|View single post by Texas Defender|
|Posted: Mon Dec 17th, 2007 05:11 pm||
Jefferson Davis did not "run" for president. He didn't want the position at all. Other politicians, such as Howell Cobb, would have liked to have the job. However, those at the convention chose a person that was a kind of compromise candidate.
It was impossible in the beginning of 1861 for the Confederacy to have held a national election. Could: "The United States of America" have done so in 1776? Of course not. The apparatus simply did not exist.
It was more than 12 years before the first presidential election. Similarly, George Washington had no desire to be president. Others, such as John Adams, would have liked the job. But Washington was the person acceptable to all. Thus, he was persuaded to serve.
In different areas of the south, the feeling for secession was stronger than in others. Some states, such as Virginia, resisted the idea until Mr. Lincoln demanded troops from them to invade the southern states that had already seceded. Even then. the vote was hardly unanimous, as some counties :"seceded" from Virginia.
There was no need to: "cook the vote." In Tennessee, it was something like 104,913 to 47,238. There was certainly strong opposition to secession in some areas, but overall, there can be no doubt that the vast majority of southerners wanted their independence from the United States.
No one is holding up the newborn Confederate Government as a model of democracy. But unlike the United States, which was fighting a war of choice, the Confederate Government was fighting a war of survival. They knew that they could never match the manpower and resources of the northern states. Even with their vast pool of manpower, the U.S. Government resorted to conscription soon after the Confederates did.
Such erudite concepts as: "democracy" or: "American Civilization" meant little to the average man of the day. "A rich man's war and a poor man's fight" can be applied to any war, if thats the way you choose to look at it.
Most southerners would have been quite happy if the northerners had just stayed where they were and left them alone. But they could not abide an invasion of their home territory by people that they felt no kinship with, and wanted nothing to do with.
If few in the south mourned the demise of the Confederate Government, even fewer were pleased with the triumph of the United States Government. They had been forced at the point of a bayonet to remain in a marriage that they did not want. For as JEJ said: "Secession might not have been illegal, but it was certainly impractical."