I saw this yesterday.
I didn’t feel like responding to it on Independence Day though.
“July 4 offers us a day to reflect on the American Revolution. Because it coincides as well with the conclusion of the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in 1863, it is also a time to look back on the American Civil War. The men who led the Confederate States of America fought for a much worse cause than did the Founding Fathers, yet they drew inspiration from the Founders’ battle for independence. Why did they fail?
Certainly, the Confederate leaders believed that it was at least possible to win their fight to leave the Union. Their rhetoric repeatedly invoked that struggle, and sought to claim the legacy of the Founders. …”
What cause was this?
In the American Revolution, it was Britain which fought to preserve the Union and to abolish slavery as a war measure to subdue the rebellion in the colonies. There was an internal divide between Patriots and Tories in the colonies. The Patriots fought for state sovereignty, independence, self government as well as “racism,” “white supremacy” and “slavery.” The Confederacy preserved the U.S. Constitution and only made minor changes and the Confederates basically fought to conserve the status quo.
How is the American Revolution good while the Confederacy is bad? Nothing changed in the transition between the United States and the Confederacy. The flag remained red, white and blue. The same blacks were enslaved on the same plantations. The same people were “racist.” White supremacy was established in the colonial era and existed before, during and after the War Between the States on both sides. The Founding Fathers upheld both slavery and white supremacy in the South. The biggest difference between the Union and the Confederacy was that the East was subtracted from our government.
If Jefferson Davis is evil and immoral for being a racist and a slave owning president, why isn’t the same true of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? If the Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol of slavery and white supremacy, why isn’t the American flag a symbol of systemic racism? The American flag flew over all the slave ships that traveled to Africa and flew over slavery during the war and for longer than the Confederate Battle Flag ever did. The Confederates fought for the same cause as their ancestors which was the right of free White men in sovereign states to govern themselves.
The Confederate Idea was being free of the misrule of arrogant Eastern elites. It might be worth revisiting in our own times. What do you think? Would we be better off without them?
Cameron Hilditch wrote another garbage article for National Review on July the 4th.
“One of the most regrettable developments of this summer in the United States is the way in which certain commentators have tried to pit the spirit of Juneteenth against the spirit of July 4, as if the two were in tension with one another. …”
Perhaps this explains Douthat’s insight that the Trump base doesn’t have much respect for the conservative intelligentsia and sees them as worthless fops?
“Like many commentators on the far left and far right today, the Confederate secessionists of the 1860s insisted that the United States of America did not come into being as a nation on July 4, 1776. Their preferred date of birth for the Union was June 21, 1788, when the Constitution became the official framework of government for the United States. …”
Yes, that would be because the Articles of Confederation had only created a league of sovereign states which the states themselves withdrew from before each state separately ratified the Constitution. The Constitution went into effect before North Carolina and Rhode Island ratified it.
“Lincoln’s understanding of July 4 as the date of the nation’s Founding provided him with the intellectual and rhetorical springboard to justify the salvation of the Union both to his contemporaries and to posterity. …”
In other words, it allowed him to act like a dictator and conveniently ignore the Constitution and the Supreme Court and the law and use the U.S. military to decapitate elected state governments like in Missouri and place states under military occupation and puppet governments without their consent.
“But it also allowed him to throw down the anchor of July 4 further into the depths of the nation’s strife than had the Founders in 1787 and to pull up with it Americans who had been held in bondage for centuries. It matters that the United States was born of the Fourth of July not only because it really was, but because the conviction that it was cleansed this country of its most grievous sin and still propels it further up and further into an ever more perfect Union characterized by life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. …”
Where is this ever more perfect Union?
This country is now in terminal decline. We have Juneteenth though, right?
Note: Granted, it is true though that Juneteenth is the fulfillment of the legacy of Africanus the I and his plan to Africanize America. In retrospect, we can look back at the course of American history and see that everything the Confederates predicted would happen and then some has come true.