01 Feb '16 18:49>
Originally posted by no1marauderAll the factors that caused the act of secession should be considered, but another way to look at it would be why did the Govt. act on Ammon Bundys little refuge takeover. It was not because the BLM should or shouldn't exist or that armed citizens can or can't organize. They did an act which is intolerable to the Government. The Government can't start putting up with armed people taking over Federal facilities every time there is a protest. The Govt. had to take action. A very foolish thing to do is put a Government in the position of having to take armed intervention when its forces are far superior. At least the South had more of a fighting chance.
That is fair enough but the reason the Southern States seceded was because of Lincoln's election which they viewed as a threat to the continued existence of slavery in the South. Trying to say the dispute was over "States' Rights" is misleading; of course the US never recognized that constituent States had a legitimate power to secede (finding a Framer w ...[text shortened]... tion which Southerners believed was at the core of their society both economically and socially.