Stanton the Federal Dictator

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

In scrounging around on the internet I came across a book I had never heard of before called They Wanted Lincoln Dead. It was written by a Troy Cowan. I’d not heard of him before either. But then, he’s probably never heard of me either. The book has kind of a light blue cover on it, with a picture of Edwin Stanton and Andrew Johnson. It’s available from Amazon and it’s a paperback for $12.99.

On a separate sort of a blog spot Mr. Cowan made some comments about his book. He said: “Edwin Stanton was the Secretary of War. Stanton planned Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s theater on April 14. He got away with the crime. The government has immense power to manipulate evidence. Everything we know about Lincoln’s killing comes from Stanton or his subordinates. You have to understand why Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln was our first Republican president. The Radical Republicans were willing to do anything to stay in power, including murder. Edwin Stanton was a brilliant man. He was Lincoln’s Secretary of War and Stanton wanted the immensely evil south punished with a harsh, long-lasting hatred.” I pretty much agree with him–except the part about the “immensely evil south.” On that, we part company. The South was no more evil than was the North–in fact it was probably not as evil as the North. The South had resisted anti-Christian apostasy whereas the North had long ago caved in to it. So it depends on how you define evil, and Mr. Cowan and I don’t seem to quite do that the same way. If he was referring to the evil of slavery, well, the North shared in that particular evil also. It wasn’t particularly “Southern.” I know the cultural Marxists say it was, but they are known liars.

As I said, I have not read Mr. Cowan’s book, but it might be worth getting to see what he does have to say overall.

Theodore Roscoe’s book The Web of Conspiracy  which I have been going through again, takes note of how Stanton’s dictatorial proclivities come shining through.

In referring to the Lincoln conspirators, Roscoe notes, on page 266 that “The punishment dealt these prisoners stands as a classic example of what happens when raw dictatorship turns police work into an auto-da-f”e. All of the victims in this case were civilians. None of them had been tried. Not one as yet had been officially indicted. They had merely been accused and thrown into prison to await trial. But an auto-da-f’e punishes first and tries afterward.” In other words, these people are presumed guilty going in and treated accordingly. The “rule of law” is what Stanton says it is.

Stanton’s dictatorial mindset was perfectly displayed in the actions of Stanton’s chief henchman, Lafayette Curry Baker, Stanton’s chief of detectives. Roscoe observed: “He (Baker) dealt with every accused person in the same manner; with a reputable citizen as with a deserter or petty thief. He did not require the formality of a written charge; it was quite sufficient for any person to suggest to Baker that a citizen might be doing something that was against the law. He was immediately arrested, handcuffed, and brought to Baker’s office, at that time in the basement of the Treasury. There he was subjected to a brow-beating examination…Men were kept in his rooms for weeks, without warrant, affidavit or other semblance of authority…Hasty dockets were scribbled on these individuals. Preliminary charges ranged from ‘implicated in assassination’ and ‘accessory’ to ‘suspicious conduct,’ ‘Secession sympathizer’ and ‘disloyal utterances’. Terms were as loose as ashes, and the effort to sift these charges produced many meaningless clinkers that jammed the screen…If the accused took any measures for his own protection, he was hurried into the Old Capitol Prison, where he was beyond the reach of the civil authorities.” In other words, try to hire a lawyer to protect you legally and you got automatic jail time! And “disloyal utterances”? So much for the First Amendment! All it took to get you arrested was a letter or verbal complaint from someone who may have been ticked off at you for some reason and Baker’s stooges hauled you in! Justice in Amerika in 1865!

And Roscoe noted also that: “If Stanton did not promote the witch hunt for subversives, at least he gave it his blessing and backed it with the forces of the War Department. Baker’s Secret Service agents took a leading hand in the game. As has been noted, Baker’s initial move was to distribute a handbill which described a featureless and unidentifiable Booth who could have been almost any stranger on Main Street. And while the nation’s police agencies were set to arresting such nobodies, Baker launched a roundup of suspected disloyalists…This door-to-door search for ‘disloyalists’ touched off an epidemic of neighborhood spying and counter-spying unrivaled in the nation’s previous history.”

However, there were some people, then, as today, who were strangely exempt from all this. One of them was John Wilkes Booth’s mistress, Ella Turner. In fact Roscoe noted that “Nobody was sent to arrest Booth’s mistress.” Why not? They arrested all manner of women from the Surratt house, but Booth’s mistress, well, she didn’t have those problems. The investigating authorities somehow managed to avoid her. And that was even after someone complained about her! Roscoe noted, on page 323 that “One of the singular incongruities of the Lincoln murder case was the Government’s reluctance to lay a glove on a single one of Booth’s known inamoratas.”

Why was Stanton so reluctant to talk to any of these ladies? Was he afraid he or Baker would find out something they were not supposed to know. Or were they merely running a little cover for Booth so that too much was not learned about him too soon?

It seems that the more we learn about the Lincoln assassination the less we really “know.” Lots of stuff about this assassination that’s far from kosher and what we have been told is just enough to satisfy the ignorant and naive who will never ask any questions anyway.


Giving Booth a Head Start For Escape

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Theodore Roscoe in The Web of Conspiracy  pointed out some interesting facts regarding the federal government’s pursuit of John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination.

It seems that a Major A. C. Richards, Superintendent of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Force had been in the audience at Ford’s Theater the night of Lincoln’s assassination. He had recognized Booth. Roscoe noted of Richards that “Major Richards was a capable officer, tough and exacting. He briefed the duty force on what had happened, dispatched messengers to summon the reserves, rushed detectives to Ford’s Theater to round up witnesses, and sent word of his emergency action to General Christopher C. Auger, commander of Army forces in charge of the national capital. Unquestionably, Richards gave Auger detailed information on the assassination and named John Wilkes Booth as the fugitive assassin.”

However, right after this heads-up about what Major Richards had done, Roscoe observed: “But now a fog of confusion settled on the nation’s military headquarters. This fog seemed to bind the Federal authorities with ropes of lethargy. It slowed the manhunt, obscured the assassin’s trail, and did everything to abet an escape.” Strong language? Wait until you’ve read a bit more.

Roscoe continued: “Booth had fired the deadly shot about 10:30 p.m. Within fifteen minutes of his flight from the theater alley, witnesses were blurting his name to the police. By 11:00 p.m., the blotter at Washington police headquarters contained the names of seventeen witnesses. They were listed under the following notation: At this hour the melancholy intelligence of the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, President of the United States, at Ford’s Theater was brought to this office, and the information obtained...goes to show that the assassin is a man named John Wilkes Booth. 

So there was no doubt about who the assassin was by 11:00 p.m. The police were quick on the scene and were doing their job. What about the military? Well, that was a horse of a different color. The military didn’t send out any alarm about Booth. No one was sent to his hotel to check out his room and the best the military could come up with was a couple cavalry patrols that were told to scout the city streets. Did they even know who they were looking for? Up until midnight, any detective work that was done was done by the city police. As far as doing much more, it has been argued that General Auger was awaiting orders “from higher up–from the War Department, from Stanton.” Anyone smell a rat here?

Roscoe referred to “Auger’s fuddlement.” And he noted “By midnight the nation’s military leaders seemed in doubt concerning the assassin’s identity. Although scores of people had recognized John Wilkes Booth, the War Department cautiously withheld the killer’s name from official dispatches.” So it would appear that the Army was not about to take the police’s word about who the assassin was. Do you wonder why???

An Associated Press reporter, Mr. L. A. Gobright, heard about the shooting and hurried to the theater. After that he charged to the nearest telegraph office and sent this wire: The President was shot at Ford’s Theater tonight and perhaps mortally wounded.  This wire was sent to New York. Back at the theater, Gobright went into the President’s box. He even found Booth’s derringer there and he must have talked to eyewitnesses, so you have to wonder what happened to make him do what he did next. Shortly after his second trip to the theater he sent a second telegram, the headline of which appeared in the morning edition of the New York Tribune: “our Washington agent orders the dispatch about the President ‘stopped.’ Nothing is said about the truth or falsity of that dispatch.”

Roscoe noted that: “Gobright’s extraordinary reticence won mention at the subsequent conspiracy trial, but no explanation. He merely stated he was ‘satisfied’ the assassin was John Wilkes Booth, but, ‘I did not so telegraph that night’.” Why not? You were satisfied Booth was the assassin, but you just didn’t tell anybody! One paper in New York stated: “J. Wilkes Booth suspected.” And, Roscoe observed that “Washington papers named the assassin, but the great Associated Press Syndicate delayed the story. From the distance of the present one can only surmise that someone in top authority in the War Department held Gobright’s hand. For a guess, War Secretary Stanton?” I’d say that was a pretty fair country guess. Add to this the fact that, about fifteen minutes after Gobright sent his first wire, the commercial lines out of Washington went dead, and they didn’t get them back until around one the next morning. Roscoe noted that official records just didn’t bother to mention any of this. “It was censored from contemporary reports. Major Eckert, Stanton’s telegraph chief, was queried on the matter by a House investigating committee in 1867. Eckert admitted the commercial lines had been scotched. He said he thought they had been short-circuited by grounding…Again it would seem that extraordinary efforts were made by someone in Washington command to keep Booth’s name under wraps.

Years later, Colonel Henry L. Burnett, who served as assistant judge advocate at the conspiracy trial stated: ‘When I entered upon the duty of assisting in the investigation of the murder of the President, on the 19th of April…it was not positively known who had assassinated the President…That the War Department Judge Advocate’s Office could not positively name Lincoln’s assassin five days after the murder strikes us as more than astounding!”

And then there was the Navy Yard Bridge that was guarded by a sergeant and a couple of men under him. On the night of the assassination the sergeant let both Booth and Herold pass over into Maryland. He was never taken to task for this glaring omission. Under normal circumstances had he committed such a blunder he would at least have lost his stripes, at the very least. But such did not happen. You have to wonder if he’d even been informed about the assassination. It would appear that General Auger did not rush anyone to the bridge to check on how many people had crossed over into Maryland that night.

Roscoe also observed that: “The records of history contain many ‘holes.’ John Wilkes Booth rode through one of them on the night he killed Abraham Lincoln.”

It’s worth noting that Roscoe is not the only one to come up with some of the material noted here. Eisenschiml also did and so did the two men who wrote The Lincoln Conspiracy  in the 1970s.

Mary Surratt–Guilty or Innocent?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Guilty or innocent? That question remains to this day in regard to Mary Surratt and you will still find people on both sides of this question that are perfectly sincere in their contentions.

Theodore Roscoe in The Web of Conspiracy  observed that: “By March she must have known that Atzerodt, Wood, and Herold were engaged with her son and Booth in some underground activity. Evidence indicates that she was aware of a plan to abduct the President of the United States and carry him prisoner to Richmond…Yet to the day of her death, Mrs. Surratt would deny any complicity in Lincoln’s murder.” I feel that is the crux of the whole matter. I have no doubt she was aware of the abduction plot. I do not think she was aware of the murder plot. Though both were crimes, there was a big difference between abduction and murder.

Kidnapping a general or an opposing head of state was considered to be fair game during the War. Assassination was not–at least in the South, although after the Dahlgren Raid in 1864 and the papers found on Dahlgren’s body advocating the killing of Southern political leaders, you have to wonder what the policy was in the North (unofficially anyway).

I did two articles on this subject back in 2015 that you can still find on for April 4, 2015. They might be good background reading for this article.

Back on August 27, 2016 carried an article by Jack Perry titled The Martyrdom of Mary Surratt. Perry made some interesting observations. He noted: “If you were given the government’s side of the story in high school history class, you were told John Wilkes Booth crept up behind President Lincoln and, bang, he shot him. End of story…However, the reason the government leaves off the entire assassination conspiracy is because they executed an innocent woman. Mary Surratt’s ‘crime’ as it were, happened to be owning a boarding house that the Lincoln assassination ‘conspirators’ rented rooms in. She was promptly seized in the federal sweep-and-clear operation to find the assassins, even if they really weren’t. Anyone with Southern heritage would do.”

Perry continued: “Here’s the way it went down: Mary Surratt was to stand trial before a military tribunal, even though she was a civilian. This was a federal government kangaroo court show trial because a guilty verdict was already demanded by the Secretary of War, for one. But they needed to have a sham trial so it didn’t look like they railroaded this woman into an execution without a trial. The government produced false witnesses, doctored evidence, and refused to allow Mary to testify on her own behalf. Nor was secret government evidence against her allowed to be made public. Probably because it didn’t exist in the first place.”

Mr. Perry seems to have a pretty fair idea of how the government operated (and still does).

An article on for May 7, 2011 was of interest. It stated: “Recently with the release of the Robert Redford-directed movie, The Conspirator, Mary Surratt has been in the news again, with the debate resurfacing as to whether or not she really knew that Booth and his gang planned to kill the president. Redford suggests she did not, but instead she was guilty of the lesser crime of knowing of a plot to kidnap Lincoln and failing to report it.” There isn’t much I agree with Robert Redford on politically. We are at opposite sides of the spectrum. However in this case, I think he is on target. Mary was guilty of the lesser crime, not of complicity in murder.

Pelican Publishing in Gretna, Louisiana even published a book about this in 1996 and then released it again, I guess after the Redford movie came about. The name of it is Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy and it was written by Elizabeth Steger Trindal. Supposedly this lady worked fifteen years to chronicle the life of Mary Surratt and the comment on the jacket of her book says “In the embarrassment over this wrong, most historians have neglected to tell the whole story behind President Lincoln’s assassination.” That’s true, but also, in retrospect, I think there are some that do not dare to tell the whole story because, were it told, the history books would have to be rewritten and federal fables about the assassination would be exposed for what they have been–fables! This book is still available on Amazon.

Another informative article about this was written by Ryan Walters back on July 6, 2017 and appeared on that date on And this one is worth reading too. Its title is A Miscarriage of Justice? The Trial of Mary Surratt.  In referring to the Lincoln conspirators Mr. Walters wrote: “All would eventually face the hammer of American justice, in one form or another, for what was proving to be a wide-ranging conspiracy, which included other targets–Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was viciously stabbed multiple times but survived, Vice President Andrew Johnson, whose attacker, Atzerodt, apparently backed out, and perhaps General Ulysses S. Grant who escaped a possible attack by deciding not to attend the play that night. Killing all four leaders in one fell swoop would have effectively decapitated the US government. Whether or not Mary Surratt had knowledge of this vast conspiracy, or actively aided in its implementation will never be known…However, her actual guilt or innocence matters not. What matters is the manner in which federal authorities obtained a conviction and ultimately her execution.” There were those who wanted her tried in a civilian court, where she would at least have had a fighting chance. Edwin Stanton was having none of that! Sort of makes you wonder what he had to hide.

JOHN (Parker) and MARY (Lincoln)

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Unless you have read something about the Lincoln assassination the name John Parker will probably be totally unfamiliar to you. If you have read something about that event and the people involved in that conspiracy, one way or another, then Mr. Parker’s name should be familiar to you.

Theodore Roscoe in his book The Web of Conspiracy noted the activities (or rather lack thereof) of John Parker on the night of the Lincoln assassination. He noted, on page 23: “But at ten o’clock that night Lincoln sat in his box unprotected…One solitary man stood guard (or was supposed to stand guard) over the presidential box. His name was John Parker. He was a member of the Metropolitan Police Force. Dissolute, craven, he was a drunken good-for-nothing who had one of the worst records on the Washington Force. And he had been assigned to the White House detail at the special request of Mrs. Lincoln. To the present day nobody knows why Mrs. Lincoln sponsored this scurvy policeman. When her sponsorship of Parker came to light after the ghastly tragedy enacted at Ford’s, nobody wanted to probe that peculiar matter. Of course–after the tragedy–Parker was investigated…Had joined the city force when it was organized in 1861. Had proceeded to accumulate a mass or demerits and reprimands that took him to the foot of the constabulary for insubordination, unbecoming conduct, loafing on beat, drunkeness while on duty, and arresting streetwalkers who had refused him their favors gratis. In March of 1863, he had faced the Police Board to answer charges that he had gone to bed drunk in a house of prostitution and had fired a pistol through the window of said brothel.

That charge dismissed, he soon faced others–foul language, sleeping on post, insulting a lady. One black mark after another. This was the character assigned to guard the President’s box on the night of April 14th. Where was Policeman Parker at the crucial hour?..One fact could not be hushed up by official or unofficial censors. Parker had abandoned his post. The door of Lincoln’s box had been left unguarded.” You would have thought that this, on top of his many other indiscritions, would have been more than enough to get Parker canned. Not so! Roscoe observed that “…the facts concerning John F. Parker were promptly ‘lost’ in the files of official investigation, and so were lost to history. The reason: Mrs. Lincoln’s strange involvement with John F. Parker?”

In fact, just the week before the assassination Mrs. Lincoln had penned a letter to the Provost Marshal, James O’Beirne, which read: “Executive Mansion Washington, April 3, 1865 This is to certify that John F. Parker, a member of the Metropolitan Police has been detailed for duty at the Executive Mansion by order of Mrs. Lincoln.” And on April 4th, Mrs. Lincoln had requested that Parker and one other officer be exempted from the draft. Roscoe noted: “Here was an enigma at once hustled under the censorship veil. That veil has never been lifted.”

Even took note of Parker’s dubious history as one of Washington’s finest in an article by Paul Martin on April 7th, 2010. Martin stated: “Parker’s record as a cop fell somewhere between pathetic and comical. He was hauled before the police board numerous times, facing a smorgasbord of charges that should have gotten him fired. But he received nothing more than an occasional reprimand…Parker was charged with failing to protect the president, but the complaint was dismissed a month later. No local newspaper followed up on the issue of Parker’s culpability. Nor was Parker mentioned in the official report on Lincoln’s death. Why he was let off so easily is baffling.” And even after all this, Parker was still on the guard detail for the White House. Although at that point, Mrs. Lincoln finally howled!

Some historians now think there may have been some sort of family relationship with Parker on Mrs. Lincoln’s mother’s side of the family.

Another web site had an article up on its site called John F. Parker: The Guard Who Abandoned His Post  and this article is still up also.

This whole thing presents lots more questions. Why was such a loser, with his horrible record, allowed to remain on the police force with only an occasional reprimand? Did he have something on somebody that enabled him to keep his job no matter what he did? You would have thought Mrs. Lincoln might have had some idea of Parker’s character, especially if there was a family relationship. And if there was, why did she request this turkey to begin with? Most families with black sheep try to steer clear of them as much as possible and everyone in the family knows who they are and what their problems are.

With Mrs. Lincoln this does not appear to have been the case until after Lincoln was assassinated. One more odd-ball situation associated with this assassination.

Let’s Talk about Flags

Posted on July 4, 2019
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By Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume, President & CEO at Land & Livestock International, Inc.

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you are aware of the Nike flag flap that got Colin Kaepernick’s panties in a wad. He objects to the original (Betsy Ross version) of the flag of these united States saying that it is racist. How could that be?
Well, this was the first uS flag and it represents, and is closely associated with, the “original” constitution. That would be the constitution prior to the War of Yankee Aggression and subsequent constitutional amendments. In other words, it was the uS flag before America died at Appomattox.

Is it racist? Well….yes. How? The best way to answer that question is to compare it to the flags of the Confederate States of America. Not one single flag associated in any way with the CSA ever flew over a slave ship. On the other hand, the Yankee flag(s), including the Betsy Ross, flew over slave ships for over 90 years. And who takes all the blame for slavery?

In the heat of all this debate, it is obvious that ignorance is abundant out there about the origin and the roll of the flag of the uSSA. It is our ignorance that allows us to take our children (5 days a week) down to the Mandatory Government Propaganda Camp where they learn to stand, place their hand over their heart and pledge allegiance to this flag. Should we be doing that? Well, let’s see….

The first thing you need to know about the Pledge of Allegiance is where it came from. It was written by a card carrying Socialist by the name of Bellamy back in  1892. He had been a Baptist preacher who had been kicked out of the Church for preaching that Jesus was a Socialist. He was also one of the early ones that advocated the use of the “public schools” as a means for “social change.”

Your teacher never told you that nor has your child’s teacher ever told him/her that either. Is there any wonder why we are constantly fighting for our lives against the likes of Bill and Hillary, Joe B, Bareback Obama, AOC, Nancy P, Chuck C, and on and on for another paragraph or two?

Let’s analyze the pledge line by line and see how it stands up to the truth:
I pledge allegiance to the flag… A flag is a piece of cloth. Saying that is the equivalent of worshiping a false idol. Blasphemy.

And to the Republic for which it stands… Republic? What republic? That died 150+ years ago. The day General Lee walked out of that courthouse was the day America died—from that day forward, the FedGov was to be the sole judge of the limits to its own power. Not surprisingly, it has since judged that there are NO limits to that power.

One nation… NOT! At the founding, the individual colonies were considered to be the “sovereigns” with freedom of association. All of the founding documents refer to it in the plural—“these” united (lower case) States and NOT THE (singular, only one centrally controlled sovereign) United (capital) States.

Did you know that before Appomattox there was no such thing as an American Citizen? Each individual was considered a “citizen” of the state in which he/she lived. So now do we understand what happened to our State’s rights and our individual geographic identities? Only a very small minority do.

Up until Dishonest Abe made it so, America was never intended to be “one nation.” The majority of Americans today confuse the words “patriotism” and “nationalism.” There is a very important distinction between the two. Patriotism is a healthy, moral-ethical love of one’s country, its land, its people their customs and traditions. It is not accompanied by any desire to initiate force or violence against anyone. Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee were patriots and men of high moral values and ethical principles. The Declaration of Independence, a secession document, and the Articles of Confederation are patriotic documents. Neither contains any suggestion for the initiation of force or violence against persons or their property against their will. I am a patriot.

On the other hand, nationalism is the immoral love of one’s government and usually involves a desire to aggress against or tyrannize others. Abraham Lincoln, Adolph Hitler (who took lessons from Lincoln), Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, Barrack Obama and Donald Trump were (are) nationalists. The Gettysburg Address, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Presidential War Powers Act the (intentionally misnamed) Patriot Act are nationalist documents. All imply aggression against persons and property—force and violence applied by one group against other groups. I am NOT a nationalist.

Under God… There is no problem with that except for the fact that it is a blatant lie and will probably not last much longer.

With liberty and justice for all… The biggest lie ever told. Just ask LaVoy Finicum’s family. Just ask the Hammonds. How about Ruby Ridge and Waco? How come the uSSA has the largest percentage of its citizens locked in steel cages—the highest incarceration rate in the world? And the great majority of them have never committed a real crime—one that involves the initiation of force or violence against another and/or his/her property.

I am a patriot. I am NOT a nationalist. Therefore, I cannot parrot the pledge. When placed in the situation, I stand, facing the flag, at the position of attention–heels together, thumbs along the seams of my trousers but I remain silent. To a military man, even the enemy deserves a certain kind of respect.

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The bottom line is that your local police are not legally obligated to protect you, the average citizen. In addition to the Warren case, there are hundreds of court rulings which state that cops are not legally responsible for protecting individual citizens. For example, see Zelig v. County of Los Angeles.
The government can’t protect you as you saw on September 11, 2001 as well as during the Washington, DC area “sniper” rampage and the plethora of active shooter events that we have had since.

In fact, the government could very well be our greatest fear, due to its propensity to murder people because of their ideas (See Ruby Ridge, ID and Waco, TX).

A simple internet or search of “the police state” or “police brutality” will reveal literally thousands of violent crimes (from assault to cold blooded murder) committed by the State’s costumed emissaries of officially sanctioned violence (aka The Police State) against harmless and innocent people.

So, who does that leave to protect you, your life, property and family? The one and only answer is: YOU It is your duty and personal responsibility to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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So Where Is The Southwest?

by Al Benson Jr.

So where is the Southwest in this country? Depends on whose map you look at or whose definition  you agree with. Just tonight I looked at about eight or  ten maps of what were supposed to be our Southwest. Almost none of them agreed with one another. Some said the Southwest was just four states–Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. I couldn’t agree with that. Others included Oregon and Northern California  Wrong again! Others included the whole of Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. They got it half right. The southern halves of those states are part of the Southwest, but not the whole state in each case.

What started me off on this was that,  two Sundays ago, my wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Folks at our church put on a big spread for us and most of the church members came. One man happened to say that I had lived in the Southwest awhile back. Actually, I had lived in Oklahoma, a state that is a mix of South Central and Southwest, the same as Texas is, though I had spent quite a bit of time in the Southwest. Someone else commented that he was not aware that Oklahoma was part of the Southwest. Well, it is and it isn’t, depending on where you are at. Same as Texas.

I commented to the second gentleman that where you lived in Oklahoma depended on whether or not you were in the Southwest. Where we lived was probably not far enough west to be considered Southwestern, but I estimate that, probably the western third of Oklahoma is probably considered the Southwest, along with all of West Texas, Southwestern Kansas (yes, even part of Kansas), Southern Colorado, Southern Utah, Southern Nevada, even Southern California–all are part of the Southwest along with Arizona and New Mexico. Most people don’t think of anything but Arizona and New Mexico when they think of the Southwest. Those two states are “it” for them as far as the Southwest is  concerned. It’s kind of like, when I was growing up back in the East, everybody there thought all cowboys automatically came from Texas. For them, no other state need apply with any cowboys but Texas. You’d be surprised at how many people used to be shocked when they found out Oklahoma actually had cowboys in it.

Back when I was in my late 20s, my Dad sold the house he had owned in the East and bought a trailer big enough for him, my Mom, and I, and I guess all my talking about the West made some impression on him because we took the trailer and headed west. I guess, for awhile at least, we were like gypsies. Wherever we parked that trailer on any given night was “home.”

That particular year we got as far west as Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place we had been before and liked it. We started checking around for work in that area. At that point in time, New Mexico was sort of a depressed area. There was no work, not even for the residents of that area and folks were not bashful about telling us they’d put their own folks to work before “outsiders.” I can understand that.

At that point, we gradually started working our way east and crossed back into the Oklahoma Panhandle–which is part of the Southwest. I don’t know how it is there now, but at that time I used to say that the Oklahoma  Panhandle had about six trees in it–and one of them  had died! It was a wide-open country where it seemed they didn’t even fence the range sometimes, at least along the highways–and that may have been because they didn’t have all that much traffic. But if you got out and walked up on the mesa top you found that the land was fenced between one piece of property and another and if you wanted to keep walking when you came to a fence, you were real careful and you crawled under the barbed wire. The Oklahoma Panhandle looked real flat if you just drove across it and didn’t stop. It  wasn’t. There were all manner of ravines, high spots, low spots, and in its own way the Oklahoma Panhandle had  a kind of beauty you learned to appreciate, especially if you walked over some of it. While in Western Oklahoma we camped at Black Mesa State Park, both headed west and coming back. It was a place you got used to the wind  blowing 40 mph all day and night. It didn’t even stop to catch its breath!

One interesting thing that ran through that area was the old Cimarron Cutoff for the old Santa Fe Trail.  When we were there you could still see parts of it. You could tell where it was because the wagon traffic had been so heavy in earlier days that the sagebrush and  prickly pear cactus had never grown back on the trail and the trail, about 30 feet wide most places, was just bare sand. I stumbled across it one day and followed it for a few miles, crawling under barbed wire as needed.

But eventually we had to go farther east and we checked for possible work all across Oklahoma, not finding anything that you could get hired for for more than a couple hours a day. Oklahoma was depressed like  New Mexico. We finally ended up back at the western end of what they called the Osage Hills, or just “the Osage.” Wasn’t much work there either, though we did fill out applications for work in the state park system and went down to Oklahoma City to talk to some bureaucrat about that. A wasted trip except for stopping at the Cowboy Hall of Fame while in Oklahoma City. There was an art show there and I got a chance to study the work of some of the best Western artists in the country at that time. As I was trying to work my way into painting Western Americana, that was a God-send for me.

And while I did manage to sell a few canvasses while in Oklahoma, it sure was not enough to live on and I sure didn’t get wealthy from it. Had we made a go of it in Oklahoma we probably would have stayed there, in which case I never would have gotten to marry my wife and there would have been no 50th wedding anniversary recently, so I expect the Lord had a different agenda for me than what  I would have done had we stayed in Oklahoma. As much as I enjoyed Oklahoma, I can’t complain now about having had to leave at that point.

Besides, since then, I’ve been able to take my wife and kids back to Oklahoma and they’ve enjoyed it as much as I did, so the Lord “works all things out together for good to those who are the called according to His purposes.”

Think They Will Stop With The South? If you do, you are naïve!

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Many of you will recall that old story from decades ago about how evil came along and took over everything because no one would stand up for anyone else.

It went something like this: “First they came for the Poles and I wasn’t Polish, so I didn’t do anything. Then they came for the Hungarians and I wasn’t Hungarian, so I didn’t do anything. Then they came for the Jews, and I wasn’t Jewish, so I didn’t do anything. Then, they came for me–and there was no one left to stand up for me.” I can’t recall all the nationalities in this little story, but you get the idea. No one bothered to stand up for others when they were under attack and so the forces of evil, One World Government, the Deep State, or whoever you want to call them, rolled up those groups that opposed them one by one until none were left who could oppose them.

Sadly, this little tale is not all that inaccurate, even in our day. All you have to do is look at the cultural genocide being practiced on the States of the Old Confederacy in regard to their monuments, flags, and symbols, to realize that we are  presently seeing a repeat performance of this tale re-enacted right before our eyes. The cultural Marxists on the far left, at the behest of  those that finance them, are in the process of trying to kill off the culture of the South and replace it with some grotesque form of hyper-Marxism so perverse that even Marx might not recognize it.

This has been going on for quite some time now and I have a question. Where are those other cultural groups in this country that should be trying to help the South out, but are, instead, just sitting this cultural battle out? Where are the historical groups, the patriotic groups, the alt-right groups, and a host of others that claim to believe much of what Southern folks believe but do nothing to help the South fight this cultural battle? Where are y’all? Have the reality shows claimed so much of your attention that you just can’t be bothered, or what?

I’d be willing to bet one thing at this point, when the cultural Marxists really start coming after some of the rest of you, then you are going to start howling for Southern folks to do their “patriotic duty” and support your efforts to combat the cultural Marxists. So why aren’t you helping us now in the same struggle?

Oh, I can hear your protestations now! Well, the South was “racist” and we can’t support that. I’ve got news for you. Whatever part of the country you now live in was “racist” just like the South was. And don’t try to tell me different. I grew up in the Northeast, which was every bit as racist as the South. The only difference is no one talks about it.

And then I can hear the cry–Well, the South had slaves! More news for you–so did the North! They just got rid of their slaves a little earlier than the South did, but they had ’em! Slavery was legal in all 13 of the original colonies, and considering that most of the slave traders came from New England and New York, when the North takes that “holier than thou” attitude toward the slavery question they are only kidding themselves. Anyone who has done the history homework knows better.

Anyone who tells you the South only seceded from the Union so she could keep her slaves is either totally naïve or they sincerely hope their listeners are. Either way, that canard is a total croc–and most of  those that peddle it know it is.

So most of those who claim they can’t help the South fight her cultural battles because of their opposition to slavery are kidding  precious few people beyond themselves. In reality, most of them are just sitting it our, hoping the minions of cultural Marxism won’t bother them too much. I’ve got news for you folks. When they get through trashing us, then they are coming for you next!

If they manage to beat the Southern folks into the ground, who are you going to get to help you protect your history and heritage? The folks in the far West? The ranching, farming, mining culture in the West is under assault  just like our heritage here in the South is. What do you think the Bundy Ranch situation in Nevada five  years ago was all about? It was about the destruction of the Ranching and farming culture in the West–which is under assault just like our Southern culture here in the South is.

Seems to me that all of the patriotic and historical groups in this country ought to be out there trying to help out like-minded folks in all regions of the country. Sadly, it does not seem to work that way.