WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 — For tens of millions of southerners the December 6 runoff loss of Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to Rep. Bill Cassidy represented the epic opening of a new age in America. This region is now a solid conservative south for the first time since Democrats seized control just after the end of the Civil War. For a region of the nation that stretches from the Carolinas to Texas, this is massive and so is the impact of this new Red, White and Blue American Wave. Here a New South Rises.
How the new south rising came about is both a combination of historical events borne of old practices now buried and new awakenings of a younger, more politically conservative and constitutionally focused on rights the founding fathers crafted. In many ways this new awakening also represents a transformation for the nation as well. This resurrection of sorts has occurred before and it is in that previous incarnation in the 1950’s and 1960’s that actually gave legitimate birth yet again to the phrase: “The South shall rise again.”
History is the guide.
The southern past serves as a barometer for what the country often becomes. The end of the nation’s first Civil War did not herald in a new era of racial justice or equality for all. In fact, it gave rise to a new form of enslavement that was embodied in laws, ranging from Jim Crow legislation and “Grandfather Clauses.” The leaders ranging from Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington to Hiram Revels, who was elected to the U.S. Senate and had the distinction of holding the seat that Confederate President Jefferson Davis once held. The south saw an explosion of recently freed slaves taking office at the local, state and even in congress. In fact, during Reconstruction over 2,000 newly freed slaves held office in the south.
That changed dramatically and it would be nearly a century and a half later when South Carolina Senator Tim Scott would be the first black person elected from the south to the U.S. Senate.
A new incarnation of the south would rise based upon the vision and the civil rights ministry of a young pastor and son of the south named Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The power of his oratory was based upon the bible and it fueled a new narrative which reminded southerners and Americans alike that it was the content of one’s character not the color of one’s skin that was definitive.
Oddly enough, it was that very distinction that Rev. King spoke of which many Americans were able to take with them to the polling places in the 2008 presidential election which gave President Barack Obama the keys to the Oval Office. As was the case in 1865 where America was reminded of the need for change in the south for newly freed slaves, 1964 represented another course correction as well with the passage of civil rights legislation.
Two sons of the south, President Johnson, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined to shape a new dynamic in granting freedom and justice with the passage in 1964 of the Civil Rights Act and in 1965 of the Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile another southerner, Tennessee Senator Al Gore Sr. father of Vice President Gore joined over 50 senators to filibuster the 1964 civil rights bill for 57 days.
Each moment of conflict that was felt upon the backs of southerners both black and white worked to create a new narratives. The new movement served as transformative segments which created the emerging political and societal bedrock of the south and the nation. The transformation of the south was not abandonment of old ways as much as it was an acceptance of a biblical belief that demonstrated that there existed a commonality that was shared at prayer at the dinner table was also shared in the schools and churches.
The purpose of civil rights was not to abolish pride but to establish a South that would fiercely protect its sense of purpose and its deep roots of culture. Both black and white southerners shared this in this new beginning and even blacks from northern cities are moving back to the south to share in the rebirth.
in the cradle of an emerging new south of the 1960’s. As many men of color who marched in the south said in their signs:”I am a Man.” Being a man meant being a person not repudiated or rejected but given equal opportunity and not special favors.
The Black Vote – re-enslaved
With the passage of voting rights legislation a new type of re-enslavement accompanied the enfranchisement of black voters. Democrats and liberals were more than eager to unleash this new voting bloc upon the Republicans. They courted the very churches and black leaders who had been supported by republicans. They distanced themselves from previous backers like Vice President Nixon who unlike then Senator John Kennedy, supported the civil rights struggles of the 50’s. In fact it was Nixon who invited Rev. King in 1957 to the nation’s capitol to a civil rights summit conference.
But history has a strange way of taking shape when it is being written by those who would change truth into a lie all for the locking down of a vote. Black communities in the South, North and throughout the country were being given a new narrative, “Republicans want to steal your vote,” or “Republicans are race haters and will keep you poor, ignorant and in jail.”
Now as the south was being changed by laws to make it confirm to colorblind conduct the liberals and the democrat power structure was literally re-writing history. Policies and programs that were meant to uplift blacks from poverty and promote new jobs and educational opportunities ended up being stripped bare by opportunists whose only goal was to keep the gravy train rolling.
Ending poverty was not the goal, instead creating a new government structure based upon creating new plantations of hopelessness, crime, mental imprisonment and broken families, was the target. According to a recent Cato Institute study over 15 trillion has been spent on the War on Poverty since the 1960’s but for black families, nothing has changed except that more not less Democrats and government control the community’s purse strings.
South and nation need new awakening
After a half century southerners, black, and white were coming to realize that the new/old democrats had again flipped the script. This time instead of using just race to hinder, block, shackle blacks, it was going to use the power of mainstream media and Hollywood and the music industry to erode and erase American family and biblical values across the board.
Elections did matter, and this time the point man for the liberal agenda would be the very person who benefited the most from the rise of a 1960’s new south: Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States. He would usher in a new period in America that would work to disassemble the roots of biblical, U.S. Constitutional, and colorblind changes that Rev. Martin Luther King had envisioned and proclaimed in his 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech.”
America and the South were directly in the headlights of the Obamanization of America. Right to Life, the Second Amendment, race division and family values were the targets. But, the south was preparing to fight back.
Next: A New South, New Century, New America – New Civil War, second of a three part series: The Red, White and Blue American Wave – A New South Rises.