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March 21, 2007
Dems Carry On the Copperhead Tradition
To quote the legendary moonbat Karl Marx, history happens twice: "the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." Tragedy was narrowly avoided when Copperhead Democrats failed to cause the Union to lose the Civil War. The farce is the gang of treasonous boobs who make up the Democrat Party today.
As Mackubin Thomas Owens notes in a review of Jennifer Weber's Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North:
It is certain that the Union soldiers tired of hearing from the Copperheads that the Rebels could not be defeated. They surely tired of being described by the Copperheads as instruments of a tyrannical administration trampling the legitimate rights of the Southern states. The soldiers seemed to understand fairly quickly that the Copperheads preferred Lincoln's failure to the country's success. They also recognized that the Copperheads offered no viable alternative to Lincoln's policy except to stop the war. Does any of this sound familiar?
It certainly does, and so does this quote from an assistant surgeon in an Iowa regiment:
[I]t is a common saying here that if we are whipped, it will be by Northern votes, not by Southern bullets.
Substitute in "Democrat votes" and "al-Qaeda IEDs" and a soldier might be saying it today. This response from a group of Indiana troops to letters from Copperhead "friends" could be used today pretty much word for word:
Your letter shows you to be a cowardly traitor. No traitor can be my friend; if you cannot renounce your allegiance to the Copperhead scoundrels and own your allegiance to the Government which has always protected you, you are my enemy, and I wish you were in the ranks of my open, avowed, and manly enemies, that I might put a ball through your black heart, and send your soul to the Arch Rebel himself.
You have to give Dems credit for consistency. They tried to cause the Union's defeat. They succeeded in causing our defeat in Vietnam. Here they are at it again in the war against terrorist Islam. At least there's a silver lining. As Owens concludes:
The late nineteenth century Democratic party paid a high price for the influence of the Copperheads during the Civil War, permitting Republicans to "wave the bloody shirt" of rebellion and to vilify the party with the charge of disunion and treason. If its leaders are not careful, today's Democratic party may well pay the same sort of price for the actions of its antiwar base, which is doing its best to continue the Copperhead legacy.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Van Helsing at March 21, 2007 2:24 PM
Yeah, it interesting that they accused Lincoln of being a tyrant, just like President Bush.
Some things never change...
Posted by: Freedom Now at March 22, 2007 2:12 PM