I have heard many variations of: “The Civil War is about states’ rights—The right to own slaves.”
This is an insidious psyop.
Like most psyops, this one makes the pretense of empowering the little guy against the Apex Players, but like all psyops, it is actually about consolidating and centralizing power in the hands of the Apex Players.
Let’s immediately correct the two false premises in this psyop:
First: Lincoln didn’t start the Civil War to end slavery. Lincoln started the Civil War solely to prevent secession.
Second: Slavery is not a states’ rights issue. Slavery isn’t a right in any meaningful sense of the word. Slavery was an institution explicitly protected in the Constitution. Such a protection is not a right. It is cronyism. It was a compromise that contradicted the spirit of the Constitution. That is why it had to be explicitly enumerated in the Constitution.
States’ rights refers to the tenth amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
More specifically, states’ rights refers to all those additional rights that states have that are not enumerated in the Constitution, but which exist because the federal government only has those very limited powers delegated to it by the states when the states created the Constitution.
Whereas, DC has long behaved as if the states and the people only have those rights explicitly enumerated in the Constitution.
To fully understand the extent to which the Constitution has been inverted, it is also important to consider the ninth amendment:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Therefore, the entire establishment has an interest in blackwashing the concept of states’ rights by tying it to slavery and implying that anyone promoting states’ rights is promoting slavery—as if they are elitists trying to enslave the little guy, when in fact, states’ rights is about empowering the little guy, and it is the establishment who is trying to enslave the little guy.
We have exposed how and why this psyop blackwashes states’ rights, but just as important is how and why this psyop blackwashes secession.
You may recall:
Lincoln didn’t start the Civil War to end slavery. Lincoln started the Civil War solely to prevent secession.
Secession is one of those countless rights not enumerated in the Constitution. Either the ninth or tenth amendment would be sufficient to recognize the right of secession.
Whether it is an individual opting out, or a state full of individuals opting out, those who want all power consolidated under them cannot allow anyone to think they have a right to opt out.
Therefore, the establishment blackwashes secession by tying it to slavery.