The Sleeping Giant In Illinois–Part 6

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune for  April 17th of this year, the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement just might have gotten a bit of a jump start in Illinois last spring. The article, written by Kathrine Rosenberg-Douglas noted that “It was no accident Effingham County’s resolution to protect the right of gun owners stole an important word from the very people the resolution was intended to provoke, supporters of the country’s sanctuary cities movement. Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler last month told a raucous crowd the origin behind the ‘Second Amendment sanctuary county’ movement, which began in Effingham and now includes 64 of the state’s 102 counties, counties in three other states and nine more states in which counties are eyeing similar nonbinding measures. And as state legislators, emboldened by Gov. J. B. Pritzker, look at more gun control measures, counties are looking at more ways to resist them.”

Anyone notice the cultural Marxist bent of some of these legislators? They have not a single problem with sanctuaries in our states for illegal aliens that have no right to even be here, but sanctuaries in our counties for legal citizens who only want to protect their legal right to keep and bear arms are simply beyond the socialist pale and should not be permitted under any circumstances!

I don’t know if some of these legislators have some idea of a different mindset coming down the pike or what, but it seems that 2019 has been a banner year for some of them to try to deprive law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights. I can’t quite believe that this, what shall we call it, coordinated assault on the Second Amendment, is just some isolated attempt here and there by un-coordinated anti-gun groups with no contact with one another. Something in this whole operation just doesn’t smell right. Something is going on here that the public at large hasn’t quite figured out yet, though various groups in different states are beginning to get the message–at least in their respective states.

Effingham’s pro-second amendment  resolution “…asserted that at least five pieces of proposed Illinois legislation dealing with gun ownership would be unconstitutional. The resolution targeted proposed laws including those that would raise the minimum age for gun ownership to 21,  outlaw various types of weapons, and outlaw bump stocks or body armor. It also demanded ‘the Illinois General Assembly cease further actions  restricting the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ and demanded the governor veto any such bills.”

And the article also observed: “When the measure passed in the county of about 35,000 last spring, it may have looked like a publicity stunt or a way to provoke Chicago officials who object to Trump administration immigration policies. But as the movement gained traction, it has also grown in substance. County sheriffs and state’s attorneys have publicly backed the cause, saying they will use their discretion to leave new gun laws unenforced. Close to Chicago, Ogle, Boone and LaSalle counties have passed such resolutions and are among the more than 50% of Illinois counties to do so in the past year.”

I used to live in Northern Illinois, in the suburbs around Chicago. It was a long-standing bone of contention for those of us that hated Chicago’s Marxist (yes, that’s what they were) politics that when Chicago voted for something they had such a population edge that they could, literally, outvote the rest of the state and the poor folks in the rest of the state always seemed to end up having to live with the rotten stuff Chicago voted for. With these Second Amendment Sanctuary counties it won’t work that way. Counties downstate will be able to do what they want in this area and Chicago won’t have, in this instance, the power to outvote other counties to force them to hew Chicago’s line. Most of the rest of the state hates Chicago politics anyway. To only state that Chicago  politics are blatantly crooked would be a monumental understatement.

It’s interesting that most political commentators rail about the crookedness of Louisiana politics but quietly omit almost any commentary about crooked politics in Northern cities–which I can assure you, rival anything the South may have to offer! If you want to do a little exercise sometime, check the internet to find out how many Illinois ex-governors are currently in prison.

Any state that has a city like Chicago in its environs really needs a Second Amendment Sanctuary County movement in that state just to be able,  in some measure, to overcome the rampant corruption such a big city will seek to foist on the rest of the state. Illinois proclaims, on its license tags, that it is “the land of Lincoln.” It shows!


The Sleeping Giant in Virginia, Kentucky–and now Texas–Part 5

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement continues to grow. It is interesting in that it is a little different due to conditions in each state that it flourishes in.

In Virginia you now have a leftist governor and state legislature, no doubt to the influence and money of Michael Bloomberg. In Kentucky you have a new Democratic governor but the legislature is not necessarily in his corner and though there are Democrats waiting in the wings there with a whole raft of new gun control bills there is no guarantee that they will automatically get all they want. In fact, we can fervently pray that they get none of what they want.

Then there is Texas, “the lone star State of Texas” one of our favorite spots in the country. Guns have pretty much been a way of life in Texas–and that ain’t all bad no matter what the anti-gun crowd tells you.

As of December 9th of this year there are 34 Texas counties that have joined the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement. There are a couple in the southwestern part of the state, though a couple others have backed off from doing that, but there is a whole batch of counties south of Dallas and Forth Worth that have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary ordinances.

A brief article on observed that: “Earlier this year, Gun Rights Watch reported on a handful of Second Amendment Sanctuary movements going on in the western border regions of Texas. These were primarily focused on the need for protection of citizens against a large number of foreign nationals unlawfully entering our country via the poorly protected Southern border in those areas. That part of the state leans a bit more left than the rest of the state, however, and two of those attempts eventually failed by slim margins. Since then, localities on other parts of the state have taken notice and have begun passing similar measures. Backed by growing coalitions of activists for the right to keep and bear arms, these resolutions have been both increasing in frequency and an improved success rate.”

I might suggest here that part of the reason for failures in counties near or on the border is probably due to the influx of foreign nationals in those areas, some of whom probably vote and who can almost be guaranteed to vote on the leftist side of the spectrum. This is one reason why both the Democrats and other assorted socialists have been so in favor of an open borders policy and so opposed to Trump’s wall. They realize that if they can funnel enough illegal immigrants in here they will end up changing our culture into something usually only tolerated in third world countries.

And with all that  socialist influx will come more and more vociferous calls for gun control–even in Texas. It’s no secret that the socialists among us have been working to turn Texas into a blue state like they did in Virginia. Blue state legislators do not, in most instances, represent most of the people in their states, except in mostly urban areas and so us folks in mostly rural areas get outvoted by the guys in the big cities who all seem to have leftist agendas of one sort of another.

Texas has lots of counties so more of them really need to join the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement.

Where I am in Louisiana we have a Democrat governor and so far he has not touched the gun control issue. Louisiana is a very pro-gun state and, at this point, the chances of getting gun control measures at the state level passed are slim to none. If that changes I am sure some sort of Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement will spring up in our parishes here.

The Sleeping Giant In Virginia–And Kentucky–Part Four

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

This past November both Virginia and Kentucky got new Democrat governors. There had been a question in Kentucky as to whether the election  had been fixed to allow the Democrat to win but I won’t get into that here. What does seem quite apparent, though, is that wherever you get a Democrat administration almost anywhere anymore there seems to be a concerted assault on the Second Amendment.

I don’t know if these Democrat socialist wannabees were taking their cues from Beto (Hell, yes, I’m gonna take your AR-15s) O’Rourke or not, but they all seem to be headed in that direction. It should start to become apparent to folks all across the spectrum that the Democrats are the party that is out there to deprive you of your God-given rights to defend yourselves from a tyrannical government. What does that fact tell you about their intentions?

It tells me that those people have an agenda that they don’t dare push on us while we are still armed and so to push their agenda on us they first have to make sure we can’t resist them.

Needless to say, I have been doing some research on this. I came across an article on for December 22nd. The article noted, in part, that: “The threat of multiple gun control bills coming from the left side of the aisle in the Kentucky legislature has the citizenry scrambling for a means to protect their rights.” And the article listed a whole batch of new gun control bills for Kentucky. Check it out if you can. The article also included a map of Kentucky showing which counties were in the process of enacting Second Amendment sanctuary laws. There are over 55 counties in Kentucky working on this, which is encouraging.

Another article for December 18th on by Teresa Mull, tells us: “Kentucky Democrats are wasting no time in pushing gun control. They’ve pre-filed several gun control bills they hope governor-elect Andy Beshear (D) will sign into law.” Among these are Bill Request 354–Firearms, ammunition capacity, regulation of; Firearms, assault weapons, possession of, also Bill Request 354; Firearms, comprehensive regulation of, Bill Request 342 There are several more, but these will give you some idea of where they are going with this. If they don’t feel they can flat out take your guns at this point, they are going to try to legislate how you can, or can’t, use them.

Interestingly enough, Bill 342 mentioned above defines “assault weapons” and also mandates universal background checks, which means they are going to have a record of who owns what stored away so that when the push for gun confiscation comes they will know what doors to knock on to demand weapons from the owners of those doors.

So you folks in Kentucky are about to be treated to some of the anti-Second Amendment crap that the good folks in Virginia are fixing to resist–and you will have to resist also.

Professor Walter Williams had an interesting article on for this morning, December 26, 2019. I have always appreciated Professor Williams’ commentary. He tells it like it is and lets the chips fall where they may. He stated, in part, “I am proud of my fellow Virginians’ response to the attack on their Second Amendment rights. Firearms owners in the state have joined with sheriffs to form Second Amendment sanctuary counties. That means local authorities will be required to protect Second Amendment rights in the face of any attempt by Virginia’s General Assembly to abrogate those rights. Eighty-six counties–over 90%–in the Virginia commonwealth have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions…”

And Williams quoted Thomas Jefferson when he said: “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

It seems ironic that we have a president in the White House who champions the Second Amendment while at several state levels we have Democrat socialists who are actively seeking to do away with it.

The Gun Owners of America, an organization I support, has noted that: “As of 11/18/19, 240 counties, cities and towns have passed Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances in 19 separate states. Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington have passed them in a majority of their counties.” You can now add Virginia and Kentucky to that list.

Strangely enough, I have not seen very much about this in the mainstream (propaganda) media. It’s like they don’t want people to be aware of the real resistance building up to what the socialists in government plan to do to us, all for our “own good” naturally–or maybe it’s really for “their own good” rather than ours.

One thing we need to  realize–we may even end up beating back these gun control/confiscation efforts. However, that will not be the end of it! If we beat those people on this go-round, they will just lay off for a spell to give us time to get comfortable and then they will be back with a vengeance for the next round. As I stated in a previous article “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That may be  hard, but that’s the way it is in the real world.

The Sleeping Giant In Virginia–Part 3–State To Spark Shooting War?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The weeks around the Christmas season seem to provide the Marxists in the Virginia State government a grand chance to push for a grand, illegitimate gun control agenda and I would be willing to bet they thought there might, at this season, be little reaction to their scheme. They were wrong. The reaction to their scheme has been a groundswell of legitimate resistance in the counties in Virginia to their draconian gun control programs.

That being the case, the Marxists in Richmond have somewhat shifted gears and are now looking at ways they can capitalize on the resistance they expect–and in some cases are even willing to promote–if it will serve their purposes.

There was an article by Mike Adams on for December 20th that was quite revelatory and I will note some of it here.

Mike said: “After passing extremely restrictive anti-gun legislation in early 2020,Virginia has a plan to deploy roadblocks at both the county and state levels to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens  (at gunpoint, of course) as part of a deliberate effort to spark a shooting war with citizens, sources are now telling Natural News. Some might choose to dismiss such claims as speculation, but these sources now say that Virginia has been chosen as the deliberate flashpoint to ignite a civil war that’s being engineered by globalists. Their end game is to unleash a sufficient amount of violence to call for UN occupation of America and the overthrow of President Trump and the republic. Such action will, of course, also result in the attempted nationwide confiscation of all firearms from private citizens, since all gun owners will be labeled as ‘domestic terrorists’ if they resist. Such language is already being used by Democrat legislators in the state of Virginia.”

And Mike also states that: “The Democrat-run impeachment of President Trump is a necessary component for this plan, since the scheme requires for Trump supporters, to be painted as ‘enraged domestic terrorists’  who are seeking revenge for the impeachment. This is how the media will spin the stories when armed Virginians stand their ground and refuse to have their legal firearms confiscated by police state goons running Fourth Amendment violating roadblocks on Virginia roads…With over 90 counties now recognizing  some sort of pro-2A  sanctuary status, virtually the entire state of Virginia will be considered ‘enemy territory’ by the tyrants in Richmond who are trying to pull off this insidious scheme…The purpose of the roadblocks, to repeat, has nothing to do with public safety or enforcement of any law. It’s all being set up to spark a violent uprising against the Virginia Democrats and whatever law enforcement goons are willing to go along with their unconstitutional demands to violate the fundamental civil rights of Virginia citizens.”

At the end of his article Mike observes: “And, by the way, Richmond is surrounded by patriots. At what point will the citizens of Virginia decide to arrest and incarcerate all the lawless, treasonous tyrants in Richmond who tried to pull this stunt?” That’s a very good question, one that needs some sober reflection.

At this point, I am not sure where this is all going, but we need to keep our eyes on it because it could very well affect the rest of the country. I have been told there are around nineteen states now that have some form of Second Amendment sanctuaries in them.

As for more about what Mike Adams has found out about this, I would recommend following   Hopefully you will be able to access this and listen to Mike’s commentary. It is about as up to date as anything we will be able to find out at this point.

The Sleeping Giant In Virginia–Part 2

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The situation in Virginia in regard to the Second Amendment seems to be in a state of flux.

On a recent podcast Brion McClanahan made the following statement: “Richmond Marxists cannot confiscate any firearms in the State. Now it can ‘govern the militia, but it cannot ‘disarm’ them. Confiscation of any firearm would be disarming the militia, ‘the body of the people’ according to the State constitution.” His comments should be visible on

One thing Mr. McClanahan noted in his podcast was that if the governor of Virginia sought to disarm the militias then he would be violating both his State’s constitution and the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. And he noted Article 1, section 13 of the Virginia Constitution where is says “That a well regulated militia,  composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…” In fact McClanahan suggested that possibly a proper title for what is now going on in Virginia might well be “the Article 1, Section 13 Movement.” He thought this might be more effective than calling it the “Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement.”

An article on recently observed that: “In Virginia, the movement is in full swing…Gun Owners of America, Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, United Patriots of Virginia, and Oath Keepers have all been busy contacting local elected officials and sheriffs to urge them not to enforce Draconian gun laws that violate the people’s natural rights. The reception, for the most part, has been great…The goal of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia is to get the majority of counties to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. By accomplishing our goal, it will give us the power to approach the Virginia legislature with the knowledge than any anti-liberty law that they pass will be ineffective…The time where we can sit back and hope for the best is over. If we don’t fight for our rights today we will lose them. The longer we wait, the more those God-given rights are in jeopardy. Gun Owners of America is here to help. I am here to help. Do not hesitate to contact GOA or me. We will help you get started.”

The author of the above article is John Crump, an NRA instructor and constitutional activist.

Another article I ran across, posted on December 18th, stated that: “Even now, 79% of Virginia counties  have enacted some form of 2nd Amendment sanctuary laws, and that number is only expected to grow…Despite this, the state’s Democratic leaders continue to threaten the use of force to bring its residents to heel.”

For how many years have we been told by legislators that they run for office so they can “serve the public.” Now I hate to burst that bubble for some folks, but that’s the biggest pile of cow chips you will ever find in a West Texas cow pasture. These people who fill us full of such whoppers have no interest in serving, but they have every interest in ruling, and doing so with an iron hand! Does anyone with a brain think this new governor in Virginia gives a rip what the people in his state want? He couldn’t care less! He is nothing more than yet another Marxist mentality who managed to get himself elected, probably with help from Michael Bloomberg,  and he has a Marxist agenda he wants to force down the throats of Virginians whether they want it or not. And if they don’t want it he will do his utmost to force it on them.

Ben Joseph Woods is a police officer in Virginia and he has grave concerns about where politicians are trying to take Virginia. He said: “I work plainclothes law enforcement. I walk around without a uniform, people don’t see my badge, people don’t see my gun, and I can tell you: People are angry.” Woods has stated that the situation in Virginia is becoming “so dangerous that he is close to moving his own wife and unborn child out of the state.”

You have to wonder if the politicos, from the governor on down, realize what they are doing to the people of Virginia. With my suspicious mind, I’d be willing to bet they do–and it’s all part of their agenda. One thing you have to understand about Marxists–they don’t care who they hurt–their agenda is everything–and if people are harmed by it so what!!! 

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia may be successful in backing the Marxists in Richmond down. But if they do, and I pray God they will, then they will have to be constantly on guard from then on. They can ill afford to take the position that they won the fight so now they can just go home and relax and enjoy their victory. You don’t dare do that with Marxists, as they never quit!

If they don’t persevere over you now, then they will be back later and try again, and again, and again.

Years ago, here in Louisiana, there was a big fuss over having fluoride in the water. The folks here that fought against that pernicious chemical in the water won their struggle and kept it out. But that was not the end of it by any means. Just a few years ago the fluoride folks were back and we got to do it all over again and this time they prevailed because their adversaries were mostly asleep.

I can remember one good lady here saying, “We already fought this battle.” And you did, once! Unfortunately,  that was not the end of it. The anti-fluoride folks had won a battle but not the war! 

It will be exactly the same situation with the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia. You may defeat the Marxists on this go-round, but you can never go home and go back to sleep because the Marxists and their agenda will always be back and you have to learn that “eternal vigilance is the price  of liberty.”


Has The Sleeping Giant Awakened In Virginia?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

It seems the Democratic Legislature in the State of Virginia has decided that they will simply do away with the Second Amendment in that state. Oh, they will take sort of a Fabian approach and do it as gradually as they are forced to but there can be little doubt that’s their socialist intent. And they may well hope to be a bell weather for the rest of the country–sort of a “well, if we can do it so can you” sort of thing.

However, it seems that folks in many Virginia counties, particularly folks in rural counties are less than enthusiastic about the state legislature’s Fabian plan to do away with the Second Amendment.

It’s no secret that ultra, ultra liberal Michael Bloomberg, with all his millions, has been at work in Virginia and he seems to be taking credit for flipping the state legislature from red to deep, deep blue. And, of course, a state with a blue legislature means a state where the Second Amendment is automatically in jeopardy unless people wake up and realize what the game is and resist. As this point, that seems to be happening in Virginia, thanks be to God. Let’s hope that trend continues.

I just recently read an article on for November 28th that dealt with this situation. It was written by a Jordan Michaels. Michaels noted that: “Virginia gun owners have gathered by the hundreds at Board of Supervisors meetings in counties across the state to send a message to the newly elected Democratic legislature in Richmond. As of this writing, 23 counties and towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries since Michael Bloomberg flipped the state legislature from red to blue earlier this month. Second Amendment sanctuaries exist in many states across the country, but no state has seen so many in such a short span of time.” One person stated: “It’s sending a message to Richmond saying we don’t want anymore gun control out here.” Personally, I doubt if Richmond gives a tinker’s damn. With Bloomberg having been politically active in Virginia, that means that carpet baggers are active in Virginia’s politics and out of state money has financed what the legislature is trying to do. You might as well label this whole episode as “Virginia Reconstruction 2019.”

Interestingly, 53 more counties were at that time considering Second Amendment sanctuary status. I understand that number has increased.

Then, there was an article by Mike Adams from December 11, 2019 that appeared on  Mike observed that: “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam–perhaps best known for wearing blackface and  celebrating the infanticide of healthy, living human babies–is now promoting the creation of a kill list of patriots who will, if history repeats itself, be hunted down and murdered by the authoritarian state. After all, a corrupt anti-liberty government that’s willing to kill human infants is also willing to murder its own citizens in the streets. The kill list construction effort is being called ‘mandatory gun registration,’ and it’s the pillar of Gov. Northam’s newest tyrannical scheme for turning the State of Virginia into a Democrat-run prison camp where no human being is free. Gov. Ralph Northam–whose family owned 84 slaves–is best known for insisting that when a human child is born alive and healthy, it should be ‘kept comfortable’ until the mother decides to have it murdered after birth, in the name of ‘women’s health.’ This is infanticide, pure and simple, and it is a felony crime of premeditated murder. Yet Gov. Northam openly endorses that murder, claiming that the State of Virginia allows such murders to be carried out in unlimited numbers, apparently at any age of the child.” And this is the sterling individual that wants to take the guns of Virginians–after he has them duly registered so he knows just who has them!

But, Northam is pretending to be generous here. Mike informs us that “The governor’s assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period,” Mike tells us that Northam intends for the state police, local police, as well as his own armed security people to keep all their weapons. No surprise there, is there? And Mike notes: “As is true with all gun control tyrants, Northam intends for his own democrats to keep their guns, while first ‘registering’ and then confiscating all guns from private citizens.”

And Mike explains to us what we should already be aware of. He says: “The only reason the corrupt state needs to know where all the gun owners live is because they plan to go door to door, confiscating all those guns at gunpoint…” I won’t even go into all the rest of what he said. It ain’t pretty, but I don’t doubt  he is right on the money.

He talks about Democide–government sanctioned murder.

To be continued.

CBS Just Loves The Southern Poverty Law Center

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Anyone who has done the least bit of homework knows about the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. It is about the most anti-Christian, anti-Southern and anti-Confederate organization out there, except maybe Antifa or the Communist Party.

So it should come as no surprise that CBS (affectionately referred to in some quarters as the Communist Broadcasting System) should continue to promote the idea that the SPLC is a credible source when it comes to listing hate groups. The SPLC does list some groups that are hate groups, but it lists a great many more as hate groups that really are nothing of the kind.

A recent article by Bob Adelmann in the New American Magazine for December 16th deals with this. Mr. Adelmann noted: “As CBS News was developing its complaint against Fidelity Investment’s charitable fund, it considered information gleaned from the Southern Poverty Law Center as accurate. The gist of the complaint was the Fidelity shouldn’t allow its charity’s funds to go to ‘hate groups’ on SPLC’s HateWatch list, which included the Family Research Council (FRC). When informed of this smear Lieutenant General (Ret.) William G. Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice-president responded in part: ‘Today’s Southern Poverty Law Center is aggressively anti-Christian and morally bankrupt–both inside and out. The SPLC has been imploding from within, with its own former employees saying the group is racist, bigoted, and rife with sexual misconduct and discrimination. The problems have become so significant  that employees are currently seeking to unionize…It should also not be forgotten that the SPLC was connected in federal court to domestic terrorism when the shooter who attacked the Family Research Council in 2012 pled guilty to the crime while confessing that he relied on the SPLC’s discredited ‘hate map’ to target FRC. The Southern Poverty Law Center is so corrupt that it simply cannot be relied upon as a source.'” And yet CBS has no problem relying on it as a source. Considering that CBS is part and parcel of the Establishment’s Fake News agenda we should expect nothing else from them.

And Adelmann continued: “Surely CBS knows that the intent of the SPLC isn’t just to unfairly lump conservative groups in with hate groups but to destroy them by destroying by innuendo their credibility among their donors.

Mark Potok, former SPLC spokesman said: “We see this as a political struggle. We’re not trying to change anybody’s mind. We’re trying to wreck these groups. We’re trying to destroy them. Not to send them to prison unfairly or to take their free speech rights away, but as a political matter to destroy them.” We are not supposed to recognize in his commentary that by destroying groups they disagree with the SPLC is, to all intents and purposes, destroying their free speech.

Let’s don’t kid ourselves here. Any political or religious group that is to the right of Che Guevara and speaks out about anything is bound, sooner or later, to  end up on the SPLC’s hate list.

On August 23, 2018 Kyle Smith did an article on in which he noted that the SPLC was “essentially a fraud.” Smith noted in his article, which was quite lengthy, that “Former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, who is black, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the group had ‘smeared’ her after she questioned the SPLC’s ‘misguided focus.’  Mark Potok, then the SPLC’s national spokesman, denounced her as ‘an apologist for white supremacists’ in a story published on the front page of Swain’s local newspaper, the Tennessean.” 

And Smith further observed: “Today the SPLC typically hauls in (as it did in 2015) $50 million. In its 2016 annual report it listed its net endowment assets at an eye-popping $319 million…News that has anything to do with the South or with race has proven to be a bonanza for the SPLC;…”

Speaking of the tragic events in Charlottsville awhile back, Smith stated that: “The SPLC’s publicity machine turns such events into gold, creating the impression that we’re forever a week away from a neo-Nazi takeover or a rebirth of the KKK. As both the Nazis and the white-bedsheet fans have done the SPLC the disservice of fading into tiny remnants of  themselves, the SPLC is forced to find new monsters,  designating the likes of Rand Paul, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Ben Carson as extremists.” As I said earlier, anyone even remotely to the right of some identified communist is automatically fair game for the SPLC, no matter how ludicrous the accusation might be. New SPLC “monsters” keep the coffers full if the SPLC can just con enough worried liberals into donating on a regular basis to combat hate groups and white racists.

In retrospect, Smith observed that: “The SPLC has become a kind of Weimar Republic of hate inflation. It’s list of ‘hate groups’ looks increasingly like a way of attacking ordinary conservatives.” Smith has hit the nail squarely on the head here. This is exactly what it is. A way of shutting down or at least minimizing those you disagree with under the noble guise of “fighting hate” when actually you are the real hater, not those you oppose. This is the standard cultural Marxist technique and the SPLC practices it to perfection–as long as useful idiots like those at CBS continue to give them a totally unearned credibility.

Not Ashamed Of The Confederate Flag

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

We have a First National Confederate Flag flying in our front yard. It’s a pretty flag and I enjoy seeing it waving in the breeze on a windy day, which we get a lot of at this time of year. To the best of my knowledge it is about the only Confederate flag in the neighborhood. There used to be several more but, one by one, they have disappeared as the pressure from politically correct Marxist types has increased in the past couple or three years.

Many folks, it would seem, do not fully understand where the pressure to remove our flags really comes from and so, in the interest of “being nice” they automatically cave in when someone tells them how “racist” our flags are. Never having been taught how to research, they have no idea how to reply or respond when someone informs that of how really terrible our flags are. Rather than respond that they don’t really know all that much about their own history they simply remove the flag to avoid arguments with those who have, in many cases, been trained to make them feel guilty about their own culture and heritage. Easier that way. No hassle, and the far Left wins yet another small victory in their battle against Southern heritage and history.

This morning a gentleman from a local home health group stopped in and in our conversation he asked if that was a Confederate Battle Flag I had flying in the front year. He thought it was. I explained to him what it was and we had a brief but interesting conversation. I told him which Confederate flag it was and let him know I was not ashamed to fly a Confederate flag in our yard. Actually, over the past few years I have flown a few different ones and the First National was the one I happened to be flying right now.

He surprised me, in that he recognized that the War of Northern Aggression was fought mostly over economic issues and not over the ever-popular “slavery” issue. I don’t know where he was educated but wherever it was, he didn’t get his level of knowledge out of his school “history” book. It’s refreshing now and again to run across someone who realizes that slavery was not the total sum knowledge of what the War was all about. So few, even here in the South, seem to grasp that cardinal fact, due to their “educations” or lack thereof.

Awhile back, I flew the battle flag for the Army of Tennessee out in the yard. It was up for several months and in all that time, one man, and only one man, asked me if it was “some kind of battle flag.” No one else had a clue.

I have a friend up in one of the New England states that, from time to time, flies a couple of Confederate flags in his back yard. More folks down here need to start doing that again. Admittedly, there are other ways to express your love for your Southern heritage besides flying Confederate flags–but that is one way of doing it.

We cannot afford to let the Marxist Left steal our heritage by our refusing to speak up or stand up and defend it, and this is  what they are counting on–being able to cow the average Southerner into “sitting down and shutting up” so people won’t bother him. We have got to be willing to be bothered enough to stand up for what we believe in, or should believe in. The same principle applies to our Christian faith. We need to speak up for that also, not in a nasty or vindictive way, but in a way that lets those who are critical know who we are and what we believe. If they don’t like it, I’m sorry, that’s tough, but we do not need to be browbeaten for what we believe if we have the ability to defend it. And defend it we must–in both instances!

For those that wish to learn more about how to defend their Southern heritage and history, you should check out  home of the Southern Victory Campaign. And ask about getting a copy of The Southern Defender.

Over the years I have found it interesting that the biggest and most vocal antagonists to Southern heritage, culture, and history have practically all been on the political and theological Left. The recent article I did on this blog about Plantation Weddings is a glaring example of this. The “civil rights” group trying to do away with plantation weddings here in Louisiana has, in leadership positions, three people who are on the far Left politically. Two of them were co-founders of this supposed civil rights group. If this group has far Left leadership then you have to wonder how many of these other anti-Confederate, anti-Southern groups also have far Left leadership and far Left foundations, and just who funds these groups.

Many may say, at this point, “I’m not sure I want to know” but if you are at all concerned about your heritage, both for you and your kids and grandkids, then you ought to at least make some effort to know. I guarantee  that you may not like what you find out but you do need to know! 

Once you begin to find out who is trying to do all this stuff to you and your progeny then you will begin to realize that this is not all just coincidence, not just happenstance, but is in reality all a well coordinated vehicle to destroy your history, culture and heritage so they can replace those with the Leftist aberration they believe in and want you to be forced to believe in, along with your children.

Folks, if you want to preserve your culture and history for your children to appreciate then start doing the homework and finding out that you have a history and heritage worth preserving. Check out some of the articles on this blog for the past few years and also check out some of the blog articles on  There is some excellent material on that site. The webmaster goes out of his way to provide really relevant historical and political commentary.

The “New” Old Dominion–made in Red China

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

For the last few years now, some of us have watched with a degree of alarm as the entire northern half of the state of Virginia seemed to be tilting more and more to the left. At first I thought this was probably due to the fact that lots of people who worked in Sodom on the Potomac had moved over into northern Virginia and had strongly influenced the demographics there. Others felt the same way and that was and is part of the problem–but not all of it by a longshot.

Seems that there was lots of political activity going on in the Old Dominion that many of us were not even aware of. Which goes to show you that no matter how much you try to keep on top of things, you can never keep up with all of it. And the older you get the harder it gets. Which is one reason we need more up and coming young folks to come along and stand in the gap–and mostly they are not there.

Just this week I read an article from The New American magazine for November 22, 2019 by C. Mitchell Shaw. Mr. Shaw interviewed long time political analyst Trevor Loudon, who explained why things are not all that kosher anymore in the Old Dominion.

Mr. Shaw noted: “Virginia, known–among other nicknames–as the birthplace of a nation, has a long history steeped in the pursuit of liberty. Now, with the results of recent elections, Virginia is in the hands of Democrats for the first time since 1993.” There was a time, decades ago, when that would not have been all that bad. But with the flagrant leftism of the current Democratic Establishment, it ain’t all that good.

Mr. Shaw observed that: “This switch from Red to Blue is the result of years of work on the part of pro-Chinese communists and well connected ‘fellow travelers.’ In fact, the co-executive director of a group with pro-Chinese Communist connections openly claimed credit for flipping Virginia, stating that the plan for socializing Virginia was ‘put in motion years ago.’  That co-executive director is Tram Nguyen and her organization is New Virginia Majority (NVM). Nguyen’s boast took the form of a November 6 op-ed piece for the New York Times.” 

Nguyen said that her group has  spent the past twelve years “to reach voters of all colors, women, low-income workers and young people where they are, which has made it possible for us to develop a robust base of support along Virginia’s so-called Urban Crescent from Northern Virginia to Hampton Roads.”

And Mr. Shaw stated: “So NVM targeted minority neighborhoods (which are statistically lower-income neighborhoods) with a pitch for voter registration and an increased voter turnout tied to the promise of more money and benefits from the public till. The result was exactly what they hoped for. Those newly-minted, low-information voters turned out en masse and placed Virginia squarely in the clutches of the Democrats.” And don’t forget, the key term here is “low-information voters.”

This was exactly what the NVM wanted–low-information voters who didn’t know upside down from inside out and who wanted lots of free stuff handed to them. And Shaw accurately observed that: “To refer to NVM as having  pro-Chinese communist connections is no exaggeration.  As Trevor Loudon revealed in a recent article on the groups activities leading to the Virginia upset, NVM’s pedigree includes pure-bred Maoist elements. Loudon explains that ‘NVM is a front for Liberation Road, known until April this year as Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the United States’ most influential Maoist organization.”

There is lots more to Mr. Shaw’s article than I can cover here. And there is quite a bit of info about this out there on the internet. This is not something that was done nor hid “underneath a bushel.”

The real tragedy of all this is that the state of Patrick Henry, R. L. Dabney, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is now, for all intents and purposes, under the control of Maoist influences using the Democratic Party as a cover for their agenda in Virginia. And don’t kid yourselves that Virginia is the only place their Maoists are at work. They have groups in North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona so I have heard.

Interesting that they are doing so much here in the Old South, and most of it most folks are totally unaware of. We here in the South really do need to wake up and smell the coffee! Could it be that when the Maoists finally take over here in the South they want to make sure all our monuments, flags, and culture are gone so there will be no problem whatever replacing what we had with what they have? Something for Southern patriots to reflect on. Could be that all our cultural problems here are not domestic ones.

Don’t Even Think About A “Plantation Wedding” You Evil Racist!

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

There are some good Southern folks, conscious to some degree of their Southern heritage, who, when they plan to get married, they think it would be pleasant to exchange their marriage vows in the atmosphere of an old Southern plantation. I have been to a few Southern plantations over the years and they are interesting places with an atmosphere all their own, and, contrary to the opinions of some, that is not all bad.

So I was a bit surprised when someone sent me an article about “Louisiana plantation weddings” soon becoming “a thing of the past.” My first thought was “well, I guess we are about to see one more bit of Southern heritage get trashed.” The left has gone after everything else Southern, flags, monuments, school and street names, so why not plantation weddings?

I read an article for December 7th on by Don Ames which said, in part, “Five popular wedding websites have announced they will no longer push plantation weddings, in response to a campaign asking for the wedding industry to stop romanticizing plantations…That’s the basis of a campaign by national civil rights non-profit Color of  Change, which asked the wedding industry to re-think the way it views marriages at historical slave plantations.”

Never heard of Color of Change? You can even find them on Wikipedia and pick up a bit of basic information if you know what to look for. The organization was founded back in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to “strengthen the voice of African Americans.”

Its founders were James Rucker and Van Jones. Its current director is Rashad Robinson. While most of you all may not have even heard of Rucker and Robinson, you certainly should have heard of Van Jones. If you recall, he was one of Obama’s “czars” in the early days of his Marxist administration. Turns out Van Jones was a communist, an admitted one. He described himself that way in a publication called East Bay Express. He said: “I spent the next  ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail trying to be a revolutionary. I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist.”

A perfect fit for the Obama administration and also a perfect fit as the co-founder of a “civil rights” organization.

So this self-identified communist is the co-founder of an organization that is trying to get the wedding industry to discontinue plantation weddings in Louisiana.

Well, we know a little now about Van Jones, but what about James Rucker? Turns out James Rucker is a former directors of and has also been involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center. The names of those two organizations ring any bells? If you’ve been paying attention at all over the past few years they should.

Then there is the current executive director of Color of Change, Rashad Robinson. Seems that this sterling individual is in tight with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Right to Vote Campaign. 

According to “From its inception, COC has aimed its criticisms chiefly at prominent conservative and Republican figures.” So it should come as no surprise that this “civil rights” (not really) organization should set its sights at the destruction of any aspect of Southern history and culture. The people at the apex of this organization are all on the far left politically and so the trashing of any part of Southern culture has got to be near the top of their to do list.

But folks here in Louisiana and in our sister Southern states should realize who the people in this supposed civil rights group really are and how far to the left they really are. I doubt they are really all that concerned about giving ordinary black folks any real voice, but they are concerned about trashing Southern culture and history and giving the far left a political voice here in the South that they should never have. The people in the wedding industry should be apprised of who this group really is and what they stand for.