Monday, June 04, 2007

Did the Civil War Teach Us Nothing?

If you are a leftist, apparently not. According to the news source, a group of political leftists is attempting to re-run the states Rights movement that was one of the primary reasons for the Civil War.

breitbart reports today that,
Disillusioned by what they call an empire about to fall, a small cadre of writers and academics is plotting political strategy and planting the seeds of separatism.

They've published a "Green Mountain Manifesto" subtitled "Why and How Tiny Vermont Might Help Save America From Itself by Seceding from the Union." They hope to put the question before citizens at Town Meeting Day next March, eventually persuading the state Legislature to declare independence, returning Vermont to the status it held from 1777 to 1791.

Apparently to these folks, the Civil War means nothing. They might be well-served in studying the events leading up to the Civil War, wherein the idea of states being able to secede from the Union was put forth most forcefully by John C. Calhoun, a leading secessionist from South Carolina. These folks might also remember that the idea that states have the right to secede from the Union was proven false by the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War of 1861-1865- a defeat in which Vermont played an important part.

It seems that while conservatives respect the rule of law (even those with which they disagree), liberals and leftists only respect laws with which they agree. I only wonder if they are prepared to accept responsibility for the bloodshed that may ensue if they get their wish. But then, accepting responsibility is not something that liberals or leftists are very good at. One has only to review their long enabling of various totalitarian states such as the USSR or Castro's Cuba to understand that when leftists are wrong, they will invariably try to blame others- if they are unable to make people forget the views they espoused for so long.

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