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Boomer Recessionals: Brothers in Arms

So many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line in your palm
We are fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

“Both parties deprecated war but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.” — Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

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  • hooodathunkit August 27, 2021, 6:20 PM

    Recessional is right; it’s a shame an English-Hungarian has more foresight than our 16th President.

  • David Zincavage August 28, 2021, 9:30 AM

    Absent 7 Deep South Cotton states (with 5 million people), “the nation” would still have had 26 states (with 26 million people) and would still have stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The 7 seceded Cotton States possessed nothing of vital importance other than the port of New Orleans, and a right of passage could easily have been negotiated.

    Civil War; the invasion, conquest, and occupation of fraternal states; and the deaths of 700,000 Americans (2 1/5% of the entire US Population) could simply have been avoided.

    “The war came” because a military dictator initiated it.

  • Mike-SMO August 29, 2021, 3:43 AM

    The Confedeeracy was a dream of Royalist discards that had no future. The Brits had cotton from Egypt and India. The “South” was nothing but a potential staging area for the Legions of the Kingdoms of the future European Union {spit!}. The U.S.A., with telegraph and railroads would have been rendered destitute by maintaining an army to defend against the “friends” of the Traitors of the Confederacy.

    The “Royalists” of the South had no future since “industry” and the future were too “dirty” and too complicated. Texas was “born” with industry to feed the Northern growth. Bombing-ham steel was outclassed by Illinois and then Pennsylvania. A steam-powered navy protected the Nation from the crumbling Empires of the Old World. The “Mud-people” of the old Confederacy never raised their heads to join the future. With no way to threaten the growing Nation, they just settled into the mud like their European predecessors. The South was only saved by air conditioning and a retirement age population. The cotton “gin” and cotton press just delayed that collapse.

    In the 19th Century, the South could have been part of a growing Nation instead of a threat to that Nation. “Mars Rob’t” (General Robert E. Lee) attacked Pennsylvania, in good part, to get shoes for his army, since Massah was spending Confederate wealth on clothes, booze and perfume, while the army marched barefoot. To support the plantation lifestyle, do you have any doubt that those same “Massahs” would not have accepted some coin from a “Generalisimo” or “Lord” somebody to keep the party going? The “South” was just a rotting remnant of the society that the Revolution was fought against.

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