As I previously stated on this forum I think there are many fine ladies in the UDC but the problem seems to be with the ones they elect to the top leadership positions both state and national. They appear to want to be only a history group and unwilling to get involved in the defense of our monuments, flags, symbols and all. Just meet-eat-retreat and feel great about themselves while our CSA history, heritage, and culture is under all out Marxist Socialist attack at the national, state, and local levels.
Marxist Socialism-Communism uses HUMANITARIANISM as a cloak to shelter their evil agenda of stripping people of their freedom and taking total control. They lure and entice people by offering free financial aid and free goods and services. A socialist is best described as a communist who does NOT YET have enough political power to take everything you have. Progressive and critical thinker are deceptive names used in place of socialist and communist to gain public acceptance. Karl Marx said "people separated from their heritage are easily persuaded" and communist Vladimir Lenin coined the term "useful idiots" to describe those who through ignorance work to help achieve adoption of the socialist communist manifesto.
There is a story-probably fictional- but good enough to be true that explains how the socialist-communist trap operates. In the Okefenokee swamp in southeast Georgia there was a drove of wild hogs that none of the locals had been successful in catching with dogs. One day a stranger showed up. He built a pen but left the gate open. He put corn out away from the gate. Slowly the young pigs began to come and eat the corn. Finally the older hogs decided if the young pigs were going to eat the corn that they might as well also. The stranger kept placing the corn closer and closer to the pen and gate and eventually inside the pen. Then one night when all the pigs and hogs were inside the pen eating he sat in a tree stand and pulled a rope which sprung the gate shut.
This upper UDC leadership appears to have been indoctrinated with Marxist political correctness and a desire to be liked and approved of by the liberal socialist left. They seem terrified that their good image will be stained if they defend the Confederacy which is associated with slavery. Never mind that the north (New England) who was primarily responsible for the development of American slavery gets a near free pass although attacks on the U.S. flag have now started as us Confederates warned would happen.
I think the original UDC ladies who accomplished so much in the late 19th and early 20th centuries would be ashamed of this seemingly timid and cowardly group who is now in leadership positions and would deem them unworthy of their sires and fit only for a tyrants yoke. Unfortunately we have some like this in the SCV also.
Four ladies that I know and have tremendous admiration for who are doing all within their ability with the resources they have available to defend our CSA history, heritage, and culture are Mrs Rena Cobb of Preston Georgia, Mrs. Joan Hough (pronounced Huff) of Texas, Mrs.Pat Godwin of Alabama, and Mrs.Susan Hathaway of Virginia. And I am sure there are many many more.Thanks ladies for all you do.
And two of the many many gentlemen who deserve recognition, appreciation and respect for the work they do are Chuck Demastus in Mississippi who publishes Southern Heritage News and Views (SHNV) and Bernhard Thuersam of North Carolina who publishes info. in SHNV. Mr. Thuersam is chairman of the North Carolina Sesquicentennial Commission. I don't think anyone could have done a better job. He is a native New Yorker who came south in the military, learned the truth, and became a more staunch Confederate than most southerners.
James W. King
SCV Camp 141 Commander
Lt. Col. Thomas Nelsons Rangers