Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prattville Dragoons SCV Camp 1524 Commander's Column for August 2017

Mark Levin recently released his newest book entitled “Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism”. According to Amazon, “In Rediscovering Americanism, Mark Levin revisits the founders’ warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up. Levin questions: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent. Understanding these principles, in Levin’s words, can “serve as the antidote to tyrannical regimes and governments.”” Although Levin’s formal education included a Political Science degree from Temple at the young age of 19 with summa cum laude honors as well as a law degree also from Temple, he unfortunately apparently cannot claim a cogent knowledge of the single historic event in our nation’s history which precipitated this decline in our nation’s principles. He decries the loss of liberty and growth of the overreaching tyrannical government as compared to what the framers envisioned but he refuses to recognize how pivotal the War for Southern Independence and the ultimate surrender of the Confederate forces and government meant to the perpetuation of the American “experiment” and the corruption of our democracy/representative republic.

I have listened to Levin often and if you can excuse his rude and abrasive demeanor, you might mistake him for a proponent of conservative policy and personal liberty. Then he displays his unequivocal ignorance by espousing Lincoln as the savior of our fruited plains. “September 2, 2014. Mark Levin again displayed his ignorance on his radio show by praising Abraham Lincoln. Mark (correctly) thinks the Russians are terrible aggressors for invading the Ukraine. For some reason, when Lincoln did the same thing, even more ruthlessly, in 1861, that was just fine. Because American tyranny is good, because Old Glory, Stars and Stripes Forever. Or something. Levin (spouts) increasingly asinine remarks on (his) radio (show) about the American Civil War and the Confederate States of America. The Irate One stated that the Confederacy represented an "illegitimate form of government" based on "dangerous rebellion." If that is true of the Confederacy, it is also true of the United States, who came into being in the same way: through secession and a declaration of independence. Furthermore, the Confederate States were not in "rebellion" to the Constitution or anything else. They were merely exercising their right to self-government under the very American concept of "the consent of the governed." They were merely following the legal means of seceding as outlined in textbooks at West Point, as commonly understood since the beginning of the American republic: sovereign bodies that accede to a union of political states may also secede from the same union when it suits their needs and purposes to do so. Abraham Lincoln himself stated as much in a speech to Congress while he himself was but a congressman, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” Any government that forces a population into its fold through force is tyranny. The Northern states were on the side of tyranny during the Civil War. They did not fight to "free the slaves" as is commonly and erroneously taught to every third-grader; they fought to force the South back into a union it no longer wanted; the slaves were totally negotiable. The Civil War was like most wars, fought over territorial control, the right to govern and the right to tax. (Money and resources.) Abraham Lincoln was a flaming disaster to the United States, clearly the worst president in our history. He started a war of tyranny and subjugation and killed 630,000 people in the process. Yet, Lincoln is Mark Levin's hero. It figures.” (

Mark Levin enjoys a syndicated radio show which airs on over 300 stations reaching millions of listeners. The forces of ignorance and hate are strong. For generations, schools have taught a distorted history which demonizes those Confederate heroes who dared defend their rights and their homes, taking up arms to oppose the aggressions of the Yankee invaders and tyrannical oppressors. Against incredible odds, our Confederate ancestors fought thru deprivations and immense hardship to preserve a nation constructed on the founding constitutional ideals. We must preserve the true history of the South and vindicate the Cause as the Charge implores us. It may seem a daunting task as the forces that oppose us are on the offensive. We must work within our local communities with outreach and education. We must continue to work at the state and national levels for heritage defense. As the Division 1st Lt said in the recent Alabama Confederate magazine, “Each of us has the ability to make a difference. We must offer whatever time and talents we can to building our Camps and our organization.” This is the most important period of the year to confirm your commitment, the annual period where we renew our SCV membership to renew our pledge to uphold the Charge, the single most important thing you can do to honor your Confederate ancestor. At the same time, this is also our camp’s annual fundraising period, our Dixie Butt sale which raises monies for all the work we do in our local community from donations to awards to education and outreach. Step forward to combat the forces of ignorance and intolerance. Step forward to vindicate the cause for which your Confederate ancestor fought, to defend the Confederate soldier's good name and guard his history, to emulate his virtues and perpetuate those principles which he loved and which made him glorious.

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