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The Council Has Spoken! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results – 07/06/12

Submitted by on July 6, 2012 – 12:44 pm EST2 Comments

The Watcher’s Council

Me too, lil’ weasel. Me too! Because there was certainly a lot of information, entertainment and stimulation in this week’s entries… but then, there always is.

The Council has weighed in, made its judgment known and the results are hereby engraved in our marble archives here in deepest cyberspace.

The above is a tweet posted by lefty comedian Chris Rock on July Fourth, America’s Independence Day. One of the added benefits of writing this week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Gettysburg – A Fourth Of July Long Ago, was being able to reply to this ignoramus, include a tiny url link to it and remind him that today was also the anniversary of a great many white people dying to free his ancestors… and that he should be ashamed of himself.

I doubt it had any effect (it seldom does with that mentality), but it did make me feel good and apparently a few other people as well.

In any case, here’s a slice:

Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass.Let me work. – Carl Sandburg

One hundred and forty-nine years ago today, brave men fought in and around a small town in Pennsylvania to determine whether the Union would endure or whether it would not.

The Battle of Gettysburg broke the tide of the advance of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and while the war itself didn’t end for another 22 months, Gettysburg decided the outcome.

Lee’s objective was psychological as much as strategic. By 1863 there was substantial sentiment in the North to allow the Confederacy to go its own way and end what had become an increasingly bloody, unpopular and costly war. By subjecting the North to the same sort of invasion the South had been subjected to – in essence, bringing the war home – Lee hoped to increase this sentiment and force the North to negotiate a settlement.

Gettysburg was very much an accidental battle. Neither side was really looking to fight here, but the armies accidentally collided, largely because Lee was deprived of Jeb Stuart’s cavalry in the early stages of the battle and thus lacked his usual awareness of where the Union forces were. Once the initial impact was made,on July 1st 1863 in a battle between Brigadier General John Buford’s Union cavalry division and two corps of Union infantry and two large Confederate corps that attacked from the north and northwest under General Richard Ewell, the armies came together and the battle was on.

In our non-Council category, the winner was PotluckA Tale of One Tragedy and Two Campaigns submitted by The Watcher. It’s an absolutely wonderful piece that perfectly illustrates the difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and I’m sure you’ll find it as illuminating as I and the Council did.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Independent Sentinel was unable to vote this week and was affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Remember to tune in next Monday for the Watcher’s Forum question, where the Council and invited guests provide pithy short takes as a roundtable on a cutting edge major issue… don’t you DARE MISS IT! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

2 Comments »

  • fran k says:

    Chris Rock was right; this country was founded by and for white former English colonists (Ourselves and Our Posterity), not for everyone in the world, but just for themselves and their descendants, consistent with the legal definition of “nation”.

    There was slavery in this country, white people weren’t the only ones who owned them. There were 200+ black slave owners also during the Civil War period, several Indian Tribes who fought on the side of the Confederacy that also kept them. The first registered negro slave in America (1645) was owned by a black man (see: “Antonio the negro”).

    The slaves didn’t free themselves, they were freed by white people who died by hundreds of thousands in the bloodiest war in our history. The abolitionist movement was started by white Christian churches; the Underground Railroad was operated by sympathetic white Christians. Our Founding Fathers, using their own money, established the nation of Liberia on the African continent solely for freed slaves who wished to repatriate themselves to their homeland. They wrote a Constitution for Liberia modeled after our own, providing: “Citizenship in Liberia shall be limited to those of the negro race”. It was to be THEIR birthright.

    The 14th Amendment provided an exception to the original Law of the Land allowing ADOPTING freed slaves into the national family body politic, a gesture of generosity and hospitality on the part of the white “host” mainstream body politic, so they ALSO may share in the Blessings of Liberty this country provides for its people. The presence of minorities here is a privilege, the country was not founded for them, they attach to this “nation” in the nature of “in-laws”, not “blood relatives” (see” 2nd. Federalist paper).

    Chris Rock should count his blessings and be thankful the muslims, the most ruthless slaveholders in history, have not yet taken over this country, or that the 14th Amendment has not been repealed.

    • T O'Coileain says:

      Amen. It is also the case that not all slaves were African. There were many many indentured servants treated not one whit better than African slaves.

      On the other hand, there were relatively few people who were slaveholders. It was quite a tiny minority who had slaves.

      Another point is that Arab Muslims sold the black Africans into slavery in Africa, and black Africans helped them do it.

      Islam upholds slavery in the Koran, and Muslims call black Africans “Abd” “abid” to this day, which means “slave.” Thousands of people are virtual slaves in Saudi Arabia right now.I guess Louis Farrakhan does not know that.

      Enslavement of human beings is horrible.

      Governments enslave people today. Millions are enslaved, asnd our own government is far far from what it was meant to be. We are not nearly as free in these United States right now than George Washington was before the American Revolution!

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