Confederate Patriotism

Confederate Patriotism

There are 23 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Dec 5, 2007, titled Confederate Patriotism. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Independence Day is a time for Americans to celebrate freedombut there's another battle for freedom that still sparks fireworks today, other than the holiday.

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GJ Tisdale

Inverness, FL

#23 Dec 31, 2007
"The flag of our ancestors goes along with the Nazi swastika! That is the story now repeated everywhere.Nazi Germany was a totalitarian state.There was no barbed wire around the plantations.They were places where people were born and lived.Places that many of them,black and white,remembered as consoling,at least compared to what came later.The Southern Confederacy was so free that,even in the midst of ruthless invasion,the government never suppressed persons,newspapers,or local or state governments,something Mr. Lincoln found necessary repeatedly.And we never tried to conquer another country.We were the ones invaded and conquered by a stronger power.That our flag represents Nazism would be a surprise to the South Carolina captain who raised it over the castle on Okinawa as part of the first squad inside.And to his commander,Gen.Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr.,son of the C.S.A. general of the same name.And to Gen.Nathan Bedford Forrest Jr.,who died in the skies over Germany in 1944.Will we now have to change the name of the 'Memphis Belle' to the 'Cleveland Playmate'?"--from "Defending Dixie":Essays in Southern History and Culture by Clyde N. Wilson.Pages 107-108.READ THE BOOK!!!--http://www.faebooks.o rg/store
GJ Tisdale

Inverness, FL

#24 Dec 31, 2007
"Sheldon Vanauken,author of the Christian classic A Severe Mercy,tells in his autobiography how he,a Virginian,went through a bohemian period in New York after the early untimely death of his wife.During this period he took part in a number of civil rights demonstrations carrying a placard with the battle flag on one side.More than once he was stopped by a friendly New York cop with:"Buddy,you're in the wrong demonstration."Vanauken then would turn his placard around to the other side,which said:"Confederates for civil rights."--from "Defending Dixie":Essays in Southern History and Culture by Clyde N. Wilson.Page 101.READ THE BOOK!!!--http://www.faebooks.o rg/store
GJ Tisdale

Inverness, FL

#25 Jan 2, 2008
'Lincoln was lucky to leave the scene when he did,a martyr without the stain that Reconstruction would inevitably have brought to his reputation.Davis,by comparison,was traduced by a government that kept him shackled in prison for two years,while denying him the trial he craved.He could not be brought to trial because,of course,any open and fair judicial proceeding would have established beyond any doubt that secession by state governments from the Union is not treason.Who knows but that we might have here a rediscovered hero of the future,when the impatience of the people with the ever-encroaching state has reached its limit.In the meantime,if you wish to begin to understand the story of our country,I recommend that you read the letter Jeff Davis wrote on January 20,1861,to his northern friend Franklin Pierce,as well as his farewell speech to the Senate the following day as he withdrew to join his seceding state:"We recur to the principles upon which our government was founded.We but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence."Or his inaugural address on February 18 of the same critical year:"Our present condition...illustrates the American idea that governments rest upon the consent of the governed....We have changed the constituent parts,but not the system of our government.The Constitution formed by our fathers is that of these Confederate States."'--from "Defending Dixie":Essays in Southern History and Culture by Clyde N. Wilson.Pages 147-148.READ THE BOOK!!!--http://www.faebooks.o rg/store

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