Many people in the north, including Lincoln, were opposed to slavery in principle but didn't want to fight a war over it.
"We must fight on!"
"We'll die. We fight and we die, that's how it goes."
"Then we die gloriously!"
"There's an important word there, and it's not gloriously."
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That was before industrialization, before Michigan discovered that freed wage-slaves are actually cheaper in the long run than actual slaves.
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For anyone who hasn't seen it... Michigan Republicans are getting sued by the state's Democrats.
Rachel Maddow covered a pretty good reason why on her show last night:
Summary: A 2/3 majority is needed to push a law into immediate effect in Michigan, and is supposed to be reserved for extreme cases. Of the 566 bills the GOP majority have pushed through, they have deemed 546 "emergency legislation" and claimed a 2/3 majority of state representatives to push it through into immediate effect, rather than wait until the start of the next session before it takes effect.
Why is that a problem? A 2/3 majority is 73 representatives. The GOP are about 12 representatives shy of the 2/3 majority. But when a vote comes to the floor, the House leader has been declaring that 2/3 majority, and putting the law into immediate effect. He's even been caught on video "counting" his 2/3 majority in 2 seconds, in spite of Democratic protests. And the 2/3 majority is mathematically impossible to achieve.
In other words, they're fixing the vote in the state assembly to put their policies into immediate effect without any chance for counter-argument, or contesting the bills, which are immediately made law. No negotiation, no compromise.
But also, no real democracy. Especially because the laws are starting to aim at voter registration, and aim at keeping themselves entrenched in the state legislature for some time as a party.
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