reply to post by CosmicCitizen
I think you raise a very interesting point, if taken in some isolation of times and circumstances. If taken that way, then it could be seen as a path
to repeat the past. I'd note 3 things here though.
First, the Mormon's did pushing of their own on all this and it was by no means a one way street for that. It's leaving books of history out of this
to suggest it was a totally unprovoked persecution of the Mormon people. Living in Missouri, I've made it something of a point to learn my state's
history and there is MUCH more to it than the basic summary there. It's worth researching, to be sure.
Second, America was a VERY VERY different place at that time. Slaves were the norm, not the exception. Medical technology was a step above Witch
Doctoring and I'll bet not everyone thought the Salem Witch Trials had been THAT bad an idea by that point in history. Very different times. Right up
to the early 20th century, state policy of forced sterilization, frontal lobotomy for behavioral modification as well as pure Eugenics were embraced
in America. Thank God for the changing times.
Last, Missouri was the 3rd most fought over state in the entire Civil War period. We were (and in some ways, still are) a divided state. If it were to
come to pushing and shoving again? We'd follow the path of history, I have NO doubt. We'll again be a divided state and such concepts as this will
never be tolerated as a state policy. Not by enough to allow it to happen and go without outright forceful challenge.