â€œThose who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.â€
Prior to America’s ever getting back to the foundations upon which it was founded, we must,
first of all, know and understand what those foundations consist of and, secondly, gain an understanding of what cut those foundations out from under us.
What are some of the signs of a weakened underpinning?
Well, outside of a few Yellow Dog Democrats, I’ve been unable to interview anyone, for example, who is happy with the quality of Presidential candidates this year, Democrat or Republican.
If America was somehow able to regain its foundational footings, quality leadership will have naturally arisen in the process from out of the struggle.
The aftermath would surely insure that Clinton, McCain, and Obama type candidacies would never arise and would be out of the question for a people equipped with such an experiential knowledge of their true history.
Why? Well, per aphoristic philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist George Santayana (1863 – 1952), who was Spanish born, American educated, and who passed away in Rome, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."
Since aphorists gain their wisdom from experience, we can probably take his famous quote to the bank.
A perfect instance of natural leadership arising out of conflict and learning is the shining example from out of the War for American Independence; George Washington. Our history books at one time reflected Washington’s greatness as a leader.
Nowadays, if the history books even touch on our eighteenth and nineteenth centuries much at all, it will be to deify Lincoln for" freeing the slaves," failing to mention the Father of our Country, save in briefly passing.
Well, Lincoln bears remembering, but let us listen to the duly elected governor of Missouri.
From the 2001 book Frank and Jesse James, by Ted Yeatman, we find: When Lincoln issued his call for seventy-five thousand troops to put down what was termed a rebellion, four regiments
eventually came from Missouri, even though Gov. Claiborne F. Jackson refused to honor Lincoln’s request, which he termed "illegal, unconstitutional, and revolutionary in its object, inhuman and diabolical."
He declared that Missouri would not furnish a man for what he termed "an unholy crusade."
I don’t think you’ll find that little tidbit in any of our public school texts. There are plenty more of the same tenor, if any in the public education arena were interested in true history, as opposed to Lincoln deifications.
And you know, I really hate to have to keep bringing up the real Lincoln, but we must go through that painful (to some) history if we are to get at the root of today’s problems in America.
On page sixty in Myths of American Slavery by Walter D. Kennedy we find: Even when slavery was eliminated in the North, the racist ideology remained intact.
Thus, in 1858, when Abraham Lincoln stated that he was in favor of maintaining the white race in the position of the superior race in America, no one was surprised.
In the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, the theory of Negro inferiority…and his advocacy of it, was voiced in public by Abe Lincoln. "I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races…that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races….I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race." (Abraham Lincoln, as cited by Johannsen, pp 162-63).
But when a politician gets into trouble, he will do and say whatever he thinks will get him out of trouble…and Abraham Lincoln was the consummate politician…would even make Hillary and Obama hang their heads in shame, upon politician comparison ratings.
So, a year and a half deep into the war, as Southern boys under Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were making a habit of whipping up on his Army of Northern Invaders down on Southern battlefields, even so much so as to bring England and France to the brink of diplomatically recognizing the Confederate States of America, Lincoln, in desperation, drew up the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation, delivered a year and a half into the war, was a political maneuver, pure and simple, designed, not to free slaves, but to discourage either of the European powerhouses from entering the fray on the side of the South.
It worked magnificently (and history should remember Lincoln for this), however, not one slave was freed due to this history- making speech found in all the schoolbooks, even memorized by many of us.
But the history books say he freed the slaves with this great speech…
And this winning War of Northern Aggression was the linchpin for removing the preponderance of real American government from our statehouses and courthouses to its central location in Washington, D.C.
Once we understand how we got from local self-government to a remote and distant,
bloated centralized government, we are on the way to getting to the point to where we can begin to turn this gigantic ship of government back to its legitimate roots. May God bless.