MASKED crews worked in the dark Thursday morning to remove the monument to President Jefferson Davis.
The crews showed up shortly after 3 a.m. and the actual removal of the statue was done shortly after 5 a.m. when the statue was surrounded in bubble wrap and driven away in the bed of a truck.
As the truck was driving away, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted, "This historic moment is an opportunity to...redefine our future."
The monument to President Davis was erected in 1911 and had stood at its location at the corner of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street for 106 years.
Many of our Dixie Heritage readers were assembled at the monument at midnight to protest the monument's removal. Some of them had traveled over 1,000 miles to be there. A very large police contingency removed them behind barricades. Though weeping endured for the night, our spirits were not broken.
Maybe you will remember back in the 90's, during the Clinton years, when Rush Limbaugh had the crazy audacity to get on the radio, and even to write a book, to tell Conservatives that they were "winning." I sure thought he was crazy. And Thursday morning, when
Brion McClanahan, author of Nine
Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her
(Regnery History, 2016)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes
, tried to tell me that the events of the pre-dawn hours in New Orleans were actually an indication that we are winning - well, I thought he was crazy too. Still, we begin this week's Dixie Heritage Letter with a column by Brion:
Why the Southern Tradition is Winning
By Brion McClanahan
The title of this piece may seem odd in light of recent events in New Orleans and the mass hysteria over all things Confederate since June 2015. Monuments have come down, flags have been furled, and streets have been renamed.
While these are certainly loses, they are mere skirmishes in a wider cultural war that the Left is losing. They know it, but they don't want you to realize it, and their allies in the mainstream media keep peppering the news cycle with stories trumpeting their "successes." This is done to demoralize the opposition.
But consider the following:
1. Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election following an election strategy that mirrored Nixon's "Silent Majority" 1972 campaign. Nixon relied heavily on Southern votes that cycle and Trump's political agenda, while not entirely backed by Southern antecedents, contains core components that are recognized elements of the Southern tradition. Not "racism and bigotry" as the Leftist media would claim, but anti-establishment, blue-collar populism.
2. Secession is on the table. Several states, not only in the South, are considering methods to leave the American empire. Nothing is more Southern than the principle of independence, both for the individual and for a political community. The establishment keeps blabbering that secession is illegal-the Supreme Court said so in 1869 (but it really didn't)-and that the War settled the issue, but it couldn't. Coupled with the now robust "Tenth Amendment" and modern "nullification" movements, this renewed interest in all things federalism was not as mainstream just ten years ago. Thank the Internet for that. What is it that "Net Neutrality" is for again? Right.
3. Generation snowflake is now playing defense. Though these delicate flowers have wrestled major concessions from the American academy, much of this is an illusion. Certainly, some college and university administrations have buckled, even recently, but the push back against the illiberal "liberals" has come from both the Right and the Left. The snowflakes may have bitten off more than they can chew. The majority of Americans also don't think the thugish tactics by the left are legal, necessary, or tolerable. And when a leader of the "Take 'Em Down NOLA" group openly admits that he would love to see a statue of George Washington removed in New Orleans because he was a "slave master," it appears the Left has overplayed their hand. Most Americans would draw the line at that demand. We have to remember that Washington is as Southern as Lee. The Left might be able to pick the low hanging fruit-anything Confederate fits that category-but they can't eliminate Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, the Declaration of Independence the United States Constitution or a host of other Southern-yes Southern-symbols without changing the entire narrative of American history. They have been trying that for years. It hasn't worked and it won't work. Real America is too savvy for that. Remember the Southern tradition is more than a four year struggle for independence. Even if those symbols are removed, the tradition survives.
4. The Left has been trying for decades to "contextualize"-meaning Yankeefy-Southern history. They have made great strides in doing so, but this war isn't over. Not even close. Many people around the world see the South in a positive light. When the Berlin Wall came down, Confederate flags flew beside the unified German flag. Confederate flags are still seen around the world, and to many people, the flag represents anti-establishment defiance. Northerners also proudly fly the flag. It cannot be eliminated, no matter how hard the Left may try.
The vitriolic outcry against Trump's opinion that the War could have been avoided is indicative of a larger problem for the Left. After decades of controlling the American academy, of dominating the mainstream media, of crafting the "correct" interpretation of history, a large percentage of Americans still don't buy what they are selling. The Left would chalk it up to ignorance, but perhaps real America knows more than the self-appointed gatekeepers of acceptable thought. It seems that journalists, left-wing professors, and their pseudo-historian allies rank with politicians as the least trusted people in the United States. That is a good thing.
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It's not an endorsement, but Sheri Few says she will be casting her vote in next week's "Republican" congressional runoff election for former State Rep. Ralph Norman.
Sheri finished a disappointing fifth in last week's first round of GOP balloting for the Palmetto State's fifth congressional district. She received 1,930 votes, or 4.9 percent of all ballots cast in the Republican primary race.
Meanwhile, Norman ran neck-and-neck with Scalawag Tommy Pope, drawing 11,808 votes (30.07 percent) compared to Pope's 11,943 votes (30.41 percent). Because neither candidate was able to eclipse the fifty percent mark, there will be a run-off with the winner taking on Republican, errr "Democratic" nominee Archie Parnell, a Goldman Sachs tax attorney from Sumter.
That race will be held on June 20, with the winner filling the seat vacated back in February by Mick Mulvaney - who gave it up to become director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
FLAG FLIES OVER SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE AGAIN
On Wednesday, the Virginia Flaggers hired a pilot who flew a Confederate Flag banner over downtown Columbia, South Carolina in an effort to express disappointment that the Flag is no longer at the State House.
The two-seat airplane made multiple passes over the capitol, and could easily be seen by anyone near downtown Columbia.
The banner also had the words "no compromise!" and a link to the Flagger's website on it.
The Virginia Flaggers say they plan more flyovers.
THE VIRAL VIDEO WAS FAKED!!
Protesters picketed a southeast Portland grocery store on Thursday after a woman recorded a confrontation with employees over Confederate Flag imagery for sale at the store.
Intending to provoke a response, the woman, with a running video camera, approaches a store employee and asks, "So you don't care about having hate flags on your wall?"
The store associate responds by saying, "How is that a hate flag?"
Then, a fellow "shopper" who was staged in the store curses at the woman, flips off the camera, and makes a scene to defend the Flag. Remember, this is all being staged. The intention is to film a video that will go viral and justify an already scheduled protest. By launching the video ahead of the protest, it appears that the protest is an organic response to the video rather than a preplanned event.
Then a second video shows staged actors following the woman outside the store to her car. This would enable her to tell reporters, "It was very frightening. They were being very aggressive. Once I started my camera, they backed off a little bit, but I really believe that they would have assaulted me and the children if I hadn't brought out my camera and started screaming for people in the parking lot to intervene."
Now, store management is issuing negative statements about long-term good employees and offering to do whatever it can to accommodate the mob. Andrew Toolson, president of the Grocery Store has issued a statement that says: "I would just like to say that we are definitely not a racist organization and have nothing to do with that and it was an oversight even to have those rugs up here."
A Portland TV station however has let slip that the group Direct Action Alliance had already planned to protest the store on Thursday afternoon.
LOUIE SMITH MAKES FOOL OF HIMSELF - AGAIN!
A Summerville, South Carolina man upset that a Confederate history group handed out flags at this year's Flowertown Festival attempted a protest on Thursday.
Louis Smith, founder of the nonprofit Community Resource Center, held a "rally" at 4 p.m. Thursday in the town's historic Hutchinson Square on Main Street. About 25 social justice groups "endorsed" the cause, he said.
Smith obtained a special event permit for the "event" Thursday called "Celebrating Unity in the Park," according to town officials.
Southern activists did not counter-protest the rally.
South Carolina Secessionist party Chairman James Bessenger said Tuesda, "We aren't even going to acknowledge his little protest...He's trying to get some attention by hoping to jeopardize the constitutional rights of other people."
On April 9, after Smith complained that the Sons of Confederate Veterans handed out miniature flags at the festival, the party staged a "flagging" of the town by waving Confederate battle flags from the U.S. Highway 17A overpass of Interstate 26.
Southern Heritage supporters did attend the Summerville Council meeting @ 6 PM. Bessenger says that the Southern Heritage group he leads plans to hand out 1,500 miniature flags in Summerville and Charleston in the coming weeks and they are looking for "land in Summerville on which to erect a large permanent Confederate flag," he said.
INTERESTING LETTER RECEIVED FROM READER:
Recently, a member of the Col. William Norris camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, graciously researched my family ancestry for me (for which I greatly thank him), and discovered that I in fact have no Southern Confederate ancestry. That said, the issue is what is going on NOW, TODAY!
My primary motive for befriending the SCV and the Southern Confederate cause is that I believe fervently in the God-given human right to be politically-INcorrect, and proud of it! If America is to be a truly free country and society, each of us will necessarily exercise our Constitutional rights from now and then in ways which rub others of us the wrong way and rattle our cages.That is necessarily the price we Americans pay for our freedom. Freedom is not free!
I do believe in restoration of proper balance between federal government authority and state prerogatives. Today, the imbalance is greatly in favor of the federal government at the expense of the states. It would appear that the U.S. Constitution Tenth Amendment is all but forgotten. This was one of the causes for which Confederate Southerners fought so nobly. Indeed, a one-size-fits-all federal government is a form of slavery. If we do not like the politics of our state, we can move to another state having politics closer to our liking. Not so, with a federal government governing the entire nation.
Thomas Jefferson once said, "No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him." I completely agree: So long as we obey the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule, we should be otherwise free to act and behave as we please, EVEN TO BE POLITICALLY-INCORRECT! I oppose the trend towards removal from public view of the Southern Confederate flag and memorial statues of famous Confederate army generals, JUST BECAUSE SEEING THEM OFFENDS SOMEBODY!
Never mind my ancestors, I would love to have a T-shirt or sweat-shirt with a large Confederate flag on it, with these words: "OFFEND SOMEBODY TODAY!" It is no test of the strength of our commitment to First Amendment freedoms of expression, if the only speech we permit is that speech with which we all unanimously agree.
Lawrence K. Marsh
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One of our readers, Russell Walker, has submitted the
. It is a Petition that he has filed with the Supreme Court of South Carolina.
We encourage all of our readers to contact the South Carolina Supreme Court with phone calls and eMails in support of this petition:
Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty
1231 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Justice John W. Kittredge
Justice Kaye G. Hearn
Justice John Cannon Few
Justice George C. James, Jr.
THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
IN THE SUPREME COURT
In its Original Jurisdiction
In re: Russell F. Walker, Petitioner
Appellate Case Number 2017-001058
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS
COMES NOW, Russell F. Walker, Pro Se, and prays that this Court issue a Writ of Mandamus to (1) York County Clerk of Court, David Hamilton, and (2) Kevin Tolson, Sheriff of York County, commanding them to place the Confederate Flag and the portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson back on display in the York County Courthouse as they were before the restoration of the York County courthouse.
Issues Presented -
Whether Clerk of Court David Hamilton is subject to the laws of the State of South Carolina, inter alia, the Heritage Act of 2000 or not. Whether Sheriff Kevin Tolson is the Chief Law enforcement officer of York County and ultimately enforces the laws of this state.
The Heritage Act is codified under section 10-1-165 which refers especially to buildings.
Title 10- Public Buildings and Property.
Protection of certain monuments and memorials.
(A) No Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, War Between the States, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Native American, or African-American History monuments or memorials erected on public property of the State or any of its political subdivisions may be relocated, removed, disturbed, or altered. No street, bridge, structure, park, preserve, reserve, or other public area of the State or any of its political subdivisions dedicated in memory of or named for any historic figure or historic event may be renamed or rededicated. No person may prevent the public body responsible for the monument or memorial from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation, and care of these monuments, memorials, or nameplates.
(B) The provisions of this section may only be amended or repealed upon passage of an act which has received a two-thirds vote on the third reading of the bill in each branch of the General Assembly.
HISTORY: 2000 Act No. 292, Section 3.
Facts Necessary -
The Confederate Flag, the portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson have been on display in the York County Courthouse for over 100 years. The Courthouse has recently been restored between 2011 and 2016. David Hamilton, Clerk of Court, has refused to place the flag and the portraits back up where they were prior to the restoration.
Reasons why a Writ should issue
Mandamus is an extraordinary Writ and it is to be used sparingly. This matter is extraordinary however because a member of the Court has blatantly refused to obey the Heritage Act of 2000 and the results of Hamilton's contumacy are publicly displayed.
Are we a nation of men or a nation of laws?
Notice to respondents - You have
twenty (20) days from the date of service to serve and file a return to the petition.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I certify that I have placed a copy of this Petition for a Writ of mandamus in the U.S. mail, postage prepaid on April 26, 2017 to:
Clerk of Court
York County Courthouse
PO Box 649
300 West Liberty Street
York, SC 29745
Moss Justice Center
1675-2A York Highway
York, SC 29745
176 Quewhiffle Road
Aberdeen, North Carolina 28315
PAPER BULLETS - Counterfeit Confederate Currency
In March 1862, an unusual ad began appearing in Northern newspapers. Among the shops selling pianos and patent medicines, sheet music and sewing machines, this one stood out: it promised "perfect facsimiles" of Confederate currency.
There were seven kinds of notes for sale, and testimonials from The New York Tribune and others praising the replicas for their high quality and low prices. Five cents bought you one. Two dollars bought a hundred. Fifteen dollars bought a thousand. The word "counterfeits" never appeared. These were "Mementos of the Rebellion," sold by a Philadelphia shopkeeper named Samuel Curtis Upham.
Upham didn't look like a counterfeiter. He didn't hide out in the woods or perform daring jailbreaks. He didn't run from the police. He was a respectable small-business owner. He ran a store that sold stationery, newspapers and cosmetics. But he was also an entrepreneur with an eye for easy profit, and the War offered the business opportunity of a lifetime: the ability to forge money without breaking the law. Confederate currency, issued by a government that was emphatically not recognized by the Union, had no legal status in the North, which meant Upham could sell his "facsimiles" with impunity.
Over the next 18 months he built the most notorious counterfeiting enterprise of the War - one that also happened to be perfectly legal. His forgeries flooded the South, undermining the value of the Confederate dollar and provoking enraged responses from Southern leaders. He waged war on the enemy's currency, serving his pocketbook and his country at the same time.
Upham first got the idea the month before, on Feb. 24, 1862. That day, customers kept coming into his shop to buy The Philadelphia Inquirer. Puzzled, he asked one of them what made that particular edition so popular. The answer was on the front page: the Inquirer's editors had printed a copy of a five-dollar Confederate note. Philadelphians had never seen Rebel money before and were fascinated by it.
Upham saw a chance to cash in. He raced to the Inquirer's offices, bought the plate of the note, and printed 3,000 copies on French letter paper. They sold extremely well. Along the bottom of each bill, he included a thin strip that read, in small print, "Facsimile Confederate Note," with his name and address. The tags could easily be clipped off, transforming the "fac-simile" into an excellent counterfeit.
After his first print run, Upham rapidly expanded his inventory. He took out ads in newspapers, promising to pay in gold for more specimens of Southern money. At first, it seemed possible that he sincerely thought of his reproductions as souvenirs. In early 1862, most Northerners still expected the war to be brief and glorious. They wanted "mementos of the Rebellion" before the Union crushed it. By the time Upham launched his publicity campaign in March, however, his business had clearly evolved from a modest retail operation into a high-volume wholesaling enterprise. No one needed 1,000 souvenirs: people were clearly using his products for a less innocent purpose.
By April, Upham's fakes began appearing in Richmond, the Confederate capital. They caused a sensation at the Confederate Treasury Department, and a Treasury officer persuaded the editors of the Richmond Daily Dispatch to inform the public about the new threat. "This note is well calculated to deceive, and in nearly every particular is a facsimile of the original," they wrote, condemning the forgeries as "Yankee scoundrelism." In May, the Dispatch discovered one of Upham's notes with the margin bearing his name and address still attached. "Who is this man Upham?" they asked. "A knave swindler, and forger of the most depraved and despicable sort."
By then, Upham had grown his business considerably. In an advertisement published in late May, he claimed to have sold half a million notes in the past three months. He now offered 14 varieties of Confederate notes, postage stamps, and "shinplasters" - fractional bills worth anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and printed his fakes on real banknote paper. Ingeniously, he even fulfilled orders through the mail. For 50 cents, plus 18 cents for postage, customers throughout the Union could have a hundred of Upham's notes delivered.
Southerners responded with outrage. They became convinced that Upham belonged to a covert Union plot to devalue the Confederate dollar. For the Philadelphia shopkeeper to be able to advertise his counterfeits openly and send them through the mail meant the authorities must have given him permission or, possibly, material support. Moreover, Union troops spent counterfeit Confederate cash in large quantities - evidence of "a deep laid scheme on the part of the thieving, counterfeiting North ... to undermine the Confederate currency," in the eyes of the Daily Richmond Examiner.
In the summer of 1862, Upham's notes inundated northern Virginia, brought by Union forces marching south from Washington. A Southern journalist observed men "fortified with exhaustless quantities of Philadelphia Confederate notes," which they used to buy everything from horses to sugar to tobacco. When one of the soldiers ended up a prisoner in Richmond, the Confederates found one of Upham's advertisements on him. The shopkeeper's counterfeits appeared "wherever an execrable Yankee soldier polluted the soil with his cloven foot," fumed the Richmond Daily Dispatch.
By the summer of 1862, as fake cash flowed across the border in ever greater quantities, the Confederate leadership took notice. On Aug. 18, President Jefferson Davis discussed the threat in a message to the Confederate Congress. Counterfeit Confederate notes were "publicly advertised for sale" and furnished to "the soldiers of the invading army" with the full "complicity" of the Union government, Davis declared. Later that day, Confederate Treasury Secretary Christopher Memminger submitted a report to the House of Representatives that reiterated Davis's concerns and singled out Upham's role in the crisis: "[P]rinted advertisements have been found stating that the counterfeit notes, in any quantity, will be forwarded by mail from Chestnut street, in Philadelphia." By then, forged bills had been found far from the Union border, in Atlanta, Savannah, Montgomery and other cities of the Deep South. There was "no means of knowing to what extent they have been circulated," the Richmond Daily Dispatch warned.
Hamstrung by a disorganized government and mounting logistical challenges, the Confederacy couldn't stanch the surge of counterfeit currency. Despite Southern claims, however, it's unlikely that the Union government ever actively promoted the forging of Confederate money. Federal authorities most likely found it easier to ignore the forging of Southern bills than to take a position either for or against it. They certainly never interfered with Upham, who freely continued forging Confederate cash until August 1863. By that time, the value of the Southern dollar had fallen so low that it was hardly worth counterfeiting. During the 18 months that Upham operated his venture, the purchasing power of the Confederate dollar disintegrated. Between February 1862 and August 1863, the value of Confederate paper money fell by ninety percent.
Upham wasn't the only reason behind this collapse. Fake cash plagued the Confederacy from the beginning, supplied by Northern and Southern counterfeiting gangs. Gross mismanagement of Southern finances led to runaway inflation, which posed an even greater danger to the Confederate dollar. But Upham's impact was significant. He later estimated that he had produced $15 million worth of Confederate bills. If all of that ended up in the South, it would have made up almost 3 percent of the total money supply - a large amount for a single counterfeiter. In March 1862, his business had only just begun. Over the next year and a half, he would become one of the strangest Yankee success stories of the War: a legal counterfeiter, driven by "patriotism" and personal gain, who struck at the financial heart of the Confederacy from the safety of downtown Philadelphia.
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