What Is The West?

by Al Benson Jr.

Folks who have followed my writing for awhile will recognize that what I write below will be a little different than much of what I usually do. I have written about the South for decades now and I love the South. I love the palmetto and palm trees, the Spanish moss, the abundant  wildlife, the bayous, and the wonderful hospitality of Southern people who, even though we were from the North originally, once they found out we understood their history and were willing to defend that history and heritage, opened their arms to us and literally made us “one of them.” So now we live in North Louisiana and we have never regretted the move south. This is home and we are content with it. No complaints!

But along with that, both my wife and I also love the West. We have traveled much there and before I was married I spent parts of several years in the West, including one year that I lived in Oklahoma for part of the year. Oklahoma is still a favorite spot. I was trying to eke out a living painting western scenery. I wasn’t good enough to make a go of that but I still enjoyed it.

When I went “back east” I worked near a bunch of young guys who enjoyed my paintings and when once they got an art show up they wanted me to put some of my stuff in it, which I did. They also wanted me, as someone who had spent time in the West, to submit something written about my impressions of the West. Most of them had never been there except for the big cities and they all look alike to me no matter where they are. I never spent any time in or near cities I didn’t have to, had no interest in them, except for Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was different.

At any rate, what is below was what I gave them to print up, with some minor modifications. Some of you all that live in the West may be able to identify with some of what I say here.

The West is many things to many people. To those who have never experienced it,  I can only say that they have missed something that will not long remain even as it is now.

The West, to me, is more than a geographical location (like the South).  It is more than the beautiful state of Texas, which most easterners seem to think all westerners come from. It is more than the dry, burned out desert most who have never seen it think it is. They have not learned that there is beauty even in the desert if you know how to look for it.

The West is a place, but it is more (like the South). It is an atmosphere, an enigma, a way of life, and a people. As a way of life, it is something that can be carried far beyond its geographical boundaries.

The West is dark thunderheads far off over the canyon, it is the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River at flood, it’s Monument Valley at night and the Painted Desert at noon. It’s the flat (but sometimes rolling)  country of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and it’s the majestic peace of the high plains country on the Platte River in Wyoming. It is a land so big that when you stand in it you feel small, and you have to realize within your deepest being that God created it and that man,  mighty though he would like to think he is, is only one small finite part of it.

The West is also people. It’s the old cowboy at the Pawhuska (Oklahoma) rodeo, who upon hearing the announcer reveal the name of the next contestant  in the saddle bronc riding, shouted “That’s my cousin Homer. He cain’t ride nothin’, He’ll get throwed first jump out the gate.” And he did! It’s the man in the store in Guymon, Oklahoma who, when asked if it was always this windy around here, replied “Hell no. Sometimes it gets windier.” It’s the ancient Indian at Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, who, when the smart-alec tourist tried to talk him into letting him into the pueblo for nothing, proceeded to charge him three times as much as he’d charged me to get in. The irate tourist tried to explain to him how, forty years ago, he’d gotten into the pueblo for nothing. After his ten minute (but ineffectual) tirade, the old Indian simply answered “Times change.”

For me the west did not really end each time I recrossed the Mississippi River. Thankfully, living in North Louisiana, we don’t have to recross the Mississippi to go east anymore.

For me, the West is a great deal of all I have seen, felt, lived and experienced during my numerous times in it. The deepness of its experience (like that of the South) is not something that leaves you upon the crossing of a boundary line. You, like many easterners, hate it and never go back (it’s not “green” enough for you) or you love it and continue to go back. There is no middle ground, the same as there is no middle ground with Confederate and Southern heritage. You either live it wherever you go, or you’ve never truly experienced it at all.

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“Sovereign” States or Federal Satrapies?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

There was an article on the Zero Hedge website back on last June 27th, written by Michael Snyder, which had originally appeared on the Economic Collapse blog. It was about how much land the federal government “owns” in our Western states. From the looks of the map that appeared with the article they “own” almost half ot it. The article noted that: “Today, the feds control approximately  640 million acres of land, and after decades of very poor management, many are calling on the states to take a larger role. This is particularly true in the 11 western states where the federal government collectively  owns 47 percent of all the land.”

Yep, you read that figure right–47 percent of it all. For instance, in Nevada, the feds “own” 84% of all the land in the state.  That leaves 16% of the state for ordinary folks. The feds “own” 64% of Utah, 61% of both Idaho and Alaska and 52% of Oregon. By the time you get to Wyoming the feds only “own” a measly 48% of the state. What a comedown from Nevada that must be for them!

I have to ask the question–does the public, ordinary folks, only owning 16% of the state they live in really constitute it being a “sovereign” state, or is it still really a federal territory that has been labeled a state for the sake of convenience (and electoral votes)?

Another pertinent question might be, which is more important–who “owns” it or who controls it? If the general public “owns” it  but can’t do much with it, then the federal government that controls  it is the actual de facto owner, isn’t it? It’s somewhat akin to the situation with the property tax that I have written about before on several occasions. You “own” your house and possess a deed with your name on it saying you own it. Yet, if you fail to pay the yearly governmental rent then some unit of government can come and take “your” property and do what they will with it. So, in the long run, who is the real owner–the man with his name on the deed–or the governmental agency that can take it away from him if he doesn’t pay their yearly “rent?” Mostly, we don’t want to think about this kind of thing. We should.

There was an article in the New York Times for August 25th of this year about Trump’a new Secretary of the Interior proposing shrinking of four national monuments in the West–so designated by King Barack the First (and hopefully the last). One of these was the Bears Ears, over west of Blanding, Utah. You can find it on your road atlas. Obama created a national monument there that was 1.35 million acres in size–land locked up so the public could do nothing with it.  Mr. Zinke, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior wants to reduce the Bears Ears monument to 160,000 acres. I hope he makes it, but even 160,000 acres is a lot for a monument with the Bears Ears as its centerpiece.  It’s pretty country there. We’ve been through some of it several times over the years, but it doesn’t rate another 160,000 closed-down acres for a national monument. Cutting it in half and designating half of it for a monument at the Bears Ears would be plenty, but then that wouldn’t give the feds control over all the 1.35 million acres–and control is what they really want. Control in the name of creating new “public’ monuments and “recreation areas” where you can only go if you follow their rules.

The owner of Land & Livestock international (look it up on the internet) has observed that “Transferring these lands to the States would be a great improvement, but would not necessarily be the best ultimate end…These lands need to be returned to their rightful owners (and/or their heirs and assigns)–the families who have 4 or 5 generations of sweat equity in the lands (or those who have rightfully purchased those property rights through  voluntary exchange). I am hopeful but I doubt seriously that we will ever see it happen.”

In the case of some of that “public” land near the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, one might be led to question just how much of this “public” land has been of use to Harry Reid and his son, or to Hillary with her Uranium One deal. Lots of big bucks being made there off some of that land that, we the public, supposedly own.

Too Many Cultures To Fit Into “One Indivisible Nation?”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Back in the 1990s I picked up a book in a used book store in Delavan, Wisconsin called The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau, published way back in 1981. Mr. Garreau’s contention was that “Whatever the political maps may say, our continent is not divided into 50 states and three countries. What we really are is: The Nine Nations of North America.” Whatever else you may think of Mr. Garreau’s worldview, on this question he does have a valid point.

Mr. Garreau went on to display a map of North America in the center of his book that displayed the “nine nations” of North America and their approximate boundaries and he then discussed the separate cultures of each of the nine areas.

One of the cultural areas he listed was (and still is) “Dixie.” And, for him, Dixie went as far north as Indianapolis, Indiana and as far west as Dallas, Texas. From Fort Worth all the way to Denver, Colorado was another cultural area he labeled as “The Breadbasket.” West of that, all the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains  was what he called “The Empty Quarter”–the Far West, except for the Left Coast which was and is a totally different cultural milieu from any of the rest. Again, I can’t disagree overly much with him here. I remember the first time I went west, many years ago now,  that as I crossed over from Arizona and Nevada into eastern California, it didn’t take me too long to realize that “this ain’t the West.” Geographically it was, but not culturally. And the difference between California and Nevada and Arizona increased the further west you went in California. The same principle applies pretty much to Washington and Oregon. The eastern part of those states has some really pretty high desert country, but when you get in proximity to the coast, it’s a whole other animal. Different cultures altogether.

I wrote about Garreau’s book in a couple articles years ago because his theory seemed to have some validity, and I think it still does. Just recently I came across information about another book along the same lines, written by Colin Woodard, called American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Mr. Woodard does the same thing Mr. Garreau did regarding North America only he breaks it down into eleven separate cultures instead of nine. Only I’m not sure that the cultures of Dixie and the Far West are really rivals. I think, in most instances, they compliment one another because they have the same problems with the same types of people (overweening government bureaucrats). Mr. Woodard’s book is reviewed on a site called http://www.theburningplatform.com for those who might want to check it out.

It’s interesting how similar his map of North America is to Mr. Garreau’s, and yet there are differences. In Woodard’s book what we call Dixie is divided into four parts; the traditional Deep South, and above that what he calls “Greater Appalachia.  Then there is Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina, and liberal South Louisiana. But he notes that, generally, the Deep South and Greater Appalachia  have pretty much similar traditions and views of politics and government. These folks, in both areas, just want to be left alone and want the government to butt out of their lives. Both areas have strong, vibrant, colorful cultures, which the Left and East Coasts are trying to destroy. Their cultures remain strong, even after the continued assaults by the shock troops of the Left, financed by socialist millionaires, which have sought to weaken their (our) culture, heritage and traditions. Dixie may not push back as loudly as we could wish sometimes against her adversaries, but she does push back.

In fact, with some of the cultural genocide that has been practiced on this part of the country it is obvious that Dixie’s culture is totally at odds with the culture of the Left Coast and the East Coast, as well as that of many major cities. And, considering the cultural clash between the two, you have to give serious consideration to the question of whether the two opposing cultures would be better off separated into two distinct “nations.” Should that be the case (and I would not argue against it) all the folks in the South would need to do is to chase the Leftists out of the South, back to their preferred areas of habitation, under their own rocks, and find some way to make them leave the South alone. Separate countries might help that situation to some extent.

How to do that might just be the “sixty-four dollar question” because it is a known fact that the Leftists want to make the rest of the country as miserable as they are and they are willing to work hard at that. All things said, cultural separation as well as geographical separation might be best for everyone. We’ll just have to see where all this goes, but one thing is evident–Dixie needs to fight to hang onto its culture, faith, history and traditions and not left the Leftists turn us into yet another Socialist Great Swamp.

Bigotry Against White Southerners Is ALWAYS In Season

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

As most honest people realize by now, liberals, socialists, and communists are all cultural Marxists, which means, for them, that it is perfectly permissible to do unto others what they condemn others (usually unrighteously) for doing unto them. In fact, for them, it’s mandatory.  For them, their day is not complete unless they are actively assailing someone on the political or religious Right, while blaming those folks for even daring to defend themselves. “Condemn others and elevate yourself” is their watchword.

I read an interesting article on The Hill by Jacqueline Thomsen for November 12th, 2017, the headline for which was Poll: Nearly half of white Southerners feel like they’re under attack.  All I can say to that is–it’s about time! White Southerners are under attack–and have been now for decades. Their culture, their history, their faith, even their Southern accents, are and have been under assault for longer than I care to think about. Most of them have been totally oblivious to it. It would really be nice if some of  them, lots more of them, were starting to wake up and smell the coffee. It would be really nice to think they are finally starting to get the picture and beginning to push back!

Thomsen observed that “Nearly half of white Americans living in the South feel like they’re under attack, a new Winthrop University poll found. Forty six percent of white Southerners said they agree or strongly agree that white people are under attack in the U.S….And 30 percent of all respondents in the poll agreed when asked if America needs to protect and preserve its white European heritage. More than half the respondents disagreed with this statement. Forty percent of respondents said they believed that Confederate statues should remain as is.” However, 25 percent said some sort of plaque should be added to “contextualize” (adulterate) the meaning of the statue. I wonder if that 25 percent would feel the same way about a statue of Martin Luther King Jr or socialist Carl Schurz.

Problem is, you don’t dare try to “contextualize” anyone else’s history but that of the white folks. To do that to anyone else’s statues or cultural monuments would be politically incorrect (racist), but it’s perfectly okay to do it to those of the white folks. In fact, it’s part of the game. It’s called cultural genocide if you do it to anyone but white folks, but for the white folks it’s perfectly okay to do it. You see, it’s open season on them 24/7, all year. It’s good that some of them are finally beginning to wake up and realize what’s being done to them.

I have read so much Marxist drivel from college professors and other PH.Ds (piled higher and deeper) about how all whites should be ashamed of being white and should work to repudiate their “whiteness” while taking pains to embrace every other pagan culture out there to express their “solidarity” with the world, that it just about makes me sick. The Lord made all people who and what they are, and to openly repudiate what the Lord created, the way He created it, is a repudiation of God and His perfect plan. Not that this would bother some of those people. The same principle is true for those people that want sex changes. They refuse to be satisfied with what God made the way He made it, so they plan to improve on it. They seem to think they have more wisdom than God, which is untrue, not that you could convince them of it.

The same situation holds true for Southern accents. An article I read in The Washington Times for November 7th, by David Keene, noted, of a person he wrote about “…he could never vote for Mr. Carter (back in 1976) because of his ‘Southern accent’.” As a Southerner, he “talked funny.” Now I had my problems with Jimmy Carter and I didn’t vote for him, but it sure wasn’t  because of him, as a Southerner, “talking funny.” His politics were much too cozy with those of David Rockefeller and the Trilateral Commission to suit me.

Could it be said that not voting for a person because you don’t like the way he talks makes you a bigot? Well, in the world of the cultural Marxist it doesn’t seem to–unless, of course, you are a Southerner! And if that happens to be the case, then, to those people, you are automatically a bigot–from the first breath you draw!

Over the years I’ve been called a racist, an anti-Semite, an Islamaphobe, and a “deplorable” as well as several other things I do not care to list here. Most of these epithets are designed to stifle reasonable debate or discussion. Folks who get called these names need to realize that fact and keep talking anyway. When folks throw some of these names at me, I don’t let it stop me from saying what I have to say, and that bothers some of them, because nasty names are supposed to shut you up and they don’t always. I just tell them–I don’t care what you call me. Just don’t call me late for supper.

Conservatives Continue to Lose Because They Just Don’t Know the History

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Christians and other patriotic folks, even with Trump in office, continue to lose the battle for our culture because we just don’t know our history. And what’s worse, many of us just don’t care to learn if it goes against our preconceived notions or what we were taught in those indoctrination centers we insist on referring to as “public schools.”

I almost can’t count the times in the past ten years or so that I have gotten “alarm” bulletins from various patriotic and conservative groups that are suddenly up in arms because someone is supposedly threatening to do away with the pledge of allegiance. It seems that they literally view this pledge as being on a par with the Declaration of Independence. Folks, I’ve got a news flash for you all–it ain’t! And if it was done away with tomorrow we would not be the worse off.

According to one of these “alarm” notices that I got today (11/11/17) the Washington Post  claims the pledge is “…steeped in bigotry…origins in nativism and white nationalism.” To put it bluntly, such assertions are a crock.

I will defend our Confederate monuments. I will defend other historic statues and monuments that reflect our Christian culture. I will defend the National Anthem, written by a Christian man. I will not defend the pledge of allegiance. Why? Because I know its history and the people so frantic to defend it don’t seem to.

In our book Lincoln’s Marxists Donnie Kennedy and I have dealt with the pledge of allegiance  and its dubious “Christian” author on pages 30 and 46. If you have the book, check it out. If you haven’t bothered, maybe you should get it.

On page 30 we wrote: “For most modern day Christians it is very difficult to think of anyone being a Christian and a socialist, let alone a communist at the same time. These very same Christians will dutifully place their right hand over their heart and repeat the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag, a pledge that was written by one of America’s most notable Christian socialists, Francis Bellamy.”This man, who incidentally, was a minister in a church in Massachusetts, was the cousin of socialist Edward Bellamy. We said that: “Each time an American places his hand over his heart and recites the pledge of allegiance, he is repeating a pledge inspired by and written by a utopian socialist ideologue. Francis Bellamy’s denial of the deity of Christ, his denial of the resurrection of Christ, and his rejection of the Bible as the infallible Word of God led to his removal as a Baptist minister. Born and raised in Massachusetts, a short stay in the South  was enough to convince Bellamy  that the South was hopelessly tied to orthodox Christianity even to the point of rejecting such modern and progressive theories as evolution. Francis Bellamy believed that the defining event in American history was the Civil War, and he admitted that he desired that his pledge would reinforce everything that the arguments of Hamilton…the speeches of William H. Seward and Lincoln (and) the Civil War had accomplished.” So there is the true origin of your “pledge of allegiance”–the parting shot of “reconstruction” at the South–one nation “indivisible.” And if that is true, then your Confederate ancestors, and mine, were all traitors. So stop and reflect on that before you so eagerly recite this spurious pledge, in the name of “patriotism.”

One might  almost be led to wonder if the Washington Post’s real agenda was to get ill-informed Christians and patriots all wound up so they would expend their time and effort eagerly defending a major tenet of socialism–one nation indivisible!

How many Christians and conservatives will jump on this bandwagon and throw themselves into an effort to defend the pledge because they just don’t know the real history???  You think it ever occurs to the socialists and the One World Government crowd to get us chasing our own tails this way? Of course it does!  And we fall for it every time! They pull the same stunt on Christians with the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a thoroughly Unitarian dirge that has appeared in more Christian hymn books than I like to think about.

Until we get serious about learning our real history we will continue  to fall prey to every “hot button” issue the Leftists continue to strew in our path and waste our time and effort defending what is really socialism when we should be defending our God-given liberties.

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“Rules For Rebels”–How to defeat Leftists and RINO’s

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Recently, I attended a meeting in Port Allen, Louisiana, just west of Baton Rouge. It was sponsored by the Kennedy Brothers, Ron and Donnie. The overall agenda for the meeting was taken from the book by Ron Kennedy, Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels, published earlier this year by Shotwell Publishing in Columbia, South Carolina.

After watching Southern patriots, and by extension, Southerners in general, consistently lose out to various types and forms of One Worlders, Leftists, and phony “conservatives” for decades, the Kennedy Brothers have put together, in the above-mentioned book and this presentation, their program for overcoming this concerted opposition and starting to turn the tables on our adversaries, some of whom actually claim to be our “friends” because they happen to speak with a Southern accent–and we are supposed to be too stupid to know the difference. Studying this book will enable Southern folks, and others as well, not to be too stupid any longer.

The Kennedys both gave several lectures during this meeting, accompanied by a video presentation that accented the points they were making. One of the first things they stressed was for us not to keep doing the same things we have been doing for decades while hoping for different results than we’ve gotten in the past.

They both stressed education, and they realize that this education will not be done in six months or a year. It is an ongoing process. I don’t know how many Southern patriots I have run across over recent years that stressed that what they needed to do had to be accomplished “within the next two years” at the most. And guess what, the next two years came and went and it didn’t happen! But Ron Kennedy, in this book, lays out a “to do” list that we need to systematically begin working on. He notes, on page 47, that: “The first thing to do is to realize that we need more than just those Southerners  who are well aware of the truth about the so-called ‘Civil War.’  We need to reach rank and file Southerners….We do this by dividing the Southern population into distinct segments and then directing our ‘educational’ efforts toward informing these smaller segments. For example; your neighbor who is not roused to action by the removal of a Confederate monument may become extremely agitated by liberal government rules requiring businesses to allow males to use female restrooms. While your ‘hot button’ issue is the continuing cultural genocide conducted against our Southern heritage, his ‘hot button’ issue is immoral and  ridiculous federal edicts. It is our job to ‘educate’ him so he realizes that when the people of the sovereign state have the right of nullification his ‘hot button’ issue would be governed at the local level, not from Washington, D.C.” This is one small example of what the book deals with.

On page 48 Ron observes: “The bottom line is simple. Without real states’ rights, inclusive of the rights of state nullification and secession, we the people are helpless when facing an all-powerful tyrannical Federal Empire.”

On page 24 and following is a section called Project 2020, A vote for Southern freedom–Dixie’s Brexit!. You really need to read the book to grasp all they are saying. It’s almost impossible to get it all down in an article like this. But they mention irregular political warfare or “guerrilla political warfare.” In other words, you often need to fight like Forrest, not like John Bell Hood. Most of us who have been to Franklin, Tennessee know what Hood did there, a horrible testimony to the wrong kind of warfare. Hood destroyed his army at Franklin with costly frontal assaults.

On pages 15-18 Ron lists several assumptions which should be true of most, if not all of the people who read Dixie Rising.

He comments on both political parties and notes that they are both part of the status quo–and always have been. The Deep State that many of us have read about in the last year or so did not spring forth after the election of Donald Trump–it has been around for a long time and Southern folks need to be aware of it and how it operates. Therefore, information (education) must precede constructive organization–and eventually action.

The South needs a series of state “shadow governments” to educate, activate, and motivate Southern patriots to work to eliminate federal tyranny. But we need to start with education. For those interested and concerned about all this, you should go to http://www.kennedytwins.com and ask for more information.

Well, Did He Or Didn’t He?

by Al Benson Jr.

Last evening I read an article on InfoWars.com that stated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from having anything to do with Hillary’s Uranium One scandal or the investigation of it. Needless to say, such information was distressing. And it made me wonder where Mr. Sessions was really at. Seemed like he was sitting out just about every issue that would help Donald Trump and expose Hillary.

Not having a naturally suspicious mind, I did not conclude that he had been bought off, or that his family had been threatened, or that Hillary had something on him he was afraid would come out. None of these scenarios  occurred to me primarily and I only list them here to let my readers know I did not consider any of these possibilities.

But, as of last evening, the info was that Sessions was backing out of the line of Democratic fire.

So, today I did a little scratching around. I found that Sean Hannity, on Fox News stated that Mr. Sessions had not recused himself from investigating the Uranium One scandal. Several other sources said the same thing, but then, some other sources also said that he had done this, so it was a mixed bag. And interviews that Sessions has given in the past few weeks have been evasive at best. The best you can get for the “will he or won’t he” question seems to be a qualified ‘maybe.” To those of us concerned about this issue that doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of help.

Now if he is planning on appointing a special counsel (which he should) to look into this, then I can understand his tendency to be vague about it in public. If he’s not going to do anything, (and up to this point he hasn’t done much) than I can also see him not wanting to admit to one of the three non-possibilities that I mentioned reluctantly above.

So it’s a big question mark–will he or won’t he? If he won’t then might I suggest that his days as attorney general ought to be numbered? And Mr. Trump ought to get someone in there that will do the job. The people harassing Trump over the Russian Collusion Delusion have all been associated with Hillary’s Uranium one deal with Putin, so them even being involved with that is a definite conflict of interest with what they are now doing. They are deflecting any real concern over what Hillary and Company did with Uranium One off onto the phony rabbit trail of Trump’s Russian collusion. And please don’t think this isn’t on purpose. If they focus all the attention on Trump and what he is supposed to have done, they deflect any information about Hillary and Company off onto the sidelines, and hopefully, into obscurity. And the prostitute press is more than happy to help them with that.

The Deep State, partly comprised of Hillary and her friends, may just be on the verge of being exposed–something they are trying to fend off as they would the plague. So stay tuned. The next few weeks could be interesting. They will either prove that Jeff Sessions will stand up and do what he should or they will prove that, for whatever reason, he is “just another one of the boys.”