A true Confederate hero died this week
I (Nelson Waller) know many of you were aware of the extraordinary life of Dr. Robert Clarkson and his third-of-a-century in all-out warfare against the new world order. And I know how tragically few people in the South and the country have ever heard of this great man. Ten installments of SHNV might begin to sum up his saga, but it would be a tight squeeze at that.
I and other SHNVers were privileged to work and celebrate life with him in, around, and thousands of miles beyond Anderson, South Carolina, and it’s my extremely unhappy task to report that he died last Sunday morning after a year’s struggle with stomach cancer and other conditions.
Looking over my obituary of him (below) — which of course didn’t get published in any daily fishwrap — I’m incredulous that I didn’t say a word about his Southern service, but that, too, was lifelong. Put it down to working closely with his family this week — they, like mine and probably yours, mostly cringe at the thought of even looking at "city hall" crosseyed.
Robert was a direct descendant of many Confederates and Revolutionary figures including the drafter of the CSA’s Constitution….. and of Thomas Heyward, a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. Every time you would mention meeting anybody who was anybody in SC — even a jeweler whose Spartanburg shop I noted in giving him directions — he would truthfully tell you he was related to them, had known them in school or the army or whatever. The Chief Justice of South Carolina was aware of our hero — he’d accidentally dropped a tree on her father’s house in their younger days! (No real damage.)
Lawsuits were his happy mission……… always where it was needed most against the yankee/socialist establishment……… constantly, for decades. He sued to get SPLC demons and their brainwashing thrown off of military bases. I believe some bases were freed of that plague.* SHNV readers may remember his, my, and Patriot Larry’s suit on the Stephens County, Georgia school system over their hate crimes against us in a C-flag demo in Toccoa. We "lost" that one but not without causing some sleepless nights to the educrats there, bringing them lots of really bad publicity, and costing them in 6 figures for legal bills. (Wonder if the citizens of Stephens ever noticed how expensive these loathsome officials got?)
Robert instigated and led the production of many save-the-flag rallies in SC, Georgia and NC. He was a walking encyclopedia of American, Southern and South Carolinian history not to mention of the ameriKan and SC systems of law and government — including every arcane mystery of the state and federal tax codes, and how to legally, safely stonewall them. He was a dealer in Southern goods and a protagonist in many C-Flag protest actions. He founded (and headed for 30 years) the Patriot Network, a national circuit of local Constitutional tax freedom study clubs which doubled when needed as the Southern Rights Association.
All of this modestly, selflessly, engagingly, ironically, even hilariously. A page on some of his early work:
The good Doctor’s memorial service will be this Sunday at 3 in Anderson, S.C. Interested folks can contact me directly for details. After, we’ll do what Clarkson cohorts have always done — PARTY.
The Patriot Network (dot info) continues its work as I write. Here’s that obit:
Robert Barnwell Clarkson II, J.D., died Monday after a long struggle with stomach cancer. Born in Sumter, he served as a platoon commander in the 25th Infantry in Vietnam. After the war he graduated in economics from Clemson and earned the Juris Doctor at USC. A disabled veteran the rest of his life, he nevertheless dedicated it to training and helping citizens defend themselves against predatory bureaucracies. As early as his Clemson years he was litigating against misuse of student fees. As a young attorney he realized the IRS and state Department of Revenue were taking advantage of often weak and ill-informed working people, and the redressing of lawless tax collections became his primary focus. His Patriot Network "clubs" in cities around the country met in restaurants and celebrated life as they educated attendees. He produced and distributed thousands of books, videos and other resources and appeared as guest on hundreds of radio and TV talk shows. The organization continues since his demise.
Known for conviviality and hospitality as well as dedication to his work, Dr. Clarkson answered friends’ phone calls with a jocular "Sue ’em all." He started making headlines in the early 1980s by turning an IRS appointment at his home into a "tea party" with real tea, a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the sun in the agent’s eyes at the picnic table. As reported with photo in the Greenville News, the agent left in a state of total confusion. Tea parties for many other taxpayers followed. Arrested for leading a demonstration in front of (?) an IRS office in Greenville, Dr. Clarkson filed a First Amendment suit and "got a new roof out of it."
Archly dubbing himself "The Great One", he strategically foiled thousands of tax proceedings. His work became nationally recognized and legally embattled. It often took him into courtrooms where he helped citizens apply what they had learned in his seminars. Called twice before the state Supreme Court for his activities, Dr. Clarkson and his associates successfully defended against all charges and sometimes had the solemn justices laughing in spite of themselves. His third of a century in legal and political work brought awards from the Justice Times, Freedom Law School and similar organizations.
A libertarian icon and occasional candidate for political office, Dr. Clarkson put the Constitution Party permanently on the ballot in South Carolina. His 1992 run for (?) U.S. Congress on the Republican ticket brought a significant percent of the vote.
He was a member of the Western Carolina Sailing Club and a life member of VFW.
Scion of a large family long notable in South Carolina history, he is survived by his daughter, Caroline Hinkelman and husband, Travis, of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Gabby and Owen; mother, Frances Clarkson of Sumter; brothers, Jim Clarkson of Columbia, twin brother Dargan Clarkson of Sumter and brother Thomas Clarkson of Kingsville, Texas; and sisters, Fran Clarkson and Bess Long, both of Pawleys Island.
Memorial gifts may be sent to:
Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation – HPCF
10 Dillon Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29307
*Does anybody remember that long before 9/11 the SPLC, ADL et al were busy as little bees painting anybody to the right of Bob Dole as TERR’ISTS? The SPLC’s shtick on the military bases was its "DIT Course", i.e. "Dynamics of International Terrorism". It said nothing about any terrorism, international or otherwise, it just ran down lists of patriotic leaders and organizations and demonized them as "Timothy McVeighs" waiting to happen.