From Director Blue.

All good, but I have to defend the Blame America First Nutjob who calls the traitor Bradley Manning a “true patriot” on one item on the list, but that’s just because I’m a fair Emperor, not because I have any sympathy for the slobbering, paranoid crank:

In 2007, Ron Paul criticized Abraham Lincoln for using military force to end slavery during the Civil War: “He shouldn’t have gone to war… Slavery was phased out in every other country in the world and the way I’m advising that it should have been done is do like the British Empire did; you buy the slaves and release them.”

That was actually one of the options on the table back then (since left out of history books). As a matter of fact, there were more emancipation movements in the South than in the North prior to when the North decided to use violence and intimidation as a tactic to end the disgusting practice of slavery. Everybody recognized that to just end it would impose financial hardship, so more level-headed individuals suggested that ending slavery and recognizing that might be preferable to killing half a million Americans and shredding the Constitution and the States’ right to leave the Union (without which the Constitution would have never been ratified) and, ironically, the compensation probably wouldn’t have been all that much, considering that paying free workers to do labor is a lot cheaper than being personally and financially responsible for every aspect of your slaves’ lives.

I think it’s safe to assume that anybody with an ounce of decency would agree that slavery needed to be abolished. I certainly wouldn’t want to be caught in the same room with anybody who would suggest that it didn’t since I’d be compelled to kill the son of a bitch dead. The question isn’t “if”, it’s “how.” And, I suppose, “when”, because if you’re daft enough to think that, without the War Against Southern Independence, slavery would still be with us now well, let’s just leave it at that.

All I’m saying is that Luap Nor, for once, is right: There was another way of righting this horrible wrong.

The rest of the list is right on.


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