Dixie Heritage News – June 16, 2017
STILL FEELIN’ THE BERN
POSSIBLE NEW HOME FOR STATUE
In Louisiana counties are called “parishes” and Commissioners hold the title of “Police Juror.”
On Tuesday the Beauregard Parish Police Jury upheld a motion to ask New Orleans for a Confederate statue. Police Jury President Rusty Williamson said he introduced the resolution to request the statue of P.G.T. Beauregard, the namesake of the parish.
“My only intention was to keep the statue from being destroyed and, if possible, to allow us the opportunity to get it,” Williamson said. “We have not even discussed an area to put the statue because we know it may not even happen.”
Police Juror Mike Harper said the statue is the subject of litigation and that it’s future is unknown. “We know that our parish could never afford to purchase such a statue or have one made,” he said. “This resolution, however, would allow us the chance to acquire such a statue at no charge, so we felt like at least making an attempt to get it.”
Carlos Archield, the only police juror to vote against the resolution, said there were other, less controversial pieces of DeRidder history that could be the focus of efforts.
HOUSTON PLANNING AN ATTACK AGAINST MONUMENTS
Including the Spirit of the Confederacy, a beautiful statue located, ironically, in Sam Houston Park. To quote the City city website, “It was erected in the park by the Robert E. Lee Chapter #186 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in January 1908. Its dedication states ‘To all heroes of the South who fought for the Principles of States Rights.'”
Also, the Dick Dowling statue in Hermann Park. Dowling is not just a hero because of his Confederate service. He is truly an innovator of the City of Houston. He immigrated from Ireland, grew prosperous in the saloon business, spent his fortune introducing gas lighting to the city, etc. he also financed and founded Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. In the war, he led an bold charge to repel a Union invasion of the city from the coast with a crew consisting of Irish dockworkers. It was, for the Yankees, one of the most spectacular upsets of the war. The man was impressive!
These are the two that our sources inside the City have told us that they know about but basically there are a few councilmen who are about to seek to take several monuments and street names before year’s end. Somehow, Southern patriots in Houston need to get in front of this.
IS UDC ASSISTING IN MONUMENT REMOVAL?
In a new twist in the battle over the future of the St. Louis Confederate monument, the Executive Director of the Missouri Civil War Museum, Mark Trout, said the museum is now the new owner of the monument and has the papers to prove it.
According to Trout the original ordinance said that the United Daughters of The Confederacy were the owners of the monument and Tuesday they handed the deed to the monument to the museum. “We are 100 percent now as of this morning the rightful owners of that monument and we would love to work with the city as soon as possible to remove that and put it in safe keeping,” said Trout.
Trout said the ordinance passed by the city in 1912 stated that the United Daughters of The Confederacy could erect a monument in Forest Park but they would be responsible for maintenance. “So, that right there tells you it was not the city’s property, if it was the city’s property or the city thought it was theirs or the daughters gave it to them it would have been the city’s responsibility to take care of it but that`s not how it has been for 103 years,” said Trout.
Tuesday the President of the Missouri Division of the United Daughters of Confederacy sent Trout a deed gifting over the ownership of the statue to the museum.
In response to this, Mayor Lyda Kewson`s office put out a statement saying in part, “That the process to remove the monument began more than a year ago, and in that time, they have not been aware of an organization that has come forward with a credible claim of ownership to the monument.”
The museum has offered to take the monument and pay for that process.
The mayor has said she wants absolute say in how it is displayed in the future, to ensure it will never celebrate the confederacy.
Trout said he guarantees it won’t be displayed until an appropriate historical setting is found and that it will never be re-erected in the city of St. Louis.
ALABAMA CITY PAUSES MONUMENT DESECRATION
Demopolis city leaders have asked for an opinion from the Attorney General about their plans to repair a damaged Confederate monument.The monument to the Confederate war dead in downtown Demopolis was damaged after a police officer ran into it with his patrol car.
City leaders voted to repair and alter the monument as a memorial to the dead from all wars.They decided to contact the Attorney General before moving forward with repairs after the passage of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.”The law was passed after the committee decision was rendered and the city council voted on it, so you would think that would hold, but we just want to make sure before we go out and spend the citizen’s money,” said Mayor John Laney.
Laney said the repair of the monument will be paid for by the city’s insurance carrier.
STATUARY HALL UNDER RENEWED ASSAULT
Inside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., National Statuary Hall Collection contains two statues provided by each State in the Union.
A statue of Lee in uniform, sword by his side, was donated by Virginia in 1909. Aside from that sculpture, there are seven other statues of Confederate icons that are held for display inside the Capitol – including one of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, which was donated by Mississippi in 1931. The six other Confederate statues are Alexander Hamilton Stephens, vice president; Zebulon Baird Vance, an officer in the Confederate Army and the Governor of North Carolina; Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler, a Confederate General; James Zachariah George, a Mississippian who signed his State’s Ordinance of Succession; Wade Hampton III, a Confederate cavalry officer; and Edmund Kirby Smith, the last General in the Confederate Army to surrender.
“They should absolutely be removed,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, is now demanding.
Laura Condeluci, a spokesperson for the Architect of the Capitol, declined to provide comment regarding the demands to remove the Confederate statues, pointing to a law passed by Congress in 2000 that lays out a mandatory five-step process for removing and replacing a statue in the collection, which includes the request and consent of both the donating state’s governor and the state’s legislature. Of course, as we already know, the Governor and Legislature of Florida have already colluded to remove the statue of General Smith. So this “5-step” process is not a guarantee that these monuments will not be removed. And just last year, the Architect of the Capitol removed State flags on display that featured the Confederate emblem, after Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson lobbied for their removal.
SPLC REPORT SAYS
“At least 60 such publicly funded symbols of the Confederacy have been removed or renamed,” according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, in the two years since the Charleston murders. Still, “more than 1,400 Confederate monuments remain throughout the United States,” the report found.
FLORIDA MAYOR ATTACKS CONFEDERATE CEMETERY MARKER
As pieces of history honoring the Confederacy fall from city to city, the mayor of West Palm Beach has only one monument left that honors the veterans in her city. It’s been there since 1941, standing directly behind the American flag, the 10-foot tall marble monument is unmistakable when visitors drive through the front gate of Woodlawn Cemetery. A Confederate Flag is carved into the side with words honoring the soldiers who are buried there.
Early in her term, Mayor Jeri Muoio worked to remove all Confederate Flags and symbols on city property, but the monument is owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The city hasn’t been able to take the monument down yet because it’s not owned by the city. “My preference would be that the monument just disappears,” Muoio said. “I think the history that it stands for is racism.”
During an interview with The Palm Beach Post on Friday, Muoio said the city has been trying to contact the United Daughters of The Confederacy to have them remove the monument from the cemetery. The city’s law department has also been investigating if the City can tell them to move the monument.
Jimmy Shirley of Palm Springs, camp Commander of Sons of Confederate Veterans camp 1599, said he’s angry the Mayor is considering taking down the monument and that she should back off. “It’s in a cemetery, not in front of the courthouse,” he said. “This honors the men who were buried there,” he said.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s website lists more than 20 veterans buried at Woodlawn. Debi Murray, the society’s chief curator, said some remains from Pioneer Cemetery, which used to be across Dixie Highway from Woodlawn, were relocated to the newer cemetery after it opened in 1904, and veterans who died after that year also were buried there.
I GUESS THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT APPLY ON US ISLANDS?
On Wednesday, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the acting Governor, Osbert Potter, issued a statement regarding the incident that occurred at Brewers Bay on Sunday, where a vessel with three men was seen prominently displaying a Confederate Flag.
The men, according to a report by the Yacht Haven Marina, were guests of its marina, with the company being made aware of the Sunday incident on Monday. “Yacht Haven Grande were made aware of the inappropriate actions/behavior of some marina guests, Monday afternoon the 12th of June, 2017. YHG took the immediate decision to remove the offending crew and vessel from the marina, as such the vessel departed YHG that same evening,” reads the statement.It adds, “As a multi-cultural, international company, IGY Marinas, and therefore YHG, take this form of inappropriate behavior very seriously. We, as part of the St. Thomas community, feel this was the correct and appropriate action.”
“Governor” Potter, on Tuesday, moved to denounce the occurrence, which took place during the “What’s Going on St. Thomas” event. The “Governor” claims that attendees at the event were “enraged” and “expressed concerns” and “offense” towards the flying of the Confederate Flag in the territory, according to Mr. Potter, who is “currently serving as governor” while the actual Governor, Kenneth Mapp, is away.
On Wednesday, “Governor” Potter issued another statement, “The Confederate flag is not welcomed, not accepted, nor tolerated in the Virgin Islands under any circumstances. The Confederate flag represents divisiveness, bigotry, slavery, and oppression. This is totally out of line with what we as Virgin Islands residents embrace, which is unity and acceptance of all people, regardless of race, color, religion or creed. The flying of the flag is totally offensive to Virgin Islanders, and I will not tolerate this blatant display of hatred to our people.”
“Governor” Potter ordered the perpetrators of what he referred to as an offense, to cease and desist immediately. He stated that the flying of the Confederate Flag is not welcomed neither on the waters or on land in the USVI.
TO QUOTE MAXWELL SMART: “MISSED IT BY ‘THIS MUCH'”
Corey Stewart nearly pulled off a stunning upset in Tuesday’s Republican primary for Governor of Virginia. But lobbyist and former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie, the party’s 2014 nominee for US Senate, held on by the narrowest of margins. With 99 percent of precincts reporting Gillespie just barely ahead of the one-percent threshold needed to avoid a recount. Many in Virginia are questioning whether or not the vote totals were withheld so that the count could be manipulated just enough to prevent that run-off?
Stewart had been a co-chair of President Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign. He focused his gubernatorial race on the preservation of removal of Confederate monuments, promising to protect Virginia’s Confederate statues if he was elected governor.
It worked so well that by the end of his campaign, “Establishment Ed” was likewise
running ads claiming his support for the monuments.
Gillespie will face Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in November, in what is likely to be the most-watched contest of the 2017 election season. He’ll have his work cut for him; Democratic turnout exceeded Republican turnout in Tuesday’s primary by roughly 150,000 votes.
THE MOB WON’T BE APPEASED
In North Carolina, Orange County Schools has finally banned “racially intimidating” clothing, accessories and other symbols. The ruling was issued on Monday night.
“Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry, or any other items with words, phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane, or racially intimidating that create a reasonable forecast of disruption,” the new policy read.
The board initially split 3-3 on the new policy. After Dr. Stephen Halkiotis, the Orange County education board chairman, removed the language concerning “disruption,” the policy passed unanimously.
Orange County Schools issued the ban against the advice of their attorney.
MISSISSIPPI CITY LOWERS FLAG
The flag was not originally on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the six-member Board of Selectmen in McComb, but was added by the Board’s 3 black members when they realized that 2 of the 3 white members would be absent. In a very questionable 3-1 vote, the Board voted to remove the State Flag from City property.
Selectman Ted Tullos, who voted to retain the Flag, said he opposes removing what he called a piece of history. Selectman Ronnie Brock, who is black, replied: “I’m in favor of removing bad history. Everybody’s history is not my history.”
The issue had previously come up for vote. The Mayor votes only in case of a tie. In 2016, Mayor Whitney Rawlings, broke the tie by voting with to keep the State Flag flying on City property. However, he has just told the Enterprise Journal that he will not question the irregularity or the legitimacy of Tuesday’s vote. He tells the newspaper that he now believes the Flag should remain down.
ITS OFFICIAL IN ORLANDO
In Orlando, “Johnny Reb” is officially coming down. The large marble monument, a fixture in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park for a century, is dedicated to honoring soldiers who lost their lives defending the Confederate States of America. But two years of public pressure from activists with “Organize Now” has finally convinced the City to move the monument to Greenwood Cemetery, despite overwhelming resistance from the public at every meeting where the issue has been deliberated, Orlando Weekly reports.
On Thursday, a city crew started preparations for the relocation, which was suggested by Mayor Buddy Dyer and approved by the City Council.
David Porter, a social justice warrior leading the charge to move Johnny Reb, told WESH he’s disappointed City officials didn’t move faster. to ensure it was gone before a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre scheduled for the park on Monday.
The decision to remove Johnny Reb didn’t come without a fight. Confederate supporters and “history buffs” flooded the Orlando City Council meeting in May to voice their opposition to the move, though they were largely ignored, WESH 2 News reports.
Dixie Heritage reader David McCallister told commissioners that they’re setting a dangerous precedent for the treatment of military veterans, according to Orlando Weekly.
“Putting the monument away in a cemetery would be banishing it into the closet of obscurity,” McCallister said. “I didn’t think Orlando liked closets. A move like this would be seen as disuniting and offensive, and if you think otherwise, by all means, put it to a referendum.”
The council simply voted to banish the statue instead.
Benjamin Mills donned Confederate military clothing to the meeting, where he explained that his grandfathers fought in the Civil War but never owned slaves.
On Thursday, City workers took photographs of Johnny Reb in anticipation of its relocation, though City spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser told WKMG there’s no definitive timeline for the project.
OUR READERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA ARE BUSY PAINTING
They painted the Folly Boat Thursday morning with two Confederate battle flags and a message memorializing WBTS casualties.
The South Carolina Secessionist Party on Thursday first emblazoned the defunct vessel with the likeness of two battle flags along with words memorializing WBTS casualties and marking the upcoming anniversary of the banner’s removal from Statehouse grounds.
Within hours, Bernieites had covered the display with the words, “Hope, equality, love.”
The flags returned a short time later, only to be replaced with “Love wins.”
The competing artistic volleys are expected to continue. Both sides keeping an eye on the boat and springing into action once their messages get covered.
Secessionist Party leader James Bessenger said he turned to painting the boat after Charleston officials banned his group from waving the Flag at City parking garages. Its members also hoisted the Flag earlier this year on the Summerville overpasses.
The group “will probably make this a regular thing,” he said. “We had to figure something out after the Mayor decided to go despot on the parking garages.”
After Chrys Blackstone saw photos of the boat on social media, he bought a gallon of white paint. “What a wonderful place we have where somebody can come and put this up,” he said, “and somebody can come right behind them and take it down.” Armed with brushes, rollers and spray-paint, Michelle Milton joined in and helped form the words that replaced the flags.
Then Bessenger repainted the banners and words that saluted 260,000 Southerners who died during the WBTS.
A black man, Silver Star recipient, and national hero, Sgt. Jason Mike, stands on the roadside, to ensure the rights of both sides to express their views by painting and repainting the boat. He has been posting pictures of the ever changing boat on Facebook.
Lawrence Marsh in Maryland writes:
Whatever happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave? To the best of my knowledge, I have not one inch or ounce of Southern Confederate heritage in my family ancestry. I have no special emotional attachment towards the South and things Southern, per se. But from where I sit, FREEDOM is the issue! Either we can be a free country, or we can be a politically-correct country. BUT WE CANNOT BE BOTH! Every American has a God-given and therefore inalienable right to be politically-INcorrect, and proud of it! This political correctness doctrine is killing freedom in the United States of America.
Every American has the inalienable right to celebrate his/her family ancestral heritage, whatever that may be! It is time for America to grow up, and understand that, when we allow freedom to everybody, IT NECESSARILY MEANS WE WILL OCCASIONALLY RUB EACH OTHER THE WRONG WAY, AND RATTLE EACH OTHER’S CAGES!
The U.S. Constitution contains no provision for government at any level to act as a thought police, to assure protection of our emotional feelings against all possible injury. How many times do you suppose I have been called “marshmallow” and “swamp-boy” in my lifetime? I just developed a tough walrus hide against that sort of ridicule.
We do indeed have a second civil war of sorts on our national hands, now: liberty versus political correctness. I would much prefer to suffer occasional emotional insult as others excercise their freedom to ridicule me, than to have Big Brother Government squash freedom for all of us!
Slavery is over in America, it has been over for at least 150 years. Today’s living generations of people cannot say they vicariously feel the pain and suffering of their ancestors now dead and gone. Maybe we should say slavery is not dead, merely re-arranged: we are TAX slaves. We now pay as much as a third to half of our annual incomes in taxes to governments, as they then use it in ways of which we mostly disapprove. Granting none of us wear chains and shackles any more, JUST TRY NOT PAYING YOUR TAXES TO THE IRS SOME TIME, AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU!
A “one-size-fits-all” pervasive federal government is indeed a form of slavery. It destroys freedom of choice we have available to us when we have a system of states’ rights under the U.S. Constitution Tenth Amendment.
Jeff Paulk in Oklahoma writes:
A Word to the “Take’em Down” Crowd
The Marxist-indoctrinated crowd just doesn’t get it. The War of Northern Aggression had NOTHING to do with slavery, but was fought to repel an illegal invasion of sovereign states that had legally seceded from an over-reaching, intrusive, tyrannical, overtaxing government. Slavery was a dying institution and no other country on the planet waged a war to end slavery. It died a natural death everywhere else, so why do people think we needed a war here to end it? The North hated blacks and were not invading the South to free the black race. What sense does that make when there were more Union officers and soldiers who owned slaves than there were Confederates soldiers who owned slaves? If people would take the time to read the Corwin Amendment and the Johnson-Crittenden Resolution they would see that they clearly dispel the myth of slavery being the cause of the war. Lincoln threatened war in his inaugural address when he stated that the duties and imposts would be collected from the seceded states “by force if necessary”. He could not bear to lose the revenues being unconstitutionally extracted from the South because the South was footing over 80% of the federal tax bill while the rich Northern industrialists and bankers were reaping the benefits. The war was all about ending self-government, subjugating the people of the South, looting the natural resources of the South for the benefit of the North, and establishing a strong, centralized government that would have control over the states. The CSA seceded and fought for the same reasons that our Founding Fathers seceded from and fought Great Britain. If slavery was the cause, as the Marxists contend, then isn’t it strange that not one letter, not one, has been found from either Confederate or union soldiers stating that this is what they were fighting about? Instead, numerous letters found from Confederate soldiers state that they were fighting for independence and in defense of their homes and families. Letters from union soldiers state that they were fighting to “restore the union”. The Confederate Battle Flag and all the Confederate monuments have nothing to do with slavery or white supremacy, but a people who defied tyranny and fought to preserve the Constitution and the principles upon which our Founders established a new country. Lincoln was for white supremacy. Just read his quotes about the inferiority of the black race and how he had never been in favor of making voters or jurors out of them. Yet he is worshiped as the Great Emancipator. He freed nobody. The 13th Amendment ended slavery, eight months after the war was over.
These lunatics taking down Confederate monuments are no different than Nazis or ISIS by attempting to destroy and rewrite history. And quit putting the blame for slavery on the South. It was the Yankee slave traders who brought the slaves to America, flying Old Glory on the masts of the slave ships. Not one single slave ship ever flew a Confederate flag. These “take’em down” idiots are puppets for the global puppet masters seeking to destroy every bit of our history, culture, and Christianity. It won’t stop with Confederate monuments. Washington and Jefferson will be next. What about the White House and other beautiful historic buildings in Washington D.C. built by slaves? Will they be taken down too? The hypocrisy of the Marxist left is easy to see. They tolerate only what they agree with, but expect EVERYONE else to tolerate the left’s views. Communists is what they are. A blight on our soil and a disgrace to the great people of history who fought to make us free. It is particularly sad to see Southerners doing the bidding of the Cultural Marxists. These Marxists are never satisfied. Appeasement is surrender. Never surrender.
John Wayne Dobson in Georgia writes:
I had not heard about the flawed Alabama law – maybe it will be a learning experience and we can learn how to close loop holes. Great newsletter.
We received two messages from our friend H. K. Edgerton this week:
My hands are shaking so that I can scarcely type this note to you! Bethany had her yearly evaluation with her manager last week. After receiving rave reviews for her quality of work and their meeting was coming to a close, her boss informed her there was just one complaint, which he was loathe to have to share with her.
Someone (her boss was not at liberty to say who) had complained about Beth’s Dixie Outfitter hoodie, which she wears (and has worn for a long time) to ward off cool office temps! He was required to ask her to remove the hoodie and not wear it at work again!
Her boss could see how shocked and bewildered she was, as it has never before been an issue. She said the countless hours of Diversity Training she and all employees receive came flooding to her mind… how could they ask such a thing of her?! Though it didn’t seem to her so much a request, as it was clearly expected to be followed! What happened to diversity?! Where was this coming from all of a sudden?
She still had not managed to respond, when her boss said he understood, if after removing her hoodie and without another one there to replace it with, she wanted the rest of the day off, so she wouldn’t be cold! (Her boss is a southerner, as well and said he was sorry to have to share this news with her. And that he knew she had never worn it to provoke anyone and that he had not had any issues with it.)
She is only in the office 2 days a week at present and telecommutes the rest of the week. Needless to say, she has gone from shock and disbelief to anger and is dreading her return to the office next week. To make matters even more confusing, the first time she logged in to Facebook after a few days, the first thing that greets her, via her newsfeed, is Delta’s updated timeline photo (attached) and support for others diversity… just not hers.
The recent Battle for Nash Farms seems to be taking Atlanta by storm! Now in the workplace where tolerance and diversity are urged… but then you find it is not meant for everyone.
The Gainesville, Florida City Council has made a mockery of the will of their citizenry with their decision to remove the Confederate soldiers monument from the grounds of City Hall. Not once , but on at least four different occasions in their public comment section, the majority of the citizens, and Veteran associations, were pertinacious in their holding that the Confederate monument should remain where it stands.
What is the purpose of conducting a public hearing or conducting polls, when you go against the majority will of the people? And, to make matters worse, this Council issued a ruling that hinges on the boundaries of blackmail, when they ruled after much debate that they did not have the resources to remove the monument, or that there was no entity who could afford to accept it; that they would tear it down, and place it in a trash pile.
While it is honorable for the United Daughters of the Confederacy to try and raise funds for the removal and relocation of this monument; I feel that this action sets a dangerous precedent for other bodies whose modus operandi may be the same. I say call them out, and lets just see how well this action goes with the people who elected them. The City property belongs to the people, and these elected officials should carry out the will of the people. And, the people said a resounding no to this action.
The Confederate soldier is an American Veteran so says the United States Congress. And so goes he, so goes all other Veterans. It is my opinion that a restraining order should be issued by the Florida Attorney General until such time as the US Attorney General can issue a formal interpretation of the Federal Law in these matters, or the President intervenes in this cultural genocide that now attacks our homeland; the Southland of America.
And, let me conclude this matter by saying; don’t blame this sacrilege on Black folks. Niki Haley, the Northern Press, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center is solely responsible for shouldering the blame for this desecration and sacrilege.
God bless you!
Chairman of the Board of Advisors
Southern Legal Resource Center
AFTER THE CONFEDERATES, WHO’S NEXT?
by Pat Buchanan:
Today’s icon-smashers ‘could never build a country’
On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman’s troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah.
Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois.
By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia’s capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And “Uncle Billy” Sherman was a liberator.
Under President Grant, Sherman took command of the Union army and ordered Gen. Philip Sheridan, who had burned the Shenandoah Valley to starve Virginia into submission, to corral the Plains Indians on reservations.
It is in dispute as to whether Sheridan said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” There is no dispute as to the contempt Sheridan had for the Indians, killing their buffalo to deprive them of food.
Today, great statues stand in the nation’s capital, along with a Sherman and a Sheridan circle, to honor these most ruthless of generals in that bloodiest of wars that cost 620,000 American lives.
Yet, across the South and even in border states like Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri, one may find statues of Confederate soldiers in town squares to honor the valor and sacrifices of the Southern men and boys who fought and fell in the Lost Cause.
When the Spanish-American War broke out, President McKinley, who as a teenage soldier had fought against “Stonewall” Jackson in the Shenandoah and been at Antietam, bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, removed his hat and stood for the singing of “Dixie,” as Southern volunteers and former Confederate soldiers paraded through Atlanta to fight for their united country. My grandfather was in that army.
For a century, Americans lived comfortably with the honoring, North and South, of the men who fought on both sides.
But today’s America is not the magnanimous country we grew up in.
Since the ’60s, there has arisen an ideology that holds that the Confederacy was the moral equivalent of Nazi Germany and those who fought under its battle flag should be regarded as traitors or worse.
Thus, in New Orleans, statues of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, and Gen. Robert E. Lee were just pulled down. And a drive is underway to take down the statue of Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and president of the United States, which stands in Jackson Square.
Why? Old Hickory was a slave owner and Indian fighter who used his presidential power to transfer the Indians of Georgia out to the Oklahoma Territory in a tragedy known as the Trail of Tears.
But if Jackson, and James K. Polk, who added the Southwest and California to the United States after the Mexican-American War, were slave owners, so, too, were four of our first five presidents.
The list includes the father of our country, George Washington, the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and the author of our Constitution, James Madison.
Not only are the likenesses of Washington and Jefferson carved on Mount Rushmore, the two Virginians are honored with two of the most magnificent monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.
Behind this remorseless drive to blast the greatest names from America’s past off public buildings and to tear down their statues and monuments is an egalitarian extremism rooted in envy and hate.
Among its core convictions is that spreading Christianity was a cover story for rapacious Europeans who, after discovering America, came in masses to dispossess and exterminate native peoples. “The white race,” wrote Susan Sontag, “is the cancer of human history.”
Today, the men we were taught to revere as the great captains, explorers, missionaries and nation-builders are seen by many as part of a racist, imperialist, genocidal enterprise, wicked men who betrayed and eradicated the peace-loving natives who had welcomed them.
What they blindly refuse to see is that while its sins are scarlet, as are those of all civilizations, it is the achievements of the West that are unrivaled. The West ended slavery. Christianity and the West gave birth to the idea of inalienable human rights.
As scholar Charles Murray has written, 97 percent of the world’s most significant figures and 97 percent of the world’s greatest achievements in the arts, architecture, literature, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, physics, medicine, mathematics and technology came from the West.
What is disheartening is not that there are haters of our civilization out there, but that there seem to be fewer defenders.
Of these icon-smashers it may be said: Like ISIS and Boko Haram, they can tear down statues, but these people could never build a country.
What happens, one wonders, when these Philistines discover that the seated figure in the statue, right in front of D.C.’s Union Station, is the High Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Christopher Columbus?
Happy Memorial Day!
The War against the Confederacy
By Ray Starmann
The War against the Confederacy is a War against America.
The War against the Confederacy is a war on American history.
The War against the Confederacy is a war against all of us and a war on America’s institutions.
The War against the Confederacy is being waged by militant leftists, big government lackeys, aggrieved snowflakes and the hate America crowd.
Since a psychotic young man, who owned a Confederate flag, killed nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina in June of 2015, the radical left, big government crowd in this country is doing something they’ve wanted to do since 1861, completely eradicate the Confederacy and every last vestige of its history.
For two years, the nation has watched as Confederate flags have been ripped down from city halls and state capitol buildings and have been banned from selling on Amazon, although one may freely purchase a Nazi, Soviet, Italian Fascist or a North Korean flag on the website. The harmless TV show, the Dukes of Hazzard was permanently cancelled by TV Land, even though it is one of the most popular shows in TV history. The reason being that the main characters drove a car named the General Lee that had a Rebel flag on the roof.
Yeah, those Duke Boys were some real racists.
It would be laughable if it wasn’t true. But, this is America in 2017, where cultural Marxists are running wild.
In every corner of the New South, the history of the Old South is being destroyed to placate the wishes of people who are motivated by the 21st Century version of fascism known as political correctness.
There is not a week that goes by now without seeing a news report concerning a Confederate monument that has been vandalized or is being torn down, in scenes that mimic the actions of ISIS in the Middle East or the SA in Nazi Germany. Statues of General Robert E. Lee are being carted off feet first, from Virginia to Texas, as if he was a deposed despot, instead of the most beloved general in American history.
In fact, last week in New Orleans, city officials began removing Confederate monuments that include statues of Lee, General P.T. Beauregard and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
There is a dangerous trend infesting this country like malignant cancer cells. Anyone on the left who feels triggered or psychologically injured by a book, a speaker, a statue, a monument, a flag or a song, can claim some kind of special candyass status and demand that the speaker or in the case of the Confederacy, the flags, the statues and the monuments are destroyed.
You can’t eradicate history simply by removing statues, but that won’t stop the radical left.
Of course the most common argument for removing symbols of the Confederacy is that the symbols represent racism.
Is the Confederate flag racist? If it is in the hands of members of the KKK who are waving it, yes.
But, what about the person from North Carolina, for example, whose great, great grandfather served in the Army of Northern Virginia? Do they see that flag as a symbol of racism, or as the symbol of military history, or American history? I would assume the latter.
And, who has the right to tell them how to interpret history? When others order you to remove symbols of history, or to think a certain way that is simply fascism; nothing more and nothing less.
Still others would say that Robert E. Lee was a racist because he fought for the Confederacy. But, Lee himself never purchased or owned any slaves. He did inherit slaves from his father in law, George Custis. Some of the slaves were freed in 1857 and the rest in 1862. In fact if you had asked him, he would have told you he was opposed to slavery and that he fought the Civil War because his home state, Virginia, had been invaded by the Yankees.
What many of the wailing little fascists in America don’t know is that General Ulysses S. Grant, the man who prosecuted the war against Lee, the man whom Lee surrendered to in 1865, owned a slave named William Jones, whom he freed in 1859. In fact, Grant’s wife, Julia had four slaves, although they may have officially belonged to her father.
One would think the snowflakes and the liberal whining mayors would be demanding a removal of all Grant statues across the nation.
But, logic has never been a factor in the liberal thought process.
Do the liberal mayors, the PC governors and the little vandals of America know that only six percent of the soldiers fighting for the Confederacy actually owned any slaves?
If asked, Confederate soldiers would have said they were fighting because the North had invaded their land, or they were fighting against big government and the right to be left alone. Big government vs. small government; sounds familiar doesn’t it? It’s almost like it never really got resolved. Very few men were fighting to protect slavery, or the profits of King Cotton.
If asked, most soldiers in the Union Army would have said they were fighting to save the union. Except for abolitionists wearing blue, a majority weren’t fighting to free the slaves.
Sounds a little racist to me…
And, what about President Lincoln?
In 1861, Lincoln supported the original 13th Amendment or the Corwin Amendment. The Corwin Amendment was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would shield “domestic institutions” of the states (which in 1861 included slavery) from the constitutional amendment process and from abolition or interference by Congress. It was passed by the 36th Congress on March 2, 1861, and submitted to the state legislatures for ratification. Senator William H. Seward of New York introduced the amendment in the Senate and Representative Thomas Corwin of Ohio introduced it in the House of Representatives. It was one of several measures considered by Congress in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to attract the seceding states back into the Union and in an attempt to entice border slave states to stay.
The official text of the amendment reads: No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.
President Lincoln, in his first inaugural address on March 4, said of the Corwin Amendment:
I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution-which amendment, however, I have not seen-has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service … holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.
Hmm…Sounds a little racist to me. Strangely, Steven Spielberg deleted any mention of the Corwin Amendment in his film, Lincoln. What a surprise.
Before the amendment could be ratified by all states, war broke out. But, the following states did ratify it: Kentucky, Ohio, Rhode Island, Illinois and Maryland.
Lincoln was a realist who would have done just about anything to save the Union, including tossing the constitution out the window, which he frequently did. Emancipation was a political legerdemain, to distract the nation from the series of Union Army defeats in the Eastern Theater and a litany of incompetent Union Army commanders. Lincoln needed the abolitionists behind him and something to rally the North; hence, the Emancipation Proclamation. Two years after emancipation, Lincoln was concocting ways for the black population to be relocated to British Colonies in the Caribbean before he was assassinated.
Dirty little secret lefties, what if Lincoln was more of a racist than Lee?
Oh my God!
I bet your Marxist professor didn’t tell you that.
The victors wrote the history and sold the snake oil that they were the holy saviors defeating those evil slaver holders, even though almost all of the men they fought never owned a slave in their whole lives.
To compensate for their incompetence on the battlefield, the North developed the ‘holier than thou’ attitude. Lee may have run rings around the Army of the Potomac, but so what, he was evil and so was Jackson, Stuart, Longstreet, the entire Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy. Also included in the group of white nationalist racists were George Patton’s Confederate grandfather who was killed in 1864, Chesty Puller’s Confederate grandfather who was killed in 1863 and Woodrow Wilson’s father who was a CSA chaplain.
Combine a 150 year arrogant attitude with modern day political correctness and you have the current War against the Confederacy.
Don’t think for a moment that it will stop with Lee and Davis. There is no end to the militant fascism raging among left wing snowflakes.
Those who come for Lee today, will come for Lincoln tomorrow.
Soon, they will be demanding that statues of Jefferson, Washington and Andrew Jackson are destroyed. In fact Jackson has been run off the $20 bill to be replaced by Harriet Tubman.
After they are finished with them, they will go after Custer, Grant, Wyatt Earp, Teddy Roosevelt and FDR; after all he imprisoned the Japanese during WWII. When they’re done with FDR, they’ll come for Ike and Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Don’t think it will just be flags and statues. Next, there will be book burnings and destruction of private property belonging to people deemed enemies of the state.
It won’t stop until Americans put their feet down and say enough is enough. Frankly these people who try and tell us how to interpret our own history are nothing more than tyrants.
The War against the Confederacy is a war on freedom itself.
N.B. I’m not a Southerner. I’m from Northern Illinois and my relatives fought for the Union. In fact, my great, great, great uncle who served in the 2nd Indiana Cavalry, was captured during McCook’s Raid on Atlanta on July 30, 1864 and spent the rest of the war in Andersonville Prison.
He survived. But, it looks like American history won’t.
STILL FEELIN’ THE BERN
The shooter who attacked the Congressional baseball team this week was a campaign worker on the Bernie Sanders campaign.
And then there was this little piece earlier in the week:
President Donald Trump’s pick for the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director post was grilled not for his budgetary principles, but for his Christian faith by former Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
During a hearing of the Senate Committee on the budget this week, Sanders essentially told nominee Russell Vought that Christians are bigoted and, therefore, should not serve in public office.
Excerpts from the exchange are as follows:
Sanders: “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.” Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?
Vought: Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith.
Sanders: Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?
Vought: Again, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I wrote that piece in accordance with the statement of faith at Wheaton College.
Sanders: I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you suggesting that these people stand condemned? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too?
Vought: Senator, I’m a Christian.
Sanders: I understand you are a Christian, but this country [is] made of people who are not just-I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?
Vought: Thank you for probing on that question. As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals.
Sanders: Do you think that’s respectful of other religions?
I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about. I will vote “no.”
“In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world,” Sanders said. “This country, since its inception, has struggled, sometimes with great pain, to overcome discrimination of all forms. … We must not go backwards.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) decided Sanders’ line of questioning was worthy of pursuing further at the same time he denied they were attacking Vought’s Christian faith.
“I’m a Christian, but part of being a Christian, in my view, is recognizing that there are lots of ways that people can pursue their God,” Van Hollen said. “No one is questioning your faith. … It’s your comments that suggest a violation of the public trust in what will be a very important position.”
Writing at the Atlantic, Emma Green asserts, “It was a remarkable moment: a Democratic senator lecturing a nominee for public office on the correct interpretation of Christianity in a confirmation hearing putatively about the Office of Management and Budget.”
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders flirted with the boundaries of this rule during a confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
David French writes at National Review:
This is a disgraceful and unconstitutional line of questioning from the man who came close to being the Democratic nominee for president. He’s not only imposing a religious test for public office in direct violation of Article VI of the United States Constitution, he’s gone so far as to label this decent man – who’s seeking to serve his country in a vital role – as “not someone who this country is supposed to be about.” Vought expressed entirely orthodox Christian beliefs. There is nothing “extreme” about his statements, and they mirror the statements of faith of countless Christian churches and schools across the land. Are these believers also not fit for public office? I’ve written that Christians and Muslims don’t worship the same God. I suppose that means America’s not “about” me, either.
Family Research Council (FRC), which has launched a petition calling on Sanders to “apologize for his religious bigotry,” states, “Our Constitution guarantees there will be no religious litmus test. Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service.”
“Actually, Russell Vought is exactly what this country is about,” FRC states. “He’s exercising the belief that America was founded upon: that we are one nation, under God. The ability to voice that belief-even in the public square-is the same vision that brought the Pilgrims to America.”
“But after two terms of trying to drive Christianity underground, the Left isn’t about to declare a cease fire,” it continues. “If Bernie Sanders’s comments are any indication, they’re more determined than ever to wipe men and women of faith off the public service map.”
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