Word for Today
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4
Sunday, January 2, 2011 Chattanooga Times and Free Press – Perspective, has an interesting editorial section. It prompted me to consider the following question:
The Times section ran the political cartoon shown here:
E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column with the headline, “Let’s Not Spin the Civil War”, followed this cartoon. The message of Dionnes’s commentary coupled with the message of the cartoon seemed incongruous to me.
The commentator stated that in America there remains “enormous denial over the fact that the central cause of the war was our national disagreement over race and slavery, not states’ rights or anything else.” Dionne then goes on to drag up very divisive statements that were made over 150 years ago. He not only tells how wrong the confederates were, he tells how many people were killed in the war. To read Mr. Dionne, one gets the impression that this topic has never been fully discussed in the USA.
On the opposing side, the conservative Chattanooga Free Press commentary was written by Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Both men are highly effective black conservatives who do not attempt to use race to divide our country. They are well qualified to discuss the issues of race, the civil war, or any political or economic topic.
It seems to me that the party which continues to divide racially for political gain is the democrat party. I believe that rather than using the anniversary of the Civil War to divide the people, a responsible society will use the occasion to heal and move forward.
Certainly most Americans are aware of the cruelty and brutality that slavery brought to our country. It has no place in a free society. Neither should the war that liberated Americans be used by government or politicians in an attempt to control the people. That, in and of itself, becomes a type of enslavement.
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