Friday, July 22, 2005

Blue States to Secede from the Union

I received an email from a Democratic friend which started "We’re ticked off at the way you’ve treated California, and we’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states."

Not surprisingly the history is off. Oklahoma did not beocme a State until the twentith century, while Texas and Maryland were slave States. Texas was the seventh State to join the Confederacy. It would be peculiar for Maryland, a slave State but a very blue State [Gore by 16% and Kerry by 13%], to now secede when they remained loyal to the Union and did not secede in the 1860s.

I was surprised that a Democrat would have the brazenness to bring up slavery given the history of the Democratic Party and slavery, segregation, and intimidating citizens not to vote. Using the filibuster to stop anti-lynching and civil rights legislation. Instead of living down their war is a failure 1864 platform peace plank, they revive it frequently when the United States is fighting enemies.

In 1864 "The Democrats nominated their candidates and adopted their ‘war is a failure’ platforms." [page 149 Antietam, The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War by James M. McPherson]. "Denouncing the Emancipation Proclamation as unconstitutional, Democrats also appealed to the racial fears and prejudices of many Northern voters. In state and district party conventions, Democratic resolutions denounced the Black Republican ‘party of fanaticism’ that intended to free ‘two or three million semi-savages’ to ‘overrun the North and enter into competition with the white laboring masses’ and mix with ‘their sons and daughters.’ Midwestern Democratic orators proclaimed that ‘every white man in the North, who does not want to be swapped off for a free N______ [the N word], should vote the Democratic ticket’." [page 147].

The Democrats nominated George B. McClellan, a popular general whom Lincoln had fired as commander of the Army of the Potomac. Peace Democrats inserted a plank in the party’s platform calling for an immediate cession of fighting and a negotiated settlement. McClellan repudiated the 1864 Democratic Party’s antiwar platform of immediate peace with the South but assured the base of the Democratic Party that he would support states’ rights and the continuance of slavery in the South after the end of the Civil War.

It also takes a lots of a audacity for Democrats to bring up secession which they should know violates the law of the land. The United States Supreme Count ruled in 1869 in Texas v. White that a State could not unilaterally secede from the Union, such an act was "absolutely null", that even during a period of rebellion would continue to be a State.


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