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i understand you took my phrase 'this country' as a collectivist notion of all, so i clarified to say *worst thing that ever happened IN this country.

and i absolutely believe it to be true. it should be a powerful lesson to us all of just how easy it is to give in to temptation. those men did so many good things. they put us on the economic path to eden. but they accepted slavery as part of normal behavior. they politically reclassified human beings for their own selfish desires, something that no person has the authority to do. those actions lead to violent, repetitive, fearful actions that, to some small degree, continue to this day.

i do not know of another action that has been as inhumane, and long lasting since the DOI.

the easiest way to get something done isnt to change the behavior; its to change the meaning of existing behavior. like a cut isnt a cut, torture isnt torture, its enhanced interrogation. war isnt war, its kinetic military action. declaring war now appare