I am sure that you regular readers will appreciate how it grieves me to note that I actually covered this story a fortnight and more ago. (It was a Crooks & Liars featured story on New Year’s Day). After all, this is “Tomorrow’s News Today,” and not “Two-Weeks-from-Now’s News Now.”
I’m speaking, of course, about South Carolina,* and their astonishing Confederate flag flap in 2000, which — according to some accounts — actually cost McCain the election, and not the famed Karl Rove whispering campaign that McCain had a “black baby.” (The successful con, as noted in that ’70s flick, The Sting, concludes the swindle without the victim ever realizing that he’s been had. Thus: “the black baby” remains the alleged “dirty trick” that caused the McCain loss. This year, same mechanism is — AGAIN — invisible to the same press dupes who were conned LAST time. One awaits with bated breath the new “black baby” mythos that will be spun by a clueless [Northern] press.)
[*Remember, South Carolina was the "birthplace" of the Civil War: the state that fired the first shot in that war on Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861. ]
Here was what I quoted two weeks ago from The Nation’s Sept. 11, 2006 report (speculating on George Allen’s “presidential run” in 2008 — Allen, then a GOP senator from Virginia, you will recall, was defeated in large part for his racially tinged “macaca” comments):
“The neo-Confederates could break a Republican candidate, especially in South Carolina, where they’re extremely organized,” Sebesta observes.
Senator John McCain’s misadventure with the neo-Confederate movement in the 2000 South Carolina primary provides a cautionary tale that must not be lost on Allen. Facing George W. Bush in South Carolina, McCain hired Richard Quinn as his state field manager. Quinn was an editor of the neo-Confederate magazine Southern Partisan, and a frequent critic of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, who he once dubbed a “terrorist.” Before the primary, Quinn organized a rally of 6,000 people in support of flying the Confederate flag over the statehouse. Quinn dressed up McCain volunteers in Confederate Army uniforms as they passed fliers to the demonstrators assuring them that McCain supported the Confederate flag.
As soon as news spread that McCain had called for removal of the Dixie flag from the statehouse, the SCV’s Richard T. Hines funded the distribution of 250,000 fliers accusing McCain of “changing his tune” and describing Bush as “the [only] major candidate who refused to call the Confederate flag a racist symbol.” Bush surged ahead of McCain and took South Carolina, dooming McCain’s presidential hopes.
“People didn’t buy it,” Baum told me about McCain’s gambit. “When he thought the flag issue would help him, he was for it. When he thought it wouldn’t help him, going North, he denounced it. And you still have all these gullible liberals who think McCain’s a saint.”
Well, they’re BAAAAACK.
You see, the Sons of Confederate Veterans found themselves pushing the edge of the “charitable” envelope with their political activities, and so, arrogating the term “American” in slimy fashion, organized a separate (but equal?) Political Action Committee entitled “Americans for the Preservation of American Culture” (and, significantly NOT “Preservation of SOUTHERN CULTURE”), or APAC. (Like “Noman” perhaps?)
And they’re running anti-Mitt, anti-McCain, PRO-Huckabee radio ads from their new PAC. But it’s the same old SCV that The Nation reported on two years ago. Note how they DENY all connection to SCV at the beginning, and then completely undermine that claim thereafter. The Ku Klutz Klan strikes again. Here’s their FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions
We have received many inquiries about the APAC (Americans for the Preservation of American Culture) and the most frequently asked questions are listed below:
1) Is the APAC associated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
No. Federal IRS and FEC regulations prohibit any 501-c-3 corporation from establishing, coordinating or controlling a FEC 527 registered Political Action Committee. The APAC is a separate legal entity, with separate incorporation, accounting functions and Board of Directors.
2) How and when was the APAC created.
Recognizing that the attacks on Southern Heritage required actions and responses beyond the allowed activities of a 501-c-3 organization the Foundation for the Preservation of American Culture (FPAC) was formed in 2001. The FPAC is a 501-c-4 and publishes the Southern Mercury among other activities.
The FPAC along with several individuals created the Americans for the Preservation of American Culture (APAC) for the purpose of forming an independent unaffiliated political action committee to perform activities prohibited to the other organizations. The FPAC appoints a portion of the APAC Board of Directors.
3) What is the APAC?
The APAC is a not for profit corporation organized and registered in Tennessee as a chapter 527 organization. It is registered and files the required Financial Reports with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). The APAC is a Political Action Committee authorized to influence elections at federal, State or local levels within the restrictions of the applicable federal laws.
4) Are any members of the SCV GEC on the APAC Board of Directors?
No. There are currently three members of the APAC Board of Directors; Mike Crane, Dr. John Cook and Harry Eubanks. Biographies will be posted soon.
5) Why haven’t I heard about the APAC before now:
It has taken some time to understand all of the various IRS and FEC laws, guidelines, restrictions, prohibitions and reporting requirements. After investigating the requirements a new Board of Directors was appointed – taking office in January, 2007 to initiate APAC efforts.
We hope that you will hear from us a lot going forward, and more important – we hope that you want to hear from us.
6) Why did you reference Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge in your literature?
Because the APAC supports The Charge. When the charge was given – organizations were not restricted by federal laws in what activities they could perform. We intend to defend the Charge. The APAC will perform actions that are prohibited to the SCV or FPAC by federal law – but are essential in supporting The Charge as envisioned by our forefathers.
We hope that you will join and work with us in this effort.
7) How do I get more information?
Americans for the Preservation of American Culture
PO Box 724615
Atlanta, Georgia 31139
8 ) What will the APAC do?
Step by step begin providing the opportunity to evaluate candidates for public office and/or their performance in office, thus improving the quality of elected officials. Our initial three goals are:
- Providing both direct and indirect support for favorable candidates for public office, or replacement of hostile officials where appropriate.
- Enhance Heritage Defense efforts by providing lobbying assistance – where needed – and working to retire hostile elected officials.
- Facilitating the creation of State PAC’s in selected States by providing knowledge, training, materials and other assistance as feasible.
If you consider any of these three goals important, please join and work with us to make this effort a success.
9) Do I have to be an SCV member to join?
No. The APAC while supporting the same heritage as the SCV is an unaffiliated independent organization and is open to all citizens of our country. Corporations and foreign nationals are prohibited by federal law.
10) I made a contribution, why haven’t I received my membership card?
During the startup period some delays have been unavoidable. There have been several elections and special elections in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama. We have been successful in conducting candidate surveys in Virginia and Georgia with positive results. We hope to be able to send membership cards weekly beginning in August.
If you have joined and not received your membership card and are coming to Mobile, let us know and we have it at the APAC event – Friday – July 27, 2:00 – 5:00 PM in the Riverview Plaza or at our vendor table.
Paid by: Americans for the Preservation of American Culture
PO Box 724615
Atlanta, Georgia 31139
phone: 706-374-4744 email: contact@PreservingAmericanCulture.com
Yeah. Get it? We’re not DIRECTLY affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. We just ARE the SCV. And, as such, we intend to defend “Southern Culture” (an oxymoron, seemingly) politically at any point that we can’t act legally as SCV.
Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink.
(And, of course the Civil War WASN’T about extending slavery to the territories, was instead about “states rights” the Yankees bullying the Southern states — conveniently forgetting that the 3/5ths of a person provision to count slaves in the Constitution had given those Southern states an unfair advantage in government for fourscore and more — was about the noble “Christian” warriors of the South, about their “superior bravery and battle skills” and all the rest of the psychotic rationalizations that have dogged this nation for a century and a half. Et al. Etcetera. Ad nauseum.)
Oh, and if you STILL think that they’re an “independent, unaffiliated” group, here’s what they say on their “mission” page:
Americans for the Preservation of American Culture (APAC) was created in compliance with federal laws to offer a political voice where prohibited by the 501-c-3 status of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. You have an opportunity to help create that political voice. More than that – your help is vital to making needed changes.
Americans for the Preservation of American Culture is a registered and legal 527 Political Action Committee for the purpose of defending Southern Heritage and the Honor and Memory of our Confederate Forefathers by direct political action. No longer do those of you who – like us – believe in the Charge espoused by Stephen Dill Lee have to be concerned about federal laws limiting political action. Americans for the Preservation of American Culture does not have IRS restrictions on defending Your Heritage by direct political action! (emphasis added)
So, they’re liars. No surprise.
Liars do very well in the GOP, after all: just witness Mitt Romney’s campaign. (Nobody seems to be bothered at all that he’s taken a permanent vacation from the truth. He just won the Michigan primary by telling them he’d bring the automotive industry jobs back. One presumes that he’ll follow that act of legerdemain by bringing back the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon, and, finally, the dodo bird.)
The point being that this PAC “spinoff” allows them to run THESE commercials. (On YouTube … don’t be fooled by the picture. They’re radio ads, so the picture will NOT move. There is nothing wrong with your computer). CLICK HERE.
Or you can stream the commercials direct from APAC, HERE.*
[* John McCain and Mitt Romney have gone out of their way to insult you and pander to the politically correct party line. John McCain has even disowned and discredited his own ancestors. This can not go unanswered ... ]
Talking Points Memo ALMOST got it (they posted the video). But they miss that all-important factor in analysis: CONTEXT. They just don’t know or care who they’re talking about, and so it goes on the intellectual heap of trivial, meaningless information, like that clip of a squirrel water-skiing:
In South Carolina, Pro-Confederate Flag Group Airs Ads Praising Huckabee’s Flag Stance — And Hitting McCain
By Greg Sargent – January 17, 2008, 7:40PM
A pro-Confederate Flag third-party group is running new radio ads in South Carolina praising Mike Huckabee’s pro-state’s-rights stance on the flag issue — and slamming John McCain over his repeated criticism of the controversial symbol.
“Mike Huckabee’s stand is a breath of fresh air,” say the ads, which are paid for by the Americans for the Preservation of American Culture. “Gov. Huckabee understands that all the average guy with a Confederate Flag on his pickup truck is saying is: He’s proud to be a Southerner.”
McCain has been dogged by the flag issue in South Carolina since his 2000 Presidential run; he’s repeatedly denounced it, calling it a “racist symbol.” There are two versions of the ad, one attacking McCain, the other attacking Romney, who’s also condemned the flag. Listen to them both (the second starts roughly at the one-minute mark)…
Ditto, the New York Times, but, remember, they got the Civil War mostly wrong AT THE TIME, too. So they’re just being consistent, I suppose:
Confederate Flag Takes Center Stage Once Again
By MICHAEL COOPER
Published: January 18, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Republican presidential candidates on Thursday moved to appeal to different types of conservative voters before the South Carolina primary, with Mike Huckabee using colorful language to declare the Confederate flag a states’ rights issue and Senator John McCain embracing a supply-side tax cut proposal.
“You don’t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag,” Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, told supporters in Myrtle Beach, according to The Associated Press.
“In fact,” he said, “if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole; that’s what we’d do.” [...]
Too bad nobody dug deep enough to realize that you’re dealing NOT with a few crackers in their angry pickup trucks, but a well-organized and deeply entrenched political culture. (The North never WILL get the South it sometimes seems. Snooty dismissiveness hasn’t worked for the seven score and three years since the end of the war, after all. But, ah, what did you expect?)
Their political agenda (in part) can be found here, along with this cute little slur: “If you can not actively participate, consider sending a contribution to support the effort. Send a couple of those bills with Lincoln on them and put Lincoln to work on our side.”
They were just formed last year: “[the] Board of Directors was appointed – taking office in January, 2007 to initiate APAC efforts.” (from the FAQ above). The movement represented does not seem to be shrinking, note.
And, of course, they’re “Americans” for preserving “American culture,” which is the unkindest cut of all. No, they are for preserving treasonous culture, and that doesn’t make them “Americans” in anybody’s book. But, hey, serpents and lies and satanic reversals, like “Liberal Fascism,” right?
So, now you know the context. And now you know the players. Tomorrow, the South Carolina Republicans hold their primary. A WEEK later, the South Carolina Democrats hold THEIR primary. I guess they can’t stand to see one another voting, or perhaps it take a week of downtime to re-hack the Diebold machines. (Now rebranded as “Premier Election Solutions” — same old thugs, exciting new name.)
YOUR assignment? Think.
Oh, and you might want to reread “Slavery — It’s Not Over.”