Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009
From: esisk, email@example.com
It is refreshing to see you campaigning for the cause of the right to fly the Stars and Bars. I have long stood on the basic principles of wrong teaching concerning The War of Northern Aggression. Many people, when confronted with these truths, stand perplexed as though you are spouting falsehoods even though the evidence is clear to see. Grant had slaves, Lee did not. The Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves. Lincoln said if he could preserve the Union and keep slavery, he would.
I spent four years in the City of Boston, Massachusetts from 1981 to 1985. Here, in the heart of New England, I found the most racist society I have ever seen in my 46 years. This, in the Birthplace of American patriotism. I'm sure many slave ships docked at Boston and sold their African cargoes here. Cargo they had purchased from African Warlords.
Slavery still exists today, in Africa among other continents. When seen in it's true 1860's context in the U.S., the slave trade (the obtaining of new slaves from Africa) had all but diminished. Only 5-7% of southerners owned slaves, mostly large-scale planters, whom the Northern legislators preyed on with their unfair tariffs.
Would I as a common citizen fight for someone I did not know that owned a large amount of slaves? No. However, I would fight for a cause to throw the yoke of an abusive government off my shoulders in favor of a less abusive one. One need go no further than the Declaration of Independence to find that concept.
God bless and keep you H.K.!
Edward E. Sisk