""reduce them under absolute Despotism" I cant see where the Despotism was absolute.." Tropicalescape
You cannot selectively excise a single
word(despotism) in the above exerpt from the Declaration of Independence without putting it into the context of the whole. However, if you read my previous responses above, you can see that Lincoln certainly qualified as a "despot" in his excessive and unfair taxation of the South before the war and his brutal suspension of Civil liberties once the war began. How do you better describe a despot? Reading the words prior to the term despotism it says:
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government
. . . "
I don't know how this can be anything other than "absolute despotism" and to most objective readers of History
is quite clear. There is no question in my mind that the South had every right to secede from the Union based upon the unfair treatment and unconscionable taxation imposed upon them from the Union and the unrelenting campaign by Lincoln ,before the war, to cripple the South financially. I hope this answers your question. There is one last element that I believe creates confusion among many and that is the egregious and biased "History" that is taught in our public school
system that is so distorted, whitewashed and sanitized in order to fit an educational agenda where most students never know the unbiased History
of their country. An excellent example elsewhere is the rewriting of Russian History after the death of Czar Nicholas and the success of the Russian Revolution by confirmed Marxists/Communists that has no bearing to the reality of Russia's past. Good luck, good sailing and good reading.
P.S. By the way, did George Washington
really cut down that cherry tree?