CSA, States Rights and Nazis
Dear Mr. Schneck,
Allow me first to introduce myself. My name is Raphael Waldburg and I am German though living in Spain. I could read you surprising E-mail stating that the CSA were racist, close to Nazis and "States Rights would have brought about a scary and dangerous world". First I wanted to ignore the message because of the total lack of seriosity of its content, but I think if you really bear this opinion in your heart, you should know some facts well known in Europe:
1. States Rights didn’t led to Civil War. States Rights was what America was founded upon, the movements leading to their destruction in order to create a federal empire led to secession and a war of conquest from the North.
2. "The greatest evil in the world", slavery existed in the American continent not until (late) 1865 but well into the 1880´s in Cuba and Brasil. In the US it had existed both in the North and the South as a legacy of the really greatest evil in the world: the British Empire. The CSA was the first Republic in the American Continent, from Alaska to Cape Horn to abolish and ban the international slave trade and importation of slaves, even from Union states.
3. Your fantasy alignment of the CSA with Nazi Germany is hilarious and repugnant at the same time. Did you know that Hitler admired the destruction of the rights of the American States and the creation of a strong federal Republic with an elected Caesar as President? He said this in his book Mein Kampf in the late 1920´s. Most scaring: Hitler used several sentences equal to that of Lincoln in the First Inaugural Address about the Union being older than the States, etc. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. II, "Die Nazionalsozialistische Bewegung", Chap. 10, Der Föderalismus als Maske, Franz Eher Verlag, Munich, Ed. 1941, p. 634). I am sure you can find an English translation.
4. You say under States Rights the evil would have come over the world. I think its exactly the contrary. After the Yankee Empire had exterminated the Indians in America, it started expansion. In 1917 President Wilson decided to join Europe at War "to bring democracy and freedom". The result: the rising of Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin and Stalin. The result: WWII. By the way, people like George Patton and Simon B. Buckner were proud descendants of Confederate officers, they crushed America’s enemies. After WWII the Cold War came, "cold" at the Berlin Wall, but very hot in Korea, in Vietnam, in Africa and Central America, etc. Plus terrorist movements, etc. After the Cold War the old conflicts broke out: Yugoslavia, Mesopotamia (Irak), the Caucasus, etc. In addition, Yankee Imperialism was a booster to Islamic terrorism because those people think America is the Satan on earth.
President George Washington (The image of the Grand Seal of the CSA) had always warned America NOT to get involved in international conflicts. And you seriously think the evil would have come over the world for preserving States Rights, Sir???
Finally, allow me to quote President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who answered a letter of a man who had asked him why he admired the "secessionist traitor" Robert E. Lee and had a photograph of him in the Oval Office of the White House. In the President’s answer is the attitude every American should follow:
"Dear Dr. Scott:
"Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War Between the States the issue of Secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.
"General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his belief in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.
"From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.
"Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.
Dwight D. Eisenhower"
(Carbon-copy of the original letter is kept in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas)
I invite you to reconsider your thinking. States Rights is the most precious base for real freedom and a great America. It’s your treasure.
Yours most truly,