Just My Opinion
I had an interesting exchange of opinions regarding one of my articles posted here in the past. I now have it on a MySpace page that I have started, "The Confederate Flag" you all have read and this interesting exchange has led to yet another "Just My Opinion"
"Those People" say that The War For Southern Independence was an act of Treason when we took up arms and fired unprovoked shots against our own people underneath a cowardly banner for the sake of preserving slavery.
First off let me say that a Civil War is an uprising of people within their own Country, The Confederate States of America is a Country formed by the secession of states that had the right to do so as provided under the Constitution. The CSA was invaded by the Union because Lincoln did not want to lose the raw products provided by Southern States, The secession of these states forming the CSA was a money issue and Lincoln did not want to lose power over the South. The firing of unprovoked shots that started the Civil war as they claim began when The Confederate government attempted to negotiate the withdrawal of a small federal garrison that occupied Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on December 26, 1860. Lincoln decided not to withdraw the garrison. Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Lincoln issued a call-up of 75,000 troops to put down what he claimed was a "Rebellion" in the South. So if the tables were turned and the CSA was on union territory and refused to leave would this still be treason? This was a war between two countries so we were not fighting against our own people we were defending ourselves against invasion from another country. Treason I think not.
Slavery was not the issue in The War of Northern Aggression (aka Civil War); Lincoln himself stated "The war is being fought for the Union, not slavery". A quote by Ulysses S. Grant states "If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side." Lincoln even stated in his First Inaugural Speech on 3-14-1861 "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Who actually had Slavery on their agenda? The Emancipation Proclamation did no more that take able bodied black men who it claimed to free and enlist them in the union army; this document freed no one it was a ploy to build the union army.
This war was not due to an act of treason or to preserve a system that enslaved human beings, it was fought because Lincoln refused to allow the South to go in peace. This proud Banner that "those people" claim to be cowardly is a symbol of the sacrifices that our Noble Forefathers stood for to protect our homeland and to preserve the proud heritage of their ancestors, they passed those traits down to us and it is up to us now to stand for the cause they deemed worth fighting for. Our ancestors were not wrong and the lessons being taught to our children at school now have to be challenged with the true facts. Teach your children the truth so they can continue the traits of our Great Southern Heritage. Our Confederate Battle Flag is not a flag of treason or a cowardly symbol of racism. This Confederate Flag and the Cause of the Confederacy are reminders of a Great Nation of people who were brave enough to stand for what is right.
I’m proud to be a descendant of these people and I will continue to teach and learn the truth they so proudly stood for, I will not bow to the PC teachings that is an attempt to erase our Heritage and I will never be ashamed of where I am from or of my ancestors who stood up to give me what I have today.
"Too many of our Noble Forefathers stood for the Cause of The Confederacy for it to have been unjust"