Amazing Lucidity on the Secession Issue

We all know that only hateful WASPS are for secession, because that’s what the evil, bigoted Southrons did beginning with South Carolina in 1860, and they were all hateful WASPS. Right? This is the gist of the received history of the War Between the States that’s given in the textbooks, books written by the victors.

Judging from his complexion, Walter E. Williams is not a WASP. (He may be a P — I don’t know — but he sure doesn’t look WAS.) More the point, he does not think like a hateful man, a bigoted man, an unreasonable man, or an uninformed man. That, at least, is what the article I’ve just read would lead me to believe.

This is the beginning of his “Parting Company”:

For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission — or simply parting company?

In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. [Read Christians, of course, don’t believe in divorce. And States don’t get sacramentally married.] Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

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