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Parting Company

Jeff2422 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 2:06 AM
, or "contraband", with no rights as citizens. If Lincoln had tried to free the slaves by executive order, then he would have had a rebellion of several northern states. As it was, many union units deserted thinking Lincoln was fighting the war over slavery. But, saying he transformed the Civil War into a "War of Freedom" makes for good TV viewing in the late 20th century. Ultimately, the slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment which outlawed "involuntary servitude." Also, Lincoln actually had plans for making some sort of payment for former slaves and repatriating them to Africa because, like most white people of his time, he believed blacks and whites were generally socially incompatible and was afraid of the effects of cheap black labor
Origanalist Again Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 7:56 AM
"100 years from now people might look back at us and think we were uncivilized and assign motivations to us that we never had based on the mores of the 22nd century."

I would say that is a foregone conclusion and they would be correct.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 2:11 AM
Yes, Lincoln held common prejudices and made practical political decisions, too. While he was a great man, he was also human and subject to the common understandings of his time. Does that mean we should take current mores and judge him? No. History is much easier to understand and relate to when we understand that a 100 years from now people might look back at us and think we were uncivilized and assign motivations to us that we never had based on the mores of the 22nd century.
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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