by Al Benson Jr.
This master plan would be loved by Northern capitalists, Northern liberals, as well as the Yankee/Marxists in Congress.
1. Taxing the prostrate South bone-dry. Just a little “redistribution of the wealth.”
2. Putting the South under military rule. Sherman had advocated military dictatorship.
3. Filling all political offices in the South with Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, and ignorant blacks.
4. Flooding the South with Northern emigrants who would be permitted to buy up Southern land dirt-cheap
5. Giving blacks the upper hand in dealing with whites and making sure the ignorant blacks continued to vote Republican.
6. Destroy the white Southern value system, to be replaced with the Northern liberal value system, to be enforced by a powerful national government.
The First Reconstruction Act of March, 1867 required Southern states to enfranchise blacks and ratify the 14th Amendment. It divided the South into five military districts, each to be ruled by a US Army General.
The Second Reconstruction Act, also of March 1867, called for the army to oversee the registration of all eligible voters in each Southern state and for the election of delegates to a constitutional convention for each state and for the writing of a new state constitution. When all this had been accomplished Congress would then seat the state’s elected senators and congressmen, and military occupation would, theoretically, end. Right! A little aside here–notice that these states were forced to ratify the 14th Amendment before their elected officers had been seated.
The Third Reconstruction Act was in July, 1867 and gave the military commanders complete power over all civil governments in the South and the new voter registration boards could arbitrarily deny the vote to anyone. Southern Democrats were about to find out that they would have a very difficult time getting registered to vote.
The Fourth Reconstruction Act of March, 1868 repealed the requirement that at least 50% of the voters must ratify the new state constitutions. The purpose of this was to speed up the entry of the remaining Southern states back into the Union so their new black and Scalawag voters would be able to vote for Grant in the 1868 presidential election–which helped him to win. As you can plainly see there was nothing “political” in all of this, was there? Notice that these states had been forced to ratify the 14th Amendment before they were officially received back into the Union. James and Walter Kennedy, in their book The South Was Right (Pelican Publishing) noted on page 172: “The North, in 1866, removed the Southern states from the Union. This was the same North that in 1861 refused to allow the South to secede from the Union.This same North now declared the Southern states to be non-states. To get back into the Union (that originally the South did not want to be part of anyway, and from which it had previously been denied the right to secede), it was required to perform the function of a State in that Union,while still officially no longer a part of the Union, by ratifying an amendment that previously as states in the Union it had legally rejected! Words alone fail to meet the challenge of such pure Yankee logic.”
And, after this happy event, the military commanders in the South, following the orders of Congress, removed the sitting governors of Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia. They replaced all levels of elected and appointed officials in the state governments with either soldiers or Scalawags wherever it seemed that the lawfully-elected state officials might not slavishly follow the current Republican Party line.
This put the South under martial law (a situation undoubtedly waiting to be repeated if our current Marxist-in-Chief has his way.
The Northern Army could enter and search any Southern home at any time and just confiscate whatever possessions they wished. A little more “redistribution of the wealth”–from South to North.
In many situations the military commanders refused to bring actions against Southern civilians into any civil court. Such defendants were remanded to trial by military tribunals. This meant the US Army could arrest any Southerner at any time for virtually any reason and hold him prisoner without trial for however long it wished. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Can anyone spell p a t r i o t a c t?
The real purpose of military occupation (besides ensuring the perpetuation of the Republican Party) was to break the spirit of the South and destroy its culture. Public schools were introduced into the South to teach “the rebel’s children respect for national authority.” Education had little to do with it. Cultural genocide had everything to do with it.
To be continued.