Re the recent letter by Barry Speth, Slavery drove Souths secession:
Speth ignores the fact that Abraham Lincoln, in his inaugural speech on March 4, 1861, stated I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the United States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so.
I dont suppose Speth is calling his demigod Abraham Lincoln a liar, is he? Lincoln proves that he is a liar when he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, which incidentally did not free one slave.
The fact of the matter is that the Morril tariff, instituted by a Northern-controlled Congress and signed by Lincoln, placed a 47 percent tariff on all goods imported by the South. Under this act, the South was forced to pay 70 percent of the cost to operate the federal government. This was unacceptable to the South.
Charles Dickens states, "Union means many millions a year lost to the South. Secession means loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is the root of all evils. The quarrel between North and South as it stands is solely a fiscal quarrel." V.I. Lenin states, People separated from their history are easily persuaded.
And one more quote that ought to be near to Speths heart: Karl Marx states, The war between the North and South is a tariff war. The war is further, not for any principal, does not touch the question of slavery and in fact turns on the Southerners lust for sovereignty.
So money was the cause of the war, because Lincoln wasnt about to set the goose that laid the golden egg free without a fight.
Speth knew full well that the people in the South were fighting for their country, their homes, their families and each other. They knew they were fighting a rogue army of mercenaries that was hell-bent on the pillage, rape and total destruction of the South.
Therefore, the Socialist-inspired, Northern-printed public-school textbooks have it all wrong.
I want Speth, the NAACP, and every other liberal - also known as Socialist - to know that even if their assertions had been true, it would not change a thing. I will always cherish everything Southern - especially the Confederate Battle Flag.
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