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How to successfully debate a Yankee or Scalawag on the Issues of the Confederacy - Part II

Christopher Rice
Friday, September 04, 2015 04:00 AM

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This article is the second part of a multi-part article entitled 'How to successfully debate a Yankee or Scalawag on the Issues of the Confederacy'.  The first part can be found:  here.

In this article I will be discussing the common arguments given by anti-Confederates.  They range from the causes of war, slavery, racism, and more.  I have given consideration to each argument and given my answer as accurately as possible.

5. Confederate monuments celebrate slavery

This is an issue that currently plagues the politically correct of the nation.  But here is a fun fact.  Did you know that during the Civil War, black soldiers (free and slaves) earned the same pay as their white counterparts?  The Confederate States of America were in fact the first to give equal pay for equal work!  This doesn’t sound like discrimination to me.  In the north, however, blacks were paid almost half of what white counterparts were paid; they protested and after eighteen months finally received equal pay (in 1864).

Many confederate leaders never owned slaves.  A partial list of these leaders includes: Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. Joseph Johnston, Gen. A. P. Hill, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart.  Recent attacks on confederate monuments have attempted to remove monuments of these men and others.  They are U. S. veterans under an act of Congress in 1954.  Remember, the war, even according to Lincoln, was not about slavery until late in the war in an effort to renew the spirit of the north and to harm the south.
Even if this were true, however, it is important to remember history, for those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  It seems as if the union sympathizers don’t mind that.
The Confederacy had slaves; this is not something that is news.   The Union held slaves as well through the end of the Civil War.  The Confederacy was about more then that.  They wished to follow the Constitution as it was written and that includes the states having supreme power as guaranteed in the tenth amendment.  The Confederacy was tired of giving up rights to a government that was already trying to become more powerful then was already intended.  They were showing reverence for a Union that ran as originally intended.
Confederate Monument
Removing monuments will not change the way people think, it will not change the way they feel, and it will certainly not end racism and bigotry (by any race).  What then is the purpose of removing these monuments?  Politico Magazine calls the south “Jesusland” and says that we keep the U.S. down because of our faith in God.  What ever happened to first amendment rights?  They go on to say they hope the south will be culturally and ethnically cleansed and hope that immigrants and liberals from other parts of the U.S. would integrate to make that happen.  Apparently they have no knowledge that the south was the first part of the United States to have permanent settlement and was mixed with Europeans, Africans, Spaniards, French, Canadians, and more.  Why do you think it is that we have such abundance to different foods, music, and dialects?  We have been culturally mixed; a great deal of this happened even before the War of Northern Aggression.  These are the reasons that, as much as they complain about us, make us great.  After all, how many southerners retire and move north?  How many southerners go on vacations in the north?  I don’t know about where you are from, but here 70% of license plates on the road are northern for the summer months and part of the winter months.
In New Orleans, they are calling for the removal of four confederate statues because they are reminders of slavery.  But only two months before calling for this the city council voted to build a slave museum complete with a full size slave ship to remember slave trade (in May, 2015).  One cannot have it both ways; either you want to remember slave trade or you don’t.
Further stated, many roads, schools, parks, monuments, etc are named for members of other races then white, or from other times in history as well.  No one calls for these to be taken down.  Let us call this what it is.  Let us just be honest and say this monument hasn’t offended me for the past 80 years; it didn’t bother me to walk past it until someone told me to be bothered.  I didn’t speak about it until now because there is an opportunity to take away from the southern culture.  I wish only to promote one race, one party, or one agenda.  At least then you would be honest.

6.      The North wished to preserve the Union

The north did want the Union, but not for unity.  We weren’t their brothers; we were their banks.  The north and south were so completely different in beliefs, thoughts, morals, and culture that the two should never have really been joined (and before anyone forgets—the Constitution was written by a southerner, and the first five presidents were southern as well).  This does not change history, of course.  In 1828, Senator Thomas H. Benton said “Before the revolution [the South] was the seat of wealth, as well as hospitality….Wealth has fled from the South, and settled in regions north of the Potomac: and this in the face of the fact, that the South, in four staples alone, has exported produce, since the Revolution, to the value of eight hundred millions of dollars; and the North has exported comparatively nothing. Such an export would indicate unparalleled wealth, but what is the fact? … Under Federal legislation, the exports of the South have been the basis of the Federal revenue…..Virginia, the two Carolinas, and Georgia, may be said to defray three-fourths of the annual expense of supporting the Federal Government; and of this great sum, annually furnished by them, nothing or next to nothing is returned to them, in the shape of Government expenditures. That expenditure flows in an opposite direction – it flows northwardly, in one uniform, uninterrupted, and perennial stream. This is the reason why wealth disappears from the South and rises up in the North. Federal legislation does all this.”

This shows the greed of the Union government and the north in general.  It is noted that in 1833 there was surplus revenue of many millions in the public tresasury, which by an act of legislation unparalleled in history of nations was distributed among the Northern States to be used for local public improvements.  This was not shared with states in the south.  Some argue that this wealth of the south came from using free labor, but remember too slavery was rampant in the north as well.  Remember it was the New England states the benefited the majority from the slave trade. Secession not only kept cheap goods from going to the north but also cut off high tariffs and other monies being made at New York harbors. 

When the northern president Lincoln was asked why he didn’t just let the south go, he answered, “Let the south go? Let the South go! Then where shall we get our revenues?”  Some northern newspapers predicted “grass would grow in the streets of New York, while the port of New Orleans would flourish.”  President Lincoln wished only to continue living in ‘high cotton’.


7.      [Fill in the blank] is racist

Racist is defined as:
a.) A person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

b.) Having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another.

Apparently, racist is the new buzzword.  It is to 2015 as bigot was to the late 70s.  Not everything that people view as racist is racist.  For example, hoop skirts, statues or monuments, flags, music videos, and even Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches have recently been called racist.  I’m not sure how a piece of clothing or a sandwich can even be racist!  Neither are persons nor do they show superiority.  This week a Taylor Swift music video was deemed racist simply because it had no minorities within it.  Guess what?  Not having inclusion in something does not make it racist.  It is the overused politically correct buzzword that will lose all effectiveness and meaning must like other words have in the past.  If you want the word to have mean, if you want it to be taken seriously you cannot be the boy who cried wolf!  Make sure you are using it correctly.

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