“The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.” — Jefferson Davis
A week ago today, the US Senate passed the National Defense Appropriations Act for 2021, which contained a provision that will automatically strip Confederate names from military bases. There are 10 such Army and National Guard installations spread across six states of the Southland.
Out of 23 Southern senators who voted (Lindsay Graham was conspicuously absent), 18 voted for the legislation, including my two scalawag US senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Only 5 senators representing the South voted “nay,” although for most of them that had nothing to do with a principled defense of Dixie.
Rand Paul was one “resistor,” who many within the Southern-without-apology movement are lauding. But let us not forget what the senator “from Kentucky” said in 2015 when defending Republican governor of SC Nimrata “Nikki” Haley‘s removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from Capitol grounds:
“It’s a symbolism of slavery. And now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man, and so I think it’s time to put it in a museum,” the Pennsylvania-born Paul declared, referencing Dylann Roof.
Canadian-born senator Ted Cruz was another part of this “rebel” quintet. Let us not forget what the senator “from Texas” tweeted in 2019 when slamming TN governor for supporting a day to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest:
“This is WRONG … Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK.”
A person who “renounces his nation and his homeland … is like one who renounces his parents: he does not have any worth and significance,” said St. Tikhon of Moscow. They’re “like a coin without an image and inscription.” At least US Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri (an Arkansas native) gets that leftists promote anti-Confederate hysteria as a tool in the “culture war.”
By feeding into the uneducated anti-Dixie hate, even Southern Republicans are no friend to my people. Hell, it was 6 Texas Republican congressmen who broke ranks to vote with Democrats to remove statues of Confederates from the US Capitol. We should honor “Americans who worked to … preserve the Republic,” said Texas rep Michael Burgess, a Minnesota native.
And it was a GOP-dominated legislature in Mississippi that changed the state’s flag, which featured an “offensive” Battle Flag. “We’re not moving further away from our Founding Fathers’ visions. We’re moving closer to them. We’re not destroying our heritage; we’re fulfilling it,” said the Mississippi House Speaker, who sounds not a bit different than Nancy Pelosi.
“There’s no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of men of the Confederacy in any place of honor across our country,” said San Fran Nan in her recent floor speech cheering on the NDAA. “The men for whom these [military] bases were named are not heroes.”
They are “white supremacists … [and] traitors who took up arms against America and killed American soldiers in defense of slavery.” This narrative is the same as Elizabeth Warren, the legacy-less poser who proposed the Confederate cleanse.
“For the Trump White House to threaten vetoing a pay raise for our troops over this is downright despicable,” screeched Democrat Tammy Duckworth regarding the NDAA. Fortunately for her and the members of the US Armed Services Committee, she’ll get her cash and her forever-wars since “the Republican-controlled Senate backed the bill by 84 to 13, more than the two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member chamber to override a veto.”
I mean, this puritanical-progressive madness wouldn’t have even gotten out of this GOP-controlled committee if “conservatives” had struck down the measure from the get-go. In typical Benedict Arnold fashion, all but two Republicans supported the PC stipulation.
Of course Pelosi wants to relegate Robert E. Lee and other dead white men “to the crypt,” but why would so many Republicans ally with one of the most vitriolic and condescending snakes in politics?
To give credit where credit is due, Trump did try to resist the onslaught and the increasing GOP capitulation, promising for months to veto the $741 billion defense bill if it included removing Confederate base names. “These monumental and very powerful bases have become part of a great American heritage, and a history of winning, victory, and freedom,” the president tweeted.
“We won two world wars … that were vicious and horrible, and we won them out of Fort Bragg, we won out of all of these forts that now they want to throw those names away.” Trump is right.
But the name purge that has most raised my ire is Virginia’s Fort A.P. Hill, named after my highest-ranking Confederate ancestor. In the summer of 1941, the Army training facility was established “pursuant to War Department General Order No. 5,” and by the following year, it served as “the staging area for the headquarters and corps troops of Major General George S. Patton’s Task Force A,” which was instrumental in Operation Torch.
And let us not forget that “Ol’ Blood and Guts” was greatly influenced by Confederate Col. John S. Mosby, who was a friend of the Patton family. “The Gray Ghost,” as Mosby was known for expertly besieging the Yankees in guerrilla attacks and then fading into the countryside, would often play war games with the future WWII icon.
In WWII, “the first flag Marines raised upon taking the [Okinawa] headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army was the Confederate one. It had been carried into battle in the helmet of a captain from South Carolina.”
Another WWII hero, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, created a Dixie Division of the Army, which proudly displayed the Battle Flag as part of its heritage. In fact, it was Ike who, as part of the Civil War Centennial Commission, played such a vital role in memorializing the valor of the Southern soldier, especially Robert E. Lee.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all,” opined Dishonest Abe in his second inaugural address. America did have a short-lived reconciliation era in part of the 20th century, but that was a blip in history.
“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled and to move on,” prevaricated Republican Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, a native of the Magnolia State and a supposed Trump ally, at a ceremony celebrating his state’s succumbing to the social-justice struggle session. Sickening.
After invasion, total war, nearly one million lives lost, theft (both economic and spiritual), purposeful widows and fatherless children, the misery that was Reconstruction, and the current cultural genocide, the nation-statists now want more? As Andrew Lytle surmised, “This is like the thief who robs a house the second time and complains that the owners do not eat with silver.”
My ancestor A.P. Hill was murdered by federal troops. You know that libertarian catchphrase, “Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff”? Well, that happened to my kith and kin back then, and it sure is happening right now. Where are my apologies?
Even with the Armed Forces’ push to diversify, including their fast track to citizenship for immigrants (read: demographic replacement), “today’s Army is disproportionately dependent upon the South for volunteers,” with 44% of the military still hailing from Dixie.
“We have been soldiers for 2,000 years,” explained former US senator and Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb of his Southern, Scotch-Irish heritage. “The military virtues have been passed down at the dinner table.”
The social engineers at the Pentagon claim their mission is to unify a rainbow of peoples through the singular goal of “preserving freedom,” but we wide-awake Southerners know that the effeminized military is only satiated when it tears down real men. Southerners, it’s time to stop bearing the burden and getting nothing in return. It’s not like the military even protects our own borders. If only (read: satire).
US Army Gen. Mark Milley called the Confederacy an “act of treason.” Both the Navy and Marines have banned “all depictions” of the Battle flag on its military bases. This includes “bumper stickers, clothing and posters.”
David Petraeus, former U.S. Army general and CIA director, wrote an article urging for anti-Confederate conformity with such zeal that he called for renaming Fort Jackson, which he mistakenly thought honors Stonewall, not Andrew Jackson. Historical genius he is not.
Thankfully, some military brass have a clue. “The myth of Johnny Reb as the greatest infantryman happens to be true,” stated Retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. “Not only the courage and combat skill, but the sheer endurance of the Confederate foot soldier may have been equaled in a few other armies over the millennia … the physical toughness, fighting ability and raw determination of those men remains astonishing. The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of bravery, not slavery.”
If you think anti-Southern bigotry isn’t a big deal, just stop and consider US Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Why would this career deep-stater resign and make it his main mission in life to expunge Confederate history from the military? Hint: it has absolutely nothing to do with Southern chattel slavery, but everything to do with your slavery, right here, right now.
Malign the the archetype as “oppressor,” and every “oppression” can be made whole through his eradication. Since it is white male Christian society that cultural Marxism aims to destroy, and since most white Christian males live in the South, and since they happen to be on average the most conservative voting demographic in the US, it’s a synergistic scheme of a sinister magnitude.
“Our Citadel, our inheritance and culture, our very identity and being as a people representing 2,000 years of Western Christian heritage,” as Boyd Cathey describes it, already puts us in the cross hairs of globalists. Then couple that with the Confederacy’s resistance to “the Leviathan and managerial ‘big government'” and the Southern man’s “othering,” and there you have the perfect linchpin.
His castigation or even extinction becomes leverage for every leftist cause, from BLM to the welfare-warfare state. And it’s all based on “the war was about slavery” mythos. It’s all a dirty damn lie.
Originally, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy deemed the renaming of bases as “divisive,” but then changed course after the NYT accused the military of “celebrating white supremacists.” Plus, “the recent uproar over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police drove McCarthy’s reversal,” chirped an Army official.
“White supremacy … [and] ideological-driven racism” are immersed in the military, claimed a military survey. “Overall, troops who responded to the poll cited white nationalists as a greater national security threat than both domestic terrorism with a connection to Islam, as well as immigration.”
And this retarded revelation (as in retarding reality) was reported in The Military Times in February, months before the Floyd flimflam. Of course, the article’s feature photo is an image from Charlottesville, giving legs to what I call “archetype derangement syndrome.” Mission accomplished!
“Manifested ignorance and ideological falsehoods” are the tools used in the information war against the Southern tradition. And the agitprop is supported by Lincoln cultists like Victor Davis Hanson, Glenn Beck, Brian Kilmeade, Dinesh D’Souza, Ben Shapiro, and even Tucker Carlson. It’s about “demonizing the South to purify the nation,” allege these conservative cowards.
Perhaps these Republican reprobates think virtue signals will give them a pass with the cultural Marxists, or maybe they’re loyal opposition. Or it might just be party politics.
“Republicans won the civil war. That’s our history,” tweeted former Navy SEAL and GOP congressman Dan Crenshaw, who is supposed to represent Texas’ 2nd district and whose traitorous ways I’ve written about before. “Democrats have a long list of segregationists & KKK members. That’s their history. I’m glad to help them confront that racist past.”
“Conservative” Mark Levin and the motley malcontents over at PragerU also push the tedious “Dems the real racists!” narrative. Whatever are their reasons, it’s a big con that undergirds the therapeutic state and the caste system under which Southern folks live.
Not that long ago, America First frontman Nick Fuentes wasn’t all that sympathetic to the the pro-Confederate position. But he now gets that the assault on my people is the springboard from which every dirty tyranny of the culture war is launched. American Firsters and the Southern-proud remnant must ally to “destroy the GOP.”
Raze Southern symbols? Well, that’s just fine. But burn a BLM sign? Lawd, that’s a hate crime! This lunacy is not only a cultural genocide built upon reeducation, but this attack against Southern heritage has been and still is a literal genocide. This isn’t a culture war; it’s an existential war!
This isn’t politics. It’s personal. To me, this isn’t really about the bases themselves. Honestly, I’m no fan of the U.S. military and its war-mongering ways.
Let’s face it, those installations are in no way representative of the Confederate principles of decentralization, human-scale governance, and self-determination, not self-loathing. Rather, they embody the “Yankee empire” which is “aggressive abroad and despotic at home,” as Gen. Lee so aptly prophesied. (The Republicans who didn’t support the NDAA due to its Big Tech “unconditional immunity” scheme and the halting of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Germany should take note.)
A smug Military.com writer joked about Sherman’s total-war annihilation of the South, insulted my ancestor’s ailing health, and called honoring Confederate veterans a type of “participation trophy” in an article offering up “10 much better names.” His snarky-to-serious suggestions for base rebranding ranged from NFL wide receivers and unknown abolitionists, to pirates and a bevy of predictable black “firsts.”
Truly, the empire doesn’t deserve Southern heroes. Replace ’em with “humanitarian” warriors, such as Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, or Madeline “500,000 dead Iraqi children was worth it” Albright. Or what about Base Black Panther or Camp Cardi B, or Camp Netflix or Fort OnlyFans? I’ve got it: Fort Floyd. I mean, nothing would be more fitting than commemorating for the ages Murica’s fentanyl-addicted, amateur-porn saint.
Let’s make bashing the South a losing GOP strategy. Like my advice to cops, let’s “walk away.” Let’s personally secede, from the military-industrial complex and from the GOP at the federal level, and take over the party at local and state levels, or both parties. Let’s take down Old Glory, and raise up our Battle Flags because the fight is the same as it ever was. So, if you Republicans don’t want us, we sure as hell don’t want or need you.
Be sure to keep an eye out my forthcoming part-personal/part-history essay about A.P. Hill.
This article was previously published on DissidentMama.net on December 18, 2020.
Truth warrior, Jesus follower, wife, and boymom. Apologetics practitioner for Orthodox Christianity, the Southern tradition, homeschooling, and freedom. Recovering feminist-socialist-atheist, graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and retired mainstream journalist turned domesticated belle and rabble-rousing rhetorician. A mama who’s adept at triggering leftits, so she’s going to bang as loudly as she can.