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 did think about Johnny Reb as some poor farmer's son valiantly taking up arms to fight a northern invasion of his homeland. Not romanticizing it entirely, just a bit, but I hate, hate, hate that avoidable war.
'Chic' is not a word that comes to my mind when I think of The Band. They were too plain (I mean that as a compliment) and down-to-earth, too rural. Great band.
I doubt few of those who fought and died on both sides of what may (or may not) have been an 'avoidable' war had much insight into the history and politics that led to it and none of the protagonists had the benefit of our hindsight. Same applies to all wars-I'm just an Irishman looking in at these debates from across the Atlantic.
I'm not an expert on the Civil War, or even as well read as I should be. But, I'm fairly well read on the Revolutionary period. Dealing with slavery during the Constitutional Convention was impossible in terms of ending it and creating a government. I don't see how the Civil War was unavoidable. Maybe it could have happened differently or at a different time, but people were determined to keep their property and maintain their economic systems.
My dad's great grandfather was a Union soldier from Indiana of Scots-Irish descent during the Civil War. He lost a lung to battle and almost died during his imprisonment at Andersonville. He survived to move, eventually, to South Dakota to help settle the west. He did many things in his life to help that quest including being a meat hunter for the cavalry to being an indian hunter in order to secure a safe future for himself and his family. Can I judge his 150 years ago self from my lofty 21st century perch? Surely not. I today would not probably make his same choices, but to him those choices were certainly most rational and sane.
My family came to this country in the late 17th and 18th centuries, and through the south over the years winding up in Missouri. All of them were pretty darn religious and true to this country. I know that during the civil war one family member chose to move his family to Nicaragua so he wouldn't have to openly choose sides. When he brought them all back after the war he was murdered. I also have written affidavits from church member when a particular denomination split over the belief in slavery or not. Right or wrong it was a way of life for many all over the world and it still is, a fact that no one discusses as the US are the only bad guys. Being for southern culture doesn't mean you want slavery just the different kind of life than the north-easterners.