150 years ago the Civil War came to an end. The United States technically survived the threatened split between the Northern and the Southern states, though remnants of the values that led to the War still survive in the South.
Had the South successfully seceded, North America would be unimaginably different today. The North would have gotten along just fine, of course, having a good balance between agriculture and industry.We might not have become a super-power, though that is certainly conceivable. The South would have destroyed itself. Even had it been able to make an economic recovery — which is highly unlikely — its growing slave population would have presented insurmountable problems for it. If nothing else intervened, there would have come a time when a slave rebellion simply overwhelmed the smaller white population and finished the devastation begun in the War.
It is impossible to imagine any scenario in which the South could have survived long after the War if it had not been forced to stay in the Union.
When Southerners tout the Confederate flag today, they are showing no more than that they haven’t the common sense to realize that they are clinging to what would have been the death of the South. Worse than that, they are clinging to the values which led to the War, among them blatant racism.
Instead of showing their pride in the Confederacy, they should be thanking God they were defeated. That defeat was their only hope. The Confederate flag is a loud proclamation of their own foolishness. Shame on them.
Losing their suit to put the Confederate flag on personalized license plates in Texas is another stroke for good luck for the South. Every battle they win is another step toward self-destruction, while every defeat is a step toward salvation of the South.