Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The history of Fort Sumter is one of the great untold and perverted stories in American history. Supposedly the ravenous, Johnny Reb, hick, hayseed, racist pigs that lived in Charleston, South Carolina that had just asserted their right to govern themselves, as their forefathers had done, and declare their independence, supposedly they were just jonesing for a fight. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Mike: This is Dustin in San Diego, California. Hello, Dustin, you’re on the Mike Church Show. How you doing?
Caller Dustin: Good morning, Mr. Church.
Mike: Back at ya.
Caller Dustin: I do have a question for you. First, I feel that since Lance Armstrong is coming clean, I feel like I should come clean. For the last three years, I'[ve been taking a thinking enhancement drug. On the streets we call it the founders red pill.
Mike: [laughing] Why didn’t I think of that? Gruss, why didn’t you think of that? We’ve been talking about PEDs. Why didn’t we think of TEDs, thinking enhancement drugs, founders red pills? We need rejoins. Are you on it? We need sweepers and rejoins for the show. Are you on it?
Mike: He’s writing, just making sure. Dustin, that is brilliant. I’m going to put you on hold before we hang up and send you a [r]epublican embroidered baseball cap. You sound like a baseball cap guy. You need that cap to keep all that enhanced thinking in.
Caller Dustin: The question, the show that unplugged my matrix cable was the Fort Sumter show a couple years back. My question is: why were there even Union troops at Fort Sumter? In the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, I think it’s paragraph 12 or 13, it says the Union can raise an army but for no longer than two years.
Mike: They can raise an army but no appropriation shall admit for longer than two years.
Caller Dustin: I guess I’m kind of confused on that part.
Mike: The history of Fort Sumter is one of the great untold and perverted stories in American history. Supposedly the ravenous, Johnny Reb, hick, hayseed, racist pigs that lived in Charleston, South Carolina that had just asserted their right to govern themselves, as their forefathers had done, and declare their independence, supposedly they were just jonesing for a fight. They were sitting there just waiting for any Union ship to sail on by or, as some of the legend goes, they enticed the Union ship to sail into the harbor and waited for it to get close enough so they could blow it to smithereens and kill everyone on board. Strange that no Union troops were actually killed that day.
The proper way to think about Fort Sumter is, once the State of South Carolina seceded, and it had, it sent ambassadors or diplomats to Mordor to negotiate with the Lincoln administration for what to do with things like federal properties or improvements that were located at Fort Sumter. Lincoln refused to meet with the diplomat. What is the State of South Carolina to do? It has just declared that it is its own sovereign country. You’ve got to remember, at the time of Fort Sumter, South Carolina would have been regarded in the League of Nations just as you would regard France. There was no confederacy. They had not joined any other union. They had simply parted ways with the current union; therefore, they were a sovereign state, call it a country, sitting there on the Atlantic Seaboard.
If the Lincoln administration had sailed a clipper ship under American flag with cannons pointed into one of the ports of call in the nation-state of France, what do you think the French would have done? If they had sailed it up the harbor into one of the ports of call in France or Spain or Italy, what do you think the Spaniards or Italians would have done? They’d have sunk the damn thing. They’d have told it to stop and if it didn’t stop, it would have blown it to kingdom come. What were the newly-freed citizens of the sovereign State of South Carolina, what were they to do, welcome it? Tell them: We don’t care if you come in here? They ordered it to stop. They fired across its bow not trying to hit it. It was an act of aggression. It was to provoke the South Carolinians to do exactly what they ultimately did. There’s a book that you can read out there about Fort Sumter that will walk you through, moment by moment. I can’t recall the name of it but someone will tweet it out or email it to me.
Caller Dustin: Mr. Church, I guess my question is, even before South Carolina seceded, why wasn’t the South Carolina militia manning Fort Sumter?
Mike: They probably were.
Caller Dustin: Then when South Carolina seceded, their militia would have stayed in South Carolina. I guess my question is, why were there Union troops there?
Mike: Because it was a needful building, an improvement. The Constitution did grant the general government the authority to do that. The fort, like many other forts – there are many forts of that era, like Fort Pickens in Florida, that were erected for defense. It wouldn’t be shooting at Americans or the Union, they’d be shooting at the Brits or the French or Spaniards or whoever it was that was on the high seas. The general government certainly had the ability and constitutional authority to erect forts, stockyards, docks, and arsenals as they saw fit by appropriation and an act of Congress.
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