The Confederate Betrayal

The Confederate Betrayal

The Confederacy Was A Con On The Poor And Common Folk Of The Southern States To Persevere Elite Powers. The Elites of the Confederate States of America Tried To Convert The Government Into A Monarchy, Marry That Monarchy Into European Empires, and Even Sell Off Individual States To Colonial Powers.

A noticeable issue with people embracing the Confederacy as a proud aspect of heritage is that these people don't fully know or understand the power structure of the Confederate States, beyond the aspect of institutional slavery. The confederate foreign policy, for example, is enough to betray all notion of pride in that cultural heritage. The elites that operated the Confederate State initially wanted to expand their slave empire to the rest of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America, eventually expanding to all of the South American continent. The Knights of the Golden Circle was the initial confederate society that designed this imperial project.

When this ambition failed roughly 2 years into the Civil War, the confederates shifted their foreign-policy towards bringing European powers into the war on the side of the Confederacy. This entailed foregoing all republican and democratic founding principles of the United States; in order to beg for the assistance of Monarchical empires, once discarded by the United States in its revolution. The Confederacy was willing to organize into a monarchy and marry European aristocracy and royalty into the confederate power system. When they became truly desperate, they attempted to auction off individual states as monarchies to the subsequent European prince of the empire that might partake in the exchange.

Confederate elites never intended on preserving the spirit of the American Revolution, in fact they actively worked to undermine and reverse much of its legacy. This was the main force behind their desire to preserve the institution of slavery. Since the era of the revolution, slavery as a philosophical argument has been over determining the concept of personhood and the value of the human individual as a self representing being. The Southern Colonies were close to becoming pro-British during the Revolution because Slave Powers fought alongside the British. The movement westward was complicated and hindered by the extension of the slave system to new regions. Finally, this antithetical system of independent power, consolidated under the slave economy, drove the secession of the southern states; and formed the Confederate States of America in open rebellion against the United States.

The Confederacy was never about the rights of states, which are apparatuses dishonestly portrayed today as democratic representation of the will of the people of those States. The elites of the region controlled the government and forced the conscription and conning of the poor whites of the country to fight for the wealthy and powerful elites. Elites who would soon forsaken all the people of their states, if it meant retaining their own elitism. We must recognize and face this reality; and move past the nostalgia of a blatant con game.

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No, Your Political Views Aren't Always Wrong, They Just Aren't Always Right

"No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen." - Proverb

Violence. It is inevitable. Whether it is verbal or it is physical, it is happening around the world every day and it is a very sensitive subject. Something absolutely devastating happens and all of the sudden politicians are being questioned and those who aren't politicians, but think that they are, are now ranting on Facebook swearing up and down the walls that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

After the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, I was at a loss for words. For an incident this serious to happen in what felt like my backyard was absolutely terrifying. To live in a world where this happened was absolutely terrifying. As families and friends of victims and survivors grieved on social media and on TV, people took no breath in expressing their feelings about the incident. From angry messages about the LGTBQ community and to the complete opposite side where those mourned for the LGBTQ community, arguments were all over Facebook. Opinions were all over Facebook, as they always are.

With the recent Las Vegas shooting the same thing was seen on social media as some felt strongly about the mental health of Americans and others cared deeply about those who were killed and what was going to happen next. Social media is home to many different political views as well as social views and the biggest issue, in my opinion, is that no one allows the opportunity for someone else to speak their mind.

Most importantly in my life right now, as well as the lives of many who surround me, is the Parkland shooting. This was absolutely horrifying, to say the least. It showed how unfair life was and how screwed up people can be.

Unfortunately, I have found on social media as well as on TV that people have lost sight of what truly matters right now as they are too worried arguing about their political views and making the statement that only their thoughts are correct.

Being a very open-minded person, I have read through hundreds of comments and watched my fair share of videos. I have heard Republicans and Democrats speak on the matter on gun control, gun safety, and guns in school.

Yes, I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe it is a right to carry a gun with the appropriate training and paperwork. Yes, I also believe that it has become way too easy to obtain such a powerful weapon.

Lastly, I believe that it is not the ease of buying guns or the Second Amendment itself that is leading to these terrifying events. It's the people of the United States and the way that they are raised today.

As Governor Matt Bevin said when he was younger, kids brought guns to school on a day to day basis and even more around the holidays to show off their new presents. People simply did not think about killing people. People were not terrified for their lives when they went to school or to a country concert.

Yes, you're allowed to have your own political opinions.

Yes, you can plaster your views and arguments all over Facebook and other social media platforms.

But stop and take a second to think about others views as well. Think about simpler times when your life didn't revolve around a video game or your cell phone or the latest violent movie that just came out.

When things were "simpler," there were not constant shootings at schools and out in public places.

Guns are not the problem. Do not be ignorant.

Realize that you can have your views but they may not always be right.

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Let's Take The Politics Out Of School Shootings

So, please do not use school shootings as a reason to get in a Facebook fight.

The American dream is to send our beloved children off to school where they can flourish and learn. On the other hand, an important aspect of the American dream is the second amendment.

How shall we move forward so these two aspects of the American dream can coexist?

The answer to that question will not be discovered in my lifetime (or maybe ever). There is no way to save an entire country from horrific events like ones we have seen too many times. So, let’s stop focusing on which is the “correct” way to handle the situation and look at the broader perspective.

This week, social media is flooded with a variety of political opinions after the Florida school shooting that I would rather not explore. I am sure everyone is familiar with the different opinions that unveil after a mass shooting.

Unfortunately, we are too familiar with them.

I am a senior in high school who is hardly involved with politics. Putting political beliefs aside, I focus on the victims’ faces and names. I focus on their families. I focus on a school that will never feel the same.

The kids who passed were not thinking about politics during this tragedy. Rather, they were wondering if they would make it out of a place they considered safe, alive.

This issue is much bigger than a political debate. It is about hate in our world, a lack of love and a disconnect between ourselves and others. It’s not about guns. It’s not about mental illness. It’s about much more.

Rather than pointing the finger, we can all equally share the blame.

When social media turns an issue into a political debate, it’s easy to forget that children aren’t thinking about politics when they see their teacher, coach or friend pass away in front of their eyes.

So please, do us all a favor and don’t use children's dead bodies as a reason to get into a heated Facebook fight. That only spreads the hate. It is counterproductive. Rather than plotting against each other, we need to band together.

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