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Mark Levin Rips GOP Establishment & Credits Sarah Palin

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 26, 2012

Mark Levin rips into National Review Online, the GOP establishment (Bush team) and the current meme that Governor Sarah Palin was not properly vetted in 2008. Levin correctly states that “many of us voted for him (John McCain) because of her”.

“But not for her, John McCain would have been a bigger loser than he turned out to be.  The only energy in that campaign was the result of Sarah Palin.”


H/T SarahNetToo

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“Our Sarah” Set to Release September 25th

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 25, 2012

Our_Sarah_BookAmazon has updated their website and the cover for Our Sarah, Made in Alaska written by Palin’s father Chuck Heath, Sr. and her brother Chuck Heath, Jr. can be viewed. Set to release on September 25th, the book is now available at the pre-order price of $16.49 for the hardcover edition and $14.99 for the Kindle e-book version.

The following is a description of Our Sarah:

We may think we know Sarah Palin from all the coverage she has received in the political arena, but one-side depictions but media coverage is limited and, Sarah would even say, biased. OUR SARAH is also a bit biased since it’s written by Sarah’s dad and brother with contributions from many friends and colleagues–these are the people who know her–and love her–best.

Combining the appeal of Sarah Palin’s bestselling book, Going Rogue, with the flavor of the hugely successful TV show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” here are intimate stories from Sarah’s life along with a celebration of growing up in and sharing all that Alaska means to Sarah and her family. Sarah’s dad and brother share great family stories of life in the last frontier–from hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and gold-mining, to marathon running, teaching and community service–first in small ways and then on a national stage. Structured around themes of family, faith, independence, resilience, character, risk-taking and adventure–here is a full and loving portrait of where Sarah Palin came from and what made her the person she is today.

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Palin to Feds: Get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 25, 2012

Patrick Richardson wrote  on The Daily Caller today ( h/tp C4P)  about the latest intrusion of the Obama administration into family life:

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

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The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Read much more here.

Governor Palin called the administration out in this note posted on Facebook today:

If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work

by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:27pm ·

The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

- Sarah Palin

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Palin: If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 25, 2012

Earlier today, Governor Sarah Palin posted the following to her Facebook page based upon this article in the Daily Caller:

The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

- Sarah Palin

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HBO Airs Second Palin Hit Piece – “Veep”

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 25, 2012

Following on the heels of the Game Change movie,  HBO is now showing another Palin hit piece, “Veep”.  These movies accompany the false meme being desperately pushed by the left that Governor Palin was not properly vetted and was not prepared to be Vice President.  However, Senator McCain himself has acknowledged that Governor Palin was an asset to his campaign.

Apparently, the left is terrified that Governor Palin may yet enter the 2012 race as a candidate for either President or Vice President.  Gary Graham at Big Hollywood writes:

A comedy about an inept Vice President. I thought, wow – that could be funny. I’ll bet it’s about Joe Biden, as much time as his foot has been in his mouth these past three years.

But then I tuned in to HBO’s new comedy “Veep” and saw Julia Louis Dreyfus dressed up as … Tina Fey dressed up as … Sarah Palin.

So after suffering through “Veep” I’m yet even more mystified than before by the Left’s obsession with Palin. The only conclusion I can come up with is this: They are so terrified of a Palin candidacy, for anything that they just can’t let go.

Nevermind that Palin is not running for anything; what’s salient is merely the spectre that she may, at some point in the future, throw her hat back into the political ring. And if the stake is not driven completely through the heart of her political aspiration, there’s still a remotely outside chance Mitt Romney will tag her to run with him this summer.

(Insert a collective feminist shudder here.)

Yet, posed to someone on the Left, this quandary would be met with sarcastic derision and the silly notion dismissed with a smirk. Apparently the notion of anyone taking Palin seriously for any power of any sort is so laughably laughable that no serious, clear-thinking intellectual worth his or her serious salt would ever even seriously consider her as a serious legitimate threat, much less a viable force for political change.

I mean, really – just reflect on her comments that “I can see Russia from my house!” … or “us mama-grizzlies gotto keep our shotguns loaded and ready” … or “I’m just a pig in lipstick anyway!” Oh wait, you say she never said any of those things? Sure she did, I heard here say them! Oh yeah, that was Fey’s Palin.

But the former governor was totally over her head discussing foreign policy and her knowledge of simple world geography was juvenile … and … or at least Julianne Moore didn’t know which end was up in HBO’s “Game Change”… after all that incisive movie was written by people who had actually talked to people who knew people who said they were acquainted with people who were on the McCain campaign! So you know it had to have happened exactly the way Hollywood liberals said it did, or dreamed it did, or want desperately that you believe it did.

And now Louis-Dreyfus stars in “Veep,” a show about the first female Vice-President … who is a scatter-brained dimwit with no political savvy or self-awareness … so … don’t tell me I don’t know what Palin is all about. I watch HBO!

“Veep” is irreverent, crass, vulgar and profane and, at times, slightly funny. But what is so glaringly obvious is that it is trying so incredibly hard. And not trying so hard to make you laugh … as trying so hard to make you sneer. And more importantly … to equate this Veep with a projected Palin as Vice President.

Oh, the horror-tragedy of a colossal national mistake were we to have elected McCain and Palin! And look how stupid those Republicans were for even having floated her candidacy, much less gone with it. Thank gods they got trounced by The Chosen One and Uncle Joe.

Really, guys – let it go.

Never mind that Palin, having served as a successful Alaskan governor, had more executive experience than anyone in that race. But nope … she was attractive, beautiful even … and hence, unintelligent. And it’s the Right who supposedly demeans women?

So why does the Left continue to be so threatened by Palin? Is it because it points up hypocrisy that she actually represents everything they say they support in a woman? Strong, independent, fiercely loyal, direct, courageous, compassionate, good-humored. She’s a caring mother and a capable executive. She is self-determined and compassionate to the lesser among us. She is clear-thinking and good-natured and loving. And she’s beautiful.

Palin is everything liberals say they love about women. But Palin is a conservative — so they hate her.

And yet, if I merely post a slightly derogatory quote that someone else said about President Obama, people chastise me for spewing “hate.”

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As a Conservative, what I seek to “conserve” is the United States Constitution and the American way of life that it so frames and defines.

Is the Left driven by a love of same? One thing I do agree with HBO … Julia Louis-Dreyfus would make an absurd Vice President.

Funny, though … like Joe.

Read more here.

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“If I Wanted America to Fail”

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 25, 2012

Governor Palin tweeted and posted on Facebook the link to this video about an hour ago:

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False Meme Being Propagated About Vetting of Sarah Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 24, 2012

rightwingnut2 at RedState is taking on the left and some on the right about the false meme that is being promoted about the vice presidential vetting of Sarah Palin.   The Game Change movie is one blatantly false narrative that both pushes that meme and is being used by others to do so.

rightwingnut2 writes:

There has been ample discussion as of late about potential Vice Presidential candidates. A few weeks ago, I started to notice a theme developing – designed to discredit Sarah Palin and the amount of vetting that was done prior to adding her to the ticket in 2008. Nearly every MSM article about the topic suggested that the GOP nominee would be more cautious in their vetting process to avoid making the same “mistake” the McCain campaign made.

Initially, the propagation of this false meme was mostly limited to left-wing journalists with an axe to grind. Lately, it seems that some on the right (mostly Romney supporters who are still bitter that McCain picked her over Mitt) are seizing on the opportunity to pile on.

Here’s a prime example of what I’m talking about from one of Romney’s biggest backers. This individual writes for numerous websites, including the Mitt Romney Central fan site.

…Who ever Mitt Romney picks, the vetting process will be much more intense than in the past due to the shoddy vetting process the McCain team did with Sarah Palin….

First of all, the man is entitled to his opinion. However, given that his candidate likely has the nomination sewn up, you would think that he would have enough sense not to alienate supporters of Sarah Palin. Many of Romney’s advocates suffer from the same “tin ear” as the man they support.

As for whether Palin was vetted….you’ll just have to take the word of the man who personally was in charge of the team that vetted her. A.B. Culvahouse is a former White House counsel who had previously been tasked with vetting Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees. Here’s what he had to say about his interview with Palin in 2009.

….Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate last summer, spoke about Palin this morning at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse, “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.” Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that.

So what was so impressive? Culvahouse said Palin hit certain, particularly tough questions “out of the park,” such as whether she was prepared to use nuclear weapons, and whether she would order the CIA to shoot Osama bin Laden even if it guaranteed civilian deaths. Culvahouse did not offer the details of Palin’s answers, but said, “She had a lot of capacity….”

Two years later, Culvahouse suggested that Palin not only exceeded expectations, but….

….People who are more experienced, more savvy–maybe some of them gave less savvy answers,” he says with a look that indicates he’s referring to some of McCain’s other VP contenders….

Read more here.

Also see:

Vetting Sarah Palin—The Assignment of a Lifetime

McCain’s Palin pick: ‘High risk… reward’

Culvahouse on VP Vetting Part 1

Culvahouse on VP Vetting Part 2

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Tony Lee: Carney falsely accused Sarah Palin of politicizing Afghanistan

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 24, 2012

From an article by Tony Lee at Big Government:

It has often been said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin lives rent-free in the heads of President Barack Obama and those of his top brass in the White House.

On Friday, this was evident when the Obama Administration, which has even attempted to politicize the Trayvon Martin tragedy, accused her of politicizing a war in Afghanistan of which she did not speak.

After getting a question about “some Republicans, including Senator [Jeff] Sessions and Governor Palin,” questioning and criticizing President Obama’s general leadership abilities in light of a host of recent incidents that reflect poorly on him at a White House press briefing, Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Palin had politicized the war in Afghanistan.

The reporter never specifically said that either Palin or Sessions specifically tied the photos of American soldiers posing with Taliban corpses to Obama’s failed leadership, but that is what Carney wanted to hear, which set the tone for his answer.

Sessions and Palin did nothing of the sort. Sessions linked the Secret Service scandal to other scandals like Solyndra and the GSA. Palin definitively did not say anything political about the troops last night on FOX News’s “On the Record,” when she was forced to comment about the fired Secret Service agent who in, 2008, while on Palin’s detail, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “checking out” the former vice presidential candidate.

In fact, the only mention Palin, who has a son serving in Afghanistan, made of the troops in Afghanistan was when she said, “Thank God that we have the United States military fighting for the defense of freedom.”

After saying the wife of a Secret Service agent who was fired for soliciting prostitutes in Colombia should force him to sleep in the doghouse (and poking fun at Obama’s admission that he had sampled dogs as a child in Indonesia), Palin pivoted toward the many symptoms of Obama’s leadership deficit.

Palin said that it was “a symptom of government run amok” and listed the higher unemployment and less energy security since Obama took office, and she noted that “if the president isn’t held accountable to make sure he’s appointing the right people in these positions to help run our government, then we’re in a world of hurt if we can’t hold him accountable.”

Palin then mentioned that the top thing Obama is responsible for is the budget, and the country has gone over three years without a budget.

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Carney obviously was ignorant of what Palin said the night before on FOX News, but, instead of doing what a responsible press secretary would do and not comment on things about which he knows nothing, Carney could not resist an opportunity to tear down Palin.

And Carney has license to do so because members of the mainstream media either know too little to know that Carney was wrong or are so biased against conservatives that they would rather sacrifice some of their journalistic principles so long as the GOP is harmed.

Read more here.

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Georgia Remembers Her Civil War Dead Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 23, 2012


Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

Confederate Memorial Day, a state holiday (or observance day,  in some states) when Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War are remembered,  is observed  in 12 Southern states each year.  (The date,  name of the holiday, and event memorialized varies between states.)  Sons of Confederate Veterans also observe the holiday in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  The Confederate Memorial Committee of the District of Columbia holds annual memorial services at the Arlington National Cemetery.  Each President from Woodrow Wilson through Bill Clinton placed a wreath at the Confederate Memorial on Jefferson Davis’ birthday (June 3).  President George W. Bush changed the observation to coincide with Memorial Day.  This year will mark 151 years since the start of the Civil War on April 6, 1861.

Confederate Memorial Day is  on April 26 in Georgia (as well as Alabama and Florida) but is observed as a state holiday on the fourth Monday in April.  The Confederate Memorial Carving at Stone Mountain Memorial Park near Atlanta covers 3 acres of mountainside and is the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture.  A memorial service was held at the Carving Reflecting Pool at Stone Mountain on April 14 this year by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  Local memorial  services at Confederate cemeteries and monuments were held in advance of the state holiday at CassvilleKingston,  CartersvilleRomeLawrencevilleDouglasvilleNewnan,  AlbanyLee County, and Savannah and will be held  in Columbus and at 8 different locations in Warner Robins, Macon, Byron, and Fort Valley on April 27th and 28th.   See a list of Georgia Confederate monuments here.

Thousands of  Civil War dead on both sides of the conflict were hastily buried  at or near the sites of battlefields.  Although thousands were returned to their home states or regions for reburial, thousands more still lie far from their homes.  Many still lie in unmarked graves.  This is true of both Confederate soldiers and Union soldiers.  One can only imagine the agony of families who never knew where their war dead were buried.

Most of  the 320,000 Union soldiers and 300,000 Confederate soldiers who died were young men in their teens and early twenties .  With today’s population, the total dead would be equivalent to  6. 5 million men today (see Miller’s Notes).  Both sides of the conflict believed that they fought for a just cause but for different reasons.   Contemporary textbooks would lead one to believe that slavery was the primary reason the civil war was fought.   The emancipation of slaves was a positive outcome of that tragic war, but according to analysts like Donald W. Miller, Jr., the primary causes of the war were states’ rights and fiscal issues.

Brian Barkley’s documentary DVD seeks to “set the record straight” about the causes of the Civil War.  One focus of the film is on the faith of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  A reviewer at WorldNetDaily writes:

We learn that Jackson, who “drew his inspiration from God and his faith in Jesus Christ more than anything else,” worried over the spiritual salvation of his men and welcomed the distribution of Bibles and tracts among them.

“He disliked both war and slavery,” the narrator says, “but he believed that God had ordained the Confederacy and that his duty was simple – to ensure the success of a sacred cause.”

Prayer, for Jackson, was as “natural as breathing,” the film shows.

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Jackson’s superior officer, Robert E. Lee, was no less a man of God.

When asked at the beginning of the war how he could possibly overcome the North’s vast resources, the general said: “At present, I am not concerned with results. My reliance is in the help of God. God’s will ought to be our aim, and I am contented that his designs should be accomplished, not my own.”

Lee enthusiastically supported a “day of fasting, humiliation and prayer” – called for Aug. 21, 1863, by Confederate President Jefferson Davis – remarking that it resulted in a “work of grace among the troops.”

About 15,000 Southern soldiers made a “profession of faith in Jesus Christ” during that particular period, the film points out, “in a revival among the troops that continued to the end of war.” In all, approximately 150,000 Southern soldiers embraced the Christian faith during the four-year war.

Brett Willis also reviewed the documentary:

Since this is hot-button material, you should know something about the reviewer also. I was born in and have lived nearly all of my life in Wisconsin. I don’t care about Political Correctness, but I care about Biblical and historical truth. I’m a student of history in general and of this time period in particular.

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The first assertion is that most histories of this period distort the real issues, that the War of 1861 was in fact a clash of cultures, and that the South championed independence and individual freedom. Many people will have an instant retort for that. But within the context in which the narrator is speaking, he’s absolutely correct. As he says, the North tended to favor an ever-stronger central government. He’s implying that such a government ultimately means loss of freedoms for everyone. And as we’ve seen for the last 150 years, that’s true.

The main body of the documentary outlines the actions, abilities and personal character of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

At war’s beginning, Lee held a commission in the United States Army, and was offered command of a large force. Lee prayed for guidance, and finally was at peace in resigning his commission and defending Virginia. He accepted and sought God’s will. In the Pennsylvania Campaign, Lee ordered his army to behave as soldiers of honor. No civilian housing was burned, and the troops were well-behaved. A sharp contrast to Federal General Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” which was a deliberate war on the civilian population. Even during the waning days of the war, there was a great revival in Lee’s army, including 15,000 professions of faith after a day of fasting and repentance on Aug. 21, 1863.

After the war, Lee refused financial gifts and turned down a “showpiece” job in which the employer just wanted the use of his name. Instead, he served as President of Washington College and of the Rockbridge Bible Society.

Jackson was an ex-soldier, an artillery specialist, and an obscure professor at Virginia Military Institute. He disliked war, disliked slavery, and was responsible for starting a Sabbath school for blacks. But he believed that the Confederacy was a sacred cause (in other words, he believed that the Federal government was overstepping its Constitutional bounds), and he accepted a commission as a Colonel in what would become the Stonewall Brigade. He quickly rose in the ranks, and soon his name was a household word. He pushed his troops hard. But for him, they were willing to do whatever was asked of them. With a small army, he constantly harassed and occupied much larger Federal forces. Gen. Ewell at first thought Jackson was a little crazy. But when Ewell happened on Jackson in fervent prayer one day, his heart was touched, and he was soon converted.

At the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson was inspecting the terrain at night when a firefight broke out, and he was accidentally shot by his own men. He died of complications from the injuries, professing a strong faith and accepting God’s will.

Jackson’s outstanding example of Godly manhood is well known. Even the secular film “Gods and Generals” portrays it fairly accurately.

I haven’t touched on everything about Lee and Jackson contained in this Documentary. There’s more, and it’s worth seeing.

Three “supplemental” sections detail some seldom-heard actions of the federal Government and of some of the Northern states. Some viewers might find these surprising. But not only are they accurate, there’s a great deal of similar material that could have been included.

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Recommended viewing, for historical accuracy (telling the “other side” of the story) and for examples of men in positions of high responsibility who were not afraid to inject every area of their lives with Christian faith and principles.

What were the issues that compelled these men of faith to lead their armies into battle?

Donald W. Miller, Jr., whose great-great-grandfather Louis Thomas Hicks commanded the 20th North Carolina Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg, has written a detailed analysis of the issues in the Civil War from a Southern viewpoint:

The term Civil War is a misnomer. The South did not instigate a rebellion. Thirteen southern states in 1860-61 simply chose to secede from the Union and go their own way, like the thirteen colonies did when they seceded from Britain. A more accurate name for the war that took place between the northern and southern American states is the War for Southern Independence. Mainstream historiography presents the victors’ view, an account that focuses on the issue of slavery and downplays other considerations.

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The Constitution of the Confederate States of America prohibited the importation of slaves (Article I, Section 9). With no fugitive slave laws in neighboring states that would return fugitive slaves to their owners, the value of slaves as property drops owing to increased costs incurred to guard against their escape. With slaves having a place to escape to in the North and with the supply of new slaves restricted by its Constitution, slavery in the Confederate states would have ended without war. A slave’s decreasing property value, alone, would have soon made the institution unsustainable, irrespective of more moral and humanitarian considerations.

The rallying call in the North at the beginning of the war was “preserve the Union,” not “free the slaves.” Although certainly a contentious political issue and detested by abolitionists, in 1861 slavery nevertheless was not a major public issue. Protestant Americans in the North were more concerned about the growing number of Catholic immigrants than they were about slavery. In his First Inaugural Address, given five weeks before the war began, Lincoln reassured slaveholders that he would continue to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act.

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After 17 months of war things were not going well for the North, especially in its closely watched Eastern Theater. In the five great battles fought there from July 1861 through September 17, 1862, the changing cast of Union generals failed to win a single victory.

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Did saving the Union justify the slaughter of such a large number of young men? The Confederates posed no military threat to the North. Perhaps it would be better to let the southern states go, along with their 4 million slaves. If it was going to win, the North needed a more compelling reason to continue the war than to preserve the Union. The North needed a cause for continuing the war, as Lincoln put the matter in his Second Inaugural Address, that was willed by God, where “the judgments of the Lord” determined the losses sustained and its outcome.

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Five days after the Battle of Antietam, on September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.

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Why were business and political leaders in the North so intent on keeping the southern states in the Union? It was, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, solely a fiscal matter. The principal source of tax revenue for the federal government before the Civil War was a tariff on imports. There was no income tax, except for one declared unconstitutional after its enactment during the Civil War. Tariffs imposed by the federal government not only accounted for most of the federal budget, they also raised the price of imported goods to a level where the less-efficient manufacturers of the northeast could be competitive.  The former Vice-President John C. Calhoun put it this way:

The North had adopted a system of revenue and disbursements in which an undue proportion of the burden of taxation has been imposed upon the South, and an undue proportion of its proceeds appropriated to the North… the South, as the great exporting portion of the Union, has in reality paid vastly more than her due proportion of the revenue.”

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Observers in Britain looked beyond the rhetoric of “preserve the Union” and saw what was really at stake. Charles Dickens views on the subject were typical:

Union means so many millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is the root of this, as of many other evils. The quarrel between the North and South is, as it stands, solely a fiscal quarrel.

The London press made this argument:

The war between the North and the South is a tariff war. The war is further, not for any principle, does not touch the question of slavery, and in fact turns on the Northern lust for sovereignty.

The South fought the war for essentially the same reason that the American colonies fought the Revolutionary War. The central grievance of the American colonies in the 18th century was the taxes imposed on them by Britain. Colonists particularly objected to the Stamp Act, which required them to purchase an official British stamp and place it on all documents in order for them to be valid. The colonists also objected to the import tariff that Britain placed on sugar and other goods (the Sugar Act).

After the enactment of what was called the “Tariff of Abomination” in 1828, promoted by Henry Clay, the tax on imports ranged between 20-30%. It rose further in March 1861 when Lincoln, at the start of his presidency, signed the Morrill Tariff into law. This tax was far more onerous than the one forced on the American colonies by Britain in the 18th century.

Lincoln coerced the South to fire the first shots when, against the initial advice of most of his cabinet, he dispatched ships carrying troops and munitions to resupply Fort Sumter, site of the customs house at Charleston. Charleston militia took the bait and bombarded the fort on April 12, 1861. After those first shots were fired the pro-Union press branded Southern secession an “armed rebellion” and called for Lincoln to suppress it.

Congress was adjourned at the time and for the next three months, ignoring his constitutional duty to call this legislative branch of government back in session during a time of emergency, Lincoln assumed dictatorial powers and did things, like raise an army, that only Congress is supposed to do. He shut down newspapers that disagreed with his war policy, more than 300 of them. He ordered his military officers to lock up political opponents, thousands of them. Although the exact number is not known, Lincoln may well have arrested and imprisoned more than 20,000 political opponents, southern sympathizers, and people suspected of being disloyal to the Union, creating what one researcher has termed a 19th century “American gulag,” a forerunner of the 20th century’s political prison and labor camps in the former Soviet Union.

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Lincoln called up an army of 75,000 men to invade the seven southern states that had seceded and force them back into the Union. By unilaterally recruiting troops to invade these states, without first calling Congress into session to consider the matter and give its consent, Lincoln made an error in judgment that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. At the time, only seven states had seceded. But when Lincoln announced his intention to bring these states back into the Union by force, four additional states – Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas – seceded and joined the Confederacy. Slavery was not the issue. The issue was the very nature of the American union. If the President of the United States intended to hold the Union together by force, they wanted out. When these four states seceded and joined the Confederacy rather than send troops to support Lincoln’s unconstitutional actions, the Confederacy became much more viable and the war much more horrible.

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The Constitution of the Confederate States of America forbid protectionist tariffs, outlawed government subsidies to private businesses, and made congressional appropriations subject to approval by a two-thirds majority vote. It enjoined Congress from initiating constitutional amendments, leaving that power to the constituent states; and limited its president to a single six-year term. When the South lost, instead of a Jeffersonian republic of free trade and limited constitutional government, the stage was set for the United States to become an American Empire ruled by a central authority. In starting his war against the Confederate States, Lincoln was not seeking the “preservation of the Union” in its traditional sense. He sought the preservation of the Northern economy by means of transforming the federal government into a centralized welfare-warfare-police state.

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Paroled from the prison camp at Johnson’s Island, Ohio shortly before the end of the war, my grandparent Louis Hicks walked, barefoot, back to North Carolina to his home named “Liberty Hall” in the town of Faison. But instead of enjoying a new birth of freedom, he and his family, along with other people in the South, had to endure a twelve-year military occupation and an oppressive Reconstruction instituted by radical republicans.

Reflecting on the War for Southern Independence let us hope that the Confederate Battle Flag that Louis Thomas Hicks’ North Carolina regiment carried with it into battle at Gettysburg, with the cross of Scotland’s patron saint emblazoned on it, will come to be viewed in the 21st century, not as an badge of slavery, which it is not, but as a symbol of opposition to centralized government power and tyranny.

See also:

WHY WE CELEBRATE CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY

CIVIL WAR OP-ED: Confederate Memorial Day in Dixie

Confederate Memorial Service Speech

How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be

Warriors of Honor 

ROBERT E. LEE’S CIVIL WAR

Civil War Casualties:  The Cost of War: Killed, Wounded, Captured, and Missing

The Economics of Slavery

NORTHERN PROFITS FROM SLAVERY

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Gov. Palin: Happy Earth Day! Here’s How to Celebrate It!

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 22, 2012

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:


  • Happy Earth Day, America! Here’s my suggestion for how to celebrate it.

    Sarah Palin writes on NRO: On this holiest of days for EcoLiberals, how about if Americans celebrate Earth Day with responsible energy development that leads to greater independence and conservation?There’s no better way for President Obama and his administration to celebrate Earth Day than to embra…
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