This blog intends to surface evidence that America’s Civil War came from a single, basic mistake in our social, financial and political life. Several apparent causes of the war were only tributary concerns. The seminal cause was the lack of a nationally-accepted FINAL, UNQUESTIONED, AUTHORITY.
Beginning with the Constitutional Convention, a very strong states’ rights-conviction threatened the nation’s unity. Every Southern delegate, and not a few Northern delegates, felt greater loyalty to their states than to the nation. A Northern threat existed in 1814 when disaffected New England states considered seceding from the Union. States’ loyalty continued to increase until it had become Political gospel to Southern politicians. Every effort in Congress to placate them only increased their zeal to argue against national interests versus their state’s intentions. They insisted the Constitution gave states the right to disavow any Federal rule that threatened the well-being of their region.
By 1860 the developing inevitability in Southern states found Lincoln’s election the excuse to declare itself independent of the Union. What Calhoun had threatened in 1832-1833, South Carolina ballooned into full-fledged revolution. Now...all of that may be interesting only to students of history, but the spiritual implications relate to everyone.
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