History That Didn’t Happen, But Could Have
Warning – Offensive Material Follows
[Editor’s note: Given the posturing and position of Conservatives in the Gay Marriage debate The Dismal Political Economist wonders what the debate would have been like in the mid 1860’s if the Civil War had not occurred, the 13 Amendment banning slavery had not happened but the 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal rights had been enacted. He Thinks the debate would have gone something like this.]
Conservatives Argue That Prohibiting Slavery
Would Violate Slaveholder’s Freedom of Religion
“The Creator must have intended slavery to exist” said the release, “or else he would not have created it and made it a prominent part of the Holy Scriptures. Anyone who denies the right of anyone to own a slave is going against the will of God.” When asked how the slaves might feel about this a spokesman for the group said “Well they are heathens, you know, and not entitled to a religious belief that conflicts with the right religion.”
Or something like this.
Conservatives Say Slavery Should be Kept Because
It Has Existed for Almost 250 Years
Charleston, SC June 1866 (UPI) South Carolina became the 11th state to pass resolutions stating that since slavery has been a long and gloried tradition in the United States that tradition dictates that slavery remain in effect. “The fact that slavery has existed since the 1620’s is sufficient reason to keep the practice” said the
statement. “If something has been around
that long then surely it must be meant to be.
To abolish slavery would go against what the brave men and women who
came to this country fought so valiantly to protect.”
Or maybe something like this.
Slavery Supporters Reject Charge of
Bigotry; Claim They Have
No Animus to Black People Just
Because They are Inferior
Or even something like this.
Americans Urged to ‘Go Slow’ on
Eliminating Slavery – Moving Too Fast
Could Upset Non Slaves
When asked whether or not the delays might perpetuate slavery and continue to make life horrible for the existing slaves the group said that was not the point, that slavery had been present for so long and was so much a part of American culture that keeping slavery for several more decades was the right thing to do. Besides, they said we are sure the slaves won’t mind.
Yep, that’s probably how it would have gone.