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  Which Side Won Our Civil War?
Dr. Jerry Rogan has been consulting about Medicare and medical care delivery for a variety of companies beginning 2003, having served over 100 clients, some for a short term need and some over several years.



When the Confederate States of America lost the Civil War in 1865, the Union maintained the geographic boundaries of our country and suppressed the culture of the rebel states with carpetbaggers. But after a generation, the culture of the rebel states re-emerged manifested by marches of the Klu Klux Klan, honors for the rebel generals, Jim Crow laws, tolerated racist murders of Blacks, and displays of the Confederate flag. As the descendants of the rebels migrated from the South, their culture promulgated its influence across all States.

By the 1930s, the Democratic Party enacted Confederate values by red-lining loans to Black homeowners and suppressing their right to vote. In the 1940s, the Democrats thwarted would-be Jewish emigrants and denied the GI Bill benefits to Black veterans. Democrats incarcerated Japanese Americans. The North had won the Civil War for geography but the South won the war of cultural values.

In the 1960s, President Lyndon B Johnson's Democratic Party enacted civil and voting rights while the Southern voting majority, Democrats, revolted again, to the party of Georgia governor George Wallace, then, failing, to the Republican Party (the Party of Lincoln).

Meanwhile, the Republican Party, originally organized to support the promise of a more perfect union, became a Party for business and fiscal conservative values, saying little about the political rights of our people.

Under Bush II the Republicans became fiscally irresponsible, began a stupid war, and embraced populists on the Right. Certain religious groups had convinced these new Republicans to give up their conservative values that promoted individual freedom in favor of the pall of an anti-abortion agenda enforced by the State.




Meanwhile, the Democrats embraced populists on the left who seek government payment for their activities of daily living.

Both Parties embraced rule by the wealthy class, manifested by the great bank bail-out by the Republicans, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act by the Democrats, and, by both Parties, support of capital gains tax for hedge fund managers and undocumented immigration. Undocumented immigrants pay income and social security tax but earn no social security benefit.

Most eligible voters declined to vote for the candidate of both parties. Perceiving this unhappiness, Trump began to promote a new populist agenda: a dictatorship, the evidence for which is his refusal to concede a fair election as well as attempting to undermine civil servants: designed to replace the rule of law with the rule of personal loyalty to him. Julius Caesar tried this, without success, but planted the seeds for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

The conflicting values that caused the Civil War remain today, amplified by two distinct sources of information and effective propaganda from both sides, self-published on social media. We have little chance to develop successful remedies to further perfect our Country when the facts voters believe are completely different.

I want to join a political party of the middle — supporting the constitutional rights of the people, with compassionate fiscal conservatism and respect for each other, demanding our government to give a hand up, not a hand-out, such as through good schools for all without affirmative action. Maybe the Lincoln Project will morph into a new political party that I can embrace? Meanwhile, I ask you, which side won our Civil War?

~ Jerry Rogan

















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