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A Repeat Performance--After the Battle Flag Again

by Al Benson Jr.

Sounds like something most of us have heard before, many times before. The politically correct (cultural Marxists) want the Confederate battle flag at the State House in South Carolina taken down. Supposedly it was not flown at half staff when all other flags were to commemorate the shooting at the black church in Charleston and for that reason it deserves to be taken down.

But like the good Marxist they are, the people manipulating this situation are trying to kill two birds with one stone--a typical Marxist ploy--if you can push one agenda that hits two critical areas then you've made your day. So they look at this kid who did the shooting in the black church in Charleston. One thing I got off the Internet today said: "The gunman, according to information that's come out today, had a Confederate flag on his ornamental license plate and wore a jacket with the flags of Rhodesia and South Africa in the days of apartheid." I mean, after all, isn't that enough reason to ban all Confederate flags across the country right there? I caught an interesting comment about the flags of Rhodesia and South Africa on the kid's jacket last evening in the email. The man who commented (and he knows more about this kind of thing than I do,) said he wondered, if, looking at the flags on the kid's jacket, they might have been photoshopped. I mean, they wouldn't try to pull something like that on the public would they??? You better believe they would. Look what they did with Obama's "genuine" birth certificate a few years ago. An expert said the whole thing was photoshopped. And we're told the kid had a Confederate flag on his licence plate. Now there's the crime of the century right there! I see lots of Confederate flag license plates here in Louisiana but that doesn't mean all the people that have them on their cars and trucks are potential shooters or terrorists or "racists" or whatever else the politically correct infraction of the day happens to be this week.

So all the leftist outfits like the SPLC and the NAACP can rant about how horrible those nasty Confederate flags are and they can now demand that the one on South Carolina's state house be taken down. I hope the good people in South Carolina stand up to this cultural genocide and tell these cultural Marxists to stuff it! Years ago the NAACP and its leftist friends agreed to have the Battle Flag put in its present place at the State House in South Carolina in return for getting it off the flagpole at the capital. Now we are finding out that this was only step one in their agenda to completely remove it. Some of us knew that back in 2000 and said so, but lots of people who wanted to "be nice" to the leftists didn't want to believe that. They should have because that was their deal from day one and they have never deviated from that goal. I said, years ago, and also recently, that those people wanted our faces, our culture, and our flags in the mud with their jackboots standing atop them. That's their agenda for us, folks, get used to it, and quit giving them the "benefit of the doubt" because all they will do with that is to shove it down your throats with both hands.

So the Marxist crowd wants to be rid of our flags and symbols. They also want to be rid of our guns, and so their political shill in the White House is, yet again, calling for more gun control and will, no doubt, do whatever he thinks he can get away with to negate our Second Amendment rights, which are totally reprehensible to him and his friends. Look at it this way--it's lots easier for them to take down your symbols and flags if they already have your guns!

And so this one event in Charleston, and no one denies that it was a tragedy, will serve two purposes for the Marxist crowd if they can pull it off--gun control and Confederate flag control. These two agendas are what all the fuss is really about.

I've seen several columnists comment that all the kids involved in these shootings have been on some kind of psychotropic drugs. How much you want to bet this this angle of these situations will be completely ignored by our intrepid "news" media? That truth doesn't fit the "gun control/flag control" agenda so it will be ignored.

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Texas College Students and Marxist Critical Theory

by Al Benson Jr.

Just this morning 5/13/15 I posted an article on my other blog spot 
having to do with the student government at the University of Texas in Austin seeking to
remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the campus there. Some potential Marxist(s) had already vandalized and defaced the statue with red paint (red--how appropriate).

It turns out that the vice-president of the student government body is one Rohit Mandalapu (hard to tell where he is from with a handle like that) and one of his areas of study and interest in Marxist Critical Theory. 

Critical Theory is one Marxist device for destroying the present culture and theology of anyplace or people the Marxists disagree with. It's another version of Cultural Genocide. It's a system that seeks to tear down any and all existing culture, particularly Christianity and Western Culture and completely obliterate them by replacing them with what they call "new thinking." The radicals in France tried this same identical approach during the French Revolution and though they had moderate success with it in France, it was never all they had hoped for. Now the Marxists are working on it here, and though they undoubtedly will have some success with it because they seem to have captured most of our college campuses, they will not ever completely succeed here either, because the main thing they are trying to remove is Jesus Christ and the Christian faith and that will not happen for them no matter how hard they labor for it. God will not be mocked and those people will end up reaping what they have sown and they won't much like it.

Of course some of what they need to get rid of is Confederate Heritage because that has a Christian foundation and so it has to go. Hence the maniacal attempt on their part to remove all Confederate flags and symbols from any location they happen to stumble across them.

And so the Lord's people need to resist this Marxist agenda. The Lord will not let the Marxists succeed ultimately, but He will use His people to oppose them and so His people had better start waking up and doing what He would have them do as part of that opposition.

Confederate flags and statues on private property where they cannot be removed might be a good start. Some SCV groups and others are starting to do this and it really ticks the Marxists off, so I would encourage Confederate Heritage groups to start doing more of it when and wherever they can.

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(Confederate) Flags Across the Ouachita

by Al Benson Jr.

One Friday afternoon each year in the middle of April the Lea Joyner Bridge across the Ouachita River that separates the cities of Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana plays host to an unusual event.

On this day, members from many of the Sons of Confederate Veterans camps in the Monroe/West Monroe area gather on the bridge and display Confederate flags, all kinds of Confederate flags, to the public driving over the bridge and they usually do this during rush hour so there is lots of traffic. Some come dressed in Confederate uniforms, some don't, but everyone on the bridge for this gathering has some sort of Confederate flag to wave at the passing crowd. This event usually lasts through rush hour, so lots of folks get the chance to see all manner of Confederate flags waving as they drive on by.

This is a visible commemoration of the Confederate heritage of the area and these folks are not bashful about waving Confederate flags at people. They are not trying to "offend" anyone but they are thankful for their area's Confederate heritage and they are not about to hide their Confederate flags under the bed or in the basement as the politically correct leftist crowd fervently wishes they would.

The Confederate flag is a living symbol of their heritage. None of them looks upon it as a "racist" symbol. It has never meant that to them, but they have grown tired of seeing everyone else's  heritage being celebrated while theirs is denigrated. They have grown tired of observing strident Cultural Marxism being practiced upon the South by socialists and Marxists from Washington, D.C. on down, and folks, let me tell you, there are lots of socialists and Marxists in Washington and, unfortunately in many of our state capitols. Many of these SCV folks in this area have read Donnie Kennedy's and my book Lincoln's Marxists and they know what the deal really is.

I have been privileged to stand with them on two different occasions for this event, waving a Confederate flag (no I am not ashamed for having done so) and it is interesting to watch the folks driving by and see the different reactions you get from them. Some folks drive by and toot their horns and wave enthusiastically. Even though they've been brainwashed in government schools there is enough of the memory of their heritage left that a Confederate flag is a positive reminder of that heritage and they react positively to it. Interestingly enough, a lot of those who respond this way are younger folks. I take that as a good sign.

There are some older folks that respond positively and there are many others that look as though they'd like to, but can't quite bring themselves, in this politically correct environment, to go through with it. There are always a handful that, naturally, don't like it, and their responses vary all the way from the proverbial "middle finger" to things more verbally intense, but they are a minority, thank the Lord. One flag-waver I talked to today said he had had half a dozen or so black folks that had waived at him and his flag. Some black people, it seems, are waking up to the fact that some of the"racist" hogwash they have been fed is just that--hogwash. This is the kind of event that the local "news" media wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. If three people with Malcolm X flags showed up, they'd be there in droves, but Confederate flags are to be ignored as much as possible--even when they are patently visible.

I'd like to encourage other Confederate groups around the country to do something like this once or twice a year. I've noticed that there are "Confederate Flaggers" groups around, though mostly in the East, that come out to demonstrate against egregious  heritage violations, and that's good. Maybe we need more of them in other areas.

At any rate, the SCV camps in the Monroe/West Monroe, Louisiana area (and there are several) have come up with a unique way of displaying their Confederate heritage and it does get noticed, even if the "news" media can't be bothered reporting on it. You could say that these SCV camps do reach the public with their efforts--not because of the "news" media, but in spite of it!

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Appomattox Wasn't Really the End (Especially for the North)!

by Al Benson Jr.

On April 6th I read an article by a thoroughly politically correct gentleman named Charles J. Dean on the website dealing with the so-called "end" of the "Civil War." I don't know where Mr. Dean learned his history, but Lenin could not have taught him any better.

Mr. Dean noted in his article: "On April 9, 1865  General Robert E. Lee surrendered his sword and his Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant marking the end of the Civil War." Mr. Dean has swallowed the fiction most of us were programmed with in government schools--namely that Appomattox was the end of the War and that was it.

Actually, all General Lee surrendered at Appomattox was the Army of Northern Virginia and no more. He could have surrendered all the Southern armies in the field but he did not do that. And there were other Confederate armies in the field. Joe Johnston in North Carolina did not surrender until April 26th and there were others after that. And the Confederate Government never did officially surrender. Jeff Davis and his cabinet fled Richmond and continued to try to govern on the road. Some were eventually captured and some were not. But no official surrender. And I think the last battle of the War, officially, was fought at Palmito Ranch in Texas in either late May or sometime in June, I can't recall which right now.

But Mr. Dean, in his verbal assault on the South says: "But all these many years later I sometimes wonder if that bloody war for some of you has ever ended. Or if some of you have ever accepted the defeat the South was dealt." He then went on to write about how the Confederate Flag was "racist" from its inception and how the South fought to maintain slavery. You've seen and heard it all before. Most of it can best be described as the usual Cultural Genocide perpetrated by Yankee/Marxist propagandists since the end of the War--and the fact that it is still being propagated shows that, for the Yankees, the War never really ended. Oh, the shooting part ended alright, but the Cultural part has continued for 150 years now, thanks to Northern vitriol--and shows no signs of diminishing.

Thankfully, quite a number of folks contacted Mr. Dean to disabuse him of the Yankee/Marxist propaganda he was pushing and I guess, from his comments, some of them were rather less than polite. Although from reading his comments, I don't think it would have made any difference if all the replies had been the epitome of politeness and correctness. They would not have been able to confuse him with the facts.

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating. I know a preacher who is also a historian and one time he talked with someone that told him, quite bluntly "You lost the War, get over it." To which he replied that the South could accept having lost the War but what they couldn't accept was the fact that the North tried to destroy their culture (and is still trying). That's what they could not accept. In regard to the South and her culture, Cultural Genocide (Cultural Marxism) has reigned in this country almost since the War ended. "Reconstruction" and Yankee public schools were the start of it and it has gone on, to one degree or another, for decades now. It still continues. The present-day "reconstruction" crowd is bound and determined to remove any and all memories of Southern culture--flags, statues, place names, street and park names, all of it. It must all be annihilated--except for the memory of slavery (which the North also had, but that fact has been conveniently swept under the rug). The memory of slavery will, they hope, produced "white guilt" in the South and maybe from that the reparations crowd can accrue a little of the long green from the guilt-ridden. In other words, much of it is a scam.

And they have made lots of Southern folks feel guilty when the should not have. And as far as "racism" there was every bit as much of that in the North (still is) as there was in the South. It just doesn't get talked about because the real agenda is to prostrate the old, Christian South. That's what it's all about. So, in reality, the North has been fighting a culture war against the South since Appomattox--and before. Southern folks should quit buying into the guilt trip, start doing some homework and pointing out the sins of the North--and there are many to be pointed out.

I speak as someone who was born in the North, but I've lived in the South for over twelve years now, and I've watch how Northern Marxists play this Alinskyite  game against the South and most Southern folks seem too polite to resist. Folks, start resisting! Do the homework, find out where your accusers are really coming from (the hard left) and start exposing them as the Scripture commands in Ephesians 5:11.

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It's All Cultural Genocide

by Al Benson Jr.

This may not seem to some folks to have much to do with Southern heritage and the Cultural Genocide agenda that is being perpetrated on the South but actually, the two situations run in tandem with one another.

A friend in the Confederate Society of America sent me this. The title of it is: "Black Student Union Wants Campus Building Renamed After Most-Wanted Cop Killer." And this happened, where else, but the University of California at Berkeley, the Marxist Mecca of the West (left) Coast. The commentary I received continues: "UC Berkeley, the pinnacle of activist colleges, allows for a Black student union--a problem in itself, (can you imagine the fuss is someone wanted a white student union). This so-called 'union' is pressing to rename a campus building after a cop-killing black female, who murdered a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973 and then fled to Cuba.  Assata Shakur, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard, is a former black panther and the first woman on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' terrorists. I'm sure she's quite worthy of such a distinction at such a liberal/progressive college as UC Berkeley."

My friend noted that, for about 25 years, similar groups across the country, most especially in the South,  have been pressing, usually with success, to rename buildings, bridges, streets, parks and all manner of other things that have anything to do with the Confederacy or Confederate Veterans. Groups have been recently involved in removing Confederate flags in Lexington, Virginia at Washington and Lee University which, if some had their way, would probably be renamed Marx and Lenin University! Lee/Jackson Day will soon be only a fond memory in Charlottesville, Virginia, thanks to the efforts of some "community organizers" in that fair city. "Community organizers!" Where have you heard that term before?

A few valiant Confederate heritage groups have protested much of this, but they are small and don't get much help or support from other patriotic groups. Years ago, I recall a flap over Confederate flags in a cemetery where Confederate soldiers were buried and the Sons of Union Veterans spoke up and supported the Confederates. Not much of that going on today. Now there is even a move to remove US flags at certain "progressive" campuses around the country and veterans groups are all up in arms over it. But they weren't too keen on supporting the Confederate groups in a similar situation. I wonder if they expect support now from the Confederate groups in the name of "patriotism."

Years ago, probably about 20 now, some of us said that when these Marxist (and they are Marxist) groups had finished mangling the Confederate flag they would proceed to go after the US flag. Nobody wanted to hear it. Well, folks, the day has arrived and most are still clueless. My friend stated: "This is because too many 'good people' are clueless as to Marxist methodology and therefore are clueless as to how to prosecute a war to stop their aggression/takeover. Eventually, they will show up at your front door."

This is all the result of a century of propaganda against the South first, and then all of America next, by "progressive" (socialist) politicians, college professors, and even some "useful idiot" preachers. This kind of thing is NOT happening by accident and these events are not "coincidental." There is an agenda behind it all and until Southern folks begin to wake up and realize that and to realize they have to help each other combat this sort of thing, it will continue--until all your parks, streets, schools, and whatever else, have undergone name changes and are now named after Marxists and socialists who have been responsible for tearing down the country, beginning with the South.

About now some good Christian folks will speak up and say--"Hey, don't worry about this, the Lord  is in control" and He is, no doubt of that. But maybe, just maybe, He might want to use YOU to exercise some of that control in these situations and you ain't having any. Think about that.

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Combat Gallery: The Martial Art of Moses Ezekiel

Via Adam


A Nazi, Moses Jacob Ezekiel, Jewish VMI Cadet At New Market
Born into a family of that included 14 brothers and sisters on the rough side of Richmond, Virginia October 28, 1844 was one Moses Jacob Ezekiel. The son of penniless Spanish-Jewish parents who themselves were first generation Americans, he sought out a position at the nearby Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington as it was a public school and, most importantly, affordable.

Accepted into the Class of 1866, on September 17, 1862 he became the first Jewish cadet of that storied academy. No sooner did he arrive then he had to fight off prejudice and scorn, which he overcame to become a well liked, by all accounts, adjusted cadet. During his time at VMI, he was selected as part of the special guard for the casket of fallen Confederate Lt-Gen Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson who had been before the war an instructor at the school. It was not to be his only brush with history during the war.

Mr. Lincoln and Emancipation--Deportation

by Al Benson Jr.

As I have noted in past articles, Abraham Lincoln continues to be portrayed by the media and accompanying Lincoln cultists as the great benefactor of the black people in this country. The fact that he was a racialist is usually shunted aside, but if it does chance to come up, Lincoln's choir will loudly chant the old familiar tune "Once a racist but now a black lover" and they will go on in great detail to explain how his views on race, as openly portrayed in The Lincoln Douglas Debates had "mellowed" or "matured" since the Debate days. After all, didn't he issue the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all the slaves? Well, no, actually he didn't.

His proclamation, in reality, freed no slaves because it only applied to the Confederate States, which was a separate country at the time. Lincoln had no authority to free the slaves in another country. However, he might have had the authority to free the slaves in Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky, and Delaware--all slave states which remained firmly in the Union--through one device or another, but his famous Proclamation did not apply to them. Nor did it apply to parts of the Confederate States that had been occupied by the Union.

In other words, Lincoln freed slaves where he had no authority to do so and he left in bondage those he might have had the authority to loose. You have to conclude that the Emancipation Proclamation was more about wartime propaganda than it was about freeing slaves.

Early on in his presidential tenure Lincoln had been in favor of freeing the slaves and then deporting them to some other country, preferably further South. However, Lincoln's hagiographers have assured us he grew out of that latent childhood notion and his views about blacks then morphed into a full-blown appreciation of their dignity and worth. And I'll bet, as they continue to write books about this, they laugh all the way to the bank.

But did it really happen in the Pollyanna way they tell it? Not quite. There was an article in the London Telegraph back on February 11, 2011, written by Jon Swaine that talks about a new (at that time) book,written by two men, Phillip Magness and Sebastian Page and called Colonisation After Emancipation. Turns out they found documents in the National Archives in both England and this country that would "significantly alter his legacy."

According to Mr. Swaine: They found an order from Lincoln in June 1863 authorising a British colonial agent, John Hodge, to recruit freed slaves to be sent to colonies in what are now the countries of Guyana and Belize. Hodge reported back to a British minister that Lincoln said it was his 'honest desire' that this immigration went ahead," said Mr. Page, who is a historian at Oxford University. And Mr. Swaine continued: "The plan came despite an earlier test shipment of about 450 freed slaves to Haiti resulting in disaster.  The former slaves were struck by smallpox and starvation, and survivors had to be rescued. Mr. Lincoln also considered sending freed slaves to what is now Panama, to construct a canal--decades before work began on the modern canal in 1904. The colonisation plan collapsed by 1864. The British were fearful the confederate states of the American south may win the civil war, reverse emancipation, and regard British agents as thieves.  Congress also voted to remove funding."

Yet, even as late as the Fall of that year the Attorney General sent Lincoln a letter which showed he was still actively exploring whether the plan could be carried through or not. The letter said: "...further to your question, yes, I think you can still pursue this policy of colonisation even though the money has been taken away." Dr. Magness said he thought the book would change people's opinion and view of Lincoln. Sorry to say, it does not seem to have made all that much of a dent in his halo.

Lincoln is still revered as the "great unifier" by many politicians, including our current president. Of course Lincoln was influenced by the Marxists in his own government and armies (see Lincoln's Marxists Pelican Publishing Co.) and our current president is a Marxist, so you can see why he harks back to Lincoln.

Despite the many books that have recently been written by authors that have really done the homework on Mr. Lincoln, his "Amen Corner" refuses to be confused with the facts.

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Some Minor Disturbance Over What Stephen Dill Lee Really Said

by Al Benson Jr.

It seems that my most recent article about Stephen Dill Lee's Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans stirred up a minor tempest in the proverbial teapot. Within 24 hours of its being posted, replies came from several sources that said that "Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations" was not a part of Lee's original address. Some friends of mine did some checking and it appears they may be correct on that one point, though I took the quote from an SCV web site. So if I got it wrong so did they. It seems that this particular portion of his Charge had the wording changed to this in 1906 and it reflected something other that what Lt. General Lee said, sort of a compromise in semantics, if you will, a slight toning down of the original wording.

At any rate, as I quoted from what was apparently  the 1906 version rather than the original, I stand corrected.

There seems to be, even today, a bit of a fuss over how this terminology was parsed out and what was really said. There are those who will argue for historical correctness, and that's okay. I strive for that myself, even though I don't always get it perfect. However, what we often end up with in disagreements like this is a situation where those who have gotten a particular quote, or whatever, correct will never go any further than their historical argument, and it's usually an armchair argument rather than an active one.

I've followed SCV "politics" like I have the politics of many groups over the years and I know enough to realize that there are factions within the SCV that argue about what the organization should be doing. Some want it to be merely an organization that puts flowers and flags on Confederate graves and keeps the lawns at Confederate cemeteries mowed, with little or nothing beyond that. Others want the SCV to take a much more activist role in presenting historical truth and contending for that truth. I guess, were I able to officially belong to the SCV, I would belong to the latter group rather than the former.

Over the years some have felt I was a bit too much of an activist, and often they were not hesitant to let me know that. Maybe that's why I never quit being one. Seems to me if you believe in something and feel it is worth defending or fighting for then its worth doing at actively as long as you can. My wife and I have supported and acted in behalf of several causes over the years of our married life, and always felt they were connected at the theological level even though the connection might not be apparent at other levels to most people. We can no longer do this as actively as we once did. Age and medical conditions slow one down, but on the other hand we are not ready to lie down and concede defeat either. Helping to prepare another generation to take up the fight is also important. After all, as Christians, we have a multi-generational worldview and where we have, by God's grace sown some seed, others will, also by God's grace, come along to water.

So, in a sense, arguing over Lt. General Lee's exact wording in his Charge over 100 years ago, while it is important to get it right, really begs the question. And the question still is, What should the SCV be doing? 
What was the original intent of the organization? If it was only to decorate graves, then I guess we could paraphrase Scripture and ask "Do not even the Yankee/Marxists do the same?" And some of them don't really have to do anymore, because their grandfathers wrote the "history" books didn't they? Yet they are not content to just let it lie, but rather they turn out a continuous  stream of political correct invective that relentlessly attacks all things Southern and Confederate.

If the Confederate Battle Flag was only a flag for grave tenders then why did the NAACP so vehemently attack it several years ago and stir up a firestorm over it? Of course many of us realize the NAACP membership was flagging and they needed a whipping boy to drum up support for the politically correct shock troops and to enrich the coffers, but was that the only reason? Why do the politically correct Marxists (and they are Marxists) continue to attack the flag and Southern heritage even today? It seems to me that the SCV, as well as other Southern and Confederate groups, has an adversary that is determined to stamp out everything they ever stood for. And if that's the case, then just tending your ancestors' graves isn't enough. If that is, indeed, the case, then you better learn how to rise up from tending the graves of your honored dead and learn how to fight back. If you are willing to just sit back and let the Cultural Genocide crowd run all over you while you are trying to be "nice" then you are--well, I can't say what you are--it would probably get my blog tossed off the Internet.

It seems that the SCV, like other groups, has to decide which was it's going to go. Personally, I was never in favor of letting my adversaries stomp all over me if they were Marxists. With other Christians, and other well-meaning folks you can often agree to disagree and let it go at that. You can't do that with Marxists, or with any of the leftist crowd. There is no peaceful co-existence with them except on their terms and anyone with an ounce of sense won't play that game.

All you need to is to check out the political persuasions of those who practice Cultural Genocide on the South and you will see what I mean--all the way from the political left, to the educational left, to the Evangelical left--they are all leftists, and as such, your destruction, culturally and otherwise, is their goal.

So whatever Lt. General Lee's Charge did or didn't say, the SCV has to consider the question of what they are going to do to deal with their Cultural Marxist adversaries. That is the ultimate question for all the various groups that would defend the South, Southern tradition and history, including the Confederate States, or the Southern way of life.

Start by learning who your enemies are. Learn how to expose them.  Then learn how to oppose them, because just tending the graves of your ancestors, as important as that is (and I don't discourage that) is not going to cut the mustard in the days to come and any organization that proposes to do that and nothing else, has got major problems.

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Thoughts On Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee's Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

by Al Benson Jr.

Let me start off by saying that I am not a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I have no Confederate ancestors of which I am aware.  The closest I can come is being a member of the Friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which group I joined a couple years back when I was finally able to get information about it.

Those who know me also know that my sympathies are and have been with the South and the Old Confederacy. If that makes me a "racist" (a Trotskyite term) in the eyes of some folks, well, I guess that's tough. "Those people" have a right to be offended by my views just as much as I have a right to be offended by theirs, which I am.

Any student of history realizes that the Old South was not perfect (which its detractors seem to think it should have been) anymore than the Old North was. But I have noticed over the decades that the defenders of the North rather seem to gloss over their own sins (which in many cases were the same as those of the South) while denigrating the South for what they, themselves, have also done. Let's be honest and admit that all men, North, South, or anywhere else, are sinners, in need of the grace of Jesus Christ to make us forgiven sinners. Many in the South recognize this, while many in the North seem intent upon dethroning God and replacing Him with themselves. Just for the record, I was born in the North, so I am not referring to all Northern folks when I say this. There are lots of good Northern folks in the country who detest the direction we have gone in and are still going in just like Southerners, in fact, some have the same mindset as Southerners--and, unfortunately, I have run across some Southerners who are ashamed of being Southerners and try to wrap themselves in Abe Lincoln and his bloodstained banner.

Where we live there are several SCV camps in the area. My wife and I have gone to meetings at several of them and I have even been invited to speak at some of them. I can tell them things about Lincoln and his Marxist buddies they never learned in public school, nor will their kids ever learn there.

I have read Stephen Dill Lee's Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some things have sort of jumped out at me. Lt. General Lee started off with: To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought.  There are other worthwhile goals mentioned, but it seems to me that this is one of the most important. The SCV (as should all Southerners, along with some of us Copperheads) is to vindicate the Cause for which their fathers fought. That cause is under attack today as never before. The Marxist originators of Cultural Genocide and Political Correctness have worked overtime for decades now to convince Southerners that their cause is tainted by the stain of slavery and that's really all they seceded for and sought to preserve. It hardly needs to be said that such Political Correctness is a crock full of some excremental material I will not mention. All you have to do regarding the slavery question is to read Donnie Kennedy's book Myths of American Slavery to find out how involved the North was in the slave trade. Check out how many of the original 13 colonies had slavery at some point. That's not what your average Southerner fought for, and even some Yankees had to admit that they fought for what they considered to be "preserving the Union" and they had no interest in slavery one way or the other. Little did they realize that their leaders were destroying the Union they thought they were preserving--and using them to do it.

I've noted some things the SCV has done over the years, preserving and marking the graves of Confederate soldiers and putting flags on them in commemoration. That's a good thing--but it's not enough--and that seems to be all that some are willing to do. It seems to me that a lot more needs to be done to vindicate the Cause for which the Confederates fought. Some SCV camps do try to do more. From what I have heard, some don't. Decorating Confederate graves, important as that is, doesn't seem to me to be enough of a vindication.

I've gone to SCV meetings where the Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag is recited during the meeting. I don't doubt for a minute the sincerity of these folks, and maybe it's just my Copperhead sentiments, but I have a hard time with the Pledge of Allegiance. I have not said it for years at any meeting of any kind that I go to where they recite it. Given that this Pledge was written by a Northern Socialist who was asked to leave the church he preached in because of his overt socialism, and who doted on the "one nation indivisible" bit, I don't think this Pledge  really belongs in an SCV meeting. I've even gone to churches where it was recited as part of the service, and I don't think it belongs there either. If you want to offer some kind of salute to the Christian flag that's fine. But the Christian flag and the US flag are antithetical  one to the other.

It just seems to me, and this is only my opinion, for the SCV to vindicate the cause for which Confederate soldiers fought, there needs to be some sort of educational agenda or process at work by the SCV noting those ideas and values for which the South fought, and taking note of what they fought against. In some places such is true and SCV camps do try to educate people, beginning with their own, as to what the War was really fought over. It seems to me that this educational effort needs to be a part of the SCV's overall program. It may be so and I am just not aware, but having some sort of brief lesson plan for new members as to what the War was fought over might be helpful.

The last sentence of the Charge is just as important as the first. It says: Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.  I wonder how many Southerners, even in the SCV, realize how terribly important that is. The true history of the South is almost never presented anymore, especially not in most schools, and, at the university level--forget it! Many colleges today are way too busy teaching their students how to feel guilty over being white, or for having Southern accents. Real, accurate Southern history only gets in the way of the Marxist agenda. A question we might ask, and I have asked, is "why do you still send your kids to these schools?" I have yet to get a satisfactory answer.

From all that I can discern, Lt. General Lee's Charge is, or should be, extremely important, not only to the SCV, but to all concerned Southern folks. It's important to me and I wasn't born here, but I live here now and the South is home.  If we don't take the time to vindicate the Cause for which the South fought and make sure the kids here get the right history instead of the Marxist propaganda that's out there, then our Cause (it's mine, too) will be lost and it may be centuries before it is retrieved.

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A Really Big Confederate Flag In Lexington, Virginia

by Al Benson Jr.

The parochial city of Lexington, Virginia has a new Confederate Battle Flag, on private property, on Route 60, which is just outside of the city limits of Lexington. Thank Heaven for private property, because if the city of Lexington owned all the property then they would be able to drop a large part of their history and heritage right down the memory hole.

You might be curious as to why I labeled Lexington as parochial. Look at it this way. Any city that consciously obliterates part of its history and denies part of its heritage is a city that will not long endure. At some point, its provincialism will become apparent to the point that it will cease to be a place of any importance, and it will eventually be swallowed up in that great nether world of political correctness and "diversity."

This month we celebrate the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson, probably two of the finest Christian patriots this country has ever produced. However, thanks to the perpetual whining of some disaffected minorities, their memories must now be erased in Lexington and their distinguished places in that city must be denied or at least denigrated. A place that denies the great among them is destined for the ash heap of history. To deny great men is to put emphasis on the mediocre and the pedestrian--and that is what Lexington has deemed is the only way to go. No Confederate flags in that august city--they might "offend" someone who does not want to understand their true history and therefore has an agenda for their demise without any opposition  from the local folks.

Ahh, but there IS opposition, darn it,  and those local rednecks just won't shut up and go home to watch their car races or football games, or whatever else the elite has designed to keep them occupied so they don't notice what is going on. They want to see the symbols of their history and heritage flying aloft without shame--and they have a right to that, contrary to the wishes of the offended minority. These minorities are not the only ones with rights, although they doubtless wish to have it so, as so they work to get ordinances passed that will remove the rights of others so they can exercise theirs with no opposition or competition. But it ain't quite working out in Lexington. Hence that big Confederate Battle Flag out on Route 60--long may it wave!

And we should not hesitate to honor Lee and Jackson, not only in Lexington, but all across the South. Fly your Confederate flags, put new bumper stickers with flags on your pickup trucks, and let people know you are thankful for your heritage--not proud and arrogant, but thankful.

Lee and Jackson were both humble Christian men who relied on Jesus Christ for their salvation, unlike many of those who have days or times commemorating them nowadays and who were the friends of communists and other various assorted leftists.

I wonder if, someday this week, over 1,000 people marched down the main street of Lexington carrying Confederate flags, would the City Council try to have them all arrested? I wonder if such an event would be considered the use of the Cloward/Piven strategy going in reverse. Interesting thought.

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Reasons To Fly the Confederate Battle Flag

by Al Benson Jr.

A friend in Southwest Virginia recently sent me an article posted by The Virginia Flaggers back in December of last year. It listed 12 reasons to fly the Confederate Battle Flag. I can't list all of them here, but there were some pretty good ones among them so I'd like to comment a bit on them.

 They started off with: It is one of the oldest Christian symbols on Earth (The St. Andrews Cross) and silently but eloquently lets the world know that a Christian family resides at the residence where it is flown. Although many don't comment on it, this is one of the major reasons the Battle Flag is so hated among the communists, socialists, and various other bottom-feeding leftists around the country. The Battle Flag is, indeed, a Christian flag and the leftists hate it because they hate Jesus Christ. To them, He is competing for the Kingdom of God with them and they'd love to dethrone Him, as Satan wanted to do in Matthew 4 but was unable to. His disciples, however, have not given up yet and they still keep trying. Sorry guys, you're not going to make it. If you couldn't keep Him in the tomb on that first Easter morning you won't be able to remove Him from God's right hand now. But you have to keep trying, I guess. After all, when you're beaten you have to do something to keep others from knowing.

Another good reason: It, (the Battle Flag) is a universal symbol of resistance to tyranny, having been sighted flying in nearly every modern day conflict where people were, or are fighting an oppressive and despotic governance. And the leftists and ultra-liberals realize that, and since they are the Fathers of all tyranny in the world today they must automatically hate any symbol that represents resistance to tyranny.

Yet another good one: It is a reminder that Liberty is a God-given right, not a commodity to be controlled by greedy politicians, left-wing liberal teachers, and power-crazed activist judges. And it's also a reminder that Liberty is worth fighting for. You can bet the theological and political Left grits its collectivist teeth when reminded that it is God that bestows liberty, not some socialist regime that tells you that you are free when they toss you a few political crumbs. "If you like your health insurance then you can keep your health insurance." Even their "freedom" is built upon lies!

And another important reason: It lets those who would oppress us, and steal our Liberty know, they have not yet succeeded, and will not have succeeded, until they have killed every last one of us, and destroyed every last Battle Flag. This has seldom happened in any oppressed country throughout history and will not happen here, unless we fail to educate our children about the real meaning of the Flag. And here, we have our work cut out for us. We not only have to educate our children about the meaning of the Battle Flag, but we have to educate them as to what the War of Northern Aggression was really all about and how a Unitarian/socialist Northern government sought to destroy the Christian culture of the South both before and after the shooting was all over. "Reconstruction" was a Marxist program--the term even came from Marx. The hard truth is, unless we start giving our children a Christian education and start doing it seriously, we will lose not only our children but the country as well.

That's a somber thought, but we'd better begin to dwell on it and get those kids out of public  schools that are under the control of our adversaries. You are only one generation away from losing your Christian culture, your heritage and your liberty. What you do with your kids will determine your (and their) future.

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The (Yankee/Marxist) Secret Police

by Al Benson Jr.

The New York Tribune reported, on September 6, 1861, that: "Eight hundred names are now entered on the books of the secret police in New York City, of persons suspected of treason, and many arrests will be made."

"Secret Police" in New York City in 1861? It almost sounds like the trailer for an old movie about how the KGB operated/operates in Moscow. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. That which has been will be. But it almost seems as if the Lincoln administration was giving us kind of a sneak preview of what was to come. Of course, present day "historians" would not quite see it that way. At least they wouldn't admit to it.

Even modern, politically correct (cultural Marxist) "historians" although they agree with and try to whitewash the great socialist emancipator, are forced to concede that his administration was quite ruthless. Those in Lincoln's cabinet  were willing to go along with Lincoln's Jacobin mindset, and after his death, they were more than willing to exceed it.

Mark Neely Jr., in his book The Fate of Liberty--Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties wrote of Secretary of State William Seward in the same vein. When a political prisoner from Kentucky was arrested, a friend of his came to Washington to plead for his release. Neely wrote: "...the Secretary of State readily admitted that no charges were on file against the prisoner. When asked whether he intended to keep citizens imprisoned against whom no charges had been made, Seward apparently answered: 'I don't care a d--n whether they are guilty or innocent. I saved Maryland by similar arrests, and so I mean to hold Kentucky'." In other words, to "preserve" the Union you destroy all of its supposed constitutional guarantees of protection against intrusive government.  It almost reminds one of a mad doctor trying to kill his patient in order to save his life. "The operation was a smashing success--the patient died!"

The willingness to kill something in order to "save" it is quite consistent with the Yankee/Marxist mindset.  Even their own records bear this out. Neely stated that: "Just after the Civil War  The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1865 stated that the total number of military arrests in the North had been thirty-eight thousand." Neely's book even had s small section on torture employed by the North, (pages 109-112). So for you who think that the American government's torturing of prisoners is a new thing with the advent of Iraq and all the rest, think again. American torture of prisoners is not new. It is at least as old as the War of Northern Aggression.

If readers haven't figured out by now what all this has to do with today, then there is little that I can explain to them. We have experienced runaway big government intrusion into our lives for almost as long as most of us have been alive. We have a "voluntary" income tax that would have made Lincoln drool with anticipation. Since we were all born after 1860, none of us has ever had the opportunity to live under the system that was envisioned for us by great men like Patrick Henry. Indeed, those in his own day, thanks to the ratification of the Constitution, never had a chance to live under it. We do, however, live under increasing degrees of state socialism--euphemistically labeled as "democracy."

Did the Lincoln administration during the War, and Thaddeus Stevens and his radical abolitionist cohorts after the War, like Robespierre and other French revolutionaries, labor to "reconstruct" American society in such a way as to conform it to some form of socialism? You get three guesses--and the first two don't count!

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Was Lincoln An American Robespierre?

by Al Benson Jr.

Those who have studied some world history will recognize the name of Robespierre, a French socialist revolutionary during the days of the French Revolution--that epoch of the Enlightenment. Nesta Webster, an English historian, commented on Robespierre when she said: "Robespierre regarded anarchy simply as a means to an end--the reconstruction of society according to the plan he had evolved with the co-operation of Saint Just, which was simply an embryonic form of the system known later as state socialism." So, history testifies that Robespierre was a socialist, out to transform society into what he thought it should be--and naturally, it was all to be for the "good" of mankind. That seems to be what socialists do best. The fact that, in their quest for the "betterment" of mankind they end up killing thousands or hundreds of thousands never seems to bother them or their adherents all that much. They did it all for our "good" even if we have to be dead to appreciate it.

He was willing to justify whatever methods he used to accomplish his desired ends, anarchy, terror, or whatever. He felt that if any of these helped to accomplish his agenda (state socialism) then they must automatically be good. For socialists the ends always justify the means. That is a cardinal point of their theology--and it is a theology, make no mistake.

In our own history we have an updated 1860s version of Robespierre--Abraham Lincoln. The "great emancipator" of abolitionist myth and legend has been compared to Robespierre by some historians and writers.

E. A. Pollard, editor of the Richmond Examiner during the War of Northern Aggression, has written much about how the North prosecuted the war. His 750 page book The Lost Cause is worthwhile reading for serious students of that period of our history. Pollard didn't always agree with the Davis administration, but even for that, you can still get a lot out of what he wrote.

In writing of the prevailing climate in the North during the early days of the War, Pollard noted that: "Much of the apparent unanimity which prevailed in favor of the war was the result of terror. The people of the North seem to have a peculiar dread of public opinion."  In writing of the actions of the Yankee/Marxist government Pollard said: "But very effective measures were taken by the Government in aid of this spontaneous  instinct of terror. They revived the system of espionage and arrests which had been employed in France by Robespierre and Fouche. At first it was pretended that the arrested persons held secret correspondence with the Southern authorities; but soon all disguise and hypocrisy were thrown off, and arrests were made on charges, even suspicion, of mere disloyalty." In other words, just disagreeing with the Lincoln administration, without even doing anything, was enough to get you thrown in the slammer.

Pollard noted, quite accurately, that, in the North, there was really no need of arbitrary arrests, as the war was far distant and the country was not really invaded--excepting Maryland and Pennsylvania later in the war.

However, Pollard stated: "Yet a system of terror was established, which could only have been warrantable  at the South...Yet in the first weeks of the war, a system of arbitrary and despotic seizure and imprisonment was inaugurated, which continued even after the surrenders of Lee and Johnston.  The number of arbitrary arrests that were made in the whole period of the war is variously estimated at from ten to thirty thousand, the great mass of arrested persons never had a trial, and knew nothing of the charges, if any at all, on which they were being imprisoned."

Some were even informed that, should they request legal counsel, such an action would be "distasteful to the Government,  and would prejudice their applications for trial and release." But, then, the quest for simple justice has, and continues to be, "distasteful" to tyrants!

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The Perseverance of the Battle Flag

by Al Benson Jr.

Living in Louisiana as I do,  on occasion I do get to see Confederate Battle Flags, sometimes on someone's flag pole, but more often on the front of someone's pickup truck or car, in the form of a license tag. This grievously offends many who come here from the North, and even some Southern folks who ought to know better, but who have succumbed to the propaganda spouted by what ludicrously passes for the "news" media. I also come from the North originally (though I got here as quickly as I could).  The Confederate Battle Flag does not offend me. I had one hanging on my office wall for years, even when I dwelt in the nether regions of New England, everybody's Unitarian paradise. Here in Louisiana I have a big Third National Flag on my office wall. I'd have one in front of the house but there's no flag pole on this property, and the property is not mine.

From time to time you see polls on the Internet asking something like "Do you think the Confederate Battle Flag should be taken down?"  in some particular place.  Almost always the poll shows support for leaving the Battle Flag  up running about 80-20 in favor of leaving it alone. While I realize these are not scientific polls, they are a reflection of how most people feel about this issue. If the Battle Flag is flying in a particular place they want it left alone, regardless of the frantic desire of some fuzzy-headed liberal who moved here six weeks ago from New Jersey and is all shook up over it. This ain't New Jersey!

I recently saw a poll entitled: "African-Americans, Is It Time To Surrender The Battle On The Battle Flag?" Again, the results when I saw the poll were running about 87-12 for leaving the flag alone.

You'd think the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center would begin to get the message, but no, they don't seem to. Removal of the Confederate Flag continues to be a major part of their agenda, both because it is a Christian symbol and a Confederate symbol, so they will plod on with their irrational hatred of the flag no matter what.

Fly a Battle Flag in your front yard and that might just be enough to get the SPLC to designate you as a "hate group." It doesn't take much more than that with those people. And, as for the NAACP, if they were really dedicated to helping black folks to advance and better themselves you'd think they could find a better way to do it than fussing over the Battle Flag like they do. Who does that help? Why it helps the NAACP to get more support (and money) from gullible blacks who think the organization is really trying to help them instead of what it's really doing, which is to feather its own financial nest. Hopefully, some day, a lot of them will wake up to what a farce it all is.

Awhile back now, I saw comments on a news site by a James Bendy. I don't know Mr. Bendy, but his comments were so on target I felt they were worth passing along. Mr. Bendy commented: "Oh yes, indeed, it is long past time for the NAACP to give up their ridiculous 'struggle' against a mere flag. Before the NAACP leadership decided to issue their 'call to arms' against the CBF back around 1990 as a stunt to increase their dwindling membership and donations, no one minded either way about the flag. Now it is more popular than ever, and many people have learned the truth about it...The Confederate Battle Flag is undeniably the most recognized symbol of the South, not only in the South, but in the United States and across the globe.  No other region in the United States has a symbol, much less a symbol so universally recognized...When the wall fell in Berlin at the end of the Cold War, the Confederate Battle Flag was there! Why? Because across the world, the crimson flag is a symbol of opposition to an oppressive government!" I know from personal experience that his comments about the Battle Flag regarding Eastern Europe are correct. My wife and I have talked to Eastern Europeans who called the Battle Flag "the freedom flag."

In Eastern Europe they knew what the Confederate Battle Flag stood for while dumb, mis-educated Americans were, and are still talking about being "offended" by it. You have to conclude that there has been something lacking in our "education" (on purpose).

Several years ago I talked to a Christian missionary from South Africa who, when he was in this country, bought six Confederate Battle Flags to take back with him to the Sudan in Africa where he was doing missionary work. Someone sent me a photo of him awhile back, with five or six black Africans, one of whom was holding a Battle Flag in the picture. The black man in the picture holding the flag didn't seem "offended" in the least. Might just be a lesson there for some of the race-baiters in this country--not that they'll listen.

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Where Do Confederate Flag Detractors In Virginia Originally Come From?

by Al Benson Jr.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 there was an interesting article posted on   dealing with the origins of some of the Confederate flag
detractors that have been so active in Virginia in recent months.

The author of the article stated: "It looks kinda suspicious, I mean, I am not a forensics expert, or
crime fighter, nor mind reader, but I can smell a Damn Yankee.  It is interesting to see in most of the recent places in Virginia where the  Morons, Liberals, Politically Correct ..., quite a lot of the players seem to also be Yankee Carpet baggers. Not all, but a lot.  Coincidence, not hardly.  Yes the old DNA is there, and the author notes that they are "stiff necked, hardheaded, loud,..." and a few other choice adjectives which I will dispense with here, not that I disagree with his observation.

And he observes further: "They come here, smile and tell us how much they so love the South, and worm their slimery selves into  employment, take over Southern institutions like rats take over a package of cheese, and begin to change it all to make it like the Hell Hole Northern cesspool they slid down from." This is something most Southern folks don't stop to think about--the origins of many that run some of their heritage institutions and groups. Now I can't say that all Northern folks are bad, I am one myself, originally, but in all my years, I have never knowingly harmed or diluted any Southern heritage organization or group. If anything, I lean in the other direction. I've had some Southern folks tell me "You're more Southern than some of the Southerners I know." My wife and I now live in Louisiana and we did not come here to dilute Southern culture, we came to partake of it, and to promote it, and we've never felt unwelcome in the South. Unless some sort of family emergency arose, we'd never consider moving back north again.

Unfortunately, though, not all Northern folks take that position, and the author of the jerry14 article notes that the Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a man from New York state. And he notes the Danvillle, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as a "place for inclusiveness, if you are black, liberal, and politically correct, but no Confederate Flag is desired." Some of you all have probably been reading about the big fuss over the Confederate Flag in Danville just recently. The prominent member on the board of directors at the Danville Museum is a lady named Cara Burton, and the author says: "Where do ya think she was born, Atlanta, Nope, Richmond, unh, uh, let's try New York again."

He also noted the recent problem at Washington and Lee College and mentions the head man at that school, Mr. Kenneth P. Ruscio. However, Mr. Ruscio doesn't come from New York--he comes from Red Bank, New Jersey. When a group of black students suddenly became "offended" at a Confederate Flag in the chapel as Washington and Lee, Mr. Ruscio couldn't get the flag down fast enough. What has happened is that many places of cultural importance in the South have been taken over by Northerners who have no interest in Southern heritage or culture other than dispensing with as much of it as possible. Unfortunately, you've got some Southerners that are willing to do the same thing. Wherever they were educated they were made to feel guilty about their heritage and culture and so they have come back to the South to help eradicate as much of it as possible, like good little Yankee wannabees.

I don't know what you all can do about these folks as they work to dismantle the heritage left to you by your forefathers, but you have got to do something. I don't know if starting up competing institutions to those you have already lost is an option or not in some cases, but you have got to do something. And whatever you all do, you have got to make sure your leadership has its feet firmly planted in a positive view of Southern culture and heritage.

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Politically Correct Professors

by Al Benson Jr.

On my blog spot  I have been working on a series of articles about secession and all the reasons for it and why it was, and is, legal. So far the reception of these articles has been pretty good and quite a few folks have been reading them. I've done 6 or 7 in a row up to this point.

Most of the commentary I have gotten back from folks has been positive, but then, with my pro-Southern audience I sort of expected that most folks would tend to agree with me.

However, after the writing of these last 2 articles, I have come across a history professor (or rather he's come across me, I don't know which) from a community college on the West (Left) Coast and he is busily emailing me replies to my articles trying to show me how far off I am--that secession is not legal, that the Constitution was not a compact between the States, which I believe it was, but was, rather, a situation that, once a state got into it they could never get out unless all the states agreed to let them go.

To me this is the usual politically correct version of history, and also, to me, political correctness is really nothing more than Cultural Marxism, which is nothing more than Marxism taken to a new level. No doubt there are many folks who have bought into political correctness that have no idea of what it really is or where it came from, but unfortunately, they do as much damage with it as those Marxists that do realize where it came from and what its goal (the destruction of Western culture, particularly Christianity) really is.

Since secession can be practiced on many levels, I would advocate, for folks who have not bought into the political correctness permeating the culture around them, that they secede culturally from the politically correct culture around them. One way to do this would be to remove your children from the government school system, which spreads political correctness around as much, if not more, than many other government institutions. Take your kids and secede from the public school system. Find a good Christian school for them or if you are not able to afford to do that, then teach them at home. It is something that can be done, not all that expensively, and there are lots of home schooling resources out there now that didn't exist when my wife and I home schooled our kids back in the late 1980s.

Private Christian education would be a major step away from political correctness in the area of education and I would recommend it to all that are able to do it.

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 Author Unknown

The marching armies of the past
 Along our Southern plains,
 Are sleeping now in quiet rest
 Beneath the Southern rains.

The bugle call is now in vain
 To rouse them from their bed;
 To arms they'll never march again--
 They are sleeping with the dead.

No more will Shiloh's plains be stained
 With blood our heroes shed,
 Nor Chancellorsville resound again
 To our noble warriors' tread.

For them no more shall reveille
 Sound at the break of dawn,
 But may their sleep peaceful be
 Till God's great judgment morn.

We bow our heads in solemn prayer
 For those who wore the gray,
 And clasp again their unseen hands
 On our Memorial Day.

Thanks to:

Dixie's Living Historians


Southern Cross of Honour

~ Southern Cross of Honour ~

In October of 1862, the Confederate Congress approved an act to honor the service and valor of officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates in the Confederate Army. Intended to be the equivalent of the Federal Medal of Honor, the Southern version of the medal was never issued during the war. Metal shortages in the South meant that medals were never struck. Instead, a Confederate Honor Roll was established, and the names of men awarded the honor were recorded by the Adjutant Inspector General. Unlike the Medal of Honor, which was awarded to an individual based on government criteria, Confederate non-commissioned officers and privates voted for a soldier in their company who deserved a spot on the Honor Roll.

While attending a reunion of Confederate veterans in Atlanta in July 1898, Mrs. Alexander S. (Mary Ann Lamar Cobb) Erwin of Athens, Ga., conceived the idea of bestowing the Southern Cross of Honor on Confederate veterans . Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Sarah E. Gabbett of Atlanta are credited with the design of the medal: a Maltese cross with a wreath of laurel surrounding the words "Deo Vindice (God our Vindicator) 1861-1865" and the inscription, "Southern Cross of Honor" on the face. On the reverse side is a Confederate battle flag surrounded by a laurel wreath and the words "United Daughters of the Confederacy to the UCV."

Mr. Charles W. Crankshaw of Atlanta was chosen to manufacture the Crosses, but the first order was not given until the UDC had secured a copyright (February 20, 1900). During the first 18 months of the Cross's availability, 12,500 were ordered and delivered.

Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC. Money could not buy the Cross; they were bought by loyal, honorable service to the South and given in recognition of this devotion. The first Cross ever bestowed was upon Mrs. Erwin’s husband, Captain Alexander S. Erwin, by the Athens (Ga.) Chapter on April 26, 1900.

The Crosses of Military Service and Medals currently bestowed by the UDC are an outgrowth of the Southern Cross of Honor. These Crosses and Medals are awarded to veterans who have served or are serving in defense of America. They are the most prized awards conferred by the UDC.

The UDC presents complete sets of the Crosses to libraries and museums if they agree to display the sets. The Southern Cross of Honor is always included if one is available. Should someone owning a Southern Cross of Honor wish to donate it to the UDC, it will be included in a set presented to a museum or library. While the UDC Business Office does not have the original applications for the Southern Cross of Honor, it does have the ledgers compiled by Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines during her seven-year term as Custodian of Crosses of Honor. Mrs. Raines recorded the recipients of every Cross bestowed, beginning with Number 1, until she resigned in 1913, for a total of 78,761 Crosses, The ledgers provide the name and unit of each recipient and may in some cases give the date and place of the award. An cumulative index was developed by the Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Library Committee in the 1980s to cross reference the information contained in the ledgers.

Thanks to:
Tennessee Confederate Flagger
Sister, Eileen Parker Zoellner


Call To Flagging ! 4/13/2013

Call To Flagging ! 4/13/2013
Green Hill Cemetery, Elizabethton, Tennessee

Ok folks here goes. The next Flagging at Green Hill Cemetery will be April 13th, 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. The weather should be improving the next few weeks so hopefully there'll be more of you there. I know some of you are thinking , why are we Flagging Green Hill every month. Well the answer is simple, the Wautauga Hysterical Assc. hasn't addressed any of the issues that are in question. The gates still chained & locked, making access to the cemetery unsafe to get into. The elderly and the handicapped don't have safe access period.I can testify to that. Also in past years the WHA has mowed the cemetery , leaving the Confederate gravesites untouched. Chances are that will be the case this mowing season. The disrespect for the Confederate Soldiers buried there is an atrocity. We've had some that have showed up to almost every Flagging & have been well recieved by the general public.

A lot of valuable information has been passed out that these folks may have never known or heard about. My hero, Susan Hathaway , has flagged or spoken to people all over the South about our Southron cause. We need to be doing to same. The more we stand there on the line, the more people will learn. Oh, by the way one soldiers grave was left outside the perimeter of the cemetery by WHA, so that should tell you want they think of our ancestors. Folks be proud of you ancestors and Flag for the Southron way of life & for our ancestors & our History ,before we lose it all together.

Tennesee Flagging Co-Ordinator
Colonel Mike Shaffer (Doc)
400 Shelby St. Apt. 413
Bristol, Tenn. 37620


Call To Flagging ! 4/13/2013



On March 23rd we'll have another Flagging at Green Hill Cemetery, from 12pm - 4pm. Parking will be behind the Krystal Burger as before. Bro. Bill Hicks will be in charge. Come on folks and let's see how many people we can get out there with their flags flying & handing out material.

I believe each time we're out there we are reaching & teaching people. We all see what’s happening to our Southron Heritage everywhere & we need to take a stand united in the cause. We also need to let Watauga Historical Assn. We are not going away & we are not forgetting our ancestors that are buried there and being neglected by them. It's a disgrace that Pvt. Leseur is buried outside the perimeter of their fencing. Let’s show everyone that we are a proud people with love for God, Family & Heritage.

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator
Colonel Mike Shaffer (Doc)
Bristol, Tenn.


Remember to honour our Confederate Soldiers

Good Morning!

Today as we begin our day, we should all remember to honor our Confederate Soldiers for their record of virtue, valor, and sacrifice. Our ancestors have left us a strong and great inheritance. They were rich in what really counts in life; things such as character, integrity, honesty, honor, courage, and a great love for God, family, and country. Their memory is cherished and a blessing to each of us and we thank them for the history and heritage they left behind. We all must teach our children and those who follow, to draw inspiration from their lives, and keep the sacred memory of our Southern ancestors who faithfully fought for a just cause. As we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who have gone before us, we must catch the torch that they have passed on to us. The adversities they faced were far more daunting than any we face today. They persevered in the face of all those adversities, so we must maintain their resolve in our cause to protect and honor our Monuments, our Statues, our Flags, and our Markers. Their blood is our blood. Let each of us proclaim that we are proud to honor their accomplishments and to claim them as the noblest heritage. ~ Eileen Parker Zoellner

Deo Vindice!



General Bragg began his retrograde movement toward Chattanooga in June (I think), very wisely concluding to draw the Federals farther from his base before risking another general engagement. General Wheeler covered his rear, which the enemys cavalry assailed very vigorously, using their batteries freely.This continued until we passed over Cumberland Mountain, both armies losing quite a number in killed and wounded, some prisoners being taken. After passing the mountain a lull in the operations of both armies ensued. The Confederate infantry had passed on to Chattanooga. Wheelers cavalry, reaching the Tennessee River, passed over the bridge at Bridgeport on the plank flooring that had been laid upon the girders. After reaching Shellmound, on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, General Wheeler was ordered to go to Rome, Ga., with a view to recuperating his much-jaded cavalry horses. Here we remained for two months or more and had the only real rest that we got during our service in the army. Rome was then a pleasant little city of about five thousand inhabitants, surrounded by a rich and fertile country. Wheelers Cavalry Corps numbered about five thousand, rank and file. The quartermasters of the respective regiments would buy a field ofcorn, move to it, and remain until it was exhausted,and then move on to another purchase. The horses would be fed on the corn,stalks and all, using a plentiful supply of salt, besides grazing them on grass for an hour or two each day. It was wonderful how they improved, and by the time we left there they looked as if they had been prepared for a State Fair. The soldiers, too, were supplied with an abundance of substantial and wholesome rations. The strictest discipline prevailed. Drills were the order of the day,with both officers and privates,at least two hours each morning and evening. Prayer meetings and services by the respective chaplains were held regularly, were well attended,and many conversions took place. Drs. Bunting and Hendricks,our brigade and regimental chaplains,were kept busy and active in their duties, and we know that many lasting and substantial conversions were made through their efforts.

From "The 4th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment" by Major George B. Guild.

Thanks to:

Bill Hicks
Tennessee Confederate Flagger
S.C.V. Camp #2083


Case of the South against the North

The case of the South against the North; or Historical evidence justifying the southern states of the American Union in their long controversy with northern states
By Benjamin F. b. 1831 Grady
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Love & blessings,

Bro. PoP


Happy New Year!

Invite Our Lord to join you on your path all through 2013, you will be blessed and a better person if you do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Brother's love and blessings,



Some words of wisdom

How many of you find that you are easily drawn into someone else's argument about our heritage? Do they hit a nerve? Do they antagonize you? Are you preoccupied with something personal and simply lash out at whoever crosses your path? What is it that causes a knee jerk reaction in you and then respond in a way that does not reflect the Southern grace and dignity that we were all raised with? I see posts, comments and articles by Southerners that make me cringe because of the tone and words they choose to use. It truly doesn't matter what point they were trying to make, because they became entangled in the web so intrically spun by the Black Widow.

Stick to the facts. Have references ready so when they doubt what you say, which they will do, you have something to back yourself up. Don't resort to derogatory remarks about the north. TEACH, TEACH and TEACH some more. Above all else, use words and behavior that will reflect honor and respect for our heritage and those who came before us.

"Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." ~ 2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NIV) ~

Jesus Christ, endured so much more than any of us have or ever will have to, yet He kept his grace and dignity through it all. He died on the cross for you and for me. Let each of us always remember what He did for us and maintain our dignity and composure when we speak and/or write.

Deo Vindice!!

Some words of wisdom from my Dear Sister,
Eileen Parker Zoellner


A Confederate CHRISTmas Elizabethton, Tennessee

SCV, Tennessee Confederate Flaggers and Southern Legal Resource Center, Memorial Service Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton, Tennessee, Dec. 15th. 2012. Making a stand for our Confederate heroes, flags and heritage. What have you done lately?


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No Escape

The nation is quickly coming to a place where there is no escape; the truism that as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America has no contradiction;" the South was well within its legal rights to separate itself from the broken contract forged with those of the North who opposed that separation". There are a lot bills that would come due payable to the people and region of the South, if the whole of the nation come to accept this fact.

Southern social and cultural genocide must take place because this is where the aforementioned idea festers and permeates into the thinking process of the citizenry. First break their spirit, (attack the one symbol that defines them as Southern); " the Confederate Battle Flag" ~ Brother H. K. Edgerton

Why did our ancestors fight

Why did our ancestors fight against Northern tyranny? I think the following quote sums it up as best as I have ever heard.

"No man volunteered to fight for the Confederacy who was not prompted to do so by the most natural and the most powerful incentives that can influence human conduct. Each and every of them felt that, whether personally responsible for bringing on the dreadful issue or not, in shouldering his gun to meet it, he was defending not only his heritage of liberty, but his home and property from the lawless hand of the invader, who sought to subjugate them to his will -- that he was obeying the first law of nature, and was therefore justified in the sight of God and man."

Hon. A.M. Waddell of Wilmington, formerly Lieutenant-Colonel, CSA.

(An Address Before the Association Army of Northern Virginia, October 28, 1887)



He Was Red All Along

by Al Benson Jr.

For literally decades we were told that Nelson Mandela was not a Communist, that this accusation was thrown at him only so the forces  of apartheid could stigmatize him before the world. We were told his only crime was wanting equal treatment for blacks in South Africa, that he was really a South African patriot--and on and on the usual drivel went.

Now, after South Africa has basically gone Communist (is there a lesson for the US here?) we are informed that Mandela was, after all, a Communist. What a surprise! Some of us knew this forty years ago. People like the John Birch Society were smeared as "Red baiters" for telling the truth that Mandela lied about. In an article by Colin Freeman and Jane Flanagan that was on appeared the following: "For decades, it was one of the most enduring disputes of South Africa's anti-apartheid  struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the white-only government at the time alleged? ...Now nearly half a century after the court case  that made him the world's best-known prisoner of conscience, a new book claims that whatever the wider injustice perpetrated,  the apartheid-era prosecutors were indeed right on one question:  Mr. Mandela was a Communist Party member after all."

The article continues: "But research by a British historian, Professor Stephen Ellis, has unearthed fresh evidence that during his early years as an activist, Mr. Mandela did hold senior rank in the South African Communist Party, or SACP. He says Mr. Mandela joined the SACP to enlist the help of the Communist superpowers for the ANC's campaign of armed resistance to white rule."

Let's get one thing straight. If Mandela was a Communist then his first, primary concern was to further whatever agenda the Communist Party in his country put forward, not to help black people. Communists are noted the world over for using black people as cannon fodder in their "wars of resistance." So if Mandela was, indeed, Red, then his first loyalty was to the Party and not his people.

The British researcher, after noting Mandela's Party membership, goes on to talk about how "magnanimous" Mandela was to all South Africans. Communists are not magnanimous people. That doesn't fit into their agenda for world governance, which, contrary to popular opinion, they still have.

Just another case of the public, world-wide, being lied to by the media movers and shakers. What else is new?

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians
By Walter Cisco
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Flagger Price. $16.47

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This is the untold story of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy. Styled the "Black Flag" campaign, it was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864. Cisco reveals the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder of civilians. Carefully researched largely from primary sources, this examination also gives full attention to the suffering of Black victims of Federal brutality.

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Call To Flagging!

Waynesville , North Carolina Dec. 17th Starts at 10:00a.m.

This will be at the Haywood Co. Courthouse, prior to the County Commisioners meeting at 5:30 p.m.

In attendance will be new SCV camp formed there, Kirk David Lyons of SLRC and also the Mechanized Unit of the SCV.

All that can show support from the TCF or any other's interested will be greatly appreciated.

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:
Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)
Bristol, Tenn. 37620

Call To Flagging!


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Vulgarity OK Confederate Flag not!

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"Does the propriety of discussing the causes of the War Between the States belong exclusively to Northern writers and speakers? Did the South, when she laid down her arms, surrender the right to state in self-justification her reasons for taking them up? If not, I fail to see how it can be improper, when perpetuating the memory of the Confederate dead, at least to attempt to correct false and injurious representations of their aims and deeds and to hand down their achievements to posterity as worthy of honorable remembrance." ~ Robert Catlett Cave 1911


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We want three things

“We want three things: powder, ball and brandy; and we have three things to sell: men, women and children." African Chief

“but the inescapable fact that stuck in my craw was: my people had sold me…..My own people had exterminated whole nations and torn families apart for a profit before the strangers got their chance for a cut. It was a sobering thought." Zora Neale Hurston - considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.

The British diplomat Wilmot, explained to King Gelele: "England has been doing her utmost to stop the slave trade in this country. Much money has been spent, and many lives sacrificed to obtain this desirable end, but hitherto without success. I have come to ask you to put an end to this traffic and to enter into some treaty with me."

Defending the Heritage



December 15th 2:00 p.m. at Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton Tennessee.

This Event is sponsored by the Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton, TN.

Invocation: The Rev. Rick Morrell, Commander, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Salute to the Confederate Flag.

Commemoration of the Confederate Veterans Interred in Green Hill Cemetery: Bill Hicks, Aide- de-Camp, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Commemoration of the 123 Anniversary of the Death of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis: Bill Dennison, Guest Speaker, Walker Terry Camp #1758, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Wreath Laying at the Memorial to Confederate Veterans of Carter County, Tennessee: Order of Confederate Rose, Chapter #11 Wild Mountain Roses of Elizabethton, Order of the Black Rose, Mrs. Clara Ingram Craft and Mrs. Jackie Weaver Dennison.

Benediction: The Rev. Rick Morrell, Commander, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Members of The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers will be there showing support for Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 and our Confederate heroes.

Join with us.

Brother's love and blessings,

PoP Aaron

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:
Col Mike Shaffer (Doc) or (423)652-0213

Brother Bill Hicks, TFG Sergeant of The Line.
PoP Aaron
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