Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The New “ Cut ‘n Paste “ Copperheads


I’ve just finished reading “ American Falls” , by John Calvin Batchelor .


It is a novel of the Civil War – especially that part of the war that involved the Union and Confederate Secret Services; and there is much mention of “The Copperheads”.


The Copperheads were Southern sympathizers to one degree or another.
Some – who called themselves “The Sons of Liberty” - wanted an outright Confederate victory on the battlefield ; others wanted a negotiated settlement that would accomplish the same goal. Most just wanted the war to end – in any way possible.


The Copperheads – right up to the battle of Gettysburg , and the resultant turn-for-the-better of Union fortunes – enjoyed sympathetic treatment by The New York Times and the New York Daily News.Both newspapers enjoyed pillorying Abraham Lincoln , whom they considered “an ape” and “ a buffoon”.


The Copperheads had their own “minority wing” – which openly favored Southern victory – in the Democratic Party . The mainstream of that party, which championed General Mac Clellan against Abraham Lincoln , favored a negotiated settlement with the South. They received a lot of support from the Irish immigrants – some fresh off the boat – who often wound up getting drafted as “cannon fodder” , and who viewed emancipation of the slaves as a threat to their livlihoods.


Reading this book, I was struck by the resemblance to the Vietnam era, and to our present struggle in the Global War on Terror.


For one thing, the Copperheads are back – with a vengeance.


Although the New Copperheads get sympathetic treatment in the Mainstream Media , their real home is the Internet ,where “cut ‘n paste” commandos flood the available bandwidth with instant quotations from their idols , and attempt to howl down anyone who disagrees.


One of the more notable things about the new Cut ‘n Paste Copperheads is their reluctance to present their own original thoughts on a subject.


The Mickey Moore Club , the obnoxious “New Left” , the assorted racist Neo-Nazis, and Radical Libertarians , such as Lew Rockwell and perennial candidate Mark Yannone , rely on others to do the thinking and the writing .


Most of what they offer is coughed-up hairballs , and the occasional half-digested mouse – which they present with great cries of self-adulation.


I suppose they feel “protected” from public disgust and censure when they let somebody else take the heat. “Oh !”, they cry. “ I didn’t say that . It was So-and-So. See ? Here’s the link .”


Yeah. We see the link – and we see your warm, approving comments as you
do your best to create racial and ethnic strife, as you urge others to tear the fabric of our society apart , and as you slither out to strike from concealment.


The rest of us are expected to Ooh ! and Aah ! over the richness of your diversity – no matter how depraved it may get.


I say : “Hey ! Cut and paste this !!

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