“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke (maybe)
This is like a case study of how a truly insane ranting when gone unchecked can become accepted as fact.
The religious right in this country has its own religious right, guys that the religious right is as ashamed of as much as most Americans are ashamed of the religious right. One of these guys is Douglas Wilson.
Wilson teaches history from a “Biblical Worldview”, the bible allows for slavery therefore slavery must be good. So he teaches how Blacks were better under slavery than they are now being free.
The leaders of the Religious Right used to do an embarrassed cough and turn the other way when asked about Wilson. Whenever he made the news he was rightfully laughed at.
With all the craziness in the news, people have been laughing at other things and Wilson's insane rantings went unchecked. Now the GOP Presidential front-runner Michele Bachmann and Santorum have signed a pledge that blacks were better under slavery. This should be where this craziness stops. But no, the crazy train is just gaining momentum.
Of all people, President Obama had to allow this to keep going on by advertising a talk he had with some college students where he praised President Lincoln for allowing states like Kentucky to keep slavery after the civil war. He used it as an example a the art of compromise, but rather than place it in the context of being a necessary evil, he held it up as a good thing.
Lincoln's writings seem to show he viewed it as a necessary evil as he said that he hoped to have God on his side, but he had to have Kentucky. Lincoln didn't compromise on that for the sake of compromise, he did it because he believed it was the only way to win the war.
The time as come to draw the line on this lunatic notion that slavery was anything more than a barbaric system that exploited people for the sake of a few bucks. Most sane people are rightfully appalled by the fact that it was allowed to go on for so long and consider it a dark chapter in this country's history.
I can tolerate most ideas even if I think they are insane, but to say that slavery was any but truly evil goes beyond the line.
So to everyone, from the insane people that are pro-slavery to people who even tolerate the idea and don't state that slavery was the most evil, vile economic system ever, I say, “Shut-up Stupid, once you say that slavery had any positive impact on the slave your argument is invalid.”
By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE