The Arkansas Times ran a story last year titled, The South shall rise again:New state rep: Confederate flag ‘a symbol of Jesus Christ.‘ The article focuses on Republican Loy Mauch, elected to represent House District 26 near Hot Springs. A former head of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans post in Hot Springs, Mauch calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of Jesus Christ,” and is a current member of The League of the South, a group which works toward the formation of an independent Southern nation. Board member Jack Kershaw of The League of the South is quoted saying, ““Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
During Ole Miss’s winning streak of 2003, students and fans alike began chanting “The South will rise again” in place of “His truth is marching on” at the end of the song, Dixie. That practice was ‘banned’ in 2009 although it can still be heard by some in the stands.
The phrase is attributed to Sen. Alfred Iverson of Georgia who, in his final speech to the senate in January 1861 said,
You may whip us, but we will not stay whipped. We will rise again and again to vindicate our right to liberty, and throw off your oppressive and accursed yoke, and never cease the mortal strife until our whole white race is extinguished and our fair land given over to desolation.
Our whole white race, he said. Moral strife, too.
As most of us who post here know, it was 104 years later, at the stroke of the pen of President Lyndon Johnson, a southerner, that shifted The South from solid Democratic to solid Republican. Civil Rights Law.
Back to that election in Arkansas: Mauch calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of Jesus Christ.” Interestingly, he voted in favor of allowing hand guns in places of worship. Jesus and guns. If only Jesus and his disciples had had guns, eh? He also voted yea on a proposal for ‘Curriculum Standards for Bible Instruction in School Districts.’ Praise Jesus, students.
Guns, God and Glory. Is that what the ‘rise’ is all about? What would a risen South look like anyway?
“The Southern League supports a return to a political and social system based on kith and kin rather than an impersonal state wedded to the idea of the universal rights of man. At its core is a European population.”
— Michael Hill, essay on League of the South website, 2000
Kith and kin. What the hell does that mean?
Don’t suppose that I am unaware of racism here in the North. It is everyhere, not solely found south of the Mason-Dixon. Yet, it seems so casual, so natural there. A natural right, so to speak. It is as if the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments did not exist as well as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America. We call this ‘abjuring the realm,’ and it’s a real and dramatic first step all of us can take by simply withdrawing our support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled our future. … Once our Southern culture is re-established, then the political issues will begin to take care of themselves. Good leaders flow naturally out of a healthy culture; however, power-hungry, self-seeking politicians are all we can expect from the debased cultural climate we have today.”
— League of the South website
Once our Southern culture is re-established…
Let me ask: is this idea above common throughout the white south or is it only a blip on the radar, an isolated group of racial bigots?
In November, 2008, President Obama’s presidential victory upset James and Linda Vandiver in Huntsville Alabama. On election night, the couple — owners of the historic Faubus Motel in downtown Huntsville — walked outside, lowered Old Glory and raised the Confederate battle flag in its place. It’s remained there ever since, flying high in silent protest of election to the nation’s highest office a politician the pair says is a “Marxist.”
Marxist they say. Apparently ‘Marxist’ is a new cover for slavery, southern heritage and white supremacy.
Rep. Mauch wrote, “The government has lost its moral authority over God-fearing Americans and I wish more patriots like James Vandiver would take their stand for what the Confederate Battle Flag truly symbolizes.”
What does the Confederate Battle Flag symbolize? What secret message does it carry?
What event would begin the Second Secession of the South?