Dixie Heritage News – 3/27/2020
Corona Virus continues to dominate the news and also monopolizes the attention of government. So there is NOT a lot to report on the heritage front right now. But there is some.
Inspite of Corona Virus, there is one new attack. It is White’s Ferry which has been ushering motorists and pedestrians across the Potomac River since a year before the United States won its independence from Britain. More than two centuries later, that family-run service remains afloat, connecting Loudoun, Virginia with Montgomery County, Maryland via a 300-yard cable stretched across the river just north of Leesburg. What is. at issue is that the ferry boat is named for a Confederate General.
After the WBTS, Confederate Colonel Elijah V. White purchased the ferry and renamed the service after his family and the ferry boat after Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early.
The family is NOT inclined to change the names. However, we will monitor the situation because once certain folks get something like this stuck in their craw, they may not let go.
STATUE MAY BE TAKEN DOWN BEFORE IT EVEN GOES UP
In the frenzie to purge Virginia of its Confederate history, the statue of Sally Louisa Tompkins, which will soon be among 12 others that form The Virginia Women’s Monument on the grounds of the state capitol in Richmond, is coming under attack.
Tompkins was a hospital administrator and Confederate officer.
The monument, honoring Virginia women of achievement with its first seven bronze figures, was dedicated in November 2019. Her statue was scheduled to be added later this year.
Tompkins selection has caused some distress because she was a Confederate officer. Capt. Sally Tompkins was also America’s first female Army officer and had an accomplished medical career after the war. But the NAACP is again taking issue because she was a Confederate and at least a few members of the Virginia Legislature that are not too busy with the Corona virus have joined their chorus.
Again, another situation to monitor and we are also taking an advanced approach, lobbying for the statue even amidst the crisis.
TWO NEW CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS ERECTED
They’re calling it a tiny statue for a tiny man.
The 4-inch statue, placed in front of the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, is the work of the comedy duo Davram Stiefler and Jason Selvig, known as “The Good Liars.”
The plaque reads: “This site is dedicated to Confederate sympathizer and White Nationalist, Steve King…Here, King is honored with the world’s smallest Confederate statue.”
“We put up a confederate statue honoring confederate sympathizer Steve King. Hopefully he will honor his heritage and not take it down,” Selvig said. “We’re just saying we should respect our ancestry and our heritage and – like it or not – Steve King’s racism is part of our heritage and we need to respect that.”
Selvig also pointed out that it would be hypocritical for the statue to be removed, seeing as so many Republicans have argued against removing other Confederate monuments: “They are the last ones fighting for the Confederacy, to keep its memory alive. So they deserve their own Confederate monuments, all of them,” in a hint that there will be more tiny statues to come.
And there was another. The second being a monument erected in Central Park to President Trump.
At its erection, Jeffry Stringer mocked: “A lot of people, probably everybody, are saying that this is a tremendous monument, probably in New York the most tremendous. No one has ever seen a monument as great as this ever in the history of the universe, or even America. And we’ve done a tremendous job so it’s deserved!”
NEW WAVE OF CONFEDERATE RAILROAD CONCERTS CANCELLED
But this time it has nothing to do with the groups name. The cancellations are occurring as a result of gathering size and social distancing restrictions in place at various venues.
In Altoona, Pennsylvania the Jaffa Shrine has informed us that they have rescheduled both their Shrine Circus and Confederate Railroad concert fundraising events. The Circus, scheduled to be from April 20 to April 26 has been moved to September 24 through September 30.The Confederate Railroad concert with Wayne Jennings that was scheduled for April 10, will now happen on October 23, 2020.
If you have already purchased tickets for either event they will be honored at their new performance times.
CROWDS GOING UP AFTER RESTRICTIONS
Author Cat erine Clinton is trying to maintain her book tour for her anti-South book: Confederate Statues and Memorialization, published in 2019. Reports are that with restrictions in place limiting heraudience to 10 people her crowd sizes are actually increasing.
NON-HERITAGE NEWS AFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND:
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive with Corona Virus and continues to work in his Capitol Hill office.
Prince Charles has also tested positive and is in quarantine.
SAFETY OR FREEDOM?
Are the lockdowns effective? Will they be enough to contain the spread and ‘flatten the curve’ – or will the medicine be worse for our economy than the virus itself.
In other words – are will killing the economy in the course of fighting this war on the invisible enemy?
RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS?
Depending on your situation,you should be eligible to have mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months.
Federal regulators, through the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are ordering lenders to offer homeowners f lexibility . The move covers about half of all home loans in the U.S. — those guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie. But regulators expect that the entire mortgage industry will quickly adopt a similar policy.
Under the plan, people who have suffered a loss of income can qualify to make reduced payments or be granted a complete pause in payments.
MARTIAL LAW IN AMERICA
BBC reports that the US Department of Justice is considering sweeping new powers that would allow judges to hold people in detention without a trial. This something that hasn’t really been considered since Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus during the WBTS.
BBC ALSO REPORTS
Restrictions adopted in the United Kingdom could remain in place for up to 2 years.
GAS PRICES DROPPING
Gas prices have been trending sharply downward for the past few weeks. They could go much lower according to GasBuddy.com.
The price of gas has finally gone down and we can’t go anywhere.
BYE BYE BIDEN? BYE BYE BERNIE?
No matter how hard the Democrats and their allies in the media try, Joe Biden’s cognitive issues can no longer be ignored.
Have you noticed that the Democrats are trying to position New York governor Cuomo (The New York Corona Virus Governor) into a position similar to the one Rudy Giuliani enjoyed after 9-11?
Expect to see the Democrat primaries suspended and a super-delegate only convention that will remotely nominate Cuomo in place of Biden or Bernie.
CORONA HOW BIG IS THE CRISIS?
Dr. Ron Paul Has been actively practicing medicine for more than 40 years. For 20 of those years, he served in the United States Congress.
Additionally, Ron Paul was the nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 1980 Presidential race. He sought the Republican nomination in both 2008 and 2012.
Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them. After 9/11, for example, Americans accepted the near-total destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act’s hollow promises of security.
It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans.
Declaring a pandemic emergency on Friday, President Trump now claims the power to quarantine individuals suspected of being infected by the virus and, as Politico writes, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease.” He can even call out the military to cordon off a US city or state.
State and local authoritarians love panic as well. The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, signed an executive order declaring the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol and cut off gas, water, or electricity to any citizen. The governor of Ohio just essentially closed his entire state.
The chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis.
On Face the Nation, Fauci did his best to further damage an already tanking economy by stating, “Right now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant.” He has pushed for closing the entire country down for 14 days.
Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States? By contrast, tuberculosis, an old disease not much discussed these days, killed nearly 1.6 million people in 2017. Where’s the panic over this?
If anything, what people like Fauci and the other fearmongers are demanding will likely make the disease worse. The martial law they dream about will leave people hunkered down inside their homes instead of going outdoors or to the beach where the sunshine and fresh air would help boost immunity. The panic produced by these fearmongers is likely helping spread the disease, as massive crowds rush into Walmart and Costco for that last roll of toilet paper.
The madness over the coronavirus is not limited to politicians and the medical community. The head of the neoconservative Atlantic Council wrote an editorial this week urging NATO to pass an Article 5 declaration of war against the COVID-19 virus! Are they going to send in tanks and drones to wipe out these microscopic enemies?
People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus “pandemic” could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic.
That is not to say the disease is harmless. Without question people will die from coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories should take precautions to limit their risk of exposure. But we have seen this movie before. Government over-hypes a threat as an excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When the “threat” is over, however, they never give us our freedoms back.
A CONTAGION OF FEAR
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded.
Twice he was the Constitution Party’s nominee for President of the United States.
Does anyone remember these words: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”?
Those words are from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address delivered on March 4, 1933. These words were spoken at the height of the Great Depression.
My parents lived through the Great Depression (and two World Wars). I grew up listening to their experiences of living in the Depression. For poor people (which my parents were), the Depression was horrific. Today’s Americans know nothing of suffering in the magnitude of that terrible period of U.S. history.
And I can tell you emphatically that at no point did my parents (or grandparents or aunts and uncles) ever show fear. Never! Neither did they demonstrate selfishness nor panic. They spoke repeatedly of deprivation, sickness and want, but never of fear. And selfishness was not in their vocabulary. In the worst of times, they prayed, worked and worshiped together.
Today, there is a contagion sweeping the country alright: It’s a contagion of FEAR.
Dr. Ron Paul suggests the coronavirus is a hoax. In a column entitled The Coronavirus Hoax, Dr. Paul said people are “willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them.”
“State and local authoritarians love panic as well,” he continued before singling out U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci as the “chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration.”
“Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis,” Paul wrote. “Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States?”
“People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus ‘pandemic’ could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic.”
Dr. Paul’s remarks are well taken. If it’s not a hoax, the virus IS being used as a completely exaggerated, super-hyped, super-inflated psychological ops campaign against the American people—a coordinated full-court press of intimidation and fearmongering by the government, the mass media and the CDC. And disgustingly, many so-called patriot bloggers and broadcasters have also given themselves to grotesque fearmongering.
Plus, did you know that the U.S. Marine Corps has psychological operations units and is paying individual Marines $40,000 to transfer to these units? How do we know that these military psyops units are NOT being used against the American people right now?
What we do know is that all of this fearmongering has worked brilliantly. As Edmund Burke opined, “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
A large segment of our population—probably a majority—is in deep panic. And not only does that mean empty shelves, empty classrooms and empty restaurants; it means empty minds. People everywhere are begging the government to protect and save them.
Mark this down: When people are consumed with fear, they have already surrendered their hearts and minds to tyranny.
What we are witnessing today is Medical Martial Law.
In addition, Dr. Paul is right in asking who is profiting from this government/media-induced panic. Who exactly is profiting from the coronavirus? I’ll tell you: international bankers, socialist politicians, the Welfare State, Big Pharma, the Police State, government bureaucracy, etc. I’ll say it straight out: The CDC is nothing but a professional, government-backed lobby group for Big Pharma.
Both parties in Congress and President Trump are pouring over one trillion taxpayer dollars for more and more government control over our lives. And the government/media mafia is willing to totally tank the U.S. economy in the process.
Trump says that no more than 10 people should congregate. Okay, that means the U.S. House and Senate should shut down immediately. It means U.S. military troops must shut down operations involving any unit more than squad size. It means Trump’s cabinet must immediately go home and stay home.
It means police departments must immediately disband their shift meetings and dissolve their SWAT teams. It means the FBI, ATF, BLM, etc., must disband all units numbering more than 10. It means the U.N. must close immediately. It means State capitals and county governments must send home all of their clerical staff numbering over 10. And the CDC must close any laboratory or office involving 10 or more people.
Does anyone really think any of that is going to happen? As usual, members of government believe themselves to be above the rules and restrictions they place on everyone else.
Tens of thousands of people die from the flu every year, and no one panics. Over 60,000 Americans died of the flu in the 2019 flu season and over 80,000 Americans died of the flu during the 2018 flu season. That computes to more people dying from the flu—just in America in one month alone—than have died from corona in the entire world to date.
Think of it another way: Every year, as many or more Americans die of the flu than were killed in all of the Vietnam War. And no panic! No closed restaurants. No empty shelves in stores. No presidential plea to stay home. No closed churches. No businesses shutting down. No panic!
Why don’t the media tell us that the coronavirus has been around since the 1960’s? Why don’t they tell us that 30% of common colds stem from this virus? Why don’t they tell us that there is absolutely no way that these countries with far less medical sophistication than the U.S. could identify the cause of all of the so-called corona deaths as being attributed to COVID-19?
Most countries don’t have a smidgen of test kits for COVID-19. For that matter, most of the states in the United States don’t even have sufficient test kits for COVID-19. And many of the testing kits that have been dispensed here in America have already been returned, because they didn’t work. So, you’re trying to tell me that all of these foreign countries have accurately diagnosed these deaths as being from the coronavirus or COVID-19? Give me a break!
People with weakened immune systems from other diseases are susceptible to any virus—including corona. And for some, contracting corona could be the last straw or could lead to the last straw. But that does not mean that corona is a death sentence. Far from it.
The next time you hear of another reported case of “coronavirus,” remind yourself that this is most likely not COVID-19. The CDC and fearmongers in the government and mass media want to scare us with the word “coronavirus” and make us believe that everyone who has corona has COVID-19 and is going to die. IT JUST ISN’T SO.
This is pure fearmongering designed to produce panic.
One absolutely cannot trust much of the data provided by the World Health Organization and the CDC. These organizations have a vested interest in exaggerating data to the worst case scenario, as frightening reports guarantee increased financial assistance for these organizations from the government.
Why don’t they tell us that 80% of people who contract corona show only “mild” symptoms? Tom Hanks and his wife were diagnosed with corona, and they left the hospital smiling and happy just 5 days later.
Why don’t they tell us that the global mortality rate of corona is just 1%?
The chance of someone with symptomatic Covid-19 dying varied by age, confirming other studies. For those aged 15 to 44, the fatality rate was 0.5%, though it might have been as low as 0.1% or as high as 1.3%. For people 45 to 64, the fatality rate was also 0.5%, with a possible low of 0.2% and a possible high of 1.1%. For those over 64, it was 2.7%, with a low and high estimate of 1.5% and 4.7%.
The chance of serious illness from coronavirus infection in younger people was so low, the scientists estimate a fatality rate of zero.
A physician who is a Public Health Medical Advisor to two Montana counties gave the following warning as to the lasting deleterious consequences that this overreaction of fear and panic will have on our country:
During the statewide Governor’s conference call today, a speaker said that we will never know the results of any over-reaction, but we will certainly know the results of any under-reaction. This is not true. We will eventually have a very good idea of the savage economic and social consequences, including deaths in economically marginal populations, of over-reaction and panic.
Amen, doctor, Amen!
Why don’t they tell us that the unusually high mortality rate of the virus in Italy is due to the way that country is rationing medical care—even denying medical care to those over 80?
Why don’t they tell us that even for people over the age of 80, the COVID-19 survival rate is over 80%?
The mortality rate of the coronavirus is only 2.9% in Hubei province, China, where Wuhan is located. In the rest of China, the mortality rate is 0.4%. Remember the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan that was supposedly thoroughly infected with the coronavirus? The mortality rate of the virus on the ship was 0.85%. Why don’t they report those facts?
You know why they don’t report those facts. They are deliberately creating fear and panic all over the world. In order to make the American people fall for this hype and hysteria and convince them that this is a legitimate pandemic, they had to create fear and panic in the rest of the world first.
Even more than the financial losses that this manufactured crisis is costing us Americans is the loss of our First Amendment liberties. Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when liberty was more important to the American people than their lives or their fortunes. Can anyone say Patrick Henry and the signers of our Declaration of Independence?
Those days are gone.
The government has no authority to dictate how many people choose to congregate for any peaceful purpose. Our First Amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
Telling people to not attend church is a violation of the constitutional clause, “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Telling people they cannot gather in groups of more than 10, 20, 50, etc., is a clear violation of the constitutional clause, “no law . . . prohibiting . . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”
The coronavirus or any other “emergency”—real or imagined—does NOT cancel or negate the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
That’s why I’m saying, what we are witnessing is Medical Martial Law. It is unadulterated, unabashed government tyranny.
Know this: The Big Government, Police State policies that are starting to take root in our country right now will be with us a long time after the coronavirus is gone.
We have far more to fear from Big Government tyranny than we do from any virus. Every problem the government touches only gets worse. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now.
You may think all of this is a benevolent effort of a well-intentioned government and news media to help stave off a crisis. I don’t buy it.
Corona is merely the latest election-year medical scare to sweep America.
In 2004, it was SARS.
In 2008, it was AVIAN flu.
In 2010, it was Swine flu.
In 2012, it was MERS.
In 2014, it was Ebola.
In 2016, it was Zika.
In 2018, it was Ebola again.
Now in 2020, it’s Corona.
It was also Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
This coronavirus scare will end 1) when the powers behind it accomplish what they want to accomplish, which always means more government and less freedom, or 2) when the American people on the whole get tired of the government’s heavy-handed “solutions” and say, “That’s enough!”
Personally, I vote for the second option and wish the American people would hurry up. They have waited too long already.
One more note: It is now very obvious that evangelical Christians will not lead any liberty charge. They are the first ones to run and hide at the sign of danger.
We fought a War for Independence, a War of Northern Aggression and two World Wars. We’ve endured floods, famines, wildfires, tornados, earthquakes and hurricanes. And through it all, our Christian ancestors maintained a courageous and faithful presence in the House of God.
When British troops were marauding through the Colonial countryside, Christians faithfully observed the Lord’s Day together in church. I remember my mother saying she rarely missed a church service during the Great Depression. The Sunday after Hurricane Ivan had seriously damaged our church buildings and devastated our entire community in 2004, we held our Lord’s Day service in the church parking lot.
In times of disaster, war and pestilence, our Christian forebears led their communities into a stronger faith in God through their loving devotion to united worship. Those days, too, are gone.
Now, Christians are among the first to shut the doors of their sanctuaries, leaving a distraught public to find spiritual solace somewhere else.
In this regard, the only Christians Donald Trump cares about are the multimillionaire televangelists who spend their week on television fleecing the flock instead of feeding it.
The true pastors who are in the trenches with the people, providing spiritual leadership, courage and hope, are expected to follow Trump’s demands to “stay home” and fend for themselves as best they can—and leave their flock to do the same.
Today, commitment to God is measured by how many Trump rallies we attend or how often we raise an Israeli flag.
I truly wonder what evangelicals would have done had Barack Obama told them that no crowd over ten should congregate—in their churches or anywhere else.
Maybe evangelicals will find their backbone after a Democrat returns to the White House. As it stands right now, America—including Christian America—is suffering from a contagion of fear, which, as FDR said, is what we should fear most.
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS A PART OF TUCSON’S HISTORY, FOR GOOD AND BAD
Born in Germany, Dr. Albrecht Classen is a Distinguished Professor of German Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and a proud faculty member of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona.
He originally submitted the article below to the Arizona Daily Star.
Tucson City Council member Lane Santa Cruz and Mayor Regina Romero want the Rodeo Parade to remove the Confederate flag. Indeed, the Confederate flag stands for a troubled part of our history, and it is understandable that people are upset about its public display because of its sordid association with slavery. The question is whether this constitutes historical inclusivity or politically incorrect revisionism.
Here are some of the facts about the Civil War in Arizona we need to keep in mind to judge properly: On March 16, 1861, a convention in Tucson adopted a secession ordinance because of the region’s shared interests and geography with the Confederacy, the need of frontier protection, and the loss of postal service routes under the United States government. On Aug. 1, 1861, a force of Texan Confederate cavalry and Arizonan militia under Lt. Colonel John Baylor conquered the southern New Mexico territory. Subsequently, the Confederate Company A arrived in Tucson on February 28, 1862, and were welcomed by many.
This was because, at the time, people were deeply worried about the threats by the Apaches and felt neglected by the Union government in their own colonialist efforts to capture lands from the native population and to start mining. Tucson was ideally located on the Butterfield Overland Mail road, the only one between California and the Rio Grande and Mesilla valleys, and it facilitated the establishment of military posts to observe and delay the advances of Union forces under Col. James Henry Carleton at Fort Yuma.
A small force of Confederate soldiers defeated approaching Union soldiers at the Battle of Picacho Peak on April 15, 1862, but the Union had already won a decisive victory at the Battle of Glorieta Pass (today southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico) on March 28, 1862. The Company A departed from Tucson on May 14, since they had not received any reinforcements and could not hold the fort any longer, leaving behind only a small detachment under Lt. James Henry Tevis.
On May 20, 1862, Captain Emil Fritz with his Company B, 1st California Volunteer Cavalry, known as the California Column, entered Tucson surprisingly from the north (Canyon del Oro) with a force of 2,000 men without firing a shot, while Tevis and his men managed to escape. This ended the rule of the Confederates that had lasted for less than 80 days.
There is no doubt that the Confederate flag here in Tucson stands for very a tumultuous time, when many social and economic issues were at stake. However, removing the flag would also mean ignoring that history. Can we afford to be blind to what happened in the past whether we agree with it or not?
What does the U.S. flag, in use since 1777, mean for all citizens of our city and region? Honestly, some atrocities were committed under that flag, and yet we proudly display it at the parade. Our past will always stay with us, but we are not its pawns.
Instead, we need to remember and honor the victims, pay respect to the heroes, and recognize that we are the heirs of a rather problematic past. Should we not honor particularly the Apaches and their flag who defended themselves against an aggressive group of white settlers here in Southern Arizona?
By the same token, however, the Confederate flag ought to stay, but it needs to be contextualized and explained, thus serving as a reminder of what happened here in Tucson 158 years ago, the good and the bad. In fact, Tucson ought to remember critically all aspects of our history, which includes the Confederates.
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 three 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.
You would think that with everything being shut down that we’d have more time than ever to catch up on things. Instead, it has worked the opposite way. Especially since we are now having to do all sorts of things we normally would not do, like teach my child for 6 hours a day because his teachers and school are not doing it.
Our church food pantry is still operating and we are serving hot meals to the neighborhood. This ministry is taking several additional hours due to increased demand.
But we did get our floor in before the Governor shut our crew down as non essential. So I am actually setting at a desk instead of a card table and the room I am working in is finally starting to look like an office.
So the work load has actually increased and that just requires getting up earlier and going to bed later. The work continues!
Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible. All things do work together for good to them that love God and to those who are called according to His purpose. Right now I do not see the good. But I know it is there. We keep moving forward!
Until Next Week,
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