DIXIE HERITAGE NEWS – JANUARY 1, 2021
Confederate monuments at National Park Service sites dodged a bullet as the final version of the fiscal 2021 spending package excluded language pushed by House Democrats that would remove the monuments from those sites.
Republicans had described the provision as a “poison pill” and “veto bait,” given President Donald Trump’s opposition. But Democratic supporters say dropping the provision represents a temporary truce rather than a white flag on their part.
House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Biden administration to pursue these critical provisions in the next Congress.”
A PROMISE NOT KEPT?
Christina Noel, a VA spokeswoman, said the agency is not considering a name change for the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, which honors the personal doctor to Stonewall Jackson. , one of the most famous Confederate generals of the Civil War.
At a higher level, Secretary Wilkie’s leadership of the VA has been called into question in recent weeks by Democrats on Capitol Hill. While Wilkie is a supporter of Confederate monuments Congress is calling on Wilkie to resign or for President Trump to fire him. The chances of his retaining his position in an upcoming administration (Trump or Biden) is slim to none. So sadly, Noel’s statement does not carry a whole lot of weight at the moment. We are already beginning our efforts to lobby on behalf of Dr. McGuire.
The debate over removing the controversial Confederate soldier statue that stands outside the Williamson County courthouse has been going on for years.
It will receive a new focus after County Commissioners and the County Judge have appointed a 15-member committee to convene in January to study the monument erected in 1916 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
A call to arms to support the Confederacy, “Maryland, My Maryland,” set to the traditional seasonal tune of “O, Tannenbaum,” was written as a poem in 1861 by James Ryder Randall and adopted as the state song in 1939. Politicians have tried to replace it since 1974.
House Speaker Adrienne Jones, who became the first Black person and first woman to hold the leadership post last year is leading the charge and says that she’s confident a repeal will finally pass in the session that begins in January. “This session, we will pass legislation to repeal the state song so we can better reflect our current values of unity, diversity and inclusion,” the Democrat said in a statement.
Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Montgomery County Democrat, has sponsored previous measures targeting the song, and is trying again. She said she’s “cautiously optimistic” 2021 will be the year.
Previous attempts to change it have stalled over disagreements about finding a replacement. This time, sponsors are trying to avoid that debate by repealing it, but not replacing it.
In 2017, the University of Maryland marching band announced it would no longer play “Maryland, My Maryland” before football games. This year, Pimlico Race Course, home to the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore that’s part of horse racing’s Triple Crown, scrapped its tradition of playing the song before the race.
IN SOUTH CAROLINA
A key part of the 20-year-old South Carolina law that makes it near impossible to take down Confederate and segregation-era monuments is the requirement that it would take a two-thirds vote — a supermajority — by each chamber in the General Assembly to make any changes.
But in his latest filing before the state Supreme Court in a lawsuit that challenges the state’s Heritage Act, South Carolina’s scalawag Attorney General Alan Wilson is literally suing himself so that the court can eliminate the required supermajority in the 124-member House and in the 46-member Senate.
DON’T MAKE A WISH
Before Christmas, visitors to the online retailer Wish.com could purchase a number of Confederate-themed items from flags to shirts to hats.
This week, the company removed most but not all Confederate merchandise claiming that they were taking a corporate stand against “hate.”
According to the Foundation for Economic Education, “Data show a total of 163,735 businesses on [the website] ‘Yelp’ closed between March 1 and Aug. 31, when state-enforced lockdowns across the U.S. began forcing businesses to close their doors. According to Yelp’s figures, 97,966 of those busi- nesses (60%) will not be reopening.”
Once again illegal aliens in Baltimore are being given healthcare priority over the City’s Black and White citizens. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, 36 years old and a Black man, thinks this is great.
Keep in mind Baltimore is always vying for the annual murder capital of the U.S. award. And it has some of the worst public schools in the entire country with 12 Baltimore schools where not one student passed the Maryland Student Achievement tests! Small businesses owned by Black and White alike are collapsing under the Wuhan Virus forced shutdowns, and unemployment is rampant and rising. Mayor Brandon needs to get his priorities straight. Baltimore Citizens over Illegal Aliens.
ACROSS THE POND
More than four years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, BREXIT is final. The two sides reached an agreement last week, after nearly a year of trade negotiations. Wednesday, Britain’s Parliament approved the deal. New travel and trade rules go into effect today.
But this deal is NOT what the British people were expecting. They have not only been betrayed by the politicians of Europe (expected), they have been betrayed by their own government as well. Worse, the “deal” is very “open” leaving many things still to be negotiated or renegotiated. No doubt the plan is to negotiate the “deal” worse and worse until the Britons relent and return to the EU. Why can’t their liberals just rig an election and spare their country the process?
What is certain, this year’s BIG news story should have been BREXIT negotiations, but BREXIT was almost completely overshadowed by the coronavirus. And Britain is preoccupied with this “health crisis,” even more so than the US, if you can believe that. But over time this BAD BREXIT “deal” will become more visible. Which means that the debate over BREXIT is not finished.
MEANWHILE IN EUROPE
The same EU making it harder for Britons to vacation or do business on the Continent also signed a separate agreement with China to make it easier for the communist country’s citizens and companies to operate in Europe. Basically the EU will push out the “Brits” and replace them with the “Chinks.
By killing things such as stimulus payments and election challenges the Senate Majority Leader has made it plain this week that he wants to give his job to Chuckie Schumer.
Stacie Abrams no longer needs to “fix” the run-off “election” in Georgia. Mitch McConnell may have just led the GOP to commit Hara-kiri.
ONE SENATOR NOT FALLING ON THEIR SWORD
Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, said he would object to certifying the Electoral College results when Congress meets next week, answering President Trump’s demand that Republicans challenge the election outcome.
FIVE HUNDRED MILLION TO ISRAEL, 1.3 BILLION TO EGYPT – $600 TO NEEDY FAMILIES IN AMERICA
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.
You can tell from what was included in this “stimulus” package who is really important to this Congress–and needy Americans can just go and stand at the end of the line to await their crumbs from the power elite that runs Sodom on the Potomac.
Rep. Chip Roy from Texas noted that: “I will neither endorse a corrupt legislative process nor agree to pass legislation that actively harms our nation This spending bill was nothing short of an embarrassment created by legislative malpractice.”
And one columnist, Glenn Greenwald wondered why Israel got $500 million that was allocated for joint programs between the US and Israel. Fox News noted that As Congress rushed to pass its year-end spending omnibus legislation and a coronavirus stimulus bill in one fell swoop Monday night, many objected to the process which essentially attached the crucial pandemic aid to a bevy of other priorities totaling $2.3 trillion.”
Congressman Roy said “It throws billions at foreign aid, including gender programs in Pakistan to the tune of $10 million…” And while it was observed that the $500 million for Israel was not technically a part of the COVID relief bill, many have wondered why we have so many millions on hand for Israel, Egypt and Pakistan yet we can only afford $600 per needy family in this country. The answer to that is simple–millions of Americans, many of whom probably voted for Trump, a just not that important to Congress. We are, many of us, members of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” and so are only worthy of being at the end of the federal gravy train to lick up the drops Congress’ foreign friends can’t be bothered with. That is how important we are to our elected representatives inside the Beltway.
President Trump said he thought each American family should get at least $2000. Quite possibly if Congress were to trim some of the fat from our foreign aid agenda that might be possible, but don’t look for that to happen. Congress’ foreign friends are much more important to them than are those who pay their salaries don’t you know.
And we will finally begin to realize how important we really are(n’t) when it comes time for our Congress critters get to play their part in helping to straighten out this election that was stolen from the people so Harris and Biden could implement Marxist rule in Amerika.
HAS AMERICA’S “SUEZ” MOMENT COME
Pat Buchanan has been an adviser to three presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and the nominee for the Reform Party in 2000. He was also a founding member of “The McLaughlin Group,” which began on NBC, and CNN’s “Capital Gang” and “Crossfire.”
2020 will surely qualify as an “annus horribilis” in the history of the Republic.
By New Year’s, one in every 1,000 Americans, 330,000, will be dead from the worst pandemic in 100 years.
The U.S. economy will have sustained a blow to rival the worst year of the Great Depression.
And by the end of December, much of the nation will be back in lockdown, with Joe Biden repeatedly predicting a “dark winter” ahead.
Only at the apex of World War II has the U.S. deficit and debt been so large a share of our economy.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the summer of 2020 produced riots the extent of which rivaled the week after the murder of Martin Luther King in 1968.
Also revealed by the BLM uprising of 2020 was an unknown depth of hatred many U.S. citizens have for their country’s history, as they pulled down and smashed statues of men once revered as the greatest leaders — Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lee, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson.
By year’s end, tens of millions were denying the legitimacy of the designated president-elect, who was to take office on Jan. 20.
Both parties were charging the other with trying to “steal” the presidency.
Can a nation so distracted, so divided, so at war with itself continue to meet all of the duties, obligations and commitments that are ours as the self-proclaimed “leader of the free world”?
Are we still the people and country we used to be?
While we tear ourselves apart, we remain obligated to defend nearly 30 nations of Europe from Russia.
We are committed to ostracizing and isolating Iran and going to war if she should seek to build nuclear weapons like those held by her neighbors Israel, Pakistan, India, Russia and China.
Why is this our duty?
We are strategically “pivoting” to Asia to contain a China that is the rising power of the new century and whose economy and armed forces rival our own, while its population is four times larger.
If South Korea is attacked by the North, or Japan or the Philippines find themselves fighting China over rocks in the South and East China seas, we are obligated to treat any Chinese attack as an attack upon us.
Three decades ago, historian Paul Kennedy used the term “imperial overstretch” to describe what happens to great powers when their global commitments become too extensive to sustain.
This happened to the British at the end of World War II when, bled, broken and bankrupted by the six-year war with Germany, she began to shed her colonies. In the fall of 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden, Churchill’s foreign secretary, was ordered by President Eisenhower to get his troops out of Suez under an American threat to sink the British pound.
The British Empire was finished.
The imperial overstretch of the Soviet Empire was exposed from 1989 to 1991, with the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
The captive nations of Eastern Europe broke free. The USSR then disintegrated along ethnic and tribal lines into 15 nations.
Its diversity tore the Soviet Union apart.
On Dec. 2, at Brookings Institution, joint chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley said:
“There’s a considerable amount that the United States expends on overseas deployments, on overseas bases and locations, etc. Is every one of those absolutely, positively necessary for the defense of the United States?” The Defense Department, Milley added, must “take a hard look at what we do, where we do it.”
In a separate talk at the United States Naval Institute, the chairman added that U.S. permanent basing arrangements are “derivative of where World War II ended.”
Indeed, NATO was formed and its war guarantees were issued to Western Europe in 1949, seven decades ago. War guarantees to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Australia were all issued from 1950 to 1960.
These commitments to go to war for other nations were issued when Stalin was in the Kremlin, a 400,000-man Red Army sat on the Elbe in Germany, and Mao and his madness had just come to power in Peking.
How long must we sustain all these alliances and soldier on in the “forever wars” of the Mideast? Do we Americans still have the national unity, sense of purpose, and disposition to sacrifice for the cause of Western civilization we had in the early days of the Cold War?
Or has our own Suez moment arrived?
President Trump did not extricate us from the “forever wars,” but he did draw down our troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he did raise the question of how many more decades must we defend a rich Europe from a declining Russia that has a fourth of its population and a tenth of its wealth.
A LETTER TO THE WARDEN OF THE PRISON FOR THE ELDERLY
Eric Peters is a nationally syndicated automotive columnist.
He is the author of the 2011 book, Automotive Atrocities and Road Hogs .
My 84-year-old mother has been imprisoned for the past nine months. Not even family is allowed to visit – a cruelty not visited on death-row inmates. My mother didn’t kill anyone or even hold up a 7-11.
Her crime? Dementia.
She is imprisoned on account of this in a “care” facility which operates under the Gesundheitsbefiehls – health decrees – of Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam. He has decreed that visitors are verboten, no matter the extenuating circumstances – including even no possibility of transmitting the ‘Rona to the imprisoned elderly person.
My mom has “tested positive,” according to the warden of the facility.
Therefore, there is no longer the excuse that I might transmit the ‘Rona (asymptomatically, of course) to my mother, since she already has it.
And I am quite willing to assume the “risk” of acquiring the ‘Rona from her since it presents almost no serious threat to me, as I am not elderly or diabetic or afflicted with clogged arteries, the underlying co-morbidities that account for almost all (more than 90 percent) of the deaths we keep hearing about and which tend to result in death regardless of catching cold.
There is no medical reason for denying me a chance to actually see my mother in person – and for her to see me – ideally, while she still remembers who I am (for her sake) and before she passes away (for mine).
We could be placed in a Corona Room, just the two of us. No harm could possibly come from this.
But they won’t let us. Because facts don’t matter. Cruelty does.
It is an extrapolation of the Diaper Decrees and restrictions imposed on the healthy who refuse to wear the Holy Rag, who aren’t sick and therefore can’t get anyone sick. But who are treated with contempt – and worse – for declining to play-pretend they are sick.
But this is worse. My mom is sick – and because she is elderly, there is a very good chance she will die. There may not be much time left for me to see her. Alive, that is.
But I am not allowed to see her, despite the ‘Rona “precautions” having become an irrelevance. The horse has left the barn, in spite of all their “precautions” – which is itself a commentary on the pointlessness of all these “precautions.” My mom has been imprisoned (along with other old folks) for the past nine months in a practically hermetically sealed environment, where everything is – so we are told – constantly wiped down and where everyone wears the Holy Rag and where every staffer is “tested” regularly – und so weiter.
And yet, the ‘Rona is rampant. I am informed by the warden that half a dozen other inmates have “tested positive” along with my mom.
So what’s the point – if it isn’t sadism?
Why this cruel isolation of rapidly deteriorating elderly people and the equally cruel isolation of their family members from the declining elderly? How did the Coonman become the arbiter of who is allowed to see their own mother or father?
How is it that they can maintain this vicious farce when their excuse – protecting the vulnerable elderly – no longer applies?
I have written to the warden asking precisely this question and offering to sign any form they wish to present absolving them of all liability in the event my mom gives me the ‘Rona. I’d even agree to staying put at home for the two week “incubation” period after visiting her, to assure the nervous I didn’t get the ‘Rona and so pose no risk to anyone else.
It cuts no ice. Because this is not about “health.” It never was. If it were, reasonable accommodations would be made – and reason itself would govern the whole business. People would not be presumed sick, especially absent any symptoms of sickness.
If “masks” worked, they would have. Instead, people are bullied for objecting to being treated as spreaders of a sickness they haven’t got and for objecting to the wearing of “masks” that don’t work.
Elderly people in the twilight of their days are denied the opportunity to visit with their children and grandchildren, whom they are much more likely to never see again than their children and grandkids are likely to get sick, much less die, of the ‘Rona.
Reason – humanity – aren’t applicable.
A false humanity is used to impose its opposite, by people whose cruelty is equaled only by their arrogance.
I will probably never see my mom again. And for that I will never forgive the Coonman or his accomplices. It is my hope that when they are in their dotage and hoping to see their families one last time, that a bureaucrat tells their families no – and that they, too, depart this world alone, without the comfort of anyone holding their hands and telling them they are loved – just as they have imposed the same cruelty on thousands of families across this country.
May God damn them all.
CONGRESS PROVES BUSINESS OF WASHINGTON IS WAR
Dr. Ron Paul is an American physician, author, former 10-term Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1988 U.S. Presidential Election.
Libertarian educator Tom Woods famously quipped that “no matter who you vote for you end up with John McCain.” Unfortunately Woods was proven right for about the thousandth time this past week, as Washington again showed us that it is all about war.
First, we learned that if Joe Biden ends up in the White House next month he intends to put a deep state member of the military-industrial complex in charge of the Pentagon. General Lloyd Austin will be only the second Defense Secretary in decades to require a special Senate waiver to serve in that position. Gen. James Mattis under President Trump also needed a waiver, as he had been out of the military less than the required seven years before becoming Defense Secretary.
But the revolving door between active military service and civilian leadership of the Pentagon is perhaps less troubling than the revolving door between the military- industrial complex and leadership of the Defense Department.
As the first African-American to take charge of the Pentagon, the Austin pick is celebrated as a great victory for “diversity.” However, if we move beyond the color of a person’s skin, Biden’s selection is not all that diverse. Gen. Austin was head of the US Central Command under an Obama Administration that launched a brutal war on Libya under false pretenses and pursued a regime-change policy in Syria that involved arming and training jihadists. Upon retirement, as is all too common with military leaders, he cashed in on his service with a position on the board of military contractor Raytheon.
Austin will be “business as usual” for Washington’s warmongers and the military contractors who make a fortune inventing endless conflicts overseas.
Then things went from bad to worse, as the yearly monstrosity called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed with an amendment severely restricting the US president’s ability to remove troops from Afghanistan and Europe. Offered by neoconservative Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of the warmongering Dick Cheney, the amendment all but guarantees that America’s longest war in history will continue pointlessly onward.
A coalition of warmongering Democrats and Republicans have been furious with President Trump for his last minute effort to draw troops down from Afghanistan and elsewhere, and they appear to have a veto-proof majority to tie the president’s hands.
Congress has for decades believed that the president can go to war whenever or wherever he pleases without a declaration, but if the president dares attempt to end a war their belief in a “unitary executive” is thrown out the window. What hypocrisy.
The Constitution is clear that the president is the commander in chief of the military and as such should have the authority to move troops as he sees fit. The Founders understood that 535 Members of Congress trying to micromanage troops on the battlefield is not a good idea.
Congress has it backward. It should be very difficult for a president to take the country to war and easy for that war to be ended.
Time after time, the “peace” candidate usually wins the election. But no matter how sick the American people are of endless war, the war machine finds a way to keep chugging along. What will it take to return to a policy of peace and prosperity?
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.
Abraham Lincoln didn’t do enough for black lives, that, according to militant proponents of the “woke revolution.”
In October, the San Francisco Unified School District School names an Advisory Committee that suggested a list of school names to be replaced in the city. On that list was a school named after Lincoln, the “Great Emancipator.”
In just a few years, the discussion about history and monuments has gone from whether we should keep Confederate monuments to erasing the president who orchestrated the Confederacy’s destruction.
Regarding Lincoln, it seems “the woke” and John Wilkes Booth are now in alignment.
We are no longer on the “slippery slope.” America may well now be in a total freefall without a parachute. At least it seems that way.
But we here at Dixie Heritage are committed to give our dying breath defending the good names of our ancestors and promoting the faith, culture, ideals, ideology, and way of life they bequeathed to us.
Will you stand and fight with us?
2021 will be a very busy year.