Today marks the 150th anniversary of the day South Carolina began to take back part of its territory from a foreign occupation force. The Battle of Fort Sumter is largely viewed as the beginning of the military conflict known as the War Between the States – a very avoidable and unnecessary fratricidal war resulting in the death of over 600,000 American soldiers, transforming the United States from a republic into an empire, and laying the groundwork for the tyranny under which we live today.
According to a CNN opinion poll released today, nearly one in four Americans sympathizes with the Confederacy, and that number goes up to two in five for white Southerners. This is not too bad, considering the full demonization of the South by the government, schools, and media in the past half-century or more, and considering that less than two thirds of the American population is European.
We should remember days like today, not merely because it is neat historical trivia, but because it is important to understand the events of the past – to understand our present predicament and to chart a correct course for the future. “A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.” – Karl Marx