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Questions, quiz, and quotations

To the editor:

Questions: Would diversity of income be a good thing or a bad thing? If you want fewer police, should you do things that call for more police? Is destroying society a good way to preserve it? What happened when that has been tried? Does a movement deserve our support when one of its founders, Patrisse Cullors, has said, “We are trained Marxists”? If terrorism is condoned here at home, was our response to 9/11 all wrong? Why was secession legitimate for the colonies, but not for Southern states? Why was Jefferson Davis never tried for treason?

Quiz: Can you pick out the one statement in the following that is false? After the American Revolution, England recognized the existence of 13 new countries. In the 1700s, South Carolina ruled the American slave trade. Three states, when accepting the Constitution, stipulated that they retained a right to secede. Early in the 19th century, secession received serious consideration in Northern states. A textbook in use at West Point when Robert E. Lee attended affirmed the right of states to secede. In 1848, Lincoln defended the principle of secession. Lincoln said he had no objection to a constitutional amendment that would have permanently prevented interference with slavery in the states where it already existed. In its 1861 declaration of war, Congress stated that its purpose was NOT to end slavery. Maryland called upon Lincoln to recognize the independence of the states that had seceded. Even after the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln worked for resettlement of Blacks.

Quotations: “Anyone Who Claims Cancel Culture Is Real Is A Bigot Who Should Lose His Job.” (Babylon Bee website) “In Communist society, the present dominates the past.” (Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto) “A preacher addressing parliament on the eve of the English Civil War pronounced: ‘If you will not learn from history, God will make you the next history.'” (Patrick Collinson, History of a History Man, p. 50)

R.E. Wehrwein

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