Jeff Davis merits more recognition

June 7, 2009

Very little recognition was given to the birthday of Jefferson Davis on June 3.

Sadly, Wikipedia begins its description of the former president of the Confederate States of America as "was an American politician who …"

Some quotes I would suspect few have ever seen would include the following:

"I tried in all my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, and for 12 years, I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on ’till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks, and his children seize the musket and fight our battle, unless you acknowledge our right to self government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for independence, and that, or extermination, we will have. Slavery never was an essential element."

He contended that he would rather be out of the Union with the Constitution, than to be in the Union without the Constitution. If the truth be told, secession was, in Jefferson Davis’ and his followers’ minds, an attempt to preserve the Constitution.

As we see daily attacks by the current administration on any restraints on federal power supposedly provided by our increasingly abused Constitution, this seems very much like 1861 all over again.

We should honor Jefferson Davis on his birthday.

William W. Watson
St Joseph