"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
But the confederacy believed it was the states' rights. The war was about states' rights. The confederacy was created to promote states' rights against the federal government and that's what the flag represents historically, to the educated man. They were wrong in this particular instance, yes. But overall, their philosophy was not to fight for slavery. It was to fight for their property (that they had grossly mislabeled).
What a ridiculous comparison! No, taxation is not the same as slavery, no matter how many far fetched comparisons you come up with.
The underlying issue is what made it worth the cost of war to the North. But the states had the right to succeed from the union so they could define their rights independently. They were wrong to try to protect slavery. The North was wrong to force them to remain part of the union. Their flag represents the ideal that the state should have the power to choose.
And to answer your question to the best of my obviously limited ability: An educated man is one who understands what their views were, even if they disagree. The South's war was not one of slavery. The North's war was one of slavery. The confederate flag represents the South's views. Not the North's views. Ergo - it represents what they fought for. I believe in what the South fought for idealistically, though they were wrong specifically. I believe in what the North fought for idealistically, though they technically didn't have the right. One of the few times in history that the nat'l gov't going beyond their constitutional powers was justified, IMO.
Even if a man makes no income, he will be expected to file the forms, just the same. Don't you think it would set off IRS alarms, if a man made $100,000 in 2009, but then filed in 2010 and put down, nothing earned? Now, who's the slave master? Sounds like the IRS.
Last edited by bicycleman; 07-12-10 at 10:08 AM.
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