Wednesday, June 20, 2012

An Inglorious Bicentennial

Justin Raimondo debunks "the first neocon war, i.e. an unnecessary war of choice" — 1812: The War Party’s First ‘Success’. He reminds us that "the Brits burned Washington and routed our militias, while the glorious conquest of Canada – where, Americans were told, the inhabitants would shower us with rose petals at the moment of their 'liberation' – was rudely repulsed by the ungrateful Canadians."

Mr. Raimondo also reminds us, "The war was unpopular, both here and in Britain. The New England states, where the Anglophilic Federalists held sway, were hot-beds of antiwar sentiment – and outright sedition. Led by Massachusetts governor Caleb Strong, a cabal of Federalists held secret negotiations with the British government, proposing the secession of the New England states from the Union."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

And let us never forget it was the supposedly peaceful Jeffersonian Republicans who sought that war with all their might, refusing entreaties for peace. Jefferson and his disciples deserve heaps of blame for leading us into our first unnecessary war, and a war that was undertaken for the express purpose of imperial expansion by annexing the lands of Canada. All part of Jefferson's mad dream for a hemispheric Slave Empire.

June 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Canadian comic band Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie have the Canadian view of the War of 1812 summarized nicely in a song of the same name.

It's typically mis-attributed to the Arrogant Worms. The song is here.

June 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

And, of course, an American "take" on the war, in "comedic" song":

John Horton's "Battle of New Orleans"

June 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM  

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