PoP's Southern Thangs: December 2014


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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