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#DylannRoof And #LostCause Backers: Bellicose Lying #Bigots

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 25, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates does an excellent job of running Confederate lies to earth.

For instance, after first demolishing the “War of Northern Aggression” lie by showing how the Southern slave camp owners had been planning to secede and/or invade Cuba, Mexico and other parts of Latin America and the Carribean before finally firing on Fort Sumter, he then takes on the infamous “the war wasn’t about slavery” lie:

… As the Late Unpleasantness [of the Civil War itself] stretched from the predicted months into years, the very reason for the Confederacy’s existence came to threaten its diplomatic efforts. Fighting for slavery presented problems abroad, and so Confederate diplomats came up with the notion of emphasizing “states rights” over “slavery”—the first manifestation of what would later become a plank in the foundation of Lost Cause mythology.

The first people to question that mythology were themselves Confederates, distraught to find their motives downplayed or treated as embarassments. A Richmond-based newspaper offered the following:

‘The people of the South,’ says a contemporary, ‘are not fighting for slavery but for independence.’ Let us look into this matter. It is an easy task, we think, to show up this new-fangled heresy — a heresy calculated to do us no good, for it cannot deceive foreign statesmen nor peoples, nor mislead any one here nor in Yankeeland. . . Our doctrine is this: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR INDEPENDENCE THAT OUR GREAT AND NECESSARY DOMESTIC INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY SHALL BE PRESERVED, and for the preservation of other institutions of which slavery is the groundwork.

Even after the war, as the Lost Cause rose, many veterans remained clear about why they had rallied to the Confederate flag. “I’ve never heard of any other cause than slavery,” wrote Confederate commander John S. Mosby. The progeny of the Confederacy repeatedly invoked slavery as the war’s cause.

The entire article is worth a read, so much so that I pray Mr. Coates has a good home security system. Confederates get violent when their cognitive dissonance is attacked, as Dylann Roof has already shown.

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The Neo-Confederates Ride Again!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2010

As many of you no doubt know, Patrick McHenry (R-NC) wants to replace Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 with Ronald Reagan — an idea that even McHenry’s fellow Tarheels aren’t too thrilled about.

But McHenry — whose main claim to fame before this was as being like fellow conservative Republican David Dreier in that he was effectively outed as gay, then effectively un-outed in a mass forgetting process that only seems to exist for conservative Republicans — isn’t just trying to honor the man who may have been our worst president ever.

Here’s a test: Ask Rep. McHenry why we shouldn’t replace Andrew Jackson or Alexander Hamilton with Ronald Reagan. Dollars to doughnuts, he’ll react like a vampire in a tanning booth.

The deal here is that this is a twofer: McHenry and his buddies are using Reagan to attack Grant.

You know, the guy who kicked Jeff Davis’ ass?

The guy whose armies freed the slaves?

The guy who, when he became president, did more for the civil rights of African-Americans than any other president from Lincoln to LBJ?

The guy whose memory in general (and presidential tenure in particular) has been systematically trashed by generations of Confederate-sympathetic historians, who emphasized the corruption of some of Grant’s associates whilst ignoring the far greater corruption of the Gilded Age presidents that followed him?

Now you know why McHenry’s doing what he’s doing.

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