Monday, August 22, 2016

Stand Up for America

Conservative Democrat George Wallace of Alabama sought his party’s presidential nomination in 1964, ran as presidential candidate of the American Independent Party in 1968, and then sought the Democratic nomination again in 1972 and 1976.
Bernhard Thuersam,   The Great American Political Divide

Stand Up for America

“Labor leaders had tried to misrepresent the civil rights bill, and I intended to let the rank-and-file membership know what its passage really meant. One power it would grant to the executive branch would be the right to establish ethnic quotas in hiring, rather than on a basis of merit or ability. A member of a local union told me, “Governor, I am for you. I don’t like too much government interference in my life.”

During my stay in Kenosha [Wisconsin], a militant picket tried to hit me with a sign. Jemison, my security guard, took the full blow on his head. The man who assaulted us was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, found not guilty, and released.

If this had happened to, say, [Democrat] Adlai Stevenson in Dallas, the liberal press would have cried, “shame,” and pointed with alarm to the danger from the militant right. It was not easy to campaign in an atmosphere in which those who opposed us were granted complete license to disrupt and destroy my right to speak. The double standard was operating again.

During one of my speaking engagements, a reporter asked me, “Do you have an alternative to the civil rights bill?” This was an easy one. “Yes sir,” the U.S. Constitution. It guarantees civil rights to all people, without violating the rights of anyone.”

I closed an address in Appleton by saying, “If the people of Wisconsin want a civil rights bill for Wisconsin, let them enact it in their own State. That’s the way it should be. But let’s not have the federal government telling us what to do or what not to do.”

In Milwaukee I told my delegates: “My campaign slogan when I was elected governor was “Stand Up for Alabama.” Tonight I want to expand it to “Stand Up for America.”

That slogan became and remained the heart of my political and economic beliefs. The sacred oath of office that every elected official takes is to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This concept of loyalty to the Constitution precludes any transfer of sovereignty to any international political body [such as the United Nations] – which would be a treasonable violation of the supreme law of the land.

I believe George Washington would have had words to say about the civil rights bill and the growing power of the federal government. These words from his Farewell Address are significant today:

“It is important, likewise, that [leaders] should confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres, avoiding, in the exercise of the powers of one department, to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.”

(Stand Up for America, George C. Wallace, Doubleday & Company, 1976, pp. 88-89)


  1. Standing up for American Vets in a somewhat corrupt system.
    Sometimes you luck out and sometimes you don't. The VA
    hosps. are so inconsistent depending on where you go and are.
    Sad situation - he wasn't so lucky:

    1. Thanks and my treatment has been decent, though certainly not first class, except for the gauze the 8 people who were in the OR during my operation left in my throat. I was very fortunate not to have coughed to death afterwards. Fortunately, it finally popped out of the hole in my neck,otherwise I would have been gone long and guaranteed 100% it would have been covered up. Thanks.

  2. I worked in a nursing home around the corner from the
    Asheville VA. A resident at the facility said he had to
    have a spinal tap - he said it took the doctor five attempts
    before he got the right spot. Very painful procedure.
    He said the vets were used to practice on.

    1. Thanks and I understand Asheville has become a liberal mecca in the Old North State.

  3. It is boy, it is. The commie city council and mayor don't
    give a rats ass what the people want, they just rule their
    way. Sickening. Been trying to find a little town with
    old values in Western NC but it seems all have been taken
    over by contractors and hordes of tourists. I hate tourists
    In Weaverville, a little tiny lake with the natives walk
    there is three acres of land which is natural. Some
    contractor purchased it and wants to build twenty-one houses. The people fought it and lost.

    1. Thanks and have you thought about moving to the eastern part?

  4. One time yrs ago, I thought of Elizabeth City but a nurse
    I met who had just left from there told me it was too black.
    Simplicity and serenity. I don't know why all these out-
    siders came here all of a sudden. Folks say advertising
    in magazines, etc. All the places I always went - gone.
    Eminent Domain a biggie here.

    1. Tarboro, although about 50/50, is a very friendly town. Come to the PATCON and check it out! :)

  5. Well do. Thanks.
    Just wanted to mention this - a couple of months ago, a gang
    from Chicago comes here to rob a jewelry store. I thought 'what.'

  6. a gang from Chicago comes here to rob a jewelry store. I thought 'what.'

    WHAT? It is! :)

  7. Thanks. Good nite.