“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell
“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” Winston S. Churchill
In our ceaseless struggle against the seemingly overwhelming forces of Cultural Marxism, political correctness, identity politics, and historical “presentism”, I believe we have great allies in an unlikely pair of 20th century Englishmen. Eric Blair, whose nom de plume was George Orwell, so despised totalitarianism that his pen name now applies to the mindless miseries that have been created by the demagogues of right and left.
And without Winston Churchill, we all would likely live in a very different and dystopian world, an “Orwellian” world.
For those of us who are daily being falsely attacked as racists and smeared as bigots by a cabal of leftist academics, politicians, and journalists, the words of those who have fought these fights before are a comfort and a blessing.
Quite simply, we are up against it. Those whose profession it is to vilify the South and Southern culture and heritage have surrounded us with their perfidious propaganda. They have enormous resources. They have a national media which is almost entirely “woke” with the maxims of the radical left. They have hundreds of millions of dollars. (The disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center alone has an endowment of $477,000,000.) Our opponents control the entire apparatus of the national Democratic Party. They seemingly have the vast majority of academia. And of course they have long had the active support of the Hollywood film industry, whose power and influence is a major determinant in American opinion.
If one believed what is being taught in our schools, read in our newspapers and seen on our televisions and at movie theatres, one would have to believe that those of us who dissent from this conventional wisdom are indeed vile and scabrous reactionaries to all that is good and decent. And that, of course, is exactly what they want you to believe.
But, and it’s a huge BUT, those who propagate this fiction are not, by a long shot, in the majority. Serious polling shows that the nation is divided in almost equal numbers about all of our social and political issues. It is obvious that the United States is politically polarized between “urban” and “heartland” viewpoints. Yet, although the “heartland” has electoral clout, as was witnessed in the last Presidential election, it has no influence on the national “narrative”. And with the notable exception of FoxTV, only one viewpoint is being force fed to our citizenry.
Our story, about who we are and what we believe, is being buried by the power of urban Interests. In fact, it is not just buried, but presented as something dark, with hateful and dangerous intent. We are being defined, brothers and sisters, by people who don’t know us and who really don’t want to know us.
But we certainly do have the wonderful right to tell them what they don’t want to hear. Here are just a few things they don’t want to hear, right off the top of my head and in no particular order of importance:
They don’t want to hear that American slavery was a Northern enterprise from beginning to end. They don’t want to hear that the Emancipation Proclamation was a cynical political move to influence Britain and France. They don’t want to hear that the worst race riots in our history have been in the North. They don’t want to hear that slavery existed in all of the colonies and in all of our original States. They don’t want to hear about Lincoln’s belief that black folks and white folks could not co-exist and that blacks should be deported to colonies elsewhere. They don’t want to comprehend Lincoln’s words in his first Inaugural Address, when he said that slavery was Constitutionally legal, and that the states should pass the Corwin Amendment to make it perpetually protected by the Constitution. They don’t want to hear that 12 American Presidents owned slaves, as did patriots like Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. They don’t want to hear that hundreds of blacks owned black slaves. They don’t want to believe that black Southerners fought for the Confederacy. They don’t want to see the War Between the States as a terrible event that should have and could have been avoided. They don’t want to believe that Lincoln could have withheld the reinforcement of Ft. Sumter and extended diplomatic overtures to save the Nation. They don’t want to hear that Reconstruction was a vindictive punishment that hobbled the South and set the nation back. (There was no “Marshall Plan for Dixie.) They do not want to hear that the American Revolution was won in the South, or that seven of our first ten Presidents were Southerners. They don’t want to hear that the current wave of cultural Marxism with its wave of attacks against Southern culture and legacy are doing very real damage to the hard won progress towards racial equality and understanding that has been made in the last five decades.
They don’t want to hear that our nation is fed up with “snowflakes”, “social justice warriors” and upper class “victims” of whatever the fashionable “oppression” is. They don’t want to acknowledge that the media has been complicit in censoring voices of dissent. (Or to accept that the same media has been complicit in the endless and omnipresent flow of sleazy “adult” entertainment available to any child of any age.)
They don’t want to hear that there is an orderly process of immigration into our nation which has worked well for a very long time. They don’t want to hear that somewhere on this Earth an American in uniform is in jeopardy, risking his or her life for our right to speak freely like this.
There is a lot that they don’t want to hear. So we must continue to raise our voices to the rooftops and press our cause at every chance. We are Southerners. We are of all colors and religions and ages. And we will be heard.
“Never, give in! Never give in! Never, never, never… In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions or honor and good sense!”
Sir Winston Churchill
The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell.