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  •  It was tragic... (3+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, a gilas girl, Phil S 33

    That it took so much bloodshed to end slavery.

    And so much more in the next century to secure civil rights.

    And it's tragic that struggle still must continue today.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:45:49 PM PDT

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    •  that government of the people... (4+ / 0-)

      by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

      The war was really about democracy.  That is, one side could not win an election and the other side just walk out if they did not like the outcome.  

      After Antietam Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation and that was right and historic.  But the Union winning the war and preserving democracy is what made the 14th amendment law for the United States.  It is what made all other civil and human rights progress in our country possible.  

      It is a little before 2pm on July 3 right now.  And all that has happened that is good and right follows from the right side winning the battle.  

      •  Yet still we fight... (1+ / 0-)
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        Phil S 33

        Though thankfully not with cannon...

        To maintain the fruits of that victory today.

        "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

        by Notthemayor on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:22:11 AM PDT

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