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One People

Something for the weekend.  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The BandWhen I read Civil War history I do not read it in an us v. them spirit.  Everybody involved is an American:  Confederate, Union, black slave.  It is the great American epic, our Iliad.  It was visited upon us by God, I believe, for the reason Lincoln stated:

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

The great lesson of the Civil War is that we are one people, North and South, black and white, and when I study that period in our history I always attempt to remember that fact.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

8 Comments

  1. I think that’s the problem. The point of the modern Left is that there is no more such thing as “Our Country” or “One Country.” There is my country maybe. Certainly not your country, which will always represent all the evils of our nation. But there is no Our Country. Which is why leaning on notions like ‘Terrorism is the New Normal’ works. If a terrorist kills some other person who happens to live in this country, what’s it to me? As long as it’s nobody I know and love.

  2. The Left in this country obviously has much to learn about this country. Let us hope they learn it before they teach the Right to view them as they obviously view the Right: as enemies to be crushed by any and all means.

  3. “Let us hope they learn it before they teach the Right to view them as they obviously view the Right: as enemies to be crushed by any and all means.”

    I am afraid that the liberal progressive effeminate left is the enemy. They are not authentically American regardless that they may possess US citizenship. They marginalize, ridicule, demean and condemn us. They murder unborn babies and sell their organs on the open market. They santify the putrid sterile filth of what St Paul explicitly condemned as deviant sexual perversion. They are Pharisitically self-righteous and unrepentent. They glorify themselves in their public sin. They have made themselves the enemy.

  4. LQC, When someone aligns themselves with the “Enemy”, they become the enemy of all, and most of all, of their very self.

  5. No. Sherman was not insane with grief. He pursued his policy of destroying Confederate infrastructure during his March to the Sea because it demonstrated that a Union army could go wherever it wished in the South and that the Confederacy could do bupkis to stop it. His generous surrender terms to Johnston underline that he was not insane or acting out of malice.

  6. How come almost everybody has the laughing pope?

    Because Tito Edwards likes to mess with your head. Mr. McClarey’s opinions and historical posts are the secondary purpose of the blog.

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