I am writing this at 12:49 pm, December 20, 2010.
That is because Brian just reminded me that 1 pm today is the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession.
South Carolina wanted secession ten years earlier, but the Great Compromise of that year and the death of Zachary Taylor, who would have vetoed it, stopped other Southern States from going along with them.
It is truism that, if the South had seceded in 1850, our bid for independence would have succeeded. Without the advanced railroad system and the extra growth of Northern versus Southern strength by 1860, they could not have won.
The new president. Millard Fillmore, was not the anti-Southern fanatic Lincoln was.
By 1870, with the new technology of repeating weapons and other advances, the South would probably not have tried to secede. So, as usual, the pro-whites picked the worst possible time to take action.
A lot of South Carolinians, like Civil War hero Wade Hampton, actually BRAGGED after the War that they had been for peace in 1850.
South Carolina has always had a lot more guts than brains.
It is now 1 pm. As so often before, I glory in the Palmetto State’s old spunk and I can only sigh at their stupidity.
This is a very old story to me. In my youth we all knew that all that kept pro-whites from dominating national politics was the Solid South for the Democrats and the Republican loyalty of Northern conservatives.
By 1964, at the advanced age of 23, I has already spent ten years in active politics, half of which had been an attempt to get South Carolina conservatives behind Barry Goldwater.
In fact, what may be considered my later prescience in beginning right after that election a sixteen year dedication to uniting Northern ethnics and the Southern white votes with Northern conservatives was not prescience, it was experience.
I had been at this for over twenty years by the time of Reagan’s election, and only I had the field experience to carry it off.
We could have won our independence if we had acted when we could. We could have ruled America with an iron hand if our split between the Solid South and the conservative Republicans had not left national politics to the anti-whites.
Yes, a hundred and fifty years since 1860 is a long, long time.
But I have spent over a third of that long, long time trying to get pro-whites to play what is obviously the right hand, and to do it NOW.