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Some interesting points about the Civil War: The federal government instituted the draft to enlarge the Union forces. The federal government instituted the first income tax to pay for the war, which lapsed a few years after the war. The secessionist states at this point were rogue governments that wished to perpetuate slavery. The overwhelming number of men in the Southern forces had no vested interest in slavery; most were too poor to own a slave. So, the question is: Why was the war fought? Was it to end slavery in the Southern states? Or to "preserve" the Union, or the federal government's power over those states, regardless of the issue? Or, was the slavery issue a mere pretext to perpetuate federal power over those states?
For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.
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