Nothing is quite so striking as the spectacle of self-righteous and self-professed anti-racist crusaders flamboyantly demonstrating their sincerity by unleashing torrents of vicious bigotry. Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell’s decision to honor the Old Dominion’s Confederate ancestors has enraged the neoconservative and progressive left, who have used the occasion to indulge their ethnic hatred of the Southern people, while simultaneously endeavoring to discredit the Jeffersonian ideals upon which America itself was built.
I am often taken aback at, not just the hypocrisy of the anti-Southerners, but the sheer blindness and ignorance of that hypocrisy on the part of the hypocrites. Many anti-Southern bigots are not at all cognizant of the fact of their own ethnic hatred, or that it is ethnic hatred, and those that are aware of it wear that hatred as a badge of honor. Just peruse the comments section at any of these sites – so many on the left measure their own anti-racism by how passionate they are in their hatred of the Southern people. The idea that Southern people should think to honor their heritage without ritually shaming themselves is almost literally blasphemous to that corner of the left. They are outraged at such a prospect, and the sheer brazenness of their bigotry is breathtaking.
Neoconservatives are not exactly known for their robust sense of propriety, but even by their philistinish standards David Frum’s boorishness is exceptional. This Canadian presumes to dictate which Americans may and may not celebrate their heritage, and how those that may should go about it. He scoffs at the idea that Confederate soldiers “fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth”. The idea that men might take up arms to defend their homes from invaders is strange and exotic to David Frum – a notion hardly to be believed. To neoconservatives in general it seems to be an alien concept. Perhaps this ignorance on the part of neoconservatives of such a basic and natural (and healthy) compulsion explains in part why they seem so genuinely stunned when those people they send our soldiers to conquer take up arms and resist.
Jesse Jackson, in response to Gov. McDonnell’s proclamation, displayed an impressive gift for multitasking by race-baiting and lying at the same time. And he didn’t even drop any race-bait! During his customary post-racial-controversy performance he makes the ludicrous claim that the GOP is “in hock to their Southern, neo-Confederate base.” Perhaps someone should inform the League of the South of this fact. He goes on to wage rhetorical war against our Constitution and therefore the idea of America itself, concentrating his fire on the Tenth Amendment, urging “Let us not forget the sordid history of states’ rights, bound up in defending slavery, segregation, secession, and sedition”. In Jesse Jackson’s never-ending three card monte act he has here sleeved the Confederate card and switch it for a Constitutional one, in the process maligning the founding American ideal that “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government” as seditious. It is nothing short of an attack on the idea of self-government itself, which is the great enemy of the left in America. Were the people of the sovereign states to regain the proper measure of self government the left would find its policies expunged from the great swaths of America that never wanted them and never voted for them, and the left would find themselves governing only their own lives instead of everyone else’s.
The ignorance on display in a great many of these condemnations is so extreme as to be literally incredible. Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the farcical claim that the Confederate battle flag was “raised explicitly to destroy this country (the U.S.).” I can scarcely credit that a senior editor for The Atlantic actually believes that. Presumably he has attended some college at least, and if not then high school. As such I would be stunned to find that Coates is sincerely ignorant of the fact that the Confederacy never attempted or planned to “destroy” the United States, but merely to leave them. He is either profoundly ignorant as to the nature of the War Between the States or a liar, and I’m leaning toward liar.
This controversy has brought out all that is ugly about the left – its intolerance, its bigotry, its viciousness and its philistinism: qualities the left flamboyantly feigns to abhor except when they are used to humiliate Southerners. The sons of the great state of Virginia can look to their history for inspiration in repelling this attack on their home and heritage.
Those who feign outrage that a celebration of Confederate history does not contain a mea culpa for slavery are missing the point: a “celebration” focuses on positive achievements, by definition. To argue that Confederate History Month should dwell on slavery is akin to arguing that Martin Luther King Day should be utilized to examine MLK’s plagiarism and adultery and communist associations, or that Black History Month would be the appropriate time to emphasize and explore violent black-on-white crime or the incompetence and corruption that characterizes the governments of so many black African nations.
Jeff Schweitzer, the author of “The Confederacy: Kill the Myth Once and For All” over at HuffPo, has responded to my argument thusly:
“You are sadly mistaken. Your proposition that the United States would have continued is more naïve than I think you are. Once a state could secede whenever it did not like federal law, the Union would soon collapse. As proof, toward the end of the war, Confederate states were threatening to secede from the Confederacy! There is no way the South’s action could lead to anything but balkanization. Your argument is a bit pathetic really.”
Marvel at how anemic that argument is. This Schweitzer “served at the White House during the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy”, “was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for Al Gore, President Clinton and President Clinton’s Science Advisor, and to coordinate the U.S. government’s international science and technology cooperation,” he “worked with the president’s cabinet and 22 U.S. Government technical agencies, and with countries throughout the world, in a broad range of fields including biology, physics, chemistry, geophysics, agriculture, oceanography and marine sciences,” and “was instrumental in establishing the permanent Global Forum on Science and Technology at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to promote greater international scientific collaboration” – and that puerile, simplistic argument is the best he could come up with. He’s being earnest, too. Does that read to anyone here like the argument of a well educated adult? That this mediocre mind has risen to any position of prominence or influence is more proof that America has long since ceased being a meritocracy.