Kurt Schlichter wrote an interesting article on Town Hall recently entitled Liberal Attempts to Silence Dissenters Will Not End Well. I thoroughly enjoyed (and agreed with) it. There was a place for comments at the bottom and I toyed with the thought of inserting my comment which would have entailed or encapsulated the words of Lord Acton and/or Robert E. Lee after THE War. However, even those who bevel genuine conservative angles to their voices somehow will recoil when the notion is presented that the most important event in the history of the American federated republic beyond the breaking away from the British Empire was the comparable War for Southern Independence and its results.

Now the readers of the article, I suspect, are not of the Jesse Watters caliber and Schlichter seems a clear-headed type himself. But I have this deep feeling down to my bones that if anyone suggest he is a conservative and then comments on the WSI not as The Civil War, and even worse suggest that A. Lincoln was not the first Apostle since Paul, then he is only a conservative wannabe. I have seen this occur on cable news-talk discussions more than once. I doubt that I would be the exception and nobody even knows me.

Even an offhanded comment about Jefferson Davis and his concerns for the American Union have brought the ire of the T.V. or radio host or guest for not suggesting Davis was no more than a traitor and the ilk with which he associated himself: Stephens, Lee, Jackson et al. Not only that, but great British types like Lord Acton or Charles Dickens should never be mentioned in the same breath as those moderately learned men of the American South since it was clear that those ancient Brits were deceived by rich cotton planters.

Conservatives (no not Fox News with its tribe of would-be-thinker-promulgators-neocon cheerleaders; nor Southern Republicans with their Yankee lobbies) for some reason cannot tear themselves away from the absolute lie wrapped in the civil worship of civil rights and a racial potpourri of thinking that includes blaming the South for all racial historical animus from 1776 forward. However, this calculation and forethought explosion, postwar 1945, for whatever (and there are clear ones) reasons always had its mental underbelly in the Confederate States of America challenging anyone who would take from them both free labor and the right to abuse blacks. The consistent throw-out comment is something of the order of You Neo-confederates need to get over the war. The problem is they cannot get over it: the wrongness, the illegality, the cruelty, the abject savagery of Northern soldiers and the rape of the authorized American Union by the aforesaid A. Lincoln. If they conceded such, they would have to admit they are now struggling only to determine who (in a newly created national democracy) will get the most votes of whom blacks have been trained to vote one way (thank you FDR and Harry Hopkins).

Following each paragraph of Schlichter’s comments he interjected the one-liner “This will not end well.” That is the result, as per his article, of the attempt to silence conservative thought. Well, my message to those conservatives who register themselves as admirers of Lincoln, Seward, Stanton et al is the following postulation: If you do not seek a more careful study of the South, the former American Union, the Confederate States of America and the modern so-called civil rights acts to redeem blacks into a particular political party then Liberals will ultimately silence dissenters and the kind of corrupt wickedness bred into contemporary politics (at all levels) with its concomitant vile human flotsam  will continue. And, indeed, this will not end well.

Paul H. Yarbrough

I was born and reared in Mississippi, lived in both Louisiana and Texas (past 40 years). My wonderful wife of 43 years who recently passed away was from Louisiana. I have spent most of my business career in the oil business. I took up writing as a hobby 7 or 8 years ago and love to write about the South. I have just finished a third novel. I also believe in the South and its true beliefs.

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