While Mrs. Clinton wants you to believe she is deeply concerned for the Republican party, she would rather you forget the dregs of history associated with the Democrat Party. All you need to know about the history of this great nation should be what the Left wants you to know. Already our school curriculum and texts tell the story of America the way the Left would like it—and, having expunged the truth, they have conveniently painted themselves into the picture as the saviors of the common man. After a few generations, this warped historical record will be the only one in existence and thereby deemed to be true.
Over the past year, a concerted effort has been made to distort the history of the Civil War. Children have been taught that the Civil War was only about slavery and that southern states left the Union illegally solely because of it. Leftist history fails to mention the issue of states’ rights: the Civil War was also fought over the issue of succession and a state’s right under the federal Constitution to secede. The issue at hand was slavery but it could have been any number of other things that touched off the war.
With this limited view, anything associated with the Confederacy and the states belonging to it is now classified by the Left as evil, bigoted, and racist. Our Southern brethren are judged to be without honor, integrity, or respect for other human beings. Therefore, the Left endeavors to make their history disappear—wants the memorials, statutes, and images to be taken down and hidden from future generations. These are the same people who consider Union General Tecumseh Sherman, a man who burned everything in his path from Atlanta to Savannah, a hero.
Why is it important to the Left to expunge these events from our history? They claim that some people are offended by the artifacts, the symbols, and details of that time—usually their black constituents. However, this is a half-truth. What they really desire is to sweep the concept of states’ rights under the rug and never let it see the light of day again. In doing so, in eliminating that honorable argument from history, it becomes easier for future liberals to make the case for an overarching federal government with power over all things, including every function of every state in the Union. In truth, we are very near that point today as our rogue President attacks the Constitution at every turn and ignores the individual and states’ rights as clearly defined in the Tenth Amendment.
If one delves deeply enough into the significant issues confronting our nation today, one realizes that states’ rights are an intrinsic part of those issues. For example, one issue that quickly comes to mind is gun control. If we eliminate states’ rights, gun control becomes easier to implement on a nationwide basis. The same is true about any new rulings that might concern abortion, climate change, and how our police departments operate. Long ago, local control and, to a large degree, state control of education was ceded to the federal government because, it was argued, a uniform approach to education would result in more systemic equality and overall improvement. Now schools and educators are struggling under the No Child Left Behind program and its nasty stepchild, Common Core, and several states are opting out rather than receive federal funding.
The ability of states to set their own course is why we must not teach that the Civil War was fought over slavery alone but was also a fight to retain states’ sovereignty under the Constitution. Hopefully we will never go there again in our history, but even over 150 years ago men on one side of the aisle were attempting to subvert men on the other. The same is true today and many an issue is still ultimately about where states’ rights end and the government’s begins.
In the remaining months of the Obama Administration, we are going to see states’ sovereignty tested again and again on an ever-escalating scale, although the erosion of those rights will never be acknowledged. No, Mr. Obama will attempt to tighten the grip of government around our throats while loosening the power of the individual states. The issues will have different names but the central argument will really be about who is in authority—who holds the power. As each domino falls, every time it lands on Obama’s side of the table it will mean one more nail in the coffin of state sovereignty. And make no mistake: While Mrs. Clinton professes phony concern over the Party of Lincoln, she is busily thinking of ways to sweep the dominoes into her lap.
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