Letter: Let the North secede
The recent storm of words over the flying of the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina has caused me to rethink my position on the Civil War and, much to my dismay, on President Abraham Lincoln. My now counter-factual feeling about the Civil War is that it should never have been fought.
I have a modest proposal. I say let the North now secede from the South. Let the United States of America include all of the states except South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and the Oklahoma and Arizona Territories. Let these states go.
Not one of the more than 400,000 Yankees who died was worth losing. If I could bring them back, I would. And Lincoln was wrong to think that such bloodshed to preserve the Union was right or could even be successful. Ever.