Editor, The Times:
If Canada had been able to join the northern states, we could have probably made a pretty good country!
However, it’s those from south of the Mason-Dixon line that have ruined things for the US of A, right from 1776 on.
In the year of the ‘shot heard around the world,’ 1776, there was, in the northern states (those few that existed at the time), a small movement to abolish slavery, just as in England.
But no, the Southern gang, which included Washington and Jefferson, two of the biggest slaveowners in that newly independent country, had their way. The words of that great document, the U.S. Constitution, were ignored. All men were not created equal.
And so on it went. A dreadful Civil War in which the South lost militarily but won politically — Jim Crow, Birth Of A Nation, Gone With The Wind.
In the end, as Gore Vidal and Michael Moore have pointed out, the South won it all.
Right to this day, the states of Dixie are still up to their old nastiness. Nothing has changed.
Although it probably won’t happen, it could be the South that would deliver Donald Trump as president of the US of A. Horrors!
The South shall rise again, or “… here’s to the county you’ve torn out the heart of, Mississippi find yourself any other country to be part of!” — Phil Ochs