The True Confederacy
The True Confederacy
Some people see the Confederate States of America as a group of racists who were attempting to hold on to slave ownership. However, the rebellion was actually against a large and overreaching government, and it has an enduring legacy that many people continue to believe in.
“The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.” -Jefferson Davis
Slavery is against the principles of our Constitution and, more importantly, it is a morally bankrupt institution that has no place in our Republic. Slavery was a system with an expiration date, whether the Civil War occurred or not. The fact that the North deemed it more worthwhile to send brother to fight brother, rather than a coalition of Northern states leveraging their superior economic power to institute legislation banning goods made in Southern states using slave labor, seems absurd. Or, perhaps it did occur, and I missed that part of history class. However, the fact that the North deemed war to be the better option despite the many alternatives is asinine.
Americans have such a strong distaste for government intervention that it’s practically in our blood. Whether it's telling us what kind of healthcare we can purchase (if we want to purchase it at all), or what kinds of drugs we can put in our bodies; we abhor government stooges telling us how to live our lives.
“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” -Robert E. Lee
Regardless of your opinion of the Confederacy, if there's anything that could unite the Left and the Right, it is our shared disdain for the government. Let's get back to our shared heritage of rebellion. Let's agree that government generally sucks when they do more than maintain the military, the courts, and trade with foreign governments. Let's be obsessed again with our freedom to do whatever the hell we want, so long as it doesn't hurt other people or damage property. Let's recognize that we are born into a line of men and women who were not perfect, but accomplished great things to protect our ability to remain free. Let's remember that despite our faults, we're still a part of the freest country, for all kinds of people that the world has ever seen!
Author: Andrew Lavang