Polemics & Exchanges

Final Thoughts

Catholics and Protestants sometimes remind me of Captain Quint and Chief Brody on board the Orca.  While they are at odds with each other, a monstrous thing is circling their beat-up old boat and threatening to swallow them whole, to paraphrase Quint.  Pretty soon we mackerel-snappers and our Protestant brethren may very well find ourselves in some sort of 21st-century arena entertaining crowds of pagans tweeting, texting, and clamoring for ever more blood sport.  We can thank fallen human nature and Abraham Lincoln for our bleak prospects.  But Honest Abe would not likely have paid any more attention to a Constitution that mentioned Christ or even a generic Creator as he fashioned his unitary state and waged war on the South.  And America would still likely find herself today standing on the brink of total madness and enormities brought about by a ruling class of “pale creatures that once were men.”

Christopher Ferrara (Polemics & Exchanges, March) is wrong when he contends that secession is not a legitimate course because men died when the South tried it in 1861.  The validity of secession is independent of how many perished in what the Yankees call the Civil War.  He also errs when he says that Lee changed his mind about secession.  He did not.  He opposed it even on the day...

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