Go Set a Watchman: A Novel for Southern Nationalists?

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel for Southern Nationalists?

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The new novel by Nelle Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, has garnished a lot of attention from the modern media. Pre-release reviews were a-shock at the new way in which Atticus Finch, an old-time Southern lawyer, is presented. Not surprisingly, they call him a “racist,” for his views on the state, race, and issues of citizenship. Set in the 1950s, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) returns to Maycomb on an annual trip, but discovers the world (or her perceptions of it) changed. Maycomb is locked in a battle, attempting to forestall a coming revolution. Throughout the story (which will surely be a classic), Jean Louise interacts with her kin, from whom she feels increasingly distant. Her father, Atticus, and her uncle, Dr “Jack” Finch, are two pivotal characters.

The book centres around the issue of race- how the South is being affected by the recent Supreme Court decision, and how this is being handled by various persons in the book. Jean Louise, with her progressive sensibilities and sheltered life, struggles to come to grips with Maycomb’s reaction.

Possibly the greatest, most level-headed person in the book is Dr “Jack” Finch. He’s of the old-school line of Southern agrarians (remarking that “some pervert invented machinery”) and offers a Southern nationalist view. Consider his words when talking with Jean Louise:

“Has it never occurred to you—have you never, some where along the line, received vibrations to the effect—that this territory was a separate nation? No matter what its political bonds, a nation with its own people, existing within a nation?”

Jean Louise attempts to defer the issue as a matter solely of history, the defeat of 1865 closing the issue. Again, Dr Finch gets the better of her:

“The remnants of that army (of the Confederacy) had children…They were never destroyed. They were ground into the dirt and up they popped.” (pg. 196)

Atticus, who comes across as that most laudable epitome of Southern stoicism, himself defends the South and her ways. Here are a variety of excerpts dealing with various subjects.

On the SCOTUS: “You mean because the Court said it we must take it? No ,ma’am. I don’t see it that way. If you think that I, for one citizen am going to take it lying down, you’re quite wrong.” (pg. 241)

On race: “Have you ever considered that you can’t have a set of backward people living among people advanced in one kind of civilization and have a social Arcadia?”

On citizenship: “You realize that the vast majority of our Negro population is backward, don’t you? You realize that the vast majority of them here in the South are unable to share fully in the responsibility of citizenship, and why?…But you want them to have all its privileges? (pg. 242)

On Jefferson and citizenship: “A man couldn’t vote simply because he was a man, in Jefferson’s eyes. He had to be a responsible man. A vote was, to Jefferson, a precious privilege…” (pg. 244)

On government: “Yes, I’ll accept being called a snob when it comes to government. I’d like very much to be left alone to manage my own affairs…I’d like my state to be left alone to keep house without advice from the NAACP. (pg. 245)

On race relations: “[C]an you blame the South for resenting being told what to do about its own people who have no idea of its daily problems?” (pg. 247)

The themes or GSAW are certainly more mature, and caution is advised if the book is to be read by younger audiences. The book is almost Southern Gothic in style, with death, dismay, and the somewhat grotesque being presented in a matter-of-fact way. The writing style is easily palatable, but copious amounts of literary references in the book are enough to keep one busy well after the story has ended.

Perhaps this reviewer was just stunned to see the issues of the South laid out for the modern reader by so well a known writer as Nelle Harper Lee, but the book will certainly help spark discussion on the very same issues which continue to afflict the South today. While not perfect, it is certainly a novel that any Southerner could enjoy. And, with its condemnation of the SCOTUS and emphasis on Southern identity, it could come at no better a time.

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Feds Rule Against Marriage

 

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Our black-robed handlers have now decreed that Sodomite “marriage” is a right that is to be enforced in the states. As LifeSiteNews reports,

In a 5-4 ruling handed down this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges, the justices ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to offer marriage licenses to homosexual couples. That overturns a ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Ohio, which held that the univerally recognized right to marry applies only as marriage has historically been understood: the union of one man and one woman.

Looking at the decay around us, especially at the cultural genocide being inflicted on our people, it comes as no surprise as to the court’s decision. The steps to ensure this egalitarian ecstasy had been laid long before our own time. In fact, one could trace the move (as the article above relates) back to the anti-Southern 14th Amendment, which provided the legal foothold necessary for advancing such a decadent decision. How will the states react? It is clear, just as Roe v. Wade has shown, that the Federal government never backs down from policies they implement- Republican or Democrat making little difference. There are two steps left as recourse. Firstly, the states must nullify these overreaches, and then they must declare independence as a means of safeguarding the Sacred Institutions and the culture at large.

The Federals have waged war on every aspect of Alabamian life, from our Sacraments to our symbols. Now is the time to act; there is no room for complacency.

Pax Christi

St. Andrews News

Alabama Stands

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In light of the predictable Federal assaults upon the sanctity of marriage via their black-robed lackeys (otherwise known as Federal Judges), some men and women have been shown to have both a backbone and a moral compass, refusing to give in to the despicable demands. This Saturday, the 6th of June, many Alabamians will converge on the capitol for a pro-marriage rally:

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama, a group advocating for the definition of marriage to remain as a union between one man and one woman, is set to gather with state leaders, pastors and other individuals in front of the Alabama Capitol Building for an “Alabama for Marriage Rally” on Saturday, June 6th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m….The group says they organized the event for Christians to come together and promote marriage between one man and one woman, as well as to encourage state leaders to stand up against judicial overreach.

God-willing, St. Andrews News will be able to make the event and cover it for our readers. We encourage as many persons as possible to attend and show the world that Alabama will stand.

 

On MLK (Happy Robert E. Lee Day!)

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Some unfortunate people (Neo-Conservatives, Republicans, etc) have mistakenly decided to use this day to venerate the Secular Saint Martin Luther King, Jr., rather than the honourable (though admittedly not perfect) Robert E. Lee. They choose to deify a man and “baptise” him into their own movement while disparaging the historical hero of the South. But, like the Theistic evolution narrative, if you accept the basic tenant (in this case “MLK was a good man”), then you toss the ball to their court. Evidence abounds that he was a Communist sympathiser, if not a Communist himself. For the evidence presented, we show that MLK was no conservative. Here is a quote from the man on the defeat of Barry Goldwater:

The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path. (emphasis added)

On Marxism:

We must recognize that the problems of neither racial nor economic justice can be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.

Sadly, even our Churches (even Catholic Churches) seem intent on contributing to the myth of the great, late, MLK. If not for political reasons alone, but especially for religious reasons the man should be shunned. A key deficiency of most progressivists, King also denied key tenants of the Christian Faith. Here are his words on the development of  Christian doctrine, born not of the Supernatural by Divine Revelation, but by natural means out of the consciousness of the early Christians:

Doctrines and creeds do not spring forth uncaused like Athene sprang from the head of Zeus, but they grow out of the historical settings and the psychological moods of the individuals that set them forth. All ideas, however profound or however naive, are produced by conditions and experiences that grow from the producers’ environment.

Compare these to the words of Saint Pope Pius X, hammer of modernists and possibly the greatest Pontiff of the 20th Century, in his “Oath Against Modernism” (1910):

Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical’ misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely. (emphasis added)

King continues with his heresy:

In this paper we shall discuss the experiences of early Christians which lead to three rather orthodox doctrines–the divine sonship of Jesus, the virgin birth, and the bodily resurrection…But if we delve into the deeper meaning of these doctrines, and somehow strip them of their literal interpretation, we will find that they are based on a profound foundation. Although we may be able to argue with all degrees of logic that these doctrines are historically and philolophically untenable, yet we can never undermind the foundation on which they are based.

On the Virginity of Our Blessed Mother:

The second doctrine in our discussion posits the virgin birth. This doctrine gives the modern scientific mind much more trouble than the first, for it seems downright improbable and even impossible for anyone to be born without a human father. First we must admit that the evidence for the tenability of this doctrine is to shallow to convince any objective thinker.

On the bodily Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour, the Christ:

From a literary, historical, and philosophical point of view this doctrine raises many questions. In fact the external evidence for the authenticity of this doctrine is found wanting. But here again the external evidence is not the most important thing, for it in itself fails to tell us precisely the thing we most want to know: What experiences of early Christians lead to the formulation of the doctrine?

In all three points, MLK espouses the position that the early Christians’ “inner experiences” and “environment” led to the deification of Christ, who was not born of a Virgin, was likely not fully God, and was not resurrected from the dead. He leaves a hollow shell that is not Christian. Did the fool really think he could cast aspersions on matters that the great minds before him had already thought upon, ideas that were born out of events and reality rather than inner consciousness?

Bl. Pius IX, the “Southerner’s Pope,” wrote the great “Syllabus of Errors,” that the following notions are condemned as anti-Christian:

5. Divine revelation is imperfect, and therefore subject to a continual and indefinite progress, corresponding with the advancement of human reason.

7. The prophecies and miracles set forth and recorded in the Sacred Scriptures are the fiction of poets, and the mysteries of the Christian faith the result of philosophical investigations. In the books of the Old and the New Testament there are contained mythical inventions, and Jesus Christ is Himself a myth.

9. All the dogmas of the Christian religion are indiscriminately the object of natural science or philosophy, and human reason, enlightened solely in an historical way, is able, by its own natural strength and principles, to attain to the true science of even the most abstruse dogmas; provided only that such dogmas be proposed to reason itself as its object.

So should we celebrate MLK Day? No way.

Morning in Montgomery

Following the removal of the ‘SECEDE’ sign, St. Andrew’s News took the opportunity to visit Montgomery, our Capitol. Despite all the misfortune that has befallen it, it still remains a very handsome city, specifically in the downtown government and river districts. The Museum of Alabama, also known as the Archives, has many wonderful collections on display in a very grande building.

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A pine tree ring, estimated to have lived from before the French Landing of AD 1702 until 1992.

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A French (reproduction?) cannon c. 1710, with foot for scale.

 

More articles displayed from the early Spanish and French would have been appreciated, but limited space probably forbids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A real treat- William Lowndes Yancey’s pistol, gloves, wallet, and sash displayed to the public. The museum did a fair job of having the fire-eater’s concerns represented.

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The two sashes read: “The Union with the Constitution – not without,” and “We honor and love Hon. W. L. Yancey, the Defender of the South.”

 

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A quote on Yankee “Reconstruction.” Of all the exhibits this seemed to be the shortest and least represented.

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The pen was used by Governor Oates to sign the 1901 Alabama Constitution.

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Alabamian “dough-boy” uniform during the Federal intervention in the Great War.

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Alabamian Uniforms as Federal soldiers during the Second Great War.

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The Bible used to swear in President Jefferson Davis and every Alabama Governor since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alabama flag which went to the moon.

 

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A beautiful sculpture of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, by G. Moretti. Finished in 1904. Alabama marble.

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Interestingly, a Saint regularly visited St. John the Baptist.

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Built in 1913.

Just a short walk from the Archives is a beautiful Spanish-styled parish, St. John the Baptist. Unfortunately the building was locked, so we could not go in to pray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was the Old Capitol Building.

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The spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America.

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Looking out from the spot.

 

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The Capitol Dome-very reminiscent of the Cupola of St. Peter’s.

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President Jefferson Davis before the Capitol Building.

 

 

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Confederate monument on the North side of the Capitol Building.

 

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Anyone denigrating our people should visit the Capitol and see firsthand the history, culture, and civilisation our forefathers have built.

150 Years of Carolinian Ingenuity and Alabamian Workmanship

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It’s 150 years ago today since the CSS Hunley sank the USS Housatonic off the Charleston Harbour in 1864. It was the first submarine to sink a ship in the history of the world. The CSS Hunley was constructed at the Park & Lyons Machine Shop in Mobile, from whence it was shipped to South Carolina. There, it made history and pioneered the future.

Amazingly, some ‘news’ outlets aren’t covering the historic occasion. On those that do, anti-Southern commenters berate giving the Hunley any glory time. Some say this only “reminds the South” of this and that.

Utterly amazing.  The Hunley displays just what an independent South is capable of producing. And it continues to scare Yankees to this day.

It Is Happening

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As predicted, the Federal government has already assaulted the South’s defense of marriage:

A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage today, an historic ruling with especial resonance on Valentine’s Day.

  Kentucky was one of the first to be undermined. Now the forces of Yankeedom have stuck a dagger through Virginia’s heart. Rest assured, Alabama’s time is coming.

Somehow we don’t think St. Valentine, beheaded for propagating the Faith, would like what they’re doing one bit.

St. Valentine, Pray for Us!