Heritage Not Hate: An Effective Meme?

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The much used, though ill-effective, “Heritage Not Hate.”

 

In the storm that has encompassed the South during this Third Reconstruction, many have taken to defending the flags of the South in various ways. One popular phrase in the South immediately springs to mind: “Heritage Not Hate.” Our purpose is to analyse the effectiveness of this slogan.

The greatest problem with “Heritage Not Hate” is that it puts the person propounding it immediately on the defensive. The initiation of any potential debate begins against the person making the statement. For example, we may use the following hypothetical conversation.

Southerner:  “Heritage Not Hate.”

Non-Southerner: “What Heritage? Why is it not hateful?”

Right off the bat, the conversation is turned to attack the very thing being defended. The set-up is very vulnerable, almost begging for an assault. The defender will be spending all their time trying to explain why he is not hateful (or a racist) and why and what heritage is and means to him. This is not an effective slogan at all.

Secondly, the persons attacking the flag already hate the South’s heritage. Not only do they hate the South’s heritage, but they hate the product of the South- us, modern-day Southerners whose very existence prevents the “United States” from becoming the secular, Puritanical “City-on-a-Hill.” They don’t care if our flag’s not hate; it’s opposed to their modern-day bohemianism and thus they hate it. The slogan is effective only amongst other Southern nationals, and thus is “preaching to the choir” and not appropriate for many demonstrations, especially when we are prosecuting against something or someone, like Robert “Scallywag” Bentley.

Thirdly, we need to make it known that the underlying issue is about peoples and not merely flags. The flag of Dixie (the CBF) represents people, and any attack on that flag is an attack on the people it represents (as Mr Steven Ingram said in Florida). Could a Russian tolerate someone attacking his flag? Could an Englishman separate his kin and kith from St George’s Cross? Flags are the embodiments of people.

So what is a Southerner to do? What means could he or she use to more effectively propound the Southern identity? Many alternatives come to mind.

“Stop Cultural Genocide” – This is the most popular of the new memes. Many have used this to great effect, putting forward the attack on the flag as an attack on the people. Even while opponents denounce its validity, they contradict themselves.

“Save the Southern People” – Or an alternative, “Save the South,” once again appeals to an identity exclusive to the South that the flag represents. Opponents would be forced to admit that they hate the South and her people in any assault on the meme.

“Feds Out of Dixie” – A more political meme, this should be used at rallies to make known Southern disagreement with Federal policies and the continuing Federal conquest against the South. It is best used with other memes which focus on Southern identity. By itself, however, it would certainly appeal to many Tenthers and conservatives and open into discussion about secession and its relation to people.

“Yankee Go Home” – This appeals to the Southerner against Yankee transplants and  implicitly puts forth Southern identity (here being opposed to Yankee identity).

The above list is not exhaustive, but is merely meant to offer substitute for the failing slogan “Heritage Not Hate.” We look forward to working more on this issue in the future, especially as more demonstrations are organised across Alabama and Dixie.

Nota Bene: Much of the discussion of memes stems from the work of Mr Michael Cushman. St Andrew’s News is indebted to his work, even if his specific articles on the subject are no longer available.

 

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Bentley the Scallywag

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Our Governor, Robert Bentley, has ordered the Confederate flag removed from the Capitol grounds. The man is an embarrassment and clearly does not represent the people of Alabama. Steps must be taken to ensure he is held accountable for this traitorous action and that the flags may be returned to their proper places.

Federal Insanity

Let’s review US policy toward Egypt to see the foolish hypocrisy of the government’s interventionism: First the US props up the unelected Hosni Mubarak for decades, spending tens of billions of dollars to keep him in power. Then the US provides assistance to those who in 2011 successfully overthrew Mubarak. Then the US demands an election. The Egyptians held an election that was deemed free and fair and shortly afterward the US-funded military overthrows the elected president. Then the US government warns the military that it needs to restore democracy – the very democracy that was destroyed by military coup! All the while the US government will not allow itself to utter the word “coup” when discussing what happened in Egypt yesterday because it would mean they might have to stop sending all those billions of dollars to Egypt.

All this they do with a straight face. We are not supposed to notice the insanity of their foreign policy.

-Ron Paul

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A Small Victory

The Voting Rights Act Section 4, long a tool to suppress the South, has been overturned (surprisingly) by the current Supreme Court. Section 4 declared that any changes made in regards to voting must gain Federal approval or be considered invalid. While it’s a step in the right direction, the entirety of the Voting Rights Act needs to be abolished.

Not Surprisingly, Our Glorious Leader has called out the SCOTUS, saying,

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

And then Obama called upon Congress to

pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

Alabamians, rather than having the ability to sort things out amongst ourselves, have carried the weight of this “Reconstruction” style act probably more than any other country within the United States. Reaction towards the move has been generally favourable, except for that liberal section of Alabama whose wishes are granted by playing the “racist” game.

State Representative Holmes (D-Montgomery) has already been playing the fool:

It’s very sad that the United States Supreme Court would make such a ruling in this day when they know that in most southern states that the Republicans have taken control, not only the governorship, but the state legislatures. And they’re trying to do everything they can to get it back like it used to be. And I’m mighty afraid if we’re not real careful it will get back like it used to be

Online reactions to Holmes and his liberal compatriots have been very pro-Dixie:

DSHornet: The “black political leaders in Alabama” seem not to notice something glaringly obvious in today’s ruling.
You wanted fairness in the voting process. As cited elsewhere, there is about 1% difference in the rates of Black and White rates of voter registration. Over the last fifty years you have enjoyed Federal Government supervision in the voting process so you could get the equality in the process you wanted and, frankly, deserved. In other words, you won. You reached the goal. What is your problem?

mike: You just know in your heart that the Supreme Court made the correct decision if this group of racist politicians are opposed to it.

keithinala: Give it up Rogers, it’s State’s rights, as the founding fathers intended. Enough of your Washington big brother endless control.

bamatexan4: Folks who make a career of being black like Jesse and Al ain’t gonna like this.

Skinnerton: After 50-years of failure, for ALL Southerners, it is time to move forward! Like George Corley Wallace, Lyndon B. Johnson bowed to the yankees, imposing detrimental act upon ALL Southern people.

Rep. Holmes has also previously called on a Confederate flag to be removed from I-65 even though it is on private property, saying that it is a distraction to drivers and a racist emblem. In addition, he came out against every Alabamian regardless of colour over the flag:

We are going to consider calling for a nationwide economic boycott against the state of Alabama

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St. Andrew’s News is eagerly awaiting as more heavy-hitters, like Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, and Tom Woods, weigh in on the recent SCOTUS ruling.

Until next time, may St. Andrew Bless Y’all heartily.