Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Loathsome George Zimmerman is painting Confederate flags and teaming up with a bigot to sell prints of them. Friends like this are worse than enemies to pro-Confederates.

Loathsome George Zimmerman is now painting Confederate flags and prints of these flags are being sold by an anti-Muslim bigot who operates a "Muslim Free Zone" gun shop.

These are some links to the story.

As an opponent of the Confederate flag this is welcome news. What better could convince Muslims around the world to see the Confederate flag as a bad thing.

With Zimmerman painting Confederate flags what better could convince people in America that the Confederate flag is loathsome.

Also, amusing is that the Sons of Confederate Veterans even though they know that Zimmerman painting Confederate flags is not a good for the image of the Confederate flag, will be very reluctant to speak out against him since their membership is likely to contain many persons who are sympathetic to Zimmerman.

So the reputation of the Confederate flag takes a beating and the Sons of Confederate Veterans won't do anything about it.

It will be interesting how this is viewed among conservative groups. Zimmerman has some degree of popularity with fringe elements and this might be one more thing that will push the conservative movement in this country into embracing the Confederate flag.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Renewed call to get rid of army bases named after Confederate leaders


I find that this is very helpful to my effort to get the U.S. military to not let the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to be involved in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) in the high schools.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Republicans, Democrats, and the Confederacy. Republicans have a problem and the Democrats know it.

The Republicans have a problem regarding the Confederacy and the Democrats know it and are demonstrating that they are quite willing to exploit the situation.

The Republicans don't want to be associated with the Confederacy, but they don't want to be seen as anti-Confederate either.

When Obama is picketed by Confederate flag waving protesters, Oklahoma Republican congressional representatives masw sure that the public knew that they didn't approve of this.

Earlier there were Confederate protesters when Obama visited Tennessee.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and Republican state legislators took down the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds in South Carolina hoping to put the issue behind them.

Opinion polls show that Democrats see the Confederate flag as racist, but Republicans don't.

In fact the supporters of the Confederate flags are largely Republicans and certainly are likely to vote in primaries.  The Republicans though have considerations besides winning primaries. They need to consider winning general elections, they need younger voters, and they can't risk being identified with the Confederacy. They have to consider their brand going into the future.

So the Republicans might agree to the flag coming down on the South Carolina capitol grounds, but they otherwise don't want to be either anti-Confederate or pro-Confederate. The whole issue could cause serious damage to their electoral prospects now and in the future.

The Democrats obviously sense this. President Barack Obama praises the Confederate flag coming down in South Carolina knowing full well that many Republicans are reflexively against what he is for.  Obama speaks against the Confederate flag during a speech in Kenya.

Obama previously hasn't had a lot to say about the Confederate flag when running for the presidency in 2008 and 2012, but know it remains to be seen how often he will bring it up. I think it will be very likely that Obama will find one way or another to bring up the Confederacy.

When Obama is traveling in the United States again, we can almost certainly expect that there will be anti-Obama protesters flying Confederate flags.

Obama's speaking against the Confederate flag and protesters with Confederate flags will likely make the Confederacy and flying Confederate flags at anti-Obama protests irresistible to many elements of the Republican Party base who will have no care at all about embarrassing the Republican Party.

The Democrats in congress recently have suddenly discovered the Confederacy as an issue and amended legislation to forbid Confederate flags from the U.S. government cemeteries.

However, some Republicans complained and the Republican House leadership pulled the bill. They aren't re-introducing it since they don't want to have to deal with the issue. They can't agree to the anti-Confederate measures, but they can't reject them either.

The U.S. House sessions were quite raucous. Shouting and booing.

The bills are still not back on the House floor. I suspect the Democrats will be right on the issue if the Republicans try to get some legislation passed.

Now the Republican plan to put the Confederate flag behind them is coming undone even further. Bobby Jindal has decided to become the defender of the Confederacy. He is against the city of New Orleans getting rid of their Confederate monuments.

If Jindal can gain just a few percentage points he will be in the top ten tier of the Republican presidential candidates and will be allowed in the main debates.

This will put a lot of pressure on other Republican Presidential candidates to defend the Confederacy. Maybe those not in the top ten can get into the top ten. Maybe those who are barely in the top ten will want to secure their position.

As Obama condemns the Confederate flag, as anti-Obama protesters fly the Confederate flag and as the Democrats seek to inject the issue into politics the issue of the Confederate flag might very well get interjected into the American presidential elections. It seems it is starting with Bobby Jindal who has little to lose in the polls.

The Confederacy is tumbling down. New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission votes to remove 4 monuments. UPDATE: Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal seeks to keep monuments in New Orleans UPDATE2: Jindal finds out there is no Heritage Act in Louisian

From the report: 

The first of two public hearings Thursday was conducted by landmarks commission. The hearings center on the Robert E. Lee monument at Lee Circle, the Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard statue at City Park, the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid-City and the Liberty Monument in the CBD.

During the hearing, the commission voted to bring forth its recommendation to remove the four monuments. The decision is not final, just a recommendation to the New Orleans City Council.

The Liberty Monument is a monument to a battle by the White League to restore white supremacy in New Orleans.

There has long been efforts against this monument.

The next commission to hear about the monument will be Human Rights Commission and I think it is very likely to vote for removal.

The neo-Confederates give their usual bogus and lame arguments.

As each city or state or park gives up Confederate monuments it sets the precedent for other political units to give up Confederate monuments. It makes the Confederate monuments that remain seem more anomalous and out of place. It also shows that the neo-Confederates don't have the political influence that people might have thought they did. Also, with so many places giving up the Confederacy the neo-Confederates face too many battles to focus on. It shows that the public symbols and monuments to the Confederacy can be removed and encourages people to attempt to do so. Finally, it creates an environment where the removal of Confederate monuments and symbols seems inevitable and so less and less effort is made to defend them and politicians don't want being a defender of the Confederacy to be in their political record.


See this article.

From the article:

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office is looking for ways he can keep four Confederate monuments erected in New Orleans, presumably over the objections of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council.
UPDATE2: Evidently the "Heritage Act" that Jinal's office referred to doesn't actually exist.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

West Point Academy historian discusses whether the Civil War was fought over slavery. UPDATE3: This video is still going strong. UPDATE: Found it on YouTube and added in embedded video UPDATE2: It is online two places, total views over 6 million. UPDATE3: It reached 7 million.

 The link above is a link to a video by a West Point Academy professor about the Civil War and slavery. He points out that it was about slavery.

It has been viewed over 5 million times.

I haven't been able to get the embedding to work.

He is proud that the U.S. Army defeated the Confederacy.


The video has had 200,000+ additional viewers since I posted the link this morning 8/13/15.

UPDATE2: The video is on Facebook and Youtube separately. The total viewership is over 6 million.  Since the lunch hour update there has been 300,000 or more additional viewers to the Facebook video. The Youtube video is climbing also. Post this video on your  blog.

UPDATE3: The total on Facebook plus Youtube has just gone over 7 million. The phase of a rapid increase in the number of viewers seems to be over. I think though that it will get a steady low level number of viewers and it might have a revival in specific parts of the country when there is a local controversy.


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Book of primary documents for Arkansas' secession. Seems it was about slavery.


When researching primary documents for the book "The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader," I realized that there was a great deal more material in each state. Newspaper discussions of slavery, many resolutions by state legislatures and other documents that show it was all about slavery.

I am so glad to see this book and look forward to seeing other books for other states.

As these books come out people will release that their state seceded to preserve slavery. The days are numbered for the neo-Confederacy.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Letter to the Director of the Naval Junior ROTC asking him to not permit Sons of Confederate Veterans to give awards to cadets

The following letter was sent by certified mail today. I will be writing the heads of the other Junior ROTC services this coming week.  If I don't get a satisfactory response I will be writing to higher levels in the military and to President Barack Obama if necessary. I am starting out with the letters and online postings, but will be fully developing my campaign in the coming months. I will still be writing Churches. The churches in the Dallas area are due a 2nd round of letters and I have been notifying my contacts in the area about the upcoming SCV convention there. 

                                                                                   August 3, 2015
Dr. Joseph D. Smith
Director - NJROTC Program
Naval Service Training Command
250 Dallas Street, Ste. A     
Pensacola, FL 32508-5268 

Dear Dr. Smith:

I am writing you to ask that you no longer have cadets receive the H.L. Hunley Award from the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). The SCV, is I believe by any reasonable standard, a racist and extremist group. I enclose a dossier which was published in Black Commentator online at

I also enclose a recent article that was published at It is also online at (I have the research byline.)

I am an investigative researcher into the neo-Confederate movement. I am published by peer-reviewed academic journals and university presses, as well as other media. I enclose a copy of my curriculum vitae which is online at

I was recently awarded the “Spirit of Freedom” medal by the African American Civil War Museum.

The SCV is not a patriotic organization. I enclose an article published in the Nov./Dec. 2007 Confederate Veteran, their official publication, where the Lt. Commander-in-Chief Ronald E. Casteel gives his regular column over to the former SCV Chaplain-in-Chief Fr. Alister C. Anderson who gives a scathing denunciation of Pledge of Allegiance. [Pages 8,9,56]

Fr. Anderson in the column writes, “Through some devious political connections he was permitted to write the Pledge of Allegiance with his Socialists intentions to weld together the mentality of all Americans in their allegiance to a centralized Federal Government.” [Page 56]

Then there is this statement in the column:

Southern scholars and historians have written that Bellamy’s idea to include “liberty and justice for all” is a substitute phrase which he was forced to use instead of his preferred phrase “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity,” the atheist words of the radical French Revolution.” [Page 56]

I also enclose an article from the Nov./Dec. 2012 Confederate Veteran in which the cover article compares Lincoln to Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler. The article concludes with the sentence:

Lincoln, Marx, Engels, and Hitler are indeed a strange but deadly ‘Band of Brothers.’

Then there is the SCV’s recent promotion of an anti-Semitic book.

I enclose a photocopy of an advertisement in the Jan./Feb. 2015 issue of Confederate Veterans magazine, their official publication, Vol. 73 No.1, pages 70-71 in which they recommend, praise and sell the book, “The South Under Siege, 1830-2000,” by Frank Conner, Collards Press, 2002.

This book argues that the 20th century Civil Rights movement was a Jewish conspiracy carried out against the South and that the idea of racial equality was itself a part of the Jewish conspiracy.

For example on page 392 in his book Connor states:

Until after the turn of the 20th century, anthropologists had routinely recorded genetic as well as cultural differences between races and ethnic groups – that being the whole point of anthropology. The highlighted differences among the races hand included those of intelligence. But as Kevin MacDonald points out in The Culture of Critique, a German-Jewish-immigrant named Franz Boas changed all that. At Columbia, Boas arbitrarily claimed that biological differences between races were miniscule – that environment alone shaped the behavior of the different races and ethnic groups (a la Rousseau). A number of other Jewish anthropologists swiftly adopted Boas’ position; and soon the Jews dominated the field of cultural anthropology. As MacDonald points out, by 1915 the Jews had gained control of the American Anthropological Association; and by 1926 they were chairing the anthropology departments at all of the major universities.

The SCV recommends this book as follows:

This important book by SCV member Frank Conner examines the true relations between the North and South from 1830 to June 200. It identifies the real history of each region, and the lies and distortion by which the Northern liberals have created totally false stereotypes of both the Northern liberal and the traditional white Southerner. It tells what the North has done to the South, and why the North claims to have done it, why the North really did it, and what the consequences have been. An excellent defense against the official history currently taught in the government schools. [italics in the original, Jan./Feb. 2015, Confederate Veterans Magazine, Vol. 73 No.1, page 70.]

I enclose copies of pages 392-393 & 406 of the book. I also enclose pages vii and viii of the table of contents to show that these anti-Semitic statements are not isolated examples.

In the same advertisement of the SCV you can also see that they are promoting the book, “Southern by the Grace of God” by Michael Andrew Grissom. This is a book which glorifies and praises the Ku Klux Klan as saviors of the South. I enclose documentation.

The enclosed documentation is to corroborate two items in the enclosed Black Commentator article about the SCV.

The SCV is giving awards to Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets to advance their agenda.  I enclose an article titled, “SCV JROTC H.L. Hunley Award,” by A.C. Wilson III, National Chairman of the H.L. Hunley Award, in the Jan./Feb. 2014 Confederate Veteran, pages 62-64 in which Wilson explains the purpose of the award.

Wilson opens the article with:

Every year I have two or three camp commanders asking just exactly what this program does that contributes to our fulfilling General Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge to the Sons. [Page 62]

The “Charge” of Stephen D. Lee to the SCV is to promote the neo-Confederate version of the Civil War.

Wilson explains why the SCV has this program. The SCV gets to sit in at the awards programs and as he explains further:

Tomorrow’s leaders are sitting in these auditoriums and they represent the finest students their high school has to offer. As these young Americans are recognized by fraternal and military organizations, they remember who recognized their hard work and sacrifices. We, as presenters, sit among the communities proven leaders who are there representing the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Scottish Rite, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of Purple Hearts and many others. We are sitting alongside these individuals. We were not asked to sit on the back row, or they rather we not attend at all. We are meeting high school administrators, teachers and parents and will be asked to make presentations to classes on the War Between the States and share with these students the true history of the South, students who represent our future generations. [Page 62]

From the prior examples given we can see what the SCV considers to be “the true history” to be shared with students.

It could be pointed out that the SCV gives some of the H.L. Hunley awards to African American students, which is true. However, this appears to be a matter of public relations to obscure the ideology they are promoting.

Finally, when the Hunley sunk the U.S.S. Housatonic two officers and three non-officers lost their lives. Should we be giving awards that honor those who took the lives of American Navy servicepersons?

I ask that the SCV not be allowed to be involved with any programs of the NJROTC.  In particular I ask that they not be allowed to use cadets to advance their neo-Confederate agenda.

                                                                                    Sincerely Yours,

                                                                                    Edward H. Sebesta

Sons of Confederate Veterans is re-publishing "Southern Partisan" articles. Reactionary ideology in full view.


The South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is putting online an article from the "Southern Partisan" magazine.

This article gives insight as to the deeply reactionary nature of neo-Confederate thought. Richard Weaver's book, "The Southern Tradition at Bay" laments women voting and is very racist.

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