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Thinking of General Robert Edward Lee and Charlottesville

Grady Peeler

The Charlottesville situation, and the concerted effort to disparage a great man of General Robert E. Lee’s character is upsetting. Something occurred to me recently, something that the antifa/BLM, scumbag Dems, and cowardly Repubs that are so set on disrespecting this great man, fail to understand.

At Appomattox when Gen. Lee’s army was finally cornered and defeated, he went to the house where they negotiated surrender and signed papers. After the surrender terms were finalized, Gen. Lee had his military aide fetch his horse, and after Gen. Lee had mounted and was about to leave, Grant’s entire present staff of his Union army, as well as Gen. Grant, came to attention and saluted Gen Lee, and held their salute until he had departed.

Later, Lee’s army marched to the surrender site in Appomattox, filed down the road and stacked their arms. As they were marching, the receiving Union regiment as well as the head of the regiment, Gen. Chamberlain, were called to attention and saluted the Confederate soldiers as they marched past. This is a singular occurrence in the history of US warfare, a mark of unprecedented respect to an opponent.

These Union soldiers, who had bitterly fought to the point of death, for four long years had the class to treat these Confederates, including Gen. Lee, with the respect they deserved.

Here we are, many years later, and a class of scumbags, who aren’t fit to even wipe the ass of the lowest Confederate private, and will never succeed in developing the character of a man like General Robert E. Lee, have the temerity to claim he deserves scorn, as well as the soldiers he led. The opposite is true.

Gen. Lee’s contemporaries considered him of such high character that, when it was proposed by Repub war criminals in Congress that Lee be prosecuted for treason, were informed by Gen. Grant that he would resign from the Union Army and expose them for the corrupt bastards they were if they did not immediately desist in their efforts. They, of course, immediately desisted.

Never has a person deserved to be honored more than General Robert E. Lee, nor will any person ever deserve more honor. Though Lee had been offered command of the Union army at the outset of the Union invasion of the South, he declined, in order to follow the dictates of his conscience and his duty to serve God as he understood that duty, and took on the far more difficult task of defending the South and Virginia, in a conflict he knew would be very difficult to win, especially given the North’s virtually unlimited resources.

The only question remaining, for we who will not re-write history to serve the peculiar, perverted ends of our scumbag foes, is to determine what will be necessary to stop this determined destruction of our country, its institutions, and all that makes America great.

Deploring the Fourth of July—the Lost Spirit of ’76—Mourning the Death of Liberty on July 4, 1863 and 150 Years Later

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/07/03/uncelebrate-the-fourth/#.UdSY9RYTElI

It is no accident, coincidence or mistake that the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg weigh so heavily on the American mind and consciousness.  On this day in 1863, if the Confederate States of America ever had any chance of winning its independence or achieving a newly restored constitutional synthesis in the USA, that chance died along with thousands of men, in both blue and grey, on the fields and rolling hills and ridges of Southern Pennsylvania and the bluffs of the Mississippi River and the Yazoo Basin.   I love the memory of the South and honor the legacy of my Confederate Ancestors, but the memory of the freedom that existed before 1861 is bittersweet indeed.   The modern world is a world of cruel, industrial slaughter and subjugation.   The spirt of the times was different, very different, as David Brooks recorded in yesterday’s New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/opinion/brooks-why-they-fought.html?_r=0.  The key point of Brooks’ article may be the final paragraph (it was a Christian nation and the warriors believed in God, and their covenant with the Almighty):

“These letter writers, and many of the men at Gettysburg, were not just different than most of us today because their language was more high flown and earnest. There was probably also a greater covenantal consciousness, a belief that they were born in a state of indebtedness to an ongoing project, and they would inevitably be called upon to pay these debts, to come square with the country, even at the cost of their lives.

Makes today’s special interest politics look kind of pathetic.”

Today, in the midst of our world of special interest politics (most fairly called the politics of distraction and inattention to real detail), e now have antibiotics, air-conditioning, and refrigeration, we can even choose our own favorite brand of tooth paste, and as a direct consequence of these technological matters we live longer.  But (to paraphrase Patrick Henry) is life so dear or peace so sweet that we would live it as slaves in chains?  Was freeing four million slaves from formal and open slavery paid for the occult and hermeneutic (but much more severe) total slavery of a nation of 300 million?  We awaken each day to television and internet broadcasts which divert our attention from real problems.   We live and sleep in a soft cocoon of dissimulated reality.

The Tenth Amendment Center’s article above refers to modern America’s 4th of July celebration as a lie, a major deception.  This ten year old article is surely correct, but Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, delivered later that year after the smoke of the battle had long blown off, was a much greater day of deception.  Old “Uncle Abe’s” carefully collected and assembled words amounted to the height of hypocrisy and disingenuous political manipulation.  Overlooking the graves of the thousands of fallen soldiers and the Constitution for which they fought, if you can manage in your mind merely but absolutely, to invert every line of the speech my distant kinsman gave in November 1863—you will see the reality, “A new nation conceived in tyranny and dedicated to the proposition that all men should equally be chattel slaves in bondage to their government”.   I read his cynical text with horror, trying to imagine what the reaction to his true purposes would have been, had he had the nerve to announce the true provisions of the new Constitution which he was creating by and through that horrible war.   

I am not at all sure that the authors of the Tenth Amendment society were specifically thinking about the 150th anniversary of Vicksburg and Gettysburg 10 years ago.  But I know I am thinking about mourning those calamities today.  The Spirit of 76 is all but dead.  The heirs of the Revolution have lost control of the country, and the reality is that the United States “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” was the country being buried at Gettysburg, and now almost forgotten.

I have often visited the Battlefield at Vicksburg but never been to Gettysburg.  I think I would find the latter much too emotional, in part because of my hatred of the falsity of the Gettysburg Address and what it implied.  Six of my ancestors fought there.  One was taken a prisoner.  None of my ancestors fought at Vicksburg or in the Western or Trans-Mississippi theatres of war at all.

General Lee lost at Gettysburg, but much more significantly, General Grant won at Vicksburg.  Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia only had one reasonable strategy and that was to Capture Washington, D.C., and make IT the new Capital of the Confederacy.  He and Jubal Early came so close on so many occasions, but they failed.  Lee’s victory would have been largely symbolic—the North could have continued the War without Washington, D.C., although the boost to Confederate prestige by occupying the capital city would have been enormous, both at home and abroad, internationally.  

And it was the lack of solid international recognition (specifically England’s and France’s refusal, in the aftermath of the Marxist led and inspired uprisings of 1848, to which both Queen Victoria’s and Emperor Napoleon III’s governments correctly connected Lincoln’s and the Republican Party’s rise) which doomed the Confederacy more than any other single factor in the war, aside from the north’s sheer brute strength, and genuine brutality.  

Yankee brutality was apparent nowhere more than in the six week siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, by Ulysses S. Grant, which reduced the population, military and civilian, to eating rats before the riverside fortress-town’s defenders’ final surrender on July 4, 1863.  The skirmishes between Seminary ridge and Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg suggested a kinder and gentler war, more humane and genteel, by comparison.  But on those two battlefields died the heart and soul of the American dream of liberty and freedom, never really to rise up again over the past 150 years.

Uncelebrating the Fourth

by  on July 3, 2013 in Featured 2

by Harry Browne, Originally written July 2003

Unfortunately, July 4th has become a day of deceit.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared its independence from Great Britain. Thirteen years later, after a difficult war to secure that independence, the new country was open for business.

It was truly unique – the first nation in all of history in which the individual was considered more important than the government, and the government was tied down by a written Constitution.

It was the one nation where you could live your life secure in the knowledge that no one would ask for your papers, where you weren’t identified by a number, and where the government wouldn’t extort a percentage of your income as the price of holding a job.

And so each year July 4th has been a commemoration of the freest country in history.

False Celebration

But the America that’s celebrated no longer exists.

The holiday oratory deceitfully describes America as though it were the unique land of liberty that once was. Politicians thank the Almighty for conferring the blessings of liberty on a country that no longer enjoys those blessings. The original freedom and security have disappeared, even though the oratory lingers on.

What made America unique is now gone, and we are much the same as Germany, France, England, or Spain, with:

  • confiscatory taxes,
  • a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are symbolic only – merely documents used to justify governmental actions that are in fact prohibited by those documents,
  • business regulated by the state in the most minute detail,
  • no limits on what Congress or the President might decide to do.

Yes, there are some freedoms left, but nothing like the America that was and nothing that you can’t find in a few dozen other countries.

The Empire

Gone, too, is the sense of peace and security that once reigned throughout the land. America, bound by two huge oceans and two friendly neighbors – was subject to none of the never-ending wars and destruction that plagued Europe and Asia.

Now, however, everyone’s business is America’s business. Our Presidents consider themselves the rulers of the world – deciding who may govern any country on earth and sending Americans to die enforcing those decisions.

Whereas America was once an inspiration to the entire world – its very existence was proof that peace and liberty really were possible – Americans now live in fear of the rest of the world and the rest of the world lives in fear of America.

The Future

Because the education of our children was turned over to government in the 19th century, generations of Americans have been taught that freedom means taxes, regulations, civic duty, and responsibility for the whole world. They have no conception of the better life that could exist in a society in which government doesn’t manage health care, education, welfare, and business – and in which individuals are free to plot their own destinies.

Human beings are born with the desire to make their own decisions and control their own lives. But in most countries government and social pressures work to teach people to expect very little autonomy.

Fortunately, in America a remnant has kept alive the ideas of liberty, peace, and self-respect – passing the concepts on from generation to generation. And so today millions of Americans know that the present system isn’t the right system – that human beings aren’t born to serve the state and police the world.

Millions more would be receptive upon being shown that it’s possible to have better lives than what they’re living now.

Both groups need encouragement to quit supporting those who are taking freedom away from them.

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You and I may not have the money and influence to change America by ourselves, but we can keep spreading the word – describing a better society in which individuals are truly free and government is in chains (instead of the opposite).

And someday we may reach the people who do have the money and influence to persuade tens of millions of Americans to change our country for the better.

I don’t know that it’s going to happen, but I do know it’s possible. I know that the urge to live one’s own life is as basic in human beings as the will to live and the desire to procreate. If we keep plugging away, we may eventually tap into that urge and rally the forces necessary to restore the real America.

And then the 4th of July will be worth celebrating again.

Harry Browne (RIP 1933-2006), the author of Why Government Doesn’t Work and many other books, was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, a co-founder of DownsizeDC, and the Director of Public Policy for the American Liberty Foundation.  See his website.

Time to Abolish FDR’s “New Deal” Thanksgiving? (Only Hallmark Cards and Turkey Farmers would really object)

Originally Published on: Nov 25, 2011 @ 0:59

In the August 1942 Paramount movie, “Holiday Inn”, Bing Crosby’s character Jim is at his absolute low point of the year at Thanksgiving.  I completely concur.  Not even Irving Berlin could write a memorable song about this holiday, and now that I think about it, I know of no Thanksgiving songs at all—I suppose no one can really sing when stuffed to the gills with Turkey.  Eucharistic hymns of Thanksgiving in Church, to be sure, are songs of Thanksgiving, but not AMERICAN (United States Holiday) Thanksgiving.

As it happens, in 1942, Thanksgiving had just been set by Franklin D. Roosevelt on its modern date by proclamation signed on November 26, 1941, a little over a week before Pearl Harbor (the attack on which Roosevelt may well have been planning and of whose imminent occurrence evidence now shows, at the very least, Roosevelt to have been perfectly well informed and aware).

So THIS YEAR 2o12 is the 71st Anniversary of the “New Deal” Thanksgiving, and I think it’s high time to wipe this wretched artificial off the Calendar entirely.  The general concept of Thanksgiving may go back to George Washington, the Continental Congress, and the Pilgrims in 1621 some historically esoteric and metaphysical senses, but the Pilgrim association itself is one of English treachery.  How few Americans on Thanksgiving Day recall King Philip’s (the Wampanoag Grand Sachem Metacom’s) War of 1675-1676) and the resulting Genocide of the Wampanoag Tribe celebrated in that First Fabled William Bradford Thanksgiving in 1621. The Wampanoag was the Nation of Squanto and Massasoit who did so much to facilitate English Colonization “New England.”  All other subsequent associations, and the very timing of the holiday, are an insult to deeper values, including not just 500 years of Native American subjugation and genocide but the subjugation and (near) genocide of the American South, and the progressive secularization of the United States from a Christian into a purely materialist and grotesquely indulgent and commercial nation, culture, and society.

It had been not until 1863, four days after the Gettysburg Address, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated “nationally” (meaning, of course, in the Northern States).  With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.  Supposedly, Roosevelt had considered making Thanksgiving earlier in November but this was “booed down.”

Once it’s all over, and the sales of Alka-Selzer and Gaviscon at the all-night pharmacies have gone sky high, and are guaranteed to remain there during the consumption of leftovers for the next week: someone else needs to second the motion and go on record as saying that of all our American Holidays, Thanksgiving is the absolute worst. Thanksgiving not only epitomizes but stands as a worldwide symbol of corruption, oppression, gluttonous commercialism, materialist secularism, arrogant conquest, and a general depravity of state of mind.  “Thanksgiving” as celebrated in this Country obscures our heritage and confuses our history, celebrates the absolute worst in the human soul, and was created in relationship and in lock-step with two key wars leading to the abolition of freedom and the constitution, and the coincidental economic centralization and falsification which took place during those wars, namely the War Between the States and World War II.  

Thanksgiving isn’t so bad for me.  I have a wonderful dinner with a wonderfully energetic young blonde overlooking the Pacific planned in Santa Monica, and next week I go to Hawaii.  

But I wonder what Thanksgiving is like this year for those several million Americans who were either  recently or earlier this year, or even last year, evicted from their homes.  I wonder how Thanksgiving is like this year for the millions more among those who are facing foreclosure and eviction who have no hope, no certainty that they will still be in their homes next year.  

It is time to get back to that “Old Time Religion” of Truth and Honesty and Virtue—and the Fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving we have celebrated since 1941, or 1863, depending on which starting date you want to call “the beginning” is nothing but an accursed day of the Calendar.

Proclaimed and first set as a National Holiday by President Abraham Lincoln only fours days after the elegant but totally fraudulent, duplicitous rhetoric of the “Gettysburg Address”, meant to disguise his true Marxist purposes in going to war with the “better half” of the nation for the primary benefit of a few industrial oligarchs up north, and for the ultimate purpose of subverting the original American Constitution, Thanksgiving has become a source of degradation to three sets of “Native Americans”: those descended from the First Inhabitants of these Western Hemisphere Continents we call North and South America (aka “The Indians”) and those who fought to preserve the Constitution of 1787 against usurpation in 1861-65, and to all Traditional Christians who would celebrate Adventide as a proper time of fasting.  

I wonder how many people (black or white) in Richmond, Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta, Memphis, Natchez, Vicksburg, or Savannah were stuffed to the gills after great feasts on the final Thursday in November 1865-1875?  I wonder how many Americans (northern or southern) felt Thankful to live in America in November of 1876, when the sitting President, Ulysses S. Grant, had announced that the man who received the majority of the popular and electoral vote, Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York, would never be allowed to enter the White House without a renewal of open warfare between the States.  

That same year, 1876, I wonder how many Sioux Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors knew by late November 1876 that their victory over Presidential Aspirant George Armstrong Custer at Little Bighorn, June 24-25, 1876, had been turned into a rallying cry for the Republicans who needed a major distraction from the misery of post-“Civil War” Reconstruction America, and turned Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse into the scapegoats or major distraction for their own tyranny and failures back east.   Never did any victory have more devastating consequences for any race of people than the Battle of the Little Bighorn had for the Native Americans.  The remnant of that same coalition that defeated Custer was effectively wiped out within 15 years.  And what did November 1891, the first Thanksgiving after the Massacre at Wounded Knee, feel like in the Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where the relatives of the murdered Sitting Bull and the descendants of Crazy horse were being either forcibly educated or trained for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show?  

To my grandparents growing up in Louisiana and Texas, there was no “Thanksgiving” in the early 20th Century because it was the enemy’s holiday.   The current setting of the Federal Holiday of Thanksgiving was not set until 1941—just as certain “insiders” in the government may have been planning for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to force the United States into World War II.  

After eight years of the New Deal, in 1941, the Country was being reshaped, and Thanksgiving was part of its reshaping.  Thanksgiving chronically conflicts with and distracts from the beginning of Advent (almost always the final Sunday of November) and from St. Andrew’s Day, November 30—Saint Andrew being not only one of the 12 Apostles but the Patron Saint of Scotland, Greece, (the ancient “Second Rome” known as) Constantinople, Russia, and Romania among other places—and the Cross of Saint Andrew being the central element of the flags of Alabama, Florida, and the Confederate States of America.  

What’s worse than anything about Thanksgiving is the day after, “Black Friday”, the Macy’s day parade and the gunshot “sooner” start of the race to maximize the secularization and commercialism of the pre-Christmas Season.  Thanksgiving has become part of the Federal Government’s conspiracy to abolish religion in America; the Federal Holiday is thoroughly despicable as an attack and infringement St. Andrew’s Day and Adventide and so on the Christmas Season, the Scottish and Greek Heritage of Western Civilization, and the real meaning of all of these things.

To traditional Christians all over the world, the Season of Advent is a “Little Lent” as my mother called it—the second longest “purple time” at Church in the entire year.  How many people remember to buy Advent Calendars or to keep the solemnity of Mary’s time before giving birth?  No, the grotesque overeating of Thanksgiving followed by the mad orgiastic commercial rush to shop for Christmas presents is a creature of the past 70 years only, fed by Television and contributing to the general secularization of America.  It is a very sad thing.   To my mind, Thanksgiving as celebrated in the United States of America is an insult and a curse to all that is holy, whether one is a Native American of “First American” origins… a Native American of “Southern Anglo” origins, or a Christian with origins anywhere in the world.  Luckily, the personality of “Scrooge” will forever be associated with Christmas, but I say “BAH HUMBUG!” to Thanksgiving.  It is time to do away with Thanksgiving as invented by the 16th and 32nd Presidents (did you ever notice that the 32nd President was Twice as bad as the 16th, but continued all the same basis processes and policies?)???  

Obama, if legitimately he belongs in the “King List” at all, is the 44th President, but maybe by the time of the 48th President *(3 x 16), there will be a recovery in America, a REAL and GENUINE “NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM” which will truthfully realize the promise of the RHETORIC of the Gettysburg Address by wiping out the centralized banks, income tax, and other institutional baggage of the 16th and restoring the Constitution of 1787, and the Bill of Rights.

Much like the Gettysburg Address, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments contain only noble sentiments, but have been misused and wrongly applied to destroy rather than guarantee Freedom and Equality.  I have often commented that the greatest irony of all is that the modern “Prison Planet” state of existence in America owes its origins to the 13th Amendment, wherein “slavery and involuntary servitude” are abolished “except as a punishment for crime.”  They started building prisons during the war of 1861-1865, and the “criminal justice industry” has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since.  I say to the American People: “let’s tear down the prison walls.”  

But even worse than the perversion of the 13th Amendment and most pernicious of all of these perversions is the use that has been made of the 14th Amendment: turn the quest for equality of a perpetual war of all against all in the United States, guaranteeing that equality will only ever be achieved once we are all perfectly enslaved……  

This is one of those points where I think the “right” meets the “left”—Thanksgiving is a testimonial to the corruption of all that is good.  I want to thank Dr. John Hoopes of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas (“ku.edu”) a co-author of papers on the Early Classic Period in the Maya Lowlands from our Harvard Graduate Seminar Days with Gordon R. Willey for pointing out to me how close my position is to that of the “AdBusters” group which sponsored “Occupy Wall-Street” (which I confess I have mostly just been ignoring).   They call it “Buy Nothing Day” and it’s been going on for 20 years (originally organized in Mexico City and Vancouver, two of my favorite places):

http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

The Thanksgiving of 2009, after I had just lost my two primary residences, homes in Texas and California, within several months of each other, I spent in a seaside suite in San Clemente overlooking the Pacific with my son Charlie and my assistant Peyton.  But not everyone has that kind of luck in life.  I am Thankful to say this and every day that I have led something of a charmed life.  And for that reason, and because it is customary, I always wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  But “enough is enough”.  This custom has got to stop.    Thanksgiving is like a gigantic perversion of the Calendar year, a gigantic dead skunk in the road of life every year in the same place—it is way too late in the year to be a Harvest Celebration except in places like Southern Florida and Southern Texas where winter crops can be planted and harvested.  

I personally live to fight for “corny old values” like Truth, Justice, and the American Way, for Family, Home, and Freedom, and to add one Senator for the Bill of Rights and against Indefinite Detention, against the PATRIOT ACT, and against the use of United States Troops in this Country against its own citizens.  

I give Thanks for the Beauty of the Earth, for the Splendor of the Skies, and for the Love which from our Birth, over and around us lies.  

But I do not give thanks for the election, re-election or even the existence of Barack Hussein Obama or the 93 Senators who voted for the NDAA this time last year—almost all of them (of those up for re-election) were reelected, including California’s own despicable hypocrite Dianne Feinstein, and there are some new Senators who would surely vote the same easy “pro-administration” way.

I do not give thanks that we live in a corporate-communist country where the boundary between corporate entities and the government is blurred beyond recognition in the unconstitutional “phony money” Federal Reserve Credit-Note economy.