Progressive Neo-Confederates?

Greetings fellow neo-Confederates. You have been right all along. How do I know this? Hillary Clinton said so, and if the smartest woman in the world said it, then it has to be true. Of course, she did not directly call herself a “neo-Confederate,” but the progressives have rediscovered federalism and by default have vindicated every evil “neo-Confederate” in America.

Clinton sent a series of tweets defending the ability of the States to protect their citizens from evil right wing policies:

A reality of a Supreme Court with a right-wing majority is that the states are a new important front in protecting civil rights—especially the rights of the most vulnerable among us. Winning back state legislatures is also important in this last election before the 2020 Census. State legislatures redraw congressional districts every 10 years based on those numbers, and Democratic legislative majorities can shut down gerrymandering that disenfranchises voters. State legislature races are also a great way to make an impact as an activist. The budgets and walk lists are smaller than those of congressional races, so you can move the needle with a few volunteer hours or donations.

I thought States only destroyed civil rights? Seems Clinton is undermining the entire narrative of the Left, but it wasn’t so long ago when progressives used “think locally, act locally” to infiltrate and then dominate both major American political parties. It started at the bottom.

City zoning ordinances, direct democracy measures (recall, referendum, and initiative), prohibition, universal suffrage, universal healthcare, and a host of other “reform” policies originated in the States and found their greatest success there. And minorities in America are still better represented at the State and local level than in DC.

So are those who oppose the Cultural Marxists. States have been more effective than the central government in beating back the headlong rush into Leftist insanity. They have only been undermined by the Supreme Court.

With everyone jawing about a return to civility in American politics, we all should be reminded that American politics have never been civil. The solution was always federalism, the ability of the States to control their own “internal police.” The Constitution would not have been ratified had any “friend” of the document promised otherwise.

The real threat to civility in America has always been nationalism. We don’t need to listen to people in other States with other agendas tell us what to do. We simply need to live and let live, sweep around our own backdoor and stop thinking that every issue, no matter how small, is a “national” crisis.

Hillary Clinton and the progressives are at least rhetorically figuring this out. Their commitment would only be as lasting as their time out of power, but maybe the few clear headed sycophants among them might listen. One can hope.

Until then, you, fellow neo-Confederate, need to keep the faith that decentralization is working. Just by listening to Episode 181 of The Brion McClanahan Show, you are already out in front of the pack.

And if you already purchased a course from my McClanahan Academy, you are head and shoulders above even the media anointed smartest woman in the world. It’s always free to enroll, and those that do buy a class or five get a thorough introduction to real federalism, particularly from my latest class on American Constitutions. You don’t want to miss it.

About Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author or co-author of five books, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her (Regnery History, 2016), The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012). He received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student. He lives in Alabama with his wife and three daughters. More from Brion McClanahan

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