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South Carolina officially observed May 10th as a State Holiday to remember the fallen Confederate soldiers. However, only 8 of the States 46 counties actually closed their offices to observe the State Holiday. Lexington, Allendale, Anderson, Cherokee, Colleton, Dillon, and McCormick counties closed for the holiday. The others definably stayed business as usual.
While Lexington County, for example, allowed 1,800 employees to have the day off with pay.
At the State level, all non-essential South Carolina state employees were given the day off on Friday May 10 and state government offices were closed.
Leaders of all of the State’s school districts refused to close schools in observance of the holiday.
Irmo councilman Barry Walker, a black politician in Lexington County currently running for Mayor, said he sees the holiday as “a celebration of Southern heritage, not as a state-mandated sanctioning of slavery….I mean, hell, it’s a day off, I’m for taking a day off anytime I can get it.” He’ll use the day to revisit South Carolina’s past and maybe visit meaningful historical sites in the Midlands, he said.
ALSO IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Oran Smith, a member of Coastal Carolina University’s board of trustees was named a finalist for executive director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education (CHE). He was a shoe-in until Mike LeFever, the interim executive director of the agency, decided to make an issue of the fact that Smith worked part-time as an editor of Southern Partisan Magazine from 1989 to 1999.
Search committee chair and CHE commissioner Charles Dalton said in a statement the committee was not aware of Smith’s association with Southern Partisan and will “consider all relevant background information on each candidate before making a final selection.”
Though most of our readers have never heard of Southern Partisan, which today is but a fledgling website that has toned down from what appeared in its print issues, back in the early 90s, Southern Partisan published more than 12,000 copies per issue.
Smith currently works as a senior fellow at conservative think tank Palmetto Promise Institute.
On May 15th, Smith had what may be his last “Job interview” with the Board. When asked about his involvement as an editor of Southern Partisan he put his clenched hands together over his chest, pulled them apart and asked, “Why can’t people see a window into my heart?”
Smith told the board that his views which were formed by a childhood with a grandmother who was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and friends in the Sons of Conservative Veterans have changed over the past 20 years:
“I was caught up in a bubble where the phase ‘Heritage not Hate’ was all you needed to say…The magazine was South obsessed, but it wasn’t race obsessed, at least not in the way we thought at the time because we were talking Robert E. Lee and the honorable service of men who died and reading the inscriptions on Confederate monuments….We didn’t understand that no matter how you designed your flag, no matter what shape it was in, that it was offensive and often provoked violence.”
John Dozier, the University of South Carolina’s chief diversity officer, asked him to what actions he has taken to demonstrate that he no longer holds the same ideals of the magazine. After saying he was an entry-level employee at the time, Smith bumbled through a string of statements about how he thought he made his new views clear in a 2015 column in The State newspaper after the Charleston shooting, and how he was a Civil War buff who collected Union and Confederate memorabilia like many South Carolinians, and how his views started to change after leaving the magazine.
Commission board member Cleveland Sellers, a “civil rights” leader, asked why Smith did not include his work with Southern Partisan on his resume. Smith said he thought he addressed any potential controversy by putting down that he worked from Richard Quinn & Associates, whose namesake was editor of the magazine, rather than using the firm’s other name, First Impressions. Quinn also has been at the center of a long-running Statehouse corruption probe.
Neither Dozier nor Sellers thought that Smith answered their questions directly. “I think he tried to explain away his association with this organization,” Dozier said.
Sellers said he is not going to vote for Smith to oversee 33 colleges because he does not know whether to believe Smith’s change of heart.
Meanwhile, LGBTQ advocates have sent more than 800 emails to the higher education commission opposing Smith because of his position as being against same-sex “rights” and “marriage” when he led the Palmetto Family Council. Smith said he can separate his personal views from his professional duties, citing the 26 years he has spent as a trustee at Coastal Carolina University.
Commission member Charles Dalton, who is leading the director search committee, said the board should look at the entire background of the candidate, “I think you need to look at somebody’s complete career,” Dalton said. “I don’t think you can segment it.”
Smith said he hopes commission members will look at how he has evolved: “I would hope that they would allow me to explain my deeper understanding and errors of youth that I have made, which have had the effect of making me probably more aggressively supportive of equality and civil rights than your average person,” Smith said.
Commission Chairman Wes Hayes said he thinks Smith will get a fair shake, and Smith still has the backing of Gov. Henry McMaster, a longtime friend who appoints all 15 members to the commission. That said, Board members have the final say, and they are expected to do that early next month.
TEXAS PAINTINGS SOON TO BE REMOVED?
Washed up sportscaster and wanna-be Lt. Gov. of Texas, Dan Patrick, has promissed a “review” of all art at the Texas Capitol. It is our belief that Danny-boy wants to remove a painting of General Albert Sydney Johnson to appease some black politicians in the Legislature. Another potential target is a painting of Terry’s Texas Rangers.
No doubt in the “review” they’ll determine that other legends of Texas’ history are “slave owners,” or “racists” and that will result in even more portrait removals.
I guess being a yankee who graduated from the University of Maryland (although most Marylanders even have the sense to be southern in their sympathy) Patrick simply lacks appreciation for the history and heritage of his “adopted” state.
We encourage all of our Texas readers to call their Lt. Governor ( 512-463-0001) and remind him “Don’t Mess With Texas.” If he doesn’t want to see his Carpetbagger ass packing after the next election then he needs to simply leave the artwork, and all other memorials to Texas’ history ALONE.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS AFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
The SAT to assign ‘adversity scores’ for all test takers
The College Board will give bonus points to students from select “socioeconomic backgrounds.” Likewise, they will deduct points for those considered “advantaged.” In plain English, immigrants and minorities will be given free and unearned points and white kids will have points deducted so that the scores reported colleges will not be based on academic knowledge but on race, gender, “sexual identity,” and immigrant status.
‘Patriot Farmers’ benefiting from US-China trade dispute
President Trump argues that farmers will eventually benefit from the trade war with China, which he said could lead to a second bailout program that would include large-scale government purchases of American agricultural products.
Ted Cruz wants Space Force to defend against space pirates
Senator Cruz is the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space and recently made a comparison of the space force to American naval forces, stating the need to protect “the open seas” on Earth and in space.
Here’s the full Cruz quote:
“Nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne traffic and commerce from bad actors. Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way I believe we, too, must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
QUESTIONS ABOUT LINCOLN’S ASSASINATION
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.
There are many questions that can be asked about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and most of them probably won’t be. Either they will not be thought of, or most of those who write about this event will seek to direct the questions into other areas that will fail to deal with events that should be dealt with in order to focus on the Establishment version of this history. It’s sort of like the Warren Commission Report on the Kennedy assassination. Thinking people realize the Warren Commission Report is a croc, to put it bluntly, but it is still the “official version” of what is supposed to have happened and so it is what all the court historians refer everyone to. They realize it’s all baloney. What they hope for is that you don’t. Same with the Lincoln assassination. The “official version” has lots of problems but we are all directed to it anyway in the hope we will be too stupid to know what questions to ask.
But questions have been asked. Some of them I had never thought of. Dave McGowan, who has authored the excellent series of articles Why Everything You Think You Know About The Lincoln Assassination Is Wrong has asked some of them.
For instance, he has questioned why Booth even used the weapon he did. I have never seen this questioned before, but McGowan questions it. He notes: “…after the passage of 149 years, it doesn’t appear that anyone has ever thought to question why Booth, an intelligent and educated man by all accounts, would choose such a riduculous weapon to take with him on his mission…The President is under armed guard, or at least he’s supposed to be. He’s also supposed to be in the company of General Ulysses S. Grant, who is known to always be armed. Of course, Grant has fortuitously opted to get the hell out of Dodge just hours before he was to have accompanied the Lincolns to the theater, but you shouldn’t have any way of knowing that, just as you shouldn’t have any way of knowing that Parker (the guard) will desert his post…” So, if you are Booth, “…you have to assume that you’re going to have to get past at least two armed attendants, and probably more, to get to the President. And you’re going to have to do that without firing a shot, since you only have one and you will need to save that for Abe. And since the only realistic chance you have of actually killing Lincoln with your wildly inaccurate weapon is by sneaking up behind him and delivering a contact wound to the head, you’re going to have to get past any guards without making any noise. And since Grant is also on the hit list, you’re going to have to kill him as well, which I guess you’ll have to do by bludgeoning him with your empty gun. That should work out pretty well.” Given what Booth is supposed to have known, does anyone see how ridiculous this is? Has anyone even thought of this besides McGowan? I hadn’t.
However, given the situation that Booth is supposed to have known about, him taking that little one-shot Derringer to do the deed makes almost no sense at all. Anyone with his wits about him at all would have wanted some kind of repeating pistol to go in with. And there were pocket pistols in those days he could have used. Admittedly they were bigger than a Derringer but they would still have fit in his coat pocket.
McGowan, as if talking to Booth, states: “…you have set a very ambitious goal for yourself. You must first get to the president, who is sitting in a private box in a crowded theater with at least two armed attendants. You must then kill the president with a single shot, because your weapon doesn’t allow for second chances, and also somehow kill General Grant. You must then, in an unarmed state, make an escape first from the theater and then from the city, and you must get past an armed guard at the bridge. And you have to do all that with just one bullet. It’s hard to see how anything could go wrong with such a brilliant plan.” You have to give McGowan credit for a rather dry sense of humor. But he continues: “There are other weapons available. Weapons better suited to your mission. And as an alleged Southern operative, you should surely know that.” But, is Booth the “alleged Southern operative” we have been told he is and does he know this? A Southern sympathizer, no doubt, but does that translate into an “operative”?
So you have to wonder why Booth went in with a single-shot Derringer, given the supposed circumstances. Or did he know more than we think he knew and if so, who told him?
McGowan also wonders why Booth did not disguise himself. He would have had to know that once identified his acting career would have been at and end. He noted that actors in those days often traveled with trunks full of disguises for the different parts they might play. He observes of Booth that “You could easily don a convincing disguise so as not to be easily recognized/ Then you don’t have to worry about getting out of the city alive; all you have to do is make it out of the theater, quickly ditch the disguise, and then you can circle around and rejoin the crowd at Ford’s without arousing any suspicion at all.” Yet this is not what happens.
You also have to wonder who planned the scenario that took place. It almost sounds like, the way it was planned, John Wilkes Booth was hung out to dry and didn’t realize it. Over the years as I have read about this I have had the feeling that there were lots more people involved than John Wilkes Booth and his merry little band of misfits.
McGowan asks questions I’ve not seen asked before. Theodore Roscoe asks questions no one else had dealt with. A couple years ago I read Bill O’Reilly’s book about the Lincoln assassination. O’Reilly broke no new ground. He just regurgitated the Establishment line and asked no questions the Establishment would not have wanted asked. Somehow, that doesn’t satisfy. It may be fun reading for those who don’t really want to learn anything. Real history seldom works that way and it didn’t with the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath either.
The Good-Old Days
by Sid Secular
Recently retired as the Executive Editor of The Citizen’s Informer, Sid Secular is a publicist who is organizing “Patriotic events” across the country.
“How to be a good wife today” – lifted from an American 1950’s public high school home economics textbook:
“Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up schoolbooks, toys, and papers. Then, run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.
Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small). Comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures, and he would like to see them playing the part.
Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile.
Don’t greet him with problems or complaints.
Don’t complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow, and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.
The goal: try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.”
As Archie and Edith used to sing, “Those were the days!”
ITS NOT JUST IN AMERICA
by Leo Zagami
Leo Zagami is the son of a highly influential political family in Italy (Father’s side), and a nephew of England’s Queen Mother (mother’s side). He writes to expose the New World Order.
Il Giornale reported last week that a small Italian town has taken to covering crucifixes in the local cemetery and chapel, apparently so as not to offend people of other faiths. Of course, political outrage has followed this Satanist gesture, but will this be enough? Pieve di Cento is in a town full of left-wing libtards of around 7,000 people, located just north of Bologna, in Northern Italy. Bologna and the surrounding region is full of atheists and a growing number of Satanists, as well as Muslims. The two Faiths seem to go hand in hand these days.
Locals, however, were still surprised when they saw that someone at a cemetery in Pieve di Cento erected black sheets to hide crucifixes on the graves. The sheets went up as part of renovations at the chapel, in case any workers of different faiths were offended. Inside the chapel itself, blackout curtains on motorized rails obscure the crosses when work is being carried out. Italian Conservative and Catholic politicians were quick to denounce the move even if Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are on the side of the enemy these days. And although it is unclear who exactly gave the order to cover the religious symbols, leftist politics dominates Bologna, and the city is nicknamed “La Rossa” (the red one), partly because of its historical association with Communism, now in strong alliance with Pope Francis Catholic-Communist Church.
Despite the long-standing prevalence of Catholicism in Italy, it seems the culture may be succumbing to anti-Christian political correctness as a Catholic cemetery near Bologna has selected to cover crosses on graves to avoid offending those who may practice other religions.
The cemetary’s new policy is sure to prompt outcry from Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who introduced a bill in 2018 to require all public buildings to display a crucifix.
The presence of crucifixes has apparently been a hotly debated topic in Europe, as “refugees” and “migrants” from Muslim countries have attempted to carve out a home for themselves in European countries. US News & World Report notes that a similar debate broke out when the German state of Bavaria attempted to pass a law ordering the display of the cross at the entrance to state buildings.
Sadly, religious icons that were once a mainstay of many of these countries are under threat because of the anti-Christian policies of the left-wing politicians and their demented followers. Don’t let this happen in the United States. Beware Communists love Islam.
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Today is May 18th and I am typing the May 31st newsletter. That is because I anticipate being very busy the week preceeding the 31st (Tuesday-Thursday with Monday having been a holiday) in the nation’s capitol advocating on behalf of our monuments and heritage. So if you are reading this, it was a busy, and hopefully productive week. If the week was uneventful I would have had time to work on this issue during the past week and then you would not be reading this.
Most issues of the Dixie Heritage Letter are a labor of between 12-20 hours. Obviously, I cannot invest 20 hours into an issue and invest the same 20 hours into meeting with politicians and bureaucrats. And this past week, pounding the pavement in the Capitol is more needful. Today, Friday, May 31st, Lord willing, I am leaving the country for a week. Meaning that next week’s issue will also be pre-written. But trust me, there are some great articles in it.
It is an honor and a privilege, and also WORK, to advocate for our ancestors and for our history. And while I know we cannot all take a week and drive to Washington, we can all remind our Congressman and Senators from time to time that we are the proud descendants of Confederate veterans and that we want their flags and monuments to remain in place – unmolested!
So I am encouraging every one of our readers in the United States to phone the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them your zipcode and a switchboard operator can connect you directly with the office of your Congressman. The operator can also connect you directly to the Senate offices of your State’s two Senators.
Everytime I come to Washington I attempt ahead of time to schedule a meeting at the White House. So far, I am always failing to do so. But that does not mean that we cannot all call the White House and ask to record a message for the President. Please keep it brief. You can do so by calling a direct line established exactly for that purpose: 202-456-1111.
Until Next Week,
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