For over 100 years the Virginia State Senate has had a little tradition, where they honor Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee at the close of a Senate session sometime near the birthdays of two men. For years, on or around the birthdays of these two great Confederates, a member of the Virginia Senate would announce, “I would like to adjourn in honor of General Lee or Stonewall Jackson.” The Senate would agree, someone would take the podium to speak a couple of words and then everyone would break. All of this has gone off without a hitch for decades, even after the first blacks got elected to the Virginia Senate; even after the state adopted the ridiculous Lee-Jackson-King Holiday from 1984 to 2000; even after Virginia elected its first black governor Doug Wilder from 1990-1994. Even last year with a black Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, presiding over the Senate.
Last year the Lt. Governor quietly left the podium whenever state senators have attempted to honor Jackson or Lee at the end of the session. Another Senator would simply assume the gavel and ceremony would continue.
But this year, on Stonewall Jackson’s birthday, Fairfax knowing that a random senator would try honor Jackson at the end of the session, brought two men, Dr. Warren Christian the great great grandson of Stonewall Jackson, and the “Reverend” (translated – effemenine and suspected child molester) Robert W. Lee IV the great, great nephew of Robert E. Lee to the Senate building. The reason, they would speak to “honor” their ancestors by demanding that the State stop “honoring” their ancestors.
“As a Robert Lee, I want to be a different footnote in history,” the Rev. Lee said, “And I want to stand with Justin Fairfax … and say that honoring the racist white supremacist past that we hold with statues, with mentions … on the floor of the commonwealth’s legislature is a no-go for me, and a no-go for so many people of goodwill in the South.”
The result was that no one said anything. No one attempted to honor Lee or Jackson on their birthday.
STATES PUSHING TO ELIMINATE CONFEDERATE HOLIDAYS
State Rep. John Rogers, a Birmingham Democrat, said he plans to introduce legislation to move Lee’s holiday to Confederate Memorial Day, which is held in April.
Rogers said his legislation would still honor Lee but on a different day. Previous attempts to either eliminate or consolidate Confederate holidays in Alabama have been shot down.
In Mississippi, Democrats also filed legislation looking to end the official state holidays honoring Lee and Confederate Memorial Day. Last week, the Mississippi Department of Revenue received backlash on Twitter for posting a tweet announcing that the office would be closed Monday “in honor of General Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” The tweet was later deleted.
And Texas Governor Greg Abbott is being called upon to end “Confederate Heroes Day” in Texas. Confederate Heroes Day is a State holiday that some years can also fall on MLK day.
WISCONSIN SCHOOL BOARD PUNTS
The Tomah School Board will decide next month whether to join the rest of the Mississippi Valley Conference in banning displays of the Confederate Flag.
The board spent nearly an hour of its regular monthly meeting on Monday discussing the issue before voting to defer action until a special meeting Feb. 4.
ARKANSAS STUDENTS STAND STRONG
Students at Fayetteville High School have been suspended for wearing – and refusing to remove – Confederate flag-themed shirts and face paintings in support of a pro-flag movement called #HistoryNotHate.
Several students showed up to school in Flag apparel and were told by administration to remove it. Those that did not comply received an out-of-school suspension, according to NBC affiliate KARK. Now the teens say they are upset with the way school officials are handling the situation, and they defend their right to dress in Confederate gear.
“None of us are racist. None of us are doing it for hate,” said student Jagger Starnes to KARK. “It’s Southern pride, and we’re not gonna take it off for anyone. This is our flag. It’s Arkansas. This is the South.”
School officials claim they aren’t taking a political stance and are not trying to impede on anyone’s rights but one teen says that the confrontation between students and authorities got heated. Morrigan White told local news station KNWA he painted the Confederate Flag all over his peers’ hands and faces, “wherever they wanted it” and that during their lunch period they were approached by police, the principal, the vice principal as well as school deans who told them to change clothes and wash the body art “or else.” When the students refused, “I told him I wasn’t going to take it off,” he said to KNWA. “So then I went to the office had a discussion and then the head principal ended up calling me racist.”
The students say that despite the discipline they received, they stand by their convictions and won’t back down from wearing the Confederate Flag. “They’re both going to keep wearing their jackets,” White said of Starnes and another fellow student. “And if I have makeup I’m going to put hashtag history not hate on my hands. I’ll still keep putting the flag on my face.”
OUR READERS HONORING THEIR ANCESTORS
In Rosa, Alabama Pastor John Killian led a commemoration on Robert E. Lee Day.
“No compromise. We want General Lee honored by our state because he represents that which is best about Southern culture,” Pastor Killian told reporters for local TV’s WAFF48 who were covering the event.
The Pastor said he hopes the tradition would continue with the young people to remember the legacy of General Lee for generations to come.
ANOTHER STUPID APOLOGY
The Library of Congress issued an apology for its Monday tweet that celebrated the birthday of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson.
The tweet was posted Monday as part of the library’s “Today in History” series. The tweet, noting that Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was born on Jan. 21, 1824.
The library said the Jackson tweet was “pre-programmed” and offered its apology for releasing it on “Martin Luther King Day,” which also fell on January 21st this year:
“We published a post earlier today that was pre-programmed from our Today in History site about Stonewall Jackson because Jan. 21 was his date of birth. We sincerely regret publishing this tweet on the day that we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the apology tweet said.
KENTUCKY MONUMENT REMOVAL STALLS
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s push push to remove the statue honoring John B. Castleman, who was a Confederate soldier during the WBTS and later a U.S. general from a prominent spot in Kentucky’s largest city has stalled after a local preservation district committee vote ended in a 3-3 tie Wednesday.
The City has the option to appeal the decision to the Landmarks Commission. In a statement, Fischer spokeswoman Jean Porter said officials will evaluate what to do over the next few days.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS AFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
‘Don’t play this artist’ feature is coming soon to Spotify, reports say
According to news reports, the streaming service will soon allow for the option to mute and block artists and musicians from libraries, playlists, radios and more. The feature is currently being tested out.
FORGET ABOUT IT
President Donald Trump said he told Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, once a staple of media coverage of the White House that have instead become a rarity.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, “the reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the ‘podium’ much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was elected just last November, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is already making it clear that the Trump administration isn’t interested in what she has to say.
Responding to the congresswoman’s recent claim that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” Sanders brushed off the warning, appearing to invoke religion as the real deciding factor when it comes to Earth’s future.
“I don’t think we’re going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly not on matters that … we’re going to leave into the hands of a much, much higher authority and certainly not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end,” she told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview Tuesday.
The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing President Donald Trump’s military ban on transgender people to go into effect on Tuesday.
SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM IN AMERICA
by Al Benson, Jr.
Al Benson, Jr., is the Editor of the Copperhead Chronicle. In addition to writing for Southern Patriot and other publications, he is a member of the Confederate Society of America and the League of the South.
Walter “Donnie” Kennedy and Al Benson wrote the books Lincoln’s Marxists and Red Republicans and Lincoln Marxists In these works they deal with the Communist and Socialist beginnings in this country and have found that they extend all the way back to the 1820s-not the 1920s but the 1820s. Most people think of that time period as our “good old days.” It wasn’t. And, unfortunately, much of the communistic foundation we discovered was home-grown. It did not all come from Europe, although some did.
There were communistic settlements in various places in the United States during the 1820s and 30s and they attracted many of the elite of that day just like Communism has attracted many of the elite in our own day. It seems that the wealthy and the powerful somehow become enamored of these movements and end up supporting them, which is good for the communistic movements because they would never make it on their own without such support.
This country, even over 150 years ago, had more than its quota of leftist radicals, all the way from the Unitarian founders of the public school system to socialists like Robert Owen of New Harmony, Indiana fame. Then there was utopian socialist Horace Greeley, owner of the influential newspaper the New York Tribune. Mr. Greeley hired a number of leftist radicals to write for his paper, among them Karl Marx, and he gave them opportunity to spread their communistic ideas far and wide.
Then there were the communist and socialist radicals fresh from the socialist revolts in Europe in 1848. They had sought to change a number of countries in Europe from decentralized states into centralized nations (with their people in control naturally). Their revolts in Europe failed and several thousand of them ended up coming to the United States, mostly in the North and Midwest. Many of them were atheists and freethinkers and so the leftist climate in the North was much more agreeable to them than was the cultural climate in the mostly Christian Southern states. They all claimed they hated Southern slavery. What they really hated was private ownership of slaves. They felt ownership should be public (government controlled). They wouldn’t have said it quite that way but that’s what it amounted to. All you have to do is to look at “reconstruction” in the South and what followed it-reconstruction of the entire country. Today it is called Cultural Marxism or political correctness. It’s all the same animal.
Many of these 1848 communists and socialists ended up in the Union armies prior to the start of the War of Northern Aggression, and when that war started quite a few of them became brigadier generals and other high-ranking officers in Lincoln’s armies. Others who did not make it into the armies ended up as journalists and politicians, many of them working in the formation of the new Republican Party in the 1850s. Lincoln knew a good number of his generals were either communist or socialist by conviction. That didn’t bother him in the least. After all, he had championed their cause in Europe in 1848 and now they were in the United States returning the favor in 1861. Anyone who thinks these people abandoned their leftist proclivities before coming to the United States must be dreaming. Their leftism came with them and helped to infect this country long before the 1930s.
Our “history” books seldom mention any of this. It seems the “historians” have decided that the American public is better off not being aware of all this. That is why Mr. Kennedy and I wrote Lincoln’s Marxists. We feel the public should be aware of it. No longer should the Republican Party be able to parade itself as the “party of small government” when much of its foundation was leftist-influenced and very much in favor of big, centralized government. Of course today both major parties are advocates of big government, but at least the Democrats admit it.
We need to get our history straight. Knowing accurate history should help us to better understand what has happened to this country and why we are in the mess we are in. There are many well-meaning conservative and patriotic people out there that do not like what we have become, but unless they have some idea of where and when it all started they will be hindered in their efforts to change things for the better. If our view of the past is faulty then our vision for the future will be also.
China’s social-credit system coming to America
by Curtis Ellis
Curtis Ellis is a political communications consultant and senior policy adviser with America First Policies.
Guns don’t kill people, credit cards kill people.
That’s the shorter version of the New York Times’ latest attempt to sell liberal opinion as news.
Times financial columnist and CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin is at it again in his crusade to have banks and credit card companies enforce his leftist agenda.
Following the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, Sorkin opined the financial industry – not cops, courts and legislatures – could “reduce gun violence.” This echoed leftist calls to boycott businesses associated with the NRA.
Unable to pass laws to their liking, liberals turn to corporations to impose their views on the rest of us.
Bank of America and Citibank answered Sorkin’s call to diss arms and stopped lending to companies that make AR-15s. Wal-Mart and stopped selling guns to anyone under 21, and Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped selling “assault – style” rifles altogether.
Now, Sorkin and his liberal buddies want credit card companies to be their informers and muscle.
The Times researchers found eight mass shooters used credit cards to buy guns and ammo responsible for 217 deaths over the past 10 years. He notes accusingly, “None of the banks, credit-card network operators or payment processors alerted law enforcement officials about the purchases.”
“A labyrinth of rules prevents banks and credit -card networks … from seeing exactly what customers are buying,” he explains.
Marching forward carrying the banner “Something needs to be done,” the elite financial columnist and cable an chor says banks and credit card companies should report (legal) purchases deemed suspicious to law enforcement, the same way banks flag cash transactions over $10,000.
Of course, it’s only a matter of time (a nanosecond?) before “report suspicious purchases” morphs into “ban gun purchases.” Sorkin tips his hand when he notes PayPal and Apple Pay don’t allow the sale of guns and related items, then sniffs, “But no bank has instituted a ban or committed to tracking gun purchases.”
Before we explore where his rabbit hole leads, let’s first put things in perspective. Sorkin frames his plan to address a problem of 217 homicides in 10 years. Compare that to 492 fatal shootings this year alone just in
Chicago (and another 625 shot and killed in 2016 in Chicago) and Adam Ross Sorkin looks like the drunk who lost his keys in the park but is looking for them under the streetlight because the light is so much better there. Now back to our regularly scheduled rabbit hole …
Sorkin’s scheme, stripped of its do -gooder candy coating, amounts to mass surveillance of Americans engaged in non-criminal activities.
The ACLU, never accused of being a bunch of right-wing gun nuts, believes “expecting the government to detect and prevent every mass shooting” will lead to “enormously intrusive” surveillance of Americans’ private lives.
And law enforcement, already buried under a mountain of data and tips, is not eager to now go door to door quizzing consumers on their spending habits.
Nevertheless, the calls for such surveillance have already begun. New York State Senator Kevin Parker has legislation requiring investigators to review the social media postings and online search histories of gun permit applicants. Unacceptable postings would be grounds for denial.
In Sorkin’s modest proposal we can begin to discern the outlines of a domestic version of China’s odious “social credit score” regime.
The Chinese Communist Party assigns each citizen a “social credit” score based on purchases, Internet and social media habits and even physical travels, all of which the party tracks digitally. Those who buy right (Made in China good; made in USA bad), think right (Marxism good, Christianity bad), and speak right (President Xi good, Dalai Llama bad) earn higher scores and have access to better schools, better jobs and better housing. Deplorables with lower scores can’t even board airplanes or trains.
America’s social credit system will be corporate -enforced. The tech overlords of Silicon Valley assisted by Alexa will track everything you buy, read, watch and say. Words and purchases deemed hateful or unhealthy will be verboten and duly noted for future reference when you apply for a loan, a job or college.
When China’s social credit system comes to America, it will be wrapped in Facebook and carrying a Mastercard. You won’t leave home without it.
Paul Stangas of New Jersey writes:
As a Yankee born and raised in New York City, I am not bothered by statues of Confederate soldiers. They harm no one and are reminders of terrible events in our imperfect history. When I lived in Northern Virginia, I always found the Confederate statue in Alexandria informative. It reminded me that I was in a former Confederate state, making the Civil War real. These monuments and memorials make up a portion of our history and are a legacy of good and bad and reminders of that terrible conflict and its reasons.
Silent Sam, a statue of a Confederate soldier on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, never hurt anyone, nor will “his” removal result in any perceptible benefit. Those who advocate this action raise a question about the intolerance of “free will” by those who apparently chose to attend this university with full knowledge of its history and monuments. I wish someone could explain this logical inconsistency. The United States should not emulate the Soviet Union and erase and revise history based on the current power structure or popularity. Where do people nowadays get this notion that their every whim or opinion should be indulged? This all seems rather Orwellian.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM H.K.
by H. K. Edgerton
H. K. Edgerton is an activist for Southern heritage and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A former president of the NAACP, he is on the board of the Southern Legal Resource Center.
I intend to answer the gentleman Ted’s question about North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s bid to remove the Cenotaph of War Between The States Governor and Confederate Colonel, the Honorable Zebulon Baird Vance from the Capitol Square in Raleigh and from Statuary Hall in the Nation’s Capitol and from Pack Square in downtown Asheville. And specifically what I thought would be the reaction of the Jewish community to this charge.
I would tell him that I could not speak for the Jewish community. However, I would tell him that I hoped it would be a monumental rebuttal because I don’t believe that there has been in the annals of written history any man not of the Jewish people that has spoke so favorably of them than Zeb Vance ( see The Scattered Nations By Zebulon Vance).
And, I believe with certainty that all the Confederate Jewish soldiers buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia would be highly troubled about not only the proposed carnage to Governor Vance’s Cenotaph, but that done to President Davis, General Robert E. Lee, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and not to forget General Beauregard, General Kirby Smith , and all the Cenotaphs to their fallen memorialized fallen comrades to include the Colors of the Southern Cross .
And, not to put the response to this sacrilege off on the Jewish people alone. Every man, woman and child of the South should be up in arms about the social and cultural genocide now taking place not only in the South, but spreading quickly across the whole of America by a faction hell bent on destroying what’s left of the Republic after Lincoln’s debacle, and those who have followed in his footsteps. (see the Democrat Party of the 21st century).
It was a great honor bestowed upon me by the Augusta Jane Evans Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in allowing me to speak to the many school children who would visit the school day events at the at the Brooksville Raid re-enactment on Friday December 18, 2019 in Brooksville, Florida as a part of their contribution to the upcoming Black History Month exercises.
On January 19, 2019 , alongside the Honorable Attorney and Commander David McCallister, I would journey to Oxford, Florida to deliver the Keynote speech honoring the birthday of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee. Sons of Confederate Veterans Brigade Commander Jerry Peacock would give a rousing presentation on the life of General Lee as well that garnered a rousing ovation from all present.
Mr. McCallister would briefly take center stage and report on the judicial and political efforts of the Save Southern Heritage Florida organization now being played out at the State Capitol to garner support for House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 288 in the Florida Legislature to protect all Veteran monuments in the State that the Governor De santis proclaims to be a Veterans State, and that has no equal in its love for Veterans.
God bless you!
THE RICH ARE NOT GREEDY
by Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki is an American buysinessman and author. He is best known as the author of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
It’s the poor who are greedy, NOT the rich.
I hear from people who are dissatisfied about their financial situation a lot. What do they say is the cause?
Guess what? If you want to blame anyone, start blaming yourself for your situation.
Ask yourself, “What have you done today to improve your situation?”
What course are you taking? What book are you reading? What business are you starting?
Most people they tell me that the rich are greedy and hoard all the money, leaving the “rest of us” to suffer. They claim that they themselves don’t care about money, not like those greedy, money-hungry rich folks.
But I ask them, what does that not caring look like? Struggling with bills every month, just getting by, with nothing left over for fun, or education, or for giving to those less fortunate.
In fact, they need help themselves, so how can they help others?
In my experience, a lot of poor people are more “greedy” than rich people.
Many poor people insist that:
– The rich should pay all the taxes
– The government should take care of them
– They deserve a higher salary for doing the bare minimum at work
– Wealth should be “redistributed” (meaning THEY get money that someone else earned).
Poor people criticize the rich for being “privileged.”
Well, I would go so far as to criticize anyone who feels that way as being “entitled!”
So much of the media fans the flames. Painting rich people as villains. As if being smart, hardworking and successful were some kind of a crime.
No wonder so many people say they don’t care about money, and they’ll argue with anyone who points out this truth: Those “mean” rich people they hate so much are some of the most generous people around.
Take Bill Gates.
Yes, he’s the wealthiest man in the world, so he has more to give. But get this, according to “Wealth-X”, a wealth research firm, Mr. Gates has donated 32% of his $82.4 billion net worth so far. That’s $27 Billion.
If the average “non-rich” household income is roughly $76,000/year, 32% donated over a 30-year career would be $729,600.
(How many “non-rich” people do you know who would give that much?)
Bill Gates is not alone. Most ultra-wealthy people I know give away more money every year than most people will ever earn in their lifetimes.
My experience is that they are all actively LOOKING for ways to give back.
To them, the biggest luxury of being rich isn’t owning a yacht or an island… it’s having the capacity to make a real difference in the world.
Contrast that with people who are always simply looking for a handout.
So, who’s “greedy” now?
For those who want to keep blaming others for why they’re not where they want to be, I’m not here to change their minds.
For anyone who believes that the world owes them a living, they’re not welcome in my world.
But I am here to help people who want to accept responsibility for their life and for making it better!
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Thursday, it was my privilege to write the following editorial for the TBR website.
Yesterday afternoon I set in my truck seat, literally in shock, listening on the radio to the President of the United States telling reporters that he will be looking into alternative venues for his upcoming State of the Union address.
Nancy Pelosi told the President that he couldn’t give his speech in the House Chamber and the former star of The Apprentice, who you’d think would be in the habit of telling Pelosi types “you’re fired,” just says, “OK” and puts his team of lawyers and other staffers to the task of finding him another “suitable location.”
Then, when the President’s press conference had concluded, one after another, the supposedly “conservative” radio personalities and their callers debated among themselves about where the President might go to give his State of the Union.
This morning I awake to read in my news feed that the President has decided to concede to the Speaker and postpone his State of the Union until after the government shut-down has ended.
Am I the only person who reads his pocket-sized copy of the Constitution? Maybe I’m the only person who still has one of those little boogers?
Article 2, Section 3 says that:
He [The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he [The President] shall judge necessary and expedient; he [The President] may, on extraordinary Occasions [certainly this qualifies as an extraordinary occasion] , convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he [The President] may adjourn them to such Time as he [The President] shall think proper; he [The President] shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he [The President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Where, in all of that, was there a single mention of the Speaker of the House?
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