During the faux shutdown crisis, Rep. Charlie Rangel delivered a whopper of an argument that even caused a CNN anchor to say "What are you talking about?"
Rangel said (my emphasis):
"This is all about a handful of people, who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they're coming from. And the same way they fought as Confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it."From start to finish (with the finish being the worst of it) this is a total train wreck.
First of all, Republicans did not want to "bring down our government". Republicans love a huge sprawling government. They just want it to look slightly different than the Democrats version.
Second, no one was "in the streets"...In fact, no one outside of the media even cared about the faux shutdown. And in the end, the 17% who were "furloughed" ended up with a paid vacation! A vacation that even "libertarian Republican" Justin Amash voted for!
But it was Rangel's last sentence that really went over the edge. The CNN anchor had a problem with it, but for a very different reason than why I (and everyone else) should have a problem with it.
The CNN anchor wondered how on Earth this congressman could compare Tea Party members to Confederates, whereas I wondered how he could say Confederates wanted "to bring down the government and reform it."
The Southern states seceded from the U.S. They created their own government, with their own Constitution. On April 29th, 1861 Jefferson Davis, who was elected President of the South stated:
...we seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone.The South had no interest in "bringing down" the North and "reforming" it! They wanted to peacefully secede, and wanted to be left alone.
Unfortunately, Lincoln & the North would not leave them alone.
You see, the South's new Constitution created what was essentially a free trade zone, in contrast to the high-tax, protective zone in the North. (Hopefully you've learned by now that if there's one thing the United States will not stand for, it's free trade). The South outlawed all protective tariffs.
The North flipped their lids!
The South was about to become a much more attractive place for the rest of the world to conduct business with. This had to be stopped!!
On Mar. 18, 1861 The Philadelphia Press called for a blockade of all Southern ports.
On Mar. 22 & 23, 1861 The New York Times stated:
“At once shut up every Southern port, destroy its commerce, and bring utter ruin on the Confederate states…A state of war would almost be preferable to the passive action the government had been following.”Sounds like our modern-day neocons, doesn't it?
On Apr. 2, 1861 The Newark Daily Advertiser said that the South had: “taken to their bosoms the liberal and popular doctrine of free trade” and that they “might be willing to go…toward free trade with the European powers” which “must operate to the serious disadvantage of the North” as “commerce will be largely diverted to the Southern cities.” This, they insisted, must be avoided at all cost by “the closing of the [Southern] ports” by military force, if necessary.
That's a little different then Charlie Rangel's version of the story, isn't it?
But then again, he can get away with it because he knows where CNN's viewership was educated.
If this is the first time that you're hearing something other that what was in your "Social Studies" book, it's time to break out of the shell that was made for you. I strongly recommend the following from Tom DiLorenzo: The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked.
Follow @ChrisRossini on Twitter