The United States is now experiencing the worst fight between its President and Congress since the Civil War era. During this country’s bloodiest war which ended in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress battled over passage of the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery in this country.
In the year 2012 President Barack Obama and the Congress are once again locked in mortal combat. This time though, the bone of contention which threatens to divide the country is the so-called “fiscal cliff”.
Famed preacher Rick Warren Sunday on Fox News said this is the worst the country has been divided since the Civil War.
There has even been talk of Texas and other southern states seceding again as they did in the Civil War. More than six hundred thousand Americans lost their lives in this country’s bloodiest war in which brother fought against brother.
Petitions have been circulated throughout the Lone Star State and other states and literally thousands of people in those states have signed those petitions indicating they are in favor of secession again.
The event which actually ignited the first Civil War was the attack on Fort Sumter, located in South Carolina, by Confederate troops. When the fort was captured, the march toward war was irrevocably begun.
It would not end until General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to General Ulysses Grant.
The assassination of President Lincoln a short time later was the worst thing that could have happened to the South. Lincoln, who was famous for his compassion, was in favor of a lenient Reconstruction for the states which had broken away from the Union. With his death, people who were hostile toward the seceding states, were in control and the South paid dearly.
While William “Bill” Kristol, the smartest Republican in Washington, Sunday said he thought Congress would work out a deal with the President on Dec. 31 to end the fiscal cliff crisis, many others are not so optimistic.
Hard-liners on both sides are deeply entrenched in their own beliefs much as the abolitionists and slaveowners were in theirs preceding the Civil War.
The bloodiest issues involving the fiscal cliff war appear to be over a tax increase and who in society should bear the burden.
Hopefully, as we near the fiscal cliff, the hard feelings between our President and our Congress will not result in the end of this great country which has not yet lasted three centuries. History tells us that powerful nations come and go and even the Roman Empire didn’t last forever.
We can only hope reason will prevail. Since many Congressmen have signed a pledge to Grover Norquist that they will never vote to increase anyone’s taxes, the line appears to be drawn in the sand. For his part, Kristol said he didn’t think it would destroy the nation to increase taxes on millionaires. Kristol is the founder of the conservative Weekly Standard along with Fred Barnes.
Only time will tell if reasonable minds will prevail. Hopefully, this modern day “civil war” will not result in the catastrophe which the first one did. The word “compromise” has become a dirty word inside the Beltway.
Even Abraham Lincoln, who is lauded by many as this country’s greatest President, could not prevent the bloodshed of the Civil War, though he did his best to prevent it.
Only time will tell how long our great country can survive this latest divide.
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