When a Communist Was the Assistant Secretary of War

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Many may look at the title of this article and complain that “this has never happened in this country.” Sorry to disappoint you, but it has–and it wasn’t in the 20th century when we had a carefully orchestrated “Cold War.” It was in the 19th century, back when they try to tell us that communism didn’t exist here. They lied to us. It did exist here, but we are not supposed to realize that fact. It doesn’t bode well for the fake historians.

The man this article is about was not a Communist Party member. But he was a communist in this worldview and he ardently supported what they were doing.

By now, those of you that have followed history know who I am writing about–Charles Anderson Dana–the assistant secretary of war under Edwin M. Stanton in the Lincoln administration. Dana was a promoter of the communist worldview going back to the days before the socialist revolts in Europe in 1848.

An interesting article on https://djdnotice.blogspot.com for October 1, 2014 said of Dana that: “Brigadier General Joseph Weydemeyer of the Union Army was a close friend of Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels in the London Communist League (Assistant Secretary of War Charles A. Dana, close friend of Marx, published with Joseph Weydemeyer a number of Communist journals and also ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ commissioned by Karl Marx. As a member of the Communist/Socialist Fourier Society in America, Dana was well acquainted with Marx and Marx’s colleague in Communism, Fredrick Engels. Dana, also, was a friend of all Marxists in the Republican Party, offering assistance to them almost upon their arrival on the American continent.) So there were Marxists in the early Republican Party. Reading most of our current “historians” who would’ve guessed?

Dana was also an author of some note (all the better to propagandize you, my dear). He is reported to have written a book Stanton’s Reporter: Charles A. Dana in the Civil War. He also wrote Proudhon and His Bank of the People,: Being a Defence of the Great French Anarchist,… There’s more to the title but I am not going to print the rest out here. It’s long enough for a short paragraph.

Another book mentioned in the research I located was written by Carl J. Guarneri and is called Lincoln’s Informer: Charles A. Dana and the Inside Story of the Union War. I don’t know where this author is coming from but his book shows there is still interest in Dana. The book Horace Greeley And Other Pioneers of American Socialism by Charles Sotheran notes, on page 291 that “Horace Greeley selected the best managing editor the Tribune ever had, from among the Brook Farm Socialists. This was Charles Anderson Dana, the present editor of the New York Sun. For those who may not know, Brook Farm was a socialist experiment in communistic living that eventually went belly-up as most socialist experiments do. It has been described as a “Unitarian, Humanitarian, and Socialistic experiment.”

Arthur Thompson in his informative book To The Victors Go The Myths And Monuments has noted on page 198 of that book that: “Charles Dana was a vice president of the National Convention of Associations. He was a member of the Proudhonian Club, nicknames the 48ers of America, composed mainly of Americans who had participated in the revolution of 1848-49 in Europe. In 1848 he spent eight months in Europe covering the revolutions for the New York Tribune, and he shared Marx’s views. Dana wrote that the purpose of the uprisings was ‘not simply to change the form of government, but to change for form of society.’ He did more than report. Dana is but one example of reporters who participated in revolutionary activities and then posed as impartial observers…This has long been a tactic of the Left, and continues to this day.” In other words, Charles Dana was part of the 19th century’s “Fake News” media. And let us never forget that it was him who hired Karl Marx to write for Greeley’s newspaper.

So here we have Charles A. Dana, writer, socialist revolutionary, and eventually Assistant Secretary of War under Edwin Stanton. And if you think Stanton was not aware of all this then you gravely underestimate Mr. Stanton. He knew! As sharp and shrewd as Stanton was he would have known all of this and still he pegged Dana as his chief informant. That should tell you something about Stanton as well as Dana. Dana was the perfect example of communist infiltration of the US government in the 19th century. We had plenty of that in the 20th century. I begin to wonder how much the 20th century infiltrators learned from Charles A. Dana.

U. S. “News” Media–Bought and Paid For by Red China

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

How many of you all still think the American mainstream “news” media only presents honest, objective news to its poor audiences? Not too many, I hope. If you still labor under that delusion what I present here will really ruin your day. This is not news to those that understand what goes on in this country. It is just under-reported news.

The article I will quote from here goes all the way back to 1/2/21. It is an article by Judith Bergman entitled China: Paying US Media to Publish Propaganda. It can be found at https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16865/china-propaganda-us-,media and it i definitely worth the read.

It says, in part, “In June, China Daily filed a disclosure with the Justice Department showing that, since November 2016, it had paid $19 million to U.S. media outlets, including $12 million to newspapers such as the Washington Post and New York Times.”

The article also notes: “The practice does not seem to have caused any sort of actual uproar in the media circles that engage in it… This reticence is odd… but because so many journalists and editors consider themselves as standing up against racism, ethnic and religious discrimination, and human rights abuses. Taking money from the Chinese Communist regime in exchange for spreading its propaganda would seem to indicate that this stance is simply empty posturing.” She is right on the money here. Much of what these mainstream “news” mavens do is empty posturing to fool the reading public–and what’s more–they know it.

China Daily is an English language newspaper that has, reportedly, been registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) since 1983. That being the case it is supposed to report all its financial dealings and its activities in this country to the Justice Department–which does not really seem to care whether it posts communist propaganda in this country or not. Other newspapers that received Communist financial goodies were the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Seawttle Times, Houston Chronicle and Foreign Policy.

The article also observed that the “Wall Street Journal’s “China Watch” for example, has published a number of articles promoting China’s handling of the pandemic,…and a number of articles criticizing the US for its questioning of China’s handling of the pandemic…” Naturally, these articles were critical of Trump for daring to question what China had done and the way they did it regarding the pandemic. That’s not allowed in this country–even by a president.

The Communist dictator, Xi Jinping said: “China needs to strengthen media coverage…and use innovative outreach methods…to tell a good Chinese story and promote China’s views internationally” especially in the United States! And if doing that causes the Chinese Communists to pay US media outlets to print their propaganda, hey, no problem! For Communists the end always justifies the means.

Read the entire article. It is worth your time, which is why I included the link. Another article along the same line was printed on https://gellerreport.com for June 1st of this year and written by Ashe Schow. See if you can check this one out also.

These articles prove that the mainstream media is this country really is The prostitute press–in bed with the Chinese Communists for money. How many of these Red Chinese propaganda articles are printed in US papers in such a way that they seem to be real news instead of adds? From what I have read it seems that most folks can’t tell the difference–and so Communist propaganda is often presented by the mainstream media pretending to be news when it isn’t. But these papers don’t really care. They got the money for what they are doing–compliments of the Chinese Communist party!

Personally, I would accept nothing and I mean nothing, published by the mainstream media as real news. Real news is not their line of work. Peddling Marxist propaganda for financial favors is. They really are The Prostitute Press.

Barack Obama’s Third Term

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

A few years back I picked up a book at a used book sale that was one of the best investments I ever made. It was Stanley Kurtz’s book about the life of Barack Obama, called Radical-in-Chief. Kurtz showed how that, from his earliest days, Obama had been schooled and trained and taught how to think like a radical socialist. By the time he grew up he was incapable of any other kind of thought. He is living proof that if the twig is bent to the left the tree will grow into a socialist monstrosity.

Many astute writers have noted that the Harris/Biden Regime is nothing more than Obama’s third term as president, the third term being “unofficial” naturally. But even though it is “unofficial” Obama just can’t resist bragging about it.

An article on Breitbart for June 1st by Charlie Spiering noted that: “President Barack Obama said in an interview published Tuesday his former Vice President Joe Biden was finishing the work he began to redistribute wealth through programs like Obamacare. ‘I think that what we’re seeing now is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job’ he said.” And he commented on how ninety percent of the folks who were in his administration are still there “building on the policies we talked about.” I submit, what more evidence do you need? For those who might be interested, the book Radical-in-Chief is still available in limited quantities at Amazon and also at Barnes and Noble. It’s worth getting if you can.

Originally, Hillary was supposed to take over Obama’s third term and cement this country into part of the world socialist milieu but she was so unpopular no one could stomach her and so the Trump administration ended up becoming a major speed bump on the road to the New World Order. The people that inhabited the Deep State realized that Trump was not going to play their game and so they spent his entire four years in office trying to overthrow his administration in one way or another. No other president has been subject to the kind of harassment Trump was This alone should show you that he was not “one of the boys.”

Yet, everything the Deep State tried to unseat him failed–until they got to the November, 2020 election By that time they had designed a plan they felt was foolproof–targeted election fraud in certain key areas that would be just enough to tip the scales in Biden’s favor in states he needed to win the election.

They did it, and it seemed to be working.

But, now, with Arizona taking the lead, some states are planning on doing forensic audits of their ballots because, as usual, the Deep State operatives, in their haste to give Biden the victory so Obama’s socialist remake of the country could continue, have overdone it. What’s more, some of them even bragged about it on video.

My most recent article The Deep Rig detailed some of this, which I will go into in some future articles.

“The Deep Rig”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Recently, a friend at church gave me a copy of a book by Patrick Byrne called The Deep Rig. It looks like it was privately published. I checked around as to the availability of this book and found that hard copies of it seem hard to come by at this point. The printing has, so it seems, been sold out, which I hope is the case, or it has been suppressed by those mavens of political correctness aka leftists who do not want the public reading this bombshell of a book. However, an electronic version of the book is available at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-deep-rig-patrick-m-bryne and I believe there is one on Amazon–if they have not removed it by now.

I read another brief article dealing with this on https://www.newswars.com/massive-foreign-domestic-illegal-ballot-printing just yesterday. It seems that Mr. Byrne has had a film made about what the book deals with and the news wars site had the trailer for that film, which I watched. It is supposed to be out sometime in June as I understand and if you can find out about it, I would recommend getting it and passing it around to your friends at work, at church, wherever you can.

Mr. Byrne’s book, and the film, are about that verboten subject–2020 election fraud. If you are among those many millions who accurately believes your vote was negated last November by the Biden “landslide” you either need to read the book or get the film when you can. Mr. Byrne presents a compelling case for the fact of vote fraud last November and his case has been made even more compelling due to the fact that at least five states have decided to conduct an audit of the votes in that questionable election, plus the fact that Democrats in those states, plus some anti-Trump RINO’s, are trying to move heaven and earth to suppress or prevent that audit from talking place. You’d think that if this were the honest election they so loudly claim it was that they would welcome an audit because the results would vindicate their claims of an honest election. However that is not the case for them. They don’t want an audit, are trying to prevent it from taking place at all. Now wy do you suppose they have taken that position? Want three guesses?

Mr. Byrne noted, in chapter two: “Ask your local political science professor to explain why it is the case that to steal the national election one does not need widespread fraud, it only takes deep fraud in six cities to flip the swing states they are in, to thereby flip the electoral college, and to thereby steal the national election. Those cities are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. And what do you know? On November 3, election night, vote counting in precisely those six cities took unprecedented turns. As James Woods put t elegantly, ‘Since when do they stop counting votes on election day in America? Yet counting was interrupted for three hours in various ways across each of those six cities…’ Mr. Byrne also observed that “In one location multiple cameras caught workers pulling suitcases out of hiding and feeding them into machines while counting was officially stopped and all others had been shooed from the area.” If there was a reason for shooing everyone out of the area, then why didn’t those pulling ballots from those suitcases go too? Oh, I forgot, we are not supposed to ask that question. Just forget I mentioned it.

Byrne also told us “Some of these cities saw goons muscle observers away from counting centers on gobbledygook reasons to block poll observers from observing.” I saw some of the videos where this stuff was actually happening. They were up on the internet. I imagine by now they are long gone.

In another place Byrne noted that: “Meanwhile a Georgia election worker named Ruby freeman made a video boasting of committing massive criminal fraud in her election work. Ruby is the mother of the woman videoed yanking large amounts of ballots out of hiding and scanning them multiple times in a Georgia voting station that was ‘shut down’ and had allthe observers removed on the false claim of a pipe bursting. In Ruby’s social media posting, she takes credit for committing precisely the election fraud that we were claiming occurred…A technologist and inventor named Jovan Pulitzer went public about his technologically-oriented investigations into the Georgia election. Jovan’s approach was to look past all the different theories as to how the election had been scrambled, and simply do a forensic audit on the ballots, determining which had actually been folded and mailed.’ A mail-in ballot would have to have been folded to be mailed in. “Mail-in ballots” that were unfolded would be a major problem. And there were lots of those.

And then, Mr. Trump had some problems with some in his own administration who wanted him gone and their efforts in his behalf were on the feeble side. He made the comment to one of those “All you tell me is what I can’t do” but not what should be done. I am not going to mention names here. You need to get either the book or the video when it comes out.

I realize all the naysayers will say all this should be forgotten, or, more appropriately, swept under the rug. If it had been Biden this happened to they would never want it forgotten, only if it’s Trump. Does it occur to anyone that if this recent faux-election is allowed to pass uncontested this will serve as the pattern for all future elections in this country and we will become just a northern “banana republic” with a climate too cold to grow bananas? Think about it.

Critical Race Theory and The Local Public School

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

In March of 2021 writer Christopher F. Rufo did an article for Hillsdale Colleges’ publication Imprimis in which he dealt with Critical Race Theory and its origins. I can’t deal with it all here. It is long and informative and you may be able to find it on the internet–if it hasn’t been censored off by now. For my purposes here I will give you a brief quote. Mr. Rufo noted that: “Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade it has increasingly become the default ideology in our public institutions.” One of those public institutions is the public school system and Critical Race Theory is, regardless of what some try to tell us, alive and unfortunately well in our public school systems in America.

I read an article for May 24th on https://www.thegatewaypundit.com which observed: “In Cherokee County, Georgia there was a grassroots victory at the school board level as concerned parents convinced their elected school board members, on the spot, to prohibit the implementation of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project based on their concerns. .According to (a) reader, interest in the topic of CRT and the 1619 project was intense and concerned citizens overfilled the building where the school board meeting was held and many had to be out in the parking lot:..The school board voted 4-1, with two abstentions to approve a resolution to prohibit implementation of critical race theory and the 1619 Project..from being taught in Cherokee schools. Groups of concerned parents , teachers, students, and other concerned citizens around the country are organizing similar resistance to the Marxist teaching style and learning aids called CRT, with lobbying efforts at their school board and local government levels, seeking similar resolutions to have it banned from public schools.”

Now, let me ask a question here–have any of you older folks ever seen a situation similar to this? To some of us who have lived in West Virginia, this is a carbon copy of the beginning of the Kanawha County Textbook Protest that took place in that county in West Virginia during the mid-to-late 1970s. The Kanawha County school board, with the exception of the one honest lady on it, Alice Moore, tried to foist off a set of really raunchy textbooks on the students in that county. The parents in Kanawha County protested, picketed the schools, marched, and contacted their political leadership at the state and local levels–and no one could, or would, help them. And there was no help forthcoming at the federal level because it is the federal level that is responsible for what your kids are spoon-fed at the local level. Anyone trying to tell you different is either naive or a liar. Everything in public schools is filtered through the grid of the federal Department of Education, except maybe the times the kids are allowed to have recess. Local control of public education is a vaunted myth that should have died out after the feds put down the textbook revolt in West Virginia , using whatever methods they needed to.

So I will say this to the good folks in Cherokee County, Georgia. You have put off the implementation of Critical Race Theory in your public schools–for now! However, if you don’t keep your eye on your local school board, and think you have won this fight for good and all, then somewhere down the road, this “educational” Marxist construct will resurface once the parents quit watching out for it. It may come back with a different name to throw parents off track but it will be back–just as sure as the turning of the earth!

In order to prevent your kids from again facing the probability of being subjected to this Marxist drivel posing as education you would be better advised to remove your kids, if at all possible, from the public school system and either find a good Christian school or teach them at home. For those willing to make the sacrifice this can be done. It means learning to accept the responsibility for your own kids’ education rather than leaving the job up to local school educrats who may or may not have your kids’ best interest at heart. This is not a blanket indictment of all who teach or have taught in public school. We have a niece who teaches in one. Rather it is a warming to be alert because there are many in the educational bureaucracy at all levels who view your kids as cannon fodder to the leftist propaganda they intend to shove down their throats as part of the destruction of your culture and history.

Christian parents especially need to hear this, but I fear not many of them will listen. A lot I know never did and they were anxious to even avoid this discussion. Being forewarned, however, is to work toward being forearmed. To all but leftist parents–understand this-the public school system ain’t your friend–it is the culture destroyer of your heritage.

Critical Race Theory and “Woke” Evangelicals

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I can recall, back in the 1980s, which seems like ancient history now, that one of the evangelical authors that got lots of attention was Os Guinness. Evangelicals raved about his work. At that point I had not read much of what he wrote. At that point he seemed rather apolitical to me and that seemed to be what evangelicals back then liked–someone that was either apolitical or leaned slightly to the left. It was considered in some evangelical circles to be rather avant-garde to lean to the left politically. What many evangelicals did not seem to realize was that all politics is, at root, theological and that politics is only someone’s outworking of his theology. Therefore, if your politics leaned to the left, so did your theology.

Many evangelicals, even today, still have not figured this out.

I have wondered if the evangelicals who loved Os Guinness back in the 80s would still love him today, but I have doubts about that due to a column on https://www.wnd.com/2021/05/evil-critical-race.theory written by Art Moore. Mr. Moore says: “One year ago, few Americans outside of higher education had heard of Critical Race Theory, which contends the concept of race is not biological but rather a culturally invented category designed by white people to oppress people of color. Now, having leaked from its academic lab, CRT is spreading exponentially to school boards, corporate offices the military and governmental agencies…But it’s urgent that citizens of this nation realize that CRT is not merely ‘erroneous teaching’ and that the ‘leak’ was no accident, warns Os Guinness, an Oxford-educated scholar with an unusual cultural and political vantage point. Born to Christian medical missionaries in China where he was a witness of Mao’s communist revolution, Guinness contents that CRT is part of an intentional, systematic, revolutionary movement in America stretching back to the 1930s that intends to replace this unique experiment in ordered liberty with a system responsible for the deaths of more than 100 million people in the 20th century…The so-called ‘cancel culture’ and Critical Race Theory are ‘the fruit’ of what has been described as the ‘long march through the institutions’ and ‘the triumph of cultural Marxism, or neo-Marxism,’ Guinness said in an interview with Eric Metaxas.”

And Moore observed that “Guinness noted that the term ‘long march through the institutions’ was coined by communist student activist Rudi Dutschke in the 1960s. It was popularized by German-American Marxist scholar Herbert Marcuse of the so-called Frankfurt school of critical theory in his 1972 book Counterrevolution and Revolt.”

So this entire thing we have been fed is a communist construct. Moore noted that “The sexual revolution and cultural Marxism, Guinness told Metaxas, are ‘the heirs of the French Revolution.” And Guinness tells us “The tragedy is today we’re switching from the American Revolution to the heirs of the French Revolution, and that switch is disastrous.” Guinness is right on the money here.

Moore noted: “Guinness, a British citizen who has lived in the United States since 1968, said that many evangelical leaders are ‘incredibly naive’ about what is happening today because they don’t see the big picture. He recalled the many Zoom calls with evangelical pastors in which he has participated amid the cultural upheaval following the death of George Floyd. Many of these pastors speak of ‘social justice’ Guinness said, without understanding they have ‘drunk the kool aid’ of cultural Marxism.”

Guinness tells us that “The way of the cultural Marxist, the radical left, is only power, and it makes the problem worse, not better.” Those that understand Marxism know that this is intentional. not coincidental.

As I worked over this article, the thought came to me–where were the Christians when all this has been happening? Sad to say, they were probably out to lunch–a long, prolonged lunch, which is probably where they drank the kool aid of cultural Marxism!

Unless evangelical pastors start waking up to what’s going on and warning their congregations about all this the future of the church in our day is bleak indeed. I know the Lord will win the victory in the end, but I think he wants to use His people to help win that victory. If His people have been put to sleep with cultural Marxist kool aid that victory may take longer than it otherwise would have.

You Don’t Need Meat–Unless It’s Synthetic

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I am glad I do not live in the state of Oregon. It is beginning to sound more and more like the state on the East Coast that my family and I managed to escape from decades ago now. The political climate there was so far to the left you could cut it with a knife. That’s not to say there were not good people there. There were, and are. But the good folks there that were patriotic and had genuine concerns about the direction their state was headed in were a minority.

It seems that Oregon is headed the same way. Though I’ve been there, I never lived there so I can’t comment on that aspect of it.

But I read an interesting article by Dr. Joseph Mercola on https://articles.mercola.com that I felt was worth commenting on. Dr. Mercola’s article observes: “Bill Gates, who co-funded the startup of the imitation meat company Impossible Foods, now insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change. Gates wants Americans and other Western nations to switch to a diet of 100% synthetic beef. Coincidentally, Oregon is now proposing a ballot initiative for the 2022 general election that would effectively ban most meat sales and consumption in the state.” This initiative is called Initiative Petition 13. If passed, this initiative will turn Oregon into a “sanctuary state for animals/”

Dr. Mercola’s article observes this would be done by “…removing exemptions for good animal husbandry practices, criminalizing the raising and slaughtering of food animals and reclassifying traditional animal husbandry practices such as artificial insemination as ‘sexual assault…Forcing people to cut or eliminate beef consumption is part of the climate agenda.” It would seem that it is also good for Bill Gates imitation meat company. Cattle ranching has been one of the mainstays of the economy in Eastern Oregon. If this horrendous initiative is passed what will that do to the ranchers in Eastern Oregon? Has anyone even bothered to ask that question? I sincerely hope the people in Oregon have a concern for the ranching community in their state because once that is lost it will never return .But, then, that may be the real name of the game–pretending to be a concern over “climate change.”

Dr. Mercola notes that: “As you may have heard, Bill Gates has been buying up farmland across 18 U.S. states through various subsidiary companies. In all, he now owns about 242,000 acres of farmland. He’s also a longtime promoter of GMOs and recently started calling for a complete transition from meat to lab-grown meat and other fake and unnatural food sources, such as a protein-rich microbe found in a Yellowstone geyser. Seeing how Gates always promotes solutions and industries that he has financial investments in it’s not surprising that Gates insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change..”

And Gates doesn’t want Those in America and other countries to just cut down their intake of natural beef. He wants natural beef gone altogether and replaces with a synthetic substitute. You have to remember that this is the guy who had a project going to try to cut the amount of sunlight the earth received to aid in “climate change” and this during one of the coolest Spring seasons my part of the country has ever had. I can’t speak for the rest of the country but it has been cool this Spring in North Louisiana. We don’t need less sun here this year, we need more! Thankfully, this one Gates project seems to have been cancelled–for now. I think this man has a god complex. He is unable to create the world in six days like the Lord did in the beginning so he is going to try to recreate it in his own image in six years or less.

And the ranching and farming industries in Oregon and the rest of the country are in his crosshairs so they need to be aware and concerned with his far out agendas because they will affect them, and not for the good. Cattlemen’s and farmers associations need to be aware of Bill Gates’ plans for their way of life because he aims to change that whether they like it or not.

Sorry To Disappoint The Left-Wingers But Southern Heritage Ain’t Dead

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I realize the scions of the political and theological left have been trying to kill Southern heritage and culture for a long time now, but I have news for them–despite some victories on their part–it ain’t working. Oh, I realize they control the media and most of the educational outlets in the country, but the truth is that people who understand this are just finding ways to get around them. and ignore their diatribes.

April is Confederate History Month and there have been lots of Confederate events around the country that what passes for a news media just ignores. We have one right here in North Louisiana that is routinely ignored by the “news” media called Flags Across the Ouachita. Members from several Sons of Confederate Veterans camps in this area gather one Friday afternoon in April at rush hour on the Lea Joyner Bridge across the Ouachita River with their Confederate flags and display them to the rush hour crowd as they pass on by. The response by the rush hour crowd is overwhelmingly positive with people honking their horns, waving and giving us a thumbs up. They appreciate this display of our (and their) heritage. If response to this event was negative you can bet the “news” media would be on hand to make people aware of that, but since the response is mostly positive they ignore it.

I recently came into possession of a new book called What The Confederate Flag Means To Me published by Sea Raven Press P O Box 1484 Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174-1484. It is an interesting compilation of the thoughts and comments of over 30 different people, not all of them from the South, on what the Confederate flag means to them personally and how they view it in the overall context of American culture.

Two overarching themes come through many of their comments. One is that many folks view the Confederate Battle Flag in a Christian context. The St. Andrews Cross on the battle flag gives it a Christian context for them and Christian meaning for them. I can’t say I disagree. I have some Scottish ancestors as well as a Confederate ancestor and so the St. Andrews Cross is a part of my heritage on both fronts. And I am not ashamed of that–I am thankful for it.

The other theme that is reflected in many of the comments is that the Confederate Flag is recognized as a symbol of resistance to tyranny and “big government.” In today’s context I don’t think that can be argued with. In the main, the people who cannot seem to grasp that are those “useful idiots” that have been spawned and influenced by the leftists in this country.

Years ago those in the patriotic movement in this country recognized their their main adversaries were liberals, socialists, and communists. These are the exact same people who are opposed to the Southern Heritage Movement. That should tell you something. The liberals and socialists are nothing more than “slow communists” who just have not made the full transition over to full-blown Marxism quite yet. But they are working on it whether they even realize it or not.

There is a whole section in the communist “prayer book” on how to combat Southern heritage and the first chapter of that section tells them how to lie about it. Whatever else they have learned they seem to have memorized that first chapter! All they do is lie about us and our heritage and culture. These lies are supposed to shut us up. Mostly they don’t. They make us more determined to promote the truth and expose leftist fables for what they are. The leftists haven’t figured that out yet, but they will someday if given enough time. Our job is to educate ordinary folks and expose leftist lies and liars.

What Are The Democrats Afraid Of In Arizona ?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I have watched with considerable interest as the go-ahead for an audit of the votes in the last (stolen) election in the state of Arizona has been given. What interested me most in all of this was the Democrats’ efforts to thwart this audit. Those efforts continue as I write this.

My question in all of this is: If the democrats really want to make sure this election was on the up and up, then why are they pulling out all the stops to try to prevent an audit of the votes? The answer to that should be obvious even to the uninformed–if they stop and ponder it for an hour or two. The obvious answer is–they don’t want an honest audit because they already know an honest audit will change the outcome in Arizona. And if that happens there, will other states then be tempted to do the same thing? That would create all manner of problems for them and so they have to try to move heaven and earth to forestall that possibility.

There was a good article on https://www.thegatewaypundit.com for April 27th about this. Lots of people pooh-pooh the Gateway Pundit, but I noticed that http://www.lewrockwell.com picked this one up and Lew Rockwell has a reputation for being a solid site.

The article was by Joe Hoft and Mr. Hoft noted: “There is yet another George Soros connected crooked nonprofit involved in the attempt to stop the Maricopa County election audit. we already reported on how the Protect Democracy Project joined three legal teams in threatening the auditors who are attempting to perform an audit in Maricopa County. Democrats in Arizona are petrified–They’re bringing in Marc Elias’s Perkins Coie to make threats and make the Maricopa Country audit go away. Patriots in Arizona are under attack by far-left lunatics who disregard nonprofit laws to fund their anti-American actions. The national Democratic machine is in panic mode over the Arizona Senate’s Maricopa County ballot audit….But today we can report that another Democrat nonprofit is involved in the audit in Maricopa County. This nonprofit is from top of the Democrat Not-for-profit (NFP) heap. This tells you the Democrat socialists are really, really worried about the Maricopa audit, to have deployed this weapon. The NFP now entering the Maricopa County election audit is American Oversight. Its president, Dominique Bravo, is from New York State and is strongly affiliated with the Working Families Party, the country’s most powerful socialist political party, started in New York State in1998 with a party presence now in 21 states. The WFP always hooks up with the Democratic Party. ”

Mr. Hoft continues: “This NFP is yet another one from the Democrat stable which is a 501(c)(3) and although it is required by law to be strictly nonpartisan and charitable, it is anything but. It is a well-funded ,cold, and calculating legal hit team, initially designed to attack President Trump. Now it is involved in Maricopa County Arizona, attempting to sabotage and halt the forensic audit being conducted by the Arizona Senate. Located in Washington, D.C. this charity had gross receipts of $3,732,681 in 2019…” Since the government redacts financial data when they post any public documents the public really has no idea who gave American Oversight all that dinero. As an appendage of the Democrat Establishment American Oversight cannot take the chance of letting this Arizona audit continue and risk other states being then emboldened to do the same thing and thus risking the possibility of Donald Trump being returned to the presidency because then there will be no doubt about the election fraud perpetrated on him last November.

It has also been noted that George Soros funded the Working Families Party mentioned in this article and that Soros campaigned for Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock in Georgia–another state that is in sore need of a forensic audit on its vote tally for last November.

Photography as Propaganda

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

With April being Confederate History Month it seems only appropriate to take some note of a bit of the “history” we have been informed about that really wasn’t.

Any of us who have looked at recent history realize that photography has often been used as one method of promoting propaganda. This was raised to an art form during the Viet Nam War, but that was not its origin. I can recall seeing pictures taken by Communists decades ago where someone in the photo had been removed because the Reds did not want him to appear with the rest of the people in the photo. So there are cases where photographic evidence of something is not really evidence of what you think it was. It is evidence of what the originators of the photo want you to see.

So it should not surprise us if this technique was in vogue back during the War of Southern Independence aka the War of Northern Aggression.

Tom DiLorenzo commented on this recently in a comment on lewrockwell.com Although he did not go into many specifics I am familiar enough with Tom Dilorenzo to know that if he did not have the evidence of this he would not have said anything about it.

So I did a bit of digging on my own and, sure enough, there was some paydirt to be found. I came across an article by Dave Rogers from back in January of 2008 that appeared on http://www.mybaycity.com It was an article about a talk given by Eric Jytha, a local historian in his area and he gave the talk to the 7th Michigan Cavalry Civil War Round Table.

The article noted that: “Many photographs taken by famed Civil War photographer Matthew Brady were staged…One particular shot, of five Union dead at Gettysburg, was passed off as taken at several battlefields…The photo, captioned ‘dead of the first day’ coouldn’t have been real because Brady didn’t get to Gettysburg until the fifth day, said Sailor Bob Boquette, of Saginaw Civil War Round table member who has studied photography of the era…Another commonly faked photo was entitled ‘rebel sharpshooter’ an image that was passed off as having been at ‘Devil’s Den’ and several other places, said Mr. Jytha.” The photo he is talking about used to be at the battlefield at Gettysburg. I saw it there years ago. I don’t know if it is still there or not. Maybe because it is a picture of a Confederate soldier it has been removed by now. After all, to be politically correct nowadays you must remove anything Southern or Confederate from all the battlefields, flags, monuments, etc. It never seems to occur to these social justice warriors that if you do that at all the “Civil War” battlefields you will have no reason for the battlefield any longer and you can just shut it down. Erasing and removing everything “Southern” from the battlefield removes the need for the battlefield doesn’t it?

By removing everything Southern from remembrance you have just cancelled the War of Northern Aggression and the supposed (not real) reason for it, slavery. You social justice warriors had best be careful. lest you remove the Deep State’s golden goose–the slavery issue–from remembrance!

It has been reported that many of the photos supposedly taken by Matthew Brady were actually taken by Alexander Gardner because Brady was supposedly losing his eyesight.

Another article on https://militaryhistorynow.com was posted on that site on 9/25/2015 and it observed: “They say that the first casualty of war is the truth. Case in point: Experts believe that the Civil War battlefield photographer Alexander Gardner physically arranged the corpses in this famous photo taken after the 1862 Battle of Antietam for dramatic effect… ” I can’t reproduce the photo here but most of you all will probably know the photo I am talking about.

The article continues: “Alexander Gardner’s famous picture ‘A Sharpshooter’s Last Sleep’ features a corpse that looks a lot like the body in another photo taken elsewhere on the battlefield. Did Garner move the corpse? U.S. Civil War photographers like Matthew Brady famously snapped hundreds of haunting images of the aftermath of the conflict’s many battles. Yet in a number of cases, such scenes were shamelessly manipulated, with cameramen often physically arranging objects, debris and even dead bodies within the frame to add to the scenes of devastation Such is believed to be the case with Alexander Gardner’s post-Gettysburg image ‘A Sharpshooter’s Last Sleep.’ The famous photo features a corpse strangely similar to one that appears in another shot taken on the same day entitled ‘Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter.’ Experts maintain that Gardner used the same fallen soldier for both pictures, reportedly dragging the body more than 40 yards between the two locations.”

Brady and his associates were one group the federal government did not seem to mind having on the battlefields with their cameras. That fact alone should tell you something. The feds knew Brady was going to give them the kind of photos they wanted out there for public consumption.