April is designated Confederate History Month in Alabama by the Alabama State Board of Education and Gov. Kay Ivey to honor 122,000 Confederate veterans who defended Alabama from Abraham Lincoln’s invasion to collect his oppressive 200-percent tariff (sales tax) on steel.
We descendants appreciate Attorney General Steve Marshall standing tall with Alabama’s lawsuit against Birmingham for violating state law, by covering the Confederate soldiers and sailors monument with plywood, which is still there today — a year and a half later.
We encourage Marshall to strictly enforce the law’s $25,000 per day fine to dissuade all such altering of our Confederate monuments in the future.
The “war over slavery” myth is the only reason for Birmingham’s anti-Confederate bigotry, yet there is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring his war was over slavery.
Moreover, Lincoln consistently declared his war was “over taxes only and not slavery, at all.”
In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1861, Lincoln declared:
“I have no purpose to interfere with the institution of slavery. I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” (Paragraph 4)
“The power confided to me will be used to collect the duties (tariffs) and imposts (import taxes); but beyond what may be necessary for this, there will be no invasion.” (Paragraph 21)
Even in his “fake Emancipation Proclamations,” Lincoln refused to free General Grant’s four slaves and gave the Southern states three months to return to the Union, pay his brutal tax and keep their slaves. None did.