Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Copperhead Democrat Party That Owns Defeat

When Dissent Becomes Obstruction
CSM--By Mackubin Thomas Owens

Dissent in wartime is as American as apple pie. There is not a single war in US history that did not face opposition from some part of the citizenry. But at some point, dissent becomes something else altogether – obstruction of the war effort.

The most egregious case of this occurred during the Civil War when "peace Democrats," called "Copperheads," nearly succeeded in defeating President Lincoln's attempt to save the Union.
It's a largely forgotten element of the Civil War, but it bears striking – and ominous – similarity to the obstruction we see in Washington today over the Iraq war. Indeed, as Democrats in Congress this week imposed withdrawal deadlines, it's clear that Copperhead syndrome is alive and well.

The Copperhead is, of course, a poisonous snake, which is how the Civil War-era opponents of the peace Democrats portrayed them: Confederate sympathizers and obstructers of the Union war effort. But "Copperhead" was also a contemporary term for the penny, which at the time bore the likeness of Lady Liberty. Peace Democrats often rendered these pennies into lapel pins to portray themselves as defenders of states' rights and civil liberties.

Self-image aside, Lincoln criticized the Copperhead effort as "the fire in the rear." Some historians have dismissed the Copperhead threat as, according to one author, "a fairy tale," a "figment of Republican imagination," made up of "lies, conjecture and political malignancy." But a fine new book, "Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North," by journalist-turned-academic-historian Jennifer Weber, shows that the Northern anti-war movement was far from a peripheral phenomenon.


THIS IS A MUST-READ! Gang, I'd like the words 'Copperhead Democrats' to become a meme of all of us who blog. The traitorous Democrat Party needs to be exposed for exactly what it is. Truer words I have never heard!


Anonymous bobcat said...

This was a WONDERFUL article. Thanks for putting it up!

4:21 AM  
Anonymous teller said...

Copperheads... yes, that's exactly what they are. Traitors, underminers, defeatests the lot of them.

6:06 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

perfect term for those bastards.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

Thanks for the history lesson. That was very interesting!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Great post!!!

9:23 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks, Brookie! I thought it was really interesting!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Mr. Beamish the Kakistocrat said...

All snakes. And the snake charmers are Iranian.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Something I spotted at Mr. Beamish's site. Excerpt:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Syria, a country President Bush has shunned as a sponsor of terrorism, despite being asked by the administration not to go.
"In our view, it is not the right time to have these sort of high- profile visitors to Syria," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Friday.


Others traveling with Pelosi were Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Henry Waxman and Tom Lantos of California, Louise Slaughter of New York and Nick Rahall of West Virginia, and Ohio Republican David Hobson. Ellison is the first Muslim member of Congress.

2:50 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, AoW--Lucianne had this link:

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I looked it was the President who made foreign policy, not the Speaker of the House. Polosi the Pricness needs to shut up and stop encouraging the enemy. J'Mac

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Yes, Pelosi might steal some of the spotlight on the Republican delegation that is already there! Can someone explain that to me? Are they trying to build their own foreign policy also? Or is it somehow different because they are Republicans? Just wondering...

5:53 AM  

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