Letter: Another fight?

December 3, 2012


To the editor:

As the Civil War drew to a close, radical Republicans such as Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens wanted to punish the secessionists. They wanted to utterly destroy the Southern aristocracy. They bitterly blamed Southern leadership for the horrible loss of life and treasure during five years of war and wanted to hunt down and hang or imprison Southern civilian and military leaders. They wanted to take statehood away from seceded states, to confiscate rebel property, and divide the great plantations into 40-acre tracts to be distributed among the former slaves.

Lincoln stood against them; he wanted union, to repair the bond between Americans. He did not live to see it, but Lincoln had his way. Rebel states were readmitted, and few of the Southern leaders were punished, no property was confiscated, the great estates were left intact. It has been generally thought during the past 147 years that this course of moderation was good, restoring the United States, while irrevocably establishing the principle of the Union.

But now some are again screaming “fire” in the crowded theater. Watching Missouri play Texas A&M; on TV, I saw an A&M; student who wore a sweatshirt that read “Texas A&M; Secede.” Petitions in several Southern states, notably Missouri and Texas, demand secession. Some may even think they’re serious.

Those who wear emblems of rebellion certainly think they’re tough guys. But so are we who love the Union. Let them secede and we’ll conquer them again; only this, we’ll be time less tolerant of their treachery.


Kirk Larson 5 years, 6 months ago

Any state that secedes will come crawling back once their highway funds dry up.

Briseis 5 years, 6 months ago

That was secede from the Big 12 William.

Brock Masters 5 years, 6 months ago

Right you are Brisels. Man does William look stupid now. All fired up and doesn't even understand why.

mom_of_three 5 years, 6 months ago

It was more like Vice President Johnson got his way about punishment and plantations rather than Lincoln's ideas were followed. Johnson pardoned everyone; not sure Lincoln would have gone that far.

ThePilgrim 5 years, 6 months ago

They might win this time. The bumpkins have more guns than the Northerners, and they know how to use them.

FarmerNuts 5 years, 6 months ago

With a daughter who attends A&M, I can, with certainity, attest that the students of A&M have a much higher opinion of our country and the ideals that it stands for than many in this country.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 6 months ago

and, once again, a silly little letter from the quill of billie shrilly.

however, how different would our lot be today, all of us americans, if blacks *then, would have gotten the 40-acres and a mule, become land owners for themselves?
not a bad idea then for making amends to the slaves. and today, it is not hard to imagine that the grandchildren of those land owners would have inherited from them initiative, private property ownership, private entrprise, and that most hated of all concepts today-capitalism!
these values instead of what so many blacks face today: neighborhoods racked with drugs, single parent homes, driveby shootings, etc.

so in some points, the "radical republicans" of lincoln's day were right.

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