Regarding the secession discussion
This is an absolutely fascinating thought. This is a brief review of the facts regarding that thought.
The history of the era of the American Civil War has been so rewritten and sanitized to absolve the United States government of any fault, that it is really difficult to get to the truth behind what REALLY happened and what REALLY caused some 13 states, in whole or in part, to leave the Union.
Here is a quote from one of my favorite Confederate generals — General Patrick R. Cleburne: “I am with the South in life or in death, in victory or defeat. I never owned a negro and care nothing for them, but these people have been my friends and have stood up to me on all occasions. In addition to this, I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of the government…We propose no invasion of the North, no attack on them, and only ask to be let alone.” … Patrick R. Cleburne
I was thinking that this would be the only piece I might clip to get you over there to read it, but I’ve got to grab just a little more:
The point is — Most of what modern America knows about the “War Between the States” and the causation of that war is WRONG!
There was nothing in the constitution forbidding states from seceding. There still isn’t. However, if you tell a lie long enough and loud enough, eventually it will be accepted as truth.
At that, I’m going to bed. Something tells me my dreams will be that much sweeter tonight.
To go back a few years in my reading to “The Ashes” series, SUSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!