The Confederacy’s War On Christmas

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So what were South Carolina’s governor and other top conservatives doing on Christmas Day, 1860? They were not at home celebrating the birth of Christ by singing hymns around their Christmas trees with their families.

No, on Dec. 25, 1860, these progenitors of the conservative movement and the modern-day Republican Party — they called themselves Democrats back then but a century later would flock en masse to the GOP after liberals enacted anti-white supremacist Civil Rights legislation — were in the state capitol of Columbia committing the most heinous act of treason in United States history.

They weren’t just making war on Christmas, they were preparing to make war on America:

In the autumn of 1860, the Republicans nominated Abraham Lincoln. South Carolina, which since the presidency of Andrew Jackson had been in the vanguard of southern nationalism and secession talk, warned that if the Republicans won, it would withdraw from the Union. In the general election on November 8, the Republicans received a minority of the total popular vote, but the vote was distributed to give Lincoln all the electoral votes he needed. The South Carolina General Assembly wasted no time and on November 10, 1860, called for a “Convention of the People of South Carolina” to draw up an Ordinance of Secession.

[On Dec. 17, the convention met in Columbia and immediately set about drafting a secession document.]

It was noon on December 20, 1860 when the Ordinance of Secession was submitted for consideration, and by 12:45 the Convention had adopted it on a roll call vote of 169-0. The cry at once went forth, “The Union is dissolved!”

…[On] December 24, 1860, the same day Gov. Pickens made a speech proclaiming sovereignty for South Carolina, the Convention addressed the first need and adopted a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which…Justify the Secession of South Carolina.”

The Convention immediately followed with an address “To the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States,” urging their secession, and ending with a clarion call for establishment of a Southern Confederacy…The Journal of the Convention of the People of South Carolina reports that on December 25, the Convention resolved to direct Governor Pickens to transmit the three momentous papers to the slave state governors for them to provide to their legislatures or conventions. The Resolution was the birth certificate of the Confederacy, as it marked the official out-reach of the South Carolina Convention to the other slave states, and dispatched the first official call for a Southern Confederacy (the call that in fact resulted in formation of the Confederate States of America within just a few months).

Wow. So the granddaddies of the GOP-tea party could not spare a day from their anti-American crusade to celebrate Christmas?

If he was born at all, it’s unlikely that that Dec. 25 was Jesus’ birthday. (Shepherds in ancient Judea did not watch their flocks by night in the dead of winter, for one thing.)

However, it is undeniably true that the Confederate States of America was born on born that day, on December 25, 1860, in Columbia, S.C.– and that peace on earth and tidings of comfort and joy had nothing to do with it.

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