America’s talking heads on the right and left are predicting a conservative “red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections. They predict that “conservatives” will take control of both Houses of Congress. If, and that is a big if, it happens, what opportunities will it present to those of us who want to put an end to modern Reconstruction’s anti-South cancel culture? Will we be wise enough to leverage this “conservative” victory into a real political effort to halt the destruction of Southern monuments, symbols, and our honorable heritage?
When left to themselves, Republicans have a dismal history of using their control of Congress to roll back liberal legislation and an even worse record of promoting conservative values. In 2016 the GOP controlled both House and Senate and had a Republican President, but they did nothing to roll back Obama’s liberal programs. They did little to promote conservative values—big talk but little action.
Currently 19 states have passed a call for a Constitutional Convention of the States to submit to the states amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Most Southern states are in that number. But if the required number of 34 states is reached and “we the people” are not organized at the local level the amendments submitted may not be effective or worse, they may be counterproductive! If “we the people” allow the very politicians who are actively or passively responsible for our current condition to be the ones attending the Constitutional Convention, then what will be the outcome? Beelzebub will not fight against Satan! By acting locally “we the people,” if organized, can determine who will represent us at any Constitutional Convention. If the Convention submits amendments harmful to our conservative values, we will then be in an organized position to defeat state ratification of the dangerous proposed amendment. But the likelihood of such a Convention being called is slim at best. More important is to be organized at the local level to bring pressure to bear upon our Senators and Representatives—insisting that they submit legislation in Congress protecting all historical monuments placed on Federal property.
We are currently being attacked by the nation’s left-of-center political establishment. This leftist political establishment is supported by the mainline and digital media which serves as the establishment’s ministry of propaganda. We are currently in a war for our survival. This is not a war about history or a war about truth. It is an ideological war waged by neo-Marxists who are determined to destroy all traditional values—values on which our Western Christian civilization is based. We are in a political war—one in which we have been reluctant to be actively engaged. It is time for “we the people” at the local level to initiate a political effort to challenge the leftist effort to cancel Southern culture. We need to organize in every conservative Congressional District and begin attending Town Hall meetings demanding that our elected representatives in Congress submit and pass legislation that prohibits the removal of or contextualizing of all monuments on Federal property. There are enough Southern heritage organizations across the South to turn this into a reality. While 501(c)3 organizations cannot engage in direct political action, such as endorsing candidates, funding candidates, or holding rallies for specific candidates, they can, in a very limited manner, promote legislation that will advance their social goals. Members of 501(c)3 Southern heritage organizations can, as individuals, organize direct political action groups if they do not mix the activities of the two groups.
What would be the benefits of such activities? Many will dismiss this proposal because they think even a Republican controlled Congress will not pass such a bill. Or if it did pass, Biden would veto our legislation. There are at least two answers to such a “defeatist” attitude. First, the effort at Town Hall meetings and collecting of names on petitions at gun shows and local festivals will create public understanding of our Cause. It will put local and state politicians on notice that if they move against our heritage, they will incur the wrath of an organized, local, Southern heritage group. It gives us an opportunity to educate the public about the necessity of preserving our Southern heritage. Second, it sets the stage for submitting our legislation after the 2024 presidential election if conservatives elect their candidate as president.
It appears that the “silent majority” of Americans are beginning to reject Woke/politically correct leftist ideology. Southerners warned their fellow Americans that the attack against our honorable Southern heritage is just the beginning of an all-out attack upon all traditional American values. Our fellow conservative Americans ignored our warnings but today they are seeing the results of ignoring our warnings. The conservative South should shock America by initiating an effort to deny the radical left future opportunities to destroy America’s ancient monuments and symbols—such as the Confederate monument in Arlington. We have before us a golden opportunity to make a dramatic statement in defense of our Southern heritage. Will we be audacious enough to leverage this opportunity?
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Perhaps after the win, we can start teaching history in our schools again.
I always have the people who doubt my assertation, “history isn’t being taught in school” to pull up HARPER’S WEEKLY, 10 JAN 1863, REBEL NEGRO PICKETS.
Then after explaining Harper’s Weekly is the equivalent of CNN, NYTimes, WashPost, Reader’s Digest, etc. in one publication, the dear readers are asked how the Rebels could have blacks in uniform in integrated units while the north was struggling to put blacks into segregated units.
You do realize the D Day invasion was accomplished with a SEGREGATED military? I don’t think Southerners were in charge of the United States military at that time. If Southerners had been in charge, we’d already have SAVING PRIVATE RYAN on the cancelled list.
BTW, how many Southerners were disenfranchised by the 14th Amendment? Inquiring minds…
I would prefer the public school system discontinue teaching American History. Instead, I think that subject should be left in the hands of the parents. Lord knows that public school systems will never change the current narrative, and it doesn’t matter who is in control of DC. There are plenty of good sources out there to be found.
Whether proposed by a convention or by the Congress, only the most innocuous Constitutional amendments could ever be ratified. There are enough blue states to defeat anything conservatives would want and enough red states to defeat anything liberals would want. For better or worse, there is no alternative to trying to make the Constitution we have work.
If Republicans take control they will fight amongst themselves. Not get a damn thing done.
Ron Kennedy is the ONLY Southern writer to daringly propose a course of action for the South to reclaim AND advance its history, social commitments, and remain true to its Christian heritage, etc. – read, The South Was Right!
If the South is to maintain its distinct culture and identity, it must STOP relying on the Federal government to redress the wrongs committed against it. Electing ‘conservative’ politicians isn’t the answer because they aren’t conservatives – just wannabe’s who desire a place at the pig trough of government largess. Wasn’t it the Federal government that started the anti-South movement with the invasion in 1861, followed by the ‘cleansing’ of reconstruction that morphed into the era of destruction which continues today? Where is the Federal remedy for the evils visited on Dixie? When was the
South ever championed by Washington? I must have missed the day that part of history was presented.
Perhaps, a new Constitutional Convention should be called; one, like the previous ones, where it is by invite only, excluding the ‘troublesome’ states.
I have been an advocate for the South in every way. Like the Astros, every Southern person should have been supporting them against Philadelphia… Houston was your Southern team and won it! How sweet it is! This applies to everything… rallying behind destruction of any kind to our beloved Dixie. We are two countries with separate nationalism. I have no desire to be in a union where we aren’t welcome. This also means Texas. If you can’t support us we can go it alone very easy. Anyway, the point.. is that I have a lot of intel and for two years attempts have been made to wake people up with the fake Biden. You must realize that Biden never stands behind the authentic presidential seal… this is just one fact. Biden is played by an actor and our military has been in charge. There is no Congress in action. It’s all propaganda made recording on movie sets. Fact! So, fellow Southerners …you need not hesitate… the time is now and it’s wide open to reject anything that has been stuffed down your throat over the last two years. This election has been planned and the result will be the next event to wake up the people so dedicated to the establishment you can’t see the truth. Advance Dixie! There is nothing to hold us back except ourselves!
I’ve been a lot of places, Appomattox ain’t one.
Massive brainwashing since the communist civil rights takeover.
“We the people” have no representation