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December 28, 2011

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A favorite pparlor game among historians is to resolve the question, "Was the Civil War about states' rights or slavery?" The correct answer is, "Yes."

There is just cause on both to debate the proper balance between federalism and states' rights, but this issue has always been most visible in the role of African-Americans in this country. First it was the issue of slavery, then reconstruction, then Jim Crow and finally equal opportunity.

The issue of equal opportunity created a nexus from which racial hostilities could be easily eported from the South to the rest of the country. At that point, all whites could be preached sermons about taking from them and giving it to people of color (now including "Islamofacists").

These sentiments are overlain with the argument that socialism is the vehicle used to take from us to give to them. one more small step and "all taxes are bad".

This is why the GOP is no longer conservative. Concepts, such as a balanced budget, are only tools to be used to reduce txes so that .. well, work the above rhumba line in reverse.

Once that basic concept is in place, it is remarkably easy to propagandize the point. All logic results in one answer - reduce taxes.

you speak the truth on this.

There is just cause on both to debate the proper balance between federalism and states' rights, but this issue has always been most visible in the role of African-Americans in this country.

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