Monday, March 23, 2015

Texas, the Supreme Court, and the Confederacy

 
Supreme Court to Decide if Texas Required to Issue Confederate Tags 

Let's see what the real issue was behind the Confederacy. There are those who state that the issue behind the secession movement was not slavery but one of "states rights." Well, they are right. However, the specific state right of which they were talking was slavery. Pure and simple, slavery. The slave holding states did not like the non-slave holding states telling them that what they were doing was wrong.

If you have any question about that, read the following document. This is the statement issued by Texas on February 2, 1861, explaining why secession was apparently so necessary. As you can see, nearly all the document complains about the north wanting to stop slavery. And, the document clearly states the authors' belief that slavery was prescribed by Divine Law.

"In all the non-slave-holding States, in violation of that good faith and comity which should exist between entirely distinct nations, the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party, now strong enough in numbers to control the affairs of each of those States, based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color--a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law. They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and the negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States." (See Link)

Let's stop pretending about this. The South wanted to hold slaves. They did not like the North telling them they could not. They did not like that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. They did not like that they were becoming a minority in Congress.

If all this sounds familiar, it is because we hear the same thing today from the same people. The more things change, the more they stay the same.