We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can't bring myself to view the situation like this. There had to be some other way to wake people up then bring this amount of pain to the nation. Obama is a manifestation of the failure all patriots' efforts in preventing just this occurrence.
I've been watching "Gods and Generals" the last couple of nights, the Ted Turner movie about a portion of the Civil War, told largely from the Southerners' viewpoint.
Scarily, for the first time in my life, I now understand where the Southerners were coming from. Every time they said "Abraham Lincoln unlawfully did this to us," the picture I got in my mind was our President and Congress.
Jim, this is interesting --and in just enough detail.
...the second sentence; "the federal government came to rely almost exclusively on the tariff as a source of funding" is a stunner, once you think about it.
Of course the slavery issue speaks for itself, but with one soldier KIA (not counting the disabled in those muscle-power days) for every roughly 4.5 slaves freed, there had to have been a broader range of strongly-felt issues. And had there been, it's a pretty sure bet that the victor's right to write the history would have over time written out of the story all but the rebellion's one inarguably immoral issue.