Civil Liberties and the Civil War

One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 4, 1863, twin Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg decisively turned the course of the Civil War.  One consequence of that victory was the emancipation of slaves in America.  Another consequence has been the invention of a dangerous myth: that the federal government is the best vehicle for protecting civil liberties.   This myth has been so potent that when the Supreme Court ruled this June that the "preclearance" provisions of the Voting Rights Act no longer applied to suspect jurisdiction, which included nearly all of the South, self-anointed "civil rights" leaders warned of great dangers.  Even among many conservatives, there is the false understanding that the Bill of Rights was intended to protect our liberties from all government. Actually, the Bill of Rights is intended to protect American citizens and American states from the federal government, which was understood to be the greatest threat to civil...(Read Full Article)