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Confederate Flag- Why do people fly it today?

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The slavery issue was but a tiny part of problem between the north and south, and was not the root cause of the civil war. The only reason that it is so universally thought to be today is because the north won the war and just like any conflict, to the victors go the history books. Fighting to free the slaves is much more altruistic than fighting to be able to impose taxes and to expand an already over reaching and overbearing government.

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The civil war boils down to states rights vs federal rights, the federal government won and our constitution has been shitpaper ever since.

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Haha. Some people had ancestors die in the war and have great appreciation for their heritage. If you really think it was about slavery.. Lol

Is that the reason for the deflection? People had ancestors that died in the war, and they don't want to think the main reason they died, was ensuring that slavery continued on?

People need to realize that not all of their ancestors were good people. Man, every single one of us had ancestors that were probably murderers somewhere down the line. Not that I'm saying every confederate soldier was evil to the core, but they were definitely fighting for the wrong causes. We need to admit this, not try to shrug off the truth, and then say "I'm proud of my ancestors".

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People didn't want to lose their land/property. Slavery was the Weapons of Mass distruction for the north. It is a good outcome that slavery was abolished but that wasn't what the south was fighting against.

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In President Lincoln's first inaugural address, he said, "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so."

During the war, in an 1862 letter to the New York Daily Tribune editor Horace Greeley, Lincoln said, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery." A recent article by Baltimore's Loyola College Professor Thomas DiLorenzo titled "The Great Centralizer," in The Independent Review (Fall 1998), cites quotation after quotation of similar northern sentiment about slavery.

Lincoln's intentions, as well as that of many northern politicians, were summarized by Stephen Douglas during the presidential debates. Douglas accused Lincoln of wanting to "impose on the nation a uniformity of local laws and institutions and a moral homogeneity dictated by the central government" that "place at defiance the intentions of the republic's founders."

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People didn't want to lose their land/property. Slavery was the Weapons of Mass distruction for the north. It is a good outcome that slavery was abolished but that wasn't what the south was fighting against.

Don't you know slaves were property. Let's not also forget the 3/5s compromise. The only time the South saw slaves as completely human, was during election time. Also, the Missouri compromise, where the North and South argued whether Missouri would be a slave state or not. The Civil War had everything to do with slavery, if you saw the slaves as the South saw them. Property. Slavery was also the main engine that empowered the South's economy. If it wasn't, why in the world did they have slaves to begin with?

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Like BB said, it's good that slavery was abolished, and given time it would likely have fizzled out in the south as well. But don't let your own ignorance allow you pass judgment on others ignorance. Read up on your history before you start bashing others for poo that you don't really know anything about.

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In President Lincoln's first inaugural address, he said, "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so."

During the war, in an 1862 letter to the New York Daily Tribune editor Horace Greeley, Lincoln said, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery." A recent article by Baltimore's Loyola College Professor Thomas DiLorenzo titled "The Great Centralizer," in The Independent Review (Fall 1998), cites quotation after quotation of similar northern sentiment about slavery.

Lincoln's intentions, as well as that of many northern politicians, were summarized by Stephen Douglas during the presidential debates. Douglas accused Lincoln of wanting to "impose on the nation a uniformity of local laws and institutions and a moral homogeneity dictated by the central government" that "place at defiance the intentions of the republic's founders."

Lincoln's thoughts are irrelevant concerning the start of the war. The South didn't go to war against Lincoln himself, but against the North, which didn't have slaves and whose economy didn't depend on slaves.

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Let me ask this question. Do yall think that those who wear the confederate flag, are sad that the Confederacy lost the war?

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I actually think its kind of cool looking. Its a beautiful flag no doubt. I don't have one at the moment but i had one hanging in my room when i was younger. My people fought for it, one was killed in battle and my older brother has the family sword. We never surrendered it.

Also, It looks good as a bikini on a bangin chick. :)

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The south didn't go to war with the north. The north went to war with the south. The south declared independence and Lincoln decided to deny them that right.

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South fired the 1st shots. No way in hell could Abe win enough support to go to war. He needed the south to start some sh!t and they did. I've always wondered how history would have played out if the South never would have fired on Fort Sumter.

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