Why Do They Hate US? Blast from the Past (1865)

colibree

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Why Do They Hate US? Blast from the Past (1865)

Via The Blogfather, SOSO - same old, same old:

I have been reading a little book I picked up while in Gettysburg recently, entitled, "Memoranda During The War" by Walt Whitman. It is a compilation of his notes from about 3 years worth of visits to War hospitals in and around Washington D.C. from 1862 - 1865. Toward the end he inserts some interesting political commentary (mixed in with a variety of topics) that sounds as if it could have been written today. Here's the piece:
1. Attitude of Foreign Governments toward the U.S. during the War of 1861-'65 -
Looking over my scraps, I find I wrote the following during 1864, or the latter part of '63: The happening to our America, abroad as well as at home, these years, is indeed most strange. The Democratic Republic has paid her to-day the terrible and resplendent compliment of the united wish of all the nations of the world that her Union should be broken, her future cut off, and that she should be compell'd to descend to the level of kingdoms and empires ordinarily great!There is certainly not one government in Europe but is now watching the war in this country, with the ardent prayer that the united States may be effectually split, crippled, and dismember'd by it. There is not one but would help toward that dismemberment, if it dared. I say such is the ardent wish to-day of England and of France, as governments, and of all the nations of Europe, as governments. I think indeed it is to-day the real, heart-felt wish of all the nations of the world, with the single exception of Mexico--Mexico, the only one to whom we have ever really done wrong, and now the only one who prays for us and for our triumph, with genuine prayer.
Is it not indeed strange? America, made up of all, cheerfully from the beginning opening her arms to all, the result and justifier of all, of Britain, Germany, France, and Spain - all here - the accepter, the friend, hope, last resource and general house of all - she who has harm'd none, but been bounteous to so many, to millions, the mother of strangers and exiles, all nations - should now I say be paid this dread compliment of general governmental fear and hatred?.......Are weindignant? alarm'd? Do we feel wrong'd? jeopardized? No; help'd, braced, concentrated, rather.
We are all too prone to wander from ourselves, to affect Europe, and watch her frowns and smiles. We need this hot lesson of general hatred, and henceforth must never forget it. Never again will we trust the moral sense nor abstract friendliness of a single government of the world.
 

Rob

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colibree said:
Is it not indeed strange? America, made up of all, cheerfully from the beginning opening her arms to all, the result and justifier of all, of Britain, Germany, France, and Spain - all here - the accepter, the friend, hope, last resource and general house of all - she who has harm'd none, but been bounteous to so many, to millions, the mother of strangers and exiles, all nations - should now I say be paid this dread compliment of general governmental fear and hatred?.......Are weindignant? alarm'd? Do we feel wrong'd? jeopardized? No; help'd, braced, concentrated, rather.
Talk about ‘rose colored glasses’. Well she sure opened her arms cheerfully to the slaves.
Apparently Walt wasn’t around for Manifest Destiny and the genocide of the Native Americans.
The slaves of this country had a much different view as did the Chinese working the railroads, the poor and women.
It was about money then and it’s about money now. Lincoln wasn’t concerned with freeing anyone. He was concerned with expansionism and control. It was about capitalism, democracy never entered into the equation.
“We hold these truths to be self evident.... That all men are created equal....” Excepting, women, slaves and the poor. Somehow they got left out.
Dred Scott. Nice little Supreme Court decision that said he was ‘property’ so he didn’t have the same rights as ‘humans’. The Civil War had nothing to do with emancipation.
Was Europe any better? Absolutely not. Look at the horrors they created. They hated us because we were expanding and attempting to control the world wealth that they wanted to control.

The flaw is in man and regardless of the country of his birth he cannot have power and use it wisely, compassionately. People don’t hate you because you’re compassionate, they hate you because you want to control them or take something they have. Maybe Walt should have stuck to poetry and avoided political analysis..
 
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