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IT IS ANTI-AMERICAN NOT TO HOLD THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO ITS WORD

“…every treaty, every promise, that North Korea has ever made has been broken.”

Stephen Ganyard, ABC News contributor

According to the indigenous people of the United States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the African slaves in the United States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the indentured servants in the United States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the people of the Confederate States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to those who worked and fought on behalf of the people of the Confederate States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the field, mine, railroad, and factory laborers in the United States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the people of every state and territory in the United States, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the people of Mexico, Germany, Japan, and numerous other nations, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to the indigenous people of Palestine, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

According to a lot of people, and their descendants, this is also true of the United States, isn’t it?

It is not anti-American to hold the United States of America to its word.

It is anti-American not to hold the United States of America to its word.

REVELATIONS ABOUT THE REAL LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln is the most mythologized of all U.S. presidents. The following editorial, by Syndicated Columnist Walter Williams, includes some surprising revelations about the real Lincoln.

Does Civil War need a new name?

“We call the war of 1861 the Civil War.  But is that right?  A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776.  Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence.  Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery.  We might ask: How much of the war was about slavery?

“Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery?  Let’s look at his words.  In an 1858 letter, Lincoln said, ‘I have declared a thousand times, and now repeat that, in my opinion neither the General Government, nor any other power outside of the slave states, can constitutionally or rightfully interfere with slaves or slavery where it already exists.’

“In a Springfield, Illinois, speech, he explained: ‘My declarations upon this subject of Negro slavery may be misrepresented but cannot be misunderstood.  I have said that I do not understand the Declaration (of Independence) to mean that all men were created equal in all respects.’

“What about Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation?  Here are his words: ‘I view the matter (of slaves’ emancipation) as a practical war measure, to be decided upon according to the advantages or disadvantages it may offer to the suppression of the rebellion.’  He also wrote: ‘I will concede that emancipation would help us in Europe, and convince them that we are incited by something more than ambition.’  When Lincoln first drafted the proclamation, war was going badly for the Union. London and Paris were considering recognizing the Confederacy and assisting it in its war against the Union.

“Lincoln did articulate a view of secession that would have been heartily endorsed by the Confederacy: ‘Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. … Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it.  Any portion of such people can revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.’  Lincoln expressed that view in an 1848 speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting the war with Mexico and the secession of Texas.

“Why didn’t Lincoln share the same feelings about Southern secession? Follow the money.  During the 1850s, tariffs amounted to 90 percent of federal revenue. Southern ports paid 75 percent of tariffs in 1859.  What ‘responsible’ politician would let that much revenue go?”

Let me add that Lincoln’s admission of the true motive behind his Emancipation Proclamation (as a “practical war measure”) was clearly demonstrated in its application. Lincoln is considered the Great Emancipator, but facts prove otherwise.  The most damning is this: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation applied only to the Confederate States.  It did not apply to the Border States. The Border States were four slave states that had not seceded from the United States: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware. Under the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery continued in the Border States.

Slavery was not abolished in the United States until the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865.

[This is a reposting of a September 6, 2015, post]

WHAT FLAGS SHOW

This is the Flag of the modern state of Israel–the Zionist State.

Notice the Star of David–the primary symbol of the Jewish religion (Judaism). The modern state of Israel is a Jewish nationalist state–Judaism is its state religion. It was established only for Jews–and is maintained only for Jews.  It was established in terrorism–and is maintained in terrorism.  The Zionist State is a terrorist state–and always has been.  Many Jews consider the Israeli Flag’s use of the Star of David to be a travesty of Judaism–a sacrilege.  These Jews maintain that the new homeland promised the Jewish people in the Torah is to be established by God–not by man.  The modern state of Israel was established by man–and is maintained by man.  This is why many Jews consider it an affront to their faith–and to God.

 

This is the Flag of Palestine–the land that has been occupied by the Zionist State, the Jewish Nationalist State of Israel, since 1948.  The Palestinians are the indigenous people of Palestine.  Most of them are Arabs who have inhabited Palestine for over 1300 years.  Though most of these Palestinian Arabs are Muslim, a large minority of them is Christian.  The Jewish State of Israel makes no distinction between Muslim Arabs and Christian Arabs–it maintains that all Arabs are pests, to be exterminated if not removed.

The Israel of today is not the Israel of Biblical times.  Most of the Jews who live in the modern state of Israel are barely Jewish.  The original Jews of Palestine left that land almost two thousand years ago, in the wake of three failed Jewish revolts against the Roman Empire.  The Romans destroyed Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple built by King Herod (whom Jews call Herod the Great).  This began what the Jews call the Diaspora (dispersion) –when the vast majority of Jews left Palestine, and moved into other regions of Asia, and into Europe.  Most of the Jews who inhabit the modern state of Israel are Ashkenazim (a.k.a. Ashkenazi Jews).  These are Jews who have interbred with Eastern Europeans for so many centuries that their ancestry is primarily Gentile–not Jewish.  And many of the Jews who inhabit the modern state of Israel are Khazarian Jews.  These are Jews who have interbred with Turks for so many centuries that their ancestry is primarily Gentile–not Jewish.

Notice how different the Palestinian Flag is from the Israeli Flag.  Indeed the only color it has in common with the Israeli Flag is white.  This is intentional–and understandable.  The Zionist Jews have invaded and occupied the homeland of the Palestinians covertly since 1918–and overtly since 1947.  The modern state of Israel was established in 1948 by foreign invaders–and is maintained by foreign invaders.  The Israeli military, at the direction of the Israeli government, has been subjugating, slaughtering, and displacing the indigenous people of Palestine for almost seventy years.

So the Flag of Palestine is in direct contrast to the Flag of the modern state of Israel–because the modern state of Israel is, in reality, Occupied Palestine.

 

 

 

This is the Flag of Britain (a.k.a. the Union Flag, the Union Jack).  The British Empire was the largest in history.  There was even a saying among the people of all the lands occupied by Britain–that the sun never set on the British Empire. England invaded and occupied Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to create Britain. And Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom) is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland today.

 

This is the Flag of Ireland.

Britain’s King James began the invasion and occupation of Ireland in the early seventeenth century–with the Plantation of Ulster.

The Protestant King James began the British occupation of Catholic Ireland by allowing Scottish and English Protestants to settle in the Northern region of Ireland.  Just as Jewish Zionist settlers have been allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of Palestine, with the full military support of the Zionist State (supported, in turn, with money and weaponry provided by foreign governments–primarily that of the United States), Protestant Scottish and English settlers were allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of Ireland, in what was called the Plantation of Ulster, with the full military support of Britain.

In time, Protestant Britain occupied all of Catholic Ireland.  And this British Occupation of Ireland didn’t end until the early twentieth century–when the Irish overthrew their British overlords, and established the Republic of Ireland.

Yet Northern Ireland–the old Plantation of Ulster–remains occupied by the Protestant descendants of the Protestant Scottish and English settlers who were allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of the Northern region of Ireland, with the full military support of Britain.

So the British state of Northern Ireland is, in reality, Occupied Northern Ireland.

Notice how different the Irish Flag is from the British Flag.  Indeed the only color it has in common with the British Flag is white.  This is intentional–and understandable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the United States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Stripes, the Star-Spangled Banner, Old Glory).

Notice how similar the United American Flag is to the British Flag.  Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Unlike Palestine or Ireland, the United States was not occupied by a foreign power.  In fact, the land of the Native Americans was–and still is–occupied by the United States.

The thirteen British American colonies did not want war with Britain–they wanted Britain to reclaim certain standards of justice and equality that it had forsaken under King George III and the Whig Party.

And in establishing the United States of America, under the uncertainty of an unwanted war, these thirteen colonies considered their new nation to be a reclamation of those standards of justice and equality that Britain had forsaken.

In other words, the United States–from its point of view–was Britain reformed.

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

The seven United American states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas did not want war with the United States–they wanted the United States to reclaim certain standards of justice and equality that it had forsaken under Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party.

And war was not necessary.

Because, in 1860, there was nothing written in the United States Constitution regarding secession, President James Buchanan granted these seven states the right to peacefully secede from the United States of America, and form their own nation–the Confederate States of America.

And in establishing the Confederate States of America, the seven states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas considered their new nation to be a reclamation of those standards of justice and equality that the United States had forsaken.

In other words, the Confederate States–from its point of view–was the United States reformed.

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Notice that a star has been added to the United American Flag.  This star represents Kansas.

Because of the question of the expansion of slavery into Western territories–specifically Kansas and Nebraska–it is popularly believed that the states that seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, did so for the preservation of the institution of slavery.

This popular assumption is incorrect–and there are several reasons why.

None of the slave states that initially seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, bordered the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.  And the only one of these states that bordered the territory of Oklahoma was Texas.

The only slave state that bordered Kansas or Nebraska was Missouri–and it never seceded.

And when the seven states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas seceded from the United States, they forfeited all rights to the Western territories–including Kansas and Nebraska.

In other words, the seven slave states that initially seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, had nothing to gain–in the interest of slavery–by seceding.

Notice that six stars have been added to the Confederate American Flag.  These stars represent Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri.

Abraham Lincoln took office, as the first Republican president of the United States, on March 4, 1861.

Though Lincoln clearly stated, in his inaugural address, that he did not intend to abolish slavery where it already existed, he also refused to acknowledge the Confederate States of America.

President Lincoln refused to uphold the decision made by President James Buchanan, his Democratic predecessor.

Lincoln considered South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to be rebellious states–though there was nothing against which they had rebelled.

He considered all citizens of the Confederate States of America to be rebels–though there was nothing against which they had rebelled.

And President Abraham Lincoln considered the war he waged–to force the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas back into the United States–to be a rebellion.

It was not until Lincoln waged this war, less than two months after he took office, that the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas seceded from the United States, and joined the Confederate States of America.

Though these four states were also slave states, they didn’t secede for the preservation of the institution of slavery either.  They seceded because they considered the United States of America’s invasion of the Confederate States of America to be unconstitutional, unnecessary–and completely unjustified.

And though Kentucky and Missouri were two of the four slave states that never seceded from the United States (the other two were Maryland and Delaware), many citizens of these two states also considered the United States of America’s invasion of the Confederate States of America to be unconstitutional, unnecessary, and completely unjustified–so much that they joined the Confederate forces to fight their own countrymen.

It was for this reason that–in addition to the four stars added to the Confederate American Flag to represent Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas–two stars were added to represent Kentucky and Missouri.

 

 

 

 

The Confederate American Flag was very similar to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors were the same–only their arrangement was different.  This was intentional.

Yet on a field of battle, it proved impractical.

During the Battle of First Manassas, General P.G.T. Beauregard observed that the Confederate American Flag’s similarity to the United American Flag caused confusion in the midst of battle.

After the battle, General Beauregard commissioned the design of a Confederate American flag for battlefield use only.

Thus was the Confederate American Battle Flag born–and introduced on November 28, 1861.

Though other flags were used by Confederate American troops in battle, this was the official battle flag.

Yet it was never adopted by the Confederate States Congress as the official flag of the Confederate States of America.  As General Beauregard had intended, the Confederate American Battle Flag was only for battlefield use.

 

 

 

 

This is the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Southern Cross, the Cross of St. Andrew).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Battle Flag is to the United American Flag.  Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

 

 

 

 

This is the Second Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Though the Confederate American Battle Flag was only for battlefield use, its design became increasingly popular among Confederate American troops.  This is understandable.

And because the tide had begun to turn against the Confederate States of America, by the spring of 1863, the Confederate States desired a flag less similar to that of the United States.  This is understandable too.

Thus was the Second Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner) born.

 

 

 

 

This is the Third Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Blood-Stained Banner).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

In time, it was observed that the Second Confederate Flag, when furled, too often resembled a flag of truce.

Thus was the Third Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Blood-Stained Banner) born.

A flag is a piece of cloth that says something.  It is a piece of cloth that speaks.

Yet a flag is a piece of cloth that shows something too.

Since June 22, 2015–when a self-serving politician blamed a mass murder on a flag, and called for the censorship of that flag–self-serving state and local politicians all over the American South have been likewise censoring all flags representing the historical Confederate States of America.

And these same self-serving politicians have begun destroying monuments representing the historical Confederate States of America.

They have been doing this without the consent of their Southern American constituents–of any race or ethnicity.

These self-serving politicians–the overwhelming majority of whom are White Republicans–justify their government-imposed censorship by claiming that the Confederate States of America was diametrically opposed to the United States of America.  They claim that the Confederate States of America wanted nothing to do with the United States of America, in any way–that it considered the United States of America to be nothing but an enemy, from the very beginning, nothing to be admired or imitated in any manner.

These politicians know they are lying–as politicians always do.

They can lie about what flags say.

But they cannot lie about what flags show.

Look closely at this flag–and tell me what it shows.

WEIRD PENSACOLA POLITICIANS

In 2000, the Confederate Battle Flag in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays was replaced with the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Yet on June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag–by replacing it with the State Flag of Florida.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Then on June 25, 2015, all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May–chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.

The First Confederate Flag remains censored from our Five-Flags Displays–without our consent.  We have not even been allowed to vote on this.  Because our historical flags displays belong to us, all the people of Escambia County, Florida–not to the politicians who have censored them–this government-imposed censorship is a gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is historically inaccurate.  The State of Florida was a nation only according to one obscure source on the Internet–and only for two or three weeks in 1861.  And according to this source, that Republic of Florida’s flag was of a totally different design than that of the State of Florida.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is also downright ridiculous.  Although African slavery was practiced in the Confederate States, African slavery continued to be practiced in the United States–in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri–until the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified by senators and representatives of both the United States and the Occupied Confederate States, in December, 1865 (Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was simply a propaganda tool to elicit the support of Britain and France, because it only applied to the Confederate States–the remaining slave states of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri were exempt from it).

And Spain, France, and Britain were three of the five European powers that brought African slaves to the Americas, in the first place (the other two were Portugal and the Netherlands).

Politicians who censor flags from their constituents’ historical flags displays–especially without their constituents’ consent–are control freaks.

And control freaks are weird.

“MY PARTY, RIGHT OR WRONG” IS DANGEROUS THINKING

I’ve never seen such a travesty of a presidential campaign in my life.  The American press–now the Instigator of the People–is rolling in the dough with this one.

As aforementioned, there is no way in hell Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States.  The Republican Party is not going to be stupid enough to nominate him–and if he runs as an independent he cannot possibly win.

But I am quite frightened of the idea of Hillary Clinton as President–and Donald Trump is helping her campaign more than anyone else.  It has even been suggested to me that Donald Trump is a plant for the “Hillary” campaign–and this is certainly possible.

I hate the Republican Party as much as I hate the Democratic Party.

But it concerns me that the Republican Party cannot get its act together.  As much as I hate the Republican Party, I don’t want to see it fall apart.  Because if it does, there will just be one major political party remaining–and this nation will be closer than ever to a one-party, totalitarian state.

Political parties were not expected to develop, in the first place.  There were no political parties when George Washington was elected as our first president–and he was dismayed to see, during his second term, the government he had fought for and helped to establish already unraveling into factions (which were later to be called “parties”).

Yet if these factions would have been outlawed–then we would have had a one-party state way back then.  So political factions–political parties–had to be tolerated.

Now if both the Republican and Democratic Parties unraveled on their own, this would not be so bad.  But the Democratic Party is not about to unravel–it’s as strong as ever.

And this is why you Republican voters need to stop supporting Donald Trump, and start seriously considering the real Republican candidates.  Donald Trump is not a Republican, he is an impostor.  And if Donald Trump were to run as an independent, he would be an impostor.

And though Hillary Clinton is arguably as self-serving as Donald Trump, she is not an impostor–she’s an honest-to-God Democrat.  Yet she has as much character as her husband–which isn’t saying much.

But this post is addressed primarily to Republican voters.

You Republican voters in the South need especially to consider your loyalty to the Republican Party.  In assaulting the history, heritage, and culture of the American South, by censoring (through state and local Republican politicians) the Confederate Flag, and beginning a campaign to eliminate all traces of the Confederate States of America, the Republican Party has betrayed you.  I would suggest you change your voting status to independent–as I did in 2003, when George W. Bush betrayed the trust of the American People by sending troops to Iraq without just cause, and without any consideration for American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, not to mention Afghan and Iraqi civilians.

But if you choose to remain loyal to the Republican Party–I urge you to demand of your Republican leaders that they stop this assault on your Southern history, heritage, and culture.

The Republican Party needs to get that goddamned clown, Donald Trump, out of the way, and get its act together.

But this won’t happen if Republican voters don’t demand it of their chosen political party.

If you are a card-carrying Democratic voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Democratic package, and start holding the Democratic Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

If you are a card-carrying Republican voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Republican package, and start holding the Republican Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

And of course if you are a citizen of the United States, you need to stop accepting the whole United States package, and start holding the United States accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

Just as “my country, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking, “my party, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking.

WHY SHOULD WE HOLD THE IMMIGRANTS RESPONSIBLE?

My best friend ever, Mr. Vogel, was an immigrant from Germany.  He was born in 1900, and died in 1984.  He survived military service on the infamous Western Front–then came to the United States, married an American woman, and worked as a cabinetmaker until his retirement.  As you can probably imagine, Mr. Vogel had a lot of fascinating, personal stories to tell.  He lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to the rural outskirts of Mobile, Alabama (that area now a part of the city).

Mr. Vogel once told me about how, when he lived in the German section of Milwaukee, the local newspaper was printed in German.  But he wanted to read only the English-language newspaper.  “Why?” other German immigrants asked him.  “Because I want to learn English,” he replied.  Mr. Vogel was an ideal immigrant–he insisted on learning the language of his new country, understanding the culture of his new country, and even taking an active part in the governmental process of his new country.

I was thinking of this story earlier–and I began to wonder: What about those other German immigrants who chose to read the German-language newspaper instead?

It is said that immigrants to the United States today are not like those of the past–that they are less inclined to learn English, to understand our culture, or to care at all about our governmental process.  But are they?  Are they really any different from most immigrants of the past?

Remember our European ancestors–immigrants to this land beginning over 500 years ago?  Did they have any interest in learning the languages of the Native Americans?  Did they make any attempt to understand the Native American cultures?  Did they care at all about the Native American governmental processes?  Of course not.  Generally speaking, our European ancestors–immigrants to this land beginning over 500 years ago–had a shared superiority complex.  And they we still do.

But back to immigrants of today: How different are they, really?  Are they really less inclined to assimilate into our culture–or do we just assume this, and treat them accordingly?

I remember the Mariel Boatlift of 1980.  Thousands of Cubans, released by Castro, showed up on South Florida shores.  Soon Spanish began to trump English in South Florida–and South Floridians blamed the Cuban refugees.  But were they to blame–or was the State of Florida to blame?

And now Spanish is offered as an alternative language by just about every American corporation–and even by the U.S. Government.  But again, are Spanish-speaking immigrants to blame–or are American corporations and the U.S. Government to blame?

Most recently, President Obama gave temporary citizenship to 5 million illegal immigrants from south of the U.S.-Mexico border.  Not only was this act unfair to natural-born American citizens, but naturalized American citizens as well (immigrants who had taken the legal steps to become citizens of the United States).

Yet instead of taking action against President Obama for this blatant abuse of power (arguably an impeachable offense), a large number of U.S. politicians and their constituents is determined to simply deport these 5 million people.  Why? Are they to blame for what the President of the United States has done? Wouldn’t it be much more “American” of us to guide these 5 million people through the legal naturalization process?

I’ve had very few negative experiences with immigrants–most of my negative experiences have been with natural-born American citizens whose families had been here for generations.

And I’m certainly no expert on immigration issues.

Yet I know this question is valid:

When our government–at the federal, state, and local levels–makes unwise concessions toward immigrants, legal or illegal, why should we hold the immigrants responsible?

REVELATIONS ABOUT THE REAL LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln is arguably the most mythologized of all U.S. presidents. The following editorial, by Syndicated Columnist Walter Williams, includes some surprising revelations about the real Lincoln.

Does Civil War need a new name?

We call the war of 1861 the Civil War.  But is that right?  A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776.  Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence.  Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery.  We might ask: How much of the war was about slavery?

Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery?  Let’s look at his words.  In an 1858 letter, Lincoln said, “I have declared a thousand times, and now repeat that, in my opinion neither the General Government, nor any other power outside of the slave states, can constitutionally or rightfully interfere with slaves or slavery where it already exists.”

In a Springfield, Illinois, speech, he explained: “My declarations upon this subject of Negro slavery may be misrepresented but cannot be misunderstood.  I have said that I do not understand the Declaration (of Independence) to mean that all men were created equal in all respects.”

What about Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation?  Here are his words: “I view the matter (of slaves’ emancipation) as a practical war measure, to be decided upon according to the advantages or disadvantages it may offer to the suppression of the rebellion.”  He also wrote: “I will concede that emancipation would help us in Europe, and convince them that we are incited by something more than ambition.”  When Lincoln first drafted the proclamation, war was going badly for the Union.  London and Paris were considering recognizing the Confederacy and assisting it in its war against the Union.

Lincoln did articulate a view of secession that would have been heartily endorsed by the Confederacy: “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. … Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it.  Any portion of such people can revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”  Lincoln expressed that view in an 1848 speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting the war with Mexico and the secession of Texas.

Why didn’t Lincoln share the same feelings about Southern secession?  Follow the money.  During the 1850s, tariffs amounted to 90 percent of federal revenue. Southern ports paid 75 percent of tariffs in 1859.  What “responsible” politician would let that much revenue go?

 

Let me add that Lincoln’s admission of the true motive behind his Emancipation Proclamation (as a “practical war measure”) was clearly demonstrated in its application.  Lincoln is considered the Great Emancipator, but facts prove otherwise.  The most damning is this: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation applied only to the Confederate States.  It did not apply to the Border States. The Border States were four slave states that had not seceded from the United States: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware.  Under the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery continued in the Border States, even after the slaves in the Confederate States were freed.  Slavery was ended in Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware only as each of those states’ governments abolished it.

OUR COUNTRY IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY

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When the United States of America–my country–is destroying itself, while simultaneously attempting to erase the memory of another country it destroyed in war–the Confederate States of America–as if to divert attention from its own self-destruction–what can I do but call for the acknowledgement of a country that has never been, but has every right to be–Palestine?  Especially since my country–the United States of America–is the primary financial, political, and military supporter of an illegally and inhumanely contrived country–the Zionist State (Israel)–whose very establishment was a major atrocity, in that it displaced the population of Muslims and Christians who had lived and died in that region known as Palestine for over 1300 years?  This same Zionist State continuing to practice a sort of genocide against these Arabs, both Muslim and Christian, to this day, with increasing brutality?

As an American who truly loves his country, it is my responsibility to hold my country accountable for the atrocities it commits against itself at home–as well as the atrocities it supports abroad.

And if you truly love the United States of America, you will hold it accountable for what it does at home and abroad.  You cannot leave the fate of your country in the hands of leaders whose only allegiance is to themselves or to their respective political parties.  If you are a citizen of the United States of America, you have a privilege that those in most other countries in the world do not have–the right to direct your country’s government.  But if you do not exercise this privilege, you will soon be without it.  The government of the United States of America was established as one of the people, by the people, and for the people–and it is the responsibility of the people themselves to keep it that way.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #59

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Do you think our penal system should be more concerned with removing criminals from society, detering crime, or rehabilitating wrongdoers?

I can think of no penal system as dysfunctional today as that of the United States.

The penal system in the United States, at both federal and state levels, accomplishes absolutely nothing anymore.

Criminals are no longer removed from society, crime is no longer deterred, and wrongdoers are no longer rehabilitated.

I’ve mentioned, before, that the United States is being destroyed from within, not from without.  The United States is destroying itself.

And one of the major factors of our impending self-destruction is crime–particularly violent crime.  It is simply out of control.

Why?

Because parents refuse to do their job, teachers are not allowed to do their job, and execution is no longer implemented.

Opponents of the death penalty claim that it does not deter crime.

But it does.

The reason it doesn’t seem to deter crime is that it simply is not implemented enough. 

There should be no life sentences (with or without the possibility of parole) for any convicts.  These accomplish nothing.

There should only be execution.

We are all tempted, no matter how much we deny it, to commit crime (including violent crime), at times. 

And the fear of imprisonment prevents most of us from acting on this temptation.

But some of us do not fear imprisonment.  Some of us, having no conscience whatsoever, are simply hardened criminals.

And hardened criminals do not fear imprisonment.

But everyone fears death.

It is too late for hardened criminals.  They cannot be rehabilitated.  They can only be executed, sacrificed for the benefit of would-be criminals.  Only their executions can make would-be criminals think twice about acting on their temptation.

Parents must stop refusing to do their job.

Teachers must be allowed to do their job.

But first, execution must be implemented enough.


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