Stop Whitewashing History: The Civil War Was About Slavery

In one of my opinion columns for The Horn, I advocated removing the statues of Confederate leaders from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus. I’ve been surprised and disappointed by how many people are truly proud of our Confederate history. Many believe that slavery wasn’t the main cause of the Civil War, and that the Southerners were fighting “about autonomy/ freedom from a authoritarian government,” as one commenter wrote.

In fact, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2011 found that 48% of Americans considered states’ rights to be the primary cause of the war, compared to only 38% who said the war was mainly about slavery.

However, the vast majority of historians today, as well as firsthand accounts from the time, point out that slavery was undoubtedly the primary factor of the American Civil War (although, of course, not the only cause).

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Who will win the election? Not the American people.

Regardless of whether President Obama or Governor Romney wins on Tuesday (and I think Obama will), we can count on four more years of war, declining civil liberties, and an increasing deficit.  Neither candidate will close Guantanamo Bay, end the Patriot Act and the NDAA, or cut military spending.

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Let’s Be Real Here

I’m an American student.  America’s Youth loves working hard, but let’s be real here- we only work hard the night before it’s due.  And I know that offends my generation, as we don’t like to admit our problems.  Society today, let’s be real here, isn’t exactly being “real” to itself.  I think it’s time to address hypocrisy one pretense at a time.

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Keep Justice Alive: Kill the Death Penalty

“The death penalty demands discussion”

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The United States shares something in common with China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. We, like them, use the death penalty. According to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, the United States ranks fifth in executions among every country in the world.

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Why not Gary Johnson?

It’s campaign season.  Attack ads, debates, phone calls, stump speeches, fundraisers, and some more attack ads.  For many, November 6th means another year of voting for the lesser of two evils.  Voting for the lesser of two evils, unfortunately, is still voting for evil – especially when there’s a third option.

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