Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Some further comments on the Civil War Confederacy are in order, in reference to the article stating that we should not permit political correctness to destroy our nation’s actual historic heritage.Slavery existed in northern as well as southern states prior to the Civil War. The slaves of the north were house slaves, as contrasted with the African plantation workers in the south. Racial segregation after the war existed in both north and south. The U.S. Supreme Court, in voting to codify Jim Crow laws in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, based their decision on a Massachusetts legal precedent, and all the federal judges who approved the Jim Crow laws, except one, were northerners.

The southern states referred to the same language in the Declaration of Independence for their cause, as the colonists in their rebellion against England 80 years earlier. Insofar as the states had joined the Union voluntarily, they felt it was their God-given right to leave it if they felt so disposed. Thus, the Confederate flag is not a symbol of racism and slavery, any more than is the Union flag. Rather, it is a symbol of liberty to choose one’s own political associations freely. This was the view of Thomas Jefferson, as starkly contrasted with the idea of an omnipotent central, federal government advocated by Alexander Hamilton and supported by Abraham Lincoln.

Today, we are faced with an all-powerful federal central government, which has long ago violated the Constitution’s 10th Amendment. Confederate historic symbols should be retained today, to remind us of the urgency of reversing this disastrous trend towards final and total tyranny from Washington, D.C.

Lawrence K. Marsh, Gaithersburg

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