Posted on 02.13.2017

No Common Ground

Over a century ago, the United States of America went through a divisive and bloody Civil War that separated the people of this nation bone from marrow. It split friends, families and eventually the nation itself as a line was drawn dividing the Union States of the North from the newly formed Confederacy of the Southern States.

Ostensibly, the war that followed was fought over the abolition of slavery, a devilish practice that never should have been allowed in the first place, and although it was the basic issue for the conflict - as is the case so much of the time - there were a myriad of other issues involved.

One - in my opinion - was just plain stubbornness and pride and the dogged determination that the South would not let itself by told what to do by the other half of the country, but trade, tariffs and different attitudes and beliefs about just how far a federal government could go in setting the tone and making laws to be obeyed by all the states could go were also involved.

The point I'm trying to make is that the feelings festered so long and ran so deep that men whose fathers had stood shoulder to shoulder in the war for independence faced off across fields of battle and killed each other.

The Civil War never should have happened, and had cooler heads prevailed on both sides, never would have. Southerners had to know that slavery was an abomination to the principles they had fought and died for in the Revolution.

No man has the right to own another man, to reap the fruits of his labor for nothing, to consider his children nothing more than commodities to be sold off or traded away on a whim, separating
families and breeding human beings like live stock.

But instead of acknowledging the very obvious evil of this situation, politicians from the South,
convinced that the economy of the Southern States was dependent on slavery, chose to become a separate nation and soon after over six hundred thousand Americans lost their lives in a senseless war that would set the Southern States back a half century.

Surely, had it been approached by fair, level-headed men on both sides of the issue, abolition could have been achieved without war. But the rhetoric grew ever hotter, brash young men on both sides who had never fired a gun in anger viewed a war as the pinnacle of romanticism and
implacable politicians refused to give an inch.

Is this not the same attitude we see on the streets of America today?

I see young people interviewed on television who can't even articulate the reason they are protesting. Others bent on destruction who probably espouse no cause but chaos.

I've seen hysterical protestors screaming about First Amendment rights which they seem to think only protects them and those who think like them and that the opposition has no first amendment protection and ahold be shouted down at all costs.

The rhetoric is becoming hotter and more nonsensical, the radical element more apparent, the violence and destruction of property more common place.
The pot is boiling and it�s only a matter of time before there will be blood on the streets.

Americans have the right to civil disobedience, a right to gather and demonstrate against some policy they feel is unfair or harmful to the country at large, but they do not have the right to interrupt commerce, break windows, burn cars or do bodily harm to those who disagree with them.

People who won't listen to reason, who ignore the law of the land, who try to stifle the opinions of others tend to forget that there is an element of violence on the other side as well, a side that, thankfully so far has not yet have not come forth.

But, should these conditions continue, someday soon the violent elements of both persuasions will find themselves on the same streets and, what will ensue will not be pretty.

Learn from history or repeat it.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

� Charlie Daniels


Feel free to comment on Charlie's soapboxes, but please refrain from profanity and anonymous posts are not allowed, we need a name and you MUST provide a valid email address. If you provide an email address, but leave the name as "Anonymous" we will pick a name for you based on your email address. No one other than website administrators will see your email address, not other posters. If you post without a valid email address, your comment (whether positive or negative) will be deleted. � TeamCDB


No Common Ground
Well said and well done! Have been saying the same thing but the left won't hear it yet. Hardened hearts and deaf ears are hard to pierce, but it will happen with the help of Jesus. Bob O. out.
Posted by Robert
Very well said sir.
As much as I tend to allow myself to be baited into harsh words at times. I agree that wiser and cooler heads should prevail. As an amateur student of history, and proud resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania I've seen the battlefields of the civil war. I've read the letters from soldiers on both sides, and seen the humanity in them. After adding these words to yours I've realised the truth of them. Our country and it's people are better than this. And we need to come together on common ground. Thank You, Ty Reynolds
Posted by Ty
Couldn't have said it better.
I love the way you write this. I couldn't of said it better. The heart of America needs to change, but the only one who can change it is God. Thank you for your stand for God and our country. Thanks. Sincerely, Michael
Posted by Michael
No common ground
I truly believe their are people who want to destroy democracy and capitalism. I do believe this movement is well funded and majority of main stream media promotes the movement.
Posted by alice
Well said Sir. We are bigger than that as a nation. I am glad to see cooler heads prevailing with my friends and associates. God Bless America.
Posted by Joseph
Charlie's soapbox
I have yet to read one of these that I did not agree with. These opinions are well researched and stated. Speak on Charlie Daniels.
Posted by Linda
No Common Ground
Amen, Charlie! I agree with you 100% !!
Posted by Mel.
latest soapbox
God bless you sir! please pray for an end to the craziness . I believe its our only hope
Posted by ron
No Common Ground
Hi Charlie 'Ol Buddy... I just read your article and is very well put and nicely written. However, I would like to add a few comments of my own in defense of Dixie... Remember that the North enriched themselves off of the South and ostensibly slave labor; and, never spent hardly a penny below the Mason-Dixon line. When that had finished enriching themselves and building up the north they then had the gall to turn around and tell the South what to do and how to do it. And, what they were doing was morally wrong and offensive. Further, they then demanded that the South should do what they said. No Southern Man or Woman, then or now, is going to cotton to this. Also, remember that slavery was coming to its end on its own in the South with higher yields and more production being seen through former slaves who were now freemen working at piece-yielding and share cropping. I know your article was meant not to defend the South, but draw comparisons to what is happening today. But, as a former J-Viller and Southerner at heart I thought I ought to put my two cents. Jeff (runaround Ronnie) V.
Posted by Jeff
Always praying brother Daniels, for our country and you. Thanks for posing your soap box for us to read. Words our country needs to hear. God Bless.
Posted by Rosie
Internal War
My sentiments exactly Mr. Daniels. I was just telling my hubby the other day, that if this craziness that is going on today (divided American citizens) doesn't stop PDQ, fed up American citizens will come to a boiling point & that's when the next civil war will start in the U.S. I cannot understand why on earth any American citizen would want to continue on with this division & rain this type hell (civil war) down on their own fellow brethren.
Posted by Nancy
No Common Ground
"People who won't listen to reason, who ignore the law of the land, who try to stifle the opinions of others tend to forget that there is an element of violence on the other side as well, a side that, thankfully so far has not yet have not come forth." We have all become aware of the violence of folks like Dylan Roof. We know they are well armed. We know they hate anyone who disagrees with them and we know it is a matter of time before more of them try to kill people. Why not do this country a favor and do a little less fanning of the flames?
Posted by dana
Saying hello
Saw you at the kshe kite fly in St. Louis Mo. 1975 in Forest park aviation field. Been a fan ever since. God bless in Jesus name.
Posted by Dave
No common ground
Spot on, as always!!! Thank you, Charlie.
Posted by Margaret
Your comments on the Civil War
You came really close to getting it right. The Civil War was fought about how slaves could be legally used, not if there would be slavery. 5 slave states fought for the Union. One of them was New Jersey.
Posted by Ken
reason for blood in the streets
I read Mr Daniels article and agree with a lot of it. To be clear I am a social liberal who respects people's right to protest peacefully. As I read the posted comments I was disheartened to hear people putting a left or right spin on it. I may be wrong, but I think that the two points of the article are that protesting does not mean the right to destroy other's property, but more importantly we need to listen to each other even when we don't agree. We have become a society of people who either watch Fox or MSNBC and we have lost the ability to see things from other's perspective. I may not agree with all of Mr. Daniels political opinions, but I agree that protesters need to understand the limits of their protests (Martin Luther King always preached peaceful civil disobedience), but more importantly we need to listen to the other side and realize that often the solution to our problems is in compromise. As someone who can still sing Devil Went Down to Georgia without missing a beat I am impressed with Mr. Daniels eloquent essay.
Posted by Fred
"Blood on the streets"
Hi, I came to this article via Yahoo! news, which claims that you said that there might soon be blood on the streets. I have bad news for you: The blood is already on the streets, and it the Trump administration, which you think highly of, is making it worse. By already, I mean the mess at UC Berkely a little bit ago when a Neo-Nazi supporter of D. Trump attempted to speak. By more, I mean the attempt by D. Trump to build an oil pipeline thru an Indian Reservation. Blood has already been spilled there, and more will be spilt, by D. Trump. More blood will be spilt because of the clumsy, ignorant, attempt by D. Trump to "ban muslims." Because all D. Trump has done is p*** off peoples who might have been willing to help us, who no longer are willing to help because of the insult done them by D. Trump. Later, edg
Posted by ed
No Common Ground
The Civil War, in my opinion, was an enormous mistake. We broke away from England, and the South should have been allowed to secede. The war's cost was horrific and the wounds remain open to this day. Again, we find our country hopelessly divided with each side wanting to impose their will on the other. I say let the Democrat/Socialist's secede to California, Washington State, Oregon, New Mexico, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland. Call it the USSA and the rest of the country remains the USA. Problem solved. When the USSA goes bankrupt, maybe they will be allowed to rejoin as immigrants.
Posted by Larrry
The Law
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie as usual you are correct in the parallel's that you draw. I lost family members on both sides of the Civil War, and will always believe that Abe Lincoln was a tyrant. As much as the Civil War could have been prevented, World War III cannot and will not be pevented, no fault of President Trump,one of the greatest president's to ever serve this nation. God Bess Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
No common ground
I love the way you put that out there. Hey, many of us could protest, but we also have to work. So tired of a protest against Trump every time he blows his nose. But those protest result in a lot of violence and destruction of other peoples businesses and homes. If that party wants to keep doing this, I say lets form a protest around the welfare offices or post offices not allowing them to collect their checks! How much outrage would this cause?
Posted by Terese
Common Ground
As a young man I walked the grounds of Andersonville prison in southern Georgia where I grew up. There were no walls still standing, no guards, no prisoners. Just to the left as you walk the fields that had been the prison camp was a cemetery loaded with the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. It was one of the saddest places I have ever personally experienced. It was a testament to the evil that men can do to one another when they can't or won't search for common decency or solutions. I pray to God that we come to our senses before we make the same mistakes that our ancestors did. We have to put our faith in Christ and not our own egos and supposed intellect. Thank you Charlie for reminding us how good people can do such unbelievable acts just because we can't talk and listen or reason with one another.
Posted by Ken
Our President
Thanks Charlie for your soap box and your thoughts we have a new president and for as I can tell most of the things that he would like to accomplish for our country are common sense yes he could choose some statements more carefully and check some facts out more closely but that aside we have a news Media so far only wants to report everything that he does very negative and I mean very negative have searched for favorable uplifting articles but they are not out there can,t be found read one article or heard it on the news that only 40 percent or so was for the President if that is the case a whole host of Russians must have snuck into our country and voted seems like the news articles are hung up on this Russian thing and the Immigration thing if we let everyone who wants to come into our country without being legal come from around the world it will get very crowded over here we are spread very thin around the world and that places a very heavy burden on our troops it looks as if the rest of the world is very happy to sit back and let us take care of the problems but we are neglecting our own country in the process they can say what they want to about building products but when I walk through the big box stores and auto parts houses even tractor parts and when most if not all are made in a foreign land kind of makes you wonder what really is going on they say tech. stuff will save us but a country who can,t build its own stuff will not stay strong who is really coming on in this world just look at the countries who are building products Think we need to get behind our president and get the common sense things done!!
Posted by Herschel
Well said and Amen
Finally an article from a level-headed American
Posted by Casey
Wake up America!!!
You can only kick that dog for so long ... sooner or later it will jump up and bite you! You had better wake up liberal America!!!
Posted by Larry