Are Southern Activists having an Impact on Government?

flagrallyThe late 1990’s saw an escalation of political correctness on our society. Things that were totally acceptable in the 1980’s were suddenly taboo. Some of the no longer accepted practices were politicians pointing fingers during soap box speeches ( political advisers thought it was too threatening and so began politicians pointing with their thumb instead) , terms that traditionally referred to men were no longer acceptable ( terms like postman, salesman, delivery man were not considered “gender neutral” and Hollywood ratcheted up the rhetoric of civil rights violations by producing films such as “The Ghosts of Mississippi”

Riding along on the Political Correctness coat tails was a concerted effort to demonize and demolish Southern History, this came mainly in the form of protests against states that flew the Confederate flag in remembrance of their heritage.

Wikipedia.Com states the following about the origins of the “Political Correctness” movement:

” Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a pejorative term that refers to language, ideas, policies, and behavior aimed at minimizing alienation of and discrimination against politically, socially or economically disadvantaged groups. The term usually implies that these social considerations are excessive or of a purely “political” nature. These groups most prominently include those defined by genderracereligionethnicitysexual orientation and disability.

Historically, the term was a colloquialism used in the early-to-mid 20th century by Communists and Socialists in political debates, referring pejoratively to the Communist “party line“, which provided for “correct” positions on many matters of politics. The term was adopted in the later 20th century by the New Left, applied with a certain humour to condemn sexist or racist conduct as “not politically correct”. By the early 1990s, the term was adopted by US conservatives as a pejorative term for all manner of attempts to promote multiculturalism and identity politics, particularly in terms of attempts to introduce new terms that sought to leave behind discriminatory baggage attached to older ones, and conversely to try to make older ones taboo. This phenomenon was driven by a combination of the linguistic turn in academia and the rise of identity politics both inside and outside it. These led to attempts to change social reality by changing language, with attempts at making language more culturally inclusive and gender-neutral. These attempts (associated with the political left) led to a backlash from the right, partly against the attempts to change language, and partly against the underlying identity politics itself. “Political correctness” became a convenient rightwing label for both of these things it rejected.”

With attacks on Southern Heritage, Culture and Conservative growing and more frequent , the late 1990’s saw the beginning of a political movement to fight against Political Correctness. Groups like the Southern Party, The League of the South and the Southern Independence Party formed and became very active.

whysec2 (1)The arrival of social networking has saw the evolution of a new kind of Southern activist.  Those who use blogs, websites, Facebook pages and simpler tactics such as hand-painted signs and stickers to get their message out.

The activity of the individual Southern activist seemed to culminate with the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States in 2008. Obama’s progressive policies which included the appointment of several “radicals” in his administration along with a very anti-gun agenda inspired the “secession petitions” of 2012 which utilized the website to spread the message of their activism.

Again quoting

“The petitions began Nov. 7, 2012, when “Michael E” from Slidell, Louisiana[3] created an online petition requesting the Obama administration “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”[4] The petition originally started as a response to the 2012 presidential election but since then it has grown into a national movement and encompasses many grievances, namely economic problems and the expansion of the federal government. By 6 AM (EST), Nov. 14th, the various petitions had garnered over 675,000 signatures.[5] Such petitions are largely symbolic in nature and few, if any, people expect any state to actually secede as a result of these petitions.[6]

Since these petitions were started by individual citizens, and not by the states themselves, no official state petition is being made and they have little to no legal standing.[7]

Though the petitions were not “officially” created by the states they were organic, created by individuals which is where the movement seems to be heading.

This week the Supreme Court of the United States in a ruling that drastically restricted the Votingl Rights Act of 1965 according to the New York Times:

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

The court divided along ideological lines, and the two sides drew sharply different lessons from the history of the civil rights movement and the nation’s progress in rooting out racial discrimination in voting. At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.

“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”

Was this merely a coincidence or were certain members of the court paying attention to all those organically created, legally non-binding secession petitions of 2012?- Editor

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

2 Responses to “Are Southern Activists having an Impact on Government?”

  1. Very well written piece on folks throughout our Southern communities who are finding unique ways of peacefully and productively dissenting towards the corruption and tyranny of the U.S. Federal Government. Because after all, a lot of these people stand for Liberty, Christian truth, and self-determination. And how can anyone be against these things – unless they’re progressive humanists who seek to make everyone conform to their will?


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