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“Now, I’m not obscuring the fact that the feeling of the British public is against the system of slavery, but I don’t see any reason at all why this sentiment should stand in the way of commercial advantages. Great Britain trades with Brazil, which is a slaveholding country, and Great Britain is, moreover the largest customer of the Southern states for the production of slave labor.” –Sen. Robert Barnwell Rhett (D–SC)
This statement attributed to Senator Rhett was beyond delusional, but it was representative of the beliefs that many secessionists in South Carolina maintained in 1860 before secession. As Democrats, they were convinced that G-d was on their side; that importing slaves from Africa was their right (even though it had been ruled illegal by the US government); that even though the British despised slavery and had for many years, they would still do business with slave traders—Rhett along with his fellow secessionists, the fire-eaters, were convinced that secession would be a just process and fairly simple to enact, particularly if Great Britain were on their side.
Needless to say, they were greatly disappointed that their assumptions were not only incorrect but wildly misconceived. The Civil War was just around the corner. One only has to read about the horrors of Reconstruction, too, to know what men will do to seek vengeance.
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I offer up this quotation to those who can’t understand how the Democrats (in the form of Leftism) live in a contrived reality. The government representatives keep making the same foolish decisions over and over again. They believe they have justice on their side, and somehow, they will be able to carry through on their plans and promises. Day after day we watch their incompetence demonstrated through ill-advised policies; year after year we’ve watched them rely on their senseless ideology and poor judgment. And the mindless violence and destruction of the past year only validates our observations.
You’d think we were living in 1860 all over again.
Hat tip to @seawriter who postulated that we’ve seen this kind of craziness and violence previously in this country, and recommended this book, Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey.Published in