Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Revenge of the Confederacy - Part 2

The following article was forwarded by Dragoon Tyrone Crowley.  This article was published in "Chronicles, A Magazine of American Culture" on December 12, 2014, authored by Chilton Williamson Jr.

The Revenge of the Confederacy

Today, Americans display a tendency to segregate themselves according to their political, social,
economic, and racial and ethnic differences, as indeed they have always done but now more
consciously and deliberately. So we have the Blue Northeast and the Blue West Coast, the Red South
and the Red Mountain West. But not only are these color-correspondent regions separated from one
another by wide distances and geographic obstacles, they are also subdivided by in-holdings of
intruding colors, often in complicated patterns. People who consciously wish to live and work with
people who look, think, and vote like them increasingly accommodate their lives to segregationist
purposes, but national residential patterns have not yet arranged themselves to the degree that the
majority are able to realize their aspirations. Hence they may find themselves living in a Red Ward in a Blue City in a Red State, or a Blue Township in a Red County in a Blue State. They have no means of combining geographically into broader, territorially adjacent areas in order to leverage their social and political power, a situation they quite naturally find frustrating and a provocative cause for discontent, resentment, and anger. Futurists have speculated in recent years on the possibility that the United States may split into separate republics defined by regional geography—Northwest, Mountain West, Northeast, Southwest, etc.—but self-segregation is very far from having proceeded enough to make these regions sufficiently homogenous to allow such partitions to function successfully. If, on the other hand, the Confederates States of America still flourished south of the Union, Union citizens who preferred to live in a traditional culture would be free to move there, while Confederates longing for a liberal society could move north. South of the border, Confederate citizens would enjoy their republican freedoms, together with the satisfactions of a traditional, religious, and deferential society, from which the gods of commercialism and progressivism had been banished. In these circumstances, the sole losers would be imperially minded politicians deprived of a chance at the vast power that rule over a continental nation, as compared to half a continental one, confers. Yet their loss, being more than compensated for by the absolute ideological control they would exercise over their contentedly blue subjects, happy and at ease at last in their chosen people’s republic, would be illusory. 

Unfortunately for Americans of every persuasion, the possibilities for this scenario were forfeited—perhaps forever—a century and a half ago by the forebears of modern American politicians, who failed to seize the opportunity when it was extended to them and thereby condemned their distant successors to frustration, gridlock, seething impotence, and a deep-seated hatred of the other half of the citizenry— precisely what Barack Obama is feeling now.

So the Unionists in 1865 deprived their country of the opportunity to rid itself forever of that geographic half of it that bitterly resisted its character and its agenda. But they did something else as well. They made certain that Northern society would continue to develop in the materialist direction in which it had been moving for decades, unchallenged by a vision of an alternate civilization grounded in nature and tradition, and by effective dissent on behalf of these things. The result a century later was a country so culturally and politically grotesque that the New Left that developed subsequently in the vacuum created by the defeated traditionalist party was able to attack the United States from the left and establish itself as the sole effective opposition to the American political and cultural establishment that the unconditional surrender of 1865 had ensured. The rise of the New Left made the traditionalist critique of modern American society more irrelevant than ever, but it also challenged the settled arrangement between industrial business, the national political establishment, and American liberalism that Washington and Wall Street together had managed since Reconstruction. So the victorious North has been reduced to a shadow of its former self since the 60’s by the people Obama and his friends refer to in private as “the ones we’ve been waiting for”—which is “we.”

The self-co-opted radicals run the show today, and they have adopted as their allies the scores of
millions of angry and resentful foreigners, and the descendants of foreigners, admitted to the United
States under the irresponsible immigration policies institutionalized by Congress at the behest of
Northern industrialists in the second half of the 19th century and maintained ever since (save for a
decade or so following World War I) by a powerful combination comprising ruthless entrepreneurs, the soft-minded churches and the charities, and the more or less vicious ethnic lobbies. The vast majority of immigrants, after 1965 especially, have come to this country from strictly economic motives or because, as Mencken said in another context, there is a warrant out for them somewhere else. They have no other interest in American civilization, such as it exists today, than a job and the pleasures of life in an affluent society, and they have no intention of renouncing their previous identities and allegiances.

Thus, the “Melting Pot” the North boasted of a century ago has come to resemble the brew being busily stirred by the witches Macbeth encountered on the heath, a writhing stew of snakes, toads, and eels, many of them poisonous and most of them an ecological threat to the native American habitat into which they have been thoughtlessly—and sometimes malevolently—introduced.

America as she exists in 2015 is the creation of the Union states that won the Civil War, a country the
former Confederacy has had virtually no hand in making. The descendants of the former Unionists need to remind themselves of this fact as they, along with a majority of Americans, deplore what their country has since become. For people whose hearts pump Confederate blood, a certain smugness is
understandable, and even pardonable. Though their ancestors failed 150 years ago, Goliath has
succeeded in destroying himself.

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