A few notes in reply:
“The South contary to its claims has never possessed a democratic mindset, and its cause was abysmal.”
Absolutely true. One wonders if there’s a connection between this and the strength of evangelical “Christianity” throughout the Bible Belt. After all, the Kingdom of God is not a democracy (and btw, I am a strong Christian, though the Church of which I am a member is neither protestant nor Catholic).
On the other hand racism was almost as rampant on both sides as it is today,
It was more rampant then than today. I’ve lived a bit more of the Deep South’s racist legacy than most, and as racist as the region still is, it’s better than it was. But it’s got a long, long, long way to go.
and Northern soldiers who actual fought the Rebels held their opponent soldiers in high regard for their fighting spirit and valor.
One must point out, though, that there are many examples throughout history where common soldiers held the enemy soldiers in high regard.
Will we have to fight another civil war? I strongly doubt it. But I think there is a small possibility that one or more states may try to secede in the next decade or so…and that the rest of the nation may even allow it. Think about that for a moment — would the rest of America really respond to a call to arms if the Deep South decided to secede today? I really don’t think so. I honestly think that most of the rest of the American population would say “good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the a** on the way out.” Maybe that’s just psychological projection on my part, but I think America would be a lot better off if most of the former Confederacy decided to secede…and I think that I’m not the only one who thinks so.