I was trying to draw equivalence to Swazi not understanding how birth control works.
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IMO, the tariffs were horrible. What Lincoln did with habeus corpus was horrible. But necessary. The stranglehold of the South on an entire race of people was so tight, it required something drastic, I think. Just looking at the decades after the Civil War, and how civil rights were still trampled on, gives us a good indication of the social structures of those times.
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In terms of warfare and tactics, though. I certainly don't want the South to rise again, so to speak. But it's hard for me to look at them as anything but tragic characters in the American story. Misguided Americans, so to speak. But still Americans.
I firmly believe that if Lincoln wasn't assassinated, we would have been leaps and bounds ahead of where we are now today. His assassination allowed the leaders after him to push a punishment strategy for the South. He wanted to invite them back with open arms.
Think of it this way - just think if after WW2 we just left Germany to its own devices after destroying their production, economy, lives, infrastructure. Or adopted a punishment strategy like was done after WW1. It would've only incited anger and resentment, and possibly another Hitler in another 20-30 years. Instead, we adopted the Marshall plan, and rebuilt the country.