WASHINGTON: The South is and always been full of Southern Conservatives. However, with the constant hammer of political correctness and political falsehood (redundant?) pounded on it, it has waffled among many who brand it as evil. Punchy from the blows, it has sought to defend itself in the wrong places: In presentism and with Republicans.
Republican and Air Force veteran Mike Hill the first black elected to state office in the Florida panhandle since theCivil War has introduced a bill that would protect all monuments, The Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act.
Naturally, the long knives of erroneous historical scholarship immediately raced to cut Hill’s throat.
Newsweek in capturing the story compares Hill to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie who had previously called Jefferson Davis, among other superlatives, a statesman and a martyr to The Lost Cause. In “Who is Mike Hill?”
“Wilkie has longstanding links to the neo-Confederate movement, which seeks to cast the Confederacy in a heroic light and downplays its defense of racism and slavery.”
The uneven outrage against Southern Conservatives
It is an unfortunate fact that the brutality of slavery built many parts of America. However, it is the outrage toward the Southern Confederacy that makes headlines and destroys monuments to the history of the south.
It is hard to find articles regarding the Massachusetts Puritans making slavery legal. Or Peter Faneuil’s family who built the famous (perhaps infamous?) Faneuil Hall. The Faneuil family fortune comes from their involvement in the slave trade. Indeed, no rallies to tear it down because it is a racist monument. No liberal outrage seeking to erase history.
Why not rename Brown University to some contemporary feel-good-ism like Michele Obama Equality U?
The media is always quick to cover rich black athletes and their talk of the difficulties living in this racist country. Yet while damning our white ancestry they conveniently ignore the culpability of black slave traders. Those African blacks selling conquered African blacks to New England slave traders.
Unremembering the past as it really is
This business of remembering the past by calling it the present works for the presentism bigots. Whether they be on the left or right, North or South. It is almost sickening to try and fathom the twisted and misunderstood history lessons of the likes of Mark Levine, Sean Hannity or Jonah Goldberg. Each of these commentators seduces Southern conservatives with their misguided studies. Even as they call themselves conservatives.
Many Southerners to gain political ground due to having had to bear the brunt of attacks and name-calling as Jim Crow(ers) and racists have equivocated. Believing that the holy grail of conservatism was the Republican party and Barry Goldwater. Even Ronald Reagan was seduced and ultimately joined the disguised conservatives (Neocons) of Dick Cheney, Bob Bennett and the Bush bunch.
Neocons, conservatives and the Republican Party
Looking back to 1981, when Ronald Reagan selected M.E. Bradford as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He had the support of no less prominent conservatives than Russel Kirk and Forrest McDonald.
However, he had the disdain for Southerners by Neocons such as Norman Podhoretz and William Kristol. Regan gave in to the Neocons and Bob Bennett was chosen.
This 1981 incident was an early slide of the South with its conservative views and beliefs into the South that is shamed because it is told by liberal white media it should be.
Yankee Donald Trump, for some semblance of a former United Union of States versus the national government we now have. Unfortunately, unless the Southern conservatives remember history and the truth, Trump will fight a losing battle.
As to Jim Crow, a Northern invention. You can bet Mike Hill will be castigated as Florida’s newest Uncle Tom.