Friday, July 19, 2013

"Atlantic" magazine has article about the Arlington Confederate Monument and its denigration of Abraham Lincoln, also shows how extensively the federal government supports neo-Confederacy.

An extraordinary article at The Atlantic online at this URL:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/07/you-wont-believe-what-the-government-spends-on-confederate-graves/277931/

A quote from the article:
Not far from many Confederate gravestones at Arlington, however, is an actual engraving of a motto with more bite to it. "Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni," reads an inscription on the Confederate memorial. It's a quote from the epic poem Pharsalia, written by Lucan about the Roman Civil War, and literally translated means, "the victorious cause pleased the gods, but the conquered cause pleased Cato." As Malanowski told me, "You have to know your Latin history to know they're talking about the Roman Civil War, that the dictator Julius Caesar won, and that Cato was pleased with the republicans' sacrifice." With that background in mind the inscription is "a 'fuck you' to the Union. It's that sneaky little Latin phrase essentially saying 'we were right and you were wrong, and we'll always be right and you'll always be wrong.'"
We have tried to let the public know about how the Arlington Confederate Monument has a radical anti-American theme.

The article also documents how extensively the federal government supports neo-Confederacy. The article doesn't include all the ways the federal government supports neo-Confederacy. This blog documents some of the other ways the federal government supports neo-Confederacy.

Also, in the article there is documentation how the "heritage" of the Confederate "heritage" groups contains a lot of racism.

How Hilary Herbert, head of the Arlington Confederate Monument committee previously fought against Civil Rights and aided and abetted those violent against African Americans.

Hilary Herbert headed up the committee that raised the funds and had the Arlington Confederate Monument built. He was also a white supremacist who spoke out against Civil Rights legislation and also aided and abetted those who threaten violence against African Americans.

The account is from the Confederate Veteran magazine, which was the official publication of the United Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is online at this link.

http://www.confederatepastpresent.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142:qconfederate-veteranq-delights-in-civil-rights-being-defied-&catid=37:the-nadir-of-race-relations&back=yes

The Confederate "heritage" is about defending violence against African Americans. In reading the article you can see how thrilled Confederate "heritage" activists about violently suppressing Civil Rights.

An extract from the article:

On March 11, 1875, Wagner’s Minstrels appeared in Mont­gomery. The negroes, backed up by this obnoxious bill, tried to exercise what they claimed were “their rights” by taking seats in theaters and trains alongside the whites. On this occasion they passed the word that they would buy seats in the theater with the whites, when heretofore they had always been excluded to the gallery. Wagner’s agent had instruc­tions not to sell tickets to negroes anywhere but for the gal­lery, but by some chicanery they got tickets in the dress circle among Montgomery’s fairest daughters. The question then was how to remove them without frightening the ladies. When the curtain went up, the company marched in and took their seats for the overture, Wagner sitting on the end with tambourine in hand. Casting his eyes over the audience, he saw the negroes in the dress circle, and knew at once this would never do; so he put down his tambourine, advanced to the footlights, and announced that there were negroes in the dress circle and they would please vacate and go to the gallery, where they would find good seats, and the perform­ance would commence. Well, you could have heard a pin fall; Southern men stood with bated breath ready to back Wagner. The negroes did not move. A game of bluff, but it did not count in that game. Wagner waited patiently; still the negroes made no move to vacate. Wagner left the stage and returned quickly with pistols in hand, saying to the whites: “Ladies and gentlemen, stand aside; I will clear the dress cir­cle of those colored gents.” Pandemonium reigned; men were on their feet instantly, and the negroes went out of that dress circle, kicked and cuffed, and made a hasty retreat to the street. The performance then commenced, and much praise was given “Happy Cal.”

Next day trouble commenced for Wagner, as negroes com­menced swearing out warrants for Wagner before the United States Commissioner. N. S. McAfee, of Talladega, was United States District Attorney and Capt. J. W. Dimmick was United States Commissioner. Wagner and his agent, Brown, were ably defended by Col. H. A. Herbert, Col. Tucker Sayre, Col. Virgil Murphy, judge David Clopton, all volunteering their services, and Colonel Herbert making a telling speech on the unconstitutionality of the civil rights bill. The commissioner held with the attorney, and refused to issue any more warrants. Then the negroes swore out more warrants before another commissioner, Barber by name. This threw Mont­gomery into a state of excitement. Men with stern faces and determination promised to back Wagner and see this thing through; the streets were crowded with both negroes and whites, expecting trouble any moment. Cal Wagner was in Col. Tucker Sayre’s office, which was over Blount Weatherly’s drug store, facing Court Square. He was surrounded by his friends, who were considering how to get him out of the city before the United States marshals could serve other warrants on him. Dr. Walter Jackson, who was in the drug store at the time, was called into the office to consult with them. His buggy and fast horse were standing in front of the drug store. When asked if he could not get Wagner out of the city quick, he replied: “Yes, I can get him away with lightning speed.” [Boldface added.]
The story concludes gleefully how Wagner escaped justice and his threats of violence against

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sons of Confederate Veteran webpage explains the meaning of the Arlington Confederate Monument

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) has on their web site a series of web pages which explains their understanding of the Arlington Confederate Monument. In reading the web pages you can see how the Arlington Confederate Monument enables neo-Confederacy.

The 1st webpage in the series of webpages is at:

http://www.scv.org/documents/genworks/arlington/index.htm

President Obama unfortunately contributes to neo-Confederacy by endorsing the monument when he sends a wreath to it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Letter to Obama asking him not to send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument and the Secession Petitions


                                                                                                May 15, 2013

                                                                                                Edward H. Sebesta
                                                                                                esebesta@tx.rr.com

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Hon. President Obama:

As widely reported in the press, nearly a million people had signed secession petitions at the whitehouse.gov website by December 10, 2012.  By their very definition these petitions are a complete rejection of American ideals and they seek to damage the country.  Why are these petitions not viewed as offensive or odious?

Further secessionism has made inroads to mainstream politics. In Minnesota at the 2010 2nd Congressional District Republican convention a resolution that a state had a right to secede came within two votes of passage, “but only after Sutton, who was functioning as the convention’s chair, reminded his fellow Republicans that opposition to secession by states was a founding Republican principle in the late 1850s.”[1] However, about two weeks later the Minnesota 5th Congressional District Republican convention did pass a resolution both supporting nullification and endorsing “secession as options to enforce state sovereignty.”[2]

Perhaps because they had listened too many times to the Charlie Daniels Band song, “The South is Gonna Do It Again,” in 2009 the Georgia State Senate passed resolution SR632, conditionally calling for both nullification and secession by a margin of 43-1.[3] Tennessee Congressional Rep. Zach Wamp brought up secession as a response to health care legislation in 2010.[4] Former Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke to the Alaska Independence party which wishes that Alaska secede from the Union.[5]

Then there is the now widely known statement of Texas Governor Rick Perry speaking before a Tea party group in Texas in 2009 saying, “When we came into the Union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that,” and “We’ve got a great Union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that?”[6]

Ron Paul went to a secession convention in Charleston, South Carolina held by the Ludwig von Mises Institute (www.mises.org) in 1995 where he was a speaker.[7] He has been heavily involved with the pro-secession Ludwig von Mises Institute over the years.

Why is secession not odious?

I think the answer is obvious to even the most casual observer. At the federal, state, and local level Confederate secessionists who sought to destroy the United States of America are honored and glorified with monuments and symbols. This normalizes and makes the idea of secession to break up the United States morally acceptable.

We believe that a president of the United States of America should not send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument as it glorifies both a violent rejection of the United States and normalizes secession.

Earlier we have written you about other practices by the federal government that normalize secession: Allowing the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to get involved with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; Allowing the United Daughters of the Confederacy to give awards to cadets at the U.S. Military academies named after treasonous secessionists; and allowing the SCV to be part of the Federal Combined Campaign.

I ask you to stop normalizing secession by ending the Presidential practice of sending a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument on Memorial Day or any day and to end any federal activities that allow the SCV and UDC to spread their secessionist message to our military.


                                                                                    Regards,



                                                                                    Edward H. Sebesta



[1] Lori Sturdevant, “Party of Lincoln flirts with a house-divided resolution,” Star Tribune, March 30, 2010, online.
[2] Lori Sturdevant, “Secession gaining fans in MN GOP,” Star Tribune, April 12, 2010. Online.
[3] Jay Bookman, “Georgia Senate threatens dismantling of USA,” Atlanta Constitution Journal, April 16, 2009, http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2009/04/16/georgia-senate-threatens-dismantling-of-usa/.
[4] Emi Kolawole, “Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp talks of secession,” Washington Post, July 24, 2010. Online
[5] Jon Swaine, The Telegraph (UK), Sept. 2, 2008, online; Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert, “Meet Sarah Palin’s right-wing pals,” http://news.salon.com/2008/10/10/palin_chryson Online.
[6] James McKinley, jr., “Texas Governor’s Secession Talk Stirs Furor,” New York Times, April 18, 2009, online.
[7] Ludwig von Mises flyer, “Secession!,” Ludwig von Mises Institute, post marked Feb. 27, 1995. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama and the secession petitions

With all these secession petitions that Obama will be responding to, I hope Obama will reconsider the wisdom to sending a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument dedicated to those who fought for secession.

Obama's sending a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument helps normalize secession.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 Letter to Obama

                                                                                                        May 24, 2012


President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

During your Presidency, you have annually sent Presidential wreathes to the Arlington Confederate monument on Memorial Day. I am writing to ask you to stop this practice. The United Daughters of the Confederacy regularly uses photographs of your  wreathes in its magazine accompanying appeals to celebrate the birthday of Jefferson Davis and to honor Confederate soldiers at an annual commemoration in Arlington. A Presidential wreath implicitly sanctions this event and legitimates the Confederacy and its leader. Please do not send a Presidential wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument in 2012.

Until the administration of President George H. W. Bush, American presidents had sent a wreath to the Confederate memorial on Jefferson Davis’s birthday: President Bush ended this practice, instead sending a wreath on Memorial Day. Although the wreath is no longer sent on Davis’s birthday (3rd June), Memorial Day is close enough such that the wreath will likely still be on the Arlington Confederate monument and it can be used to celebrate Davis’s birthday, as seen in the UDC Magazine in 2010 and 2011 (I enclose copies of the relevant pages).

When the President of the Unites States sends a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument, the prestige of the monument is enhanced. It augments the celebration of Jefferson Davis and justifies his beliefs and those of the Confederate States he led. I urge you to end this practice. Jefferson Davis was a white supremacist and fiercely pro-slavery. In Augusta, Maine, in 1858, for example, Davis praised his audience for remaining racially pure, in contrast to Latin Americans who he said were racially mixed and incapable of self-government.[1] Davis opposed efforts to ban slavery in the Oregon territory in 1848 and, in a lengthy Senate speech, described the inhabitants of Oregon and the newly acquired territories from Mexico as “mongrels of the Spanish and Indian races, inheriting from both the characteristics, pertinacity, treachery, and revenge.” [2] He spoke out and voted against the African Squadron to suppress the transatlantic slave trade.[3]  He advised the Mississippi legislature in 1858 to secede if an abolitionist was elected president and to prepare by stocking up arms.[4] When Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Davis denounced it as the “the most execrable measure recorded in the history of guilty man” which he felt was “a measure by which several millions of human beings of an inferior race, peaceful and contented laborers in their sphere, are doomed to extermination.”[5] He advocated that captured African American soldiers not be treated as prisoners of war, nor should their officers.[6]

After the Civil War, Davis’s book, “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government,” published in 1881, described African Americans as racially inferior, argued that emancipation was a mistake, and claimed it was an outrage that African Americans were allowed on juries and in state legislatures. Davis died never regretting his lifelong fight for slavery, nor altering his views regarding African Americans.

A President of the United States should not be contributing to the celebration of Jefferson Davis in any way, shape, or form. The annual sending of a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument by Presidents of the United States contributes in a prominent way to perpetuating the celebration of Jefferson Davis. I request that you no longer aid the celebration of Jefferson Davis. Please do not send a Presidential wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument in 2012.

 

                                                                    Sincerely Yours,

 
                                                                    Edward H. Sebesta




[1] Davis, Jefferson, “Speech of Jefferson Davis at the Portland Convention,” Vol. 3 pages, 284-88, and “Speech of Jefferson Davis at State Fair at Augusta, Me. ,” from the Eastern Argus, Sept. 29, 1858, reprinted Vol. 3, pages 312-314,  both from “Jefferson Davis: Constitutionalist, His Letters , papers, and Speeches,” editor Dunbar Rowland, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, 1923.
[2] Davis, Jefferson, Speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, July 12, 1848,  Appendix to the Congressional Globe, 30th Congress, 1st Session, pages 907-914.
[3] Congressional Globe, 31st Congress, 2nd Session, pages 307-309.
[4] Rowland, Dunbar, “Jefferson Davis Constitutionalist: His Letters, Papers, and Speeches,” Vol. III, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, 1923, speech on pages 339-360, quotes on pages 356, 359.
[5] Dunbar Rowland, “Jefferson Davis to the Confederate Congress,” from Jefferson Davis Constitutionalist: His Letters, Papers, and Speeches, 5, (Jackson: MS Dept. of Archives and History, 1923), 396-415. Also in the Journal of the Confederate Congress, 3, 58th Cong., 2d sess., 1904, S. Doc. 234, Serial 4612, 13-14.
[6] Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. / Series II - Volume 3: Proclamations, Appointments, etc. of President Davis; State Department Correspondence with Diplomatic Agents,etc., page 142.

Monday, May 30, 2011

History News Network Runs 2009 Letter to Obama for Memorial Day

History News Network, http://www.hnn.us/, has added the 2009 letter to Obama as an item for its Hot Topics listing for Memorial Day. You can see it on the Memorial Day page here,
http://hnn.us/articles/12140.html.

Unfortunately they didn't run our 2010 or 2011 letter.

You can read all three letters by using the links on the side bar to the right of this blog.

There will be a 2012 letter to President Obama. We are thinking of taking up the topic of the massacre of African American troops.

Incidentally, I strongly recommend this essay by David W. Blight on the first Memorial Day. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/30/opinion/30blight.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all.
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