Current War on The South truly one of Northern Aggression

southFort Sumter was not hurled by Union soldiers serving under Major Robert Anderson across Charleston Harbor into inchoate cannon balls still in the cannons of Citadel-manned troops under the command of Confederate Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard located at Forts Johnson and Moultrie on James and Sullivan’s Islands, respectively, in South Carolina.

No, the War Between the States begun at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861 was initiated by Southern aggression, despite the appellation for the Civil War preferred by Lost Causers as, the War of Northern Aggression.

But the war that has been waged against the eleven states that seceded and several other south of the Mason-Dixon line at least since five minutes after its native son, yet still a Democrat, Bill Clinton evacuated the White House just after High Noon on January 20, 2001, has been one born of Northern and West Coast aggression. What on God’s Green Earth is this South Carolina Gamecock presently roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia talking about?

The latest battle in the Yankees’ aka Liberal Democrats’ unrelenting attack against Southern voters refusing to give them electoral votes for Obamacare, higher energy and food prices and appeasement of Islamist terrorists was initiated by the Washington Post in the wee hours of October 7, 2014 with the following salvo, i.e. Why the South is the worst place to live in the U.S. – in 10 charts.

In his treasonous diatribe, a Wonkblog spy operating as Roberto A. Ferdman (notice the lack of creativity in the creation of aliases?) constructs ten supposed Southern strawmen and proceeds to destroy them with exaggerations, false assumptions, hasty generalizations, false dichotomies, post hoc and ad hoc non-arguments, reverse burdens of proof, non sequiturs and begged questions.

In other words the usual substitutes for logic and reason regularly employed by whom? Yankees aka Liberal Democrats wherever located.

Conveniently left out of the 10 supposed definitive charts was the argument-ending fact of the last 40+ years that finds The South as the #1 destination of transient Americans, including Blacks returning to the homeland of their youth or their extended families. Also not mentioned is the region that leads the nation now, and for the more than recent past in, wait for it…Job Growth! That would be, er ah, wait for it…Dixie!

Instead we are told that we should prefer to live with rich retired Yankees in New Hampshire and Vermont? Even if we could afford it, would we choose to live in ice and snow for half the year. And oh yes, we should desire to be among the more educated of course. These would be the Ivy Leaguers that devised the failed Liberal Democrat policies that have purt’ near wrecked, or in terms preferred by Columbia and Harvard’s Barack Obama (enrolled as foreign student Barry Sotero at Occidental?), “fundamentally transformed” the USA.

But Mike, the healthy lifestyle? Are cold weather and higher taxes required to motivate one to get out and walk? But, but Mike, its safer up there? Did an earthquake relocate Chicago to Tennessee? Didn’t think so. And but for a Republican Confederate sympathizer named Giuliani, New York City would bury more murder victims than Obama’s former consigliere-come-Windy-City-Godfather Rahm Emanuel.

Are people really safer in the Gun-free zones of Columbine and Sandy Hook? No. Rather they are safer with a right to carry in The South equal to that of  Hollywood moguls and D.C. pols, except as per the latter, Hank Williams Jr.’s Country boys can survive at a higher rate than a Secret Service so ruined by Liberal Democrat-rule that they leave the front door open at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And speaking of Hollywood, thanks to draconian taxes and not-so-Golden, California state government consensual sex regulations, Atlanta and other points south are fast becoming to movie production what it has already become to automobile manufacturing in the non-bulldozed-over versions of Detroit in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. (BMW), Chattanooga, Tenn. (Volkswagen), and Montgomery, Ala. (Hyundai).

One would think that Democrats would be content with their recent electoral victories that re-elected failed Democrat senators and Obama, ran millions over-50 out of the work force to government dependency and opened the border to new illegal immigrant and Ebola voters. But no, Democrats have drunk the Axelrod-Obama clear-the-field Kool-aid that addicts them to defaming their conservative Republican opponents. Thus their  felt need to libel and slander the region that refuses to swoon when Barack’s lips move or eat when Michelle points their children to the arugula desert during school lunch time.

No coincidence that the Northern and West Coast Left’s Messiah and his Democratic Party get few votes where? In The South.

Yes, at one time, Charlie Daniels advised that the Devil went down to Georgia. We kicked him back up north and once again agree with Hank Jr, that, if Heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie, we don’t want to go!

“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford

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Before Atlanta burned, DeVine Confederate fought for American Dream

big-shanty-stationOne Hundred and Fifty years ago this week my great-great-grandfather Lecil DeVine was shot in the face and captured by Union forces at Big Shanty, Georgia, a key rail station just north of Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta, while a confederate soldier defending against  General William Tecumseh Sherman’s inevitable capture of Atlanta in the Fall of 1864 that ensured President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election and the re-unification of all states in a new America free of slavery.

Lecil DeVine and his ancestors had loved America while eschewing slavery since they first arrived on its shores before the war for independence they fought in. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina less then 80 miles from President Andrew Jackson’s Palmetto State birthplace at Lancaster, Lecil joined fellow Jacksonian Democrats in his new Alabama home to elect a unionist delegate to oppose secession at the early 1861 Montgomery state convention. Unlike President Jackson who threatened to invade and hang Nullification secessionists in his home state in the 1830s, DeVine and other like-minded Southern Americans failed to persuade a majority in eleven states to continue the formation of a more perfect union under the United States Constitution.

Thus defeated, Lecil watched the state-rights Confederacy effect the first draft of free individuals into involuntary military service in American history and the ridicule and shame heaped upon those that didn’t volunteer beforehand. Thus chastened before his inevitable conscription in April pursuant to the second such Act passed at President Jefferson Davis’s request by the CSA congress, he joined the 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment in March of 1862. After fighting in Tennessee, Lecil helped defend Port Gibson, Mississippi before enduring Grant’s siege of Vicksburg after which he was taken prisoner; paroled to Demopolis, Alabama and later exchanged with fellow Confederates for Union prisoners; before rejoining his regiment and his inevitable re-capture 20 miles north of Atlanta.

While Atlanta burned, DeVine was imprisoned at the federal Rock Island, Illinois POW camp which, while not as notoriously wicked as the Andersonville one run by Confederates in Georgia, was known as one rife with hunger and disease. Even before the fall of Atlanta, war deprivations of food and shelter in much of Dixie were stark, and afterwards much more so, including in Lecil’s northern Alabama home. Thus, with the war he wanted no part of obviously lost by the Confederacy and his patriotic duty fulfilled, he “swallowed the dog” by pledging his Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and enlisted for a year of frontier service in the U.S. Army. Ironically, his Oath and enlistment papers were signed by Major H.B. Rathbone who, with his wife, accompanied President and Mrs. Lincoln on that fateful night to come at Ford’s Theater.

Lincoln died to preserve the last best hope of man on Earth. Lecil DeVine, rather than wallow in decades of “Lost Cause” bemoanings, embraced that new hope that had been his first cause and pursued the American Dream through family and enterprise in a South though ravaged by war and an imperfect reconstruction, was at least purged of the evil institution of slavery and with an amended Constitution better dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Lecil DeVine’s successors in this Spartanburg native’s immediate family would help build a New South of industry in railroads and nuclear power; integrated schools, Little Leagues and Cub Scouts; law, faith, education and good humor. None of which would have been possible absent the sacrifices of great-great-grandfather Lecil.

So as this Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia and my fellow Atlantans approach the Sesquicentennial of the burning of our great city by who Decatur’s Mary A.H. Gay called America’s Nero; let us remember than unlike Nero’s Rome, Sherman’s Atlanta and America rose from its ashes united to free half the world from Nazis and an evil communist empire and our own empire from Jim Crow.

God’s not finished with America yet and I thank God for a reluctant Confederate ancestor who never lost sight of the City on the Hill that he wanted for himself and his family.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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Obama: If Iran likes their nuke policy, they can keep it. Period.

IranBut I’ll bet the Appeaser-in-Chief keeps this “you-can-keep-your-policy” promise unlike the one made to Americans under the domestic equivalent of the bomb, known as  Obamacare.

President Barack Obama is a serial liar but, like a stopped clock, occasionally also tells the truth. For instance, he promised skyrocketing energy prices. They set a record high in October. He promised to bankrupt the coal industry with new carbon emissions-standards. The war on coal is clearly on the offensive and in the direction of bankruptcy courts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, he promised surrender. American troops have abandoned the former terrorist playground of Saddam Hussein with nary a footprint left behind; while President B. Hussein Obama has set a 2014 date-certain deadline for withdrawal in the former safe haven of al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in Afghanistan.

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DC is Hunger Games’ Capitol City, not Catching Fire

katniss everdeenKatniss Everdeen met some good folks in the fictitious Capitol City as a Hunger Games-to-the-death participant. And there are good people in America’s all-too-real capitol city of Washington.

But the problem with both is that as they bask in the glow of big government bubbles, they prohibit those whose labor and tax revenues support their conspicuous consumption from joining the economic prosperity party. And yes, if the liberal Obama Democrats stay in power for much longer, they will get around to ending even the fracking boom.

Meanwhile, the government-run craze of the past  century (interrupted only by brief conservative push-backs by Reagan and Newt) exploded exponentially with Obamacare, stimuli for government union employees, and wars war on coal and conservatives, respectively by the EPA and IRS; we witness many good people lobbying for what ought to be determined in a free Continue reading

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Climate didn’t kill JFK or Sebelius’ Healthcare.gov

Liberal Democrats just can’t accept reality when it conflicts (a frequent occurrence) with their liberal world view or political vanity.

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Soon after our anti-Communist Cold Warrior President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald fifty years ago next month, his widow famously bemoaned that: “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. Its – it had to be some silly little Communist.” Continue reading

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Obamacare ushers in Halloween spirits

We’re not sure if the ghost(s) of Anniston and Gadsden, Alabama, respectively, caught on security-camera video below were thrown out of now sheet-less hospital beds or simply failed to survive hours of fruitless attempts to purchase insurance on the federal Obamacare exchange.

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But we do know that they desperately crave one of the oldest and cheapest medicines known to mankind.  Continue reading

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Dr. Debthate or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Government Shutdowns

President Obama’s blindness to government spending problem, and insistence on ever more tax increases on the rich towards always moving fair share-goalposts, makes refusal of the Republican House to raise the debt ceiling an acceptable option.

In the wake of the 2010 tea partier conservative epic GOP mid-term election landslide that returned control of the House of Representatives to the party, this columnist urged Republicans to risk a government shutdown during the 2010 budget negotiations as more palatable than risking “default” during the likely debt ceiling battle the following year.

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