by Jeff Melton
Every day, you are likely to pick up a newspaper or watch on the television some attack on Southern culture. Recently, the cowardly Virginia legislature voted against the recognition of a Confederate history month. Of course, they, like all other Southern states, continue to recognize the black history month shoved down the throats of children at government schools.
During the process of the vote in the Virginia legislature, idiotic comments from the left abounded, including Richmond Senator Henry Marsh suggesting that having a Confederate History Month would be like having a Third Reich History and Heritage Month, and called the mere idea of a Confederate History Month repugnant. Richard Saslaw and Janet Howell, also in the Virginia Senate, made similar idiotic remarks.
Will these idiots be voted out of office? Perhaps they will, if they are not in safe districts, gerrymandered so that liberals like themselves would have a safe seat. However, there is another problem as well so prevalent among Southern peoplethe tolerance for idiotic attacks like this against our culture without even attempting to do anything about it.
This problem is not unique to Virginia, and I certainly have no desire to single that state out. The problem exists in my home state of North Carolina as well, and Im certain that, regardless of where you live, you can cite other examples in your respective states. I wish we could just say that the problem only exists in a certain area, but there is plenty of inactivity and apathy to go around. This is a serious problem for anyone who really wants to see the Confederacy put in the proper light, and is deadly to any hope of rejuvenating out people to shake free of their political bondage.
We can look at what happens whenever there is even an imagined attack against liberal icons. There have been areas that had snow make-up days on the day set aside to honor the lefts favorite pervert and plagiarist, Michael King. When that happened, those who made the decisions were immediately labeled as racist, insensitive, etc. You know, the typical liberal attack phrases.
However, what happens when the Jefferson Davis statue in Louisiana is vandalized, when some idiot writes an editorial condemning the South (or otherwise shows their media bias with the way the article is written on a given subject), or when the Confederacy is attacked by cowardly politicians and other scalawags? The silence is deafening. Southerners do not get together and respond, as they should. Why is this?
It is true that the media hates the South. The media takes great glee in launching attacks against the Southern people, against Southern states in general, and against anything that bears any resemblance to the Confederacy or the heroes of the Confederacy. That cannot be denied. This should, however, act as a catalyst to angry Southerners responding to these attacks. In most cases, it does not. The trickle of mail sent to local papers or other media outlets whenever such attacks come are so small that the media outlets can easily overlook them as inconsequential, much the same way that the Democratic Party has come to write off the South as a whole, knowing it can win without us. It is easy to dismiss a few people off as nutcases, or just to ignore them altogether. However, what would happen if, every time there was a negative editorial about the Confederacy, that papers mailboxes and/or fax machines were loaded down with fiery responses from Southerners who are proud of who they are, and where they came from?
Think about it. If, every time you see a piece of news coverage claiming the Confederacy existed to perpetuate slavery, or analogizing it to the Nazi movement in Germany; if, every time that happened, that paper received a deluge of letters in response to that news piece, what would happen? Lets take that a little further. Lets say that, in addition to the critical letters, that same number of subscribers to that paper also cancelled their subscriptions (and made it perfectly clear why they were doing so) to that newspaper. How long, under those conditions, do you think it would take for the paper to wake up and realize that it had to stop attacking the Southland? What do you think is the major motivating factor of these newspaper publishers? Making political statements? No, thats just the leftist article writers and editors (thats not to say, of course, that the publishers arent also leftists). Oh, they like to spread their vision of liberal utopia, and their politically correct dogma to the readers/watchers. However, their primary consideration is making money. You hit their wallets, and youll make a statement that they will listen to.
A few years ago, there was a major rally in Columbia, South Carolina. It was very well attended by proud Southerners who were interested in keeping the Confederate battle flag on the capitol dome. Estimates range from 10,000-40,000 people in attendance at that event (the media reports are always the lowest estimates). Shortly afterwards, the NAACP sponsored a rally that supposedly had much larger numbers. Of course, there are some differences. The NAACP bussed in their thralls, many of whom were not working, whereas those who came to the Confederate rally were working men and women who had to drive the distance on their own. However, we should all be very proud of the fact that so many of our fellows marched in Columbia. Unfortunately, those numbers have not been generated since that time.
Because of the fact that Southerners will not rise up and stand up for their heritage, the enemies of the Southhate groups such as the NAACP the SPLC, as well as the cowardly politicians who continue to pander to themhave gotten bolder in their comments. In the current Democratic primaries, for instance, attacks against the Confederate battle flag have come with increasing frequency. The flag and its supporters have been labeled racist, divisive, etc. However, those bigots who make those comments fail to see the bigotry and hatred in their own remarks. Dont worry, though. They are the faithful and cannot be changed. They just need to be corrected, and frequently, by those who are unafraid to do so.
Throughout the South, you will find dedicated patriots who really want to defend the South and bring about meaningful change in their respective states and communities. These could be members of the League of the South, the SCV, or members of the various Southern parties. These people continue to defend the South against increasing attacks. Needless to say, they are labeled racist, divisive, etc. by the media. They have come to expect that. The problem, however, is that so many have stood by on the sidelinesoften suited up with plenty of ammunition to assist those actively defending the South from those attacksand have chosen to do nothing but watch what is transpiring around them. Some are scared of losing their jobs or their place in the community. Others may approve of what is being said, but prefer not to get involved themselves. Still others prefer to keep quiet, so as not to stir up problems for themselves or their families. Oftentimes they allow their children to be indoctrinated with the liberal, anti-Southern dogma in the government school system because they want their children to do well. However, they dont stop to consider what kind of world they are helping to create for their children, or how their children will view their own heritage if this dogma is left unchecked by reason and history truth.
In most Southern states, there is a Southern Party or Southern Independence Party that is trying to grow and help bring about change for the people of those states. In most cases, these parties have a fraction of the numbers they should have. They cannot build faster because there are so few who are willing to volunteer their time, or to otherwise become active to bring about the changes that we all want in our own states. This is true of the League of the South, the SCV, and other organizations as well. Their memberships should be much larger, and their members should be much more active.
We should all be reminded of the words of a true Southern patriot, Patrick Henry, who lived during a time that his words could have brought about his death. During this time, he made the following statement:
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things that so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it
If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Can we afford to maintain the status quo, where the enemies of the South continue their assaults against our culture, our flags, and our way of life? Can we continue to allow our cowardly politicians to stand silent against such attacksor, worse, to join in the attacks themselves? Do we not vote for these politicians? And, can we not send a message to them at the polls? To continue to allow enemies of the South to remain in office is tantamount to treason.
In government schools throughout the South, children have been suspended for wearing Dixie Outfitter clothing. Do you think this would have been tolerated by the Southern people ten years ago? Twenty? Can we remain complacent in the fact of these vitriolic attacks against our people, our forefathers, and our very culture?
It is high time that we respond to anti-Southern editorials, and work with organizations who are actively trying to defend Southern culture. Join with them, work with them. You will not regret it. However, if you remain still, afraid of getting involved for whatever reason, you will soon see just what happens when our enemies become strong enough to outlaw the very presence of a Confederate flag, and you can tell your children and grandchildren that, unlike our patriotic forebears, you stood by and did nothing while you let the beloved Southland die a slow death. I dont know about the rest of you, but that is certainly something I do not want on my conscience.
Jeff Melton is the author of many articles on Southern heritage, many of which can be found on his site Southron Sentinel at http://southronsentinel.tripod.com/southron_sentinel. He is also the chairman of the Southern Party of North Carolina. When he's not busy with his duties there, he can usually be found at The Southern Republic, http://groups.msn.com/TheSouthernRepublic, a Southern heritage discussion group on MSN.