No, it was the war that destroyed state sovereignty, centralizing and concentrating political power. We all became a little more enslaved, "one nation" easier to control, more like the other authoritarian nations.
Lincoln had violated the Constitution in many fundamental ways as the Supremes noted. He falsely imprisoned hundreds of newspeople for being critical, speaking out against his political ambitions. He ordered federal agents to burn down or destroy dozens of newspapers. He engineered a war to destroy the right of secession, so he would have more power. He was an open tyrant.
While I agree with voluntaryist, the key word in your comment is "brother". This southern man will fight for the stars and stripes just as much as for the stars and bars. The Confederate flag is my heritage, but the American flag is my and my children's inheritance, and I would fight right beside you for the honor of either one.
 July 2, 2015 at 8:56am
At the insurance company HQ that my wife works at, the security guard has an emergency lock down switch. He is the only person in the lobby. If an active shooter comes in, the guard is supposed to flip the switch and the entire building will lock down. Of course, the guard is a 100% dead victim since he is the only person not locked down. He is unarmed. Of course the building is a weapon free building. Boy, do I want that job.
What, lock the targets in a building with active shooters? Sounds like a government plan, not thought out (contingency plans never survive contact, wink).
Instead issue everyone a gun and let them work it out (you have to break some eggs to make an omelet, right, omelets are good... yikes, it sounds like a government plan too).
 July 1, 2015 at 1:29pm
Think of the upside. All those 55 Chevys to restore. Sarc off
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, my dad’s unit was called up and he essentially disappeared for 3 months. Not a good time.
 July 1, 2015 at 1:19pm
I just wear ear plugs rated at 36dba. As a side benefit, I can’t hear my wife talking when I wear the plugs.
Now, if we had earplugs that could filter out their annoying questions because they fail to listen or understand answers to their initial question...that would be worthwhile.
thanks for the laugh!
 June 30, 2015 at 9:11am
First we carpet bombed them with high explosives and incendiary bombs that resulted in firestorms which killed thousands of civilians. We even went so far as to use 2 nuclear bombs. Yep, we treated them better.
 June 29, 2015 at 9:20am
I am so against same sex marriage I am having some trouble with what I will now write.
County clerks and courts are paid by tax payers to provide a service. They are not in private business. I don’t think a public servant can refuse to perform a public service paid for by the public.
For example, I resent paying taxes but I still require DMV employees to issue me a driver’s license and not to deny me one because of my age.
I do feel it is putting the onus on someone who should not be forced into that position. There are real risks of retaliation.
The Attorney General is basically enacting a ‘conscience’ clause, like there is for the medical field. “Conscience clauses are legal clauses attached to laws in some parts of the United States which permit pharmacists, physicians, and other providers of health care not to provide certain medical services for reasons of religion or conscience.” They are arguable, but can be defended. IT would be difficult to find a religion that teaches people over a certain age can’t drive. :)
The idea is that even as a public employee, the employee is a private person, and retains their rights as private citizens. Even though we have laws protecting doctors or nurses from being required to provide abortions, we don’t have laws (yet) protecting cake bakers from being required to bake cakes for ceremonies that opposite the baker’s religious convictions, nor do we have clauses that protect clergy from being required to perform ceremonies.
You can get a marriage license from any the 254 County Clerk’s offices in Texas and virtually all Clerk’s offices have one or more Deputy Clerks. The “Office” of the clerks will probably have to find a way to issue the licenses, even if it is to hire a deputy clerk who has no religious qualms about issuing the license. Also, County Clerks and their deputies cannot falsely claim they have a religious objection to issuing a license when their objection is just a personal dislike of gays. In any of these cases, the Clerk’s office or personnel that refuses to issue the license will be exposing themselves to a lawsuit.
As intended, this Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision puts gay rights and religious freedom on a direct collision course like two trains on one track. The radical left progressives who are guiding and funding the gay equality agenda will not stop until religious freedom is ground into the dustbin of history. This is because the freedom of conscience (First Amendment freedoms of religion and its free exercise, speech, press, association and right to petition the government) are all that stands between our traditional constitutional structure and the progressive’s agenda. Once our freedom of conscience is neutered, like Pres. Wilson openly advocated, like FDR tried to work around by trying to add nine SCOTUS justices, and with Obama’s desire for a “Bill of Positive” rights, then the progressives, at the cost of our liberty, can have their way.
Dismayed — People do not give up their First Amendment rights when they take a job.
A public servant CANNOT be coerced to perform a task (even if it is work-related) that requires them to compromise their religious beliefs by performing it. Which is more important — laws written by man or God’s laws?
“. . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
[-2] June 26, 2015 at 2:48pm
Things will get interesting when a gay couple is denied their marriage ceremony in a Evangelical Protestant, Mormon or Roman Catholic Church. Of course the Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodists, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ will rejoice.
Nobody should rejoice. A Christian rejoicing about the rounding up of other Christians would mark them as false. Also, do not forget the Muslim and Jewish religions as well.
So true, the falling away of the church, apostates with the ELCA being the worst of the bunch. They even fund and abort their unborn....
No, it won't because a church doesn't have to marry anyone they don't want to.
 June 26, 2015 at 9:18am
A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
We failed to keep it. What we have is now the transitory “new normal” that will continue to fundamentally transform America.
 June 26, 2015 at 8:47am
I say a pair of confederate battle flag shorts are still better than a regular pair of shorts with skid marks.
 June 25, 2015 at 3:57pm
I now have the sad duty to explain to my grandchildren how I could be the product of the Greatest Generation only to experience the death of the country both my parents shed blood for. I will tell them that the oath I took freely as a young man in 1969 now means nothing.
 June 25, 2015 at 3:20pm
I am posting the same response I made to an earlier article.
The Oath I freely took in 1969 is no longer in effect. I renounce it entirely. It means nothing. I will no longer have any willingness to shed either blood or treasure until the Constitution is fully enforce as written.
 June 25, 2015 at 3:09pm
The Oath I took voluntarily as a young man, no longer exists. It means nothing. It applies to nothing.
I renounce it entirely.
You can't..I won't let you. I still hold all Veterans to their Oath
June 25, 2015 at 2:59pm
At one time, this was the value system of Americans. Unfortunately is it no longer.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
It is over unless we say no. Soon it won’t matter if it is by ballots or bullets.
 June 25, 2015 at 11:18am
This dufus proves that the most important election is the election of your city council and county boards.
 June 25, 2015 at 11:17am
First I love all helicopter pilots. They have save by bacon more than once.
Second, the shirts were black and shaped like an assault rifle.
 June 25, 2015 at 10:43am
Our 1954 Buick Road Master was made of 6 tons of the finest Detroit steel.