Is this effective?

I came across this ”meme” via Tumblr. It was evidently made by a Republican, and the message it’s trying to convey is obvious; it is meant to persuade someone that Republican Party ”cares” about the disenfranchised POCs. The Democrats are “The Real Racists.”

What this “meme” reinforces to the would-be voter is that somehow or other, White people kept them from voting. It reinforces the idea that all Whites oppress POCs, which is exactly what the militant groups say anyway. The Republicans or “conservatives” who use this kind of rhetoric appear to be trying to divert criticism from themselves, lest they be accused of being part of the ”systematic oppression” (of which we read yesterday). It’s a way of proclaiming innocence while pointing the finger at other White folk. We see the selfsame kind of thing with those who say ” my family never owned slaves,’ or ”my family weren’t even here until after the war.” Remember, the War Between the States was generations ago for most people alive today; can all of us account for, say, all sixteen of our great-great grandparents, that many generations ago? I doubt it, so unless it’s provable it won’t convince anybody.

But back to the ‘DR3’ business: do the DR3 people want to become the party of POCs? Do they covet that status? It sure looks that way from the outside. Do they not realize that the GOP would, if ”successful” in their courtship, become responsible for keeping their new members happy and satisfied? Are the DR3 advocates prepared to lobby for that trillion or quadrillion dollars in reparations, or to deliver on it?

As far as Democrats disenfranchising blacks back in the post-abolition days, or during Jim Crow, keep in mind that American Indians, who at least have a longer history here, were not allowed to vote until the 1920s, I think, though many were literate, having had a basic education via Indian schools. Blacks were not the sole ”victims” of disenfranchisement.

And come to that, White former Confederates were subjected to deprivation of the right to vote and bear arms. Many lost all they had in the War, as happened in my family. Whites did not have the protection of the law when attacked, as they and their families were after the War; they had to resort to self-defense though their legal right to do so was ignored. A bit like today.

There were literacy tests for voting after the Reconstruction period, in the last century, and many liberals (including Republican bleeding-hearts) found that terribly oppressive — but is the universal franchise good if the voter is not literate, not conversant with the laws of the land, or if they are being manipulated to vote a certain way? It was the Republicans, yes, the (still)-Radical Republicans after the WBTS that pushed for the vote for freedmen, with the purpose of nullifying the votes of the Whites when they regained the vote.

The history here is more complex than the ”Democrats bad, Republicans good.” The Republicans of the War era, particularly the scallywags and carpetbaggers, were extremists, scoundrels and race-baiters, manipulators who sowed division, thoroughly anti-White. That’s the gist of it; the Republicans of that time are not interchangeable with the Republicans of today — or are they? The political parties of the mid to late 19th century were pretty corrupt and I’d say they are more so today.

I’ve just about given up on trying to correct these upside-down versions of history in which Confederates are now being depicted as ‘literally Hitler’, and everything associated with them is being destroyed. At the same time the media and a lot of maleducated people are trying to make the South into some kind of evil regime, while the Radical Republicans are supposed to have been knights in shining armor.

And that’s at the heart of ‘DR3’, with both deluded parties smearing the South and really, White folk as a group, in an attempt to win the coveted black vote. Good luck with that, DR3 enthusiasts.

From R.L. Dabney’s Defence of Virginia

For various reasons, the South has suddenly been the target of some venomous statements from ‘conservatives’ lately; it seems that overnight the cause of the South in the Late Unpleasantness is now considered as immoral and evil. It appears that people born in the last half-century or so either were not taught the history of that conflict or they did not comprehend it. No one in the North seems to want to defend the Confederacy, though there was a time when the South was formally “forgiven” and cleared of the North’s accusations of ‘treason’, and even formally pardoned for their actions in fighting against the Holy Union Army, I mean, the Grand National Army. But now that period of reconciliation seems to have disappeared, shall I say ‘gone with the wind?’

Just to see what I mean, do a web search and look at the kinds of condemnatory statements being made about the South. Maybe I’ve been asleep but I haven’t seem this kind of harsh judgment before. It looks as though a new Reconstruction/Punishment phase is being rolled out.

Obviously we are only allowed to look at that chapter of history through one viewpoint, and it is not a matter of freedom of conscience; our viewpoint is given to us, and we accept it and parrot it, or we are subject to being silenced and called names. We are not given the option to take the side of our own forefathers, especially as they have been made villains.

History classes seem to be in order, especially for the young ones, but I forget that schools are not there to teach history or facts. Few people seek out the truth for themselves. But for those who have ears to hear, I will quote some Dabney passages.

The Rev. R.L. Dabney was a brilliant man and a staunch defender of his state and of the South. I’m afraid he is too truthful for this present time, in which even the mildest lapse of ‘political correctness’ (which is in no way correct) brings down serious consequences, tension rather than understanding.

Dabney also predicted that equality would bring about escalating racial tension rather than racial harmony.

Davis Carlton, Faith and Heritage

As our society seems to be plunging toward more stringent subjection to political correctness Dabney seems to have been right about the escalation of tensions.

From the introduction to Dabney’s Defence of Virginia, his thoughts about ‘subjugated nations’ and ‘victims of arbitrary rulership’:

“The weapon of arbitrary rulers is physical force; the shield of its victims is usually evasion and duplicity. Again: few minds and consciences have that stable independence which remains erect and undebauched amidst the disappointments, anguish, and losses of defeat, and the desertion of numbers, and the obloquy of a lost cause. Hence it has usually been found, in the history of subjugated nations, that they receive at the hands of their conquerors this crowning woe — a depraved, cringing, and cowardly spirit. The wisest, kindest, most patriotic thing which any man can do for his country, amidst such calamities, is to aid in preserving and reinstating the tottering principles of his countrymen; to teach them, while they give place to inexorable force, to abate nothing of righteous convictions and self-respect. And in this work he is as really a benefactor of the conquerors as of the conquered. For thus he aids in preserving that precious seed of men, who are men of principle, and not of expediency; who alone (if any can) are able to reconstruct society, after the tumult of faction shall have spent its rage, upon the foundations of truth and justice. The men at the North who have stood firmly aloof from the errors and crimes of this revolution, and the men at the South who have not been unmanned and debauched by defeat — these are the men whom Providence will call forth from their seclusion, when the fury of fanaticism shall have done its worst, to repair its mischiefs, and save America from chronic anarchy and barbarism; if, indeed, any rescue is designed for us. It is this audience, “few but fit,” with which I would chiefly commune. They will appreciate this humble effort to justify the history of our native States, and to sustain the hearts of their sons in the hour of cruel reproach.”

Hampden Sidney, Virginia, June 1867

Demonizing the South

“By all means let us care for them and keep their memory fresh. The glory won by these men and their leaders on many a hard-fought field belongs to the American nation, and should be perpetuated by monuments of granite and marble on each and all of these fields, but especially should we insist that the deeds of all our soldiers should be carefully and truthfully enshrined in the pages of history, and proudly celebrated by orator and poet.”

quote from President McKinley, from God’s War by Wilson Vance

The bronze statue of General Robert E. Lee is now removed from its place. General Lee is now anathema to the barbarians who apparently hold power in this nation once known as America. These events are painful for me to write about. Our heroes are now anathema to those in control, and they want to rub our faces in the defeat this symbolizes.

The reference to President McKinley’s concern for the graves of Confederate soldiers — and remember, this was not that long after the War Between the States; many of the combatants were still alive — shows that people then had more understanding of the situation, and the Northern side, at least in part, accepted that the Confederates were doing what was right for their homeland, by their lights.

Now, in their deep ignorance, those who hate the South and the Confederacy are emboldened to punish and degrade the South. So far there has been little effort to prevent the destruction of our monuments or even to answer the slanders against our ancestors and heritage. Why? I know that many younger people seem ashamed of the South and were more than willing to discard our flag or other emblems of South. Again, why? Because they thought the “optics” of displaying the flag were bad, and that it ”makes us look bad” to opponents. This is just defeatism.

I knew that the vandals who have been destroying Confederate monuments and symbols were planning on removing the Lee statue. Next will probably be Jefferson, as they have forever stained his character by false accusations — and shame on any and all Americans who chose to believe those canards, or worse, to repeat them.

In his book, Lee at Appomattox, Charles Francis Adams, in 1903, muses about a future in which the Confederates would be accepted as part of our American story.

He visualizes the Lee Monument — now removed of course — and writes of the positive qualities of the Confederate soldier. Mind you, Adams had little sympathy for the Southern cause, but was willing to see good in the ‘enemy’, as the war receded into the past.

“…the Confederate had many great and generous qualities; he also was brave, chivalrous, self-sacrificing, sincere, and patriotic. So I look forward to the time when he, too, will be represented in our national Pantheon.
[…]
The bronze effigy of Robert E. Lee, mounted on his charger and with the insignia of his Confederate rank, will from its pedestal in the nation’s capital gaze across the Potomac at his old home at Arlington.
[…]
When that time comes, Lee’s monument will be educational, — it will typify the historical appreciation of all that goes to make up the loftiest type of character, military and civic, exemplified in an opponent, once dreaded but ever respected, and above all, it will symbolize and commemorate that loyal acceptance of the consequences of defeat, and the patient upbuilding of a people under new conditions by constitutional means, which I hold to be the greatest educational lesson America has yet taught to a once skeptical but now silenced world.”

– Charles Francis Adams, Lee at Appomattox

The talk of the acceptance of defeat is a little hard to take. Yes, Lee did accept his defeat in a dignified and manly way. But the defeat the South seems to be suffering now is a bitter pill to swallow. Adams was too hopeful in his vision of a future in which Robert E. Lee’s monument would still be standing, in its place of honor, and a world in which reasonable and civilized people would still honor General Lee and his soldiers, and ‘historical appreciation’ would quell any bitterness about the War.

The hope for such a world to exist seems unlikely now. ‘Historical appreciation’ is in very short supply today.

More controversy over Southern monuments

It’s really exasperating to read these stories about the conflicts in the South over Southern monuments, in this case, the ongoing verbal battles involving UNC and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If you read the comments on the article you will see how irrational and uninformed the left (the ‘antis’, who are proud of their venomous loathing for all things related to Southern culture and history) the verbal skirmishes are.

It seems that the anti-Southern fanatics know nothing about the past other than the ‘evils’ of the antebellum South, and the minds of these people are bereft of any common sense, and even worse, they are averse to actually reading factual history. It seems all their learning came from urban legends, probably dubious sources like Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Even Abraham Lincoln referred to Harriet Beecher Stowe as ‘the little lady that started the War [Between the States].’ And though she and others like her, including her crowds of abolitionist female followers, had never set foot in the South, Stowe’s overwrought book was so influential that the fantasy Evil South still lives on in some uninformed minds.

How and where did this sad situation start? In the minds of the antifa types, and the dyed-in-the-wool academics who perpetuate these half-baked ideas about the antebellum South. And they teach nothing about the Reconstruction era.

It’s not possible to even have a common-sense dialogue about these things, though these troubles could ignite real conflict. Feeling runs so high, and the left keeps fueling the flames. It’s as though they are hoping to provoke something more serious than the name-calling and juvenile nonsense. I certainly hope that it doesn’t escalate to more than words. Some violence has happened, thanks to anti-types’ aggression.

There are many facts about the South that cannot even be spoken at the risk of being called a ‘hater’ or whatever insult du jour. And seeing many people de-platformed on various pretexts, vague charges like ‘violating terms of service’, discourages many people online from speaking anything that violates the official Narrative, which is (of course) anti-Southern and anti-White.

And what of those young men at UConn who were arrested for speaking a taboo word in conversation?

The message is we all have to watch our step if we are to be allowed to discuss anything in a public place, or on the internet — or even in a private conversation. And we’re still told that we live in a free country.

As for the anti-South crowd, why are they still fighting battles over things that happened almost 3 centuries ago? Why are they trying to punish Southrons for things that were done by people that are long dead, and why are those who claim to be victims, even now, after many generations have lived and died since that time? Nobody today has owned or ‘mistreated’ slaves, and no Americans have been enslaved in this country for hundreds of years. Where is the justice in this; these things cannot be made a perpetual vendetta — except when it comes to the WBTS; the [White] South can never be absolved, apparently, and there’s no Statute of Limitations.

Incidentally, the people of the South are treated as criminals when it comes to the hysteria over the supposed ‘monstrous’ deeds for which they are blamed. The anti-South, anti-White accusers on that comment thread are obviously closed-minded, like all such people, and will not open their eyes and ears and ”minds” to facts.

The whole subject is basically taboo; the rabid antis emerge from the woodwork anytime they catch someone violating the ‘Narrative’ of victimhood, and of the perpetual guilt of White Southrons.

Yet, if the Southron slaveholders (including most of our Founding Fathers) so mistreated their slaves, why did slaves have a longer life expectancy than most Europeans of that time? Why did they live as long as most Whites in America, and longer than their African ancestors? There are statistics that show this to be fact. But in many peoples’ imaginations, they can never recover from the ”legacy” of their servitude.

Now there are many Americans who refer to Thomas Jefferson as a ‘rapist’ of slaves, with no evidence (much less, proof) to verify this slander. Now even our Founding Fathers, whose ideals are now being junked and trampled on, are tried posthumously and judged unjustly, their names and reputations destroyed for the most part, along with those monuments and statues. I hear the Stone Mountain monument is to be made subordinate to MLK et al, just as a slap in the face to Southrons.

Will the coming generations take a stand in favor of truth, and for justice to our ancestors and our heroes? I can neither sympathize with, nor understand those who want to discard the Battle Flag because it is a catalyst for controversy.

There’s no advantage in trying to appease, or mollify the South-haters. They love hating the South, and wallowing in their delusion of being morally superior, while the South is forced to accept being the scapegoat, and compelled to acquiesce in being the guilty party in the bloodshed of the WBTS. Half a million people, at least, lost their lives, and many were maimed, and left with lifelong impairments. The South also lost many civilians as the Northern Armies swept through the South. The people of the South in many cases lost all their possessions — homes, livestock, crops, family heirlooms, etc. Some of my ancestors were left destitute though they had been prosperous. But in many cases the older generations who lived through this, passed on the individual stories of the War, and the aftermath, which is not taught in schools. The real-life stories that individuals preserved and passed on are otherwise ignored.

And yet ‘reparations’ are still being discussed. I say the South has long since paid for the alleged atrocities for which they are still accused. And now there are probably more people who are recently arrived in the South, who have no roots in the South, and who can never understand the history.

When even the native-born American is also mostly ignorant of the facts, what hope is there of the history ever being understood, or our forefathers’ story even getting a hearing?

Yet somehow we, those of us who care for our heritage, have got to find a way, without any appeasement, of getting the real story told to those who are unaware of the reality.

Before the month is over..

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Before saying goodbye to Confederate History Month, I just wanted to add another post to remind my Southron readers of the need to remember and honor our heritage and our forefathers and kinsmen who were part of that tragic part of our history.

It’s easy to begin to think of our forebears in an abstract way, not thinking of them as distinct individuals with real stories, as flesh-and-blood people, our own kin.

So I personally like to remember my Confederate kinsmen by name and place, and by what I do know of their part in the War. I’ve done this in the past on the old blog, and so I will do the same once again.

Here are the kinsmen whose names and memory I would like to honor. This is by no means a complete list.

Benjamin Farrar Eddins
He was commanding officer of Co. F, 41st Alabama, captured at Murfreesboro, TN, and held prisoner of war until exchanged. He participated in the battle of Chickamauga. He left service to care for his family, but raised a unit to defend the city of Tuscaloosa in the last days of the war. During Coxton’s Raid,which resulted in the burning of the University of Alabama, he was mortally wounded on April 3, and died seven days later.

Zadoc Mitchell Holloway
Killed at Shiloh

Marion Lafayette Nobles
Co. K; 1 (Colquitt’s) Ark. Inf.; Pvt/Sgt
died 22 Jul 1864 – place unknown

Milton Franklin Nobles (Capt.)
Civil War Service in Company K; 1st Arkansas Infantry Regiment; CSA:

Leonard Valentine Nobles
Enl 14 Feb 1862 at Dewitt, AR. Captured 1 Sep 1864 near Jonesboro, GA and exchanged 19-22 Sep 1864 at Rough & Ready, GA. Paroled 28 May 1865 at Greensboro, NC as a member of the 1st AR Consolidated Inf.

William M. Aten
Served in the Confederate Army: 18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry C.S.A.,   Lafayette Parish LA

John Henry Mitchell II
Co. I, Martins Reg. Texas Cavalry, CSA Military Service 1861 Texas

Lewis Summerfield Scruggs

15th MS Infantry, promoted to Captain, Co. B, 17th MS Infantry,
Major, Featherstone Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia

Joseph Howell ‘Jobe’ Scruggs
Served Virginia Enlisted C Co. 44th Inf Reg. VA discharged on December 18, 1861

Samuel Gross Scruggs
Company B, Forty-fifth Tennessee Confederate Infantry

John Allen Barksdale
Died in battle in the CSA, Spottsylvania, VA, 8 Apr 1864

Miles A. Dillard, Lt. Col. – 9th Texas Infantry (Maxey’s)

Henry Lawson Wyatt, first Confederate soldier to be killed in battle

(Note: there is a monument featuring Henry Lawson Wyatt; will it be allowed to stand or pulled down by the PC thought police?)

Colonel James Read Branch – led ”Branch’s Battery” which was called one of the most effective artillery companies in the Army of Northern Virginia, General Ransom’s Division. Colonel Branch (then Captain Branch) was credited with heroic action in the Battle of Malvern Hill, when he, singlehandedly, with his two guns held twenty-four Union Army guns in check for an hour.
Later, in another battle he was severely wounded and his leg broken in three places,which left him permanently disabled.