7/28/07

Background

When the Berlin Wall fell, the Confederate flag was raised to symbolize defiance of tyranny. When Lithuania gained independence, the Confederate flag was flown to show defiance of despotism. And when Mississippi stands against attempts by Negroes, communists and Japanese to take over the state, the Confederate flag is there to signify defiance of oppression. Lenore Prather barred the Mississippi Supreme Court from receiving the Nationalists' amicus curiae brief in suport of the flag, but was promptly voted out of office. Ruth Ginsberg prevented the United States Supreme Court from accepting the Nationalists' petition for writ of certiorari, but the publicity generated by the litigation kept momentum behind the flag. Richard Barrett vowed, "I will stick in this ring until I knock the flag-haters out."

Huge crowds turned out to support the flag at public meetings, overwhelming Clinton Race-Board Member William Winter, who sought to replace the flag with a replica of the Red-Chinese flag. When the Nissan automobile company joined the Black Caucus in opposing the flag, Nationalists reminded that Negroes were defeated in the Reconstruction and the Japanese in World War II. Resentment, sparked by L. E. Matthews III, Joe McNamee, Tony Thomas and Greg Stewart, reached a fever-pitch, forcing the flag-issue onto the ballot. Seeing the "handwriting on the wall," at the last minute, even former Governor Bill Waller and Kirk Fordice weighed in on the side of the flag. Voters buried flag-opponents in an historic landslide.

The petition drive continues in order to keep the Yellow and Black Caucuses down, move Mississippi and America closer to majority-rule and thwart any efforts to hi-jack, compromise or sell out the victory. The Clarion-Ledger newspaper said that it feared that Mississippi would become a "magnet" for rightist social activists. Legislator Mike Chaney even demanded that flag-victors "cool it." But Eric Jamison of Mississippi, who attended pro-flag rallies, said that he welcomes new organization and offensives. "Flag-foes are telling us to 'move on,' but we are going to 'march on.'" Richard Barrett even hoisted the flag beside the Liberty Bell, as the vote was announced.

5 comments:

Keith T. Ressa said...

While I am flattered by the use of my quote, I must request that you remove it, as well as my name from this particular blog entry. While I understand and respect your point of view, I am a Unionist and not a Confederate. I love America, all of it, North, South, East and West and I wouldn't want to live in a world without every inch of her. Taken in context with all your other blog posts, people may get the wrong impression as to where I stand ideologically. I am a Nationalist in the sense that I am a Hamiltonian Federalist, a Henry Clay Whig, a Lincoln Republican and a TR Progressive.

Amber said...

Mr. Ressa,
I do not wish to offend you, but i would like to keep this post on. I will, however, remove you and your quote if you so wish, but understand this. I love America as well. Maybe even more than you do. Every Inch. But more than i love America, i love its People. If you love History as much as i do, you would know what i am talking about. These posts are for a friend of mine who asked me who i was. I had not decided at that time. But i did decide a little later. So i searched the Internet to find the right words to say. If you knew my way with words, you would understand. But you don't, so: I can think of them in my head, but i cannot get them out, or put them down. That is why i was searching so hard. So i found this, and it matched what i had to say perfectly!!
But if you still wish me to delete this, i will. Just because you are an American and i Respect her People.

Anonymous said...

Those guys who were appropriating the Confederate flag were spiteful demagogues who were wrongly using it as a talisman for hate-mongering. It's not the ideals that Jackson and Lee represented. Being an outsider to the south, that rogue 'nationalist' group should take their racial demagoguery back up north. They're not winning freedom for anyone, and least off all the south. They do not support the ideals of the late Confederacy, i.e., constitutionally-limited government, but rather a provocative, jingoistic, hateful nationalism.

"Should the dark clouds of the international economic horizon thicken, the David Dukes may yet inherit the American earth—the northern earth more readily than the southern. If so, the intellectual efforts of southern conservatives are likely to reduce to little more than ill-digested fodder for demagogues who appeal to selected portions of the letter of their teachings while destroying the spirit."
—Eugene Genovese

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Keith T. Ressa said...

It's been some time since I gave my two cents, but I didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea here. After coming across this blog a second time and reading it in context with your other blogs, I don't want my name to be associated with your blog, in any capacity, whether a quote lifted from me from God knows where or even these comments now. You represent a Southern white nationalist perspective that is anathema to everything I believe in. Please honor my request to delete all my comments from this blog, henceforth. Thank you for complying.