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|Posted: Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 02:51 am||
The best that I can do in regard to having a: "Coherent discussion" at this point is to go over some of the areas that we are at least somewhat in agreement about.
The most obvious is certainly the attack on Ft. Sumter. It was a total disaster for the Confederates because it was used by Mr. Lincoln to arouse the northern population and justify raising an army to invade the southern states. It was a tragedy even more so because it was totally unnecessary. Major Anderson had kindly informed the Confederates that he would have to abandon the fort after 15 April due to a lack of provisions. There was no military reason not to wait a few more days and allow him to do so.
We apparently agree that it was at least likely that the war was inevitable regardless of what happened at Ft. Sumter. If the Confederates had been smarter, it would have made it more difficult for Mr. Lincoln to be able to raise an army, and it would have taken him longer to do so. Something other than the attack on Ft. Sumter would have had to be used to provide the spark.
We apparently agree that Mr. Lincoln's mission as he saw it was to preserve the Union, regardless of what measures, legal or illegal, were necessary. We agree that Mr. Lincoln was a master politician who skillfully used every opportunity provided to him to arouse public sentiments, and to get others to do his bidding.
We agree that the democrats handed Mr. Lincoln the election because they split their party. It would have served them better to unite behind Mr. Douglas and try to deal with their differences after the election. But practicality is not often a virtue common in political partisans, whether then or now.
As for the current political scene, we totally agree that the insurance mandate of the new healthcare law should have been declared unconstitutional. Since there is now a precedent declaring that the Federal Government has the authority to require everyone to buy a specific product, it could, in theory at least, mandate that everyone purchase a green beanie with a propeller on top.
Last edited on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 03:35 am by Texas Defender