Even the Founders of the Confederate States Knew the Founding Fathers Thought Slavery was Wrong

Usually every year I put the Declaration of Independence up on the 4th but today I want to put up a piece of a different speech that ironically was arguing for the dissolusion of Ameirca.

Alexander Stephens was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate. He was elected to Congress in 1843 and served till 1859. When Georgia was contemplating session he was voted to the provisional congress of the Confederacy and was elected Vice President of the Confederate states. After the Civil War he was re-elected to congress in 1873 leaving congress after being elected governor of Georgia serving until his death in 1883.

He was one of the more ardent supporters of session and after session but before the shooting began (March 21st 1861) he gave a speech touting the improvements in the new Constitution of the confederacy, from the single presidential terms, the lack of a national tariff, cabnet members having seats in congress and a prohibition of the national government to make internal improvements in individual states.

He closed his list of improvement with a defense of Slavery not only arguing that it was the cornerstone of the confederacy

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth

Thus unknowingly dispelling the revisionist history that some push today arguing that Slavery was not the primary cause of the war. But more interesting to us is what immediately precedes this paragraph, namely an attack on the founding fathers of the Republic from which he has departed.


The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”

All emphasis mine

Take a note of what he says here. He not only states that Jefferson and most of the leading statesmen were opposed to slavery and considered wrong on every count and that said idea was the prevailing idea of the time, but that those founding fathers held that idea based on an assumption of the equality of the races.

It’s important to note here that his was not mere rhetoric. Stephens despite poor beginnings was not only well read in an age were illiteracy was common, but well educated (Top of his college class) a successful lawyer, married to the daughter of a Revolutionary war colonel but at the time of this speech had been an elected representative in the state of Georgia and congress for over a quarter of a century. Few men in the entire nation were in a better position to know the history and the sentiment of the Founders than he.

The irony of Alexander Stephens exposing the woke fools of today for the virtue signaling fools that they are is that Stephens considered the founders opposition to slavery and assumption of racial equality a fault.

So the next time the Kaepernicks of the world try to tell you how backward the founding fathers were on race and demand they be removed, remind them of this speech and the contempt that the speaker had for their opinions on race and equality.

Red-Green Omar?

by baldilocks

Since I’ve already ranted today about the Justice Democrats and about shame mongering about race, I want to point you to this background on Ilhan Omar from February. It’s very interesting.

Here’s a taste.

Omar spent the first ten years of her life as a member of a family that owed its livelihood to the regime of Mohammed Siad Barre. Her family is described as “civil servants and educators” – all dependent on the regime and executing its orders.

Her father was a “teacher trainer.” Omar has never explained exactly what a “teacher trainer” in Somalia was or did in the Siad Barre government.

A teacher trainer in any revolutionary communist regime is the political commissar who trains teachers on how to indoctrinate children.

Congressman Omar’s father was a professional propagandist for the Communist-Islamist dictatorship. Of course, the sins of the father cannot be attributed to the child – unless the child carries on the father’s legacy.

This is why it’s so important to look at Ilhan Omar’s formative years.

(…)

By 1991, the Siad Barre regime collapsed as the country tore itself apart in civil war. Regime loyalists – families like Ilhan Omar’s – could find no safety any more in Somalia. They fled to Kenya, and ultimately made it to the United States.

When they moved to the United States in 1995, they brought their Red-Green ideological baggage with them.

Two years before, Congress, at the urging of the Clinton administration, abolished the law requiring that would-be immigrants declare whether they had belonged to a foreign Communist party. The Omar family was able to move to America without that important element of screening.

No sooner did the family settle in Minneapolis when Ilhan Omar, at age 14, began to get involved in politics.

Emphasis belongs to the author of the piece.

Some of it is conjecture, but you’ll want to read it all anyway.

And because someone always asks this, I’ll pre-answer a question. The reason that the Organized Left and Islamists are allies is because they have the same enemy: the free West, embodied in the United States of America.

Meanwhile, keep pushing back. And don’t be afraid.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Remember If Hillary Clinton Wins in 2016 Jeffrey Epstein is Not Arrested in 2019

“Here’s the tennis game, Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”

Donny Deutsch: Morning Joe 8:12 AM May 16th 2016

Yesterday Instapundit linked to this piece at the Hollywood Reporter on how the A-List crowd mixed with Jeffrey Epstein after his conviction and Stephen Green speaks thus:

I’d take their apparent umbrage more seriously had they covered the story with this much energy any time from, say, 2009 to last Friday.

This highlights a truth that a lot of people on the left know but are unlikely to say. It is this:


If Hillary Clinton was elected President of the United States in 2016 not a person in the media would have dared to write or say a word against Jeffrey Epstein him and the state of New York, run by Democrats would certainly not not have touched him because they would have known that Jeffrey Epstein was under the protection of the President of the United States.

just like Harvey Weinstein was.

I have a question for the left that is essentially same one I posed at the time of the Weinstein revelations (which were only revelations to the public, not to the leftists in the know) and it’s this.

How many of you would gladly and without hesitation deny justice to the victims of Jeffrey Epstein (and Harvey Weinstein) if it meant reversing the results of last presidential election?

Given what we’ve seen I suspect that the answer is practically all of them.

The Government We Deserve in Minnesota & Fitchburg, Seattle, Kentucky & LA under the Fedora

In Minnesota a city council decided to aid “diversity” to those who came to America (but still apparently hate it) by removing the pledge of allegiance from their meetings.

The backlash produced another meeting to reconsider it and a lot of folks turned out but no final decision has been made.

This is why paying attention to local government matters.


In Fitchburg fresh off finally defeating Planned Parenthood the public library is getting ready to bring in Drag Queen Story Time.

My church will hold a special mass that day and people are calling the Mayor and I have a few ideas in mind myself, but it’s an important reminder that beating the devil for a day doesn’t mean you do so forever.


It’s not been a grand time in Seattle. Naked men stabbing peoplerestaurant chains going bankrupt, hate crimes hoaxesAmazon building elsewhere, but there is a sign that things finally might be changing.

Seattle City Council elections are coming up in a few months and the Seattle Times reports that Mayor Jenny Durkan has been quietly cleaning up homeless camps at an increased rate compared to last year. Durkan may be hoping that by reducing some of the visible signs of the problem she can mollify voters who are tired of seeing tent camps on sidewalks and in parks throughout the city. 

Eventually things reach a point where the voters rebel and with elections coming the the authorities want to give those angry over what the city has become a reason to direct that anger elsewhere.


In Kentucky the left has decided that the best move they can do is to nominate a far left candidate who already lost for congress to take on Mitch McConnell.

How much of a longshot is the progressive Democrat in Deep Red Kentucky? Even left-leaning (if it leans any further it will fall over) Vox.com summed up her announcement like so: “McGrath’s viral candidacy for Congress fell short in 2018. Now she’s running against the most powerful senator in Washington.” That’s the kind of encouragement most longshot candidates could do without.


And it isn’t like Kentucky’s sixth district, where McGrath (a Kentucky native) ran for Congress in 2018, is completely hostile to Democrats. Democrat Ben Chandler represented the people there from 2004-2013, surviving even the yuge GOP surge of 2010. Despite a very well-funded campaign, lots of favorable media attention, and a genuine war hero record including 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and Taliban targets, McGrath still lost to incumbent Republican Andy Barr by more than four points.

I am delighted that it’s likely Kentucky will still get the government they deserve and even more delighted that very dollar the far left spends on McGrath will be a dollar that won’t be used in other races.


Finally it’s simply Amazes me that the people of LA put up with this:


I can’t walk down the street without thinking that a flea could jump on me,” said Estela Lopez, who represents business owners in the area.
After reporting the pile of waste to the city’s 311 services hotline, the I-Team was told it could take up to 90 days before it’s cleaned.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, of UCLA, said there’s no time to waste. “Trash and food waste attracts rats,” said Klausner. “It does pose a public health risk.” An out-of-control rat population can even lead to the spread of dangerous strains of salmonella and bubonic plague, he noted.

How bad it is? This bad:

When state officials inspected the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division station last November, they uncovered rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions at the facilities responsible for protecting skid row and other parts of downtown.
The conditions have now become the source of growing anger inside the station, with some officers threatening to seek transfers and city leaders scrambling to address the problems.
The issues at the Central Division come amid larger concerns about disease and filth across downtown, notably a vermin infestation at City Hall last year. One city employee was diagnosed with typhus, a disease that can be spread by rodents. City Hall workers said they saw fleas, rodent droppings and plants eaten by vermin in the building.

It would have been unthinkable for such a thing to be tolerated in an American city in the culture of my youth, but that was a time where American culture was untainted by today’s liberalism. But now California in general and LA in particular are both one party leftist states and the people including the folks at City Hall and at the LAPD are getting the government they deserve.

I’m sure they hoped they deserved better.

Orange Man Bad, International Version

by baldilocks

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that President Trump asked them to do this.

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed President Trump’s remarks about the “Squad” — made up of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — “undermine America’s strength.”

[Merkel:]“I distance myself from this decidedly and stand in solidarity with the women who were attacked,” Merkel said in her remarks at a press conference in Berlin, according to CNN. “US’s strength lies exactly in the fact that people of very different nationalities contribute to the strength of the American people.”

[Trump:] “I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey, if you don’t like it, let ’em leave. Let ’em leave.’”

(…)

[Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:] “I think Canadians, and indeed people around the world, know exactly what I think of those comments … “That is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t like it either. Is she still in office, by the way?

I don’t think that there are three other people in the world who could sound this limp and weak while meddling in our business. Trudeau’s comment is especially pathetic.

And considering Merkel’s method of bringing diversity to her country and the continuing effects of that method, any sane head of state who cared about the well-being of his/her constituents and the cohesiveness of his/her nation who do well to look at Merkel’s actions and do the exact opposite. The same goes for May and most of her recent predecessors.

Simply, these three doormats stand in stark contrast to the POTUS in this matter and in most other matters.

President Trump should send them thank-you notes and, knowing him, it’s likely that he already has.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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