Texas will turn blue before it’s over with its local Neocons in charge.

Former sports announcer and Bankrupt, now Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick has decided that his historical acumen can bring Texas forward into the true modern way of thinking.  That is, the South is and always had been a bunch of ignorant savages. But no more. If con men such as he can remake his fortune via politics and radio blather then he can make Texas not just “purple” but “blue.” These sorts of politicians are the reason Ted Cruz won by such a narrow margin in November. At least we’ll have him for six more years.

Patrick has simply pulled Governor Greg Abbot by the political lapels. Shame on the Governor, too. In Texas, the Lt. Governor is the most powerful office in the state, which is where most of the blame for this non-conservative nonsense comes from.  Together they are driving conservatives away.

Both have decided on going politically expedient regarding a plaque in the state capitol building, put up in 1959. The plaques is labeled: “The Creed of the Children of the Confederacy.”

Because we desire to perpetuate in love and honor the heroic deed of those who enlisted in the Confederate services and upheld its flag for four years of war, we the children of the South have united in an organization called the Children of the Confederacy in which our strength enthusiasm and love of justice can exert its influence. We, therefore pledge ourselves to preserve pure ideals; to honor the memory of our beloved Veterans; to study and teach the truths of history (one of the most important, which is, that the War Between the States was not a rebellion, nor was the underlying cause to sustain slavery) and always to act in a manner that will reflect honor on our noble and patriotic ancestors.

Those are the words of conservatism.

Patrick et al cower from the likes of black Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson who says, regarding the creed:

“It really tells some pretty clear lies in clear text…who can say the Civil War wasn’t a rebellion when we called the people who participated, and they called themselves, the people who participated in the war Rebels.”

Consider what award winning (and black) economist, well-known author and historical student Dr. Walter E. Williams of George Mason University says:

THE PROBLEMS THAT LED TO THE CIVIL WAR are the same problems today —- big, intrusive government. The reason we don’t face the specter of another Civil War is because today’s Americans don’t have yesteryear’s spirit of liberty and constitutional respect, and political statesmanship is in short supply.

Actually, the war of 1861 was not a civil war. A civil war is a conflict between two or more factions trying to take over a government. In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was no more interested in taking over Washington than George Washington was interested in taking over England in 1776. Like Washington, Davis was seeking independence. Therefore, the war of 1861 should be called “The War Between the States” or the “War for Southern Independence.” The more bitter southerner might call it the “War of Northern Aggression.”

The South did not rebel.  They seceded lawfully, as had the Colonies in 1776. Lincoln rebelled in 1861 when he unlawfully called for troops to invade the Southern states. Lincoln was the rebel. Lincoln, indeed, was the traitor. The South fought in defense of federalism; Lincoln raised troops to fight for nationalism and tariffs for the national treasury.

Patrick and Abbott are typical would-be conservatives who are no more conservative than the street corner neoconservatives who feed off of racism and pseudo history. If these political pros have researched history with any degree of primary source studies it is unclear.

Of course, the Southerners who were labeled Rebels accepted the notion only in the same sense as the Colonists excepted the appellation in 1776. As early as 1765 Patrick Henry in opposition to The Stamp Act: “if this be treason, let us make the most of it”. Patrick Henry was hardly a traitor. He was loyal to the covenant that the British Crown had originally agreed to for each independent colony.

What is disturbing about creatures like Patrick is often they are heard hiding behind the Bible with some paraphrased (edited) nonsense that The South was wrong. Had they truly studied some of the great theologians such as R.L. Dabney or James Henry Thornwell instead of modern on-stage glory hounds calling themselves evangelists, they might understand that the South was right. The South was for federalism, not slavery. 

Both North and South were at the historical end of an unfortunate labor system that had been used in the expanding western world for 200 years. But the South certainly would not foster great men like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson or Jefferson Davis to lead a war over this system. And it certainly did not offer up as sacrifice one out of every four lives to have such a war. But Lincoln would—and did. His soul was as dark as his beard.

The references to the support of slavery in the various states’ secession edicts were not in support of enslaving people but in response to abolitionists desires to repatriate slaves to Africa. Among the greatest of these promoters of repatriation, of course, was Abraham Lincoln.  The comments by Southern secessionists on the nature of slavery was no different than in the North. Lincoln stared an illegal war to keep the South and its wealth within the American System (national) and not to free the slaves.

By the way, Governor Patrick, no slave ship ever sailed from a Southern port. All slave ships were of Northern registry and financed by Yankee slavers. North was the navigation society. South the agrarian.

But this constant popular notion that the South and its conservative heart are evil racists who hated the country and hated blacks is the driving force behind the so-called red states changing color. It isn’t a result of children like Alexandria Casio Cortez, or hustlers like Bernie Sanders or Al Sharpton. That ilk will fade into the environs of stupidity and unkindness. The historical dustbin as is said.

But it is the timid moderates like the Dan Patricks and Greg Abbotts and their kissing cousins the Neocon Bushes, Cheneys, Mark Levins and Victor Davis Hansons who will force Texas into purple—then blue. Ted Cruz was forced to the edge. But time had not run out on him and he has survived. But, Governor Abbott, and Lt Governor Patrick be careful. You guys are going to have your own Beto bomb ahead of you.

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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