But I say: Good luck finding centrists, leftists, and non-whites to embrace the modern Southern cause...
At any rate, good article with good points raised.
"Americans are famously ignorant of history, and the past is always receding—but for not a few Southerners, The War and its consequences are never far below the surface. William Faulkner famously said: “The past is never dead. It's not even past.” This rings true only for Southerners (except perhaps for a few Mayflower-descended Boston Brahmins).
Indeed, some Southerners still dream of an independent nation-state of their own. Since 1994, an organization called the League of the South has tried to prepare for independence, though its leaders—thoughtful and honorable men—concede that that time has not yet come.
Will it ever come? There are enormous obstacles. The South is filling up with Yankees and Mexicans for whom the idea of a Southern nation is meaningless. Blacks are moving back from the North, and for them, a Southern nation is worse than meaningless: it is anathema. Southern nationalists imagine a benign and romantic revival of the Confederacy, with battle flags, chivalry, and conservative Christianity; but for many Americans, there can be no benign revival. They cannot separate the Confederacy from slavery. And any goal with even the slightest, second-hand, undeserved, taint of slavery is at a deep disadvantage."
He goes on to say that any national movement that has a hope of success has to embrace different races, creeds, religions, etc.,. united in their love for the South.
"But today, how many Southerners feel as she did about the South unless they also are deeply conservative? The cause of the South must be at the political center, not the fringe.
Let me be clear: I am not blaming today’s Southern nationalists for their political opinions, many of which I share. I am pointing out only that the broadly-based Southern patriotism of which my mother was a part is gone. There are not many Southern nationalists today who would march for gay rights or would expand the welfare state."
While I agree the movement needs to be broad, I would say that the political center, north and south, is at a low point. Centrists are hard to define, and hard to find. Liberals are too brainwashed about Southern history to see beyond the latest Huffington Post, let alone embrace the idea of an independent South.
I like this line. Speaking of his mother, a political liberal who loved the South and her Confederate Heritage, the author writes:
She didn’t know what to make of the monuments to the Union dead [visiting New England] that are in virtually every town square until she came up with a good, Southern way to think about of them: as monuments to Confederate marksmanship.
|Annoying "...the enemy very seriously"|
Love it. I will never be able to look at another Union memorial without thinking of it as a monument to Confederate marksmanship!
|Pelham's Horse Artillery: bigger guns, same Southern marksmanship|
Be it sooner or later, Deo Vindice!