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After the Disaster: American Rebirth or Interment?

Joe 145 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 8:35 AM
The CHANGE President Obama speaks of is permanent. No going back. Just try and repeal Obamacare for starters. "Once a population realizes that it can vote itself entitlement, fiscal responsibility becomes impossible." It looks to me as if the majority of Americans no longer believe in our economic system.
America is now in a time that in some ways resembles the 1850s, when freedom-loving people, attentive to political and cultural trends, saw a great crisis coming.

After the Mexican-American War, as Southern slaveholders and their political allies sought to extend the realm of slavery into the West and tip the nation's political and cultural balance to the advantage of slaveholders, many believed liberty was at risk.

In the wake of the Dred Scott decision -- in which the Supreme Court argued that the federal government could not prohibit slavery in the territories because enslaved human beings were a form of...