Dixie Heritage News – Friday, April 27, 2018


Cultural and Historical Genocide


State government offices were closed Monday in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day.


In Georgia the day has been called “State Holiday” since 2015, when Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday were struck from the state calendar. The state holiday list says the official holiday is April 26, but this year it is being observed on April 23.


The Georgia Legislature tried to revive Confederate Memorial Day in name in 2017. The proposal, which did not gain traction, made no direct reference to slavery or the Civil War. But it sought to recognize the “four-year struggle for states’ rights, individual freedom and local government control.”


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has already kicked into high gear with an organized effort to have Alabama strike the holiday from the Calendar as Georgia did.


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation in 2016 declaring April as Confederate Heritage Month in his state. Amid backlash, he defended the proclamation, saying “history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be,” according to his spokesman.


A year later he signed another proclamation with similar language and declared April 24 Confederate Memorial Day to “honor those who served in the confederacy.”


“It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us,” the proclamation reads.




Alicia Greene has filed a civil lawsuit against the South Carolina Secessionist Party, claiming its members gave a free Confederate Battle Flag to her black children when they were passing out numerous flags to thousands in the crowd during a parade and festival last year.


Alicia claims that she and her two children, both under age 10, have experienced emotional distress since a photo of her children holding the flags appeared in a facebook post.


Greene filed the suit in Charleston County, and named both the party and its leader, James Bessenger, as defendants. A specific amount sought for damages was not listed in the lawsuit.


Bessenger told the Post & Courier Wednesday that he had not seen the lawsuit, but called it “ridiculous” and said members of his group remember the children asking for the Confederate Flag.




Last week we reported that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s newest campaign ad defended a State law that protects Confederate monuments.


This week, the NAACP has accused the governor of placing the ad to remind “black residents where Alabama stands when it comes to race relations.”


The organization’s president, Bernard Simelton, said the NAACP was “shocked” at the campaign ad, and chastised the governor for not meeting with them to approve the ad.


Ivey’s campaign, in response, defended both the ad and the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, which Ivey signed about 11 months ago.


“Our ad highlights a law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor to protect all of our historical monuments. We can’t – and we shouldn’t – change, erase, or tear down our history. We should learn from all of it,” the campaign issued in a response.


The Governor is also taking a lot of criticism from WBRC Channel 6 in Birmingham, and WALA Fox News 10 because she decided that she would not debate, or attend any Gubernatorial forums.


The Governor has also released an ad in support of the Second Amendment:




A student who led a two-days of demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school last week said it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate Battle Flag from his pickup truck.


Cameron Myers, an 18-year-old senior at Bay City Western High School, about 100 miles northwest of Detroit in Auburn, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he complained to school officials that someone had cut the large Confederate Flag from a pole on his truck, but no one was disciplined. He then took to friends on social media, asking them to fly their own flags outside the school.


“It all started because my flag was destroyed and nothing was done about it,” said Myers. “I said to ‘fly whatever flag you have at home.’ Everybody here has the Confederate flag. It’s a country boy thing where it’s in their garages, bedrooms, windows.”


School officials said most of the pro-Confederate Flag demonstrators weren’t students at the school, but Myers disagreed, saying all but one went to Bay City Western.


Administrators canceled classes Thursday at the high school and an adjoining middle school due to reported threats. But Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham said the reports were simply, “one student hearing from another student and passed around on social media.”


Myers said he’s not racist and that his demonstration shouldn’t be seen as such. He also said he hasn’t received any threats due to the Flag demonstrations. “I didn’t think it would go this far,” he added.


Myers’ grandmother, Lynn Boyce, said everything has been “blown out of proportion.” “These boys are rednecks,” Boyce said of Cameron and his friends. “The Confederate flag does not mean anything racist to them. We’re not racists.” She believes whoever stole Myers’ flag from his truck is really to blame for the trouble.


Sheriff Cunningham said his department is now investigating the theft of Myers’ Flag.




At Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side, a Confederate Mound, lists the names of thousands of Confederate soldiers who were captured and died at Camp Douglas in Chicago. It’s topped with a bronze statute of a Confederate infantry soldier.


A few feet away, a gravestone marks where famed black journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was buried. She shares a gravestone with her husband that states, “Crusaders For Justice,” under their names.


On Sunday, two groups held simultaneous but separate ceremonies. Both ceremonies remained peaceful, and the opposing groups did not interact with each other. But we must point out that, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune, some of the black activists marched around the Confederate ceremony and through the cemetery holding a banner outlining a timeline of Wells-Barnett’s life before stopping at her grave to leave flowers and to hold a moment of silence.


As they were doing so, Matthew Evans, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, stood next to five men dressed as Confederate soldiers as he told a small crowd that he wasn’t there to debate the causes of the War. He said he was there to honor the men who died at Camp Douglas who fought on behalf of the Confederacy.


“This mound is the only thing left of them,” Evans said.


Someone at the cemetery to honor Wells-Barnett told reporters that “The presence of the statue itself is an insult,” and “We want to build a fighting movement to tackle all forms of white supremacy here in Chicago, and we think fighting this statue is one way not only to build people’s confidence and bring people into the movement, but also to orient ourselves and say we aren’t going to tolerate any form of racism in the community.”


Tio Hardiman, an activist who previously ran for Governor, said the Confederate mass grave and monument should be removed “so that the Sons of Confederate Veterans don’t return to Grand Crossing.”


David Robinson, 62, who came from Maryland to attend the Confederate Mound ceremony, said people should think about the families behind the names etched into the monument. He’s been able to trace his great-great-grandfather to the mass grave.


“There’s a politically correct culture defining right and wrong with no basis on fact,” Robinson said. “For instance, this for me is a grave marker. It’s not a monument.”


The Confederate Mound was first dedicated in 1895 by President Grover Cleveland with about 100,000 people in attendance. But it hasn’t been without controversy. In 1992, some aldermen were against a proposal that would have given the site historical landmark status. That proposal failed.


Last summer, the Confederate Mound gained attention amid a national debate over taking down Confederate monuments.


David Keller, who wrote a book about Camp Douglas, said the mass grave is noteworthy because it contains the most Confederate soldiers north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Keller is part of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation and would like to see a marker placed in Bronzeville to mark the approximate location of Camp Douglas.


Unlike the liberals who marched around the simple Confederate memorial service, Keller told reporters that he would be very open to seeing more recognition for Wells-Barnett and also for other prominent blacks, such as Olympic hero Jesse Owens, gospel music pioneer Thomas Dorsey and Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, who are also buried at Oak Woods.




After more than two hours of debate through public comment and a two hour rally, a proclamation to make April Confederate History and Heritage Month in Fayette County was pulled before it made it to vote. It happened Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting.


The proclamation, brought by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, would have also made April 26th Confederate Memorial Day.


Unknown to the SCV, attorney Wayne Kendall had planned a rally protesting the Confederate commemoration plans. Dozens of people showed up with signs and gave impassioned speeches and testimonies ahead of the meeting.


Dixie Heritage subscriber James Bearden, who drove more than an hour to attend the meeting in a Confederate uniform, was interviewed by CBS46. During the interview, he was confronted by a woman and man who were opposed to the measure.


Fayette County Commissioner Charles Oddo said he was disheartened by the rally and pushback. He told CBS46 that he had no idea the confederate proclamation would be a problem. “This came up after five years of doing the same proclamation without any incident,” Oddo said. “I was blown away that there were any issues. There are other things that are going on in the rest of the country, but this is Fayette County. I would’ve appreciated a call to say, ‘hey, we’ve got a problem with this and want to discuss it,’ before we got to this point,” Oddo went on.


One attendee, Edward Mitchell, a civil rights attorney, said he wishes the commissioners would have been able to vote. But ultimately the petitioner, also who leads the Georgia Division of the SCV left the meeting upset. That resulted in the proclamation being scrubbed from the agenda as a matter of technicality. So the majority of the commissioners who would have voted for it didn’t get the chance to do so.




In Wednesday’s travel ban case the Supreme Court considers “the president” vs. “this president”


As the Supreme Court’s hears final oral argument in the ongoing 9th circus opposition to President Trump’s travel ban the Court is ultimately determining the President’s authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry.


But, the unreported key to this debate of the past 15 months, will be whether or not the Supreme Court can separate “the president” from “this president.” Lower court judges have been unable to do so.


The President’s lawyers argued that: “The Constitution and acts of Congress . . . both confer on the President broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens outside the United States when he deems it in the nation’s interest.”


If THIS president’s comments and tweets were not a factor, many legal experts said the court would likely extend the deference to the political branches it has shown in the past when considering issues of immigration and national security.


Washington lawyer Gregory Garre, who defended executive authority as President George W. Bush’s solicitor general, said the law makes such respect clear. “No matter where the court ends up, the president starts with two significant pluses – the executive’s inherent constitutional authority over foreign affairs and a textually broad grant of authority by Congress to regulate the entry of aliens determined to be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” Garre said.


Los Angeles lawyer Theodore Boutrous agrees, with a caveat: But Trump.


“This case comes to the court with this backdrop of a president who has been shattering norms, even brazenly saying they don’t matter,” said Boutrous, who filed a brief on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urging the court to strike down the ban.


His brief on behalf of the bishops said that the travel ban is a result of “blatant religious discrimination” and that it “poses a substantial threat to religious liberty that this court has never tolerated before and should not tolerate now.”


The President’s lawyers argued that: “The scope of this court’s decision here will have an impact on this (and future) president’s ability to protect our national security interests as he (and Congress) sees fit,” said a brief filed by national security experts supporting Trump. “At the end of the day, it is not the role of the judiciary to intercede in such matters, and this court should clearly say so.”


The challengers are backed by a large number of organizations that contend otherwise. Religious groups say it is the job of the court to guard constitutional protections against religious discrimination. Universities say the ban harms them in recruiting students and scholars. A different set of national security experts say the ban will harm U.S. interests in the long run.


The libertarian Cato Institute says its research leads to the conclusion that the ban is based more on discrimination than protection.


Hopefully, the Justices have already signaled that they are inclined to rule for the administration. In December, the court issued a stay of a lower court’s injunction and allowed the ban to take effect, with only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor noting their objections.


Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, said only once in the more-than-a-decade Roberts court have the justices granted a stay without later reversing the opinion of the lower court.


As the Court deliberates, I fear that it will all boil down to how how the individual Justices view Donald Trump. If they rule against “THIS President,” they set a precedent allowing the nation’s lower courts to parse campaign statements and the like, this could potentially hamstring not just “this president” but all future presidents.




Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, a couple who manage a Florida-based law firm, joined President Donald Trump’s legal team Thursday.


The entry of Giuliani, an experienced attorney, immediately raises questions about how or even if President Trump will engage with Mueller.


When asked why he accepted the job, Giuliani said that, “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller.”


The President said in a statement that Giuliani “wants to get this matter quickly resolved.”




With several Trump-Russia investigations still underway, the Democrat Party on Friday filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in New York, alleging that Russia, members of the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conducted a “brazen attack on our democracy, including the DNC hack and dissemination of stolen documents.”


“This is not partisan, it’s patriotic,” the DNC announced — in all seriousness.


The Washington Post was the first to report on the lawsuit, titling its article: “DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks for conspiracy to disrupt 2016 campaign.”


The DNC said its lawsuit is “based on facts, admissions of defendants in multiple criminal proceedings, including their own words, records that have been released in legal filings, the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community and widely confirmed news reports.”


The lawsuit comes one month after Republicans on the House intelligence committee ended the “interview phase” of the committee’s Trump-Russia investigation after finding no evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.




The Chicago Tribune reports that President Trump has complained this week about Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, saying the judge had proved too liberal in recent cases, according to administration officials who heard about the complaints.


Associates said he was incensed that Gorsuch had voted against the administration on an immigration case and said it renewed his doubts that Gorsuch would be a reliable conservative. One top Trump adviser played down the comments as unhappiness with Gorsuch’s decision rather than with Gorsuch broadly.


You Have to Wonder
by Al Benson, Jr.


Al Benson, Jr., is the editor of the Copperhead Chronicle, and a regular contributor to Southern Patriot and the Sierra Times. He is a member of the Confederate Society of America, League of the South; the Friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; and other patriotic groups.


Looking at what is and has been going on in the Middle East for a long time, you have to wonder if getting rid of Christianity there is a main part of the agenda, both over there and in this country.


In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was no Sunday school teacher. He was a brutal dictator, who had been placed in power by the United States. They used to say of him, “Hussein was a thug, but he was our thug.” One thing you had to say about him, though, was that for all his faults, and they were numerous, he left the Christians in Iraq alone. They were not persecuted under his regime. You cannot say the same for his Muslim successors.


Now we have this mess going on in Syria and Assad is supposed to be the reincarnation of Hitler, Attilla the Hun and the Mongol hoards all rolled into one. We have certain people that are screaming for “regime change” in Syria. Quite frankly, these chemical attacks that have gone on there look like classic false flag events. The same pattern seems to emerge in all of them and it’s like someone carries these out, about a year or so apart from one another and this brings on yet another shout for “regime change.” Sort of like-well we tried this last year and it didn’t take, so let’s wait awhile and try it again this year. Surely in the lapse of time between the last try and this one, people will have forgotten that we used this scenario before and we can do it the same way again and all the right people will howl again this year for “regime change.” Sound familiar?


And again in Syria, as in Iraq, Assad doesn’t bother the Christians. As bad as he is, do you think what replaces him with a change of regimes will leave the Christian alone? If Assad is toppled you will almost certainly see him replaced with some sort of radical Islamic group which has as part of its agenda some sort of Sharia Law and the destruction of Christianity. That’s what all these Islamic groups in the Middle East want, no matter what they say. If the truth were known, that’s what Obama wanted when he was in office. Anyone ever notice how many Muslims were part of his administration? If you think he was about to give Christians a fair shake then you are dreaming!


Make no mistake, our Deep State in this country wants Assad gone in Syria and in all those Middle Eastern countries they want regimes that will be compliant to their concept of a One World Government. Our Deep State here wants a Middle East made in its own image just as much as they want a United States molded in their own image. These people, with the help of the United Nations, want to construct a modern Tower of Babel and reach up to Heaven and secure a place there for themselves all on their own. No “salvation only through Jesus Christ” for these people! They’ll make it on their own-so they think! Too late they will realize their gross error-but by then they will have destroyed lives and countries-all the more for them to answer for!


Truly hath God said “All who hate me love death.”


by Mark Vogl


A graduate of The Citadel, Mark Vogl is an historian who believes history provides an infinite number of lessons for modern living. He lives in east Texas.


Just about 300 years is the amount of time the Divine Potter took to shape and create America. Columbus sailed in 1492, and his first entry in his ship’s log states the sole purpose of his voyage; evangelism! Did you know that? Nope, they did not teach it in school. They should have, but they didn’t. But the other place you should have heard it was from the pulpit.


Columbus was a remarkable man and a Christian. Bet you didn’t know that either. Again, that should have been talked about in two places, public school and the pulpit.


From 1492 to 1789 and the first Inauguration of George Washington, Providence was evident here in the new world, in what would become the United States. Providence, what’s that? Providence was a common term in daily use in the colonies. Providence is the manifestation of God’s plan here on earth! America’s first Euro- citizens knew that, and spoke of it, wrote of it, and depended on it. The term has all but disappeared from the American language, and that is symbolic of how this nation has changed. Once we relied on Providence as much as we do gravity. Today we don’t even know what the term means.


If we can’t hear about Providence in public schools, how come the pulpit doesn’t use the word? How come Christian radio and famous preachers don’t use the word?


Before we go further, lets talk about God and history. If you read the Bible you can’t miss the connection. God was in history. God was so much in history it’s easy to see His Story, in history! And if we go to Psalms Chapter 78, verses 1 thru 11 we see God talking about the importance of history. In fact, God saw it as so important that He commanded Israel to make a law requiring it be taught to the children! Why? God says if you study history, you will see….Him! God is in history. He is the director of history, like a great composer and director of an orchestra! Barry Manilow sings a song: “I Write the Songs.” I think he is speaking for God each time he sings that song. But, we should just as easily see God proclaim “I Write the History!”


For three hundred years, waves of immigrants from Europe crossed the perils of the Atlantic and settled in a wild country. The Reformation had brought a new energy to Western civilization, and that fervor and faith came west to America. Pilgrims and Puritans, Lutherans and Congregationalists, Baptists and Methodists, came. Quakers were drawn to the “Holy Experiment” in Pennsylvania and the Presbyterians went to the Blue Ridge and Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia!


You should have been taught all this in public school. This is the history of America. But, for me, I should like to hear it from the pulpit in this time. You see, America was a refuge for Christians, of all denominations. Immigrants came here to live their faith! The church was the center of the community and the pastor most likely the most educated of all the people in the new villages and towns that sprang up. Colonies, later states, did have official churches, and in eight of the states at the time the Constitution was ratified, office holders had to swear they were Christian! Not strange for a nation where more than 99 percent of the Euro population were avowed Christians! Think I am exaggerating? Read George Washington’s Sacred Fire, by Dr. Peter Lillback.


Providence was ever present in all the colonies. What should have been impossible, happened almost with ease as the Hand of God made the path straight. The success of America was so apparent so early, that a French philosopher and social scientist came to America to discover why the revolution here worked, while the one in France collapsed. Alexis d’ Tocqueville traveled through the new nation for more than a year. The lessons he learned he penned in Democracy in America. “It must never be forgotten that religion gave birth to Anglo-American society.” He went on “The Americans, having admitted the principle doctrines of the Christian religion without inquiry, are obliged to accept in like manner a great number of moral truths originating in it and connected with it.”


Tocqueville saw that American Exceptionalism came from a Covenant between God and this nation. So how come the pulpit is silent?


God had so much to do with the creation of this nation, that the 4th of July should be a religious holiday, as much as a patriotic one. And every year, the 4th of July offers a time for reflection and prayer, and thanks to God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit for this nation.


But it’s more than just reciting history. The founders were very clear about the importance of the Christian character of America. They said many times and in many ways that America could not work without a vibrant moral people, a “virtuous citizenry.” And, they said it not just in speeches and letters, but in law.


The Northwest Ordinance, the law which described how new states would be created and added to the Union was very specific about how important religion was. In Article 3 it states: “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Please read that again. Do you see the reason the founders thought education important? And this law was adopted twice, once under the Articles of Confederation, and once under the Constitution! (Decisions by the Supreme Court which kicked God out of the classroom is evidence of Satan in our midst. No other explanation can be provided.) And the pulpit is silent.


I could provide endless quotes from the Founders. If you are interested in those quotes, purchase Bill Federer’s book, America’s God and Country.


America is in trouble. It’s no secret. One man cannot correct what is wrong with America. One political party cannot either…and right now neither party is even trying. Only God can fix what is wrong. So will the preachers of America stand up? Will they do the job of their colonial ancestors? Will pastors rally the people as they did in the Revolution? If you read this, and are a pastor, and need references…write me. If you are a person of influence, a citizen concerned with the future of your nation, and you want to learn about America’s Christian Colonial Heritage, contact me. This story is big, it is not in one colony, or in a few years…it is a story that stretches over four continents and much more than 300 years…it stretches back to St. Thomas!


We have never needed our pastors or Christians more.




The Lakeland, Florida Commission received 51 calls on Friday, April 20th: 49 asking for the monument to stay and 2 for removal. We need to continue to bombard them with calls.


Lakeland City Hall commissioners: 834-6000 or 834-6005 (daytime) or Traci Terry, Office Associate|City Manager and tell her you want the war memorial monument to stay at Munn Park Historic District.


863-834-6268 | traci.terry@lakelandgov.net – You can leave a message with Traci after hours.


It’s a monument to the “All Confederate Dead.” “The city should not use tax payers money ($225,000) to remove a monument when it could help the homeless issue in Lakeland or go to the public schools to protect our children.”


Energy Services who placed a bid for removal: 813-931-8853 – leave a message on any extension. Tell them you don’t want it moved and to withdraw their bid, etc.


Lawrence Marsh in Maryland submits the following:


America does not have a racial relations problem. What it does have is a conflict of socio-political and economic values, in the which race is being disingenuously exploited to foster the cause of an extreme Left-wing ideology.


Most black Democrats will vote for a white Democrat before they will vote for a black Republican. Similarly, black Republicans have many more white friends, than they do black friends. Most blacks, being Democrat, will harass and threaten their Republican brethren with violence, calling them “Uncle Tom”, “sell-outs”, “Oreo cookies”, etc. So it is socio-political values, and not skin color per se, that really makes for “racial” division in America.


Most of black America is OK with abortion, the single biggest killer of black people in America today. Most blacks, being Democrats, voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton, in turn, has a Margaret Sanger award. Margaret Sanger championed the cause of racist eugenics in the early 20th century.


Of all murders occurring in the United States, those where villain and victim are of the same race outnumber those where villain and victim are of different races, according to DoJ statistics.


In summary, it is time to rip the ideological mask off of America’s “race relations problem”, and see it for what it really is.


Nancy Hitt writes:


[Syndicated columnist Charles] Krauthammer who you allowed into your Dixie report is one of the worst neo-cons. Believe it or not, paralyzed or not, he helped lead our soldiers into wars upon sovereign nations full of primitive peoples. For that cities lie in ruins and Amerika is despised.


Russ Walker offers the following correction to a previous issue:


The captain’s correct name was Julian Dusenbury. He was the Executive Officer of cadets at Clemson University in December 1941. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he led a group of students in a patriotic demonstration on the lawn of the University President’s house to proclaim that they would leave school to enlist.


Southerners have long been among the most willing to serve in the American army.


Dusenbury’s grandson, Stuart, was among them. Even today forty percent of our troops come from the South as compared to fifteen percent from the Northeast.


The Union League Catechism: Radical indoctrination in pursuit of power
by Mike Scruggs


Mike Scruggs is a retired combat pilot and a Vietnam War veteran. He is also a retired stock broker. Currently he writes as a columnist for the Tribune newspapers.


Following the “Civil War” and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Northern “Radical Republicans” (their own name for themselves) took control of Congress. They consolidated their power in the 1866 elections. They are best known for imposing harsh conditions of Reconstruction on the South, including turning ten of them into five military districts ruled by U.S. Army general officers, because they refused to ratify the 14th Amendment. Virginia was Military District 1. North Carolina and South Carolina were Military District 2. Alabama, Georgia, and Florida were Military District 3. Arkansas and Mississippi were Military District 4, and Texas and Louisiana were Military District 5. Senator Sumner of Massachusetts, a leading Radical, also threatened to place Kentucky and Maryland under military rule for not supporting the 14th Amendment. Tennessee remained a state with full rights because its legislature did vote for the 14th Amendment, although there was not a legal quorum for the vote. Tennessee was, however, ruled by the most radical governor of Reconstruction, William G. Brownlow. Brownlow disenfranchised Confederate veterans in 1865, while Confederate veterans were not disenfranchised in the other ten states until the First Reconstruction Act in March 1867, which created the five military districts and effectively disenfranchised Confederate veterans, about 85 percent of eligible white voters during the early Reconstruction years. The Reconstruction era is considered to be 1865 to 1877, but began to soften in most Southern States by 1870-1872.


Some of the most famous Radical Republicans were U.S. Senators Charles Sumner (MA), Ben Wade (OH), and Zachariah Chandler (MI); and U.S. Representatives Thaddeus Stephens (PA), Benjamin Butler (MA, and former Union general), Henry Winter Davis (MD), and Schuyler Colfax (IN), Speaker of the House. To these must be added Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Following Lincoln’s assassination Thaddeus Stephens was frequently referred to as “the Boss of America.”


The Radicals tried to impeach President Andrew Johnson on the premise that he did not have the right to remove Secretary of War Stanton from office, because of their “Tenure of Office Act.” Besides not wanting Stanton in his Cabinet, Johnson thoroughly distrusted Stanton and was outraged when he learned of Stanton’s withholding an important recommendation for clemency by the military court that tried Mary Surratt as an alleged accomplice in the assassination of Lincoln. Mary Surratt’s trial was a shameful political injustice, but the military court recommended clemency. Because Stanton deliberately withheld the military court’s clemency recommendation from Johnson, she was hanged.


In general, the Radical Republicans were also virtue-signaling radical abolitionists, who hated the South and wanted to destroy its culture and remake it into a safely Republican cultural and voting region. If a solid Democrat South re-emerged after Reconstruction, the chances of the Radical Republicans continuing to hold power would be considerably damaged. Their political survival and victory plans involved displacing solid conservative Democrat majorities with a combination of Northern carpet-baggers, Southern scalawags (collaborators), and newly enfranchised black voters thoroughly indoctrinated to vote Radical Republican.


The Union League was in charge of this Radical Republican indoctrination, which included creating an atmosphere of resentment towards their former masters and other conservative whites. The Union League local organizations were secret fraternal orders with mysterious ceremonies-somewhat like the Klan. However, the Union League preceded the Klan, which was first seen in June 1866, by more than a year, and exceeded the Klan in violent tactics. The Klan originally arose as regulators to protect against Union League violence and exploitive Carpet-bagger corruption in the conquered Southern states.




Q: With what party should the colored man vote?
A: The Union Republican Party


Q: What is the difference between Radicals and Republicans?
A: There is none.


Q: Would the Democrats take away all the Negro’s rights?
A: They would.


Q: The colored men then should vote with the Republican or Radical Party?
A: They should and shun the Democratic Party as they would the overseer’s lash and the auction block.


Q: Is Mr. Sumner a Republican?
A: He is, and a Radical; so are Thad Stevens, Senator Wilson, Judge Kelley, Gen. Butler, Speaker Colfax, Chief Justice Chase, and all other men who believe in giving colored men their rights.


The Radical Republicans felt that the Constitution was a hindrance to powerful consolidated government. They also gained a reputation for corruption, not only in their vengeful exploitation of Southern resources and property, but also in their involvement with such schemes as the Credit Mobillier scandal, in which members of Congress received payments of cash and discounted stock from the Union Pacific Railroad in exchange for favorable action during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. They considered President Grant an ally, because he was generally cooperative with their stated aims. Thereby the Grant Administration gained the reputation as the most corrupt in U.S. history. My own opinion is that Grant was neither Radical nor crooked, but he was politically naïve, trusted many of the wrong people, and was slow to discern devious motives.


The Radicals were not popular with Lincoln, but he needed them in his political majority. Many of the Radicals strongly disliked Lincoln because of his plans for a relatively lenient Reconstruction, which they believed would result in the re-emergence of a solidly conservative Democrat South, thus frustrating Radical ambitions. Several historians have pointed to strong circumstantial evidence that Radicals might have facilitated Lincoln’s assassination. John Chandler Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus from the University of South Carolina, in his 2006 book, Abraham Lincoln’s Execution, makes a credible case that Secretary of War Edmund Stanton was such an ambitious conspirator. Allegations that anti-radical Vice-President Andrew Johnson was a conspirator, however, are neither convincing nor logical.


In his speech to the Texas and Arkansas bar associations in 1906, Thomas W. Gregory, who was Attorney General of the United States from 1914 to 1919, under President Woodrow Wilson, said:


“The brutality and senselessness of the great wrong of reconstruction cannot be forgiven or forgotten. It welded every element of the South into eternal opposition to a political party; it made adherence to that party moral, social, and political treason; it made it impossible for us to divide on any issues of expediency or even of right and wrong; and, to sum it all up, it made it impossible for a Southern-born-and-bred man to vote the Republican ticket and go home and face his wife and children.”


In 1877, because of widespread corruption and an increasing recognition by Northern Republicans and Democrats alike that Reconstruction had been a moral and political disaster, the Radical Republican movement collapsed.


Rather than the South becoming a solid Radical Republican region, it became a solid conservative Democrat region, until the Democrat Party began to drift to the left in the early 1960s. Some Southern shifting to the Republicans began with Eisenhower, but starting with the Goldwater Presidential campaign in 1964, the South began to move toward conservative Republican dominance. This is, however, being significantly eroded by immigration from more liberal Northern states and massive immigration from third world countries.




Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.


Timothy W. Ryback is an American historian and the Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in The Hague. He previously served as the Deputy-Secretary General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris, and as Director and Vice President of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Prior to this, he was a lecturer in the Concentration of History and Literature at Harvard University.


Ryback wrote an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled: Forensic Evidence Of the Holocaust Must Be Preserved


To read the Full Wall Street Journal Article:




In the Wall Street Journal article, Ryback makes the following startling concessions:


The Auschwitz ‘Gas Chambers’ shown to tourists are actually a “reconstruction” built AFTER the war by the Soviets.


Germans used “delousing chambers” to prevent death by typhus.


The remains of the alleged “gas chambers” tested negative for poison gas.


The original Auschwitz death toll of “4 million” was a massive exaggeration.


There is no documentary evidence of the “Holocaust.” No “smoking gun” evidence / “dearth of hard evidence,” etc.


I only bring this up here today because if I were to have attempted to discuss these things this week with my radio guest the German police might have been knocking on his door before we had even finished the interview.


Had I asked him a question, such as, “if the Auschwitz death toll was shaved down by 3 million, why does your government keep saying 6 million? Has 1st-grade math, like modern physics, become “relative”?


Well, that discussion could have given my friend a very long jail sentence.


For that matter, I suggest that Dr. Ryback never visit Germany because there was enough material in his WSJ article to brand him as a “Holocaust Denier” under German and EU laws.


Cue the sound of crickets, please….


Seriously though, just as Germany is heavily censoring the history of the WWII era. And just as they have forbidden all scholarly discussion, or even the asking of legitimate questions – well, the same is beginning to happen in the United States, not in terms of the Holocaust, but in reference to the “Civil War,” and to “slavery.”


Until Next Week,
Deo Vindice!
Chaplain Ed


Dixie Heritage
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