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  • #31
    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Then you don't know history at all. Sharecroppers were often treated just like slaves, and the North's rapacious history during the post-war Reparation is one of the worst in American history.

    This has been covered extensively in the Civil War section.
    There is a qualitative difference in the admittedly disadvantaged position that sharecroppers had and the idea that other human beings were property.

    I'm about as libertarian, states rights, and Constitutionalist as they come, but the Confederacy's cause was odious and morally repugnant. The fact that we let the unreconstructed secessionists construct the Jim Crow South, and aided the repression of a significant group of citizens is a stain on our national honor. The conflation of lopsided and disadvantageous legal systems (sharecropping and indentured servitude seem to the be common ones) with chattel slavery is a weak intellectual argument, one that we should avoid.

    Although I firmly believe that the U.S. is the best option out there, and the only option that I know that starts from the fundamental assumption of individual liberty and limited gov't (no matter how badly we've screwed up the execution), that doesn't mean that we are blameless and there isn't room for legitimate criticism and improvement, either. Denying the faults is no more intellectually honest than making up faults as is done by the socialists and statists that want to push their agenda.


    • #32
      Maybe this will help get us back on track.

      New US pot rule sparks latest clash over states' rights.
      The decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind an Obama-era policy on federal marijuana enforcement sparked an outcry from Republicans and Democrats.

      They argue that Sessions is trampling on the rights of states that have decided to legalize pot for medical or recreational use, or both.

      Pot remains illegal under federal law, and Sessions' new direction lets federal prosecutors in states where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce that law.

      Here's a look at how states have broken with the federal government on pot and the tension that has generated:

      Read more here:
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