Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column for November 2013

Commanders Column for November 2013

The recent government shutdown and rollout of the government’s healthcare system brought out the pundits pointing fingers and casting blame.  One of interest claimed that our country is not dying as has been postulated as the natural course for democracies by Alexander Fraser Tytler in his nineteenth century lectures describing this “Fatal Sequence”.   The guest on this radio show claimed the United States is not decaying and dying, it is being killed.  Our heritage, culture and Judeo-Christian foundation is being attacked and eradicated from within.  Lincoln attacked the Confederacy to exterminate the Southern culture and sought to subjugate the South and redefine the role of the federal government as the ultimate authority and control in the lives of the citizenry at the point of a bayonet.  Sherman while waging his war on the civilian populace in a July 31, 1862 letter to his wife (from his "Collected Works") wrote that his purpose in the war was: "Extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least part of the trouble, but the [Southern] people."  

The self-determination and self-reliance which defined our Confederate forefathers and which has been passed down as our heritage is being exterminated today by socialistic programs and indoctrination which just two generations ago led to decades of conflicts and the Cold War to contain the spread of Marxism in southeast Asia and around the globe.  Every generation has its own wars to wage, its own imperatives which shape the course of history.  Our Confederate ancestors took up arms in an attempt to preserve the freedom and liberty and form of government the founding fathers shaped after the Revolutionary War.  Will there be patriots today who will resist the oncoming tide and stand in the face of the onslaught threatening the core of American values?   We can help educate our neighbors by telling the true history of the Confederacy and why our ancestors struggles are relevant today.  We must stand in the face of political correctness and defend the honor of the Confederate soldier patriots and preserve their memory and Southern heritage.  

The court hearing in Selma is upcoming and we need to continue to support the Friends of Forrest as they fight to protect the sacred final resting place of the brave Confederate soldiers in Live Oak Cemetery there and to enhance the grounds to pay tribute to the true heroes of the War for Southern Independence, those who fought to protect their families and homes and way of life.   November also is a time of Thanksgiving, a time we give thanks for our families and blessings bestowed upon us by our loving God.  President Jefferson Davis issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation on the 15th of November 1861 setting aside that day as “a national day of humiliation and prayer” encouraging all to return home on that day “to implore (the) blessing of Almighty God upon our people, that he may give us victory over our enemies, preserve our homes and altars from pollution, and secure to us the restoration of peace and prosperity.”  We should continue to pray fervently for our nation and our families, for peace and prosperity.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

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