The Salisbury NC Confederate monument erected in 1905 is now under attack by city officials and the NAACP.
The Salisbury NC Confederate monument erected in 1905 is now under attack by city officials and the NAACP.

Between Fort Sumter and the Emancipation Proclamation

The beginning of the Civil War is usually counted as having commenced on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery batteries began the bombardment of Union held Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay. Union forces there surrendered on April 13, and President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers on April 15 to put down Confederate resistance to the Federal Government.

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The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America
The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America

Contradicting the Union Myth of a Holy Cause

Ludwell H. Johnson used the descriptive comparison, The American Iliad, in the subtitle of his comprehensive book on the American Civil War: North against South. The Iliad analogy is very appropriate. The War was a traumatic, bloody, and nation changing event.  The enormous casualties and destruction alone would sear its battles, personalities, and tales of heroism into American memory. But what most Americans know about the causes of the Civil War is a pious myth.

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Part 4 of Whom the Gods Would Destroy

Nine states and DC have legal recreational marijuana. Wiki
Nine states and DC have legal recreational marijuana. Wiki

Shortly before 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 7, two teen-age students penetrated deep into  Highlands Ranch K-12 STEM School in Douglas  County, Colorado. Pulling out pistols, they began a shooting spree at two locations killing one student and wounding eight more. The heroic action of three students, one of whom was Kendrick Castillo, the only fatality, disarmed the shooters, who were arrested and taken into custody by Douglas County sheriff deputies within two minutes. The 1,800-student school did not currently have a School Resource Officer but had private security according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.  Highlands Ranch is a  high income suburban area 12 miles south of Denver. In the public schools system, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

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The Ruinous Consequences of Commercialized Marijuana

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

Colorado state flag
Colorado state flag

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Proposition 64 with a 55 percent majority, changing the state constitution to legalize and regulate “recreational” marijuana for residents aged 21 or more.  Proposition 64 was actually written by two attorneys favoring both legalization and commercialization of marijuana. Their campaign was largely and lavishly financed by George Soros’s Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), which overwhelmed the underfunded organization of volunteers opposing it. It became effective on January 1, 2014, and birthed a nightmare of poorly regulated commercialized high-potency marijuana production and sales. Its political and commercial boosters promised lower crime rates and more efficient use of law enforcement to focus on serious crimes.  

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Retail cannabis dispensary in Denver selling many packaged varieties of  high-potency marijuana. Almost 100 people died on Colorado roads in 2014 because a driver was high on marijuana, according to US Drug Enforcement Agency report.
Retail cannabis dispensary in Denver selling many packaged varieties of high-potency marijuana. Almost 100 people died on Colorado roads in 2014 because a driver was high on marijuana, according to US Drug Enforcement Agency report.

The Politics and Consequences of Commercialized Pot

According to Ben Cort, drug addiction consultant, counselor, and author of Weed Inc.—The Truth about THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry, published in 2017,  billionaire “social justice” financier George Soros has spent over $100 million to commercialize high-potency marijuana products in the United States.  This money has mostly been run through Soros’s Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Cort, a successful business owner and former addict himself, became an active leader opposing the DPA and its commercial, media, and political allies attempting to legalize and commercialize the cannabis industry in his home state of Colorado. The battle took the form of a proposed amendment to change Colorado’s Constitution to legalize, “regulate” and commercialize the cannabis (marijuana) industry.  It was called Proposition 64.

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