To anyone who has been blogging for a while, I strongly suggest taking a hiatus. It does offer some decent perspective, if not clarity or wisdom. When fun stuff happens while reading blogs, you begin to sit back and examine, without the urge to 'fight the good fight', and get your two cents in before anyone else.
As many good liberal thinkers here in Montana re-fight the Civil War with rhetoric to define who the "bad guys" really are, in vainglorious attempt to end racism in 1865, certain arguments stand out as both amusing and juvenile. My favorite to make fun of is the middle school argument "they started it". Technically, yes, the Confederate state of South Carolina did fire the first shots of the Civil War on a Union held fort within South Carolina. It doesn't matter what era you live in, an enemy holding within your borders is a threat. Faulting the Confederacy for reacting to the provocation of such a threat is the same as crying to mommy that your sibling 'touched you'. The argument that 'they started it' is simply a way to pass blame onto another, a foolish way that denies any complexity to the situations presented to people by history.
At another good liberal Montana website, pointing out that a complex situation is not subject to juvenile ignorance is cause for the equally juvenile threat of being banned. There's a significant problem with that. As James Conner notes, only education will teach people the history and import of the Civil War, and any understanding that is coerced into a particular view is only subject to the correction of time, generations learning facts and truth. I don't have to suggest; I can state with absolute certainty that replacing one form of propaganda with another equally foolish does nothing to advance education. The South removed itself from the Union because the inclusion of Kansas as a free state would have given Congress the ability to dictate the Southern economy built on slave labor. The balance of power was shifting such that a Constitutional Right would no longer be guaranteed, as the Southerners thought. Tell me again, who fired first?
It is in no way surprising that Democrats want to use coercive learning to advance what they see as their causes. Faux 'News' has been doing that successfully for years. Sadly, people aren't as stupid as many, agenda driven, think that they are. The argument "they started it" doesn't really wash anymore, with anyone save the dimmest who have forgotten the wise words of the Bible's chapter of Proverbs:
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.