Why is the war on the Confederacy still going on today?
by Bob Livingston
America and Americans are saturated with propaganda about everything. You can’t find the truth in the media and political system with a search warrant.
Is the big lie serious? Yes, indeed! Propaganda alters brain chemistry, controls parameters of thought and triggers controlled response mechanisms.
You will never get the truth from the controlled media. The inner elite who rule the world control all major sources of the media, as I told you in “The battle for your mind.” (For the record, conservatives, this includes Fox News.)
The media use very carefully and deliberately prescribed organized propaganda to build a thought system which subverts the population to think and act in perfect harmony with the system. People literally do not think their own thoughts. This allows cover for the ruling class and their nefarious activities. Evidence of this can be seen in the widespread dogpiling on the removal of all vestiges of Southern culture and heritage and the images of the Confederacy and the old South.
Attempts to whitewash Southern culture from existence and distort the true nature of the Confederate cause, fueled by Northern progressive elites (in and out of both major political parties) white apologists and race hucksters and agitators, have been ongoing since Appomattox. In fact, assaults on Southern culture began long before Fort Sumter and, as I will describe, was a major precipitator of the Southern secession.
But the whitewashing has reached a fever pitch of late, touching the absurd heights of calls to remove Confederate emblems from Civil War battlefield museums, the iconic carvings of President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from Stone Mountain, and even extending to exhuming the remains of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from their graves in Memphis.
One wonders how future historians will tell the tale of the so-called “Civil War” and “Great Emancipator” when all vestiges of the Confederacy have been shoved down the memory hole and there is no longer a “traitorous and rebellious” enemy for the North to vanquish in order to “preserve the union.”
This is no coincidence. It is part of the long-term war on liberty, independent thought and rural America and the attempted destruction of the predominantly white, productive American middle class.
In the United States, the dismantling of the middle class has become the appointed, full-time task of the largest government alphabet soup agencies. Wall Street has been enrolled in the effort as well, to assure the success of globalism. Their logic is that if those big middle-class producers and consumers can be decimated once and for all, then they can join the ranks of low-wage workers, as in Asia and Central America. When the stock market blows this time, that will certainly be the effect.
Globalism is the ultimate form of collectivism. Globalism as a permanent aspect of American government was enshrined in the 20th century, beginning with the Woodrow Wilson administration and World War I and culminating in an irrevocable, imperialistic, military presence all over the world.
The middle class — particularly the Middle and Southern American middle class (flyover country, so called) — is the globalist’s chief nemesis. For as they are the world’s greatest producers, middle-class Americans by and large are more independent, self-reliant and also demand equitable reward for their labor and product, placing them in competition for resources and goods with the global elite. And they stand in the way of the march toward a socialist/Marxist “utopia” in the minds of the globalists and collectivists.
It is for this reason that there is a growing cadre of Northern progressives advocating for the South — in fact, all “Red States” — to leave because it is “holding America back.”
A solid block of Southern states continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, thus squashing one of the linchpins of the president’s health-care reform. The South will likely be the last and most stubborn battleground in the fight for gay marriage. Gun control? The more the two sides seem to get cozier with each other, the faster gun-control legislation gets watered down — and more and more red states are passing laws making it legal to carry a concealed weapon. As for immigration, the red states seem to be relaxing their anti-immigrant fervor, but nothing approaching new legislation is even on the horizon.
The sad truth is that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” can only be achieved at this point if the nation is split in half. Far from being fanciful or fanatical, the proponents of secession have a stronger grasp of political reality than just about anyone else. In fact, there are serious reasons why the North itself should take the lead in a secessionist movement.
This is a growing movement among liberal policymakers at Gamechanger Salon, a secretive closed echo chamber forum of progressive leaders, activists and journalists.
The greatest blows to the middle class were the income tax and so-called “free trade” deals like NAFTA and GATT, because socialist economic warfare is the most reliable way to transfer the wealth of middle-class Americans to the elite without awakening their complaint. Indeed, because of the altruistic propaganda attached to socialism, Americans often believe that their wealth (and, thus, their own destruction) is necessary to “save the world.”
The Confederacy and the Confederate Battle Flag are symbols of rebellion against an overreaching, socialistic, highly centralized and authoritarian government; so it’s no wonder the elite power brokers want it erased from memory. While it was waved by racists during the Civil Rights movement, so was the American flag in at least equal numbers. In fact, the American flag flew over a “racist America” far longer than the Confederacy stood as a nation. These facts demonstrate the abject hypocrisy and vapid thought processes of the elites, the race hucksters and their MSM propaganda machine.
But as it was truly a symbol of standing against tyranny, the Confederate Battle Flag was also waved by protesters demonstrating against Soviet oppression in the 1980s and is seen as a symbol against oppressive government today.
Contrary to what you were taught in school and the propagandists continue to convey ad nauseam, the secession of the Southern states was neither an act of rebellion nor an act of hostility against the union. It was a separation from a voluntary contract that joined states in a common bond. But that bond was developing — in the minds of many — into an increasingly repressive institution.
The victory of the Republican Abraham Lincoln cemented in the minds of Southerners that their culture was doomed, as Michael F. Holt writes in his book, “The Political Crisis of the 1850s”:
Since the 1840s, Southerners had insisted that slavery restriction was a denial of Southern equality in the nation; in the 1850s Democrats echoed that theme when vilifying Republicans’ free-soil principles. Thus, Southern Rights, and not positive desires for expansion, remained central in the territorial issue of the 1850s. Just as with the Republicans, however, the slavery extension issue was often but a pretext for secessionists. The essence of their message was that Republicanism was antirepublican… Because the Republicans organized exclusively as a Northern party, government by the Republicans could not possibly be government of, by, or for the Southern people. By insisting that the Northern majority rule, moreover, the Republicans persistently identified the South as a minority that was inherently unequal and inferior. Southerners, insisted the secessionists, could not and would not tolerate that degradation… Without question the most persistent theme in secessionist rhetoric was not the danger of the abolition or restriction of black slavery, but the infamy and degradation of submitting to the rule of a Republican majority. To acquiesce in Lincoln’s election, to allow his inauguration, was to legitimize and accept the Republican doctrine that Southerners were inferior to Northerners and should not have an equal voice in the government.
Prior to the bombardment of Fort Sumter — an incident instigated by Lincoln, who went back on his word regarding resupplying the fort while negotiations were underway over returning it to South Carolina’s control — there was widespread sentiment in the North in favor of allowing the South to peacefully secede, writes Thomas J. DiLorenzo in “The Real Lincoln.”
This sentiment was so pervasive, in fact, that there were individual secession movements in what at the time were called “middle states” — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The states, which accounted for more than 40 percent of the country’s gross national product, contained three types of secessionists: those who wanted to join the Southern Confederacy, those who wished to form their own “Central Confederacy,” and those who simply preferred to allow the South to go in peace rather than essentially destroying the Union by holding it together by military force.
The separation by the Confederate states held true to the words in the Declaration of Independence written less than 100 years prior that pronounced it was the right of the people to alter or abolish any government that became destructive of the ends of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
So we see that secession was not a wholly Southern construct, nor was 1860 the first time it was discussed. On Dec. 15, 1814, delegates from the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire convened at the Hartford Convention Center. They met in secret for three weeks to draft a protest against the U.S. involvement in the War of 1812 and to seek concessions for its battered economy. Separation, the word of the day for secession, was discussed as a possible remedy. But the moderates, fearing such a move would spark a civil war, quelled the effort.
Upon learning of the movement, Thomas Jefferson said, “If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation … to a continuance in the union …. I have no hesitation in saying, ‘Let us separate.’”
That seemed to mirror his thoughts expressed in his first inaugural address when said, “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it.”
As economist and George Mason professor Walter E. Williams writes:
Secession is not protection against establishing a government to prevent the abolishment of slavery. The key issue in the right to secession is not separating oneself from a government that prevents the “self-determination” of “peoples,” but separating oneself from a government that fails in its purpose: the protection of individual rights. (Emphasis his.)
There is a growing secession movement in the country fueled mainly by Middle-American and Southern middle-class people fed up with 1) the failed American system of representative government that no longer represents the people but instead does the bidding of the crony capitalists and banksters; and 2) government promotion of cultural decadence, humanism and universalism and of the destruction of long-held morality and the Christian faith, as championed by the undocumented alien occupying the Rainbow House and his LGBT agitators.
The ramped-up efforts to destroy the last vestiges of the independent spirit and middle-class culture are part of the ongoing struggle of the globalists, collectivists and cultural Marxists to maintain their grip on power until One World Governance is cemented.
But the Obama regime’s war on the middle class and Middle and Southern America does not end there. In fact, it is just getting started with the Obama Housing and Urban Development Department’s new Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule, finalized and announced on July 8, which is a direct assault through social re-engineering, on every American neighborhood, and which has been hidden or papered over by the mainstream propaganda media for some two years.