The War Between the States II

One of these days we shall write a little piece on today’s Civil War. One side thinks the Republican President is surpassingly evil, a conniver, that he invades Sovereign States, that under the color of the war-flag he violates habeas corpus and abuses prisoners of war, that his cause is the mission of religious fanatics, and that it is he who tears the country asunder into North and South. The other side thinks the President frees slaves, fights to preserve the Union, understands that human rights are God’s gift to man and man’s responsibility to uphold, and, whatever his faults, is as decent and honorable a man who has ever held the Office. But nobody is talking about Abraham Lincoln.

This comparison to Lincoln and the Civil War is no joke. Take a look at this chart from Pat Sanity, and tell us that perceptions of reality today, from Left and Right, are not as violently incompatible as were those of North and South a century and a half ago:

In our view, the divisions today are as serious as almost any in the history of the Republic. In arriving at this opinion, we take it as given that the statements of Dr. Dean and others are meant literally, and are not a figurative gesture, based on the Democrats’ frustration at their decade long loss of power.

2 Responses to “The War Between the States II”

  1. Bruce Says:

    Was Strom Thurmond in the KKK? While he was a Sothern segregationist at one time, I doubt he was in the Klan. Unlike Byrd.

  2. Dimsdale Says:

    Actually, my one criticism of this table is that the entry “Condemning Trent Lott (R) for praising Strom Thurmond who was in the KKK (not correct by the way) should more properly be compared to Chris Dodd’s (D) later praise of Robert Byrd (D; KKK) at a celebration of the Grand Kleagle’s 17,000th vote in the Senate.

    To wit:

    “I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment,” Mr. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, said while praising Mr. Byrd last week on the occasion of the eight-term Democrat’s 17,000th Senate vote.
    Mr. Dodd continued: “He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation.”
    Mr. Byrd has admitted he joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942. In a 1946 letter to a national Klan leader, Mr. Byrd wrote that he had held the rank of “kleagle” in the KKK. In the Senate in June 1964, Mr. Byrd made a 14-hour filibuster speech in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the Civil Rights Act.”

    This is excerpted from “Dodd praise for Byrd hit by GOP” By Ralph Z. Hallow
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 08, 2004.
    http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040408-122244-5534r.htm

    It should be noted that Lott was forced to resign from his position as Senate leader, while Dodd comparatively suffered no punshment, admonishment or criticism whatsoever.

    No bias here.

    Reminds me of the relatative coverage of the Bush TANG/Kerry Swiftboat stories. The MSM is too lazy and complacent to even try to be clever in its biases.

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