The U.S. unveils a new penny, with a big E Pluribus Union sheild used by unionists during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865). Take that, you secessionists. One nation state united forever, no matter how deep into tyranny, war and poverty that one nation state drags us all.
But as Brion McClanahan explains in Solidifying the Cult of Lincoln, Penny Wise, after quoting various northern politicians opposed to war on the southern secessionists: Lincoln did not preserve the United States; he forged a new centralized despotism, the antithesis of the Founders’ "united States." The Mint, the Congress, and Americans in general gloss over the fact that many Northerners resisted the Federal draft, believed Lincoln started the War and unnecessarily whipped the North into a bloodthirsty frenzy, and blamed Lincoln for the destruction of the Constitution.
If the civil war really had been a war against slavery, of course, Lincoln would have freed ALL slaves, north and south, the day he declared war. It took him a year and four months to issue the Emancipation Proclamation freeing only the southern slaves. (See graphic at left.) Not til after his death was slavery declared illegal throughout the union.
Slavery was an institution on the way out. Was killing 600,000 people, impoverishing whites and black southerners for generations, and leaving a legacy of racial division and bitterness for a hundred years worth ending it a few years sooner?
As a freedom lover, I always say FREE THE SLAVES NOW! be they women sex slaves worldwide or Palestinians enslaved in Gaza, the West Bank and Israeli prisons, or nonviolent drug offenders in U.S. prisons or all the people of North Korea. The latter being the most relevant example. Of course, freeing North Korea via war could lead to the deaths of millions, north and south, since the U.S. would quickly resort to nuclear weapons to ensure victory.
The bottom line? War is not the answer... Including for today's American secessionists and other secessionists worldwide. Nonviolent resistance is.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ground Hog and Valentine's Day have passed and Mardi Gras is over. But Gaza is still not free. What is a righteous gentile to do but note the millions imprisoned in Gaza (and to somewhat lesser degree, the West Bank) from time to time?