In a brief and well done video, Colonel Ty Seidule, the Head of the West Point History Department, completely destroys the Neo-Confederate Myth that the Civil War was about anything other than Slavery.
Watch it for yourself below:
I would say that pretty much clearly destroys all the Neo-Confederate arguments for their position that the Civil War was not about slavery.
Most reasonable people, would view this video and acknowledge that Southern Culture was, and in many respects still is based on the immoral practice of owning humans and making them work for the gain of the white community.
But, I know many here in the 6th District (most if not all would consider them conservatives) that still refuse to admit the reality we can see in the actual documents and photographs of the time.
A document I just found is perfect. Here is the link to the entire document. Alexander H. Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America, said
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth
This clearly states that the intent of seceding is to preserve slavery.
The newspapers of the time plainly said secession was about preserving slavery. Just Google it.
So why do so many here in the 6th District deny the clear and obvious truth?
Because if Southern conservatives admit the Civil War was about Slavery, they have to admit that they caused the deaths of more than 500,000. Also, many conservatives still actually believe that black are inferior (just look at their comments about Black Lives Matter as a very recent example) and that they still believe they, White Anglo Saxon Protestants, should dominate our culture (or as they call it our Christian Nation.)
And what happened when a Democratic president signed the Civil Rights Act into law? Southern conservatives abandoned the Democratic Party in droves and flocked to the Republican Party when they enacted the Southern Strategy (Google it) of nonstop dog whistle racism.
If you were raised in a family and community that explicitly believes black people are inferior sub-humans and they must be subjugated to white people, I can easily understand how you would be pretty upset that they are given equality with your WASP community.
So what do you do?
You use as much selective perception as you can muster to ignore the reality of slavery. When confronted with any discussion of slavery, you defend slavery in some of the most obtuse ways. One of my favorites that my mother-in-law likes to use to justify slavery is to suggest that blacks sold the blacks into slavery, so it must be clearly the blacks own fault.
One of my favorite parts of the video above is the point about “States Rights.” Southerners love to say the war was about States Rights, but ignore what the most important State Right they were trying to protect.
I also like the argument that it was “The War of Northern Aggression” even though Southerners fired the first shot.
GOP lawmaker calls for Biblical law: Washington state Rep. Matt Shea publishes manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law.”
In a disturbing development, Washington state Rep. Matt Shea releases a four-page Christian manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War.” The document calls for “Biblical law”, and suggests that those men who support gay marriage and abortion rights should be executed.
NBC News reports on the four page manifesto released by Shea:
It’s a radical Christian call to arms, outlining 14 steps for seizing power and what to do afterward in explicit detail. It calls for an end to abortions, an end to same-sex marriage, and if enemies do not yield and everyone obey biblical law, all males will be killed.
Washington state Rep. Matt Shea admitted Wednesday that he wrote and distributed the four-page document, called the “Biblical Basis for War,” which includes 14 sections on how biblical war can and would unfold. Shea, a Republican who represents Spokane in the state’s House, is up for re-election in the midterms next week. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rep. Shea’s Christian manifesto calling for Biblical law states:
If they do not yield – kill all males.
In an email to The Spokesman-Review newspaper, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said that he sent the manifesto to the FBI for investigation, noting:
The document Mr. Shea wrote is not a Sunday school project or an academic study. It is a ‘how to’ manual consistent with the ideology and operating philosophy of the Christian Identity/Aryan Nations movement and the Redoubt movement of the 1990s.
The goal of these groups has always been to create a white homeland consisting of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington. The ideas presented in the (biblical war) document are how these groups intend to seize control, by force, should there be a governmental collapse or civil war.
However, Rep. Shea sees nothing wrong with his manifesto calling for Biblical law and the execution of those who oppose it. In a Facebook Live video released earlier this week Shea defended his manifesto while making ridiculous claims that he is being persecuted and that the U.S. is really a Christian nation:
Bottom line: Washington state Rep. Matt Shea has published a Christian manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law.”
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Evidence Karen Handel is not bipartisan can be found in a Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy report.
The study found Karen Handel to be one of the least bipartisan House lawmakers. She was 435 out of 438 in terms of her ability to reach out to others that think differently.
This is important because in my humble perspective, since she only won the District 51% to 48%, she should be more bipartisan.
This evidence suggests Handel is not the right candidate for the 6th District.
Click here to see the report if your interested in the details
Of course, selective perception, confirmation bias, and motivated reasoning affects what conclusions one can draw from the evidence. Here is a sampling of the conclusions one might draw, given your tribal leanings.
Dems would conclude:
Handel is indeed a Trump Tool and will do whatever Trump supporters tell her to do.
She believes compromising with anyone to her left is a bad thing, not because of any reasonable policy differences, but simply because leftists are bad and you must not compromise with them.
Trump Supporters would conclude:
It does not matter what the evidence is because Georgetown is a liberal academic center. Anything they put out is biased, and anything biased from the left has to be completely ignored.
Even it is true, even if, in fact, Handel is not bipartisan, well that is a good thing. We don’t want compromise with the Lefties because they are destroying America and we need to make America Great again, like in the 1950s. For Trump supporters the ends justifies the means. Winning is the goal. Getting their agenda is the goal. Compromise is not the goal. If fact, they believe compromise got us to this terrible place to begin with.
Libertarians would conclude:
The faction within Libertarians that believe in individual freedom and understand Hayek’s writings on Central Planners, would probably agree the evidence is valid and Handel is not bipartisan. And that should disqualify her in their eyes. (This faction would follow James Maddison’s advice in Federalist Paper #10 about “factions.” Madison wrote, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” I would think Libertarians would want bipartisanship.
The racists faction within the larger Libertarian community, who don’t want the Government giving money to blacks, or having blacks in government, would say that Handel lack of bipartisanship is a badge of honor. The ends justifies the means and Handel should not compromise with those lefties, commies, socialists atheists.
Looking at the report we, the Georgia 6th District, think the report is credible enough to believe it is correct. We conclude Karen Handel is not “bipartisan.” And we further think this is a negative. We think our Representative should have the 6th District top of mind, not GOP, Dem, or Libertarian.
If there are Trump Supporters or Karen Handel supporters that want to help provide evidence that either Karen is bipartisan and the report is wrong, or it is better that she is not bipartisan, here are our questions for Karen Handel:
Does she consider the report valid? Would she say that they missed all the bipartisan things she has done?
Would she consider herself bipartisan? If so, what examples can she provide?
What has she done in our Community to reach out the 48% that voter against her?
Does she think the ends justify the means?
Of course getting honest answers from Karen, her supporters or Trump Supporters, is not likely. She/they would lie about this stuff. She is a politician, after all.
Democrats won resounding victories in Virginia and New Jersey last night — a stark reversal of fate from eight years ago, when Republicans dominated 2009’s off-year elections in those two states, foreshadowing an historic national midterm wave the following year. There may be a faint silver lining or two […]
John Kelly, Trump Chief of Staff, thinks it we shouldn’t remove Confederate symbols in a interview with on 10/31/2017.
I agree with him when he says that the push to remove Confederate symbols shows,”a lack of appreciation of history and what history is.”
So, the clear answer to really appreciate history is to add symbols of Slaves.
We have a lot of pictures of Slaves, I would think, Kelly, and others in his Tribe, should embrace history and support the presentation of what Slavery was like.
On another Learning Thread – I Disagree with Kelly
It’s important to note – I strongly disagree with Kelly on something else he said. And, I think it is important to describe how impactful his beliefs are.
Here are quotes from Kelly,
“I think we make a mistake, though, and as a society and certainly as, as individuals, when we take what is today accepted as right and wrong and go back 100, 200, 300 years or more and say…’what Christopher Columbus did was wrong,'”
“I mean, human history, our culture is an evolving thing. There will be 100 or 200 years from now people that criticize us for what we do and I guess they’ll tear down, you know, statues of people that we revere today,”
“There are certain things in history that were not so good and other things that were very, very good,” he said.
Apparently, Mr. Kelly, believes trying to determine if the Confederacy was a good or bad thing is in itself a bad thing. He strongly implies that since there were good people on both sides, we should not try to say that there bad people on both sides.
The bad people on the Union side, according to supporters of the Confederacy, wanted to illegally keep the Union together. The bad people on the Confederacy side, according to supporters of the Union, wanted to keep slavery legal.
Kelly is saying that we should not believe that keeping slavery legal is a bad thing.
this is what the study of History does.
The passion to remove these symbols shows “a lack of appreciation of history and what history is.” The study of history tries to appreciate history, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Mr. Kelly, I find your suggestion that we don’t judge slavery as a bad thing, informative as to your thinking. You did not mention
“I mean, human history, our culture is an evolving thing. There will be 100 or 200 years from now people that criticize us for what we do and I guess they’ll tear down, you know, statues of people that we revere today,” Kelly said.