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  1. Wrong. A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union. In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course. Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove. A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union. ... Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slave-holding States of the confederacy
  2. It's hysterical when the people who claim to be the "party of Lincoln" are also the same people defending the symbols of the confederacy. You can't be both. And you currently have chosen to be the party of the confederacy. And don't forget it was the Republicans & Trump's base that voted against Lincoln.
  3. TX, LA, AL, AR, TN, FL & MI didn't even exist when the constitution was ratified. They were the bulk of the confederacy. The 1st slaves arrived in the early 1600s in the english colony of VA, which was one of the original colonies and one of the original states of the United States. And many of the founding fathers were slave owners. Arguing about at what point between 1619 and 1788 when the slaves that were here are to be considered part of the United States is really pointless, especially when the constitution didn't even consider slaves to be citizens or fully realized human beings. And it wasn't until almost 100 years after the constitution was ratified that slavery ended and the 3/5s rule was ended. From the very beginning of English & European colonialization of the colonies, slavery and racism was standard operating procedure.
  4. Now I want to try that. Normally, I have a bunch of eel hook leaders tied up - a hook snelled to a flourocarbon leader, tied to a barell swivel, and a bunch of lure leaders tied up - a TAC clip tied to a flourocarbon leader, tied to a barrel swivel. My 1st thought wonder is if the TAC migh interfere with the hook or the hook eye is too small to fit the TAC clip. When I'm fishing the salt I usually have 2 or 3 rods with me. When I'm eeling I'm also throwing lures. I'll throw eels with one rod, then use another one to throw lures. If I run out of eels I take off the eel leader then put on a lure leader.
  5. So you're saying the 1619 project has a point.
  6. A significant chunk of the racist, treasonous confederate states didn't even exist when the constitution was ratified so the argument that the U.S. wasn't the U.S. in the 1600s is completely disingenuous.
  7. Nice fail. The U.S. wasn't the U.S. as it is today in 1789, after the constitution was ratified. Manifest Destiny wasn't a thing until well into the 1800s.
  8. Why do you guys get so mad at someone who has a well known speech impediment? You're hysterical. Trump tried to overthrow our government. He effed up a wet dream by trashing our economy by horribly mismanaging the Trump Virus. And all you can do is scream about Joe's well known speech impediment. Has Joe been caught with crib notes yet?
  9. The guy's putting his religious & conservative views ahead of facts. On top of that, his obvious partisan slant is being used to create a bunch of logical fallacies. Saying that if we acknowlege slavery & racism, which started in the U.S. in the early 1600s when the 1st slaves arrived here, means that banks will start counting money differently is absurdity beyond description. I'd love to take a class with him just to argue that he's wrong.
  10. Than Deplorables
  11. Pssst, it's 2021. Trump opened and emboldened the Pandora's box of racism that is very prevalent in the right wing. The Republican party is now trying to figure out if they are going to continue to appease the racists or move into the 21st century.
  12. What's going on at the border is what goes on every winter at the border. There's a surge 'cuz the weather's cooler and less deadly. The only difference now is that Biden is president so Fox, Tucker and the rest of the old, white guy right wing media are going to scream "but, but the southern border". Meanwhile, anyone who spends even just a couple of minutes looking into illegal immigration knows that people overstaying their visas is the biggest cause of illegal immigration at a 2-to-1 rate. Meanwhile the old, white guy media scream "but, but the Mexicans" to rile up their base while they do nothing to fix the immigration problem.
  13. When Dubya & the Republicans had the White House, house & senate for 6 years what comprehensive immigration reform did they pass? When the ex Insurrectionist-in-Chief and the Republicans had the house & senate for 2 years what comprehensive immigration reform did they pass? What did you say? A little louder please?? Exactly...NONE. Republicans love illegal labor because Republicans are anti-labor. UNTIL the Republicans pass any significant immigration reform, they have no standing from which to criticize the Democrats on immigration.
  14. I listened to the whole thing. You have an old, white, religious conservative throwing out a bunch of logical fallicies, some whopper whataboutisms and slippery slopes. Of course U.S. history is subjected to interpretations. If you had African Americans write the collective history of the U.S. or American Indians write the collective history of the U.S. it would be far different story than the existing collective history of the U.S. that was written by white, European colonists and expansionists.
  15. Politics are dirty no matter what side your on. However, right now the Republican party is still trying to figure out if they have to continue kissing the arses of the Klan side of the right wing or if they are going to move into the 21st century and stop appealing to just rich, old white guys. What the Republican party has to do to survive will be a lot different for the '22 and '24 elections than what it has been for the last few months.