Is it those who try to impose tortuous and convoluted rationalizations onto their behavior, thereby implying that they were either too stupid or too deceitful to explain why they were doing what they were doing? Or is it those who take them at their word?
I’m with Andy Hall on this one. Let’s at least give the secessionist leaders the courtesy of acknowledging that they were intelligent enough to know what they were about. To do otherwise is to suggest that they were liars, fools, or both.