I’ll take your word for it. It changes nothing. The south had a reason to fire the first shot: The north opposed them on slavery. Once the shot was fired, the north fought them and won the war and began the process of making the constitution apply not just to white men with property but to all men and all women and all races. What possible good is achieved by denying this moral improvement?

If you applied your thinking to the second world war you’d have to assert that the USA went to war to preserve the goals of the Shinto emperor of Japan and to further the cause of the Nazis. Perhaps you do assert this too. It would be no more ridiculous. But you probably know this and you probably don’t care. Nor do those who applaud you for signaling your alignment with the ongoing cultural revolution here in the USA.

Rest assured, you’ll be victorious in this and safe from censure for the moment. I assume you have read history. What makes you think this will all lead anywhere else but down through the same stages of increasing horror and destruction as all previous such revolutions based on such premises? I just don’t get it. This nation, which I worked hard to qualify to come to and to become a citizen of, is committing moral, intellectual and economic suicide before my eyes. And it is doing it using Black people as shields, so that any push-back can be characterized as reactionary racism. It’s diabolically ingenious. It’s terrifying and depressing and hopeless and not credibly opposed, certainly not by Republicans under Trump, nor by any other prominent and saner voices. What a tragedy.

Observing. Gathering and curating ideas. Getting ready.

Observing. Gathering and curating ideas. Getting ready.