Of Apostates and Scapegoats

And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Leviticus 16: 21-2

The South is the Apostate in John Winthrop’s shining “Citty upon a Hill,” and the Southern Confederacy is the scapegoat for all its sins. Today’s righteous virtue-postings by Progressives and their political “hue and cry” against the South’s monuments honoring her soldiers is based upon their specious charges that they are monuments to Treason, Slavery, and Racism. This is “presentism” – history twisted into the service of present-day politics. Progressives – who have taken a page out of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and would level society to the lowest common denominator in the name of “Equality” – have taken a page out of George Orwell’s 1984 in order to accomplish and control it: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” But –

To accuse the Confederacy of treason, one must first wipe one’s feet on the Declaration of Independence, signed by the thirteen slave-holding Colonies that seceded from the British Empire in 1776. Lincoln’s invasion of the Southern States, which he did not recognize as being out of the Union, is treason according to Article 3, Section 3 of the U. S. Constitution. Self-defense against invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance is not. No Confederate was ever tried for treason after the war.

To claim that the Confederacy “took up arms to destroy the Union in defense of slavery” please see above. To claim that the United States waged war against the Confederacy to end slavery, one must ignore Lincoln’s emphatic disclaimer to the contrary in his First Inaugural Address, and then ignore his famous Emancipation Proclamation, issued two years later, stating plainly that slavery was alright as long as one was loyal to his government – proven the following summer when West Virginia, a so-called “slave State,” was admitted into the Union.  

As for racism, please note that the first “Jim Crow” laws originated in Northern States, prohibiting Blacks – either slave or free – from residing there. The North’s political objections to slavery in the Territories was based on the North’s strong objections to Blacks in the Territories. The sainted Lincoln – himself a White supremacist who supported his home State of Illinois’ “Jim Crow” laws – worked until the day he died to have the freed Blacks deported to Central America or back to Africa.

As for Black racism, remember that it was Black Africans who captured and sold Black Africans into slavery in the first place. Furthermore, United States Census records in the nineteenth century listed many free Black owners of slaves in both the North and the South – some owning hundreds.

So what was the War “about”? Don’t confuse the many causes of secession with the single cause of the war, which was secession itself! Follow the Yankee dollar and know the Truth. With the South’s “Cotton Kingdom” out of the Union, the North’s “Mercantile Kingdom” would collapse. So Lincoln – rejecting all peace overtures by Confederate diplomats – launched his armada against Charleston Harbor to provoke South Carolina into firing the first shot. South Carolina responded to Lincoln’s provocation just as Massachusetts – the self-anointed “Patriot State” – had responded to King George’s provocation at Lexington and Concord in 1775.

Virginia, “The Mother of States and of Statesmen,” stood solidly for the voluntary Union of 1788 she had given so much to create and perpetuate. But when Lincoln called for her troops to invade and subjugate the Confederacy, Virginia refused, indicted Lincoln for “choosing to inaugurate civil war,” and immediately seceded. Four other States (including occupied Missouri) followed her out. There stands the Truth, not with the North’s mythical “Battle-Cry of Freedom.”

Union at the point of a bayonet is slavery to a despotic government. Confederate monuments speak Truth to this Power and expose its hypocrisy. No wonder the heathen rage and have been incited to rioting, vandalizing, and tearing them down under the approving eyes of “The Party of Big Government” and its handmaidens in the media. And no wonder public schools, colleges and universities – government funded indoctrination centers for the Puritan “Citty Upon a Hill” – have cast the Truth down the Orwellian “memory hole,” and have let go the goat in the wilderness.

About H.V. Traywick, Jr.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, the author graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1967 with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Regular Commission in the US Army. His service included qualification as an Airborne Ranger, and command of an Engineer company in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. After his return, he resigned his Commission and ended by making a career as a tugboat captain. During this time he was able to earn a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond, with an international focus on war and cultural revolution. He is a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Society of Independent Southern Historians. He currently lives in Richmond, where he writes, studies history, literature and cultural revolution, and occasionally commutes to Norfolk to serve as a tugboat pilot. More from H.V. Traywick, Jr.

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