The following was presented by Dr. Johnson, an editor of The Barnes Review, to the American Freedom Union’s Conference in Allentown, Pennsylvania, August 26th.
On Saturday, August 12th 2017, about 1,500 rightists off all types gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest yet another planned destruction of a Confederate monument. Needless to say, the monument was only the proximate cause. The broader cause was the left’s planned destruction of American history. As has already been demonstrated, the left is already targeting Mount Rushmore and pictures of Washington and Jefferson.
There have been a string of defeats for Antifa: Sacramento, Berkeley, Auburn, Pikeville and Charlottesville. These have been defeats because, each time, the nationalist side at least matched the left in numbers. More importantly, they were beaten at the street level. Gone are the days when a handful of nationalists needed an army of police to protect them. In these fights, the police were needed to protect the left. Their morale is at an all time low.
In this case, the target was a statue of Confederate military genius Robert E. Lee. What makes this odd was Lee’s well known opposition to slavery and his erection of schools on his Arlington plantation for the slaves he inherited. These schools were technically illegal. In a famed excerpt from a letter to his wife, Lee wrote:
“In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral and political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, and while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially and physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, and I hope will prepare and lead them to better things.” (Robert E. Lee, December 27, 1856).
Slave owners were brought up in a society where they considered themselves the benefactors of African savages with little civilization of their own. They would have been slaves in Africa regardless. It almost need not be said that the left cares little about slavery. Blacks and immigrants are to them a reserve army to use against uppity poor Whites. After the Civil War, only blacks in the South could vote, since anyone even indirectly connected to the Confederacy was barred from voting. Entire statehouses were all black, armed with Union weapons and financed by Northern carpetbaggers.
Thaddeus Stephens and the rest of the Radical Republicans, opposed repatriation to Liberia because he needed angry, landless blacks in the U.S. for mobilization. Nothing has changed, and life for black America has gotten worse and worse from the 1950s to today. The descendants of the Carpetbaggers have fed black America on a steady diet of “hate Whitey” while granting them no economic advancement.
Stevens wrote in the midst of the war, in 1863: “The adoption of the measures I advocated at the outset of the war, the arming of the Negroes, the slaves of the rebels, is the only way left on earth in which these rebels can be exterminated. They will find that they must treat those States now outside of the Union as conquered provinces and settle them with new men, and drive the present rebels as exiles from this country….They have such determination, energy, and endurance, that nothing but actual extermination or exile or starvation will ever induce them to surrender to this Government.” (Speech on the Floor of the House).
There is nothing wrong with freeing blacks with land. I’m tempted to believe the likes of Charles Sumner or Stevens liked it that way. Stevens is lionized in American history lectures while Andrew Johnson is often called an “apologist for the plantation.” The mere fact that a politician supports a good cause does not permit the a.) suspension of all moral judgments about him; b.) placing him under a different moral standard; or c.) vindicating all he does and advocates to this end. Stevens was all too willing to demolish the entire South in order to impress upon them the meaning of concord, love and civic virtue (DuBois, 198-200ff).
W.E.B. DuBois’ famed “Black Reconstruction in America,” is an excellent analysis of, among other things, the Civil War. A complex and inconsistent man, DuBois’ honesty almost becomes a fault. Reading this classic shows the one-sided conception of race in American life. In the chapter Looking Forward, DuBois quotes Thaddeus Stephens:
“Without [black] votes we cannot establish stable governments in the Rebel States. Their votes are as necessary as their muskets; of this I am satisfied. Without them, the old enemy will reappear, and under the forms of law take possession of the governments, choose magistrates and officers, and in alliance with the Northern Democracy, put us all in peril again, postpone the day of tranquility, and menace the national credit by assailing the national debt.” (Stevens, quoted in DuBois, 199).
This quotation, quite ordinary for the Pennsylvania Republican, can be applied as a corrective to the modern code to the Union. Such quotes (which could be multiplied) destroy the myth of the “egalitarian” Stevens and bring into doubt the real motives of the Radicals, and to say the least, their abstract commitment to love and justice. Even more bizarre is Charles Sumner: “The ballot is a schoolmaster. Reading and writing are of inestimable value, but the ballot teaches what these cannot teach. . .The freedman already knows his friends by the unerring instinct of the heart. Give him the ballot, and he will be educated into the principles of the government. Deny him the ballot, and he will continue an alien in knowledge as in rights.” (195).
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