Will the "Real" Southern Movement Please Stand Up

Recently an e-mail was widely dispersed that chastised a number of people for not being true to the "real Southern Movement." Now I know the individuals named and could not disagree more with the sender's claims. While not totally in line with the sender or the individuals who were the focal point of the sender's message, they are all attempting to advance the cause of the South.

Time and again, individuals or organizations release statements denouncing fellow Southerners for making an effort to organize the Southern people, and/or raise the awareness of Southerners. The common theme in all the statements is that the individuals criticized are "pretenders" who have actually bought into "reconstructionist lies" and if you follow them, you will only help doom the South to continued subjugation by the United States. But this isn't uncommon since I've noticed a lot of folks saying they are the true patriots and others who disagree with them on some minor point of philosophy are traitors to the cause.

What it all boils down to is that there are a considerable number of people out there who have caught the fire of the Southern Movement. These patriots (and they all are in their own way) find themselves at odds on what you could call subtle nuances on The Cause. Now I'm sure these folks would not call the differences subtle, but major. All of them, in their enthusiastic efforts to free Dixie from the over-controlling power of the United States, have overlooked the fact that on the major issues, they are in agreement.

If you were to make a list of things these different folks actually agree on, and then have them state this is so, they would realize that they are better off working together right now and sorting out their differences after the South is an independent nation again.

So what do they all agree on? How about a short list:

  1. The United States Federal Government has exceeded its Constitutional powers to the point of being oppressive.
  2. The Bill of Rights, specifically the second and tenth amendments, is being slowly whittled away into oblivion.
  3. Southerners have the right to work together to force the U.S. government to honor the Constitution and abide by the limitations on federal power.
  4. The States have forgotten that they are truly sovereign nations in a union for common defense and commerce.
  5. The South lawfully exercised their Constitutional right to leave this union.
  6. The United States Federal Government violated the Constitution in invading the South and forcing us back into the union.
  7. The South has the right to reestablish itself as an independent nation.
If all the different groups/individuals would acknowledge these items and take a vow to support these things, they might actually find themselves working together.

Those issues that these people disagree on could be put aside until the more important matters are taken care of. Look at various organizations such as political parties, the Catholic Church, protestant denominations, other social/political organizations. These groups can be large or small, and they have members who differ on certain aspects of their overall goals. This doesn't stop them from working together for the greater good of their cause.

A study of American history will show that the founding fathers differed passionately on a number of issues. They put these differences aside until after they had won their independence, and then went to work hammering out the issues afterwards. Even after the Articles of Confederation came and went and the Constitution was ratified, there were still differences of opinion and interpretations of how things should be.

Some differences of opinion may never be settled, but that doesn't mean we can't work together on those items we agree on. In a nation that holds values such as self-reliance, personal freedom, honesty and integrity in such high esteem, couldn't we all put aside our personal or philosophical differences long enough to toss out the scoundrels who are ruining our beloved Southland?

Jeff Adams
December 8, 1999