“Physical and social differences between North and South did not in themselves necessarily imply an irrepressible conflict. They did not mean that civil war had been decreed from the beginning by Fate. It came when problems arising from rapid growth and expansion got into such shape that they could not be solved by discussion, tolerance, and compromise… How this happened is not entirely clear. We only know that sectional rivalry in the nation turned into a struggle between…‘civilizations,’ between progress and backwardness, between right and wrong. Men ceased to reason, to tolerate, to accept compromise. Good men then had no choice but to kill and be killed.” ~ Avery Craven, The Coming of the Civil War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942, 1957, 1966; 1967) p 1-2
“As if conceding the point, Obama offers 2012 voters not hope but ‘a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America.’ Romney, too, paints his disagreements with the president in stark terms — leavened, of late, by pledges of bipartisan cooperation faintly reminiscent of those that helped Bush and Obama win, but no more plausible” (source: here).
“[R]ivalry in the nation turned into a struggle between…‘civilizations,’ between progress and backwardness, between right and wrong.”
“[A] choice between two fundamentally different visions for America.”
It hardly takes a high IQ to see where we are in America today: on the verge of being set at one another’s throats, and we should be ashamed of ourselves.
Over 600,000 men died between 1861 and 1865 as Americans slaughtered one another en masse… why? Because there existed two fundamentally different visions of America… because there was a struggle between civilizations, or worldviews, which had opposite opinions regarding issues as fundamental as progress and backwardness, right and wrong, good and evil.
Black, chattel slavery is wrong, evil, and we would be going backward if we wanted to reinstitute it. Right?
Abortion on demand is wrong, evil, and those who wish to keep all American women locked – forever – into one US Supreme Court decision, which was made for them by nine old men during the patriarchal and misogynistic milieu of 1973, represent not progress but the stagnation of entrenched conservatism, because they wish to preserve the (unjust for women) status quo.
America is bitterly divided, because at least 41% of Americans believe women hiring men to slaughter their not-yet-born children is “progress” and “good”.
Gee, maybe 41% of Americans should be lobbying for the return of black, chattel slavery, because it’s “progress” and “good”.
I hope you see my point.
The town I live in, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was burned by the Confederates July 30, 1864 and has the distinction of being the one northern town ever to be burned by the Confederates. The federal Union troops, however, laid waste to the entire south. In fact, Chambersburg was only burned by the Confederates in retaliation for the Union’s earlier laying to waste of towns in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, which is just south of Chambersburg.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is only 20 miles from Chambersburg, and, 150 years ago, General Lee and his men set up their headquarters in Chamberburg before the battle. The church I am a member of: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, was used as an emergency hospital after the battle of Gettysburg, where, after the battle, 8,000 men and 3,000 horses lay dead in the Pennsylvania summer sun, left for the citizens of Gettysburg to bury.
VIDEO – Gettysburg Pickett’s Charge
Fast forward 150 years and look at this headline from an article I read yesterday (11/13/2012), which was titled: Nearly half of US threatens to secede.
Really? What moron began this “movement”?!
The stupidity of people constantly amazes me, but this takes the cake. In the midst of the most divided America we have had in 150 years the best idea some people can come up with to help America and Americans is to secede?
Whoever came up with this idea, and whoever supports this idea, is a dangerous FOOL.
I have NEVER been more ashamed and disgusted with the land of my birth.
Our media and our government does its level best to overemphasize our differences, which are very few, and never mentions the multitude of beliefs we all share in common.
We are tearing ourselves apart and it’s time to stop the nonsense and begin unifying all Americans.