By Gary P Jackson
Dan Riehl observes that once again Sarah Palin is ahead of the curve by bringing up the Civil War when talking about Obama’s racist nature and the way he seeks to use race [and class] to divide us as a nation. Referencing her interview with Sean Hannity:
This is classic Sarah Palin. I’d wager people would be surprised to learn that progressive Obama czarist Cass Suntein agrees with her on this growing flap because Palin had the audacity to invoke the Civil War in reference to Derrick Bell. I reached the same conclusion myself studying Bell. Cass Sunstein in The New Yorker, May 3 2004.
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The American Civil War (1861–1865) policy yielded the cessation of legal slavery in the U.S., however not the intent of a different class of citizen. Before the end of the war, the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act (Morrill Act of 1862) was passed to provide for federal funding of higher education by each state with the details left to the state legislatures.
Following the war, the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteed equal protection under the law to all citizens, and Congress established the Freedmen’s Bureau to assist the integration of former slaves into Southern society. After the end of Reconstruction in 1877, former slave-holding states enacted various laws to undermine the equal treatment of African Americans, although the 14th Amendment as well as federal Civil Rights laws enacted during reconstruction were meant to guarantee it. However Southern states contended that the requirement of equality could be met in a manner that kept the races separate.
Dan does a good job of showing where Sarah got it right, and how her contemporaries then got it all wrong.
Read the entire article here.
One more instance of Sarah Palin being far ahead of the curve on the issues, and being able to articulate them in a manner that sticks with you.