September 12, 2017

There ain't no participation trophy here

It may rain today as the outer bands of what was once Irma continue to slide north and west. It may not rain. If it does rain, we won't get much. We need it. I don't think it has rained in the past month. I might be wrong about that.

I could look it up. I won't because I don't care. You don't either. It is dry. There is no dispute about that fact. My little tomatoes are a testament to the fact.

I have a complicated post milling around in my head about the causes of the Civil War. I want to help people understand that we cannot impose modern values on 19th century people. Understanding the times will help us understand why there are statues. That understanding helps us discuss rationally why tearing down our history is counter-productive. Like I said, it is complicated. People way smarter, more erudite, more educated have written books on the subject. I am not sure I can give a reasonable summary in a blog post. We shall see.

Imagine if Congress took the craziest law in California and imposed it on your state. Or if you live in a blue state and Indiana's stupid Sunday Blue Laws* were imposed on you. Imagine that taxes designed to benefit a few states were imposed on the whole nation, hurting the economy of your state. What if the Congress allowed several new states into the country ensuring the Red States will hold a permanent majority in the Legislature? If the situation resulted in succession (I'm looking at you California), would both sides argue they were trying to preserve the Constitution as they understood it?

There was more than slavery at play in the Civil War.

* can't sell cars on Sunday, can't buy carry out beer wine or booze on Sunday...


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

As you have stated the Civil War was much more than slavery. I have wondered if Lincoln had not been elected what would have happened. Google has some answers,https://civilwartalk.com/threads/what-if-lincoln-had-lost-the-1860-election.1280/


James Old Guy

Joe said...

Lincoln was another President that lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote

It worked out OK

Anonymous said...

Not even remotely true. He had about 500,000 more than Douglas.

Joe said...

Sorry wrote that too quickly. He did not garner even close to 50% of the popular vote in the 1860 election.

Thank you for pointing out my error

Anonymous said...

The elections of 1860 was radically different than the system we currently use. Today’s political party splits is nothing compared to what was going on in those days. Secret ballots were not the norm, in some state’s the popular vote was not used for the electoral college. Lincoln wasn’t even on the ballot in some states, where candidates had to supply their own ballots. A different system and different time in history.

James Old Guy

Joe said...

Exactly. That is why it is complex and complicated.

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