A strange interlude on FaceBook today. A commenter in a thread about Ambrose Bierce mentioned that he lived just minutes from the Civil War Antietam battlefield. And then came this bizarre interlude from the Political Twilight Zone (names changed to shield the guilty, emphasis added):
Hart Williams Bloodiest day of our bloodiest war. The Civil War STILL accounts for more casualties than all other American wars put together.
Iago T. Legree if lee hadnt suffered from so much desertion on that first invasion, he would have undoubtedly kicked little macs army of agreesion into the potomac!
Hart Williams Agreesion? Well, you spell like a secessionist, at least. Don’t defend slavery. It makes you look like a moron.
Iago T. Legree it was a typo dikweed, fuck u anyway
Hart Williams You’re not doing a good job of NOT looking like a moron.
Iago T. Legree states should have the right to determine their own destiny, look what the feds are doing to arizona right now!
Hart Williams Tuck tail, Reb. Back to the dark ages with you.
Iago T. Legree what age do you live in? not exactly the age of enlightenmet that is certain, are you just another bleeder?
Hart Williams My great-great grandfather fought under George Thomas at Chickamauga. Then at Missionary Ridge and then at Nashville. We have a long history of wiping the floor with barbarians. (And it’s “enlightenment.”)
Iago T. Legree sic semper tyrannis!
Iago T. Legree check the inner city these days, you really think the civil war made life better for the slaves? should have left the south alone to free them,it would have come without the hate and blood that war monger lincoln created with his invasion of SOVEREIGN STATES!
Hart Williams Thank you Mr. Booth. Glad to see you’re still stuck on 1860. And, alas, still stuck on stupid. Mater tua caligas gerit!*
Iago T. Legree thats what im talkin bout ! abe linky vampire killer!
Iago T. Legree yer pretty brave when hiding behind a keyboard esel!
Hart Williams And you’re very lucky that you’re not in the same room with me. False macho, fake “intelleckshual” pretensions and now physical threats? You are a loser and a lout. Take your treason somewhere else.
[* Latin for "Your mother wears army boots."]
I wondered if he was off his meds or normally acts this way. So I went to his page, to see what sort of person this Iago T. Legree was. His motto: “sic semper tyrannis” (the Virginia state motto, but, more importantly, what John Wilkes Booth yelled after assassinating Abraham Lincoln and just before breaking his leg). And this lovely recent conversation:
Iago T. Legree secession from this country, i am being taxed without being represented!
Snarkley G. Projectilevomit likes this.
Snarkley G. Projectilevomit Michigan is in the same boat. However it’s sort of like a necessary evil now… I guess supposably it “creates jobs”
Iago T. Legree i am takin illinois to texas, where men are still men and the sheep are still nervous about liberals!
Snarkley G. Projectilevomit Yea start with a state the produced usama Obama
Lynette Fugacello WHO ARE YOU KIDDING I THINK ALL OF YOUR PERSONALITIES INSIDEARE REPRESENTING YOU~~~!! AND THEY ALL HAVE THEIR OWN VOICES. XX
Snarkley G. Projectilevomit Www.ronpaul2012.com
Iago T. Legree right on my brotherrrrrrr!
Lynette Fugacello I LIKE RON PAUL TOOOOOO!!
And I realized that I had a poster boy. I don’t need to say any more, since I already said it, and I suggest you read it carefully. From December 26, 2011 (Boxing Day, naturally) this pugilistic prose:
26 DECEMBER 2011 · 4:25 PM
I need to warn you that what follows may be a bit confusing. It sure as hell confused me over a decade and more. But it’s timely for “Boxing Day” and if it scores a knockdown, that’s great. A TKO or KO would be better, but we takes what we can gets. [h/t to Jan C. for the link that started this descent into the "Political Cesspool"]
Here’s an interesting article that appeared in L. Neil Smith’s “Libertarian Enterprise” in 2007 from Thomas L. Knapp, the Boston Tea Party’s Vice Presidential candidate in 2008 [emphasis added]:
The Problem With Ron Paul
by Thomas L. Knapp
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise [published by L. Neil Smith]
The problem with Ron Paul is not the fact that he’s the Houston area’s most assiduous pork-barreler in the US House of Representatives. It’s not his longstanding associations with racists, of both subtle and not-so-subtle varieties. It’s not even his anti-libertarian positions on issues like immigration and same-sex marriage.
Those things are problems, of course, but they’re not the problem.
The problem with Ron Paul is the uncritical cultism which so quickly took root in the rich soil of a maverick campaign and has since overgrown that campaign like a cross between kudzu and poison ivy.
Libertarians are notably cranky, and as politics makes for strange bedfellows, so, too, Libertarian politics tends to make for freaky bedfellows.
I have delineated the very strange connections between the Libertarians and the Neo-Confederates and other crypto-racists in The Invisible Empire – to a Blind Media, that is [April 10, 2010]. As is often the case, this was way ahead of the curve, and it is extremely timely today … Why? Well, consider the “libertarian” triumvirate of L. Neil Smith, Eric Dondero and Thomas L. Knapp.
i. a circle of jerks
No official connection, exactly
Today, at the top of Memeorandum, we find Eric Dondero, former Howie Rich petitioner, former Ron Paul congressional staffer, stating categorically that Ron Paul is NOT a racist, but, rather, somewhat “clueless” on the subject.
One caveat: He is what I would describe as “out of touch,” with both Hispanic and Black culture. Ron is far from being the hippest guy around. He is completely clueless when it comes to Hispanic and Black culture, particularly Mexican-American culture. And he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence, (as are a number of Americans, nothing out of the ordinary here.)
Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No…
And so forth. But Dondero* is a relentless supporter of what’s behind Ron Paul (while he vacillates between fawning love and acid criticism of RP):
Eric Dondero Says:
July 24th, 2006 at 10:18 am
So much to respond to here… My first comment is to the gentleman who suggested that the Libertarians join the GOP “en masse” and form a distinct wing within the Party. As the guy who founded the Republican Liberty Caucus in 1990, let me assure you, that WE’VE ALREADY JOINED THE GOP EN MASSE.
At the 1989 Libertarian Party National Convention in Philadelphia, there was a purge of sorts. All the “Ron Paul wing” Realists in the LP were basically thrown out by the Bergland/Emerling faction. We wanted to move the Party into the Mainstream, concentrate on elections and campaigns, and not just fundraising gimmicks.
Over the next couple of years, slowly but surely, most of us moved to the GOP. I was the first to leave. In fact, I publicly declared that I was “turning Republican,” right after Michael Emerling “Cloud” purged me…
[* And, in a little aside, you might note the financial engine behind 2008's Rudy Giuliani campaign, as described by Dondero.]
Which brings us to L. Neil Smith, publisher of The Libertarian Enterprise, noted above:
Wow! I just read [L. Neil] Smith’s piece again. It’s incredibly powerful. Perhaps the most powerful thing he’s ever written.
He nails it about the parasitic class versus the productive classes. I’ve been thinking precisely the same thing for years now. But he so giftedly put it to words.
And he puts up Palin as the Champion of the productive class.
Kind of like, um, Howard Rourke, or maybe even Dagney Taggart.
My opinion of L. Neil Smith has changed dramatically today. As Knapp knows, I’ve been a real skeptic on him.
He’s now one of the Nation’s leading libertarian philosophers in my book. He’s welcome here around these parts from now on.
Attaboy Smith! Attaboy!!
(And here’s hoping your Number One desciple Thomas L. Knapp, gets smart and follows your lead on Palin.)
Which brings us full circle back to L. Neil Smith. Listen …
ii. L. Neil Smith and the Invisible Empire
I wrote this in “The Invisible Empire” in 2010:
The connection between libertarians and neoconfederates is not a tenuous one.
Has the South risen again?
It seems rather astonishing, but the talking heads are already pooh-poohing this whole “Confederate History Month” controversy as just a meaningless kerfuffle, or, in the rightie blogosmear™ just another liberal attempt to smear Southerners or Tea Partiers, Libertarians, Conservatives, etc. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.
Here’s a nice quote:
Let’s get this straight once and for all, shall we? The War between the States had no more to do with black chattel slavery than the War of Jenkins’ Ear. The very fact that Frederick Douglass and his fellow abolitionists had to work so hard trying to make it be about slavery — well after the shooting had already started — is more than enough evidence of that. Abraham Lincoln thought black people were subhuman.
Now, Smith’s as mainstream Libertarian as it gets, Eagle Scout, gun freak, Ayn Rand freak, and claims to have joined the LP in Colorado in 1972 (which was founded in Westminster, Colorado on December 11, 1971): “Neil joined the Libertarian Party in 1972 (serving on the national platform committee in 1977 and 1979) and became a life member of the NRA in 1974,” as noted on his website bio. He’s also the author of some Star Wars novels, in addition to his “straight” science fiction. (And a global warming denialist.)
In 2000, Smith also wrote an essay that was reprinted on the Council of Conservative Citizens website, “The American Lenin.”
Here’s an excerpt:
… The fact is, Lincoln didn’t abolish slavery at all, he nationalized it, imposing income taxation and military conscription upon what had been a free country before he took over — income taxation and military conscription to which newly “freed” blacks soon found themselves subjected right alongside newly-enslaved whites. If the civil war was truly fought against slavery — a dubious, “politically correct” assertion with no historical evidence to back it up — then clearly, slavery won.
Lincoln brought secret police to America, along with the traditional midnight “knock on the door”, illegally suspending the Bill of Rights and, like the Latin America dictators he anticipated, “disappearing” thousands in the north whose only crime was that they disagreed with him. To finance his crimes against humanity, Lincoln allowed the printing of worthless paper money in unprecedented volumes, ultimately plunging America into a long, grim depression — in the south, it lasted half a century — he didn’t have to live through, himself.
In the end, Lincoln didn’t unite this country — that can’t be done by force — he divided it along lines of an unspeakably ugly hatred and resentment that continue to exist almost a century and a half after they were drawn. If Lincoln could have been put on trial in Nuremburg for war crimes, he’d have received the same sentence as the highest-ranking Nazis.
- You can find the whole essay on Smith’s website, or
- on the 2000 Council of Conservative Citizens’ site
Supremely ugly stuff. But, as you dig into the literature of the Neoconfederates,right in their mainstream.
Oh, and here’s L. Neil Smith today, from his abandoned blog, The Moratorium (August, 2009).
So, who is the CCC?
In the late 1990s, a kerfuffle arose about Bob Barr (instrumental in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton) and Trent Lott (then-Senate Majority leader) appearing before a seemingly “fringe” group called the Council of Conservative Citizens. (CCC, get it? although they refer to themselves as CofCC, to throw bloodhounds off the scent.)
I wrote about it, posting it on my webpage in those pre-blogging daze:
Representative Bob Barr represented the 7th Congressional District of Georgia* [*whose current flag was adopted in 1956.] Any coincidence between the December 1, 1955 Selma, Alabama incident, when Rosa Parks decided NOT to step to the back of the bus, and Civil Rights in Georgia is entirely coincidental, as the C of CC‘s linked group, the Heritage Preservation Association will go to great pains to tell you.*
“Even though certain ‘civil rights’ groups have started attacking the current Georgia state flag and other Confederate symbols, no one saw the flag change in 1956 as being racially motivated.”*
*you’re kidding, right? Right?!?
After reprinting an AP report that has fallen down the memory hole, I pursued the question of WHO the C of CC is:
But that wasn’t all. It got a lot worse. I had stumbled into the looking glass world of Neoconfederate historical denialism.
The Southern Poverty Law Center did much to expose the crackpot agenda of the C of CC:
Like the original White Citizens Councils, the CCC is made up of local chapters, some of which are active in civic affairs beyond the national group’s racist agenda. And until the 2000s, some of the group’s “uptown” attitude remained, as meetings resembled Rotary Club events more than Klan outings and regularly featured politicians as keynote speakers.
Most Americans learned of the CCC in late 1998, when a scandal erupted over prominent Southern politicians’ ties to the brazenly racist group. After it was revealed that former Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.) gave the keynote speech at the CCC’s 1998 national convention and that then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) had spoken to the group five times, both claimed they knew nothing about the CCC. However, an Intelligence Report investigation, publicized by national television and newspaper reports, made clear what the CCC really was: a hate group that routinely denigrated blacks as “genetically inferior,” complained about “Jewish power brokers,” called homosexuals “perverted sodomites,” accused immigrants of turning America into a “slimy brown mass of glop,” and named Lester Maddox, the now-deceased, ax handle-wielding, arch-segregationist former governor of Georgia, “Patriot of the Century.”
As evidence of widespread association between Southern GOP officeholders and the CCC mounted, Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson took the unusual step in 1998 of asking party members to resign from the group because of its racist views. A resolution moved through the U.S. Congress “condemning the racism and bigotry espoused by the Council of Conservative Citizens,” although it ultimately failed. (Congress had earlier condemned the black supremacist Nation of Islam in a similar manner, but failed to do the same with the CCC. Republican Party leaders, likely embarrassed by Lott’s very public connection to the CCC, managed to defeat the censure effort.)
But six years later, many Southern lawmakers were still pandering to and meeting with the CCC — and still pleading ignorance. According to a 2004 Intelligence Report review of the Citizens Informer, no fewer than 38 federal, state and local elected officials had attended CCC events between 2000 and 2004, most of them giving speeches to local chapters of the hate group…
Bob Barr was the Libertarian Party’s candidate in 2008. His candidacy was one of the reasons that Thomas L. Knapp and the “Boston Tea Party” jumped ship and ran their own ticket, with Knapp as Vice Presidential candidate.
And, L. Neil Smith can’t BELIEVE than anybody would trouble Ron Paul with his old associations with racists! From Christmas Day (in a very Christmasy sentiment) yesterday:
L. Neil Smith’s
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 650, December 25, 2011
To Al Malmberg, 600KCOL.com
Fort Collins, CO
Want to understand why Ron Paul left the CNN interview last night? Here it is, right out of your own mouth. You have him saying, for the hundredth time, that he did not write the material in question, that he delegated it to somebody else, and that he did not read it until it was published, whereupon he immediately disavowed it.
Within a minute, you’re asking how does he feel about it now? Would he write the same thing that he did then? That’s exactly the same thing the CNN hireling did to him and he finally got sick of it. He’s a hell of a lot more patient than I am.
Now I understand why the major media would do this kind of thing: Paul is the only Presidential candidate who is willing and able to repair the economy that was destroyed by the bipartisan evil, insanity, and just plain stupidity of his predecessors. He is the only Presidential candidate willing to leave people in other countries alone, instead of dropping bombs on pregnant widows and 10-year-old goat-herds. Unlike his predecessors, Bush and Clinton, starving half a million Iraqi children to death with a naval blockade would never occur to him.
That’s not good for the major news media, bloodsuckers who thrive on misery and death. But Ron Paul’s foreign policy is exactly the policy prescribed by George Washington, who would not have condemned each generation of young Americans to fight a war of their own in the 20th century, in order to benefit criminal outfits like Halliburton, Blackwater, and General Electric.
So the question I want answered is simply this: were you born an idiot, or did you have to study to become one?
L. Neil Smith
Glad we cleared THAT up.
iii. It gets worse
Let me restate the thesis of “The Invisible Empire” the interconnection between self-defined libertarians and the neo-Confederate “lost cause” and White Supremacist underground is extensive and disturbing. The same characters with the same weird views keep showing up in the same contexts. Take a gander at this:
Too bad nobody bothered reading Jeff Davis on the ‘Georgia Heritage’ website:
… here at the Georgia Heritage Council website. We’ve been brewing tea for the last six or seven years. Those who go back with us will remember what some called ‘grassroots organizing.’
While others make a lot noise rustling their tea bags they should look at who delivered the training sessions for grass roots, the creation and passage of legislation in Georgia more favorable to the proud heritage of Georgians along with protection for their monuments and memorials and perpetual recognition of Confederate Heritage Month. Even more, we have kept the real patriots and conservatives informed of the dangers of those who diminish our liberty and smear our patriots (e.g., the demagogues and frauds at SPLC) by our Hate Watch resource on our web site.
They falsely claim Lincoln’s devout Christianity when real history and his behavior reveals that his use of Bibical language was merely a tool of persuasion and convenient PR front. They talk about his “charity for all and malice toward none”. GHC has done a pretty good job of revealing hundreds of cases of atrocities, some from Lincoln’s direct orders that either killed or imprisoned thousands of people in both the North and the South … The horrible period known as Reconstruction hasn’t yet ended — second class statehood continues. We’re proud of our tea party that has been going for some time. We hope you like the brew we have concocted.
also on left sidebar; links to
And there’s lots and lots and lots more. Like this from their “hatewatch page“:
The collection of commentary, parody and news links below chronicles the “Hate Industry,” including the racial grievance pimps, hypocrites and demagogues in America. Examples of the worst of the Hate Groups we monitor are the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), La Voz de Aztlan, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). We want to hear from you. Please send feedback directly to the author or to GHC Chairman Jeff Davis.
Phone: 770-297-4788 email: email@example.com
The supposed ‘Hatewatch’ page is populated with a number of PatBuchanan (a ‘notable’ SCV member) pieces, along with Newsbusters, John Stacy ‘the other’ McCain, Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily, Yid With Lid, Confederate Yankee,Jonah Goldberg, Operation Pitchfork, Michelle Malkin, and our old White Supremacist friends, the C of CC.
But this “Jeff Davis” character is the “spokesman” for the SCV.
the SCV logo
You see, in this topsy-turvy world, there IS no racism and the TRUE OPPRESSORS are those Blacks and Hispanics who seem coincident with the “parasite” class and stop our Ayn Rand supermen from creating God’s Own Plantation On Earth.
Which brings us to The Missing Interview from Political Cesspool, screaming at the edge of the Libertarian/White Supremacist interface. First, take a look at who “Political Cesspool”s sponsors include:
Just so’s you know. You see, “The Political Cesspool” has, seemingly, scrubbed an interview with Ron Paul from their archives. An interview, coincidentally, that’s contemporaneous with Thomas Knapp’s “The Problem with Ron Paul” written for L. Neil Smith’s Libertarian Enterprise in 2007 (at the top of this post) — and please recall that Knapp didn’t consider the racist association the REAL problem. No: it was that people were worshipping Ron Paul. (“Those things are problems, of course, but they’re not the problem.”)
Here’s two stories on their webpage, in case you didn’t get the connection:
Lord of the Rings The Council of Conservative Citizens has provided us with the trailer for the new Lord of the Rings movie, set to be released next year. Radical left-wing groups threatened to sue the film company for discrimination unless non-whites were cast as some of the Hobbits. It looks like the film company ignored the threats and [...] Ron Paul labeled a racist, projected to win in Iowa Welcome to the club, Congressman! Ron Paul furrowed his eyebrows before storming off completely during a CNN interview addressing allegations that he made money and won fame with the help of a sometimes racist series of newsletters back in the 1990s. Paul is the same candidate that many have said has been ignored by the [...]
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The story so far: apparently Ron Paul was scheduled to appear on the notorious radio show “The Political Cesspool,” a talk show in Tennessee connected to the white separatist Council of Conservative Citizens and the Holocaust denial group Institute for Historical Review.
The announcement of Ron Paul’s appearance was posted on the blog of Political Cesspool co-founder Austin Farley: Congressman Ron Paul TONIGHT On The Cesspool.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Congressman Ron Paul TONIGHT On The Cesspool
One of the only truly conservative Congressmen in office today, Ron Paul, will be doing a live interview on The Political Cesspool http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org tonight. The show is from 7-8 PM Central time and can be heard locally (Memphis) on 1380 AM WLRM or the live stream or archives if you miss it live will be at http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org. No matter what your opinion of the Cesspool is you will not want to miss this interview. I have heard that No Child Left Behind and possible Bush impeachment will be discussed, but I am not 100% sure on that. Tune in to find out.
posted by Austin Farley Your Hero @ 5:27 AM
If true, this would be the most direct connection yet between Ron Paul and the kind of people who cheer for David Duke. But as Adam Holland and I both discovered, the archives of The Political Cesspool radio show have apparently been scrubbed of this episode.
I hadn’t posted about this previously because I’ve been unable to confirm that the show actually took place. But Ron Paul was clearly scheduled to appear and his interview was announced by one of The Political Cesspool’s resident troglodytes — and that missing day in their archives is very curious. In the context of the renewed focus on Paul’s racist, homophobic, and antisemitic newsletters, this is more evidence of a pattern of disturbing associations with the dregs of America’s racist underground.
And speaking of the dregs, if you scroll down the archive page linked above you’ll see that a week prior to Ron Paul’s scheduled appearance, the guest of honor on The Political Cesspool was none other than the crusty old white supremacist David Duke himself….
iv. Racism is only for Minorities and Democrats
Racist? Of COURSE NOT! Just take a look at the right sidebar on Political Cesspool’s home page:
Wonder what he’d say if he knew
that the blankety-schmankety
formulation comes to us from
Yiddish (them ‘Zionists’)
The Political Cesspool Radio Program PROUDLY ANNOUNCES the publication of a brand new book from James Edwards! James takes a fearless, no holds barred approach as he shows how conservatives have walked right into the liberals’ phony “racism” trap, and he shows us the way out! Every conservative in America needs to read Racism, Schmacism!
And, on the book page at the same site (no, I’m not going to link to this trash):
You see, it’s no accident—it’s happening in city after city, all over America, for one simple reason—because liberals and race hustlers know that tossing out the “R word” is all they have to do to shut down conservative dissent.
If you’ve been to a Tea Party, you know it’s working. Instead of spending all their time trying to roll back big government, Tea Party speakers spend half their time denying that they’re racists….
Edwards is the host of the aptly-named cesspool radio program. Here’s his take on the controversy:
Ron Paul labeled a “racist,” projected to win in Iowa
Category: Racism Schmacism, Ron Paul
Welcome to the club, Congressman!
I was already going to cast my vote for Ron Paul. After reading this story, I plan to vote for him twice!
Interestingly, some ideological sites have no trouble linking to both Political Cesspool and L. Neil Smith’s publication:
The Political Cesspool
The Libertarian Enterprise
Which brings us back to L. Neil Smith and his non-racism:
Those tariffs make me so mad! I’ll just beat old
Uncle Tom until I feel better! — S. Legree
Herman Cain, Fugitive Slave
by L. Neil Smith
Number 647, December 4, 2011
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
I don’t write about race very often, because it’s unimportant to me. But allow me to preface this by admitting I never liked Herman Cain.
Although he had been an admirer of left-wing radio talker Alan Berg, assassinated by so-called white “supremacists” (an inaccurate neologism I detest as much as “normalcy”), [Ken "The Toxic Avenger"] Hamblin eventually began to perceive that the principal threat to American civilization was not a gaggle of raggedy-assed neo-fascist Bible-thumping rednecks, as the Southern Poverty Law Center, every politician to the left of Dwight David Eisenhower, and the round-heeled socialist media would have us believe, but the Southern Poverty Law Center, every politician to the left of Dwight David Eisenhower, and the round-heeled socialist media themselves.
Hamblin began to see blacks like himself, not as beneficiaries of liberal policies and politicos over the decades, but as their victims. He saw in Democratic Party programs like Affirmative Action and the forced integration of public schools, a clear implication that, in the minds of certain whites, black people were inferior, lost without liberal “help”—”help” that destroyed the black American family, “help” that created the drug- and crime-infested inner cities, “help” that made generations desperately dependent on white “progressive” handouts.
And that was real racism.
Hamblin began to see the inner cities as plantations, vote-farms meant to keep the left in office forever. “Every liberal,” he took to proclaiming in a big, round, Kingfish voice, “ought to have his own Negro.”
Hamblin was right. He, himself, had escaped the New Plantation, the vote-farm of inner city Detroit. To the white liberal establishment in Denver as well as to its black overseers, becoming a conservative made him a runaway—a fugitive slave—and that simply could not be tolerated.
[Progressives] are this country’s lowest, most despicable and condescending racists, their every policy for the past sixty years a shining and inspirational attempt (to them, anyway) to “lift up the White Man’s Burden”.
For unbending critics of selfishness and private enterprise, they all seem to have exceptionally nice houses, even nicer cars, and piles of money, generally obtained through malodorously mercantilist means—rather than straightforward acts of capitalism between consenting adults—and every bit of which they utterly despise themselves for possessing.
You see, they aren’t racists, because there IS NO RACISM. Just as the Civil War wasn’t about slavery. It was about TARIFFS! Brian Tubbs wrote this refutation of Smith’s “The American Lenin [Abraham Lincoln]” in 2000:
5. He argues that the South seceded over the tariff issue. Regardless of how much modern southerners (like myself, mind you) WANT to believe that, it is simply not true. All you have to do is read SOUTHERN newspaper editorials and SOUTHERN political speeches of that day (in the state houses and at the state secession conventions) and you’ll see that secession was driven first by slavery and THEN by tarriffs. More to the point, the Lower South seceded primarily over slavery in that they demanded a federal guarantee of new slave states and territories. Knowing that Lincoln represented the direct opposite of that position – an end to the expansion of slavery, they bolted after his election. Granted, the Upper South states seceded primarily over how they perceived Lincoln was handling the situation. Had Lincoln not attempted to resupply Fort Sumter, for instance, it is possible that Virginia would have stayed in the Union. Regardless, any delusions that slavery played a minor or secondary role in the South’s decision to secede (esp. the Lower South) can be put to rest by reading what SOUTHERN political leaders and editorialists had to say in 1860-61. I would point you especially to the Cornerstone Speech by Alexander Hamilton Stephens.
The willful misinterpretation of facts and history to push the commonalities of the libertarian/neoconfederate/lost cause/CCC agenda is perhaps THE salient feature of their collective writings.
Southern Plantation – Thomas Nast, Harpers 1863
Which is why they speak in code SO MUCH. Racism is only the fault of the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Civil War wasn’t about slavery. Big Government oppresses Blacks to keep them on “vote farms” in the New Plantation.
Ron Paul has flitted around this lightbulb for a long time, now, and I am NOT making the explicit connection nor claiming the “smoking gun” that others are currently engaged in a wild scavenger hunt to find.
What IS apparent is that the GOALS of the neo-racist agenda are in harmony with Ron AND Rand Paul’s agenda (see Rand’s fancy tap-dancing on the Civil Rights Act prior to his election to the US Senate from Kentucky in 2010.)
And the stealth Libertarians who flooded into the Republican Party circa 1990 included all wings of the LP.*
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[* this includes Eric O'Keefe's [disgraced former National Director of the Libertarian Party] statement that the Howie Rich/CATO crowd needed to forget the Libertarian Party and work through the GOP in parallel or in concert with Ron Paul/Eric Dondero’s move. As I noted:
It is as Murray Rothbard — the pre-eminant “Austrian School” economist in the Known Universe, arguably, was writing his long, brilliant — and today, debunking of the whole Reagan Myth – post-mortem analysis of Reagan’s presidency from a Libertarian perspective that Eric O’Keefe writes a letter to the editor, which Rothbard publishes in his Liberty Magazine, March 1989 issue:
“Mere Lines on a Ballot” in which O’Keefe says that sticking with the LP is pointless, but that infiltrating another party is the way to go.
See “They’re Going After the Wisconsin Teachers” 6 March 2011 for more.]
There’s more, including Pat [Proud member of Sons of Confederate Veterans and former Nixon speechwriter] Buchanan’s defense of “The Political Cesspool” but this is already probably too long. (and here at Media Matters, from the Diane Riehm Show.)
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Some further Libertarian reading from this blog:
- “Something for the Eloi” (30 Dec 2009)
- “Not All Mad Dogs Get Licensed” (27 August, 2009)
- “Dangerous Koch-heads Tooting Furiously” (9 March 2009)
- “The Invisible Empire – to a Blind Media, that is” (10 April 2010)
- “Sheer Galt: Randroid Update” (15 March 2010)
- “Going Galt? Ayn Kampf, Revisited” (12 March 2010)
- “Ayn and the Indians“ (11 January 2010)
And the neoclassic paleoputdown:
- “Ayn Kampf” (30 October 2006)
Birds of a feather flock together, and these lunatics fluttering around Ron Paul are some queer birds, indeed.
You don’t have to believe that somehow Ron Paul is utterly linked to them. I am not presenting a legal case here. But I am asking you to take a reasonable interpretation, and the phony “oh, Democrats just call us RACISTS because we’re right” arguments, notwithstanding, the clear intermingling of crypto-racist Neoconfederate and Libertarian players is too disturbing to merely dismiss as another blogospheric kerfuffle.
Helps build strong parties TWELVE ways!
I’ve been on this story since 1998, and, nearly fourteen years later, it seems like I just might be onto something.
2012: Now I also have a poster boy for the interface between the “lost cause” neoconfederates and the Ron Paul “libertarians.” Pay heed, because this toxic ideology is spreading among combat-age youth of America.
Maybe this time we can stop it BEFORE the shooting starts, but I’m not particularly hopeful. But you NEED to pay attention.
Take heed, citizens. Take heed.