FIRE @ ICONIC BUILDING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
An apartment fire that began in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment at the center of the building gutted a portion of Charleston’s Confederate Home and College. The building’s managers are searching for ways to preserve the historic building and find new homes for some residents.
“There’s no two ways about it,” said Margaret Garrett, vice president of the home’s board. “The apartments are ruined.”
SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL ISSUE STATEMENT:
“On Tuesday, February 4th, as part of a Civil War unit based on 8th Grade Social Studies Standards, a teacher at Sandhills Middle School displayed a Civil War era 34-Star American Flag and the Confederate battle flag on the classroom wall as artifacts of the time period. School administration became aware of a student’s concern through a parent’s post on social media Tuesday night. This understandably generated concern from members of our community. Administration is taking the appropriate steps to learn more about this matter, and the flags are no longer being displayed in the classroom.”
“Including the use of historical artifacts within units of study is a common practice in the classroom and can enrich students’ learning experiences; however, it is imperative that we as educators are always mindful of the diverse views of our students, parents, and community members. Our school system understands the importance of providing a respectful learning environment for all students and works daily to ensure we meet this obligation. To that end, the District maintains an open door policy to address individual concerns and welcomes the opportunity to do so at any time.”
ALSO IN SOUTH CAROLINA
The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is considering changing its name.
The American Alliance of Museums Accreditation recently suggested they take the word “Confederate” out of the title and says it could help with raising money and shorten the name.
The museum’s executive director is including that suggestion in a long-term strategic plan for the museum.
The State’s legislature would have to approve any name change.
TENNESSEE REPUBLICANS PUNT
The legislative panel has decided not to decide, for now, whether it thinks a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest should be removed from the Tennessee Capitol.
The House committee on Naming, Designating, & Private Acts voted Tuesday to delay consideration of the non-binding resolution that favors removing the statue of Forrest until the panel’s last meeting, likely months away.
Republicans said the delay allows Tennessee’s Capitol Commission to weigh in first. The commission meets Feb. 20 and will allow public testimony on the bust, but officials don’t plan to hold a vote at that meeting.
VIRGINIA MONUMENT “PAINTED”
A Harrisonburg monument marking the approximate place of Turner Ashby’s death was vandalized over the weekend.
The monument commemorates Ashby, who was killed on June 6, 1862, during the Battle of Good’s Farm.
A group known as the Turner Ashby Memorial Association raised funds from Rockingham County and Harrisonburg citizens in 1897 to erect a monument in his honor, and unveiled the monument on June 6, 1898, 36 years after his death.
In 2017, the monument was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
ALL OTHER VIRGINIA MONUMENTS CLOSER TO REMOVAL
The proposal to create a method for local governments to remove Confederate war monuments is headed to the floor of the Virginia Senate. The Democrat-controlled Senate Local Government Committee voted 8-7 along party lines on Monday to advance Senate Bill 183, from Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, to give localities the authority to take down monuments. The House of Delegates will take up its versions of the legislation later this week.
LOUISIANA SCV REVIVES 2015 LAWSUIT
The SCV was denied permission to march in a Louisiana city’s Christmas parade back in 2015 when it insisted on carrying Confederate battle flags. The suit died the death all too familiar to most such lawsuits. But on Tuesday the SCV’s lawyers asked a federal appeals court to revive its lawsuit alleging constitutional violations.
YOU ARE INVITED
Our friend, Commander James King, of SCV Camp 141 in Albany, Georgia has invited us all to attend their Lee-Jackson Banquet to be held on February 29 at the American Legion Post.
The speaker is Susan Lee and the music, both period and Southern Gospel will be performed.
Advanced Reservation of $20 is required. Young people under age 21 are free. For More Information contact Commander James King @ 229-854-1944 or by eMail by writing: firstname.lastname@example.org
NON-HERITAGE NEWS AFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
Today, you are 9000 times more likely to be accidentally killed by a doctor than a gun owner. The accidental death caused by physicians as 120,000 per year! Accidental deaths per year by guns 1500. This doesn’t even count the number of deaths caused by adverse drug reactions, medical errors, overdoses and more…
Each of these deaths was tragic for someone, the life ended early, the future extinguished. Accidents and side effects do happen. But they happen more often when medications, surgery, and testing are overused.
Yet the liberals are screaming to get rid of guns and replace them with more “healthcare.”
Meanwhile, to keep the deadly “helathcare” industry and big pharma free of competition, the Trump “Justice” Department has imprisoned the owner of medical-marijuana dispensaries in several Michigan cities. Danny Trevino, 47, of Lansing, who had Hydroworld dispensaries in Grand Rapids, Flint, Jackson, Lansing and elsewhere was sentenced Jan. 28, to nearly 16 years in federal prison.
Danny had avoided state criminal and civil penalties but was convicted of multiple federal charges. “States are changing marijuana laws across the country, certainly that’s true, but federal law has not changed,” U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said.
Trevino sought the statutory minimum sentence of five years in prison. Maloney instead sentenced Trevino to 15 years, eight months in prison. The sentence upset several family members and pro-marijuana activists who attended the sentencing in Grand Rapids.
It was difficult to reconcile such a harsh sentence in a state where marijuana is legal. Despite that fact, Trevino was convicted in an August jury trial of 10 felony charges, including conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana and maintaining a drug-involved premises. He was not allowed to use the state’s medical-marijuana law as a defense to the charges. Defense attorney Nicholas Bostic called that a “fallacy.”
Trevino’s businesses were raided 16 times between 2010 and 2016 and he had been arrested and the subject of several search warrants. He was arrested in April 2014 in Grand Rapids for delivery or manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house but charges were dropped a month later. He fought forfeitures of funds seized that were ultimately returned by the courts.
He provided the state with store records and tax records that showed his businesses brought in nearly $3 million. “He thought he was legal,” Bostic told the judge. He said his client, whose previous drug convictions prevented him from being a caregiver, oversaw the operation. He said that every single sale of medical marijuana at his businesses is 100% legal under laws in 33 states including Michigan.
Trevino told reporters: “How could I not have been in compliance if I was acquitted and found not guilty. We were winning and they didn’t charge us, so we kept going.”
Congress has eliminated the mandatory minimum prison sentence for crack cocaine but has not acted on marijuana.
The judge also ordered Trevino to serve four years on supervised release once his prison term ends. He also fined Trevino $11,000.
THIS IS NOWHERE NEAR OVER
Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) pretty much ended the Democrats’s hopes of hearing from more witnesses and the Senate voted to aquit the President. Mitt Romney voting to “convict” the President.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted that her caucus isn’t giving up. During a news conference she said – “we’ll see” when asked about the possibility of pursuing more impeachment charges against President Trump if he is acquitted.
Since the House did not formally close it’s impeachment inquiry, technocally, its still an open and ongoing matter. This means that the House can adopt additional articles and by doing so force additional trial(s) in the Senate.
SPEAKING OF THE SPEAKER
She has, yet again showed the country and the world just how low-class, no-class she is when she ripped up the manuscript of the President’s speech on Tuesday.
WHAT A FIASCO!
We may have witnessed the death of the Iowa caucuses. On Tuesday there were still no results. Still, several candidates declared victory and got out of town. On to New Hampshire!
Bernie Sanders’s team posted polling results that claim to show he won. But the biggest winner of the night may have been South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete BUTTitHURTS. Remember, when it comes to Iowa – it’s not whether the beat your opponents, it’s more about betting expectations.
On that note, it looks like Joe Biden was the biggest loser. The question everyone is asking now is, will the former Vice President still be a viable candidate come Super Tuesday?
PRAY FOR RUSH
The talk radio legend, the original of the species, Rush Limbaugh, announced on his show Monday that he has advanced stage lung cancer.
Rush was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.
CIVIL WAR OR REVOLUTION – THE SOCIALIST MINDSET
Al Benson, Jr. , is the Editor-in-Chief of The Copperhead Chronicle .
He is also a regular feature writer for The Southern Patriot , The Dixie Heritage Letter , and other pro-Southern publications.
He is a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Confederate Society of America, and the League of the South.
The evil socialist mindset is on open display for all to see at present, especially in the State of Virginia. There was an insightful article on
by William L. Gensert for January 22nd. Mr. Gensert observed: “Democrats conspired with foreign agents, lied, cheated, and denied due process to Donald Trump. If they were willing to do that to a duly elected president in order to obtain power, what should Americans expect them to do to them should they refuse attempts to be disarmed?
Democrats understand that an armed America can say ‘No!’ And they can’t have that. If they want to radically change the America extant for more than two centuries, they first need to disarm Americans. And they realize asking nicely is not going to accomplish this…
Democrats will do their utmost to create a situation where blood is spilled and lives are lost to engender this war. They believe that only bloodshed will finally get the people on their side, willing to cede to them the control they need to ‘fundamentally transform the United States of America.’”
Anyone remember who said those last words noted above? It was none other than Barack Hussein Obama, right after he won the socialist (Democratic) nomination for president. I have contended that not only was Obama a radical socialist, but also a Marxist. In several articles I noted a book called Radical in Chief that outlined Obama’s long socialist career.
I doubt if most folks paid any attention. They should have, for Obama”s “vision” for this country was identical to what socialists across the country are trying to push onto the American public. Virginia today is a notable example–forced gun control, laws against daring to criticize the ruling elite, and several other radical agendas.
Mr. Gensert’s article also states: “The solipsist left believes they are on the side of all that is good, just, and reasonable and if Americans must die for them to be in control, it is a small price to pay to attain the country they believe America should be.” Admitting my ignorance, I was not familiar with the term “solipsist” and so I looked it up in the dictionary.
A loose rendition of it means that the solipsist thinks no one else but him knows anything and no one else’s opinion but his really matters. This is the perfect definition of the socialist mindset. The socialist may be wrong most of the time (and he is) but he is never in doubt as to the rightness of what he wants to see done, no matter how many lives might be lost in the doing of it. After all, if they are not socialist lives, then they are unimportant anyway.
Gensert, in his article, noted how Red Ralph in Virginia sought to demonize legitimate gun owners by painting them all as “illegitimate nuts.” He stated that “Members of his (Red Ralph’s) administration have threatened calling out the National Guard to seize guns from people whom they hoped would refuse to obey their new legislation.” And then he posits an ominous warning to the Democrats (socialists) when he says “Virginia Democrats don’t realize that making war on Americans who support the Second Amendment while trashing the Constitution will not get them the new civil war they think they can win. It will only precipitate a new revolution that will destroy them and their party for a generation…There will be bloodshed, but it won’t be on their terms. It won’t be a civil war, or even civil disobedience, it will be guerilla warfare. It will be revolution.” And if that is the case, how many of the socialist elites will be safe? Everybody knows who they are. Who is to say some of the newly minted revolutionaries won’t start going after them–because they will be noted as those who started all this misery to begin with.
Socialists can only succeed by using force because no sane person would voluntarily agree to live in the hell socialists will create if given half a chance. Sane people will resist, even if they do not fully grasp the idea that socialists are mentally unbalanced.
It might not hurt if people around the country start looking at whether the states they live in have democratic leadership and where that leadership seems to be trying to take them. How many states have Democratic governors who may try to push their state legislatures in a leftist direction if they can? And how many of those states have Republican legislators that may be willing to “waffle” a bit if a Democratic governor exerts a little pressure on them? People in every state need to keep an eye on those they have voted into office, because, human nature being what it is (sinful) you just cannot sit naively back and think your legislators will automatically do the right thing. Some will, but many won’t.
And you had better believe that what is going on now in Virginia will be repeated in each and every state where the socialists (Democrats) gain control. Virginia is the socialist’s pilot program. If they get their way there it will only embolden then to push the same nightmare into as many other states as they can.
Socialism is an evil that must be exposed for the fraud it is and then it must be resisted. James 4:7 in the New Testament tells Christians to “Resist the devil.” And while socialism may not be the devil, it is one of the devil’s main programs. Therefore, it must be resisted.
A MILLION IRAQIS ASKED US TO LEAVE!
Ron Paul is an American physician, author, and former ten-term Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1988 U.S. Presidential Election.
You wouldn’t know it from US mainstream media reporting, but on Friday an estimated million Iraqis took to the streets to protest the continued US military presence in their country. What little mainstream media coverage the protest received all reported the number of protesters as far less than actually turned out.
The Beltway elites are determined that Americans not know or understand just how much our presence in Iraq is not wanted.
The protesters were largely supporters of nationalist Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who opposes both US and Iranian presence in Iraq. Protesters held signs demanding that the US military leave Iraq and protest leaders warned of consequences unless the US listen to the Iraqi people.
After President Trump’s illegal and foolish assassination of Iranian general Soleimani on Iraqi soil early this month, the Iraqi parliament voted unanimously to cancel the agreement under which the US military remains in Iraq. But when the Iraqi prime minister called up Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to request a timetable for a US withdrawal, Pompeo laughed in his face.
The US government answered the Iraqi parliament’s vote with a statement that the US military is a “force for good” in the Middle East and that because of the continuing fight against ISIS US troops will remain, even where they are not wanted.
How many billions of dollars have we sent to Iraq to help them build their democracy? Yet as soon as a decision of Iraq’s elected parliament goes against Washington’s wishes, the US government is no longer so interested in democracy. Do they think the Iraqis don’t notice this double-dealing?
The pressure for the US to leave Iraq has been building within the country, but the US government and mainstream media is completely – and dangerously – ignoring this sentiment. It’s one thing to push the neocon propaganda that Iraqis and Iranians would be celebrating in the streets after last month’s US assassination of Iranian general Soleimani, who was the chief strategist for the anti-ISIS operation over the past five years. It’s a completely different thing to believe the propaganda, especially as more than a million Iranians mourned the popular military leader.
The Friday protesters demanded that all US bases in Iraq be closed, all security agreements with the US and with US security companies be ended, and a schedule for the exit of all US forces be announced. Sadr announced that the resistance to the US troop presence in Iraq will halt temporarily if an orderly departure is announced and implemented. Otherwise, he said, the resistance to US troops would be activated.
A million Iraqi protesters chanted “no, no to occupation.” The Iraqi parliament voted for us to leave. The Iraqi prime minister asked us to leave. Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the US deputy commander in Iraq and Syria, said last week that US troops in Iraq are more threatened by Shi’ite militias than ISIS.
So, before more US troops die for nothing in Iraq, why don’t we listen to the Iraqi people and just come home? Let the people of the Middle East solve their own problems and let’s solve our problems at home.
DEMOCRACY AND TYRANNY
Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University, and a nationally syndicated columnist.
During President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial, we’ll hear a lot of talk about our rules for governing. One frequent claim is that our nation is a democracy. If we’ve become a democracy, it would represent a deep betrayal of our founders, who saw democracy as another form of tyranny. In fact, the word democracy appears nowhere in our nation’s two most fundamental documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The founders laid the ground rules for a republic as written in the Constitution’s Article IV, Section 4, which guarantees “to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.”
John Adams captured the essence of the difference between a democracy and republic when he said, “You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.” Contrast the framers’ vision of a republic with that of a democracy. In a democracy, the majority rules either directly or through its elected representatives. As in a monarchy, the law is whatever the government determines it to be. Laws do not represent reason. They represent power. The restraint is upon the individual instead of the government. Unlike that envisioned under a republican form of government, rights are seen as privileges and permissions that are granted by government and can be rescinded by government.
Here are a few quotations that demonstrate the contempt that our founders held for a democracy. James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 10, wrote that in a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.”
At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Edmund Randolph said that “in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” Alexander Hamilton agreed, saying: “We are now forming a republican government. (Liberty) is found not in “the extremes of democracy but in moderate governments. … If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy.”
John Adams reminded us: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
John Marshall, the highly respected fourth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”
Thomas Paine said, “A Democracy is the vilest form of Government there is.” The framers gave us a Constitution replete with undemocratic mechanisms. One constitutional provision that has come in for recent criticism is the Electoral College. In their wisdom, the framers gave us the Electoral College as a means of deciding presidential elections. That means heavily populated states can’t run roughshod over small, less-populated states.
Were we to choose the president and vice president under a popular vote, the outcome of presidential races would always be decided by a few highly populated states, namely California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania, which contain 134.3 million people, or 41% of our population. Presidential candidates could safely ignore the interests of the citizens of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Delaware. Why? They have only 5.58 million Americans, or 1.7% of the U.S. population. We would no longer be a government “of the people.” Instead, our government would be put in power by and accountable to the leaders and citizens of a few highly populated states. It would be the kind of tyranny the framers feared.
It’s Congress that poses the greatest threat to our liberties. The framers’ distrust is seen in the negative language of our Bill of Rights such as: Congress “shall not abridge, infringe, deny, disparage, and shall not be violated, nor be denied.” When we die and if at our next destination we see anything like a Bill of Rights, we know that we’re in hell because a Bill of Rights in heaven would suggest that God couldn’t be trusted.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
Dr. Ed is a pastor, college president, historian, the author of over 30 books, an in-demand public speaker, and the host of two radio shows.
He is an active lobbyist, tirelessly petitioning city, county, state, and federal officials on behalf of our Southern monuments and heritage.
He started Dixie Heritage in March of 2015.
The men who are the proud members and officers of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp in Murfreesboro, Tennessee are also proud to be readers and subscribers here at Dixie Heritage. A few days ago, they reached out to me to say that they have been targeted by Antifa.
Antifa has used the Camp’s fACEBOOK page to determine who the members and officers are. They then did public record’s searches. They then published personal information about these men, their wives, and even their grown children not living in their homes.
Also published are photos of their license plates, obviously taken from inside their own garages. Talk about intimidation.
Good men in this Camp are being fired from their jobs. Their kids and grandkids are being harassed in school. They are receiving personal threats at their homes. Knowing that these men will not bow to personal intimidation the safety of their families is being threatened.
Click this link to see the Antifa web-campaign against these men. This is just a SMALL bit of what these men are actually going through.
No doubt, its just a matter of time before these tactics are duplicated against others. This is an ALL-OUT war that we are fighting. And the reason for our moving is to get CLOSER to the fight.
PRAY daily, give weekly, and as Gen Forrest used to say, “Git there first with the most.” Thats what we here at Dixie Heritage do each and every week.
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