The Crown of Neutrality
European Proclamations of "Sit and Watch"


     The United States Supreme Court was alarmed by the audacity of the president's to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Was not the Constitution to protect our citizen's any longer, and who gave the president the overall right to usurp the powers of Congress? Chief Justice Roger B. Taney demanded an explanation as to who the Chief Executive considered himself. Were the citizens from here on to live under the rule of a dictator?

     The President's responded that with the call for the seventy five thousand made it necessary for the good of the public safety to thus do so. We were unofficially at war, and since no law was broken, it appeared to the White House that we had an acute case of sheer rebellion. Playing a little Constitutional interpretation on the Chief Justice himself, Lincoln pointed out the Judicial Branch of government characterizes the Constitution as giving the power to Congress and not the Chief Executive, but he informed him that it remains silent as to who or which gets to exercise it. Taney was livid, while the President stepped forward drawing closer to hostilities with the South.

     On May 13th 1861, Queen Victoria announced her Neutrality Proclamation recognizing the war that was now being waged in the states, but wishing to maintain one hundred percent neutrality in the affair. Three days later King Napoleon III, followed suit with his own Proclamation of Neutrality. The key European powers raised an eye brow, but wished only to sit and watch as things developed.

     Now that the Federal Government had established itself a Naval Blockade on the ports in the south, Victoria and Napoleon were not convinced the south's cotton export was worth their involvement. As the North American Continent was taking sides however, so was the British Government.

     Lord Palmerston, the British Prime Minister privately disagreed with the Queen and her family, and emphatically informed the Rothschild New York agency through Mr. August Belmont, that the Morrill Tariff's imposed by them were greatly unfavorable there.

     Unofficially, the Confederacy was able to seek assistance from their allies in Great Britain, but it was apparent from the beginning that recognition was liable to take a miracle to obtain. It became a hope drown in the realm of world politics.

     Lincoln, for a time, was able to continue his prosecution of the war unhindered. He was not a believer in watching the Constitution shattered, the government must stand. As events continued to unravel and certain Presidential orders drew Europe into unofficial actions against the United States, the President knew that it had become time to emancipate the slaves that were in the jurisdiction of Federal occupation, excluding the border states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri.

     Slavery had already been abolished overseas years ago. This act was just what the President needed to ensure Europe stayed where they were, in Europe. With a little political ingenious, this chessboard maneuver guaranteed a choke hold on the Confederacy, Lincoln's "Union at any price" would prevail. The Black Slave Institution performed that vital role that someday soon; the United States would remain one nation under God.


Dan (Aldie) Daniel Moran
© 2003

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