League of the South Statement
On Saturday, 28 August, we witnessed–in the flesh–a false dichotomy in Washington, DC. To paraphrase a prominent Southern statesman, George Wallace – "There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference …"
On one side, we have Al Sharpton and his cohorts screaming and shouting to "Reclaim the Dream" of Martin Luther King, Jr. On the other, we find Glenn Beck doing the very same thing. So we have American “lefties” and “righties” both claiming the legacy of MLK, Jr.
George Wallace was of course right, and because of the failed polices of both the lefties and righties a dime today buys only a fraction of what it did during George’s day.
We also see both of these factions conducting meetings at the shrine to out-of-control big government, the Lincoln Memorial. We at the League of the South implore the attendees of the Beck rally to honestly question the legend of “Honest Abe” and take some time to uncover the truth behind the Lincoln myth. Thomas DiLorenzo has written two excellent books on the subject, and Lew Rockwell’s “King Lincoln Archive” is a vast resource for those interested in discovering the real legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We also have similar resources available here at dixienet.org; just visit the Merchandise link to your left.
For sixteen years The League of The South has stated there is virtually no meaningful difference between mainstream conservatives and liberals or between Republicans and Democrats. This latest exhibition demonstrates that false dichotomy. Yes, both Al Sharpton and Glenn Beck have a dream as did their heroes Lincoln and King; but their dreams do not match and are at odds with the dream of the Southern people, which is to restore the principles of our Founding Fathers.
The mainstream brand of conservatism served up by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin doesn’t actually conserve anything except socialist gains from previous generations. Their talk of belief in limited and constitutional government is rendered insincere and hypocritical when they pay homage to the man (Lincoln) who brought about the end of our Constitutional Republic, while openly violating the Co nstitution many times during the process.
Beck and Palin want you to go out and vote for Republicans in November. The problem is when Republicans are in power, they are never serious about repealing the past successes of leftists. The Republicans had a golden opportunity to reduce the scope of Federal power during the 1990s and they utterly squandered it. George W Bush also demonstrated very little interest in limiting the Federal government during his two terms, and in fact he expanded it. This is all because Republicans and the special interests behind them are vested in the “status quo” and have no genuine intention to return the Federal government to its constitutional limits. After all, in doing so they would be forfeiting so much of the power and prestige that drew them to Washington, D.C. in the first place.
The Beck-Palin movement will lure many well-meaning conservatives to the same place the marching band end ed up in the homecoming parade in the movie "Animal House"–down a blind, dead-end alley. However, we at the League of the South are optimistic that the true values of many folks within that movement are more closely aligned with the cultural and political principles endorsed by the League than they realise.
If you are an open minded supporter of the Beck-Palin movement, we urge you to consider The League of the South. We think you might like our uncompromising stand for the principles upon which our country was founded and for a real solution to our problems–Southern independence.
Statement issued by Michael Hill and Mike Crane, for The League of the South Board of Directors