The Real Hate-Mongers Are On the Left

by Al Benson Jr.

There is an old saying, I don’t know who originated it, but the Marxists and their allies have often used it in principle. It is “Condemn others and elevate yourself.” In other words, if you are doing something really reprehensible what you should do is to accuse your opposition of what you are doing and thereby focus peoples’ attention on them rather than on yourself. Often this works well and you can continue doing what you are doing while blaming your opposition for it and the people that can’t be bothered to do a little homework don’t know the difference. They just buy whatever you have said and, thereby, become “useful idiots” for the left’s current hate campaign.

This is exactly the situation we see with the current purge of all things Confederate going on. If you really look closely you can see leftist vitriol and hate manifesting itself in all of this. Who in his right mind would want to dig up the graves of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, who have been dead for over 100 years? That kind of overt disrespect and disregard really has to be deep-seated. As bad as he was, has anyone seen anybody on the right seek to have Stalin disinterred? Or any of the other brutal Communist dictators?

The theological and political left have really displayed an amazing amount of hate against those they disagree with, to the point of having their memory expunged from public view, all for the “noble” cause of “fighting racism.” Of course when promoting hate and division it always helps to drape yourself in the robes of (self)righteousness and to present your cause as the one that is promoting “inclusiveness” when, in reality, that is the last thing you are about.

The theological left seems to have changed what the Scripture says (nothing new for them) and now the new unforgivable sin is “racism” instead of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and we must now partake of all manner of horrible deeds to expunge the world of “racism.” Kind of like the cartoon I saw years ago showing people at a “peace” rally carrying signs that said “kill for peace.”

Pastor Chuck Baldwin summed some of this up pretty well in a column he wrote on July 9th. He said: “And look what is happening now; in one instant–after one deranged young man killed nine black people and who ostensibly photo-shopped a picture of himself with a Confederate flag–the entire political and media establishments in the country go on an all-out crusade to remove all semblances of the Confederacy.” And then Pastor Baldwin made a statement that I and many others consider to be the real crux of the matter. He said: “The speed in which all this has happened suggests that this was a planned, orchestrated event by the Powers That Be (PTB). And is it a mere coincidence that this took place at the exact same time that the U.S Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage? I think not.” Lots of other folks “think not” too, Pastor.

And Pastor Baldwin also observed, and this, I think, is the real crux of the matter, that: “May I tell you that the Confederate Flag is indeed a Christian flag because it has the cross of St. Andrew, who was a Christian martyr, and the letter ‘X’ has always been used to represent Christ, and to attack the flag is to deny the sovereignty, the majesty, and the might of the Lord Jesus Christ and His divine role in our history, culture and life.” And that, in my opinion, is what it is really all about. Under the noble-sounding euphemism of “combatting racism” the left is really attacking what they realize is a Christian symbol and thereby expressing their extreme hatred for anything Christian.

The Confederate Flag has been noted around the world  as a symbol of resistance to tyrants and that is another reason the left hates it. They are potentially tyrannical in their worldview and therefore they hate anything that is a symbol of resistance to any of their agendas. And remember also, that the left in this country is directed and funded by a group we could call the “shadow government.” These are the same people that give many of our “elected” officials their marching orders, and they, along with the leftists, hate “we the people.” And they especially hate the Christians among us because they recognize, in the Christian faith, a potential challenge to their tyranny and, if the truth be known, they hate Jesus Christ. In the final analysis that’s what it all comes down to.

The theological and political left hates the Christian faith and any culture that springs from that faith and they seek the destruction of such. But they can’t come out and say that openly at this point. So they seek to camouflage their intense hatred with expressions of “concern” about “racism” and the lack of “inclusiveness” and all manner of sophistries about compassion. You might well paraphrase that expression used by evangelists “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” The leftist version of that is “The left hates you and has a wonderful plan for your destruction.” Remember, the Scripture says “God is love” but we also need to recognize in the real world that the leftists and their handlers are the biggest haters there are.

From the Liberal Left To the Loony Left They All Hate Confederate Flags And Symbols

by Al Benson Jr.

In recent days I have continued to observe as the theological and political left continues to orchestrate its assault against anything and everything Confederate. Some of their suggestions really swing to the loony side and some of their writers literally froth at the mouth. Their hatred of anything Southern or Confederate is really intense and unremitting. These people are not about to cease and desist. They see, at this point, a very real possibility of destroying Southern and Christian culture in the South and they want to be in for the kill! Most Southern folks don’t begin to grasp this. They need to.

There was an article on http://www.salon.com  on July 10th the headline for which was: “Let’s make the Confederate flag a hate crime: It is the American swastika and we should recoil from its horror.” The author of this loving and compassionate article is a Nick Bromell, who is a professor of American Studies at Massachusetts University at Amhurst. You almost had to know an article with this much anti-Southern vitriol had to originate with a Massachusetts leftist. I checked Professor Bromell out to see where he was coming from (though I already had a pretty good hunch). Turns out he’s pretty close to my age. I would have thought, from his style of writing, that he was a twenty-something frustrated youngster who was venting his angst about the South at the world.

He ended his Salon article with this little tidbit: “Has the age of ‘enmity’ finally ended?  Has the ‘malignant spirit’ finally died away? Has the ‘pestilence’ finally abated?  The answer to all these questions is ‘no’. The hateful actions of Dylann Roof remind us of that. So do the white supremacist websites Roof found appealing. So do the many Confederate flags displayed in places across the South–and beyond–today, emblazoning T-shirts, affixed to car bumpers, and worn as lapel pins in business suits.” So we supposedly have to get rid of all our flags and symbols because, to this professor and others of his ilk, they represent “hate.” Just so happens that one of Professor Bromell’s areas of study, and the name of a course he has taught, is “Emerson and Du Bois.” Apparently he feels that Emerson the Unitarian and Du Bois the Communist have something in common–and if you grasp the socialist bent of Unitarianism, they probably do .Bromell’s article exhibits the utmost in what many have labeled as “liberal love.”

Problem with the leftists is that what they really want to do is to edit history to make it say what they wish it said. If they can’t do that then they’d like to make sure laws are passed that would allow them to have removed from history the parts they don’t like and to make it a crime for anyone to believe any other version of history than theirs.

In this vein, I also ran across another article, and maybe this one could be considered to come from the loony left. It was about another college professor. It was on a site called Red Alert and was written by Ryan Girdusky on July 9th.  It’s brief. He states:” An assistant college professor claimed on Twitter that all whites have benefitted from slavery and are complicit in that evil institution that was abolished nearly 150 years ago. And when asked what whites should do to remedy this situation, Professor Adam Kotsko said whites must ‘commit mass suicide’.” There was a picture of Professor Kotsko with the article, and he’s as white as I am. One can only assume, given his suggestion, that he will step up and be first in line to do what he has suggested for the rest of us, right? Right? And someone may have suggested that to him because he later claimed that he didn’t really mean it and that no one should have taken him seriously.

It absolutely gives me the shivers to think that people today, in any area of the country, still send their kids blithely off to college to be taught by professors like the two noted in this article. What can you be thinking of to send your kids off to be taught this kind of stuff? This isn’t even high-grade bovine fertilizer!

Folks, it should be starting to be apparent, and we have got to get it though our heads–the religious and political left is at war with us, our faith, and our culture, and if we keep going on the way we have been, we will hand them the victory by sheer default. They are actively seeking and working to overthrow our entire system of faith and culture (they hate Christianity and even the thought of the old Confederacy), practicing cultural genocide on our entire region, and we are arguing when them about license tags!

We have been fighting a rear-guard action against those people for decades. Maybe it’s time for Christians and Confederates to change their tactics and do a little offensive battle. We’ve been reacting to what they’ve been working to do do us. That’s why the left calls us reactionaries! Could be we need to find ways not to just fight back, but to go on the offensive where we can determine to do that.

It’s interesting  that most Southern folks have not yet perceived that most of the vitriol directed against them and their culture has been coming from the left, and from the One World Government crowd (is there any difference between the two?). To put it bluntly, they want us gone. They with want our kids gone or brainwashed out of their minds so they don’t know upside down from inside out. They want our Christian faith trashed and our Southern culture disposed of and they are not ashamed to admit that. And we’re still out there trying to “be nice” to them so that maybe they’ll let us alone! That will never happen. Maybe it’s time we took the gloves off and threw a few punches. The left is not invulnerable. Let’s start trying to find their Achilles heel and seek the Lord’s help when we do. Praying some of the imprecatory psalms might be one good place to begin.

Is “Being Offended” Over Confederate Symbols the New National Pastime?

by Al Benson Jr.

As my wife and I pulled into the parking lot of the grocery store where we do our shopping this morning I noticed a pickup truck parked in the lot with a Confederate Naval Jack on a pole, stuck in the back of the truck.  The flag had a yellow smiley face on it, and around the smiley face was written: “If this flag offends you then you have made my day.”

While I probably would not have said it quite that way, I can understand the sentiment of the flag owner. I might have said “If this flag offends you then you need a history lesson” or something to that effect, which would have been a true statement. As a Christian, I don’t intentionally set out to “offend” anyone, but I will, to the best of my ability, seek to tell the truth and if that offends someone, then that’s just the way it is. Speaking the truth in love still offends those who don’t want the truth or who don’t want others to have it.

I have watched this past couple weeks (not with wonder anymore; I’m long past that) as the “news” media, the politicians, and various other liars on the left have continued their unremitting purge of anything Southern or Confederate. They remain unabated in their endeavors at ethnic cleansing in the South, and quite frankly, they don’t give a tinker’s damn about who they “offend” in the South. Yet we in the South are supposed to weep and wail because we have “offended” them with our flags and symbols and because we refuse to cave in to their hackneyed rhetoric over what the War of Northern Aggression was really all about. They howl that it was about slavery and treason on the part of the South and they become easily “offended” when we won’t believe such drivel.

Our newly virtuous Congress (the Lord reward them according to their works) has now voted to ban Confederate flags at historical federal cemeteries in the South. According to a news article on http://www.al.com  “The low profile move came Tuesday evening after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers. The proposal by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., added language to block the Park Service from allowing private groups to decorate the graves of Southern soldiers with Confederate flags in states that celebrate Confederate Memorial Day…” So, if you have a Confederate ancestor buried in one of these federal cemeteries, then he is not worthy to have a small flag placed on his grave like the federal dead close by. He is a second-class corpse. Anyone “offended” by that? If you aren’t, then maybe you should be. It bothers me and I have no Confederate ancestors that I am currently aware of. It’s the whole idea of it. Some war dead can be remembered, but you nasty Southern folk–you can’t remember your dead–they’re not fit to remember. After all, they carried Confederate flags! Congress has thus decreed it. All the bodies in these graveyards are equal but some are a tad more equal than others.

Remember, this is the same Congress that declared that, when the Republicans took over, they would repeal Obamacare. Aren’t you glad you didn’t hold your breath waiting for that little event to occur?

Being “offended” is a new “right” for some folks in this country. Those on the left have the new right to be perpetually offended at what and who they don’t like and they practice that “right” with vim and vigor. And the rest of us are supposed to react by removing whatever it is that “offends” the leftists today. Have any of you stopped to think about what this boils down to? Folks in the South are second-class citizens.

The left, both religious and political, hate your flags, your faith, and your symbols, and for that reason you are supposed to remove them from sight and memory posthaste. Honestly, doesn’t that tick you off just a wee bit? Or has your public school  “education” dumbed you down so much (as it was intended to) so that you don’t know or care about much of anything and think you are brilliant?

Thankfully, (though the media will never tell you) there are some folks in the South that care enough to resist this Stalinist purge against their flags, faith, and heritage. But why aren’t there more??? Where is that great “silent majority” in the South that ought to be up in arms against all this, up in arms about the fact that they are being discriminated against. Most of them must still be silent because I haven’t heard too much from them. After all, those reality shows really take up lots of time don’t they?

But, on the other hand, maybe some of them are starting to wake up and realize that they have been spat upon by those who are supposed to represent them. That truck I saw at the grocery store might just be a small part of that awakening. Let us hope, indeed, that the Southern giant begins to wake up and realize that he is being robbed of his heritage by those who were supposed to protect it for him. Congress–what a laugh!

For my part, I’d love to see 100 Confederate flags in parking lots all over this area–and if the perpetually offended are really offended, then maybe they do need a history lesson, though I doubt it would do much good.

Is the Confederate Flag “Becoming Illegal”?

by Al Benson Jr.

Since July 4th is the day we are supposed to celebrate our “freedom” under this glorious Union, I thought it was appropriate today to take note of this short article I came across on the Rebellion Blog Spot the other day. It fit in so perfectly with our vaunted “freedom and independence” in the “freest country in the world” (according to Bush 2) I just couldn’t pass it up.

A man in a city in Florida was not happy with the politically correct stance of Walmart in their mad rush to empty their stores of Confederate flags after the tragedy in Charleston, which is conveniently being blamed on the flag instead of the medication the young man was on. So he went and stood in front of his local Walmart with a Confederate flag, fastened to a plastic pole.

It didn’t take the Thought Police, this time in the form of the local police, long to arrive to apprehend this most dangerous threat to society–after all this man was carrying one of those “racist” flags! The man was not aware anyone had even called the police about his activity until the local gendarmes arrived.  So, when a policeman ran toward him shouting “put the flag down! Put it down now” he was surprised and asked the policeman why. When he tried to explain to the officer why he was flying the Confederate flag, the officer, in his strictest “to protect and serve” mode shouted back at him: “I don’t give a flying f— about what you have to say, you know you can’t fly that flag.” Life in the “land of the free” ain’t it wonderful??? More policemen converged. So the man laid down his flag, was handcuffed and placed in a squad car, all the usual police harassment. Rapists and Muslim terrorists get treated better.

He finally managed to talk to one of the officers and explain why he was there with the flag, and the officer’s comment was quite revelatory. The officer said: “Well, I understand why you are doing this but that flag is becoming illegal and you can’t fly it here because it makes the people feel threatened, that’s why we’re here.” I wondered as I read the policeman’s comment–does the police department in this town know something about the future of the Confederate flag that they have not said anything about yet? Are there. indeed, plans to make it illegal and have these plans been spread abroad to police department around the country–especially in the South? As far as one man with a Confederate flag causing people to feel “threatened” you have to wonder if that’s all it takes to scare our citizenry. If that’s really all it takes to scare the living daylights out of our people, then the Muslims, Putin, or anyone else who wants to take over the country doesn’t need weapons–all they need are batches of Confederate flags to wave at everybody and any opposition to them will automatically disappear because the people will feel “threatened.”  The “threatened” populace will simply disappear–frightened to death by that horrible flag!

It would be interesting for the public to find out what plans our Ruling Elite have for this kid that shot those folks in Charleston. So far, in the past few years, he’s been the only shooter that has been taken alive. So you have to assume, with that goofy photo of him with the Confederate flag in his hand, that they have plans for him. Is he supposed to “testify” at some point and name all the “hate groups” in the South  that prompted him to do what he did, or what? And while we are at it, why not get a list of the medications this kid is or has been on? The fact that this kid is still alive points to there being some use for him in the future.

The theological and political left, along with our Ruling Elite, have been enemies of anything Christian or Confederate literally since day one and so if they see opportunity to use this kid as a tool to further their agenda against anything remotely Confederate or Southern, I have no doubt they will pursue such a plan with total abandon–and the prostitute media will give them all the cover they need.

A recent poll noted that, even after all this hoopla over the Confederate flags and symbols, Americans in general still supported the Confederate flag by around 57%, which is very close to where support for it was fifteen years ago. So the millions they have spent getting the prostitute media to demean the flag have been spent for naught. That’s not to say they will quit. “Those people” don’t quit. If they lose today they are back next week. That’s something we don’t seem to grasp yet.

You have to wonder about their plans for the 57% that still support the Confederate flag.Will they (or have they already) seek some kind of ban, so that in our professed “land of the free” we will no longer have the right to fly Confederate flags? Did the police officer’s comment about the flag “becoming illegal” inadvertently reveal an already pre-planned agenda for the demise of the flag?  And, if so, what will we do about it?

Folks, if y’all don’t have a Confederate flag it’s about time you got one–and started flying it!

Memphis Is A Picture of Ethnic Cleansing (Cultural Genocide)

by Al Benson Jr.

Watching, in the last week or so, the frantic and rabid efforts of the compassionate, multi-cultural politically correct crowd almost reminds me of a bunch of mad wolves fighting over the carcass of some dead animal. The smell of Southern blood has driven them insane.

To label their efforts as Cultural Genocide almost seems to be too charitable. What they are trying to do to the South is Ethnic Cleansing at its worst.

I read one article where they want to cut an image of the Confederate battle flag out of a stained glass window in the National Cathedral. There have been proposals to have grocery stores ban the sale of Aunt Jemima Syrup and Uncle Ben’s Rice. I suppose if these items were renamed “Aunt Ellen’s Syrup” and “Uncle Ralph’s Rice” and had new pictures of white folks on the packaging then that would be okay. Anything other than that would be considered rank stereotyping in the politically correct (Cultural Marxist) mindset.

Most of these efforts at Cultural Marxism (let’s call it what it really is) have gotten to the point of being downright ludicrous. But as foolish and insidious as all this is, the city of Memphis, Tennessee has got to take the cake for how far (left) you can try to push the Southern envelope and still claim to be “relevant” (sane?).

According to an article by Todd Starnes, which appeared on several Internet sites: “Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park in the latest and most despicable example of the anti-Southern cleansing spreading across the nation…In addition to desecrating the graves, Wharton wants to tear down a massive statue honoring the Confederate general who was involved in organizing the Ku Klux Klan. The bodies of Forrest and his wife would be relocated to a cemetery.” How charitable! I guess we should rejoice that at least they are willing to rebury the bodies–probably in some out of the way spot as far off the beaten track as possible.

Wharton, a black Democrat, complains that “This is not just an ordinary monument. This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation and oppression of black folks.” Sorry, Mayor, but you are a little off base with some of this. The current Klan has nothing whatever to do with whatever Forrest was accused of founding, and there is still historical controversy today over just how much Forrest really had to do with the founding of the original Klan. And if you want to know why the original Klan was founded, go and read Claude Bowers’ book The Tragic Era. Find out what some of the black militias did during what they call “reconstruction.”

But whatever Forrest did or didn’t have to do with the original Klan he was buried well over 100 years ago. He died in October of 1877. As the politically correct are so fond of telling us here in the South–“get over it!” You can’t change the history, although you are trying mightily–and when someone works that hard to change the history so that future generations don’t really know much about it except for the politically correct version, I naturally get suspicious.

Starnes noted in his article: “I shudder to imagine what’s next in this Stalinist-style cultural purging of the Southern states.” Starnes recognizes this for what it really is–a Stalinist cultural purge. Marxist Critical Theory in living color! Many have accused Southerners of not getting over the War, yet those who accuse them of that now show they are guilty of the same thing they accuse Southerners of. Of course, in their case, it’s not guilt–it’s “combatting racism” and they have chosen to combat that with more “racism” of their own. Is anyone really surprised? Just remember, we are dealing with Marxist mentalities here and what’s okay for them is off limits for you and me. That’s how this game is played. Remember, Communist flags and State of Islam flags and the memorabilia that goes with them is all okay. Only the Confederate flag needs to be purged–no doubt to make room for some kind of Communist flag. This should tell you something about the worldview of those you are dealing with.

The three main adversaries to Christian and Southern culture have always been liberalism, socialism, and communism. It’s no different in our day.  This is your opposition and you had better start to realize that. And you, if you are Christian, had also better start to realize who is behind this opposition–the one who according to Scripture, “goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”

The Battle Flag and the Gutless Wonders We Elect to Office

by Al Benson Jr.

Another big flap over the Battle Flag. We have a repeat performance like so many that have gone on before. A white youngster kills a bunch of black folks in a church in Charleston, South Carolina and is photographed on the Internet with a Confederate flag in his hand and we are off to the races once again. This so much resembles some of the false flag events that have taken place over the past couple years that I really have to wonder. In this case the Marxist crowd gets to campaign against two of their adversaries, the Confederate flag and guns.

I looked at the picture of this kid on the Internet with the flag in his hand. Pardon me for saying so, but he really looked whacked out. He held the flag like someone had just shoved it into his hand and he wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. It was a tremendous photo op for the left.

And now, in typical Yankee/Marxist “reasoning” its the fault of that nasty Confederate flag that he did what he did. If we are to believe the “news” media it was the flag that caused him to go out and kill those black folks, therefore the flag must come down immediately if not sooner  (yesterday would have been better) and on and on it goes. The folks that follow this stuff know the drill by now. Another shooting done in a gun-free zone where it was already against the law to have a firearm, and still our Marxist-in-Chief calls for more gun control. One difference was that they got this kid alive where most shooters have turned up dead in the past few years. They may have propaganda plans for him.

Now no one in their right mind condones this sort of thing, but, as usual, the media is tugging at people’s emotional heart strings to get the desired reaction. To show how much emotional manipulation is going on with this, I saw a photo of a lady carrying a sign that said “My great great grandfather fought for the Confederacy but the flag needs to come down.” The results of 150 years of government school indoctrination!

What surprised me, and it shouldn’t have, I guess, was how just about all the politicians in both of our major socialist parties lined up to denounce the flag, from the governor of South Carolina right on down the line. They couldn’t get in line fast enough to say a bad word about the Confederate flag. And I fully expect, before we are done, that just about all the presidential candidates in both socialist parties will jump on board, fighting over who will be first in line to shout for the flag to come down.

It shouldn’t have surprised me that all these politicians (no statesmen here) were really just hollow shells, gutless wonders,  who are here to collect the votes that will help them to feed at the public trough, but when a really serious issue comes along, their honor and integrity melt fast than hot butter in July. They parrot the line their handlers have made up for them about the flag only representing “racism” and slavery and they honestly expect people to embrace this garbage because they have. And many will. But anyone who takes the time and effort to look at and study these rank political types will eventually realize that they are all hat and no cattle, that they are quite selective in their condemnation, and that, above all, as I said earlier, they are only out for the votes–no matter what they have to say or do to get them.

Therefore, it shouldn’t really surprise us that the Republicans are lining up to defame the flag. After all, that’s only  a repeat performance of what they did in the 1860s, in case anyone has forgotten. “Lincoln’s Marxists” are still alive and well in Washington and most of our state capitals, North and South. They never really crawled back under their collectivist rocks, they only pretended to.

And Now I have been informed that the Marxist crowd is planning the same game for the Mississippi state flag. Sixty-four percent of the folks in Mississippi voted to keep their present state flag several years ago, but now, some of the Republican leadership there have decided that the state flag will have to go. So you folks in Mississippi had best start to get ready for what’s going on now in South Carolina, because you are going to get it in one form or another soon. The Marxist crowd in South Carolina is close enough to victory that they can smell Southern blood–and they want more!

As hard as it has been over the years (one Southerner said getting Southern folks to work together was like herding cats) the various Confederate and Southern heritage groups will, quite possibly, have to learn to work together on this issue. Various left-wing groups hate each other’s guts and yet they do manage to work together on issues critical to the leftist agenda. Maybe we should take a lesson from that. I would think that the planned cultural genocide campaign against us that is looming just over the horizon is important enough to the preservation of our future in the South that we should be willing to help one another out, at least on this one issue. Cultural genocide will kill all of our groups and our culture in general.

So just maybe we ought to consider helping one another out as we are able in this instance, because we will receive no help whatever from those gutless wonders we have put into office. They have now become the “useful idiots” of the political left.

Media Manipulators–Lying Since the 1850s

By Al Benson Jr.

Those who manipulate the news, the spin masters, and those who shape news events to fit their own political agendas have been alive and well in this country at least since the 1850s, and probably before. These are the people who take news events and reshape them so that they say what they want them to say. For them truth is a by-word, to be pushed aside whenever it happens to get in the way of their pet agendas. They are journalistic Marxists—using the “news” they have created to justify the ends they promote.

One of the most famous (or infamous) of these was James Redpath. Early in his career he wrote anti-slavery articles under the pseudonym of “Berwick” and later worked as a reporter for Utopian Socialist Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. According to Wikipedia: “An early assignment at the Tribune involved compiling ‘Facts of Slavery,’ a regular series of articles gathered from Southern newspaper exchanges. Beginning in March 1854, he traveled in the South to examine slavery for himself, interviewing slaves and collecting material published in 1859 as The Roving Editor: or, Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. The book’s production costs were covered by prominent antislavery philanthropist Gerrit Smith.” That was the Gerrit Smith of “Secret Six” fame, who got himself admitted to a sanitarium after the John Brown affair at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

According to dlib.nyu.edu “Redpath inaugurated a ‘Facts of Slavery’ column for the New York Tribune, curating slave trade information from the Southern press, and later went South to interview slaves so they could have a forum for relating their experiences in their own words. He later took jobs at Southern newspapers and surreptitiously sent reports back north in the guise of letters to relatives in Minnesota. They, in turn, under prior arrangement, forwarded the reports to editors.” He was later a war correspondent with Sherman’s army. If he was in Georgia with them I’ll bet he had a ball whitewashing what “Sherman’s bummers” did there.

By 1855 Redpath had showed up on the Kansas-Missouri border and was writing for a Free Soil newspaper, the Missouri Democrat, on the problems in “Bleeding Kansas.” For yet another three years he continued to stick his “news media” nose into the situation in Kansas. He had involvement in politics and he continued to write “dispatches” in which he tried to gain support in New England for Free State settlers in Kansas. In 1856 he interviewed terrorist  John Brown, supposedly just days after he and his gang had murdered five pro-slavery men at Pottawatomie Creek by hacking them to death with broadswords while their families were forced to stand by and watch the gruesome scene. Folks, I submit, this was 19th century terrorism in living color! After that event Redpath became John Brown’s “most fervent publicist.”

Otto Scott, in his informative book The Secret Six: The Fool As Martyr said of Redpath “One of the magicians of confusion, expert at misdirecting attention, was the journalist James Redpath, who appeared in John Brown’s camp on the afternoon of May 29, 1856. How he found the camp remains a mystery. What he and John Brown discussed remains essentially unknown, except for a fable that Redpath wrote three years later, in a mendacious book about the scene. Here he described Brown as both a Cromwellian figure, all Biblical quotes and stern rules for clean living and high thinking and as chief of noble outlaws sequestered in the forest.” And so we see the “news media” of the 1850s hard at work, turning the terrorist into a saint for the dubious benefit of his Eastern readers.

You do have to wonder, along with Otto Scott, how Redpath located the terrorist camp, and Redpath never really tells. That would be giving out too much news that the public is not supposed to be aware of. However, Otto Scott made an interesting connection here, another one the “historians” don’t really want you to know about. He noted: “At the time Redpath met Brown in his camp, however, there could well have been more than journalistic curiosity involved. Redpath was a friend of the unscrupulous Jim Lane—the Free Soil leader who had escaped the treason dragnet cast out by the territorial government–…Brown, who Redpath and everyone else in the territory by now knew to be responsible for the Pottawatomie murders, was a man who seemed worth contacting, and Lane—according to Charles Robinson later—was in favor of using terror as a means of gaining power and property.” Anyone who has ever read any of the history of the Kansas-Missouri border problems and the “Civil War” in that area is familiar with Jim Lane. If you are not, then do a Google search on him. Lots of stuff out there on old “mad dog” Jim Lane!

However, Lane’s connection to “journalist” Redpath is never mentioned, but in looking at it as Scott has done you can begin to see the connection between terrorist Jim Lane and terrorist John Brown, and the conduit is news media pundit James Redpath.

And Scott has also noted something else the “historians” don’t comment much on. He said: “But it was clear that the murders in the Pottawatomie area had coincided with a series of organizing moves to drive Southern settlers out of Kansas, to destroy Southern settlements…The appearance of such deliberate and coordinated violence, however, could not have been possible, nor could it have proceeded, without a covering legend by Northern newspapermen, who shrouded its significance from the nation.”

So you can see that the “news media” today has a really checkered inheritance to live up to. They are still doing what the media back in the 1850s did—prevarication, waffling, obfuscation (I’m trying to find a nice way to say they were liars). Nothing has changed. But if you begin to get some faint glimmer of what they did back then you might begin to grasp what they are still doing today.