A reader who calls himself “Honest Abe” recently explained that he would “prefer a president who looks like him” before positing there is a “cold civil war” being waged today in America between conservatives and progressives.
We can safely assume the anonymous Abe is white, conservative and probably born in these parts. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on being racist, although he sure sounds like one.
Why is it guys like Abe seem always to be spoiling for another civil war? The last one didn’t go so well for them, after all.
We now know the hot Civil War was fought because wealthy white Southerners wanted to keep their “peculiar institution,” the quaint phrase they used to obfuscate the monstrous immorality of slavery.
On the backs of millions of black people kidnapped and brought to America against their will white slave owners accumulated vast fortunes. Blacks were subjected to wretched living conditions, worked like animals and often raped, beaten and murdered.
When Northern states sought to outlaw this gross obscenity, rich Southern whites revolted.
They couldn’t tell poor Southern whites a war was necessary to protect and propagate their immense fortunes, so they pushed the phony “states’ rights” line to hide the real rationale for armed conflict with the North.
Many poor, white Southerners were ignorant and ill-educated, beholden to the hierarchy that kept them along with the slaves on the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid. It wasn’t difficult to fool many millions of them to fight “Yankee aggressors.”
“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want,” Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman famously declared before Gen. Ulysses S. Grant dispatched him South with orders to “make Georgia howl.”
You know the rest.
To the extent there is any cold civil war it’s in the minds of yokels like Honest Abe who can’t get it through their heads that this country is not what it was in 1861 and never will be again.
Abe and his ilk, like the Southern yokels of yore, are being manipulated by the propaganda foisted on them by today’s rich plantation owners like the Koch brothers who point at progressives and bellow, “There’s your enemy, boys! YEEE-haaaa!!!!
Thankfully we’re not shooting at each other. Yet.
So instead of “gloriously falling on the field of honor” for a morally bankrupt cause, Honest Abe votes against his own best economic interests.