Tom Martin 
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Re: “How South Carolina history was hijacked to sell the Lost Cause

Lincoln was far from perfect, he was a racist, and probably a sexist and a homophobe. He did not push for equal rights for women or to legalize homosexuality. But at least he ended the legalized slavery here. There was no genocide in the civil war. Though of course there were abuses on both sides. Both sides killed some civilians and destroyed some buildings. The US army at first did not allow blacks, but later Lincoln reversed himself and did allow blacks to join. Later even the Confederate army had a few blacks, but those were mainly slaves ordered to fight. But had the Confederacy been allowed to secede, we might still have legal slavery here. It was very profitable for the slave owners. And they did not even allow freedom of speech or press here in the south, any criticism of slavery was banned. So even southern whites who did not own slaves usually thought this racist slavery was good. After the US won, they soon imposed Reconstruction on the south, but there was too much resistance from the southern whites, so finally the US government gave up and let the south create those racist segregation laws, even denying blacks here the right to vote. Until finally the US government and courts decided to crack down on the racists dominating the life here, starting with the Supreme Court decision desegregating the schools in 1954, though it still took some years before the government started enforcing this decision and other decisions.
But, zee, if you want the government to provide jobs for everyone, that is a very inefficient economic model, to have all business government owned, and it cannot work in a democracy. After all, if the government owns all the media, there is no freedom, there is only propaganda coming from the media. I was born in a country like that, our parents decided to escape and take us with them, so that is how we came to America, to a land of freedom. So of course the government could not go and provide jobs for all the freed blacks, they had to go and look for a job like everyone else. Of course they had a disadvantage as they were initially usually illiterate, most southern states banned the teaching of slaves how to read and write.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 16, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Celebrate Chanukah in Marion Square this Sunday

Happy Chanukah. It celebrates freedom of Jews to practice their religion. Freedom of religion is good. I hope that one day it will be available even in countries like Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 16, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “How South Carolina history was hijacked to sell the Lost Cause

Pat, South Carolina was at that time a predominantly black state. The blacks wanted the US Army to come and liberate them. Of course the white minority deprived the black slaves of the right to vote, so they could not vote for a SC legislature that would welcome the US Army. Terrible. How undemocratic.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 16, 2017 at 12:38 AM

Re: “School board members' kids shouldn't get special treatment

Why do we even have magnet schools for bright children? They then have the advantage of a better education than the rest of the children, who after all, are more needy of a good education than the bright children. Now if we were to spend less money on magnet schools than on other schools, less money on salaries of teachers in magnet schools, then I guess I could understand the need for magnet schools, to try to benefit the less bright kids. But that is not what is happening. Just because I was a bright kid, that does not mean I should have benefited by having good teachers. I would have done well in school even with poor teachers.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 13, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in Walter Scott shooting death

I wonder if he can get out of prison early, like some prisoners can, based on good behavior in prison. He sure deserves to spend the 20 years in prison for what he did, shooting at a man running away and killing him.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 8, 2017 at 2:11 AM

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