“IV. RESOLVE FOR SELF-DETERMINATION
21. That we shall never accept the defeat of the Confederacy, the subjugation of our people, nor the eradication of our symbols as the final judgment of history, nor shall we accept alien domination of Southern churches, schools, media, commerce, industry, government, or, through these institutions, alien control of Southern life.
22. That defense and preservation of Southern symbols, monuments, relics and history are sacred charges to every Southerner; in defense of this heritage no honorable retreat or compromise is possible.
23. That the Confederate Battle Flag is the banner of the Southern people and stands preeminent as the most powerful symbol of liberty and Southern nationhood in a constellation of venerable Southern symbols. “Dixie” is the anthem of that nation, that we will stand when it is played and sing it with boldness and pride.
24. That those who love the South are committed to the health and prosperity of its people, the rejuvenation of its culture, the unbiased recording of its history, and the lifting of occupation and control of the South by non-Southerners.
25. That we pledge “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to the creation of a secure homeland for our people and a future for our children, and we shall use all moral means, consistent with the right of self-preservation, to achieve that end.
That true Southerners, like our unreconstructed Confederate ancestors, have an abiding faith in Providence and the rightness of the Southern Cause, and that we do affirm that faith by adherence to the principles of this Declaration.
Signed this 12th day of October 1996, at New Albany, Mississippi”
The above quote is from “The New Albany Declaration, A Concise Southern Statement of Belief”, from only 19 years ago.
Today, the Confederate battle flag is being taken down by legal edict throughout the former Confederate states, and many Confederate monuments are slated to be taken down or removed, while many have been removed. There is even talk of banishing former heroes of the Confederacy (who are now designated ‘thought criminals’ or ‘bigots’) to the extent of exhuming their mortal remains and reburying them elsewhere. The anthem ‘Dixie’ is all but banned. The monument to the Confederacy and its heroes at Stone Mountain, Georgia, is in the sights of the PC enforcers, and supposedly a monument to MLK will be placed atop the mountain, as a sort of triumphalist ‘in-your-face’ gesture.
And this news item tells us that the Houston, Texas school board has voted to rename several schools named after Confederate loyalists, including those named after noted men like Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson and the great Robert E. Lee. Meanwhile schools will probably be renamed to honor, oh, let me guess: a known plagiarist, adulterer, and Communist. Thomas Carlyle said that the people one admires tells us much about the admirer. No more need be said.
Nowadays, the only measure, apparently, of virtue is one’s attitude towards a particular group of people. If one does not admire or praise or exalt a certain group or groups of people, one is made anathema, sometimes losing one’s livelihood, social standing, and perhaps, in some cases, even one’s freedom, as ‘hate crime’ laws broadly interpreted can criminalize even reasoned and principled criticism, leveled against the protected people. Would this happen in a truly free society, or a society which was no ‘respecter of persons’?
We Americans pride ourselves (somewhat perversely, I think) on denouncing aristocracies and such institutions as royalty and monarchy. Yet when we exalt a particular group of people above all others because of their ‘victimhood’ status, when we protect them from criticism, even honest criticism, when we in fact punish those who speak unpleasant facts about such people or persons, we have in fact created a new kind of aristocracy, which is accountable to no one. Meanwhile, the rights of the majority are abridged. Time-honored institutions are destroyed, all to make this special group of people ‘feel better’, or to atone for alleged past ‘hurts’, and symbols are banned because they ‘offend.’ History itself is altered, or effaced, all to appease a group of people or individuals. Is that not a form of power over the majority, to be able to complain and to force compliance?
Some are ‘more equal than others’, to use Orwell’s words. And those more equal are not aristocrats in the old sense. We’ve exchanged the idea of a standard-bearing genuine elite who understood public spirit and noblesse oblige for a group of people who lord it over us by intimidation via this bizarre phenomenon called ‘political correctness.’ By such twisted means the memory of our brave and honorable forefathers is being besmirched. The people who clamor to take down the symbols of our past and our Confederate forefathers are nothing more than false-witness-bearers who lie in saying that our fathers fought for ugly and ignoble reasons. I say in response that they, those who are altering history and banning symbols, are doing what they are doing for nothing more than spite and a vengeful and petty and immature spirit. And in appeasing their thirst for ”payback” we are not buying peace, nor purchasing goodwill nor forgiveness. Any who think we are is a fool. Just as giving in to blackmailers only leads to future and more onerous demands for more, we have already bought and are buying demands for more, more, more. No end is in sight. Where ‘progressives’ and their victim-group coalition are concerned, there is never an end in sight. It will be more coercion, in perpetuity, until we stand up to the demands and say No. Just no.
It’s the least we can do for the memory of our forefathers, and for those who have no Confederate ancestors, then do it for the cause of free speech and for the Truth.