The Weekly Sedition

Monday, 18 August 2008

American Slavery Lives On

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 11:29 PM

Every 19 June, the American black population (some prefer to be referred to as “African-American”) celebrates “Juneteenth” as the day that their ancestors were finally freed from slavery in the post-“Civil War” American South.

Except that it’s something of a false celebration — slavery wasn’t wiped out on 19 June 1865, in America or anywhere else. It was turned from chattel slavery into other forms. The chains and whips had changed from the obvious to the discreet.

The physical whips and chains were replaced by those of the regulatory and legal kind. In the South, it was the Jim Crow laws. But alas, American slavery became race-neutral over time, and it started even before black chattel slavery was abolished.During the “Civil War” of 1861 to 1865, Abraham Lincoln (AKA the “American Lenin“), instituted a national draft in order to form the “Grand Army of the Republic.”

A side note about Lincoln — his apologists say that he was foursquare against slavery, but that seemed to be true only after the War of Northern Aggression wasn’t ending quickly enough for his tastes —

  • In the 1857 Lincoln-Douglas debates[1], “Honest Abe” said that blacks and whites would never be social and political equals, and that the black population should be “repatriated” to Africa[2].
  • All during the War, black slaves were kept busy maintaining and repairing the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
  • Lincoln had said that if keeping slavery around was needed to keep the Union together, then he would have found that an acceptable compromise.
  • Lincoln’s 1863 “Emancipation Proclamation” wasn’t anything but anti-Confederate agitprop, as it only “freed” the slaves in areas that were under Confederate control. The states of Kentucky, Missouri and Maryland were slave states, but as they didn’t secede in 1861 to join the Confederacy, Lincoln allowed them to remain slave states until the end of the war. It’s as if the oft-invoked WWII German Chancellor had declared America’s 1942 income tax null and void — mighty nice of him, but he had NO power, either de facto or de jure, to actually enforce that decree.

But wait — wasn’t the 13th Amendment[3] supposed to fix this? After all, after its passage, only convicted felons were (and are) supposed to be pressed into involuntary servitude —

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment or crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


In 1941 and 1948, the Congress instituted conscription as a way to provide personnel for military service in order to fight wars abroad.

It’s bad enough that Charlie Rangel, the Democrat from New York, wants to bring the draft back, but that’s compounded by the recurring call for some sort of mandatory “national service” program. In 1998, it was Colin Powell championing “national service.” Now it’s Barack Obama.

But wait — that wasn’t (and isn’t) slavery. That was “serving your country” and “answering the call of duty,” wasn’t (isn’t) it?

Funny how the supporters of “freedom” have no problem using military slavery as a means to defend that liberty. Still, it’s a piss-poor way to get the job done, a fact noted by many in the military during the Vietnam War.

Funny how the descendants of slaves want to reinstitute slavery, so long as it’s in a form that they approve of.

How about the income tax? After all, taxes “the price we pay for living in a civilized society,” right?


In 1894 the Tariff Act included an income tax provision, which was struck down in 1895 in the Supreme Court case Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan Trust Co..

The present-day income tax sprang from the 16th Amendment[4] came to us in 1913, along with the Federal Reserve System, from the Wilson Administration. It requires you fork over one-quarter to one-half of what you earn, depending on how much you make. For every eight-hour shift you pull, two to four hours’ worth of your pay goes to Uncle Shithead.

How much relief from this sorry state of affairs are we going to get from Barack the Mad Obomber? None.

How much relief from this sorry state of affairs are we going to get from the Manchurian Senator, John McClown? None.


  1. Lincoln was running against Stephen Douglas for U.S. Senate
  2. Never mind that most of the slaves of that time had been born on American territory. Perhaps the Siberian-American population would like to have me “repatriated” to Central Europe? Also, John Randolph and Henry Clay had already tried that with the American Colonization Society’s founding of Liberia. How well did that work out?

  3. There’s a theory that the currently-recognized Thirteenth isn’t the real one — see these links

  4. There is some question as to whether the Sixteenth was properly ratified — see this link —

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