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THE SOUTHERN FOUNDING FATHERS INVENTED UNCLE TURKEY | 2002-12-07

The United States is the Uncle Turkey of the world today. We fight in the Middle East for Israel and to keep Europe's oil supply safe. We fight for people who hate us and we give foreign aid to people who hate us.

But what about the Southerners who joined the Glorious Union in 1789? They paid for the Federal Government and paid even more as economic colonies of New England. The more New England hated us the more money we gave them.

But if the original deal we made with the Glorious Union was a study in stupidity, it was nothing compared to how we paid after 1865. Not only did the tariffs increase after 1865 to pay New England industrialists more Southern money, but the South was banned from industrial production entirely.

Railroad rates were set up by the owners in New England so that it cost several times as much to ship industrial products north as to ship them south. The last of these discriminatory rail rates was removed in 1952. Yes, NINETEEN FIFTY-TWO.

Oddly enough, the moment discriminatory rail rates were removed, Southern industry began to grow wildly. Meanwhile, we learned to praise the Southerners who had helped form The Glorious Union and to curse those who had tried to secede from Our Beloved American Government.

You will never hear a word about this in any discussion of Southern poverty. We can't Suffer and we can't be exploited.