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— Karl Marx

Slavery Is an Afterthought for Nikki Haley

Jan 1, 2024

At a town hall meeting in Berlin, New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley was asked what she thought was the cause of the Civil War. Haley responded, "I think it always comes down to the role of the government and what the rights of the people are. And we will always stand by the fact that I think the government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people. It was never meant to be all things to all people. Government doesn’t need to tell you how to live your life. They don’t need to tell you what you can and can’t do. They need to make sure that you have freedom."

Huh? Somehow, she failed to mention slavery or the fight between the Northern industrialists and the Southern plantation owners for control of the federal government. In fact, it sounds like she’s trying to appease those who might be upset with her one-time support for taking down the confederate flag from the State House grounds in South Carolina. Maybe she now even opposes the Union’s interference with the rights of the slave owners to own slaves.

It seems a bit ironic that the Republicans, Haley’s current party, were the party of the abolitionists at the time of the Civil War and the Democrats were the party of the slaveholders.

How low can presidential politics go?