Join a violent revolution
Start a National Petition to repeal the act
Move out the Country
Go on with my life and comply with the new law
Other - state opinion below
EDIT: This is off topic and bears no resemblance to your original claim that Lincoln wasn't despotic to refute my statement that he was. He (not Congress) suspended Habeus Corpus, declared war, and invaded sovereign nations without the consent of Congress. He also locked up every political opponent and held them without trial in Union forts and ships. American Bastille by John Marshall is all about how Lincoln imprisoned people without trial, specifically Francis Scott Key's grandson in the same fort where his grandfather wrote the national anthem. He closed newspapers that disagreed with him. He even went so far as to expel a sitting member of Congress to Canada, see Representative of Ohio Clarence D. Vallandigham. He even went so far as to arrest all of Maryland's legislature and try to arrest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Roger B. Taney because Taney told Lincoln what he was doing was illegal and unconstitutional.
My source for the bulk of this is here.
Last edited by The_Patriot; 01-26-12 at 07:08 PM.
I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence, and there shall be none unless it be forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using of force against or among the people anywhere.
Last edited by The_Patriot; 01-26-12 at 07:14 PM.
or are they obligated to respect their "owners" private-property rights?
considering the OP, its fascinating that you are arguing in support of a regime that fought to defend the right to own other human beings.
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Last edited by The_Patriot; 01-26-12 at 07:21 PM.
50,000 slaves were immediately freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. These were slaves that lived within CSA territory that had been liberated by the Union. And as the Union got deeper into Southern territory, every slave they encountered was immediately made free by the EP.
Personally, I believe they were born free..and slavery was illegal as soon as the Constitution was ratified.
My personal opinion has no bearing on historical facts and are out of the scope of this discussion.