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Civil War Ignorance

March 27, 2010

by Dahni

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HOW can WE the People regain control of OUR right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?” WE have delved into what won’t work in order to find what will work.

The List (simplified)

8.   Establish a new service to restore OUR rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Today: Civil War Ignorance

Last time WE looked at ignorance and its part in shaping the corrupt, corrupting and corruptible “system” within and around OUR republic.  In the midst of so learned and freedom seeking society in the 1600’s and 1700’s in what is now the U.S.A., ignorance still prevailed in matters of slavery. Generation after generation passed this ignorance forward often without detection, but certainly without correction. Over time, this ignorance – justified and rationalized, became a ‘mindset.’

By 1860, this ‘mindset’ had so dominated the public consciousness and had so expanded that historians and experts of today, looking back, came or come to the conclusion that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. I believe this to be a false notion. However, both the North and the South made slavery an issue.

The consequences of ignorance lead to the attempted justification or rationalization for this ignorance. Justification or rationalization leads to hypocrisy and supremacy.

If slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, what was? If the North and the South both made slavery an issue, how was this done?

Today, the super information highway is the Internet. During the time of the Civil War, the super information highway was the telegraph. Today, content is made possible by technology in word processing etc. through a keyboard or some other input device. In the middle 1800’s their technology was notation or shorthand which enabled them to dictate word for word over the telegraph lines. Today our visual displays are varied, but primarily some digital screen. During the Civil War, their media of choice was through powerful and fast steam powered printing presses and mass distribution through newspapers. Today and then, information can be and could be communicated very quickly, across the whole of the country. The distribution of information is important to understand because, what was being communicated from the North or from the South, could be known quickly, if it went to press.

Civil War ignorance can be seen and argued from two perspectives, that of the North and of the South. Civil War ignorance can be seen and argued from two people, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States and Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederate States. Civil War ignorance can be seen and argued from two recorded documents, that of Lincoln’s ‘First Inaugural Speech’ and Stephens’ ‘Cornerstone Speech,’ which came shortly afterwards. Civil War ignorance can be seen and argued from two Constitutions, that of the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. In these series of 2’s, the ‘mindset;’ the corrupt “system;” the cause of the Civil War and how slavery was made an issue by both the North and the South can be clearly seen. The press made all of this known, to all parties in concern, almost immediately.

WEthe People need to see both of these perspectives. WE need to understand that it was ignorance, a “mindset,” and a corrupt, corrupting and corruptible “system” which not only caused the Civil War, but has taken the liberty and the original jurisdiction from US, WEthe People, event to the present-day. It is only through the exposure and the elimination of this ignorance, that WE the people can reclaim OUR unalienable rights!

Next Time: Civil War Ignorance – Northern Perspective

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