Friday, April 8, 2022

Emancipation After the War

Part 5 in Clyde Wilson’s series “African-American Slavery in Historical Perspective.” Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.


Early in Reconstruction the staunch Unionist William Sharkey was appointed governor of Mississippi by Andrew Johnson.  Sharkey said that he believed that half the African American population of the state had perished in the war.  This may not be too much of an exaggeration for Mississippi where more than half the population was black and neighbouring Lousiana  with almost as large a percentage.  Both states had been subjected to repeated destructive invasions that had disrupted life catastrophically. Certainly the death toll for slaves was high, as it was for white women and children.

The central evidence of the aftermath of the war and Reconstruction is the neglected fact of  the decline of well-being in the freed population for the half century after emancipation.  The social statics of 1900  indicate a decline of 10 years in the life-expectancy of the African American population.  This tragedy can only be explained by a decline in health care and nutrition, breakup of families, deterioration of work skills, and an increase in unemployment and vice.    However, we can readily expect our upwardly mobile young historians, if they notice it at all,  to discover for us that all the death and suffering were due to Southern violence and repression.

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Convention of States – Collectivist Trojan Horse

 Trojan Horse

As our nation continues to depart from its founding principles, conservatives are desperately searching for strategies to re-establish the checks and balances designed to prevent government tyranny.  As specific problems are identified, solutions are proposed.  If professional politicians are the problem, term limits will get rid of them.  If government spending is the problem, a balanced budget is the answer.  If government overreach is the problem, defund and close government agencies.  If moral decay is the issue, legislate against it. 

The Convention of States (COS) agenda promises to resolve all these problems.  Their plan is to invoke Article V of the Constitution in which thirty-four states can petition Congress to call a “convention of states” to propose constitutional amendments.  They contend that each state delegation is restricted to proposing only amendments specified in the state’s petition.  Common suggested amendments are Congressional Term Limits and a Balanced Budget Amendment.  COS proponents claim that the states will control all aspects of the convention and any amendments proposed would still have to be ratified by ¾ of the states to become part of the Constitution.  They claim the process is legal, constitutional, and a perfectly foolproof and safe way to reestablish constitutional rule.

I vehemently disagree. The Article V Convention of States is a Trojan Horse.

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The Intimate Communist..... Local Bureaucrats,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/

The world over and through eons of time the principles of communism must always fail and capitalism must always prevail. The danger comes when the most successful societies attract the attention of the communists.

The central issue at play in both systems, communism and capitalism, and the cause of failure or success, is innovation.

Communists are communists, because they’re administrators, mid-level managers who recognize the need to use threats and force to obtain results. If they begin as communists, they are attracted to these positions where there is no requirement of specific talents or abilities other than the willingness to manipulate and force compliance.

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Court disbars Jan. 6 defense lawyer who claimed “it’s not illegal to go inside the Capitol”

 Via Cousin Joe


 Oath Keeper's Ceremony & Dinner+ 09/12/09 D.C.

A Virginia court last week disbarred an attorney representing numerous prominent Capitol riot defendants, including a top Oath Keepers member charged with seditious conspiracy.

A three-judge panel in Prince William County Circuit Court ordered attorney Jonathon Moseley's law license revoked, according to court records first reported by Politico.

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