Of Apostates and Scapegoats
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Leviticus 16: 21-2
The South is the Apostate in John Winthrop’s shining “Citty upon a Hill,” and the Southern Confederacy is the scapegoat for all its sins. Today’s righteous virtue-postings by Progressives and their political “hue and cry” against the South’s monuments honoring her soldiers is based upon their specious charges that they are monuments to Treason, Slavery, and Racism. This is “presentism” – history twisted into the service of present-day politics. Progressives – who have taken a page out of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and would level society to the lowest common denominator in the name of “Equality” – have taken a page out of George Orwell’s 1984 in order to accomplish and control it: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” But –
To accuse the Confederacy of treason, one must first wipe one’s feet on the Declaration of Independence, signed by the thirteen slave-holding Colonies that seceded from the British Empire in 1776. Lincoln’s invasion of the Southern States, which he did not recognize as being out of the Union, is treason according to Article 3, Section 3 of the U. S. Constitution. Self-defense against invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance is not. No Confederate was ever tried for treason after the war.
To claim that the Confederacy “took up arms to destroy the Union in defense of slavery” please see above. To claim that the United States waged war against the Confederacy to end slavery, one must ignore Lincoln’s emphatic disclaimer to the contrary in his First Inaugural Address, and then ignore his famous Emancipation Proclamation, issued two years later, stating plainly that slavery was alright as long as one was loyal to his government – proven the following summer when West Virginia, a so-called “slave State,” was admitted into the Union.