Southern women seem more comfortable battling for Dixie in politics

In Richmond and Florida fights to preserve the South and promote Southern pride rage. But its not the SCV leading, its individual women!
by Mark Vogl
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Americans are a fiesty bunch. If you try to squash their spirit with regulations or tie the hands of their groups you might find they will revert to the tactics of the colonialists when the British marched to seize guns in Massachusetts. There is a spirit in the South and it is rising. The more today’s government attempts to bridle our freedom, the more you see individuals resisting. And surprisingly women are proving to be the most active and most effective leaders.

This Christmas travelers driving on Interstate 95 south of Richmond may find themselves looking at a large Confederate battle flag waving in the breeze welcoming all to the South. A group known as the "Virginia Flaggers" is working to install a large flag pole on privately owned property in the vicinity of the Interstate. It’s just one more front in the battle for Richmond.

Over the past several years there has been a continuing effort to "PC" the Confederate White House and other Confederate structures in Richmond. The Confederate battle flag, the red field with the blue St. Andrews Cross and white stars has been removed and replaced by the less well recognized Stars and Bars. And the Musuem of the Confederacy’s long term fate has been in question as its director and others seem to be working towards it’s removal from its present location.

This anti Southern activity has spurred local activists to "push back," as Rush Limbaugh would say. In this case, it’s a woman named Susan Hathaway. When she realized that southern heritage organizations like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy were often timid in taking action to stand up for the South, Susan and a small band took the line.

Their strategy was simple. Periodically they would venture to sites under the "PC" threat carrying Confederate banners. They would simply stand with their strong visual symbols and talk to people as they walked by. They explained the history of both the colors and the Confederacy. And their ranks have grown as the fight continues. The flaggers is now a multi state quasi group. Not wanting to fall into the perils of 501C3 they do not collect or distribute money. They do NOT operate as a not-for-profit. Instead, they are more like a political militia who like minutemen quickly assemble when called to a threatened site.

In Florida, the State has discussed putting up a monument to the Yankee invaders at the Olustee battleground for its 150th Anniversary. At this location, Ms. Lunelle Siegel has organized Confederate resistance. Again Southern heritage organizations have been impotent. But Siegel knew that the people of Florida would not be happy with such a flagrant insult to their ancestors who fought to defend the capital of Florida agaist Yankee invasion. Siegel, using the internet, quickly communicated to her own minutemen. In her letter to supporters she states clearly, "WE WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS THE BATTLE ON FLORIDA ELECTED OFFICIALS."

Her call to political arms worked as the State of Florida is having to rethink its previous plan.

In Texas a woman named Joan Hough has written a play about why the men of the South fought the Union. The play was written for Southern heritage organizations and that’s who will mostly see it. But the arguements within the play could easily be restated today, and one has to wonder if Hough’s play will help move these organizations towards mobilization in the Culture War.

Interestingly black activists like Al Sharpton and Congressman Rangel have attempted to connect the Tea Party to the Southern fight. Up north and out west the Southerners fight for their heritage has been corrupted by biased media reporting. (However secession groups are most active in many northern and western states.) But the connection between southern heritage and secession groups and the Tea Party does NOT exist. But in some respects there are commonalities. Both groups, the Tea Party and most southern activists are believers in the original Constitution. Both groups believe in states’ rights. And Christianity is well represented in both groups.

Clearly these southern women have seen a complete breakdown in the Charge for the Southern Pride organizations, and recognize that it is in politics where the battles must be fought!

©2013 Mark Vogl

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