Your article or column on the “disappearance” of the battle flag — not to mention all other symbols representing the attempt by eleven Southern States in the 1860s to escape the clutches of a tyrannical central government — misses the point.
First, of course, secession was a constitutionally guaranteed right to any State. I suggest that you read the report delivered to President Buchanan by his Attorney General Jeremiah Black. Buchanan had ordered Black to find him a constitutional means of preventing secession and of forcing those States that had already “gone out,” back in. Black’s finding were unequivocal, constitutionally valid and irrefutable. In sum, Attorney General Black said:
Another clause in the same section gives Congress the power 'to provide for calling forth the militia,' and to use them within the limits of the State. But this power is so restricted by the words which immediately follow that it can be exercised only for one of the following purposes: To execute the laws of the Union; that is, to aid the Federal officers in the performance of their regular duties. To suppress insurrections against the State; but this is confined by Article 4, Section 4, to cases in which the State herself shall apply for assistance against her own people. To repel the invasion of a State by enemies who come from abroad to assail her in her own territory. All these provisions are made to protect the States, not to authorize an attack by one part of the country upon another; to preserve the peace, and not to plunge them into civil war. Our forefathers do not seem to have thought that war was calculated 'to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.' There was undoubtedly a strong and universal conviction among the men who framed and ratified the Constitution, that military force would not only be useless, but pernicious, as a means of holding the States together.
In other words, the right of secession was recognized in the Constitution. This cannot be doubted as the New England States had met in convention to consider secession during the War of 1812 and no army was sent north from Washington to threaten invasion or war.
Black also pointed out something else to President Buchanan:
If one of the States should declare her independence, your action cannot depend on the rightfulness of the cause upon which such declaration is based.
Of course, this means that the legitimacy of the secession of the first Southern States did not depend upon the reason or reasons these States chose to leave the Union! Was it a matter of “preserving slavery?” In some instances, yes, but often more because these States saw the ongoing efforts by the States of the North and West to enforce their will upon their Southern brethren whether it had to do with slavery or — the primary reason for secession — the theft of Southern wealth through confiscatory taxes.
Actually, sir, the reason for the secession of the States of the South in 1861 is hardly irrelevant these days and that is exactly why we have the current and ongoing effort at cultural genocide against the South, something that took place during the so-called “civil war” itself. That flag you believe to be “racist” and a symbol of “rebellion” was not the former but certainly was the latter and it is because of its latter meaning that it is not only relevant but ESSENTIAL to Americans in this the first part of the 21st Century. For we have what Lincoln defined as a NATIONAL government that is completely out of control. Indeed, if we were not so apathetic or ignorant, all Americans, black and white, who love those liberties given by God and [supposedly] protected by the Constitution would embrace the flag of the people of the South who saw what we have today in their future and rejected it with their blood and treasure.
Of course, those who have no problem whatsoever with our current tyranny will reject the symbols of a people who fought against eternal slavery for all Americans and not just the chattel slavery that was ended everywhere in the Western Hemisphere by 1888 without war EXCEPT in the United States! The planters of the South — less than 2% of the total population — could not have maintained black slavery even had they wished to do so. That is a myth and a lie used to deceive people about what this assault on the South is all about.
The only people to whom the battle flag has become “embarrassing” are those who rejoice in the current tyranny or those who are too blind to see it.
John Tyler: US President and elected to the Confederate House of Representatives
John Tyler joined his father, Governor John Tyler of Virginia, in entertaining Thomas Jefferson at the executive mansion in October 1809. His connection with the Founding generation gave him a clear and deep understanding of the strictly delegated constitutional limitations on the federal agent in Washington.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com The Great American Political Divide
Idle Talk of Preserving a Republic
“Shortly after the election of 1832 [John] Tyler broke with the [Jackson] Administration. The occasion of the breach was the nullification crisis. But up to this time he was regarded as a Democrat in good if not regular standing. Jackson’s policy toward South Carolina was so objectionable to him that he aligned himself with the anti-Administration forces, and finally left the Democratic party. To support or even acquiesce in the President’s measures would be, as he considered, to sacrifice his State’ rights principles — a sacrifice which at no time during his entire career was he willing to make.
In writing to Governor John Floyd, of Virginia [January 16, 1833], he declared that “if South Carolina be put down, then may each of the States yield all pretensions to sovereignty. We have a consolidated government, and a master will soon arise. This is inevitable. How idle to talk of preserving a republic for any length of time with an uncontrolled power over the military, exercised at pleasure by the President.”
(John Tyler, Champion of the Old South, American Political Biography Press, 2006 (original 1939), pp. 112-113)
Ben Carson has seen an intense week of media scrutiny, particularly over a false, now partially corrected
story from Politico asserting the Republican candidate’s presidential
campaign had admitted to “fabricating” a story regarding an offer of a
“full scholarship” to go to the military academy West Point.
There are other stories regarding the famed neurosurgeon’s life
that have drawn heavy fire from the news media. Some of these stories
can be found in his 1990 best-selling, ghostwritten biography Gifted Hands.
A Maryland database containing a spent casing to match every gun sold
in the state since 2000 has been shut down after failing to solve a
Effective Oct. 1, the Maryland General Assembly abolished the state’s
requirement that manufacturers send a shell fired from each gun they
sold in the state in order for state police to photograph and catalog
the shells for use in potential future investigations. Over a period of
15 years the database collected more than 300,000 shell casings and
created “ballistic fingerprints” for them.
The system, based on
the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network but expanded to
include all guns in Maryland, was designed to compare spent casings from
gun sales against those found at crime scenes.
Charles Ivey climbed to the top of his bus parked on the infield
campground at Texas Motor Speedway and proudly hoisted the Confederate
battle flag on Thursday afternoon.
He’d never flown the flag
during a race weekend but felt compelled to do so for this weekend’s
NASCAR tripleheader event at TMS, which concludes with Sunday’s AAA
This is the first race weekend at the speedway since
NASCAR and the track itself in July encouraged fans to leave Confederate
flags at home after a racially charged church shooting in South
Carolina that left nine worshippers dead.
But that request has
fallen on deaf ears of some race fans who firmly believe it’s their
right to fly the flag. Ivey and a handful of other race fans are flying
the Confederate flag this weekend. The flags aren’t overly prevalent
around the track, but it doesn’t take a long search to spot them around
“I have the right to fly it just as much as they have a right to tell me not,” said Ivey, 52, of Greenville.
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expect at some point Europe will be in a throws of a violent civil war
with Islamists. Given the opportunity I would volunteer in the free American brigades, and be
there swinging from the rafters of a French building to slit an Algerian
jihadi's throat with a Kabar, and put a .308 into his
cousin's head a day later perched from a rooftop."
The anti-mass migration
Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) party held a rally in the German
capital Berlin this afternoon, demanding the resignation of Chancellor
Angela Merkel and calling for the country to adopt a strong policy on
The AfD has seen its popularity surge as
Germany struggles to deal with the huge influx of migrants, and is
currently campaigning in local elections in the Saxony-Anhalt region
that will be seen as an indicator of public sentiment on the issue.
The family of an Adams County rancher involved in an encounter with
two sheriff’s deputies says the deputies killed him in a “completely
Survivors of Jack Yantis, the 62-year-old
who died a week ago in the darkness on U.S. 95 north of Council, say
they will pursue claims against Adams County for Yantis’ death.
Donna Yantis spent her 63rd birthday Thursday at Saint Alphonsus
Regional Medical Center in Boise, where she has been recovering from a
heart attack she suffered after her husband was killed.
Family members have shared with the Statesman their account of
what happened last Sunday night.
The account is in written statements
prepared with attorneys the family hired after the incident, a video
statement Donna Yantis made from her Boise hospital bed, and a draft
transcript the lawyers prepared of one family member’s account of what
The Statesman also interviewed several family members,
including Rowdy Paradis, a nephew of the couple’s who said he witnessed