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Abraham Lincoln Endorses
Permanent Slavery Amendment
WASHINGTON (CHF)  -  In his first Inaugural Speech, on March
4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln approved a Constitutional
Amendment that would guarantee permanent slavery in the
United States.

Lincoln stated in his Speech,

"I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution has
passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government
shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States,
including that of persons held to service.  Holding such a
provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no
objection to its being made express and irrevocable."  
Lincoln Inaugural Speech

This Permanent Slavery Amendment that Lincoln endorsed was
passed on March 2, 1861 by a vote of over 66% of both
Houses of the U. S. Congress, after most Southern States had
withdrawn from the United States and had formed their own
nation, the Confederate States of America.

If ratified by 3/4 of the States, this Northern sponsored
Constitutional Amendment would prevent the federal
government from ever abolishing or interfering with slavery in
any State in the United States.

If the Southern States wanted slavery protected forever, then all
they would have to do is return to the Union and ratify this
Constitutional Amendment.

But, because the Southern States left the Union to avoid
Lincoln's newly passed 40% import tax (see below) and not to
protect slavery, few experts expect the South to return.  

The Northern Permanent Slavery Amendment reads,

"No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will
authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere,
within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including
that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said
Northern Permanent Slavery Amendment

This overwhelming 66% vote by the Northern controlled U. S.
Congress proves that the North officially and openly supported
slavery and has exposed, as a farce, the North's pretensions of
being opposed to slavery.

Had the North been opposed to slavery, they would not have
passed such an Amendment supporting slavery.

Moreover, on the very same day, Congress also passed the
Morrill Tariff Act, the highest import tax in U.S. history,  which
raised import taxes on Southerners from 20% to 40%.

Analysts see the Permanent Slavery Amendment passed by
the U.S. Congress and endorsed by Lincoln as a political
maneuver by the North to bring the Southern States back into
the Union to pay this new higher 40% tax to finance the U.S.
Government and subsidize Northern business monopolies.

If, as Lincoln claims, the issue for withdrawing from the Union
was slavery, then the Southern States would immediately return
to the Union and ratify this Constitutional Amendment and, of
course, pay Lincoln's oppressive 40% tax.

But, because the issue to Southerners is self-government and
unfair taxes and not slavery, it is unlikely they will return.

Further justifying the South's right to independence is the fact
that Lincoln was elected President of the United States in a four
way race by only 39% of the popular vote (he did not receive
even one vote in the deep South).

During the Presidential Campaign, Abraham Lincoln had
promised the public and especially his financial supporters,
mostly large monopolies in the Northeast, that he would double
the sales tax on imported goods to the South from 20% to 40%,
if elected, which would make these rich monopolies richer.

The Southern States have evidently remembered how South
Carolina was subjected to the Force Bills to collect the Tariff of
Abominations passed by the U. S. Congress in 1832, because  
this time most Southern States left the Union before the new tax
law passed, to avoid being subject to such force bills.

And the South certainly knew the passage of the new tax law
was imminent, since they were now greatly outvoted in
Congress by the Northern States, as a result of the recent
national election, in which a large number of high tax Senators
and Representatives were elected.

Since Southerners exported and imported 80% of the nation’s
goods, they have paid 80% of the nation’s import taxes for
many years now, although they represented only 33% of the
United States population.

The South contended that this unequal taxation violated the
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8(1) and was both
unfair and burdensome to Southerners.

And even worse for the South, 80% of this tax revenue was then
spent up North on Northern canals and railroads, instead of in
the Southern States.

This high import tax (sales tax on imported goods) forced the
price of products from England and France to be increased
20% higher, just to pay the tax.

This 20% increase in the price of imported goods, because of
the tax, then allowed Northern manufacturers to raise their
prices 20%, which in turn established very rich monopolies in
the North.

This Northern price gouging and very unfair situation that has
existed with the 20% tax rate will be made totally unbearable by
Lincoln’s new 40% sales tax on imported goods, which will
financially ruin many Southerners.

Also in his Inaugural Speech, Lincoln made it clear that there
would be no invasion of the Confederate States, except to
collect taxes and possess tax collection forts.

In his Speech, Lincoln refused to mention slavery, at all, as a
reason to invade the South; and instead, Lincoln endorsed the
Permanent Slavery Amendment recently passed by Congress.

Lincoln stated in his Speech,

"The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and
possess the property and places belonging to the government,
and to collect the duties and imposts (import taxes); but beyond
what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no
invasion, no using of force against or among the people
Lincoln Inaugural Speech

The only property belonging to the federal government that
Lincoln said he is willing to invade the Confederate States to
possess are two tax collection forts:  Fort Sumter at the
entrance to Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and Fort
Pickens at the entrance to Pensacola Bay in Florida.

Therefore, if there is to be a war, observers are predicting that  
Lincoln will start the war by invading Charleston Harbor with
warships to hold Fort Sumter, a tax collection fort.

Furthermore, the above official, legal support for permanent
slavery by Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress is
irrefutable proof that the war will be fought totally over unfair,
oppressive taxes and will not be fought over slavery at all.

Many fear that Lincoln's War Against Southern Independence
will result in the destruction of State sovereignty and local self-
government and the establishment of an all powerful centralist
federal government with higher taxes and fewer liberties.
United States President
Abraham Lincoln
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