The War of Northern Aggression

I consider myself a history buff of sorts, specifically American History. I am an engineer by trade, but history fascinates me to the point of it being a hobby. I can tell you that the modern education system from elementary school all the way to advanced college courses has failed in their attempt to teach American history. Until I started reading books on history I began to realize that much of what makes up our history is not taught in public schools. It has nothing to do with time constraints and more to do with picking and choosing what is taught to students. There is a clear bias in the American education system. This bias has brainwashed most American people in believing that what is told to them is right and that there is no other explanation. I think the Civil War (or more appropriately, the War of Northern Aggression) is a perfect example of the bias being pushed onto children in the public education system.

I am not going to give anyone a course on the Civil War, it would take many pages to write and there are many resources out there to learn for yourself as I will show you below. Most people who went through public education could not give any simple facts on the Civil War without using Google. How many Confederate and Union generals do you know? What years did the war occur? What percentage of the south actually owned slaves? Did you know Lincoln himself didn’t truly care about slavery? I could go on with questions that no one could answer. It is expected though because the American education system does not teach such things. If you open a textbook you will find maybe a dozen pages on the Civil War and everyone one of them will focus on slavery as the underlining issue. They may mention a few notable battles, maybe call out a Confederate general or two, but the takeaway on their educating the student will be that the Civil War was over slavery and nothing but. This has brainwashed people into a state where anytime issues are mentioned in the news, especially of late with the removal of Confederate monuments, they attack with their “facts” given to them by the education system. I have read hundreds of comments on different media sources on the drama surrounding the removal of the Confederate monuments. Most of those that support the removal of the monuments do so in the name of “forgetting the slave owning south and their bigotry” or “the south lost the war, slavery was abolished because the north won, time to move on”. Those kind of reactions clearly show how our education system has failed people, because they truly know nothing of American history, especially the Civil War.

I compiled a list of books for those that want to learn about the Civil War. I realize every author may present their form of bias, but it is the facts that I tend to focus on when reading history. There are many books just on the Civil War, but I have found these to be the best.

The Civil War by Bruce Catton – One of the first writings on the Civil War and to this day still one of the best. Can be a hard read, but very informative.

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson – James is a great historian and he doesn’t skip a beat with this book. Lot of information and a much easier read.

Civil War Volumes 1-3 by Shelby Foote – Another classic that is very informative. Shelby puts great attention to the battles that took place and the individuals who were part of them.

Lee by Dougles Freeman – Since Lee has been getting a lot of flack and disrespect I think this book is a plus. After reading this book you may actually start giving Lee the respect he deserves. There are also many books on other Civil War generals that people should look into as well.

Everything They Taught You About the Civil War is Wrong by Lochlainn Seabrook

The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Civil War by H.W. Crocker III

These 2 books may have some bias toward the Confederacy, but are filled with facts that they do not teach in schools. I highly recommend reading them both.

The Real Lincoln by Thomas Dilorenzo – And finally a book that I think all should read, especially Lincoln supporters. This book shines light on the real Lincoln and his views on war and slavery. I won’t say no more, just read it and find out for yourself.

Remember the old sang, “Do not believe everything you hear”. It is unfortunate that it applies to our education system, but it does. So go do some reading and then spread the word to others. People need to be educated on real history, not bias!

 

The Power of the First

This past week we have seen yet another clash between different groups with opposing opinions. One side there was a group of white supremacist NAZI sympathizers who are by sheer definition racist toward anyone that is not white. On the others side were a mix of leftist organizations, who want American history, or more specifically white American history, all but erased. I want to add as a footnote that in attendance were peaceful demonstrators who were legally permitted to hold a rally in protest to the city of Charlottesville taking down the Robert E. Lee monument and changing the name of the park. These people were not part of any side, even though the media considers them NAZI supporters, which is clearly their intent.

Both of the above mentioned groups have a right to their opinion and believe it or not, their voice is protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. I could end it there, but there is more to be said on the matter. You see the media and people of higher power pick and choose what is protected by the 1st Amendment. If an individual goes outside with a NAZI flag and yells “white power” he could potentially be charged with a federal hate crime and most likely a slew of state level crimes as well. This person will then be all over the media outlets who will berate him of his “crimes”. Social media will then get involved with the help of Hollywood hypocrites that will shame the individual. Minorities will use the occasion to push their belief that white people are all racist and new laws should be in place. Now let’s shift gears to a black lives matter (BLM) march where young black men in masks are holding signs that say “Kill white people” or “Shoot the police”. Before you think I am making up those signs do an image search on them. These same protestors are marching down the street chanting anti-white propaganda and things such as “Fry the pigs like bacon” (again look it up). As light turns to dark these protestors turn violent and begin destroying storefronts and city owned property. Now I understand that not all BLM supporters are like this, but it is clear there is a subset that are racist and violent. Outside of maybe a few BLM supporters who were arrested for damaging property, how many do you think were arrested for chanting racist talk? None! On top of that the mainstream media does not even report on the racism that BLM spews. Social media is quite and the Hollywood elites are mum on the subject.

The Libertarian viewpoint is and always has been that the 1st Amendment protects all speech, regardless if it offends or triggers another party. There is no difference between a NAZI sympathizer and a BLM march shouting racist slurs. They are both completely wrong in their approach to solving any problems, but they have a right to their opinion. Furthermore, hate crimes pushed down on people for simply saying something are entirely biased and wrong. If someone causes physical harm to another, regardless if it was because of their race or simply because they wanted to, they should be held accountable for their actions. If a white person harms a black person because of his skin color, he will receive a hate crime. Yet if a black person harms another black person, which is 1000 times more likely to happen, no one seems to care. The hypocrisy of berating someone because of their 1st Amendment rights is ridiculous. I am sure by this point some will bring up the “Fire in a crowded theater” statement and how it applies to free speech. Again, the Libertarian belief is that one does indeed have a right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater because that is his 1st Amendment right. But the theater is also private property and they impose their own rules on certain matters, assuming that government does not restrict what they can and cannot do, which is always the case. If the theater makes it a rule not to talk or yell in their establishment, they can do so and anyone who breaks said rules can be thrown out. I realize philosophically the term “Fire in a crowded theater” means more, but in a real world sense it is as simple as that.

The 1st Amendment protects the free speech of ALL people regardless of what they say. As soon as physical harm is done to someone then the line is crossed and appropriate laws are in place to protect them. If you are driving by and you see a NAZI march, as long as they are not harming you, move on and let them be. The same applies to a BLM march. They have their opinion and you have yours.