The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the War Between the States.
The American Interest has penned three essays to commemorate the historic occasion. Personally, I can’t resist the temptation to forcefully respond to their apologetics. This kind of stuff is like catnip to the Sons of Dixie who are “unreconstructed” in the 21st century.
After taking the time to read this essay, I can’t help but observe that the only compelling answer that poor Allen C. Guelzo is ultimately left with is that the War Between the States advanced the fantasy ideology of “liberal democracy.”
Yeah, it cost hundreds of thousands of lives, destroyed our communities, impoverished the South for a 100 years, decimated entire states, enthroned the corporation, enthroned the banks, enthroned the U.S. dollar, enthroned a tyrannical consolidated government, degraded the quality of America’s political leadership, and its utopian experiments with “civil rights” was a catastrophic failure in every conceivable respect …
Yes, but … “liberal democracy” was advanced the process! Just like “liberal democracy” was advanced in WW1, WW2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the Cold War, the Second Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, the War in Serbia, the “War on Terror,” the “War on Poverty,” and now the War in Libya, and god only knows what future wars must be waged for “liberal democracy.”
Just what is this “liberal democracy” that is so great and wonderful? Hollywood’s version of American culture? The “partisan divide” in Washington? The Federal Reserve’s magic money machine? Wall Street’s sound investments? New York’s brand new gay marriage law? The millions of illegal aliens that infest California and Texas? Jersey Shore, American Idol, and The World According to Paris?
The golden opportunity to live in Black Run America where Al Sharpton has a television show, but where Thomas Jefferson and John C. Calhoun couldn’t serve in the U.S. Senate? The Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday? Maybe it is the opportunity to be a debt slave to China and the Countrywide mortgage?
Barack Hussein Obama’s political leadership? The SPLC and ACLU view of White America? Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN? The opportunity to defend Turkey from foreign aggression? The “flash mobs” that terrorize our major cities? Seriously.
Is that supposed to compete with Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson? Is that supposed to compete with Remember The Alamo? I don’t think so!
The pivotal moments of world history are only obvious in hindsight. In 1955, no one could have predicted what the Montgomery Bus Boycott would lead to in the year 2008. Just imagine what the year 2077 will look like in North America and Western Europe.
This is the highwater mark: