What? Reparations Again?

Congress is taking about “reparations” again. There is a precedence for reparations in this nation. The Japanese-Americans who were detained in camps in WW-II were paid reparations. It is debatable whether that was necessary since the Japanese had attacked America and we knew they  had spies all over  our country, but let’s put at aside. Those reparations were paid directly to the people who WERE detained. What congress wants to do is give money to those descendants of slaves in America for something that occurred 150 years ago . And the descendants, without question, are better off today had their ancestors not been slaves. I didn’t own any slaves. Did you? Of course not. So, even though slavery is still common in many places in the world, particularly in Africa and the Muslim Middle East, there is just no logic in paying American blacks because their ancestors may have been slaves a century and a half ago.

American history is not taught in our public schools anymore, so there is the misconception that the Civil War was jut about slavery. And that simply is not true. The fact is that the world in the 17th century was hungry for fabrics. And the South was the largest producer of cotton, so they were doing well against the industrialize North economically. So the North, the seat of government power in America, put tariffs on cotton shipped to foreign nations. The South , understandably, didn’t like that. Also it seemed that the North was getting all of the advantages of the age, the Erie Canal, improved roads, fancy carriages, and the manufacture of hard goods which the South needed and paid dearly for. This caused resent mint. It seemed unfair to Southerners who were highly proud and fiercely independent people. So the southern states decided to separate from the North.

President Lincoln’s primary reason for fighting this action was not slavery (there were slaves in the North, though that is never mentioned). He e could not allow the Union to dissolve. The proof of his as his main concern is that  the Proclamation of Emancipation, which freed the slaves, was not issued until the Civil War had been in progress for two of its four years. And it was a brutal war. Remember, Atlanta, in a state which had relatively fewslaves compared to , say, South Carolina, was burned t the ground by Sherman in his March to the sea. It took the deaths of a half million Americans to end that war. And there is no question  that the North, after Lincoln’s death,  foisted punitive actions on the South during the Reconstruction Period.

There were brave men on both sides in that war. And that is why it is as absurd to tear down the statues and monuments only of those who fought for the South as it is to give reparations to descendants of slaves. America has vastly bigger problems now than destroying moss coved statues and giving away money y it doesn’t have. The direction in which h it is now flowing will make both issues moot points. Communism cares little about either subject.

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John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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