Draining The Ocean
On Saturday the local chapter of CSA II: The New Confederate States of America plans to host an event at John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas. The Heritage not Hate cookout will coincide with the raising of the Confederate Flag at the state capitol in Columbia, South Carolina.
Osawatomie City Manager Don Cawby said officials are aware of the event, and the park is open and available to the public. “Individuals, families and groups … have always been welcome to come together and use the park in a legal and peaceful manner for any or all such purposes,” he said.
The city of Osawatomie ihas been “working” with other area law enforcement agencies to prepare for and hopefully not to disrupt the event. We will see.
SCRUBING FINAL SCHOOL NAMES
The Fairfax County school board is considering a plan that would scrub Confederate names from the county’s schools.
All told, seven schools are said to be on the clean-up list, although Lanier may be saved by a technicality since it is a Fairfax City school and therefore beyond the reach of the county school board.
The renaming issue came up for discussion at the board’s meeting Monday (July 15).
NEW HOUSE BILL COULD RENAME “CONFEDERATE” BASES
The Defense Department might be prohibited from naming assets after Confederate symbols should an amendment added to the House defense budget make its way into the final version of the law.
The amendment, added Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, was submitted by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y. The annual legislation cleared the House on Friday by a vote of 220-197.
There are 10 Army bases named in honor of Confederate army officers, they are all located in southern states, and include Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Gordon, Ga., Fort Polk, La., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas.
The Navy operates one ship, a guided-missile cruiser named the USS Chancellorsville, commissioned in 1989 in honor of the battle that occurred in Virginia. Some historians consider the battle a major Confederate victory, according to an August 2017 Congressional Research Service report on military installations with Confederate names.
Four now-decommissioned Navy ships were named for Confederate officers, according to the report. All were named between 1960 and 1971.
While the amendment doesn’t require existing bases be renamed, it would prohibit the defense secretary from naming future assets after someone who served or held a leadership position in the Confederacy, or after a city or battlefield made significant because of a Confederate victory.
The Senate passed its version of the defense budget in June. Congress still must consolidate the two bills into one and pass it before the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
FIRST HE SUPPORTS THEN HE ATTACKS
Tennessee governor signs Nathan Bedford Forrest proclamation
When asked, Governor Bill Lee said he hasn’t looked at changing a law that requires the state’s governor to issue six days of observation, including one dedicated to Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Texas senator Ted Cruz has slammed Governor Lee for honoring General Forrest. THis may be pat of the reason the Governor reversed position on MOnday and declared that he will not actively seek to change the law and do away with the proclomations to Forrest and other Confederates.
Forrest’s day of observation was Saturday was July 13.
NORTH CAROLINA TO ERECT NEW MONUMENT
The undetermined monument to black history has been approved and will eventually be erected on the Capitol grounds next to a Confederate monument.
LOUISIANA MAN APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT
A Confederate statue that stands in front of the Clinton courthouse is a “symbol of racial intolerance, oppression and intimidation,” an attorney for a black man who wants his criminal case moved from East Feliciana Parish told the state Supreme Court this week.
Ronnie Anderson’s request for a change of venue was denied last year by state District Judge Kathryn “Betsy” Jones, who noted that the only symbol in her courtroom is an American flag. She said the statue outside the courthouse is “just a piece of granite.”
The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge affirmed Jones’ ruling in June.
Now, we await the Supreme Court’s determination on the matter. Will they open Pandora’s Box?
DRAINING THE OCEAN FOR A CONFEDERATE SUB
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sat buried on the sea floor for more than a century. Now a TV show is going to peel away 18 feet of ocean to show you where it was.
National Geographic Television’s “Drain the Oceans” shipwreck and treasure series will feature the Charleston artifact on Monday’s broadcast.
Using computer-generated imagery, the show displays “what the oceans’ floors would look like if they could be seen,” according to the series website.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS AFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
The Howling Dawg reports that Burgess Owens recently appeared before Congress. The former NFL player spoke out against the concept of reparations during hearings for H.R. 40, a bill designed to study how to implement reparations for blacks. The question of what, if anything, America owes to the descendants of slaves is at the heart of H.R. 40, and it’s a question for which Owens, along with a long list of other notable figures, offered an answer.
Speaking for five minutes, Owens noted his own lineage traces directly back to slaves. But, he added, “this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar white collar. We’re fighting for the hearts of our nation.” Owens emphasized that his ancestors battled their way out of their circumstances following emancipation by hard work. “I do not believe in reparation, because what reparation does, it points to a certain race, a certain color, as evil, and it points to another race, my race, as one that has not only become racist, but also beggars.”
During a portion of his allotted five minutes, Owens took the discussion in specific political directions. “I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found the misery that party brought to my race … Let’s pay restitution. How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race?” Owens continued, “And every white American, Republican or Democrat, who feels guilty because of the color of their skin, you can pony up also. Then we can get past reparations and recognize this country has given us greatness.”
HOW LONG UNTIL TRUMP FOLDS?
Under a new federal rule initiated by the Trump administration, Central American migrants will no longer be able to apply for asylum at the southern US border.
The libs are already judge shopping. Its just a matter of time before a Federal “judge” issues an injunction.
Will this finally be the time that the President tells the courts to go doodle themselves? Or will he fold yet again?
STANTON THE FEDERAL DICTATOR
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.
In scrounging around on the internet I came across a book I had never heard of before called They Wanted Lincoln Dead. It was written by a Troy Cowan. I’d not heard of him before either. But then, he’s probably never heard of me either. The book has kind of a light blue cover on it, with a picture of Edwin Stanton and Andrew Johnson. It’s available from Amazon and it’s a paperback for $12.99.
On a separate sort of a blog spot Mr. Cowan made some comments about his book. He said: “Edwin Stanton was the Secretary of War. Stanton planned Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s theater on April 14. He got away with the crime. The government has immense power to manipulate evidence. Everything we know about Lincoln’s killing comes from Stanton or his subordinates. You have to understand why Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln was our first Republican president. The Radical Republicans were willing to do anything to stay in power, including murder. Edwin Stanton was a brilliant man. He was Lincoln’s Secretary of War and Stanton wanted the immensely evil south punished with a harsh, long-lasting hatred.” I pretty much agree with him-except the part about the “immensely evil south.” On that, we part company. The South was no more evil than was the North-in fact it was probably not as evil as the North. The South had resisted anti-Christian apostasy whereas the North had long ago caved in to it. So it depends on how you define evil, and Mr. Cowan and I don’t seem to quite do that the same way. If he was referring to the evil of slavery, well, the North shared in that particular evil also. It wasn’t particularly “Southern.” I know the cultural Marxists say it was, but they are known liars.
As I said, I have not read Mr. Cowan’s book, but it might be worth getting to see what he does have to say overall.
Theodore Roscoe’s book The Web of Conspiracy which I have been going through again, takes note of how Stanton’s dictatorial proclivities come shining through.
In referring to the Lincoln conspirators, Roscoe notes, on page 266 that “The punishment dealt these prisoners stands as a classic example of what happens when raw dictatorship turns police work into an auto-da-f”e. All of the victims in this case were civilians. None of them had been tried. Not one as yet had been officially indicted. They had merely been accused and thrown into prison to await trial. But an auto-da-f’e punishes first and tries afterward.” In other words, these people are presumed guilty going in and treated accordingly. The “rule of law” is what Stanton says it is.
Stanton’s dictatorial mindset was perfectly displayed in the actions of Stanton’s chief henchman, Lafayette Curry Baker, Stanton’s chief of detectives. Roscoe observed: “He (Baker) dealt with every accused person in the same manner; with a reputable citizen as with a deserter or petty thief. He did not require the formality of a written charge; it was quite sufficient for any person to suggest to Baker that a citizen might be doing something that was against the law. He was immediately arrested, handcuffed, and brought to Baker’s office, at that time in the basement of the Treasury. There he was subjected to a brow-beating examination…Men were kept in his rooms for weeks, without warrant, affidavit or other semblance of authority…Hasty dockets were scribbled on these individuals. Preliminary charges ranged from ‘implicated in assassination’ and ‘accessory’ to ‘suspicious conduct,’ ‘Secession sympathizer’ and ‘disloyal utterances’. Terms were as loose as ashes, and the effort to sift these charges produced many meaningless clinkers that jammed the screen…If the accused took any measures for his own protection, he was hurried into the Old Capitol Prison, where he was beyond the reach of the civil authorities.” In other words, try to hire a lawyer to protect you legally and you got automatic jail time! And “disloyal utterances”? So much for the First Amendment! All it took to get you arrested was a letter or verbal complaint from someone who may have been ticked off at you for some reason and Baker’s stooges hauled you in! Justice in Amerika in 1865!
And Roscoe noted also that: “If Stanton did not promote the witch hunt for subversives, at least he gave it his blessing and backed it with the forces of the War Department. Baker’s Secret Service agents took a leading hand in the game. As has been noted, Baker’s initial move was to distribute a handbill which described a featureless and unidentifiable Booth who could have been almost any stranger on Main Street. And while the nation’s police agencies were set to arresting such nobodies, Baker launched a roundup of suspected disloyalists…This door-to-door search for ‘disloyalists’ touched off an epidemic of neighborhood spying and counter-spying unrivaled in the nation’s previous history.”
However, there were some people, then, as today, who were strangely exempt from all this. One of them was John Wilkes Booth’s mistress, Ella Turner. In fact Roscoe noted that “Nobody was sent to arrest Booth’s mistress.” Why not? They arrested all manner of women from the Surratt house, but Booth’s mistress, well, she didn’t have those problems. The investigating authorities somehow managed to avoid her. And that was even after someone complained about her! Roscoe noted, on page 323 that “One of the singular incongruities of the Lincoln murder case was the Government’s reluctance to lay a glove on a single one of Booth’s known inamoratas.”
Why was Stanton so reluctant to talk to any of these ladies? Was he afraid he or Baker would find out something they were not supposed to know. Or were they merely running a little cover for Booth so that too much was not learned about him too soon?
It seems that the more we learn about the Lincoln assassination the less we really “know.” Lots of stuff about this assassination that’s far from kosher and what we have been told is just enough to satisfy the ignorant and naive who will never ask any questions anyway.
NANCY HITT WRITES:
With reference to Al Benson’s report on the Pledge, I do not pledge as I am not going to repeat the words of “indivisible” which I fully believe is the real reason for the writing of Pledge.
Our children and adults must never believe that our States can be divided into separate self-controlled entities.
Our honor was shed on acres and miles of this land to separate from what we now have… an out of control tyrannical bully nation which does not represent my beliefs. Abe got his wish and the Founding Fathers lost the Republic…now we have a mongrelized democracy sure to fail.
We were warned by the great Washington, Lee and Lord Axton about our future if we allowed our sympathies to be aligned with other nations, such as we have done with Israel.
I remain blacklisted by the Sons and Daughters as I will not pledge now that I fully understand the words and propaganda of that pledge.
A History Lesson for Sen. Ted Cruz
by Dr. Samuel W. Mitcham
Dr. Samuel W. Mitcham was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Viet Nam War who graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and is qualified through the rank of major general. He is the author of more than 40 books, several of which were History or Military History Book Club Selections.
I am always annoyed when a conservative political leader attacks Southern heritage. I don’t know why because with the present-day crop of cowardly politicians, it is becoming routine, but I am. Unwittingly or not, these modern day Scalawags adopt the “politically correct” line, even though they know (or should know) that political correctness is nothing more than a euphemism for cultural Marxism.
Recently, the courageous governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, swam against the politically correct stream, obeyed state law, and issued a proclamation calling for a day of observance in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest as well as commemorating Confederate Decoration Day and Robert E. Lee Day. Governor Lee also stated that he would not be a party to “whitewashing history” by ripping down the bust of Forrest in the Tennessee State Capitol.
For his refusal to join this intellectual lynch mob, Governor Lee was immediately attacked by the usual anti-Southern bigots and Socialist/Democrat/Leftist house organs, such as the Washington Compost and the New York Slimes. This was predictable. What was unusual and absurd about this particular assault on the memory of a brave man is a tweet by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who mounted his rhetorical Mount Siani and declared: “This is wrong!”
But was it, Senator? And what do you know about it, anyway?
First of all, I suppose I should confess that I like Ted Cruz politically, generally speaking. We have not yet met but do have some mutual acquaintances, including Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. Phil is my preacher at the University Church of Christ in Monroe, Louisiana, and he spoke for Mr. Cruz in Iowa. During the 2016 primaries, I was torn between voting for Cruz, Mike Huckabee, or Donald Trump. I was sorry when he and Donald Trump tore into each other, and I think the future president was wrong to attack Cruz’s father. I am also sorry that the senator from Texas cannot see that, in attacking the memory of Bedford Forrest, Senator Cruz is unwittingly making himself a “useful idiot” (to borrow a phrase from Lenin) for the Left, which has gone completely over the edge and is working night and day to turn this country into Venezuela.
But back to my original question: what do you know about it anyway, Senator Cruz?
It is also appalling to me when a conservative such as Glenn Beck or Ted Cruz-who would never allow the politically correct to deceive them on contemporary issues-routinely allow themselves to be hoodwinked on historical topics. Nathan Bedford Forrest is a prime example.
Forrest joined the Klan in 1866. If the Klan were the same organization then as it is today, Mr. Cruz would be correct in condemning it. But was it? To determine if Cruz’s denunciation of Forrest is valid, we must ask ourselves some questions. First, was the Klan of that day the same as the Klan of today? Second, what were the circumstances that induced Forrest to join that organization? Thirdly, when it became something he did not intend, what did he do?
What Mr. Cruz and his ilk too often fail to take into account is that organizations change over time. The year 1865 was pivotal in American history. It was the year the Civil War ended, the Confederacy died, the Ku Klux Klan was born, and the Democratic Party transitioned from the party of slavery to the party of white supremacy. Later, it became the party of separate but equal (with white people being more equal) and the party of segregation after that. Today, it is transforming itself again-into God knows what. It is not the same as it was in 1865.
Neither is the Klan. It was born in the law offices of Judge Thomas Jones in Pulaski, Tennessee. Half its original members were attorneys. Its initial standards were high. One had to be in the Confederate Army at the time of the surrender or in a Union prisoner-of-war camp to be eligible for membership. Its original mission statement called for it to be “an instrument of Chivalry, Humanity, Mercy and patriotism” which was to “relieve and assist the injured, oppressed, suffering, and unfortunate, especially widows and orphans of Confederate soldiers.” (This the government in Washington would not do. They did, however, have a 47% tax on cotton, which they used to subsidize Northern railroads and other large corporations. On the other hand, they did provide pensions to Northern widows and orphans at the expense of Southern widows and orphans.) One had to apply for membership. As far as we can tell (written records are absent), its eighth member was John C. Brown, former Confederate brigadier general and, within eight years, governor of Tennessee. Also a lawyer.
The Klan started out as a social club, but that soon changed. It grew like wildfire and morphed into something else altogether.
The loss of the war and the death of the Confederacy were not isolated events. They also signaled the breakdown of the Southern economy and the collapse of law and order in many localities. Gangs of criminals and individual thugs had a field day throughout the South. Union deserters, Southern outlaws, recently freed slaves who did not know how to handle their freedom, and professional criminals ran amuck. Arson, robbery, rape, and murder were the order of the day. At the same time, Carpetbaggers and collaborators pillaged the public treasuries, increased taxes 300% to 400%, ran up huge public debts, pocketed the proceeds, stole land and farms, and enriched themselves at the expense of a helpless and impoverished people.
African Americans suffered most of all. Much of the South’s land was ruined during the conflict, and 1867 was a year of famine. The new Northern rulers had no interest in the Southern people, black or white. Tens of thousands of Negroes literally starved to death. No effort was made on the part of the new rulers to even keep records of how many died. They were too busy stealing.
Public health was almost completely ignored. Smallpox epidemics periodically raged throughout the South in the 1862 through 1868 period. The weakened and malnourished black folks were especially susceptible, often dying at rates of three or four times higher than Southern whites, who were themselves not well nourished. Black children were particularly hard hit. In one six-month period in 1865, 30,000 African Americans died in North Carolina and South Carolina alone. The epidemic lasted six years.
Not content with theft and neglect, a significant minority of Northern politicians openly advocated a second Civil War. They included Thaddeus Stevens, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives; General Benjamin F. “Spoons” Butler; Governor Richard Yates of Illinois; carpetbagger Governor Andrew J. Hamilton of Texas; and Senator Jim Lane of Kansas, among others. U.S. Congressman William Anderson Pile advocated “death to all supporters of the South, past or present.” General William T. Sherman wanted Southerners demoted to “demizens”: people who were given certain rights (such as the right to pay taxes) but not others (such as the right to vote).
Of particular interest to Forrest was carpetbagger Governor William G. “Parson” Brownlow of Tennessee. A former Methodist preacher, slave owner, and newspaper editor, he believed slavery was “ordained by God.” He nevertheless supported the Union and a second Civil War. “I am one of those who believed that the war ended too soon,” he declared, and “the loyal masses” should not “leave one Rebel fence rail, outhouse, one dwelling, in the seceded states. As for the Rebel population, let them be exterminated.”
This kind of wild talk sounds incredible today, but people like Nathan Bedford Forrest had no choice but to take it seriously-especially in Tennessee.
The Southerners after the war were in the same position as the French Resistance was in World War II. The government were it was functioning at all was often in the hands of criminals, and they felt compelled to take the law into their own hands. There is a point between civilization and anarchy in which vigilantism is an acceptable, temporary measure, until law and order can be restored. Into that breach stepped Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was receiving a hundred letters a day from his former soldiers, relating eye-witness accounts of outrage and lawlessness. He was first told about the Klan by George Washington Gordon, a former Confederate general and war hero. Forrest applied for membership through John W. Morton, his former chief of artillery who celebrated his 21st birthday commanding a battalion of horse artillery in the Battle of Chickamauga. In the spring of 1866, the leaders of the KKK met in the Maxwell House in Nashville, Tennessee, and created the position of “Grand Wizard,” a tribute to Forrest’s wartime nickname, “Wizard of the Saddle,” and gave it to the general.
The Klan had already transformed into a hybrid neighborhood protection/vigilante organization which met violence with violence and terror with terror. It was definitely a mixed bag. Under Forrest, it became, as he said, “a protective political military organization,” i.e., a paramilitary force, a counterbalance to Brownlow’s Loyal Legion. Governor Brownlow sought to pass a law making it legal for anyone to shoot a former Confederate on sight. If that law passed, Forrest declared, there would be a second war, although he did not want it, but he would look upon the activation of Brownlow’s militia as a declaration of war. He also declared that he could raise 40,000 Klansmen in Tennessee and 550,000 throughout the South in five days. No one wanted to fight a half a million man cavalry army under Nathan Bedford Forrest, especially Brownlow and his cronies. The militia was not activated. A second war was avoided.
In February 1869, Brownlow resigned as governor. His successor sought to work with the Democrats, was conciliatory to his former enemies, and restored voting rights to Southern veterans and Confederate sympathizers. Forrest, meanwhile, became concerned that white trash elements were taking over large parts of the organization and were using it for their own nefarious and hateful purposes. As a result, Nathan Bedford Forrest issued General Order Number One, disbanding the Ku Klux Klan. “There was no further need for it,” Forrest commented later, “. . . the country was safe.”
Certain branches of the KKK lived on after Forrest disbanded it, under such names as the Constitutional Union Guards, the Pale Faces, the White Brotherhood, the White League, and the Knights of the White Camelia, and a few Ku Klux dens lingered on until 1877 and even after, but the original Ku Klux Klan effectively ceased to exist and faded into history. As Captain John Calhoun Lester, one of the original founders, wrote later: “There never was, before or since, a period of our history when such an order could have lived. May there never be again!” Let us pray that the captain was right.
In 1915, Hollywood produced an infamous film, “Birth of a Nation.” Its contents were so incendiary that it led to several race riots, propelled the NAACP into national prominence, and led to the birth of a second Ku Klux Klan. This racist organization became the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party and was (and is) largely a terrorist organization. Had it not pirated the name of the original KKK, we might look upon the original Klan much differently than we do. But it did. To associate Nathan Bedford Forrest’s name with the depredations of this second incarnation of the Klan of the 20th and 21st centuries is wrong, but many people do, even though it was created almost four decades after his death, and he clearly had nothing to do with it.
General Forrest’s racial views continued to evolve over time. He addressed an early civil rights organization, was denounced by a Freedman’s Bureau officer as being “too liberal” to the African Americans he employed, provoked the outrage of several editors by kissing a young black lady on the cheek after she presented him with a bouquet of flowers, was denounced by the (Confederate) Cavalry Survivors Association for his positive attitude toward African Americans, hired them in responsible positions in his railroad (i.e., as foremen, conductors, architects, and engineers), and was one of two former Confederate generals I know of who advocated allowing African-Americans to vote. I bet you didn’t know that, Senator Cruz. When Forrest died in 1877, twenty thousand people lined the street for two miles with their hats off, respectfully mourning him as his hearse slowly passed by. These included more than 3,000 black mourners. One source placed this number at 6,000.
I would go on with your history lesson, Mr. Cruz, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I would, however, suggest that you refrain from attacking heroes from other states until you learn more about Southern history. Texas, after all, had more than its share of slaveholding heroes. William B. Travis and Jim Bowie (my personal favorite), the commanders of the Alamo, leap to mind. Already, there are those agents of political correctness who would hand the Alamo over to the United Nations as a World Heritage Site, so they can “contextualize” it. Eventually-should they succeed-they will want to tear it down, on the grounds that it represents white supremacy, oppression of a minority group, or some other pretext. And don’t think for one moment they wouldn’t try it. The Left wants no heroes to exist except its own.
 Also known as the Washington Post and the New York Times.
 Exact numbers do not exist. The Carpetbaggers and Union Army were so indifferent to the fate of the black people they did not bother to keep records. Estimates as to the exact number who died vary between 80,000 and 1,000,000. Most of them were African American. See Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom: African-American Death and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction. Oxford: 2012, p. 8ff.
 Donald W. Livingston, “Confederate Emancipation Without War,” in Frank B. Powell, ed., To Live and Die in Dixie (Columbia, Tennessee: 2004), p. 462.
 Ezra J. Warner, Generals in Blue (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 1964), p. 372. Piles was a former Union general.
 Morton was later secretary of agriculture and secretary of state of Tennessee.
 John Calhoun Lester and Rev. D. L. Wilson, The Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment (New York: 1905), p. 132.
 See Linda Gordon, The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition (New York: 2017) and William Rawlings, The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s (Macon, Georgia: 2017).
 The other one was P. G. T. Beauregard.
AN APPEAL TO THE SCV
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.
The local media in Asheville, North Carolina, my hometown, would report that the Confederate Soldiers Cenotaph in downtown Asheville, and in another location in the State had been vandalized (splashed with red paint). For this to happen in my hometown was analogous to waving a red flag in the eyes of a bull. I would make my way into downtown Asheville that very morning, and post the Colors of the Southern soldier at the Courthouse where one Cenotaph stands, and later to Pack Square where the other two are located.
While I would not find the red paint on either that had been reported; the Honorable General Robert E. Lee’s picture and that of his horse Traveller had been gouged over. I was told that this had happened several months prior. However, inside the gate that surrounds the Confederate War Governor, and Confederate Confederate Colonel, the Honorable Zebulon Baird Vance, were pictures of picture framed slaves. I would complain to the powers to be that this was inappropriate, and tantamount to vandalism. They were removed a day later.
With the exception of two white Yankees who expressed their anger in very vile terms; the many conversations that I would have were very cordial and supportive of my Stand. However, as I stood talking to a fellow Sons of Confederate Veteran Camp member of the Vance camp who had served as a Pall Bearer at my mom’s funeral; a very large and muscular black man would approach to were I stood. His eyes were blazing, and I figured trouble!
However, to his credit, he listened very attentively as I put some history on him and answered his every question. To both my brother from the Vance camp, and my surprise, this very large man began to weep, and reached out and embraced me. He said: ” I just didn’t know the history that you gave to me, thanks” . Thanks, and another hug! Shucks; I almost shed a tear. It was a very spiritual moment, I believe for the three of us. Before this week would end, I would be endowed with similar acts of kindness.
It is important that I note the stench that permeates from Fox News who is always putting it to other media because of fake News reported. As I sat listening to Waters of so called Waters World interviewing Diamond and Silk, two black women about reparations; Waters would interject how the North had freed the slaves after the South was responsible for the loss of 600,000 lives during the so called Civil War.
Fake news at it’s best. The blame for that loss lies squarely on the shoulders of Lincoln!
And to make it even worse, Laura Ingram would follow with a report about schools named after the Honorable General Robert E. Lee changing their name. Her comments were… ” I have no problem with schools changing their names. She said jokingly that maybe they ought to change the name from Robert E. Lee to Sara Lee, or Bruce Lee, and on and on she went with this type of dialogue.
The only tone of sincerity came when she mentioned that Arlington Cemetery was on the grounds of the land owned by the Lee family. Had I been able to confront her in the moment, I would have told her that I would love to put General Lee beside any man living or dead, and let his friends or foes pick out who they would have their son to be like.
The Lincoln loving Yankees at Fox News to include Ainsley Earnhardt who bragged about being from South Carolina, and got down on her knees and kiss the spot where Lincoln’s desk stood in Sanctuary Hall in the Nations Capitol; when should have been complaining about the removal of the Honorable General Kirby Smith’s Cenotaph from the Hall; need to quit reporting their fake news about the Constitutional Right that is spelled out in the Declaration of Independence of Secession. And, even more so, the North’s complicity in the Economic Institution of Slavery.
And, furthermore that the Africans who found themselves in the Southland of America were the luckiest in the whole world participating in the economic institution of slavery , in lieu of everything that the North to this very day try to make it not so. Can I get an “Amen”, and some help for the Stand that I make daily in Dixieland?
FROM THE EDITOR
Dr. Ed is a pastor, author, public speaker, radio personality, lobbyist, re-enactor, and the Director of Dixie Heritage.
Here in Florida we worked hard to campaign for the election of Governor Ron DeSantis. So to see him doing the Left’s bidding and removing a Confederate statue that was within his power to prevent is not just a lobbying failure on my part, it hurts. And hurts deeply!
And to have been chased down by a black Trooper while leaving the capitol and issued a “summons” to appear in a court room without clearly stated charges?
Rick Scott’s lame duck attacks against the second amendment and against our heritage did NOT surprise me in the least. I had identified him as a liberal way back when he was running for governor. The only surprise was that he waited so long to show who he really was.
But I honestly thought DeSantis was the “real deal.”
At any rate, if there is an attorney in the Tallahassee area who is reading this please hit reply and reach out to me!
With that appeal out there, the war continues. Myself, for now, I am closing to fight it on another front. As you are reading this I am in a midwestern state, appealing to another Governor on behalf of our heritage. And there are more trips to be made. Will you help us?
Until Next Week,
P.O. Box 618,
Lowell, FL 32663