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  •  Moral equivalence for the Confederate side. (0+ / 0-)

    He mentions both Gettysburg and Vicksburg and the casual listener would assume he is paying homage to the Union side, the "right" side.

    Unfortunately, the Confederate side has been given moral equivalence for more than 140 years by historians and politicians with an agenda.  The pro-Confederate propaganda is strong in the former Confederate states; go to any bookstore and look in the American history section.  The argument is often presented in "second Revolution" terms and "northern aggression" terms and as having a strictly political cause, as in the north wanted to dominate the south. Even the name given to the conflict tells bias: Confederate defenders refer to "the war between the States" or even "the war of northern aggression."

    I know of one neo-Confederate who insists- insists- the term "United States" in the Constitution is a combination of an adjective and a plural noun.  He insists it is not a two-word proper noun.  Think about it; it matters if you want to defend the right to secede.

    Notice that slavery is avoided.

    Someone should ask Pat Buchanan if the south had a right to secede from the United States.  Someone should ask him if the slave economy was immoral.  Might get some interesting answers.

    Teachers weave straw into gold and squeeze coal into diamonds.

    by algebrateacher on Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 07:48:18 PM PDT

    •  That would be interesting! (1+ / 0-)
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      From algebrateacher:

      Someone should ask Pat Buchanan if the south had a right to secede from the United States.  Someone should ask him if the slave economy was immoral.  Might get some interesting answers.

      If he answers what is in his heart, I suspect that would finally lead to him being kicked of MSNBC.

      "If you can't afford a boat, and are standing tiptoe in the water, the rising tide goes up your nose." -- Barney Frank

      by JanF on Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 07:54:18 PM PDT

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