Bernie Sanders may have feared that under Communism he’d lose his home and his savings, and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages. If so, he must have had a fairly rosy idea of what Communism entails.
What I would have found fearful under Communism, had it not collapsed while I was still a teenager, was very different:
- Loss of the freedom of speech and inability to criticize those in power.
- Hunger due to either purposeful policies or economic mismanagement.
- Forced labor prison camps (although you could claim the prison-industrial complex is such a thing – just less harsh).
- Deportation or execution for being the wrong social class.
There are two assumptions in this meme:
- The black confederates were a representative sample, rather than a tiny minority.
- The black confederates wanted to serve under confederate colors. Legally speaking, the confederacy drafted whites. However, given the prevailing attitudes towards black people at the time, forcing blacks to do any kind of work necessary for the war effort, fighting included, would have been natural for the confederacy. If you can draft whites, a-fortiori you can draft people who don’t have full rights.
Actually, they did politely protest the British policies. Voting was not an option, and neither was royal impeachment or marching across the ocean.
They did try non-violence first. It just didn’t work. To quote the Declaration of Independence:
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Technically speaking, this meme is true. Conservatives, by definition, are typically opposed to change. So you can list the positive changes, say that conservatives opposed them, and make the non-conservatives look wonderful.
However, these changes on the list are all memorable because they had good results and we didn’t revert them. For a realistic picture of history, we need to look at other ideas pushed as part of progress, which we either reversed out of as a society, or which still exist but aren’t very popular.
I’m sure there are plenty of others, but they are not as memorable because they don’t apply anymore (except for the Income Taxes, which by taxing something as difficult to define as income require a lot of administrative overload).
Some of it did happen in 1993 on Clinton’s watch. However, it is based on a DoD directive issued under Bush Sr. Page 3, D.1: The authorization to carry firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried. This means we can blame:
- Bush Sr.
- Bush Jr.
For this policy. Arguably, Bush Jr. is the one most at fault because it was on his watch that it became apparent that attacks on US territory do happen.
Based on comments from veterans, it seems this policy is a lot older than that and even in the 1980s our armed forces were disarmed except when trouble was expected.
h/t Brenda Mattingly Norman and
Sorry, but my memory doesn’t reach that far. Yes, in WWII the US exterminated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, both fine examples of genocidal evil. However, we did it in alliance with this charming character, whom we supplied at the time and tolerated afterwards.
h/t Philip Docfather Wohlrab