In a sense, Tim Wise is right that “there are some in the white community” who want to take us back to the 1850s.
Uncle Tim is right to call us their “philosophical offspring,” their “iniquitous inheritors,” their “progeny,” their “ideological soul mates,” their lineal descendants in the 21st century.
In April, OD will celebrate Confederate History Month 2012 by exploring the mindset and the principles of the great men who fomented the secession of the Southern states and who created the Confederate States of America.
What inspired men like Robert Barnwell Rhett to reject Americanism? What was the substance of Confederate nationalism? What was the end game of the Confederate States of America?
“If the Union is to be perverted from the high and just ends for which it is created, and to absorb the rights of the States – if instead of a Union to protect us from abroad, it becomes a Union for the regulation and government of our internal affairs – if instead of guaranteeing to us the safe possession of our property, it becomes and instrument in the hands of a plundering majority, to wrest it from our possession – offering to us no resource for redress but the mercy or avarice of this interested majority…; I say with Mr Jefferson, give me disunion rather than a consolidated government. Aye – disunion, rather into a thousand fragments… Because under such a government I would be a slave – a fearful slave, ruled despotically by those who do not represent me… with every base and destructive passion of man bearing upon my shieldless destiny – love of domination – avarice – long rankling jealousy – and, worst of all, the fell spirit of bigotry, which would exult over my dwelling in flames, and my children given to slaughter.”
Is there a man here who would not respond to Robert Barnwell Rhett’s characterization of the Union with a thunderous ovation? He could just as easily be talking about the United States under Barack Hussein Obama and Eric “My People” Holder.
“…Will some blatant sycophant in office, or some base pander to power cry out ‘a disunionist! – a traitor!’ I will tell the slave, ‘take the words, if they will serve you.’ Washington, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Jefferson, and more were all disunionists and traitors in their time, and they broke the British Empire and redrew the map of the world with the sword. Shall we tremble at epithets, or shake when a tongue rails?”
Is Rhett referring to the faileocon career girls who write for mainstream conservative websites like National Review?
The Union was created to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Black Run America (BRA) fails every single one of these litmus tests.
“The Union must be dissolved under its present course of administration. It requires no conspiracy to destroy – no exertion on our part to drag it to its dissolution. It goes down with the inevitable weight of its own gravitation, into that dark abyss of anarchy and ruin, where all tyrannies have fallen.”
Rhett is saying that the logic of the system will eventually bring about its own destruction. The costs of the Union will become so great to the beleaguered minority that eventually it will have to make a choice between submission or secession. The tyranny will naturally collapse into the dark abyss of anarchy and ruin.
“…If to think, to speak, to feel such sentiments as these, constitute me a disunionist and a traitor, according to the English language as now understood in Carolina, then gentlemen, I am a Disunionist! – I am a Traitor!”
These is no reason to have anything but hatred for an oppressive government that has become destructive of our constitutional rights and the enemy of our posterity.