons they hated each others guts.
And what has Obama done that hasn’t been done by past presidents to warrant these terms? Fight for health care for all, bailout companies, and encourage raising taxes on the rich.
Does it mean he wants to get rid of private ownership, get rid of classes, and have the goverment control means of prduction? No, but that doesn’t stop people from whining. Goverment intervention does NOT equal Communism and it never has. People who want the economy deregulated aren’t anarchists. Obama is not going to get rid of capitalism just because he belives that the rich should pay more taxes.
These peope just want to fearmonger, on the grounds that calling someone a socialist/Commie is the ultimate insult, the epitome of being un-American. Of course, they love some forms of “socialism”. Don’t give us a public option, but don’t touch are Medicare! Goverment handouts are evil, but I need my social security check! I want the goverment to get out of our lives, but I don’t think gays should marry! The goverment should not restrict our freedom, unless you are a member of a union!
But that’s America for you. Yell at people with baseless attacks and hope some of them stick.