Burch: The Second Reconstruction?

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:47pm
By Michael R. Burch

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the salvation of the South was engineered by a black president with the unlikely name of Barack Hussein Obama?

If so, just think of all the weeping and gnashing of teeth in conservative Christian circles, where to castigate and denigrate President Obama seems to be vastly more important than anything that happens to the country.

But let’s not forget that white Southerners once had similar opinions of Abraham Lincoln, who saved the South from the evils of slavery despite the bloodcurdling screams of defiance emanating from the scornful gentry, in between sips of mint juleps and the cracking of whips urging slaves to greater productivity.

Could history repeat itself? Could the most unpopular president since Lincoln in the eyes of the white supremacists prove to be their savior? Yes, I think it’s possible — perhaps even likely.

Take, for instance, the economy and taxes. What the more clannish hayseeds fail to see is that this time they are the serfs — not the lords of their own destinies they imagine themselves to be — while the people cracking the whips are the super-rich elites who mete out injustice through their political lackeys (euphemistically called “Republicans”). The hayseeds scream obscenities at President Obama for giving other people “entitlements” without considering their own predictable fates when they can no longer work. How many of them have saved enough money to last through their retirement years? Probably not one in ten; perhaps more like one in a hundred.

But fortunately for them, despite their bigotry and lack of foresight, President Obama seems to have outflanked their harsh overseers and will hopefully be able to rescue the bumpkins from certain doom.

Obama seems poised to snatch victory from the tobacco-juiced jaws of defeat because he rather easily outflanked the elites’ lackeys, who now seem poised to plunge like a pack of lemmings over a fast-approaching Fiscal Cliff.

Lawmakers have just a few weeks left if they want to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases. Obama recently reiterated his willingness to let that “economy-rattling double whammy” take effect unless Republicans agree to allow the wealthy to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden.

“Just to be clear, I’m not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for the folks in the top two percent,” Obama said. “But I do remain optimistic that we can get something done that is good for families ... [and] the American economy.”

Unless the president and Republicans reach a deal, the George W. Bush tax cuts will expire for everyone a few days after Christmas. Republicans have been outflanked because if the cuts expire, the American public will know who the Grinches are, since Obama steadfastly worked to defend the poor and middle classes, while the Republicans constantly stonewalled in favor of the fabulously wealthy.

It looks like an obvious checkmate to me. Either Republicans will cave and finally do what is best for the country, or the next elections will see them joining the unemployment lines.

If Mitt Romney or anyone else is willing to wager, I have $10,000 that says the smartest man in the room will have his way, and one way or another, tax rates will rise for the richest Americans. And while they will no doubt call him a traitor, a tyrant, and a totalitarian ... in the long run the good ol’ boys will be the winners, as the economy expands once the poor and middle classes have more money to spend, while the people who can easily afford it help pay a few more of the nation’s bills, averting downgraded credit ratings and eventual insolvency.

Lincoln saved the South from enslaving other people. Let’s hope Obama can save the South from self-enslavement.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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By: yogiman on 12/7/12 at 8:15


I was born and raised in the South to an age in my life when my family moved "up yonda". I have lived in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois,New Mexico, Georgia, California and Alabama and have been in many more. And ya know what? I have seen segregation in every damn state I have lived and been in, even in them "up yonda" and "out chonda". So get off that racism BS band wagon, Mike.

With your segregation crap, tell me, have you ever known of a bigger 'up front' racist than your man Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama?

And yes, it would be good if we had a good man in our president's office: Black, white, red, pink, purple, polka dot or striped. But wouldn't it be better if he was in there legally? I think so. My God, a man in his position throwing his racism up front in our "whitey" faces? And you admire him? So, what kind of man are you? A racist, perhaps?

You want a good black man in our Oval Office, Mike? How about Alan Keyes? He's a lot blacker than Barry and an obvious economically smart man. Maybe we wouldn't be going into bankruptcy with your man Barry's golf games and family vacations. Damn, wouldn't it be great if he worked instead of playing golf and vacationing in our economic status? Aren't employees limited to one vacation a year? I was when I worked.

How about Allen West? I'll take him any day over your favorite usurper Barry.

But you and 'yours' keep bringing up our first "black president". So just how black is your man Barry? I understand he's 50% white (Caucasian), 45% yellow ( (race that is) Asian), and 5% black (Negro). So is he actually your first black President in office? Actually, he's just the first usurper in office.

Why are you discriminating against the Indians and Asian citizens and not mentioning one of them to become our president? Wouldn't it be great to have one of them in office? At least one who was a natural born citizen. Is that racism just being a black person? Hell, why isn't white also racism.

Isn't it racism regardless of the race when you prefer a particular race?

Wake up and grow up, Mike. You're old enough to be mature now.

By: Ask01 on 12/7/12 at 8:24

It is curious how so many of those so critical of President Obama, Democrats, and Liberals are the very ones who stand to gain the most from his administration.

The working middle class has lost so much purchasing power due to stagnant wages, while the upper classes have steadily increased their wealth and buying power, yet they somehow fantasize themselves as equal members of the 'ruling' elite.

Truth be told, most of those chanting ad nauseum the Republican Mantra are probably just a paycheck or two away from being one of those they term 'lazy, worthless, leeches sponging off society,' as they apply for and collect government assistance checks.

(It would be the height of irony for those who cursed and bad mouthed the Occupy Nashville folks to find themselves on the other end of the insults.)

The bumpkins truly don't realize they are merely selling themselves into economic slavery.

I agree whole heartedly the Republican Party may actually commit political suicide by running lemming like over the cliff, just to spite President Obama, and in the end doom themselves to the trash heap of failed political organizations.

While pockets of ignorance will persist as they always have, most voters will lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Republican Party, and retaliate at the ballot box. Demographics have changed radically and the Republicans have failed to take note and stay relevant and will pay the price.

The rest of us can only hope sanity overtakes Tennessee and the ruling party doesn't go out their way to block and attempts by Washington to save us from them.

By: parnell3rd on 12/8/12 at 6:28

I find it interesting that you leave one important fact out. The first colony to legalize slavery was? Massachusetts.
Who sold who into slavery? African's sold African's into slavery.
After American and England banned slavery. Who kept selling slaves? Africa.
Who started the KKK? Men in your Democratic Party.
Who kept voting against Civil Rights? Democrats.
President Lincoln was a Republican.
The American South that you hate so much is not all of the problem.
Strange how your propaganda leaves out so many facts!

By: govskeptic on 12/8/12 at 8:02

Mr. Burch appears to spend lots of time and energy thinking of all the ways he hates
the politics, education, and life styles of the State and Region of the Country that he went to college in and now lives.
While a few of his neighbors and peers may agree with him on some of these issues, it is hoped all who read and are close enough personally they can get through a day without his dictatorial rants we read each Friday in his Semi (Or) Official Editorials. We may never be another Cambridge or D.C., but we will survive.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 9:01

By: parnell3rd on 12/8/12 at 6:28
I find it interesting that you leave one important fact out. The first colony to legalize slavery was? Massachusetts.
Who sold who into slavery? African's sold African's into slavery.

Little Bitty p3 use this as an excuse for the white owners to own black slaves. This makes his argument right.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 9:05

By: parnell3rd on 12/8/12 at 6:28
Who started the KKK? Men in your Democratic Party.

Who kept voting against Civil Rights? Democrats.
President Lincoln was a Republican.

He is right about who started the KKK, but he seems to forget or just does not know, that it is their descendents that make up the ranks of Neo Cons and Tea Party of today GOP.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 9:44

By: yogiman on 12/7/12 at 6:11
I wish I was as brilliant as you and your fellow posters think you are, dumba$$. I'd be smarter than you think your man Barry is.

What we have here is the rambles of a dysfunction idiot.

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 10:19

I believe the Republican party was founded to free the slaves, parnell3rd. That's where Tennessee received the [Volunteer State] nickname. Many more Tennesseans volunteered in Lincoln's forces to free the slaves than was asked for.

And, dumba$$, to give your little bitty brain a bit of slave history, there were also black slave owners and white slaves.

And I still don't believe our founders decided they would want a Kenyan British subject as the father of a future president of this nation.

It's going to be interesting to see if he is left in office with out proof of Constitutional eligibility. If he is....

By: Ask01 on 12/8/12 at 10:41

I, for one, actually love the South. For all the demonization heap upon the region, it is still a place where, in some places, at least, people actually speak to others on the street, and acknowledge each other whether they know them or not, and manners, in some places are still valued. The people can, when pushed demonstrate disapproval of another or their actions, but usually with some decorum. The citizens, if further antagonized, can be as colorful as any other.

Many do forget the home bases for many slavers were in the New England states, that being a center of maritime commerce at the time, and that many Africans sold into slavery were sold by their African brother who captured them in war or raids on villages.

Yes, the founders of the KKK were Southern Democrats and President Lincoln was indeed a Republican, but as Captain Nemo pointed out, somewhere along the way, roles changed, and the Democrats emerged as the champion of civil rights and the Republicans devolved into supporter of another type of slavery, happily selling the masses into servitude to corporate and commercial masters, all to line the pockets of the wealthy they serve.

My how times change.

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 11:27

Minds also seem to change, Ask01. How do you explain there's so many "po fokes" living from payday to payday in the Republican party? They may have a checking account but many can't even afford a saving account because they don't have any money left from one payday to the next.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 11:51

The answer yogi, is that they have fallen under the delusion that the GOP will make them better. The problem, yogi is that rich are getting richer and po folk like you are getting poorer and dumber.

By: bfra on 12/8/12 at 12:44

By: yogiman on 12/7/12 at 6:11
I wish I was as brilliant as you and your fellow posters think you are, dumba$$. I'd be smarter than you think your man Barry is.
OH, how "almost" every poster on this board wishes you to be smarter, also! Then you could join in the topic & NOT post your BS & trash again & again & again. But, since that is impossible, "almost" every poster on this board wishes you would go the way of the DO-DO bird & just disappear.

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 1:49


You're apparently brilliant, or at least you think so, so please explain to me why our founders thought anyone becoming President or Vice-President of our nation should be a natural born citizen? I've always thought it was because they didn't feel anyone with a dual citizenship status or a love of another country would serve our nation with the love of an honest God loving nation. Were they wrong?

Common sense, if you have any, would tell you to be a natural born citizen, both of your parents must be citizens of the nation in which you are born. Did our founders actually think we should welcome a man as our president whose father was a Kenyan British subject with an American mother who didn't meet the 19 year old requirement at that time?

So if Barry doesn't love Kenya, why did he unethically politic there when he was in the US Senate?

By: bfra on 12/8/12 at 1:58

yogi - perfect example of your stupidity!

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 2:01

And by the way, bfra, as I've posted before, unlike Barry, I would love for you to prove me wrong... if you could, and I would apologize and shut up. But you ain't, and I ain't until you do.

Wanna see a good comedy? I know y'all have stated you don't agree with youtube even though you post many of its articles; so I've thought you must look at it or you couldn't know what was in it.

So... ya wanna see a couple of good comedies?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rtOPHomx7E/ as part 1 and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=10byGOWHh21/ as part 2. Loner might like part 2 because that man is a fellow retired postman from 'Shicago'.


By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 2:32

As long as I don't outrank you on stupidity, I'll be well pleased, bfra.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 3:58

yogi you are stupidity in chief. No one any higher.

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 4:59

Except you, dumba$$. Hell, you can't even spell I.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/8/12 at 5:42

yogi you are stupidity in chief.

By: yogiman on 12/8/12 at 7:25

I just wonder how your parents feel about having an idiot like you as a child.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/9/12 at 6:29

My parents are dead yogi, like your brain.

By: Loner on 12/9/12 at 6:49

Good morning, Nashville.

I missed Mike's missive earlier...just now found it. An interesting essay, for sure.

The South never repented of its original sins; Abe Lincoln was never a hero in the Old Confederacy and he remains reviled by many right-wingers in secessionist country. In fact, if he had not been assassinated, Lincoln might have been a one-term president.

Many in the North thought that saving the union and freeing the African Negro slaves came at too high a price...in my own home county - tiny Orleans County, in Western NY - some 455 young men were slaughtered in the senseless and preventable conflict. Few counties gave more blood to the dubious cause.

When the war was over, both sides tended to blame the victims - the Negroes....the North thought that winning their freedom was not worth the sacrifice and the South naturally blamed the victims, rather than themselves and their foolish leaders.

Today, the flames of passion still burn in discontented Southern hearts...they still long for the way things were in the antebellum period....for those folks, the 618,000 who died, died in vain.

If the South balks again, I say let them go...cordon off the area and declare them to be "territories", no longer states....after a period of deprivation, due to the total air , land & sea blockade, the idiots will come back to their senses....when they do, we arrest and try the ringleaders and we re-draw the state lines, so as to prevent trouble in the future.

By: Loner on 12/9/12 at 6:55

My bad, Lincoln was re-elected in the tainted 1864 election... eleven Southern States did not participate in that election...three new free soil states did and two "liberated" Southern states participated in the impaired process...the soldier vote was the big voting bloc that year and it was all pro-Lincoln.

Still, my point about both sides blaming the victims still stands.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 8:00


I think we are all smarter today than our founders and ancestors. I think we will agree (at least on one thing) our nation should not have allowed slavery to begin with. But when our ancestors finally decided their ancestors had made a bad mistake and took the action to correct it, they made another bad mistake, they, and we, have been giving financing the slaves heirs ever since.

I think history shows there were also white slaves. Have we been handing out to their their heirs, also? I think history will also show there was black slave owners and free black men in those days.

But I still must disagree with you on the "man in office" being a natural born citizen. Native born? Possibly. But he doesn't want us to know, dose he?

I wasn't listening to the rationale of our founders, but since they fought the British Empire to establish our freedom, I don't believe they meant the son of a Kenyan British subject who came to the USA as a foreign student could produce our future president by an 18 year old American girl who had not lived in the US for 5 years after her 14th birth day to be legally eligible to pass her American citizenship down to her new British subject.

By: bfra on 12/9/12 at 8:04

yogi put your teeth in & go chew on some "smart" weeds! See if that helps!

By: Loner on 12/9/12 at 8:40

No matter what, the conversation always goes back to BHO and his eligibility to be the POTUS....Yogi is a sick puppy....botched brain surgery may be cause, but the fact that he is obsessed is undeniable...hopefully, the authorities are keeping an eye on him...he's probably too old and feeble to actually pose a physical threat to the POTUS, but then again, one never knows...may God preserve the POTUS.

Southerners always find a way to minimize the horrors of the slave period. They point to Biblical examples of God-tolerated slavery....they point out the fact that Negroes in Africa captured and sold other Negroes into slavery....they point to the so-called, "Arab middlemen" who sold the captives to the slavers....they point to slavery in the Northern colonies in the earliest colonial days....they allege that many free Negroes actually owned Negro slaves....they claim that the average slave in the antebellum South had a better quality of life than the Irish immigrants, working long hours in the dangerous textile mills of Massachusetts for subsistence wages.

But the fact remains, poor white Southern boys enlisted by the tens of thousands, to defend the Confederate Constitution and its guarantee of white supremacy and perpetual enslavement for African Negro slaves. They thought that God was on their side. They never repented.

Today, some bigots still hold the torch for the Old Confederacy and it discredited values. Sadly, they continue to post their lies and hate-speech here, on these internet sites, in the 21st century...apparently, Profound Ignorance, such as that which gripped the antebellum South, takes hundreds of years to completely wither away and die.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/9/12 at 9:00

Good morning Loner. Southerns have away of minimizing their evil persona. The likes of yogi, p3, budlight and our outrageous Ratputin think themselves as Southern Royalty. These poor delusional want to be's have there petty wants and no place to go.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 9:18

How about giving me some smart seeds, bfra. I don't need any more of those stupid seeds you're sending.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/9/12 at 9:23

The yogi nut thinks seeds can think. This must be where he gets has mind altering brain farts.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 9:25


Why do you 'damn' Yankees keep blaming the Southerners for slavery when your neighboring state of Massachusetts was the prime instigator of slavery? Wasn't that like being a prime example for your neighbors? You know, like I should follow you down your road to the usurper in office?

By: bfra on 12/9/12 at 9:28

Nemo - He doesn't know a weed from a seed. Maybe he put his teeth in backwards.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 9:36


I don't think I'm obsessed alone. This site in the only site I'm on that is so willing to kiss Barry's a$$ when he continues to refuse to identify himself.

Let's see what happens in the next couple of months, Loner. With all of the questions being raised as they have been by so many common citizens, will the Electoral College vote him back in office without demanding he prove his Constitutional eligibility and will the Senate approve their vote also without questioning his Constitutional eligibility. If they do, you can bet your Jeep this nation has become the USSA.

I also understand the Supreme Court has said they would hear a case on it. My question is: Why have they waited so long? And as you probably know several cases brought to courts that agree to hear them then 'change their minds'.

Don't you ever wonder why? Or are you already a fellow socialist, soon to be communist, with Barry?

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 9:39

By the way, Loner, did you watch that interview with a fellow retired postman on youtube? You should.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 10:04

You keep bring this race factor up, Loner. Why, are you a racist? I don't give a damn if a man is black, white, pink, purple, polka dot or striped, but I do want a Constitutionally qualified American citizen in that office. Tell me, have you ever known a bigger prime example of a racist than your man Barack Obama?

You and yours on this site want a black President. OK, give us Alan Keyes. He's a hell of a lot blacker than your man Barry. Or give us Allen West. You know, that black man that gave up his career for defending his men in service in protecting them. You're damn right, I'll take either one of those men over your man Barry.

At least they both honored the American flag and saluted it instead of putting their clasped hands over their b@lls. And I've never seen either of their wives whisper in their ears: "All of that for that damn flag?" And I don't think either of them has designed a personal emblem to be shown to the public.

Alan Keyes has proven he's a hell of a lot smarter than Barry in economics and I'd bet you fifteen cents he wouldn't have put us deeper into debt than all presidents combined before him like your man Barry has.

I'll also bet neither he nor Allen West would have started forming a "civilian" army equal to our military army. And I'll bet neither Keyes nor West would reduce the size of our military like Barry is doing.

You're a historian, Loner. Don't you remember how Hitler took Germany over? Remember, he wasn't a German when he went in office, was he? Why did he form his "civilian" army? Seems like he was a prime example for your man Barry.

There's many other black Americans that would make us a good president, Loner, but I haven't noticed any of them claiming their race as African or their citizenship as African-American.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/9/12 at 10:19

yogi is doing his...I try to focus the spotlight from me to someone else. It was a Yankee that started slavery and not the poor little old South.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 11:18


Are you familiar with the Logan Act 0f 1799? It was last amended in 1994. It stipulates politicians campaigning in foreign nations with the notion our politicians should only represent their own nation. So why did [U.S. Senator] Barack Obama go to Kenya in 2006 and politically campaign for his cousin running for the Kenyan leadership role? And gave a "pocket full of money" in his cousin's campaign?

A bigger question: Why did congress not rebuke him over it?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/9/12 at 11:20

I'm going to see Lincoln. I'll see what kind of revisionism history yogi conjured up later.

Later people. You too yogi.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 11:23

Another 'did you know?' question, Loner. Did you know it has been reported, in the news, 5798 regulations have been posted in the last 90 days?

Are you a 2nd Amendment addict, Loner? Go to www.moonbattery.com/p=22113/

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 11:28

Another good show, Loner. Note it was only 4 days ago. When did he actually give that idea a thought? When he went in office?

www.markamerica.com/2012/12/06/obama-openly-hints-at-dictatorship/ It's only a 17+ minute show. Listen to the last 3 or 4 minutes of it.

By: Ask01 on 12/9/12 at 2:13

The suggestion has been put forth the electoral college electors might not cast their votes for the man who won the election.

If memory serves, while electors are pledged to the candidate winning their state, no federal law requires them to honor the pledge. They are free, in effect to cast their vote as they wish.

To do so, however, would send the nation spinning into uncharted territory at a time when we can least afford such an upheaval.

Hopefully, the electors will keep a level head and keep the good of the nation ahead of any revolutionary notions suggested by wild eyed radicals bent on subverting the will of the people.

By: yogiman on 12/9/12 at 2:31


I understand the Electoral College votes in favor of their states voters but their vote isn't the final decision without the Senate's approval. I don't know if the question has ever came up before because in my lifetime everyone knew well before the elections the qualifications of those running. But when an unknown threw his hat in the ring and was voted in office without question, that has raised a hell of a bunch of questions.

My question to you Obama supporters, whom you don't even know it that's his his legal name, tell me: Would you prefer to spend 20 bucks to prove your legal eligibility for that office, or would you prefer to spend millions to tell the people you're asking to represent it's none of their damn business who you are?

By: Mike Burch on 12/10/12 at 9:04


Please at least be honest. You are obsessed with BHO. Why? Perhaps only you can answer that question.

By: Mike Burch on 12/10/12 at 9:05


I think we should do away with the electoral college and let every vote count equally.

By: Mike Burch on 12/10/12 at 9:10


If the South secedes that means the crazies have taken over, and there will be a mass exodus of sane people to the North. But I don't think that will happen. Each new generation of Southerners is less racist and intolerant, so I think the South will continue to evolve, slowly, into a more civilized society. That process has been going on since the American Civil Rights Movement, and I can testify that there are many fully integrated neighborhoods where everyone lives together in peace. The real problem is pockets of poverty where there is more violence. If the South was willing to invest more money in fighting poverty (and helping poor girls and women avoid unwanted pregnancies), things would be even better.

But don't let the bad press fool you ... things are seldom as the headlines make it seem. The racism of the past is slowly receding, like a departing tsunami.