Maine’s Delusional Governor Shows His Ignorance Again

He’s at it again. The obviously mentally ill governor of the State of Maine, Paul LePage, opened his mouth and firmly inserted his foot once again.

In a radio interview Tuesday, August 22, 2017, LePage said, “What was the war? If you really truly read and study the Civil War, it was turned into a battle for the slaves, but initially — I mean, 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. And they fought because they were concerned about — they were farmers — and they were concerned about their land. Their property. It was a property rights issue as it began. The President of the United States, who was a very brilliant politician, really made it about slavery to a great degree.”

Wow. Just wow.

Anyone who has read what the secessionists said and wrote knows the root cause of the war was always slavery. They weren’t concerned about their land, they were concerned about maintaining slavery. And there is no way 7,600 Mainers fought for the confederacy. The highest number I’ve seen is 30 people who were students at Bowdoin College and Colby College went South to fight for the confederacy, and that is probably because they were southerners to begin with.

CNN interviewed two historians, David Blight of Yale University and Matthew Karp of Princeton University. “David Blight, Civil War historian and professor at Yale, told CNN in an interview that it was doubtful more than a handful of Mainers fought for the Confederacy. The state of Maine was one of the strongest supporters of the Union. Blight also took issue with LePage’s claim that the Civil War was initially a conflict over land. ‘That’s patented nonsense. It’s appalling degree of ignorance and misinformation by a governor of a New England state, or any state for that matter,’ he said. Blight reiterated that the war was fought over slavery and its expansion into new territories. ‘This war was rooted in the problem racial slavery and its expansion, and the ways in which that issue tore apart the American political system and then tore apart the Union,’ Blight said. ‘And to say that the war was only in the interest of farmers worried about their property rights is beyond ridiculous in the 21st century.’

“Matthew Karp, a Civil War historian at Princeton University, told CNN ‘the idea that Maine was a Confederate hotbed is pretty ludicrous.’ ‘I have no idea what LePage is talking about,’ Karp said. ‘In the 1860 Presidential election, the southern Democratic candidate John C. Breckinridge couldn’t even get 7600 votes in Maine. Lincoln won over 62% of the vote (his fourth highest mark in the country) and Maine furnished over 70,000 troops for the Union, including over 9,000 who died during the Civil War.’ Karp also said there was no doubt that property rights played an important role in the cause of the Civil War, but that slaves were the property at issue. ‘As lots of historians have pointed out recently, the property value of the South’s slaves was somewhere around $3 billion — more than all the banks, factories, and railroads in the North combined,’ he said. ‘Slaveholders believed their right to human property was enshrined in the Constitution, while Lincoln and the Republicans did not — a major reason that so many slave-holding leaders embraced secession after Lincoln was elected.’ “
One of LePage’s predecessors, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, is not doubt rolling over in his grave.
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4 comments

  1. Pat Young · · Reply

    Oh my God Al, I had no idea he said something that idiotic. He is trying to protect his white heritage I suppose. Racist and insane.

  2. bob carey · · Reply

    It’s hard to believe that the same people who put Susan Collins in the Senate put this buffoon in the Statehouse.
    I wonder if the 7600 Maine rebels formed their own Division or were they dispersed among other units.

    1. They were probably with the phantom 60,000 black confederates in their own phantom corps.

  3. And we wonder why so many average joes and janes seem to have such a simplistic and error filled narrative they push…Geeez But then again some “historians” are not helping the issue either.

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