Thursday, January 17, 2008

Unanimous Decision

I was reading a bit about Ron Paul and came across this delightful comment by Bob K:

The issue of secession was settled by the supremest of supreme courts in the Appomattox Courthouse in the case Grant v. Lee. Lee lost a unanimous decision.
Denny, Alaska adds some commentary on the decision:
Yes, it was the supreme court sitting in Appomattox, VA, that delivered a 9-0 decision; Infantry wrote the majority opinion, with supporting sections added by Cavalry and Artillery.
Don't let any one tell you war never settles anything.

4 comments:

LarryD said...

Ron Paul's position that the Civil War shouldn't have been fought, is one of the red flags about him.

Robert said...

Unanimous Decision indeed! On a relevant note are these two easy questions. It's just an experiment.
You'll probably know what the obvious answer is.

"How does a Nation-State impose its will on 'its' people?"

"What is meant by the term, 'last argument of kings'?"

I posted these on a leftist blog to a commenter and the commenter was either unable or refused to answer them.

M. Simon said...

robert,

The answer to both questions is of course a gun to the head and firing it in case the head does not change its attitude quickly enough.

I'm one of those neo-cons who thinks what we are doing in the ME has a useful purpose. I am not, however, unmindful of what I am calling for.

Which is why I am hell bent for leather on this project:

WB-7 First Plasma

We need to drain that swamp. The very best way is to cut off their money supply. Armed force is for now is only a holding action - IMO.

YMMV

Leftys do not want to face the fact that G. Washington stated at the very beginning of the Republic -

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." -- George Washington

Simon

Robert said...

Good answer. I asked the same questions on Samizdata and got a similar good response.

http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/2008/01/to_protect_and.html#169195