Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The "Red State" Historical Fiction

This video was linked on a friend's Facebook page from another users page along with the discussion the two of them had over the erroneous content. The creator of the video, according to his YouTube channel, is from the great "Red State" of Missouri, which he considers to have been a part of the Confederacy. (Historical note: The official secession movement in Missouri was decisively defeated. A renegade minority group of legislators along with the pro-slavery Governor left the state capital and set up an insurgent "government" which passed a sterilized secession document, the only such document to not mention slavery.)

The following italicized selection is copied from the YouTube profile of the video's creator. I have left the grammar and spelling as they were on the profile, as I feel that, in itself, speaks volumes as to the reliability and accuracy of the video's content:

Here is a quick summary of what made the states that made up the Confederacy secced from the Union-

The Confederate States Of America Were formed not out of hatred toward any one race or religion, but becuse of the actions of the Union over a high terrif called the Morill tarrif wich was the highest one ever to be passed till then in the history of the United States that forced many Southerners into bankrupcy on top of that the tariff was passed through even with the South voting no to it showing how the North was not representing the South in Congress so when they legally withdrew from the union under the Decleration of Independence and tried to form there own country what did the union do declare war on them in order to be able to collect their tax that is what started the civil war.

In the video, the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861 is credited to Congress and Lincoln, and it is claimed the act was signed into law by President Lincoln. INCONVENIENT HISTORICAL FACT: The Tariff Act was signed into law on March 2, 1861, by President James Buchanan. Abraham Lincoln did not take office until his inauguration on March 4, 1861. Oops.

The Tariff Act is presented by the author as the primary reason for secession and the resultant war. INCONVENIENT HISTORICAL FACT: Seven of states which withdrew from the Union (South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) had done so at least a month or more prior to the passage of Tariff Act. The Tariff Act cannot be cited as a reason for the secession of these states because it had not passed and likely would not have passed had the representatives from those states retained their seats in the congress. Double Oops.

One last INCONVENIENT HISTORICAL FACT: Prior to the Confederates opening fire on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, the conventional wisdom was that there could still be some negotiated settlement to preserve the Union and avoid an armed conflict. Those hopes were dashed by the Confederate attack. So much for Lincoln's invasion of the South to collect taxes due under the tariff.

One final thought: The "States Rights" often cited by the "Heritage not Hate" pretenders were the rights of the states to treat human beings as property rather than persons based on their ethnic origin and skin color. I'm still not sure how ignorant one has to be to not see that as racism.

As an aside: At the time the video was linked to this blog, the YouTube video had 990 "likes" and 167 "dislikes." Yes, my friends, racism is alive and well in the great "Red States."