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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Helping People Is Slavery, But Slavery Wasn't So Bad?

So Republicans are currently serious about blowing up the economy over Obamacare.  Failing that, they'd sure like to gut SNAP.

Which, of course, makes sense for the Party of Lincoln because rights to food and healthcare are just like slavery.  Which was bad, but is wasn't so bad as things are today, and even was pretty good.

Confusing, innit?  Everything old is new again:

There are probably a good many members of the Democratic party who view [the prospect of emancipation] with unmixed alarm, and see nothing but ruin staring us all in the face if Slavery is destroyed; but these apprehensions are entirely due to the want of proper reflection upon the theories supplied to them by their own leaders, and some of which we shall take the liberty of recalling.

The notion that the disappearance of the "institution" would endanger either the reconstruction or permanence of the Union is clearly illusory; inasmuch as we have it from the best Democratic authorities that the Union of States, part slave and part free, in one amiable Confederacy, is perfectly easy. Consequently the Union of the same States all free must be vastly simpler and easier. If heterogeneous societies can exist under the same political bond, homogeneous ones can have no difficulty in doing so.

We are told sometimes that if the blacks are freed they will all run wild, and die of starvation, but this objection cannot consistently be made by what is called "the white man's party." Those who are of opinion that this Continent, as well as this Republic, was created for the benefit of white men, must naturally regret having millions of negroes filling up large portions of its space, and cannot feel much downcast at the prospect of their removal by any dispensation of Providence, however mysterious.

We do not hear much groaning from our "conservatives" over the gradual extermination of the Indians by hunger, whisky, disease and rifle balls, and yet they hold the Indians to be a much nobler race than the negroes. So that the less said about the matter on the score of humanity the better. Whenever the four millions of blacks die off, four millions of noble white men will take their places and vote the "regular Democratic ticket," a consummation which must make every Democratic bosom swell with delight.
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So that if we are to judge of the prospects of the Union, in case Slavery is destroyed, by the aid of Democratic lights, we arrive at the following comfortable conclusions: States all free can form a confederacy, inasmuch as so can States part slave and part free. The negroes, if liberated, will relieve us from all embarrassments as to the manner of disposing of them by dying of hunger and bad liquor, leaving the Continent to white men.

They will not come North to compete with white laborers, partly because they are too lazy, and partly because they will be dead as aforesaid before starting. If they do come North in spite of death and laziness, no one will employ them who can secure the services of their betters of the Caucasian race. So that in any event they are sure not to cause us any embarrassment.  

Nothing better than snark from 150 years ago.

ntodd

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