The Erasure Of The Southern Heritage

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 11 months ago

Roy Cooper has called for the removal of Confederate monuments on North Carolina state property.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says Confederate monuments “should come down” and wants the legislature to repeal a law preventing state and local governments from removing them permanently and limiting their relocation.

In a message posted Tuesday on the website Medium, Cooper said North Carolina “cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery.”

This is worth a bit of discussion.  Before the war between the states, the understanding that it was a war “against the United States of America” presupposes the outcome of the war.  Or in other words, membership is said states was seen as the right of association, and secession was seen as the exercise of that right.

Furthermore, no one I know who really understands the war between the states thinks that it was fought over slavery.  In order to understand the thinking at the time, one must understand that slavery was on its way out, would not have lasted, and was effectively obsolete given industrialization.

My now-deceased professor, Dr. C. Gregg Singer, could quote sermons from R. L. Dabney and James Henley Thornwell virtually from memory, as well as many lesser known pastors in the South.  None of the discussions at the time had to do with preserving slavery, but they all pointed to whether the states could allow a centralized government to dictate to them much of anything seen as rightfully under the control of the states.

The notion that the war between the states was fought “in defense of slavery” is nothing more than virtue-signaling by Cooper, or else he is an idiot.  Reverence to confederate monuments has to do with a philosophy of decentralized government, not slavery, smaller government, not more control, reverence for time-honored institutions, and liberty from a quarrelsome, meddlesome government and ruling class.

Roy Cooper’s project in North Carolina won’t be the last you see of this.  Stone Mountain is next, and then CNN has an entire list of monuments they think need to come down, essentially all of them.  This is a war against what America was, and what the progressives want it to become, with the skirmishes (and ultimately the larger battles to come) being so much the better because it justifies more state control for the purpose of safety, security and stability.  You can see law enforcement in the role of national stability operations as we speak, and even aiding and assisting the transition.  The police will never say there isn’t a need for greater stability.

Now, enter the fake-conservative Rich Lowry, at National Review.

… his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against the picturesque town where Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. The statue of Lee was already slated for removal by the city, but the Battle of Charlottesville should be an inflection point in the broader debate over Confederate statuary.

The monuments should go. Some of them simply should be trashed; others transmitted to museums, battlefields, and cemeteries. The heroism and losses of Confederate soldiers should be commemorated, but not in everyday public spaces where the monuments are flashpoints in poisonous racial contention, with white nationalists often mustering in their defense.

[ … ]

For supporters of the Confederate monuments, removing them from parks and avenues will be a blow against their heritage and historical memory. But the statues have often been part of an effort to whitewash the Confederacy. And it’s one thing for a statue to be merely a resting place for pigeons; it’s another for it to be a fighting cause for neo-Nazis.

I have nothing to do with neo-Nazis, and my knowledge of the culture of the South, the lead up to the war between the states, and how my brethren in the South see their station in life now far surpasses anything Lowry could muster.  He’s just virtue-signaling as well, just like Cooper.  The good news for him is that this seals his place in the Cocktail parties in the beltway.  He can continue to drink with his progressive buddies in peace and respect.

The bracing news for the rest of us is that this battle is coming our way, and no one has the stomach to tell the truth about things, certainly not the fake conservatives inside the beltway or in Northeast.  Monuments are just that, symbols.  They are important symbols to be sure, but in the end they are still just symbols.  What’s significant is that they represent the first fruits of the war against Southern and conservative culture.  The progressives won’t stop with symbols.

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  1. On August 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm, Brock Townsend said:

    Confederate is capitalized.

  2. On August 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Done. Initially I couldn’t find it, but it’s right there in the top line.

  3. On August 16, 2017 at 1:06 am, TheAlaskan said:

    It will not end with Confederate symbols. Christian “symbols” have been disappearing across the Nation for decades. Americana is under assault and has been for decades. Mt Rushmore will have to be removed like Stone Mountain. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves.

    When I leave my remote home in the interior forest of Alaska, and travel to Fairbanks, or sometimes, Anchorage, each time, I am more and more shocked at the culture I am witnessing, and each time, it seems more depraved than the last time leaving the bush. Men and Women tattooed grotesquely, shrapnel sticking out of every prominence on their faces. Fat, fatter and fattest woman with blue, red, purple hair…all wearing black spandex pants up to their first spare tire, giving me the, “am I sexy or what stare.” Men now wearing their hair up in buns. What.The. Fuck!

    I know…I’m aging myself, but really, this shit is happening fast…even up here in Alaska. I don’t have much faith in the future of America. When God is removed from public reverence and an unborn child is valued less than red hair, facial tackle, and tattooed “sleeves” on women (and men,) then soon, will cometh the reaper who will have his way in the Apocalypse of our own making.

  4. On August 16, 2017 at 7:39 am, Fred said:

    Commies who intend to erase your history intend to erase you. It’s never not happened. They will not stop. They will never stop until millions are dead and millions more enslaved.

    See @Alaskan’s last para. War, famine, and pestilence are the tools God uses to reaffix his people firmly back on Him. As much as I respect the preppers, nothing can save us from the day of the LORD’s wrath. When you have a problem with God, only God can fix it. Read that last again.

  5. On August 16, 2017 at 10:19 am, Joe said:

    Great post … here’s a link to an similarly excellent discussion by Paul Craig Roberts…

  6. On August 16, 2017 at 11:52 am, Pat Hines said:

    Rich Lowery is a recidivist, pencil-necked neocon who would even embarrass the late William F. Buckley, Jr. who was an embarrassment to his father, a charter member of the America First Committee.

    I keep hoping to read that Lowery is found in a tryst with Lindsey Graham, but no joy so far.

    He is a disgusting individual.

  7. On August 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm, Joe said:

    City of Baltimore removed Confederate monuments last night …

  8. On August 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm, Joe said:

    Herschel — Sent you an email…did you get it?

  9. On August 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm, Mack said:

    This proves that the imprudent election of Cooper has much more to do with American culture than just the so-called ‘bathroom bill’ — the Erasure, Soviet-style of all American tradition.

    Soon, America will become america.

  10. On August 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    Roy Cooper won because McCrory supported the toll lane on I-77. For no other reason than that. Granted, we had legal obligations to the contractor the idiot in officer before McCrory worked us into, but if McCrory had fought that tooth and nail, he would have won. Voting cut right down party lines, with a few deserting McCrory because of the toll lane. Cooper won by only a few thousand votes. Now he preaches to NC as if we need him as our conscience.

  11. On August 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm, Pat Hines said:

  12. On August 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm, Bill Robbins said:

    Alaskan man-buns. What is the world coming to?

  13. On August 17, 2017 at 1:08 am, Joshua Smith said:

    The civil war was fought over aggressive taxation by the North. If you’re being told otherwise, you’re being lied to. There are reams and reams of text that spell out exactly what was going on; there’s no need to guess.

    What I have seen break through to the streets over the last year looks not unlike the events leading up to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. It’s uncanny, even, so far as I am studied in it (which is by no means exhaustive).

    This is all designed, every bit of it. It’s been a slow burn for the last four decades, but it’s accelerating now.

    Our country is in distress. Our great Second Amendment will be our only haven. Exercise it.

  14. On August 17, 2017 at 9:48 am, Herschel Smith said:


  15. On August 17, 2017 at 11:34 am, Joshua Smith said:

    Exactly what I’m speaking to. But you don’t have to take the author’s word. There are many historical texts from that time period that lay it all out. The Civil War was a war of Northern aggression and exploitation. The North purposely impoverished the South and then sent evil, wicked men to raze its cities, burn its crops, and slaughter its livestock. These same men later went on to wage wicked violence against Native Americans so that their baron overlords’ railways could be built on the backs of Chinese slaves.

    The history has been rewritten and taught to children in federal indoctrination camps (schools) for decades and decades. But nothing has changed. The rich still maintain a monopoly of violence and use it as necessary to ensure their continued power and wealth.

    Every social issue since the 1960s has been designed for the purpose of stripping culture and identity from the people.

    It is sickening.

  16. On August 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm, Archer said:

    Touching on something Backwoods Engineer said:

    Here in my AO, there is a roadside memorial on the site where a teenage girl was struck by a vehicle and killed. It’s not an unusual occurrence, these memorials, although this one has persisted for much longer than most (about 10 years or so). The grass has been cleared in the shape of a heart, about six feet wide, with a nice border of river rocks, and fresh flowers. Her parents maintain it, bring new flowers weekly, pull the weeds, etc.

    It had a cross planted in the heart, too. “Had”, as in, it’s been removed. The memorial is on city property (the roadside berm), and “someone” made a stink and threatened to sue the city over this “religious symbol posted on city property”. So the city forced the girl’s parents to remove the cross, and they complied.

    Here’s the rub: That “someone” doesn’t live in our town, or even in our state, but is on a personal crusade to have ALL religious symbols removed from ALL public areas, so that she and other atheists like her don’t have to see them in the highly-unlikely event they ever visit our town.

    The end-game of that attitude — that “freedom of religion” really means “freedom from religion” — will eventually see Arlington National Cemetery bulldozed, because a few atheists (or Muslims) are offended at seeing so many crosses in one place, and on federal property.

  17. On August 17, 2017 at 1:13 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    Hmm … I was just wondering, in Dystopia-America, would the screeching atheists have time to worry over such things, or would it be all about finding food, fuel and potable water?

  18. On August 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm, Joe said:

    Found these quotes on … somehow think they are germane to everything we now see in the MSM headlines and editorials.

    “When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.”

    ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Volume 2

    “Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way, however. It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul. The master no longer says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you with is worse than death.”

    ― Alexis de Tocqueville

  19. On August 19, 2017 at 9:22 am, Randolph Scott said:

    It is time to start a serious national movement to take down all MLK statues and rename all Martin Luther King Blvd’s. in every city. I am serious this needs to happen. Fuck BLM and their other communists friends.

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