You're an idiot . . . but we already knew that.
The political powers that were in the American south in 1861 were idiots, too--mostly, they were spoiling for a fight. Had they remained in the Union, no amendment to the constitution abolishing slavery could have been passed. There were fifteen slave-holding states. To send an amendment to the states to abolish slavery would have required a two thirds vote of both houses of the Congress. That meant that there would have had to have been 46 states, and that all the slave states voted one way, and all the other states voted the other way. There were not 46 states until Oklahoma was admitted to the union in 1907. More than that, though, it takes three quarters of the states to ratify an amendment. There are fifty states, which means it takes thirty-eight states to ratify an amendment. To this day
, fifteen states can block the ratification of any proposed amendment.
The "leaders" of southern society in 1861 were bellicose hotheads who had been spoiling for a fight for years. They got one, and the United States handed them their military ass. They've been whining about it ever since, and trying to pretend, first, that the United States started the war (and they usually specifically mention Lincoln) which is utter bullshit; and second, that it was not about slavery. They're just as delusional as fanatical christians--which is to say, bat-**** crazy.