Dixie Heritage News – Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Hitler Is Back!
Nearly two years after it last flew, South Carolina’s final Confederate flag remains in the same place it was taken immediately after it was removed from the flagpole in front of the Statehouse: a small, flat white acid-free box behind several locked doors.
That resting place doesn’t fulfill any part of the “appropriate, permanent and public display” called for when the South Carolina House passed a late-night resolution that helped assure passage of the bill removing the flag in July 2015.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Leland Summers said Thursday that his group feels like it was swindled twice – first by taking down the flag, and then by politicians failing to keep their promise. “They say there isn’t any money because they need to pay for things like education and roads. But I see plenty of money for legislators’ pet projects,” Summers said Thursday after a meeting of the board that oversees the Confederate Relic Room, where the flag is currently stored.
In the months after the flag was removed, the museum’s director brought in architects who proposed a nearly $4 million project. About half the money would have gone to a high-tech display including screens displaying pictures or names of Civil War dead alongside the banner. The rest of the money would have helped with a long-needed overhaul of the museum’s display space and a new heating and cooling system for the more-than-a-century-old building, said Allen Roberson, executive director of the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
That proposal and its cost did not go over well. Some members of the Legislature threatened to move the museum to the Charleston area during the year after the flag was removed.
This year, legislators have simply ignored the flag. There was no discussion during budget negotiations and Roberson is having trouble even getting them to call him back.
So Roberson told the museum board Thursday that he is going to spend the next several months pushing a proposal to spend just $200,000 to renovate two offices into a display area for the nylon flag so it will have a place of importance for its political value, but also separation from the military relics already on display.
“The staff feels very strongly it is not a military artifact. It doesn’t need to be stuck on a wall somewhere in a frame,” Robeson said. “A lot of these flags have gunpowder, blood, bullet holes – they were what 18- and 19-year-old boys died fighting under. This is not the same thing.”
Meanwhile, the final flag, wrapped in acid-free tissue, sits in a special white box behind several locked doors, tucked in between rows of other stored items not on display in a room where the temperature is always 70 degrees and the humidity is always 50 percent.
“We give it the same care as artifacts that are 150 years old. In fact, it is among artifacts that are 150 years old,” said Rachel Cockrell, collections manager for the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
The final flag has been there since July 10, 2015, when a special team of highway patrolmen in dress uniforms pulled it down from the flagpole on the Statehouse’s front lawn, wrapped it like a scroll and gave it to Roberson. He took it to a waiting armored van with state agents inside for what is typically a seven-block drive to the museum. On that day there was a second, decoy van and other measures taken as precautions.
The box may be the flag’s home for a while. Several politicians who supported taking down the Confederate flag permanently and have sway in the budget process in South Carolina didn’t return phone calls.
Rep. Bill Taylor, a Republican from Aiken who voted against removing the flag, said the State needs to fund the display to keep their word to people who see the Confederate Flag as a remembrance of their ancestors who fought in the WBTS.
“It’s a broken promise,” Taylor said. “There was the expectation by many of the constituents I serve that their Southern heritage would be respected and the flag would find a new place of public honor.”
Meanwhile, the painting and repainting of the famous South Carolina Folly Boat continued again this week.
Yesterday, the South Carolina Secessionist Party was seen repainting the Flag image on the Folly Boat again. Painted next to the Flag, the words, “Censorship Won’t Work, Mayor Goodwin – the SCSP” and “Remembering Veterans Isn’t Politics.”
It wasn’t long before someone partially painted over the Secessionist Party’s note. A smiley face with a black background covered the Flag and, “HAPPY Bday DARIEN!,” covered the message to Goodwin later Thursday.
Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin said the boat would stay and remain subject to painting and repainting, “as long as everybody is respectful.”
MEANWHILE, IN MARYLAND
A petition is circulating to remove a marker commemorating a Confederate general from the lawn of a courthouse.
James Yamakawa, co-founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva, has started a petition on Change.org asking the County Council to remove a marker honoring Gen. John Henry Winder from the historic Wicomico County Courthouse.
Salisbury Mayor Jake Day signed the petition and said Winder has no connection to Salisbury. He said Winder is from Nanticoke, and his sign belongs there, if anywhere.
County Council President John Cannon said the placement of the marker might be a decision for the historical society.
If online signatures are any measure of public sentiment, the majority is against the idea.
A counter petition, written and promoted by the conservative local blogger Jonathan Taylor, advocates keeping the sign in place.
“Politically Correctness is striking everywhere and it is important for us to not let this movement take away our History,” Taylor begins.
As of Thursday evening, the signature tally stood at 397 in favor of keeping the marker and 193 against.
JUST A LITTLE FURTHER SOUTH
Richmond’s mayor wants to talk about the statues on Monument Ave.
On Thursday, he created the Monument Avenue Commission, saying he doesn’t want to take any statues down, but that “they don’t tell the whole story.”
Mayor Levar Stoney said he’s created the commission, “as cities across the country grapple with questions on whether to have their statues removed.”
The commission will help come up with recommendations on what to do on Monument Ave.
The mayor announced that he has filled the new commission with “historians” (i.e. black activists), artists, authors, and community leaders (i.e. more black activists). The commission will have all of just two public meetings in the next three months before announcing their predetermined plans.
PLEASE PARDON MY EDITORIALIZING
St. Louis can’t take down the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park for at least two weeks, St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled on Monday.
The Missouri Civil War Museum sued the City last week, arguing it is the rightful owner.
Of course, the museum became the “owner” when the United Daughters of the Confederacy deeded the monument to them just last week.
My question is this: WHY?
Why did the UDC deed the statue to the museum, facilitating the monuments removal? Why didn’t the UDC retain the deed and challenge the City’s ownership?
Remember, that the Museum is just as in favor of removing the Monument as the City. Regardless of who “wins” this court case, the Monument is coming down! Its just a question of who will do the removal!
Had the UDC maintained their ownership the legal battle could have kept that statue up possibly forever. At least a LOT longer.
Anywhoo, Judge Dierker ruled there were enough questions about who owned the statue that work needed to stop. The case is scheduled to go to trial July 6.
What I also can’t figure out is why the City is fighting to claim ownership? If they simply recognize the Museum’s ownership then the Museum, and not the City, assumes the costs and liabilities of removing the Monument.
The story going to Court on July 6 is that the City gave the Confederate Monument Association of St. Louis permission to put the statue in Forest Park in 1914. Last week, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who held deed to the Monument, gifted the statue to the museum last week. The City’s attorney, Michael Garvin, will argue that the 1914 ordinance never mentions the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Museum’s lawyer will argue that the Association was the fundraising arm for the Daughters and that is why the UDC, all these years later, still held the deed.
Garvin will argue that both the Confederate Monument Association, which helped raise the money for the monument, and the United Daughters have been absent for more than 100 years, and had therefore abandoned any claim to the statue. “The ordinance says they have to maintain it,” Garvin says. “[The monument] has been defaced a number of times, and I’ve never seen the United Daughters of the Confederacy there to clean it off.”
For two years, the museum has offered to remove the monument from the park and store it at its expense, with an eye toward displaying it at the museum or elsewhere, executive director Mark Trout said. He does not understand why Mayor Lyda Krewson is not jumping at the the offer.
Mayor Krewson says she believes the City owns the statue, and rejects the museum’s offer because, “The museum had steadfastly refused to allow the city to have any say over how the Memorial would be displayed and in what historical context,”
Museum Director Trout says he is concerned that the city is not doing enough to make sure that the monument isn’t damaged beyond repair. For example, he said, if the city had looked at the historical record, it would have known that the center shaft of the monument was a solid piece of granite, and therefore did not need to remove the cap. “Our predecessors installed that monument with primitive tools without putting a scratch on it. And now here we are in 2017, we are drilling holes into the side of the monument,” he said of the city’s preparations to take it down.
Today, Judge Dierker has said that he is hoping that the trial can be avoided if both sides can agree to settle out of court.
TAMPA’S MONUMENT ALSO STAYS FOR NOW
Hillsborough County’s commissioners voted Wednesday 4-3 to keep the monument.
They also voted, after a 3-hour discussion, to add a mural behind the monument to “showcase” what one member called “the love and diversity” in the community.
“If we don’t look for a compromise or consensus, there’s going to be hatred and anger that could last for decades,” Commissioner Victor Crist said. “What I’m going to argue is [the statue] is there and let’s make lemonade out of lemons. Let’s wrap it in love and let’s continue the message of what we have developed into today.”
The decision sparked outrage from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who said, “There is no honor in treason and there is no valor in enslaving people because of their race. That statue represents the worst of humanity not the Tampa that we aspire to be. This decision doesn’t speak for our city and the people that I represent.”
The recent removal of four statues in New Orleans is what prompted the vote in Tampa, which one attendee of Wednesday’s meeting called, “a crazed obsession for radical leftists.”
So many other cities in Florida are taking steps to remove their monuments. Wednesday’s decision makes Tampa one of the first to decide to keep one.
The commissioners also passed proposals to fund an education program to address racism in the community and protect Hillsborough war monuments from future removal attempts.
On the other end of I-4, in Orlando,
As crews removed a Confederate statue called “Johnny Reb” from Lake Eola Park on Tuesday, they uncovered a time capsule in the base of the statue.
The time capsule was moved to City Hall.
It is unclear what is inside or when the City may open the time capsule.
Cassandra Lafser, who’s a spokeswoman for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, said the time capsule is very light. It was found in the top part of the statue’s base, Lafser said.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy has claimed ownership of the capsule and its contents. The City is not recognizing, nor is it denying, the claim. The Mayor has asked that the capsule remain unopened and safely kept in the City’s custody until ownership can be determined. He has asked the City Attorney and a City Judge for their opinions on ownership but there is no indication that the City or the UDC has filed any legal action in the courts. At present, the discussion and “contest” over ownership appears to be friendly and may even result in the Capsule being replaced in the monument when it is relocated to Greenwood Cemetery.
ANOTHER POSSIBLE RELOCATION
Hanceville, Alabama’s Mayor, Kenneth Nail, wrote to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, asking him to consider donating their recently removed monuments for display in Veterans Memorial Park in Hanceville. The town of about 3,250 people is about 40 miles north of Birmingham.
Mayor Nail tells The Cullman Times he’s heard nothing but positive feedback on the idea from Hanceville residents. “One of my good friends, who is black, even messaged me on Facebook and told me, ‘Look, some of my ancestors were forced to fight in that war, and I think it’s a good idea to remember these things.’ He told me, ‘I drive a truck, and I’ll even go down there and pick them up if the city needs me to,'” Nail said.
Landrieu’s office didn’t respond Monday to an emailed request for comment. New Orleans officials have said they will issue a formal request for proposals to host the monuments in “a more appropriate place” than the spots they once occupied.
Mayor Nail said he’s only interested in obtaining the monuments if they can be had at little to no cost for his city – and so far, he hasn’t heard back about his letter.
“My view is that it’s an opportunity, a great teaching tool that we could have in our city,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to reflect on all our struggles, and to celebrate how far we’ve come, while clearly acknowledging that we had those struggles.”
FLAG BURNING AVERTED IN NORTH CAROLINA
A resolution condemning the flying of the Confederate Flag over the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department was on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
The resolution was presented to the Board by Sam Martin, chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
The resolution, titled “Urging Removal of the Confederate Flag, an Anti-American Symbol, from the Uwharrie Fire Department,” calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of bigotry, hatred and racism,” and a “symbol used in the opposition of civil rights” “often used in alliance with the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi organizations,” and flown “as an insult to all people who believe – as our country’s Founding Fathers stipulated – that we are all ‘created equal.’ …”The resolution then “respectfully requests that the Uwharrie Fire Department immediately remove the Confederate flag from the flagpole and anywhere else on the premises of the Uwharrie Fire Department.” If not, it continues, “all available legal sanctions will immediately be pursued through the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to withhold funding and assistance to the Uwharrie Fire Department. …”
The Democrats stressed that they “cannot in good faith support funding an organization that: a) promotes symbols rooted in violence and bigotry, b) promotes values which include attacks on American citizens, and c) opposes the core American value of equality for all. …”For failure to remove the flag, the resolution concludes, “a committee will immediately be established to work with the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, for the purpose of analyzing the feasibility of terminating the existing Uwharrie Fire Department and implementing alternative fire prevention services for Uwharrie community residents.”
The commissioners did not vote to accept the resolution, nor did they vote to reject it. Rather, they voted to keep it under consideration. This means that the issue will keep resurfacing at subsequent meetings until the matter is resolved.
GEORGIA POLITICIAN DOES NOT WANT RECOGNITION
In just over two months, a statue of the “Reverend” Martin Luther King Jr. will be unveiled on the grounds of the State Capitol in Georgia. The clay prototype has been shipped off to the foundry for the bronze casting.
The photos of the clay modeling show King in mid-stride, book in his left hand, with an overcoat slung over his left arm.
Earlier this month, the time had come to decide who will get credit for the work – aside from the sculptor, Martin Dawe. Governor Nathan Deal’s name will be first. The name of State Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, will be high up, too. Smyre, the longest-serving legislator in the Capitol, has served as go-between ‘twixt the Capitol types and the King family.
On June 2, an email went out to members of the Capitol Arts Standards Commission, a panel of politicians and citizens assigned to approve the design and funding for the statue. Members were told to reserve 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, for the unveiling, and were asked to approve the spellings of their names for the plaque that will accompany the statue.
Proofreading is important. Typos in stone or metal are notoriously difficult to correct.
Every member of the commission asked did so, except for one. State Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson. Benton requested that his name be omitted completely.
We have not reached Benton, so we do not know his motivation for requesting his name not be included on the statue.
Rep. Benton has a solid record having introduced several measures in the Legislature that were aimed at protecting Confederate heritage. Among others, he introduced the resolution to re-establish a formal Confederate Memorial Day as a State holiday.
Another of Benton’s bills would have caused streets to revert to their pre-1968 names. An effect of that bill, had it passed, would have resulted in a portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta reverting to its earlier name of Gordon Road, in honor of Gen. John B. Gordon, a Confederate general and former Governor and Senator for Georgia.
We do know that Rep. Benton sent an article to House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge that was titled, “The Absurdity of Slavery as the Cause of the War Between the States.” The Speaker has reacted by stripping Benton of his leadership position as Chairman of the House Committee on Human Relations and Aging. The speaker also kicked Benton off a study committee on civics education in Georgia’s public schools. Ralston had appointed him to the committee earlier this month.
TEXAS UDC EFFORT TO REMOVE MONUMENT BLOCKED
Last Friday the statue on the lawn of the Lamar County Courthouse came under attack by of all group the UDC. But a vote was taken to allow it to will remain in place. The monument features statues of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Albert Sidney Johnston and a Confederate soldier. It has the word “CONFEDERATE” scrawled on the bottom.
To have a Confederate memorial moved, the Texas Historical Commission requires a permit. The Judge held the Friday morning vote to determine if the permit should be obtained.
The vote to have it removed was tied 2-2 with several vocal community members packed into the Commissioner’s Court meeting.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy Rufus C. Burleson 2709, Texas Division said they have already paid for a crane to have it removed and the vote shouldn’t take place. Which, again begs the question: WHY IS THE UDC OFFERING TO REMOVE THE MONUMENT?
Just as I wonder why the UDC was quick to deed its monument in Missouri to facilitate its removal. Why is the UDC renting heavy equipment to tear down a monument in Texas? It appears that the UDC is actually upset that the Judges voted to keep the monument. Someone please eMail me and tell me that I’m misinterpreting these situations and the UDC’s actions in them!
But UDC crane and all, the monument is safe, for now. Judge Maurice Superville Jr. reportedly said: “I think in the near term, it’s a nonstarter. I mean that it’s not going anywhere. In the near term it’s over for now, but in the broader context, it will reemerge.”
MEMPHIS MONUMENTS UNDER RENEWED ATTACK
At the center of the debate is the statue of Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest – which sits in a park in the Medical District. Another, a monument dedicated to Confederate President Jefferson Davis at a park downtown.
Nearly two years ago, the Memphis City Council voted to remove the statue of Forrest, but that was stalled by politicians and the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC).
Now, a new petition has started calling once again for the removal of the statues.
TV station WREG claims to have spoken with several people Sunday who say the statues should stay, but that “none wanted to speak on camera.”
Once the enemies of our heritage reach 1,500 signatures on their petition, they will turn it over to the THC. There’s is also a public meeting on the removal of the monuments Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bruce Elementary School.
Robert Gail Woods writes:
I’m considering writing my first novel. Imagine with me the totally improbable and facetious scenario of a politically correct movement to remove Confederate memorials from public places.
But now, I’m entertaining second thoughts. The idea for the novel is so far-fetched that no publisher would accept it. Even if printed, nobody would accept it. After all, we generous, enlightened, American people shouldn’t be demeaned by a story that would represent us as trifling with history.
So, there goes my magnum opus.
Don Marten writes:
There was a definite method to the madness when New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made a national production out of tearing down a number of Confederate monuments in the Big Easy.
The removal of the long-standing historic statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard made Landrieu into a hero of the American Taliban who seek to erase the history that isn’t compatible with their radical sensitivities.
To those with finely-tuned political antennae and top shelf BS detectors it was clear that Mayor Landrieu’s pandering and demagoguery had less to do with any sincere conviction and everything to do with launching a career in Democratic party politics on the national level.
That is exactly what is happening.
Via The Hill “Meet Mitch Landrieu, the 2020 dark-horse Dem”
Democrats looking for new blood to revitalize their party are taking a close look at New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is suddenly being discussed as a dark-horse presidential nominee.
After delivering a powerful speech last month on the removal of Confederate monuments from his city, Landrieu made national headlines and won praise from Democratic strategists looking for ways to ignite hope in their party.
That Landrieu is a new face from outside Washington makes him even more intriguing to hard-nosed Democratic strategists.
“I find him to be an incredibly fascinating political figure,” said Jamal Simmons, one of the Washington Democrats turning an eye toward Landrieu. “When you think who are the non-Washington figures in the left that ought to have a say in where we go, I think a lot of people would point to him.”
Now, as the party looks to rebuild, Democrats say Landrieu and other non-establishment politicians like him could be the future of the party.
For Landrieu, it means increasingly fielding questions about a White House run in 2020.
The mayor has told those around him and those who pose the question that he’s focused solely on his current job and his upcoming role heading the Conference of Mayors. He is not thinking about a presidential bid, he has repeated countless times.
But Democrats say his speech on the removal of the Confederate monuments struck a tone that the party craves. The speech caught the attention of parts of the liberal political intelligentsia.
Of course, Mayor Landrieu has several obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is being a white male in a party that has embraced identity politics as religious dogma. The only other of this endangered species who has a chance would be former vice president Joe Biden who has coyly hinted at a desire to run. That however would put him at odds with those who will settle for nothing less than a woman – or a minority – as a presidential nominee in 2020.
The early handicapping favors freshman California Senator Kamala Harris who is able to check off two boxes on the identity politics application form although she would have to tone down her act as a bitch on wheels a tad to appeal to more than the fanatical party base.
Louisiana is well known for its long line of flamboyantly slimy politicians and rank charlatans and Landrieu is just the latest edition. Look for him to be a player going forward.
Bill Charles from Virginia writes:
As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know the power of symbols and the importance of protecting them. My prime symbol is the cross and the sacrifice leading to victory it represents. Still, I recognize that the cross has not always been communicated to good and holy ends. During the Crusades, it was fashioned into swords used as instruments of death. In America, it has been set ablaze and used as an instrument of terror.
In the face of that misuse, elements of the church have redoubled their efforts to have the cross represent that which is true and kind and good lest it fall into utter disrespect.
Supporters of the Confederate Flag have been demonstrably unsuccessful in their Flag’s defense. Murderers, hate-mongers and racists have found it to be a useful organizing tool to achieve still more murder, hate-mongering and racism. The ostensible symbolism of a vibrant Southern culture is lost on many of us.
What to do?
Here are a few thoughts: How about opening a soup kitchen or clothes closet?
The opioid epidemic in these parts is widely recognized. Why not grab some placards and demonstrate in favor of a governmental agenda addressing the problem?
Why, the list could go on and on!
If defenders of the Confederate Flag are looking for support, let them use their energy – under that Flag – to do battle for something worthwhile. The nation might even give thanks.
A reader in Tulsa, Oklahoma writes:
Dear Dixie Heritage,
I have written every enemy of Confederate heritage mentioned in your recent email which includes the following: Lt. Governor of St. Thomas USVI, Mayor of Orlando, FL, Mayor of West Palm Beach, FL, Mayor of Houston, TX, Councilman Brock of McComb, MS, Orange County School Board, and Mayor of St. Louis, MO. They all received my article, “A Word to the Take ’em Down Crowd”. We need to flood these Marxist-indoctrinated politicians with emails in defense of our heritage and symbols. We need to let them know that we will not go away. We are Unreconstructed, we know the truth about our history, and will continue to defend the memory of our brave dead and promote the true version of history.
Thank you for all that you do in keeping us informed of what is going on.
I RECEIVED THIS TESTIMONY IN THIS WEEK’S MAIL:
Received several paperback books in the mail from you yesterday. I have enjoyed reading them and plan on ordering several copies from you of “A Symbol of Hate ? or an Ensign of the Christian Faith?”
I do pulpit supply preaching in United Methodist churches and thought I might pass this on to those who are still interested in our southern heritage.
Your books are written simply enough that even a grade school child could read and under stand what you’re conveying. Blessings on your ministry and writings.
In His Service,
Rev. Lonnie Wadsworth, M.Ed.
Why Does the Left Really Despise the Confederacy?
By Ryan Walters on Jun 19, 2017
The South and its history are currently under assault, the most aggressive and far-reaching that we have ever seen, at least up to this point. The monuments are gone in New Orleans and seem to be headed for extinction in Virginia and Maryland too. And of course the flag is always under attack and that campaign is growing by the day.
The big question is why this is happening. Why are Leftist Democrats taking aim at the South? Why the Soviet-style erasing of history?
There are certainly explanations. A recent one – “Why the Democrats Want You To Forget the Confederacy” – came from Joseph Farah at World Net Daily:
I have a theory. I don’t think it explains the phenomenon in its entirety. But I definitely think it’s part of the explanation for the scorched-earth policy against American history, the attempt to erase any historical vestige of the most costly war in our history.
First, you will notice that Democrats are nearly always at the forefront of this kind of activity.
Why would that be?
Could it be because they are embarrassed and ashamed of their party’s own history?
There is certainly some merit to Farah’s theory but it has a few flaws, not the least of which is his persistent quoting of Eric Foner, who is, in fact, so much of a radical Communist that students at Columbia University, of all places, call him “Eric the Red.” The current Leftist attack, though, is not on American history but Southern, and not on the totality of the war, just on anyone who fought on the Southern side of it.
Farah, like many others, wants to use the latest controversy to smear the current Democratic Party, which is not to say that it doesn’t deserve a good pasting. But many on the Republican side of the spectrum want to show that it was Democrats who seceded (i.e. committed treason), perpetuated slavery, and started the war, then created the KKK to end Reconstitution, so they are responsible, not Republicans. As Farah writes:
You see, Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederacy, was a Democrat. In fact, for 50 years after the War Between the States, the white South was dominated almost entirely by the Democratic Party. White Democrats ran the South during the war, through the Jim Crow days of segregation and right up until the early 1960s.
Not a single Democrat in that era ever suggested destroying statues of Confederate heroes, taking down Confederate flags or toppling monuments memorializing the Confederacy.
Aside from the fact that the parties were different in those days, it’s not historically accurate to say all supporters of the Confederacy were Democrats. Some were but many high officials had been Whigs, Unionists, and Constitutional Unionists.
Furthermore, within the Confederacy itself there were no political parties, for they sought an end to party factions and political strife. After the war, most white Southerners were most certainly Democrats, as it was the only real political game in town because very few were inclined to join the Party of Lincoln.
But, as Farah admits, his theory does not explain everything. So let me throw in my own two cents: The Left hates the Confederacy, and the South, because of what it represents. No, I’m not talking about slavery, and neither are they, but Southern principles of government – those hated Jeffersonian ideals the Leftists wish would wither on the vine.
The Jeffersonian South represented, and has always represented, decentralization, states’ rights and federalism, and an economic program not centered on favoritism and plunder. From Jefferson’s election in 1800, over the ensuing six decades the nation was governed, for the most part, by Jeffersonian values, seen by most Americans as the ideological carrier of the Revolution.
But by 1860-61, the more Hamiltonian-minded North, with a federal government led by Lincoln, was headed the other way and sought a transformation of the country into a National Union. Lincoln wanted to impose upon the entire country the vision first espoused by Hamilton and later by Clay – a system of high protective tariffs, federal programs for internal improvements, and a national bank, polices that would have plundered and bankrupted the South, along with a government in Washington that had no respect for the rights of the States or the Constitution as originally written.
Southerners decided they wanted no part of the new Lincolnian vision and sought to build a new republic based on policies that would have reflected their values and their beliefs. Acting as their revolutionary forbears had nearly 100 years prior, they believed they had every right to do so. It was only after four long, anguishing years of bloody aggressive warfare on the part of the North that the states were forced back together by bayonet point and the old republic fell victim to nationalism.
So the truth should be plain to see: The Confederacy, symbolized by the Confederate Battle Flag, represents the greatest act of resistance to centralized authority in US history. That’s why they hate it. And that’s why it must go, lest we get any bright ideas about trying it again. American citizens must remain subjects of the State and no inspirational symbols of rebellion can be tolerated.
Ryan Walters is and independent historian and the author of
The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic.
The Ad Too Hot to Print-Progressive Censorship in Action
By James Ronald Kennedy on Jun 21, 2017
The promise of “Freedom of the Press” becomes meaningless when large national “Progressive/Liberal” conglomerates maintain a virtual monopoly on access to newsprint within a given geographical area. Their virtual monopoly provides them with the opportunity to highlight the words and actions of their fellow Progressives while denying those who were slandered or attacked the opportunity to respond. The Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Herr Goebbels, would be proud of the work of modern day Progressive censors/suppressors of the truth.
After a successful vote to pass a Bill in the Louisiana House of Representatives to protect monuments to all veterans, the LA Black Caucus denounced the vote as being evidence of modern day “White Supremacy.” The local newspaper reported this slanderous statement made against all Southerners who love their Southern heritage. The Kennedy Twins decided to respond by placing open letter to the LA Black Caucus in the local paper. The open letter was to be a quarter page paid ad but the paper rejected the ad-in effect they censored or silenced opposition and thereby allowed the slander to remain unanswered. Below is the Ad too “hot” for the liberal newspaper in Baton Rouge, LA to print. Read it and ask yourself if “those people” desire equal treatment for ALL. The Advocate in Baton Rouge turned down a $2800.00 paid ad rather than be fair to the people of the South. Read the ad and you be the judge.
To: Louisiana Black Caucus
From: The Kennedy Twins of Louisiana
The Louisiana Black Caucus recently slandered thousands of Louisiana citizens when they attempted to connect our love and respect of our Southern heritage to the evil memory of “white supremacy.” A famous Southerner once declared that he looked forward to the day when people are judged by the content of their character. To judge and viciously slander an entire group of people for political purposes is the worst form of bigotry. Prejudging a people without knowing their character or motives is nothing less than an act of prejudice that, of all people, black leaders, having suffered such insults, should want to avoid.
The harm done “yesterday” by chattel slavery and segregation will not be absolved by creating new divisions between our people today. Anger and hatred are useful tools for “ginning up the votes” and winning elections. But it has been the historical source of much of our current division. For instance, Radical Republicans used racial divide to garner control of the South during Reconstruction and in the process made many promises to newly freed slaves. While Radical Republicans gave away millions of acres of land out west-none was provided to the newly freed slaves. The reason was that Lincoln had already declared these western lands to be reserved for “white” people. His announcement was met with enthusiastic applause from his Northern audience. As explained in Punished With Poverty, the Suffering South the technique of divide and rule has often been used to maintain control of a people. It was and still is being used today.
What is the character of the vast majority of Louisianans who wish to protect the memory of our blood relatives who wore the gray in the War for Southern Independence? In 1989 the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) passed a resolution denouncing the misuse or misappropriation of Confederate flags, symbols etc. by individuals or groups espousing “racial superiority.” Violation of this standard is grounds for removal or denial of membership in the SCV. The Kennedy Twins have had personal experiences enforcing this standard here in Louisiana. Character matters. It is morally irresponsible to slander people who respect their ancestors by stereotyping them as advocates of “white supremacy.”
The “art of memory” allows us to memorialize individuals for their virtues. Things that we wish future generations to emulate. There are no perfect leaders-of the Confederacy, the Civil Rights movement or any other group. There are no leaders in which some fault, error, or indiscretion cannot be found. This most human factor should not be used to prevent us from honoring former Civil Rights, Confederate or other leaders-honoring them for their virtue.
The reasoning used to attack Confederate monuments could also be used to attack the monument to Governor Huey Long that stands on the Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge. Long is honored for his efforts to improve roads, provide free school books and forcing national corporations profiting from the exploitation of Louisiana oil/gas resources to return part of their profits to the people of this state. But he was also a racist who refused to support anti-lynching laws because “we only lynch an occasional n–r.” Will the Black Caucus demand the removal of the Long monument? We hope not, because the monument points to the good done not the error (grievous as it was) of the man and his times.
All citizens of Louisiana should take pride in our heritage. Every time your child or grandchild hugs a Teddy Bear, you should think of a Black Confederate Veteran, Holt Collier. Collier was the hunting guide for Teddy Roosevelt who captured the small bear that Teddy refused to shoot-thus the “Teddy Bear” was born. As we point out in The South Was Right! there were thousands of Black Confederates. After the United States Supreme Court (not the Confederate States Supreme Court) made the infamous “Jim Crow” laws the law of the land, it was white Confederate Veterans who defied both the law and local custom when they demanded and got the right to bury a Black Confederate veteran in the local “white only” cemetery. Levy Carnine was a member of the Pelican Rifles, Second Louisiana Volunteer Infantry and a local Confederate hero. To this day, he remains side by side with his Confederate friends and his grave is cared for by the decedents of Confederate Veterans.
While it may be politically correct and profitable to slander Black and White citizens who wish to honor their ancestors, it is not morally right. Such insults divide a people who should be united in their determination to judge people by the content of their character.
James Ronald Kennedy
Walter Donald Kennedy
Don’t Touch Those Confederate Statues
Ignore the tyrants and the busybodies, says George Mason University Professor Walter Williams.
Posted 06/14/2017 12:00 pm by PatriotRising
George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.
Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.
Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation’s history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America’s leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there’s a monument that bears his name – the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there’s a monument to him, as well – the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation’s capital be changed?
These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work – George Mason University – be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution,” he did own slaves.
Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation’s currency. Slave owner George Washington’s picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson’s picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin’s picture is on the $100 bill.
The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution?
The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.
In 2014, a Hitler-impersonator walked and drove about Berlin as part of a promotion for an upcoming movie. The actor, Oliver Masucci, later said how shocked he was at the warm reception that many tourists and the Germans gave to “Hitler.”
From The Daily Mail:
“People clustered around me. One told me she loved me, and asked me to hug her.” Older people began pouring their hearts out to him.
“During shooting, I realised: I didn’t really have to perform – people felt a need to talk, they wanted to pour their hearts out to a fatherly Hitler who was listening to them. I found it disturbing how quickly I could win people over. I mean, they were talking to Hitler.”
I saw the video on youtube this week. One of our readers called my attention to it and asked my opinion. To be totally honest, I do not know what to make of it. So I will not not try to “interpret” it for you. I am simply posting the link below, you can watch, or not, the video for yourself and interpret it or think of it what you will. We present it as a curiosity.
When I was watching the video above, a link came up for the video below that was posted yesterday. It is titled: Hitler Is Back! German Authorities Raid Homes of 36 People for Social Media ‘Hate Speech’
Be warned that this second video has some profanity it it. After you watch this video you will know that not all black people are liberal.
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