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Our Dred Scott

Last year I wrote about eerie parallels between the pre-Civil War period and present day events.

Of course, one of the major events that set the stage for the war was the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford, which was decided in March of 1857.   In that case, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney ruled that all blacks, slave and free, were not and could not ever become citizens of the United States.

It was a case about the buying and selling of people and of people's labor. 

Abolitionists rose up in fury, but Frederick Douglass said, "my hopes were never brighter than now"—because he knew that the injustice of taking the fruits of one's labor, to regulate every aspect of a person's life, could not stand.

Just as that decision increased the tensions between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the country, the ObamaCare decision today will only fan the smoldering division between the progressive and Constitutional factions we have today.

As I wrote a year ago, this is a time to write in your diaries.  Historians will look back at this time with wonder -- how could we let it all happen again?

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