Passing thought

Fighting an incredibly bloody war to save a union of states is like raping your wife (and, for that matter, killing your father-in-law) to save your marriage.


9 Responses to Passing thought

  1. spandrell says:

    Per today’s definition most men must have raped their wives back in the days. So it’s not that surprising.

  2. josh says:

    It’s like saving your family by killing them and walking around in their skins pretending their still Buffalo Bob in Silence of the Lambs.

  3. AC says:

    Except it worked and is still stable.

    • rightsaidfred says:

      It did more harm than good.

    • yacheritsi says:

      I suppose it depends what you mean by “worked”. Slavery ended in Brazil without a bloody war. It is now less stable than the US, but it was less stable before also.

    • K(yle) says:

      It didn’t work because the system of government was scrapped and basically reconstructed without the consent of the governed, and we are compelled to pretend that this isn’t the case.

      A more proper analogy might be saving your marriage remarrying a woman with similar features and the same name as the wife you murdered for leaving you and becoming belligerent with your family members that don’t pretend it is the same woman.

      This country is still called the United States of America, but the past is another country. In this case literally.

  4. Zimriel says:

    I’d be more sympathetic to the study if Foner the Communist hadn’t endorsed it. But maybe Foner just lies about Reconstruction, and is good on the unpleasantness before it.

  5. Naturally, like everything central to the dogma of the Lord of Lies, “saving the Union” actually means “solidifying the power of Massachusetts and her allies.”

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