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WARNING: the YouTube video behind this link contains words you probably do not want your children repeating until they're old enough to vote.

A friendly little bit of song and dance about patriotic statements involving yellow ribbons.

Lifted from the anti-bush LJ community.

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foomf
Oct. 12th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's arguable whether it was a good or bad thing to block the secession.

However, the moral reason for blocking it was valid: they chose to secede so that they could continue to hold slaves.

As with every war, there were underlying economic motives: slavery is extremely expensive and not very cost-effective, and had a tremendous social cost, but it was entrenched in the society - the southern states literally could not grow the huge amounts of cotton that was the only significant crop, without it. The industrialized northern states wanted that cotton, and they wanted it cheap, but the British mills would buy it for about twice what the North was willing to pay.

Lincoln's plans for reconstruction included moving mills into the south, no huge reparations costs, no enforced seizure of property at random, and the whole 'carpetbagging' thing wasn't part of the plan.

Lots of conspiracy theorists like to claim that the secretary of war or the secretary of state were behind the assassination; others think it was the Rothschilds, but whatever the murky truth, the fact is that without Lincoln to restrain their greed, the parasites got to strip the south.

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