Defending the Confederacy
Defending the Confederacy
11 November 2009
"If I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand." … Robert Edward Lee
"When time shall have softened passion and prejudice, when reason shall have stripped the mask from representation, then justice, holding evenly her scales, will require much of the past censure and praise to change places." --- President Jefferson Davis
By Alexander Massa
The Confederacy is looked down upon by many today because of widespread ignorance about the Civil War and history in general. As any educated person could tell you, the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery. It was a conflict over states' rights and whether or not the South had a legal right to secede from the United States and form a separate independent nation.
The fact is that the Confederacy was truer to the original Constitution of the United States than the Union itself was. The Confederate States of America was a country in which the states had actual rights, and a country in which the federal government did not have hegemony over them. This was in stark contrast to the United States, which was turned into a virtual dictatorship under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, who today is treated as a hero but never actually was one.
The reason many associate slavery with the Civil War is because the secession of the Southern states largely resulted from the heated slavery debate in the United States. However, the war wasn't over the legality of slavery; it was over the legality of secession and the states' rights to leave a Union they joined a hundred or so years earlier.
If you look at how our nation was founded and came to be, it can be argued that the states voluntarily agreed to enter into a coalition of independent states (which eventually became the United States). If this is true, then what prevents said states from voluntarily pulling out of the Union? If they voluntarily joined, who is to say that they cannot also voluntarily secede?
The Civil War was started by Federal forces; there is no doubt about it. There is a reason the Civil War is known in the South as the “War of Northern Aggression”. It was started by the United States to retake what it saw as lost provinces. The problem there is that lost land was an independent nation, and the North was invading it. A large problem during the Civil War was that the Lincoln Administration refused to recognize the CSA as an independent nation. They considered the Civil War a war against a rebel insurrection, not a war against an independent nation. Perhaps if they had treated the CSA as a nation instead of a group of rebels, the war could've been averted.
We must remember that the CSA was fighting a defensive war. They weren't fighting to take over the United States. Rather, the United States was fighting an aggressive war to conquer the South. The Confederates just wanted to be left alone. They weren't fighting a war for empire, like the North was. They were fighting a war for independence.
So if the war was the fault of the North, then why the South is constantly demonized and it's flag disgraced? The reason is, quite simply, because the victor always writes the history of any war. Because the North won, we look at the Civil War from a decidedly (biased) Northern position. If the South won, we would look at the war much differently. Children would be learning that Abraham Lincoln was a traitor, instead of Jefferson Davis.
So let us look at the sides of the Civil War without bias. The North was fighting to prevent the dissolution of the Union. The South was fighting for independence and the right to secede from what they saw (rightly so, I might add) as a federal government which was quickly becoming tyrannical. There is no Constitutional provision that bars secession. So if we look at this conflict from a Constitutional perspective, the South would be the side that is in line with the Constitution. They were fighting for states' rights, which is an important part of the Constitution that has been neglected for a long time now.
I know many will brand me a racist because I support the Confederacy. However, both sides were equally racist, and slavery was actually permitted in the North. The Border States, such as Kentucky, were slave states which remained in the Union. So if the war was over slavery, the North would've had to fight itself as well as the South. Simply put, the Civil War was a struggle over states' rights. And with that in mind, I side with the South.
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