From: –
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010

"In his first inaugural, Lincoln sought to appease the states that had seceded by endorsing a constitutional amendment to make slavery permanent in the 15 states where it then existed. He even offered to help the Southern states run down fugitive slaves."

Dear Folks, This line has my vote as the most effective one liner for knocking the ‘war over slavery’ slow ball over the center of the plate out of the stadium.
I would suggest that we might want to come up with a ‘top five’ so we can coordinate these being repeated as much as possible…and how they show the intellectual dishonesty of our detractors.
A listened does not need any prior historical knowledge, or even be very smart for this to sink in that it does not dove tail well into the war over slavery charade.
And the media people who promote it should be roasted over the coals. I have searched on line for a CNN ombudsman and cannot find one anywhere. They seem to want to steer you only to a blog comment.
Am I blind or something…as I thought they were supposed to have them. NPR does…all the newspapers.


From: Steve Scroggins –
Date: Fri, Apr 9, 2010


With respect to this Virginia proclamation, I propose another for the top five:
"Virginia didn’t secede with the original seven and certainly NOT over slavery.  Virginia seceded because of the immoral threat to use force.  When Lincoln called for 75000 volunteers to invade and crush the seceded states, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas all seceded in protest — they would not supply arms or men to kill their brethren in the southern states."
And a few general others for consideration:
"When hostilities started in April 1861, there were seven slaves states in CSA and twelve in the USA.  Four of those twelve seceded to join the CSA only when Lincoln called for volunteers to coerce the South."
"The Crittenden-Johnson resolution passed the U.S. House July 25, 2861 by a vote of 117 to 2.  It essentially said the war was to preserve the union and return the seceded states, without interfering with any of their institutions (slavery)."

Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States, That in this national emergency, Congress, banishing all feelings of mere passion or resentment, will recollect only its duty to the whole country; that this war is not waged on their part in any spirit of oppression, nor for any purpose of conquest or subjugation, nor purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those States, but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and to preserve the Union with all the dignity, equality, and rights of the several States unimpaired; and that as soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to cease.

Decided in the affirmative:
Yeas 117
Nays 2

OVER a YEAR into the war…

"Lincoln wrote as late as August 1862 to Horace Greeley that if he could ‘save the union’ without freeing ANY slave, he would do it.  He made clear that the Emancipation Proclamation published Sep. 1st was simply a war measure aimed at ‘saving the union.’"
"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union;…"  — Abraham Lincoln, Aug. 22, 1862,
letter to Horace Greeley