Gateway Pundit’s response to Ron Paul saying the “War of Northern Aggression” could have been prevented by the North buying the slaves from the South.
Of course, this is ridiculous on many levels. For one, hindsight is 20/20. No one knew going into the war what it would mean to this country– that 600,000 Americans would lose their lives, that the South would be devastated.
Let me start by saying it’s reasons like this that make it hard for me to get behind Ron Paul. GP obviously lacks any experience in war-fighting. The damage to the South was inflicted with purpose, conviction, and malice by the North. The war was as much of a clash of cultures as it was a war about economics or liberty. In fact, I could make the case that it was inevitable given the North’s attitude towards Southerners and the rebellious nature of Southern culture. In many ways, this was rematch of the war for Independence from the crown.
Some background first. As the North industrialized, they came to view the South as backwards, uneducated, and dirty. The South was populated by Scottish Highlanders. The North populated mostly by British. Scottish Highlanders had made a name for themselves as having all of those characteristics and in many ways they continued those traditions when they immigrated to the South. Slavery was dying in the South. The cotton gin and competition from Africa had driven the price of “King Cotton” down to the point that slavery was no longer supportable. The Northern anti-slavery movement was driven by evangelicals flush with self-righteousness and fresh from an anti-slavery victory in Britain.
This background is important. Herein lies the seeds of tyranny. Our founding fathers wanted to prevent special interest from using the government for purposes of intimidation. The war destroyed our voluntary union and set in motion the creeping tyranny we see in America today. The South fought for our freedoms and liberties. The victory by the North ensured that our freedoms would constantly be assaulted by these petty tyrants that know what’s good for us.