In an message earlier this week I reported to you about the attacks we have encountered over the (Rep.)Joe Wilson "You Lie" incident and all we had done up to that point to counteract these attacks. I made mention of one step we would be taking in this regard that I will report on now.
In that earlier message I wrote of our efforts to be heard by the "big money" media and how they were unresponsive to us. We had a senior staff teleconference and decided to go around the big money media to communicate with those who may not be familiar with the SCV ,but might be receptive to our message. We engaged the services of a professional political public relations firm in Washington D. C. and this is what we all came up with. We have issued what is referred to as an email blast. We have sent a message prepared by the SCV to an existing list of known conservative activists. This service costs $10,000 which was paid for out of our emergency Heritage Defense Fund.
This is what we received: The emails were sent to known to be conservative activists whose email address are all good and current. The large majority of those on the list are middle age males and are mostly in RED States. This list goes out to about One Million (1,000,000) people! On top of that, all email addresses that respond or click on one of the links in the blast will be collected for our future use.
In the message we sent we have links asking for donations and directing recipients to our recruiting video. The main objective is to educate this target audience, but we expect some will join the SCV or make donations. Any money raised by the message will be put back into the Heritage Defense Fund.
If you or you camp would like to donate to the Heritage Defense Fund to off set some of the cost of this initiative it would be appreciated.
Below you will find a copy of the email blast. I hope it meets with your approval.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Dear Sir or Madam,
I write you today with a heavy heart. In recent days the mainstream media and prominent politicians have reintroduced race into American Politics as a weapon intended to harm opponents and as a device intended to distract from the issues at hand. Their purpose is to distract from the real issues and in bury the facts.
But we want you to know the truth.
When Congressman Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" during President Barack Obama’s health care speech September 9, 2009 he drew a firestorm of criticism from the Left. Rep. Wilson apologized to the President for his outburst and it should have ended there.
Unfortunately, several prominent politicians, could not resist the lure of trying to make the simple statement "You Lie" into a racial issue. These liberal politicians and almost the entire mainstream media have piled on, attempting to portray Rep. Wilson’s shout as being racially motivated.
Ordinarily, we don’t take notice of politicians but in this case, the politicians took notice of us. You see, in an attempt to smear Rep. Wilson, these media mouthpieces and Washington pundits seized on the fact that Rep. Wilson was once a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).
Is that really all it takes to levy such a hateful, hurtful, and mean-spirited accusation? They certainly ought to know better and probably do. They just don’t care.
But we believe the truth matters.
The SCV was organized nearly a century and a quarter ago for the sole purpose of "defending the Confederate soldier’s good name." The SCV is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to honoring those Southern men who defended their homes, families, and states from invasion. Our membership is open to men of all walks of life regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.
Our purpose is to honor and remember our country’s heritage and these men. And by the way, these men aren’t just history for us, they are our family. They are men like Robert E. Lee whom Pres. Dwight Eisenhower called, "One of my great heroes of American history," and who was also described as "…a great American who knew the extremes of hope and despair," by Ronald Reagan.
The SCV has consistently and repeatedly disavowed and rebuked hate groups who misuse Southern symbols and abuse the memory of these men and publicly stood up against those who want to malign our history. You can read the actual statements on our web page http://www.scv.org/documents.php .
That’s why I’m writing to you.
In an effort to score quick political points and bash their opponents, the liberal elites in New York and Washington are smearing a worthwhile organization solely due to political disagreements.
If you agree that the truth of American history deserves to be preserved, please support the SCV and help us fight these assaults.
It is unfair to the members who may be your neighbors.
Thank you for considering this message.
Charles E. McMichael
Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059
P.S. Please click here to see a brief video explaining what the SCV is all about: http://www.scv.org/video.php