17 January 2011

I've been reading Ulysses Grant's Personal Memoirs. This is how he describes the threat of secession in 1861:

It was generally believed that there would be a flurry; that some of the extreme Southern states would go so far as to pass ordinances of secession. But the common impression was that this step was so plainly suicidal for the South, that the movement would not spread over much of the territory and would not last long.

A salutary warning to those who believe Congressional Republicans today would not be stupid enough to bring down the government over the debt ceiling.

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