Dixie Heritage News – Friday, Jun 1, 2018
Remembering Georgia’s Veterans
The Commission studying what to do with Richmond, Virginia’s prominent Confederate monuments has been given another month to complete its report.
The Commission convened last year by Mayor Levar Stoney has been holding work sessions to weigh the future of the monuments in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. Options under consideration have included adding historical context to the monuments or removing them.
The Commission had been expected to submit its recommendations for Monument Avenue by Thursday. But a post on its website Tuesday said the deadline has been pushed forward to July 2.
ITS NOT JUST CONFEDERATE NAMES
The Richmond Public Schools (Virginia) has raised the possibility of name changes at schools not named after Confederates, including George Mason Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School, George Wythe High School, and John Marshall High School.
“It’s a much bigger discussion and we have to receive the information, the research about different schools, so that the board can have a discussion as far as next steps,” said board Chairwoman Dawn Page.
Superintendent Jason Kamras said Thursday that his administration will conduct this research “so we have a complete understanding of all our names” before sharing its findings with the board. “I think we have to have that conversation,” he said. ”
NEBRASKA COMPATRIOT’S TRUCK AND FLAG VANDALIZED
A pickup truck, which belongs to Michael Mackey, was vandalized Sunday night or Monday morning in Grand Island while parked at 3965 Reuting Road.
The truck bed had both American and Confederate flags. While the American Flag was not damaged, the Confederate Flag was taken down and cut up. In addition, the vandal scratched the words “f— your flag” on the side of the truck.
The truck’s four tires were punctured. The vandal slashed the driver’s seat and back seat, making the cuts in the shape of an X. The front windshield, the driver’s side mirror and part of the dash board were also broken.
SOUTHERN CONGRESSMAN TARGETED
Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced Monday that he would not run for reelection because he plans to seek treatment for alcoholism, The Washington Post reported.
The congressman and member of the House Freedom Caucus made the announcement in a video.
To insure that the announcement would be made, four of the Congressman’s former staff members were produced to provide a potential ethics violation against his wife.
Garrett is the 48th Republican to retire or to announce that they will not be seeking reelection in 2018.
There is a definite movement afoot to remove Southern and constitutionally minded incumbents in the House to clear the way for liberals to take their place in the mid-term election. If this succeeds, and the Democrats gain majority, Donald Trump will be impeached regardless of the outcome of the Mueller investigation.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS EFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
Tucker Carlson ended his May 22nd Fox News broadcast by saying that the United States will be at war with Iran much sooner than anyone at CNN wants to report. is there more to this story than his editors and producers are allowing him to tell?
MID-TERM ELECTIONS TO BE STOLEN
The following chart, produced by Judicial watch, shows how many more people are registered to vote THAN TOTAL ADULTS IN THE STATE.
In reality, 35 percent of all proven living adults in America ARE NOT registered to vote. If that is the case, having the records show more people registered to vote than are even alive positively guarantees an election steal. Even if almost all registered voters voted one way, having more than 35 percent fake votes to add to the Democrat side of the equation will guarantee a win, even if almost all registered voters that are actually alive vote Republican. That’s how bad the system is rigged, WE LOSE. READ IT AND WEEP:
THIS IS PRECISELY WHY HILLARY DEMANDED TO WIN. SHE KNEW THE ABILITY TO RIG THE VOTE WAS SO OFF THE CHARTS A LOSS WAS NOT POSSIBLE.
The Most Fearlessly Pro-Life President
by Mark A. Thiessen
Marc A. Thiessen is a columnist for the Washington Post, a New York Times bestselling author, and a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His 15-year national security career took him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon to the White House, where he was chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush.
President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem dehumanizing innocent, unborn children.
Trump has stood up for the humanity of the unborn child like no president in recent memory. And this is why so many Christian conservatives stick with him. Witness the foot-stomping standing ovation the president received Tuesday night at the annual Campaign for Life gala of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. Not only was Trump reportedly the first president to address this incredible organization in its 26-year history, he used the occasion to deliver on yet another pro-life promise, one that his Republican predecessors could not, or would not, fulfill: He announced a new rule to stop indirect taxpayer funding of abortion through the Title X family planning program.
“When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life, and as president, that’s exactly what I have done,” Trump declared. “Today, we have kept another promise. My administration has proposed a new rule to prohibit Title X funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions.”
Any organization receiving Title X funds will be required to establish a bright line of both physical and financial separation between its family planning activities and any program or facility that performs or refers women for abortions. Since 1976, federal law has prohibited use of federal funds for abortion. But today, Planned Parenthood clinics that receive federal family planning funds often essentially refer women for on-site abortions. Under Trump’s Protect Life Rule, this will no longer be permitted.
The Protect Life Rule is a victory pro-life Americans have been awaiting for three decades. President Ronald Reagan first issued a version of the rule in 1988, but pro-abortion groups challenged it in court. The George H.W. Bush administration fought them all the way to the Supreme Court and won: In 1991, the court upheld the Reagan rule in Rust v. Sullivan. But the ruling came too late; Bill Clinton soon took office and withdrew the rule.
When George W. Bush was elected, he failed to reinstate the rule during his eight years in office. My former White House colleague Yuval Levin recently wrote that the reinstatement effort “was abandoned in the spring of 2006, in a deputies-level policy gathering that was one of the most contentious meetings I ever witnessed in government.”
In the Trump administration, there were apparently no “contentious” meetings or hand-wringing over the impact on Capitol Hill. He just did it. This fearlessness when it comes to the cause of life is what warms the hearts of Christian conservatives and makes them loyal to the president.
The left is, of course, outraged. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Trump’s action “despicable,” and the New York Times editorial page complained that the rule “could devastate groups like Planned Parenthood.” That is, unfortunately, a gross overstatement, as Planned Parenthood gets three-quarters of its federal funds through Medicaid, which would not be impacted. But it is music to pro-life ears. And despite Democrats’ anger, the new rule should have broad public support. A Marist poll released in January found that 60 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars for abortion, while only 36 percent approve.
Since taking office, Trump has taken many steps to ensure our tax dollars are not used to subsidize the taking of innocent human life. He got a record number of conservative judges confirmed during his first year; allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood; defunded the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund; restored and expanded the Mexico City policy banning taxpayer funds for groups that perform abortions overseas; and exempted organizations with moral objections against providing abortifacient drugs from the Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. He is, as SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser put it Tuesday, “the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.”
“Every life is sacred, and every child is a precious gift from God,” Trump declared Tuesday night. “We know that every life has meaning and that every life is totally worth protecting.” Trump is doing everything in his power to protect those lives. That is why pro-life conservatives stick with him.
Orwellian Doublespeak Covers Multitude of Sins
by Al Benson, Jr.
Al Benson is the editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, and a regular contributor to Southern Patriot, The Patriotist, The Fire Eater, and the Sierra Times. He is a member of the Confederate Society of America, the League of the South; the Friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; and other patriotic groups.
Over the past several days I have been reading internet articles pertaining to some of the Deep States efforts to destabilize the Trump presidency. The Deep State swamp dwellers are all cultural Marxists, which means they pull some really dirty tricks and then proceed to accuse their enemies of doing exactly what they have just done.
Like regular doctrinaire Marxists, who are their spiritual second cousins, they are also adept at twisting language around so their filthy deeds appear somehow noble and chock full of virtue.
One case in point is Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has been caught numerous times in various stages of prevarication in front of congressional committees. To just accuse him of lying would be a gross insult to all the honest liars in the world. Clapper has the ability to verbally take a sow’s ear and transform it into a silk purse-one made out of solid gold-provided you don’t look too close!
There was an article on https://www.zerohedge.com for May 25th where Mr. Clapper duly noted that the FBI wasn’t really spying on Trump. All it was doing was practicing “benign information gathering” in regard to those scores of Russian agents they seem to think were infesting the Trump campaign. Clapper went so far as to criticize Trump for complaining about any FBI spies, claiming Trump should have been grateful to the FBI that they were spying on him. If you were foolish enough to believe what the Deep State denizens said you’d think everyone but Putin’s third cousin was knee-deep in the Trump campaign.
So let’s get this straight. Stefan Halper, who was just recently outed as the FBI’s informant after he infiltrated the Trump campaign wasn’t really a “spy” against Trump. In reality, he was merely a “benign information gatherer” against the Russians and for the FBI and Trump ought to give him a gold medal for what he did. Anyone believing a word of this cockamamie pile of cow chips, as much of the media seems to have, has to have horse feathers for brains. “Benign information gatherers” my foot! These people (and it now turns out Halper may not have been the only one) were spying on the Trump campaign plain and simple. Now they are playing the Orwellian doublespeak card because they are beginning to realize, in spite of their own insufferable arrogance, they could be in deep trouble because Hillary didn’t steal the presidency and therefore, they risk exposure for their illegal activities.
Then there was the Washington Mullah, John Brennan, who was duly noted in an article on https://spectator.org on May 18th. The Spectator article observed: “But make no mistake about it: that the FBI and the CIA, on little more than the say-so of a virulent Trump hater like Brennan were meeting to spy on the campaign of Hillary’s opponent makes Watergate look like a tenth-rate burglary. Nixon, at his most Machiavellian, wouldn’t have thought to form a ‘working group at Langley’ against McGovern. But Obama, via Brennan, did the equivalent for Hillary. For all intents and purposes, Crossfire Hurricane did not begin in July 2016 but at the moment Trump emerged as Hillary’s rival. Brennan, shortly thereafter, was bringing CIA agents, FBI agents, NSA agents, and an assortment of Obama’s political aides together in one room at CIA headquarters to bat around ideas on how to smoke out the campaign of Hillary’s opponent. Out of these meetings came the plot to infiltrate the Trump campaign.” And you have to understand, Messrs, Clapper and Brennan and the rest of this assemblage all did this solely for the purpose of “benign information gathering.” No harm intended toward the Trump campaign at all-they just wanted to smoke out all those evil Russians Trump had in his campaign-even though no one had even brought up the subject at that point.
I haven’t said hardly anything about Operation Crossfire Hurricane up to this point and it would make for a long article to try to fit it in here, and I have already had a few complaints about my articles being way too long for some folks. So to deal with this subject I will give you a link to a blog spot that does have an article about it up-back on May 20th. The blog spot is https://lamecherry.blogspot.com and it has an article, almost ten pages long on Operation Crossfire Hurricane that explains what it was and lists all the usual suspects involved with it, FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour Lisa Page among them. It is worth checking out. Part of the Lame Cherry expose is an article from July 11, 2015, the title of which is Bill Clinton Tells Jeb Bush, “This Trump Thing Will Be Taken Care Of.”
Seems like they are still working on that and it hasn’t gone quite as well as they had hoped.
I Don’t think it would be out of line for Christians to actively pray that the bottom would fall out of the Deep States “benign information gathering” effort and that their efforts to get Hillary into the White House no matter what would be exposed. In order for the Deep State to succeed, the will of the American electorate must be thwarted, whatever the cost and whoever gets hurt.
ABOLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES!
by Dr. Scott Lively
Dr. Scott Lively is a Dixie Heritage subscriber and a Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.
Start Over With a New System Under Local (Not State) Control, Tasked with Confronting the Epidemic of Family Breakdown by Restoring Families, Strengthening Marriages, and Establishing Community-Based Family-First Social Policies.
The Department of Children and Family Services CANNOT BE FIXED because It operates on the Marxist philosophy (originating in Soviet Russia in the 1920s) that the state and not the family is the highest authority in the lives of children. When the premise is so deeply flawed, the conclusions it reaches are unavoidably unsound, and thus the “solutions” are always corrupt.
This philosophy, called Statism, also rules our public school system and explains why parents have been squeezed out of the decision-making process in the choice of curriculum, classroom instruction, and “politically correct” socialization programs and policies.
Statism is in fact the ruling philosophy of the government of Massachusetts for the past half-century, which is why political power is increasingly top-down and centralized in Boston, instead of bottom-up and de-centralized across the entire state as the Founders intended.
THE ONLY ANSWER TO PROBLEMS AT DCF, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, and IN OUR GOVERNMENT, IS NEW AGENCIES UNDER LOCAL CONTROL THAT RESPECT THE ESSENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY AND THE CONCEPT OF LIMITED, DELEGATED POWER.
Pat Shannan from Georgia writes:
All of this rearrangement of history could have been nipped in the bud if the KKK had heeded my unsolicited but public advice in 2003.
When Georgia got enough dumbed-down Negroes in office to vote in a new state flag w/o any Confederate reminders therein, my recommendation was that the Klan immediately adopt IT as their new marching flag. That could have made for a double face-slapping of retaliation. Not only would the Confederate flag have disappeared as a (phony) symbol of “hate,” but imagine how foolish the Georgia legislature would have looked the past decade and a half!
Pastor Kemble from Texas writes:
Men Are Just Happier People!
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress – $5,000. Tux rental – $100.
People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about all sports.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes
No wondermen are happier!
·If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
·If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
·When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
·A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
·A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.
·A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
·The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337 A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
·A woman has the last word in any argument.
·Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
·A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
·A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
·A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
·A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.
·A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
·A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
·Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
·Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
·Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
·A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!
Turning “Southerner” into a Curse Word
by Phil Leigh
Phil Leigh contributed 24 articles to The New York Times Disunion Series. He is the author of several War Between the States books.
Villainous debaters know that if they can demonize their opponent, the audience can be persuaded to ignore the opponent’s arguments-no matter how valid. Politicians on the left commonly do this with Fox News. They turn Fox into a kind of curse word. Thus, should Fox correctly report “The sky is blue” lefties might respond, “Ah, that’s just Fox. They can’t be taken seriously.” Conservatives do the same with media sources such as the Washington Post or New York Times.
Similarly, those leading the dominant anti-Southern interpretation of the Civil War and Reconstruction are gradually transforming the word “Southern” into a curse word. The trend is most evident at online discussion groups where history professors send their acolytes to shout down and disparage voices that fail to conform to the dominant anti-Southern interpretations. Anyone soundly expressing counterpoints will soon be dismissed in a number of derogatory ways as the acolytes try to avoid debate.
Those with counter arguments may, for example, be accused of being “slavery apologists” or “Confederate apologists” or “Neo-Confederates.” At the very least they will be called disciples of “Lost Cause Mythology.” All such terms are code words to the mainstream school. Anyone the mainstream tags with such labels is unjustly assumed to be a deluded and ignorant racist. The code terms are sometimes used precisely as curse words: “Oh, that’s just Neo-Confederate nonsense. Don’t pay any attention to that slavery apologist.” (When they type the insulting accusations against you they make a show of acting like they are simultaneously trying to hunt down a spray-can of Raid.)
Presently, as noted, mainstreamers are focused on transforming the word “Southerner” into a profanity. Notwithstanding that “Southerner” has long been understood to refer to whites from the South, anyone using the it on Civil War discussion boards will be criticized for failing to precede it with the adjective “white.” Use “Southern” in an unmodified form and you’ll be accused of chauvinism, if not racism.
Nonetheless, critics of the presumptions in the word “Southern” will commonly refer to themselves as “Americans” if they go Europe, Asia, or Africa. They seem to forget the presumptions in the word “American.” There are, after all, about twenty other counties in “the Americas.” So why should “American” mean someone from the United States? Does it not also need a qualifying adjective?
In reality, since both “American” and “Southern” have connotations that are widely accepted by convention there should be no problem in using either word. If, however, a Southerner is required to use the qualifying adjective “white” in order to be technically correct, it is hypocritical to excuse the use of “American” because it is technically incorrect too. But hypocrisy is not rare among those who hate Southerners.
Puritans, part 4: Yankee Sanctification
Rebecca is a truth warrior, wife, boymom, and apologetics practitioner for Orthodox Christianity, the Southern tradition, homeschooling, and liberty. A recovering feminist-socialist-atheist and retired mainstream journalist turned domesticated belle and rabble-rousing rhetorician. A mama who’s adept at triggering statists, so she’s going to bang as loudly as she can.
“It was my first introduction to damn Yankees,” my oldest sister remarked of her first semester at James Madison University in the fall of 1982. It was here, at this university nestled in the mountains of Virginia and named after one of the state’s most famous sons, that her Northern dormitory suite-mates were horrified by such flagrant abuse of their delicate and enlightened sensibilities.
My sister’s crime? Being unapologetically Southern. See, she had not only hung on the wall an ornamental Derringer handgun, which these Pennsylvania and Jersey girls chirped would surely be the death of them, but she had the brazen balls – of which many a Southern belle are known to figuratively possess – to also quietly display a huge Confederate Battle Flag beside her bed.
These white chicks from up yonder were aghast at my sister’s pride of home and heritage, unsubtly disapproved of her accent, and were repelled by her refusal to take down the violent weapon or the Confederate symbol of hate. The audacity! Doesn’t that hayseed know her place? Doesn’t she know we’re offended? And why doesn’t she care that we’re shunning her?
“[Yankees] are pretty much like Southerners – except with worse manners, of course, and terrible accents.” – Author Margaret Mitchell
And their ironic position of attending a Southern institution named after the man who penned the Constitution and then calling racists the very people who fought and died and sacrificed to try to uphold those principles didn’t register with these miseducated youngsters. Who needs history when you have Yankee sanctification, right?
Just think if these crass carpetbaggers were smart enough to know that it was actually a Derringer which John Wilkes Booth used to shoot and kill their “Great Emancipator,” or that the “Rebel Flag” is based upon the heraldic Christian symbol, the St. Andrew’s cross, they’re pliable heads may have just imploded right there on the spot.
But what’s the deal? This was 1982, for goodness sake – an era when Bo and Luke Duke were outrunning the law in their Battle Flag-cad muscle car on the smash TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” And the oil tycoons, cattle ranchers, and spicy damsels of “Dallas” were at peak popularity.
Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers were cranking out Southern-rock hits that dominated Top 40 radio. And Johnny Cash was proudly singing in front of the Battle Flag on “The Muppet Show.” To be cool was to be Southern.
My sister’s “god-awful” dorm mates were simply the product of New England schools, which Thomas Jefferson referred to as the “dark Federalist mills” of the North. These re-educated girls were harbingers of the full-throated cultural genocide, iconoclasm, colonization, and puritanical progressivism that has really kicked into high gear over the last few decades. If we just hadn’t been so darn hospitable!
“A Yankee is a particular breed of person who believes that everyone should live as he does, and if not, he will force you to bend to his will.”
– Historian Dr. Brion McClanahan
I believe it was James A. Bayard, Jr., a U.S. senator of Delaware, who coined the phrase “Yankee Puritanism.” It was a common theme in his letters and speeches after the War of Northern Aggression and it spoke of the Union’s toxic cocktail of immoral centralized power and its use in attaining allegedly “moral reform” through law.
But Dixie wasn’t always the stomping grounds of petty imperialists. As I’ve unpacked in parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series, sectionalism remained strong in the first 250 years of America’s history, even with the movements of the Great Awakening missionaries, Western expansion, and “national greatness” politics.
The North-South divide was always palpable and the urban-rural split increasingly stark. Southerners were winning prosperity-wise, and New Englanders were jealous. But the Jeffersonian vision which dominated America from 1800 till the outbreak of the War also benefited the country as a whole.
But the South itself wasn’t homogeneous. For instance, the anti-authoritarian Scots and closely knit Celts who settled in Appalachia didn’t much care for the Cavaliers in the Piedmont and Tidewater regions.
Throw into that mix multi-generations of Africans who lived with some 5-25% of white families as slaves or among them as freed blacks, Spaniards in Florida, Catholics in Maryland, French Huguenots, and Native Americans who were distrustful of them all, and you’ve got the makings for anything but a monolith. Yet Southerners typically embraced a more “sweep your own back porch” culture, as opposed to the meddlesomeness that pervaded New England.
Southerners were steeped in natural law and understood that man is fallible, but through repentance could move closer to the moral mark through family, faith, and custom. “Traditions are mighty influences in restraining peoples,” aptly spoke Richard Taylor, Confederate veteran, Southern author, and son of President Zachary Taylor.
True to its Puritan roots, the Northern zeitgeist was bound in Man’s law, and pushed that human infallibility was actually possible but could only be attained through collective enforcement. Yankees were sure they had all the answers, so purifying the native pests became part of the doctrine. This could include both conquest and/or annihilation.
The South “counseled against utopian projects and flights of fancy that tied human progress to the perfectibility of Man,” wrote historian Robert L. Paquette. Southerners “know how hard it is to eradicate sin from their own conduct, much less reconstruct society as a whole with all the unintended consequences that generates,” Livingston further explained.
What also unified Southerners was the Jeffersonian principles to which they had always clung: the belief that it’s the states who are sovereign, not “the people.” That the “chains of the Constitution,” as Jefferson called them, were meant to keep democratic corruption at bay. That the states which acceded to and ratified the Constitution through conventions, so the central government is a creation of the states.
Also that this “general” government should have only a few limited and defined powers – specifically commerce, defense, and foreign relations. And that subsidiarity, interposition, nullification, and secession flow not from the compact theory, but from the compact fact. This is Jeffersonianism.
Conversely, big-government Hamiltonians knew the Washington machine was a money-making scheme that just needed to be seized upon in order to procure the North’s goals:
Establish a national bank.
Live off federal debt.
Subsidize internal improvements.
Regulate businesses that benefits political allies.
Enrich themselves and their region.
Control the people through inland federal taxation.
Wield arbitrary power over states through the economic extortion of federal laws and bureaucracy.
The Puritan work ethic fed into this unholy alliance of government and banking. Yanks gotta be industrious and work, work, work for that elusive materialism, while Southerners like their leisure for hunting, fishing, sipping iced tea or smooth Tennessee whiskey on the front porch while they watch the lightin’ bugs dance. Or for having car chases while eluding the law in their kick-ass Dodge Charger, as in the case of the Duke Boys.
The North had no consistent system of political thought other than crony-capitalism, anti-Southern animus, an increasingly secular religiosity, and “progress.” In contrast, the South used experience as authority. They were preservers of institutions and traditions. They understood that studying history helped in wisely navigating the present.
Thus, Southerners were “convinced that Northerners had violated principles of both the Founding Fathers and Christianity by attempting to create a new society that lacked order as well as cohesiveness,” wrote historian James I. Robertson, Jr. “The North seemed to be striving to alter basic American structures. Such activity flew in the face of God’s preordained notion of what America should be.”
That’s why 11 sovereign states peacefully seceded and, together with the nations of the “Five Civilized Tribes” (the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw), created the Confederate States of America. Each voluntarily acceding to this alliance and fighting for self-determination.
That’s why the CSA emblem featured George Washington, who Southerners saw as the quintessential cavalier gentleman. He was the antithesis of soulless modernity. He represented tradition. Heritage. Farming. Duty. Loyalty. Honor. Roots. Kith and kin. Blood and soil. Time and place.
But more important than the South’s reasons for secession is the question of “Why did the North invade?” After all, that unnecessary act was what prompted Virginia and North Carolina to finally secede and was ultimately the watershed event that led to the loss of 700,000 lives.
Yankees were pursuing political, economic, and cultural power, while maintaining the veneer and emotional energy of Puritanism. This manifested itself in a fierce New England nationalism. And at its core was increased centralization, which by its very essence necessarily fosters urbanization.
Well, as mainly rural agrarians with localist traditions and limited-government beliefs, Southerners were “Other” and were right in the North’s cross hairs. You can’t have a shining city on a hill when there’s competition and resistance from down South.
“Why not let the South go? O that the South would go. But then they must leave us their lands.” – Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, 1863
Southerners didn’t want to be subservient within this mercantile economy, so the banking and monied classes of the North aimed to replace the South’s foundations by tearing apart her heart, cleansing her people, and taking their stuff.
Sherman said his motivation during the Georgia campaign was the “extermination, not of soldiers alone … but of the people” of the South,” wrote economist Thomas DiLorenzo. “And [that] he wanted to ‘repopulate’ the state with fine New England stock such as himself, the son of a New England lawyer of Puritan descent.”
Just as the federal government viewed the uppity Indians as an impediment to their grand progressive plans of land, labor, and governmental acquisition, the South had to be purified by force, put in her place, and kept there by any means necessary because the Union needed the South. So, Dixie had to be co-opted. Colonized. Sanctified.
The definition of sanctify is “to make productive of holiness or piety.” And that’s exactly how the bourgeois in the North viewed their immoral crusade. To achieve their elusive democracy, materialism, and consistent tax flow, they must force “union” by bayonet and cannon and production at the point of a gun.
The ruling class in New England would use the technology of the Industrial Revolution not only as a weapon to squash the South, but also to exploit resources in the Americas at large. The North’s hegemony and the South’s marginalization were only heightened by newly entering states of the West.
“The highly sectionalized vote in the United States House of Representatives on the antislavery amendments attached to the enabling bill for Missouri’s admission to statehood in 1819 warned the South, now clearly revealed as a minority partner within the federal union, of brewing political storms,” explained Paquette.
If these frontier states became “free,” they’d tip the balance of power to the North, if “slave,” they’d only increase the South’s capital, both political and real. Slavery became the wedge of North-South power struggles, not because of ethics or lack thereof. I mean, Yankees did often disparage Southerners by referring to them as as lowly race-mixers.
The South came to see slave society as part of “a bulwark against leveling tendencies and democratic excesses that threatened mankind with new forms of despotism,” wrote historian Eugene Genovese. The sectional tensions of the South’s “Old School Calvinist precepts,” as Paquette described them, and the North’s reform-minded Puritanism came to a head in 1860.
Lincoln’s election was the final straw for Southerners, who saw it as a coup d’état. This further unified the peoples of Dixie. Resist or roll over to Northern domination. The ever-encroaching central authority of Hamiltonianism had become fully realized in the form of more progressive tyranny: Lincolnianism.
Even though it was Northern politicians Oliver Ellsworth and Rufus King who first called for secession all the way back in 1794, the South actually had the gravitas to do it. Southerners knew that the opportunist Lincoln would do and say anything he could to avoid losing control of the economic powerhouse that was Dixie.
This is why the Confederate cause had upwards of 75% support among her citizens – a stat that even the patriotic fervor of American Revolution cannot touch. This is why “Defend our homes” was a popular Southern rallying cry among aristocratic officer, mountain infantry, plantation owner, subsistence farmer, city dweller, ladies and gentlemen and even many slaves alike.
“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists,” Lincoln proclaimed in his 1861 inaugural address. “I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so … If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.” Really?
“We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.”
– U.S. Secretary of State William H. Steward
Ah, now I’m getting the picture. “While the Republican Party was anti-slavery, it was not abolitionist,” wrote historian Tim Stanley. “High-minded though its rhetoric was, the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 only freed slaves in areas occupied by Union forces. Slave-holding states fighting for the Union were exempted.”
And Lincoln’s messianic Gettysburg Address gave “authority, moral gravity, and solemnity to his political statements,” stated author Daniel Dreisbach. “It is not lack of faith or heresy that attracts punishment, but the violation of the civil order.”
And what was that civil order? Well, Lincoln was talking out of both sides of his mouth. “He was, he claimed, preserving the sacred old Union and at the same time promulgating a new birth of freedom that was somehow necessary to save government of the people,” stated historian Clyde Wilson.
“The Northern onslaught upon slavery was no more than a piece of specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control of the Southern states.”
– Charles Dickens, 1862
The South was being disobedient, so she must be conquered in order to realize the puritanical Yankees’ vision of the “one great democratic republic whence the first Declaration of the Rights of Man was issued,” as Karl Marx explained in his defense of Lincoln. Eh, that’s just a fancy way of saying “totalitarianism.”
This is why there was no gradual emancipation of the slaves with monetary reparations to slave holders or more support for the Back To Africa movement. This is why constitutionally protected peaceful secession and state sovereignty were never respected. This is why when Lincoln declared “Union,” what he really meant was the radical transformation of America.
About 1/3 of Southern men died during the War and many more were maimed, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Billions of dollars in property was destroyed and wealth shrank by 60% in the South, while Northern wealth increased by half during the 1860s.
The South’s yoke of oppression was brought on by invasion, total war, defeat, military occupation, carpetbagging, Reconstruction, the cycle of debt bondage, and resulting long-term poverty, but gave Dixie a more solidified identity, as well as a common enemy. Then and now.
Like the 19th-century abolitionist Lysander Spooner remarked, the eventual result of the War may have been the abrogation of chattel slavery, but what the South (and America as a whole) got in return was political slavery. This is Yankee sanctification, y’all. And it’s god-awful and anything but pure.
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Memorial Day has come and gone, and millions of Americans probably didn’t even know what it was all about.
Far more than a picnic with hot dogs in the park, or an excuse to buy another six-pack, or even an extra day to the weekend for the overworked and underpaid; Memorial Day is a Confederate holiday!
Just one year after the end of the War Between the States, the widows of Columbus, Georgia went to the graveyard to decorate the graves of their husbands, sons and brothers who had died defending hearth and home from the savagery of Sherman and his infamous march from Atlanta to the sea. He would leave in his wake a path of death and destruction so complete that, “if a crow flies across Georgia it will have to carry its own rations.”
The ladies of Georgia decorated the graves with flags and flowers in remembrance of what love and sacrifice had wrought. They decorated the few Union graves among their dead with flowers, too. This simple act was quickly noted by several important newspapers in the North.
Two years later, Gen. John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, a commemorative association of Union veterans, established the holiday as a federal remembrance. To the outrage of some of his compatriots, he acknowledged the holiday’s Southern origins. “It is not too late for the Union men of the nation to follow the example of the people of the South,” Logan said.
Thus, Decoration Day, became a day of remembrance across the land. Now, it is called Memorial Day. And Southern women still decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers with flowers and flags.
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