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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

US Historical Revisionism 101

~ A black Confederate soldier

As the American public continues its zealous witch hunt to ban Confederate flags and censor any positive reference to the Confederate States of America, its time to ask a very simple question that goes to the heart of what the USA truly is compared to how it wishes to be perceived..

What is America good at?

We do not mean things like sports, starting wars without conclusion, telling the world its #1 and that God only blesses It and no other nation more than It..
~ Black enlistees fighting for the Confederacy, 1861

Yes, you could say America is good at making money..

But really that's just 1% or so who are good at making Lots 'n Lots of money and the other 99% or so who are good at working and paying down debt and borrowing and re-borrowing and refinancing

So what is America good at?

America is good at creating fiction, or as some may call it historical revisionism.
~ A decorated black Confederate veteran

It has been able to sell the Lie to its people for 200+ years that the war with Great Britain back in the 1770's was for 'liberty' and 'freedom from oppression'

In reality, it was politically connected merchants & farmers who did not want to pay anything in the way of taxes toward repayment of the cost of the French & Indian war (1760's)that was fought among other things to protect colonists in the western territory against Indian raids.

It has been able to sell the Lie that the Mexican War fought in the 1840s was to liberate and protect the then State of Texas when it really was a massive land grab which netted over 1/3rd of all of what was then Mexico.
~ Black and white Confederate veterans attending a reunion, 1906

And America has been able to sell the lie it fought the south for liberation of the black slave from his and her oppressive masters who of course beat and whipped them non-stop morning till night and when not striking them, were having sex with them against their will..

Remember that story in school?

And no one talks about the reality that northern industrialists and merchants wanted the Southern agrarian economy destroyed especially since most southern plantations were exporting their cotton to Britain's textile mills because it was cheaper than sending north for the American immigrant child laborers to do..
Or that the northern financiers were sick and tired of southerners in Congress preventing them from establishing a National Bank akin to today's Federal Reserve and saw secession as an opportunity for a northern political power grab

On and on the historical revisionism goes...

'America are liberators.. '

'They're a kind, compassionate, tolerant people'

'Only bigotry and racism occurred in the South..'
And the genuinely Stupid American populace buys it hook, line and sinker which as we said before is not surprising when one spends 2,340 school days from K-12 being indoctrinated into whatever nonsense the government wants people to believe.

I used to be one of those idiots.

It was 6th grade when I first was taught about the Civil War and of course as the subject was taught to me, I felt very strongly at the time that General Grant was a hero, Sherman's march was noble and Lincoln was akin to an American God..
~ Black Confederate veteran Louis Napoleon Nelson

And that the South were evil to the core-- every single person who wore gray... They were racist and wanted to keep slavery and just all a rotten bunch..

Well except Robert E Lee..   Funny how he always was given a pass

Then that summer before heading into 7th grade, my curiosity on the subject led me to discover the magazine Civil War Times at my local library.

And as I read the articles by noted historians and genuine Civil War buffs, I soon realized all I was taught in 6th grade was complete utter bullshit!
That there were some deep, vile racists who wore the uniform of blue.. people like Grant, Sherman and Ben Butler who ran the occupation of New Orelans after it fell to the north in 1862..

These were some real bastards fighting for Old Glory... bigoted not only toward blacks but Native Americans, Jewish people.. Really anyone who wasn't like them,,

And I learned of Lincoln's words during the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1856 where he spoke openly that blacks and whites were not equals nor should they ever be..

And how the Emancipation Proclamation was only a political ruse to get soldiers to re-enlist under the guise of the invasion of the south being a 'moral' cause while allowing slavery to exist in northern border states like Kentucky and Maryland
~ Many Jewish people served honorably in the CSA and were welcome with open arms by the South vs the deeply anti-Semitic north

A whole world opened itself up to me and I learned anything taught to me in school, especially American History had to be questioned and researched independent and verified.  Otherwise it was propaganda.

And so I don't look at the Confederate flag through the dimly narrow prism of 'racist' that blacks and white-guilters and the PC police demand I do..

It is historical fact that only about 10% of all southerners around the start of the Civil War owned slaves and on average it was 1-2.
~ Native American Brigadier General Stand Watie

To purchase a slave then cost the equivalent of $80,000 in today's money, so this fantasy world that all of the Confederacy was something akin to the Tara plantation in Gone With The Wind is pure myth.

It is historical fact that in the Confederate Constitution which was patterned after the US, the resumption of the slave trade was forbidden.

It is also historical fact that blacks openly and willingly fought in the CSA army for the South, their home..  Now there's the ultimate example of black historical revisionism!!
~ Black Confederate

So much people do not know.. So little US public education teaches that is truthful especially where history is concerned.

And if you went up to 10,000 people at random on the street from all walks of life, and all points of the geographic compass and showed them the Confederacy's Naval Flag or any of dozens of regimental flags used by the CSA Army, few to none could properly identify them.
~ The Confederate Naval Flag in all its Glory

American revisionism means the US must Always be wearing the 'white hat' of goodness and morality even when the reality is different

John Wayne, the US Flag, apple pie and good ole' Mom..

And now you see every store competing with itself to see who will be the quickest to BAN the Confederate flag from its stores..
And every soulless politician from Obama to those who represent southern states clamoring for the removal and ultimate outright CENSORSHIP of the Stars n Bars

All to appease the revisionists..

Whatever will the blacks do when all the Confederate flags are banned, barred and made illegal and whites with mental disorders still kill black people?

What "symbolic" power grab will they try next?
They already have been allowed total control over who can say 'Nigger' so can't use that..

Truth is, people can try to take down the flag or burn it in effigy or in flame but it doesn't change that the CSA existed and that it will forever be honored by people who genuinely love the South and history without revisionism.

Currently there are nine southern states whose government assemblies have acknowledged the existence and celebration of Confederate History Month to take place every April
January 18th is also known and celebrated by many states and towns in the south as Confederate Heroes Day.

So if you love history and respect the real South (not the illusionary one of fried chicken, collard greens & NASCAR) don't despair.. this witch hunt will pass by the next news cycle and the flag will be preserved..

And so will the continued honoring and respect for those who served.
~ Kanye West