How About (Karl)Marxville, Texas

 

Monday, July 30, 2018
12:25 PM

By Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The first civil war in America continues, and part of the attack plan of the treasonous Deep State that seeks to overthrow the legitimately elected government is the changing of history. Part of that is the changing of names-city names, street names, school names and any other names the Deep State feels are not reflective of their distinctive anti-Christ theology.

And so all of our history must be changed to reflect their anti-Christian bias (which of course they claim they don’t have) and all they despise must go. So what happens if they finally manage to get rid of all they loathe and they have no enemies to fight anymore? Will Nirvana or the Golden Age suddenly have arrived? Well, not hardly, because if they ever get to where they feel they have vanquished all their adversaries on the Right they will end up turning on each other over such issues as who is not far enough to the Left and they will destroy each other. That famous saying “The revolution eats its own” is not all that inaccurate. Just look at Stalin’s efforts in the Soviet Union, or, further back, the efforts of many in the French Revolution who doubted the “doctrinal purity” of some of their brethren. After we are all gone, some of their heads will be on the chopping block, or on the guillotine.

But for now, their war of cultural extermination goes on against those of us who inhabit Flyover Country–a region they thoroughly detest. And, for now, they have to have an issue to throw in the faces of the “great unwashed” that will exhibit their moral purity–and one issue they depend upon for that is the slavery issue.

So they parade forth in all their moral greatness, and in the form of Austin’s Equity Office, in Austin, Texas, where they have now decided, in their enlightened Illuminism, that the name of the city of Austin must be changed because Stephen Austin, the Father of Texas, once opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Texas. There are several other things they would like to change also because, whatever they are, they are all named after people who were slave owners. Everyone who understands the theology of the Left knows that, in their “bible” the ownership of slaves was the one unforgivable sin. Every other sin is forgivable except the one. The theology of the Left is okay with rape, murder, robbery, lying, cheating–all these are Leftist virtues–if done for causes that advance their agenda. They have no problem with slavery if Leftist governments do it, but private ownership of slaves is beyond the pale! Private ownership of anything is beyond the pale.

The Office of Equity in Austin, Texas realizes they will get some pushback, but they defended their proposals as a noble attempt to do away with “whitewashing history.” They realize public hearings will be needed to change street names and such, but “…a name change for the city would require an election in order to strike ‘Austin’ from the city’s charter and have it replaced with a new name.” Of course if they could get a bill passed in Texas to let illegal aliens and non-citizens vote, they just might bring it off. Texans need to watch out for such movements and strongly oppose them.

If they manage to get the name of Austin changed, who knows where they will go next. Could San Antonio become the new Santa Anna City or El Paso the new Engleside (for those who don’t know, Friedrich Engels was Karl Marx’s partner in crime.

For those who don’t grasp all the fine points of this argument, you need to realize one thing. A war, civil or otherwise, on your culture and heritage is a war against you and your children. Your children have a history, culture, and heritage and those who war against you and your country are trying to take that away from them! If you don’t get anything else from this article–please understand that!

For more info on this check out https:townhall.com for July 29, 2018.

Our First Civil War is a Culture War

 

By Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I continue to see articles on the internet about how we are now engaged in our second civil war, and although the folks that write most of them are sincere and present some interesting facts, I have to disagree with them on that one point.

Our first “civil war” was not  truly a civil war. It was a War of Northern Aggression to prevent Southern  independence.

I recently read a good article on https://spectator.org/americas-next-civil-war-will-be-worse-than-our-last/  It was a good article, but the author made a statement on page 2 that showed it was not a “civil war” and I doubt he even noticed. He stated, accurately, that “In the end, the war was fought over a single legal issue: whether the states that had freely ratified the Constitution to form the Union could freely leave the Union if they felt it no longer served their interests.” That comment alone takes the War of Northern Aggression out of the category of a civil war in which both sides are contending for the control of one government. That was not the case. The South had no interest in controlling the federal government—all they wanted to do was to separate themselves from it.

The author of the Spectator articles notes that: “The difference between the America of today and the America of what seems like just yesterday is that we once had a common culture” even through the War of Northern Aggression. To be sure, there were differences, even theological differences between North and South, and the author observes this, but for all of that there had been a common culture. Today, whatever commonality there had been is fast disappearing.  He notes that “Today, however, our divisions are so deep and fundamental that Americans cannot even agree on what marriage is or what a man and a woman is (which is pretty darn fundamental).” Well, it used to be fundamental until the Marxist college professors stuck their noses into it. Now it’s all up for grabs and college students are being taught “politically correct” (culturally Marxist) drivel that wouldn’t have been imagined fifty years ago except by the folks at the Frankfurt School. So our culture has been played with, twisted, and is in the  process of being turned into something no one in his right mind wants to see happen. The war on all things Confederate is part of this cultural shift. The author mentions the “lunatic self-righteousness of the Left” among whom “disagreement is bigotry to be prohibited by law or even condemned and prosecuted as treason.” He says that this is a “fire that will not easily be quenched and cannot be reached by cool waters of rational argument.” He’s right there. The Left will brook no disagreement and you cannot rationalize with them. They have an agenda, provided to them by the One World Government people who finance them and you are wasting your time trying to debate with them. All you can do is resist them with the truth and do it in such a way that you can reach that broad group of people in the middle,  most of  whom will not realize we are currently in a civil war until the storm troopers march up to their houses and demand their firearms on pain of death!

Another part of the civil war to change our culture is the concept of voting rights for non-citizens, which several liberal cities are pushing. If they get enough people to fall for that one the non-citizens who voted will end up helping to change our culture just the same  way as giving illegal immigrants the vote will end up changing our culture. That’s something else the Deep State has been pushing. Check out an article by James Murphy on https://www.thenewamerican.com for July 27th, 2018.

Think we are not involved in a civil war, even as I write this?  Check out an article by Paul Craig Roberts on https://www.lewrockwell.com for July 27th 2018. Mr. Roberts, who has followed national trends for decades, notes that: “The evidence is overwhelming that CIA director John Brennan, FBI director James Comey, Robert Mueller, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Democratic National Committee are engaged in high treason against the American people and the President of the United States and are actively engaged in a plot to overthrow the President of the United States. Yet the traitorous intelligence officials  retain their high security clearances and have not been indicted, arrested,  and put on trial for high treason.” We have a culture in Washington that is totally okay with this. Civil war against the President and the American people is perfectly alright—as long as the denizens of the Deep State win.

That is the culture that persists in our present civil war—our first civil war. Will the American people be awakened enough to realize this is a civil war they may end up having to fight in—and I’m not just talking about using guns. That’s a good question.

Free Muslim Immigration into Europe–the Barcelona Declaration of 1995

by Al Benson Jr

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Maybe I am just dense, but until I got an email from a friend up in Missouri, I had never even heard of this, or if I did it was so long ago I had totally forgotten it. It just goes to show you that the Internationalists, the One World Government crowd, is always at work 24/7 to force their agenda on people who just want to be left alone. However, unpleasant as it is for us. we have got to wake up and realize that the One World Government crowd is never going to let us or anyone else alone.

They have a Luciferian agenda to remake the entire world over into the image of their deity.  The fact that Genesis 3 tells them this will never happen matters not at all to them as their apostles continue to “prowl about as roaring lions seeking whom they may devour.” And one way they seek to devour is through ethnic and cultural genocide.

I came across a site called http://balder.org/euromed-en and the article I found was titled: Free Muslim Immigration to Europe 2. It wasn’t long but it had to do with “secretive European Union-agreements with 10 European and North African countries” and it said “The Euro Mediterranean Declaration was agreed upon by the EU, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel and comprises:  Comprehensive political partnership, among other things about:: establishing a free trade area and economic integration to begin in the year 2010,…Cultural partnership. The EU offers the populations of 9 Muslim Countries  free movement of goods, services, capital and people into the EU.”

The “Cultural Policy” in all this “must avoid the  popular distinction between ‘them’ and ‘us’…The Danish Foreign Ministry is educating us from our ‘stereotypes and prejudices’ towards Islamic culture.’ Naturally UNESCO is one of the groups involved in this propaganda campaign.

A brief comments about this turned up on http://www.abovetopsecret,com  that said “It seemingly explains the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe, once again without mandate, it enforces multiculturalism in Europe…with financial reward to participating nations. There are many links on the subject, many citing it as a massive failure.”

Another one I came across is https://www.liveleak.com/  No date on this one but it has  posted two videos. I tried the first one and it was not available so I went to the second one and was able to pull it up. The title was The Barcelona Declaration/ Why Multiculturalism Has Failed in the EU. The man had somewhat of an accent, which doesn’t help with my hearing problem, but he gave a pretty fair explanation of much of what has happened in Europe.

My friend in Missouri gave a rather penetrating analysis of this and he connected some dots that many would not have noticed. I think he is right on the money! He said, in part, “The time of the Barcelona Declaration (1995) roughly corresponds with the beginning of the more widespread attacks on the Confederate Flag. At the time several of us were pointing out that the Flag attack was part of a larger plan that had to do with state and regional sovereignty. A resurgent South was just not part of the globalist plan. Little did I know that the Barcelona Dec was the blueprint for that plan. The Barcelona Declaration began implementation in 2010 of the beginning of  the ‘migrant’ crisis…It is similar to the ‘Open Borders’ policy promoted in the US. It started in Europe but is now in the US and the heart of the globalist plan.”

His insightful comments prove that the last place you go to for “news” is the news media because what they fail to tell you is usually  more important than the bovine fertilizer they spread in front of you as “breaking news.”

“Love and Peace” and Multiculturalism Really Equal Hate (But you are not supposed to know that).

 

By Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

 

We seem to be wallowing in a politically correct (cultural Marxist) sea, (bilge included) of love, diversity, sensitivity, multi-culturalism,  and a few other “isms” I won’t mention here for the sake of decency. Most of those involved in various aspects of these “movements” really want to convey the idea that they are involved in what they do for the betterment of the world. Yet, if you look at them and what they say and do, you begin to realize that the one thing they all have in common is an abiding hatred for Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. Anything built upon any kind of Christian foundation is anathema to these people and they will go to great lengths to tear it  down.

They loudly proclaim that Christians are hate-mongers, yet we don’t see Christians running around tearing down historical monuments and flags, even those they may disagree with. We don’t see Christians with masks over their faces loudly claiming they are “anti-fascists” as they race to break up demonstrations and parades they don’t agree with. Only the proponents of Leftist love do that—all in the name of sensitivity and diversity.

It should have become more than obvious to thinking people by now that those on the Left that engage in this sort of behavior in the name of diversity really want no opinions out there that dissent from their Leftist dogma. They really don’t want people to have a chance to know the truth. They are nothing more than liars who want to shut down all opposition to the far-left agenda they promote for those big money moguls that finance them. They love no one and hate everybody, and  then they have the gall to call Christians purveyors of hate.

You have to realize that this is all by design. These people may claim to be opposed to capitalism or private property or unequal distribution of the wealth, but what they really seek to do is to tear down completely whatever remains of our Christian foundations. Nowhere is this more obvious than in their assaults on our Christian heritage and culture, especially here in the South!

Our Christian history and culture has to be replaced by some grotesque vision out of the Communist Manifesto, the Illuminati’s handbook for the destruction of a Christian society. And to think, our universities teach this  stuff and we pay to send our kids there to be indoctrinated. Then we wonder why kids are leaving the churches. And I haven’t even touched on what the kids get fed in grades K-12.

I’ll note one small instance here. When we lived back on the East Coast, there was a school over in Rhode Island that invited a prostitute to come in and lecture either one of the middle school grades or high school grades, I can’t recall just which right now. So how much benefit were those kids supposed to get out of this? And this wasn’t someone who had repented and was there to tell the kids how bad it was—she was still in business.

I have looked at a lot of the aberrations that have gone on in government schools over the decades and one thing I have noted—all of them were anti-Christian in some way, no exceptions! But then, the history of the government school system is shrouded in anti-Christianity. That should probably tell parents with kids in public schools that their kids would be better off in some other more Christian educational environment. Unfortunately, in the 40-plus years I have been observing this phenomenon most Christian parents don’t seem to have gotten the message. There are times when you almost feel like asking—“Oh Lord,  how long???”

Another “Summer of Rage?”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

As our new “Civil War” heats up, promoted by the Hard Left and its financiers, we are being told to expect another “Summer of Rage” to envelop us. This will not be the first, nor will it be the last, I’m afraid.

As of this writing (5:30 pm, central standard time) the major Leftist thrust for Independence Day has so far failed to materialize. Maybe enough exposure of Leftist plans allowed them to realize many were onto their game and so they had better change their agenda for the day. Now we have morphed into a “summer of rage” which they probably figure will give them enough time to raise particular hell around the country as those who pay them produce an ongoing script for them to follow.

Remember, we are still in the “pressure from above and pressure from below” mode I have noted in several articles.

One of the major thrusts for the next several weeks will be the Leftist campaign to shut down the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Department will would give us open borders–a Leftist dream and one for Hillary and Company as well. All the better to change your culture with my dear! That’s a big part of the game–the change from cultural Americanism to cultural Marxism. It’s been going on for a long time now. However, more are becoming aware of it and so the Left is ramping up the time frame for it. They’d like to have millions more illegal aliens in this country in time to vote in the mid-term elections. And don’t for a minute think that their being illegals will have any bearing whatever on whether they get to vote or not. That they will vote if the Left can get them across our Southern border is a foregone conclusion.

Then, again, there is Mr. Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, the one the ever-svelte Michael Moore wants to throw his body on the line around Washington to protest. Knowing the Left, everyone in it from the Democratic Party to the RINO’s to the useful idiots in the streets will weep and howl unless Trump ends up nominating someone to the left of Fidel Castro. Hey, I’ve got the perfect compromise candidate for him–how about Rod Rosenstein, or better yet, his wife, who has had a really stellar legal career on the Clinton side of things. Either one of them should be someone Michael Moore could support and they are much further up the food chain than he is. I still wonder who’s paying for Michael Moore’s plane ticket to Washington so he can protest whoever Trump nominates– in bulk!

Speaking of Rosenstein, I watched an interesting video of Alan Dershowitz a few days ago in which he said that Rosenstein should be replaced as part of the Mueller Probe because he is not only overseeing the prosecution of the case but he is also a central witness. That conflict of interest disqualifies him. Ethics charges could be filed against Rosenstein with the bars that he is a member of, or a lawsuit could be used to challenge him. Since Mr. Dershowitz has considerable legal expertise, I will take his word for all that.

And just to finish up with, I will leave you a couple articles that you can check out for your reading enjoyment.

https://endoftheamericandream.com/archieves/what-can-we-expect-during-the-summer-of-rage-protests

Multiple Democratic Socialists of America leaders endorse Communism

https://patriotpulse.net/this-democrat-senator-let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag-about-their-plans-for-gun-control

So Who’s Promoting Insurrection On “Independence Day?”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Most folks must have heard by now about the calls for civil war and/or insurrection that are being promoted to start on the fourth of July this year.

Every dedicated Leftist, has been, wanna be, or otherwise is out there bragging about how they are going to take the country down starting on the Fourth. It shows you how totally evil the Left really is. They preach about love, peace,  and tolerance but it is all bovine fertilizer, designed to cover up the fact that they really want to destroy the country and our culture and history and replace these with some grotesque imitation of how life was under Stalin in the Soviet Union. And they want us to believe they are doing it in the name of “peace” and societal improvement. If you dare to disagree with them you are a “racist” and if you voted for Trump, God help you, then you deserve the worst of all possible horrors! And they aim to make sure you get it while beating upon their self-righteous Leftist breasts. If their actions don’t wake us up to reality then we probably deserve the fate they have in store for us.

I’ve recently noted some of the more loud-mouthed among them. The ever loathsome Michael Moore is out there shouting that “We have to put our bodies on the line” to stop Trump. In his case that will be a pretty hefty contribution, as Comrade Moore looks like he’s been eating pretty regularly  of late. No shrinking violet or snowflake he! You have to wonder when he directed his last movie. He definitely belongs in the “has been” class–nothing left but big mouth, and too much of that!

Moore wants to get a million people to surround the capitol  to prevent Trump from appointing a new Supreme Court justice before the mid-term elections when he figures the Democrats will surge back into power in Congress and force Trump to settle for a new Supreme Court justice  the Communists would love!

Then there is Maxine (Mad  Max) Waters who is still, believe it or not, in Congress. You have to wonder what she’s done for her home district of late outside of shooting her mouth off. I’m told her home district is one of the most crime-ridden in the country, but she doesn’t  have time to worry about that–she’s way too busy badmouthing the President to be concerned about such trivialities. I heard her last outbreak earned her a charge of assaulting a news reporter. Right up her alley!  If they dare disagree with “Mad Max” they probably need to be assaulted, right?

Then there is another has been, Robert DiNero. The total educational clout of his Leftist argument is “F… Trump.” That’s all you can get out of him because he doesn’t have anything beyond that. Once he has screamed that two or three times he has shot his load and their ain’t no more (thank Heaven).

I read an article on the internet today about federal authorities arresting a man in Cleveland who was allegedly planning a terrorist attack for July 4th there. The man had an American name but was also known by a handle that  comes straight out of the Arabian Nights. Anyone surprised?

It would seem that the communists and other assorted Leftists will be attempting to provoke a communist revolution on July 4th that will result in Trump’s removal as President. In other words they, in some way or other, plan to overthrow the government. Unfortunately, there are people in Washington, some in government, that will be more than happy to aid them in that endeavor.

If the Left really plan such actions on July 4th, you have to wonder whose money will be paying for all this planned chaos. The Left always has big money people in back of its actions to foot the bills for all they do. Might be an interesting exercise to check out some of the organizations George Soros funds to see where they sit on the political spectrum,  or some of those funded by the Rockefeller Foundation or some of the other big, tax free foundations.

And don’t forget the old “pressure from above and pressure from below” principle. The Leftists exert the pressure from below but they always do it at the behest of those wanting to pressure us from above.

You can find books like None Dare Call It Conspiracy and The Rockefeller File on the internet and read them for nothing. They will give you some idea of what is going on today even though they were written several years ago. And there are other books you can buy that are not all that  expensive. One good one is The Shadows of Power by James Perloff, which is a history of the Council on Foreign Relations and how America has declined under that group.

We had better start waking up and realizing that the Leftists and the big money people that fund their radical activity are trying to take this country away from us.  And to add insult to injury we have the latest offering from the One World Government group, the United Nations on

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/29424-us-promises-full-implementation-of-un-gun-control-agreement

 

 

 

Email and/or internet censorship–perish the thought

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Back when Comrade Obama was still in office there was talk of internet censorship, but when he reluctantly departed (though he didn’t go very far–certainly not far enough) we all thought that might not occur.

Seems we may have been wrong.

I and others have taken note lately  that several messages we have sent out on our various email sites do not seem  to be getting through to many of those we send them to.

A couple months ago I did an article for this blog spot and in the subject line on my email server I had the word “secession.” One email server just would not send it, no matter how hard or often I tried. No matter what I did that link with “secession” on the subject line wasn’t going no place. Perceiving that I may have pricked the tender feelings of some poor soul in the forwarding process I changed the word secession to “separation” and resent the message. It went through  immediately.

I have since attempted to be a bit more temperate in what I put on the subject lines of emails going out of here. On one article I was going to put “Big Brother” on the subject line, but then reflected a bit and thought, no way will Big Brother make it past the censor, so I changed the subject line title and the article title to “The elder sibling is watching over you.” That went through. Im sure “Big Brother” would never have made it.

The mode of email censorship doesn’t seem to be universal. Yesterday I sent out an article someone had forwarded to me about a big Confederate flag being  put up somewhere in Alabama. I felt, in the face of all the ethnic cleansing we had experienced in the last couple of years, it was a positive article and an encouragement  to folks so I passed it on to many.

Today I got some response. One man in Texas said they must have shut the site down as he couldn’t get into it at all. A man in West Virginia said he could open the article but not get the picture of the flag, and a lady in Georgia said the same thing. It would appear that most other folks go it–at least so far.

Reminds me of a friend in North Carolina with a big email list who used to include a small pic of a Confederate flag at the bottom of the emails he sent out. One find day the emails started bouncing back as undeliverable. Now my friend is a person who has been known to connect the  dots as  it were, and so he tried sending the same messages out minus the Confederate flag at the  bottom. Guess what? All his messages started going through again! Seems the Confederate flag was a major impediment to email being forwarded. Wonder why that was. You don’t suppose there’s some grumpy old censor somewhere down the line that hates Confederate flags do you? Why perish the thought! Our emails are supposed to be private, are they not, and unless you put really horrible language or something like that in them I always thought they were to be left alone. Guess I  was wrong. It seems that the personal like and dislikes of the email censors are now what really counts. Political correctness seems to rule and if you have something some cultural Marxist doesn’t personally like in your email, guess what? It ain’t going anywhere or you will  end up getting that ever-useful comment “There was a problem loading the message.” Translation–Forget it! Unless you go to a different email server and even there the censors have their code words they watch out for.

Then we get these adds on email  sites about how concerned they are for our “privacy.” What they are really concerned about is that we don’t say anything that would be politically incorrect (not culturally Marxist).

Well, I’ve got this posted. Now lets see how well I do sending it out. I’m sure the mention of Confederate flags here will offend the sensibilities of some tender soul somewhere that will want to make sure this article gets no further than him–lest someone down the line be contaminated with a little truth!

Texas

 

By Al Benson Jr.

 

When I was a kid I was fascinated by the map of the United States (and Confederate States). Having grown up in the East, the idea of Texas, way out west, fascinated me and I wanted to see it, to go there, to experience it myself. Looking at photos is one thing. Seeing something in real life, being there and experiencing it is something else.

You can look at a million pictures of the Grand Canyon and that’s great—but being there, even if only once, and standing there yourself on the South Rim and looking at it beats all the photos in the world.

It’s the same thing with Texas. The photos are great, but the personal experience is infinitely better. The first time I was in Texas was in 1960, eons ago for you younger folks. Just a few years before that Texas had suffered a horrible drought that lasted around seven years. You have to understand, in Texas, a drought doesn’t mean it never rains. What it means is that when it does rain, it doesn’t rain enough to get you through until the next time it rains—and you repeat the same  process all over again. If you want to read something really good about that time period in West Texas, read Elmer Kelton’s The Time It Never Rained.  Kelton was born on a ranch in West Texas. His father was a ranch foreman so  Kelton knows  what he is talking about.

At any rate, 1960 was my first venture into Texas (thankfully not my last). Another man and I went through Texas from north to south on our way to Mexico. Looking back at the journal I  kept of the trip, I marveled at how many of the small towns in Oklahoma and Texas resembled some of the western towns you saw in television programs. That was then. I doubt much of it is that way anymore, although back in 2001 my wife and I visited some good friends that lived just outside of Saint Jo, Texas, not far from the Red River that borders Oklahoma and the town of Saint Jo looked pretty much like the towns I remembered on my first trip to Texas.

There are some things you remember on a trip like that. We were looking for Lockhart State Park near Lockhart, Texas to camp for the night. Signs pointing you to the state park were rather scarce but we got on what we thought was the right road and continued on. By then it was getting dark and you couldn’t see  your hand in front of your face. Finally we came to a big stretch of grass that seemed to go on aways. By that time it was ten thirty at night and we were both beat and we assumed that we must be at least at the edge of the state park so we pulled off the road and set up our tents in the grass and just went to sleep.

Came “the dawn’s early light” and we rolled out to see what the park looked like in daylight. Only problem was, there was no  park. Turned out we had pulled off the road onto someone’s big front lawn and we could see his house way back in the distance. His driveway was about 200 feet the  other side of us and here he came down the driveway in his car. We thought, “boy, is he going to be ticked at us for camping on his front lawn” (even though it was a big front lawn). Didn’t seem he was, though. He just stuck his hand out the window and waved at us and off he went. We wondered if other people looking for the state park had done the same thing and he was used to it. We never did find the state park. It’s still on the Texas state maps so I assume it’s there—somewhere! I hope they have better signs pointing it out today than they had in 1960.

Getting into San Antonio, we wanted to see the Alamo. San Antonio was a pretty good-sized city even then and we had to park aways away from the Alamo and walk. This the only time I was ever there, never had the opportunity to go back, but I never forgot it. We went through most of it, no guided tours in those days. I don’t even recall if we paid admission or not There were several  old guns and other relics on display and one thing I noticed—not many people were there besides us, but no one spoke loudly or made unnecessary noise. It was like a shrine and you unconsciously spoke softly and reverently in there. This was where Crockett, Bowie, Travis and the other 180 plus gave their lives for Texas independence. They had the chance to get out when they knew no  help was coming. They stayed, all but one man I am  told. I remember even today, the old song Tex Ritter sang decades ago and the chorus—“Hi-up, Santy Anna, we’re killing your soldiers below, so the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!” I often wonder today how much we remember—not enough I’m afraid.

I have often wondered—how many of us today would have the  courage to cross Travis’ line in the dirt, knowing if we did, we were not going to get out alive. In this age of rampant political correctness (cultural Marxism) I really wonder. And I wonder, in many cases, if we are really worthy of what our ancestors fought to preserve for us—God-given liberty. Only the Lord knows.

Oklahoma Reminiscences

 

By Al Benson Jr.

Recently, I picked up a book at one of the local libraries called Killers of the Flower Moon—The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,  written by a David Grann. Mr. Grann is a staff writer at the New Yorker  so there would probably be some things he and I would not agree on politically, but he did write an interesting book about how a group of people in Osage County, Oklahoma killed off  several Osage  Indians in order to get the headrights to their oil leases and  make lots and lots of money from that.

It interested me because, back in the late 1960s I had briefly lived in Osage County, Oklahoma, which had been the old Osage Indian reservation. It is still listed that way on some maps.

My Dad had sold his home in the East and bought a trailer and we went West, so wherever we set the trailer up at night, that was home, at least for that night. We got as far as central New Mexico, looking for work, of which there was very little. At the same time I was trying to make a little selling my paintings. The art market in New Mexico was pretty competitive and I wasn’t nearly as good as most of those artists around Taos and Santa Fe, so we headed back east from there.

We recrossed the Oklahoma panhandle, part of the area covered by the Dust Bowl in the 1930s,  and we checked work possibilities all the way back across Oklahoma. Just about nil! We ended up in the eastern part of Osage County and spent part of the rest of that year there. Had we been able to get any kind of work, we would have stayed. We even checked into employment for the state park service and my Dad and I went down to Oklahoma City to see about that, but no possibilities even there that would do us any good. And while there, we visited the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, which at the time was having a large exhibit of the work of Western artists, and I wanted so see their work; see how they painted some of those things so natural to the Western scene—rocks, cactus, sagebrush, etc.

Oklahoma is an interesting state—all the way from the hill country in the eastern part of the state to the high plains of the Oklahoma panhandle—where the wind never stops blowing, day or night. I remember one  place in the panhandle we stopped for something and I asked a man in front of the store there “Is it always this windy here?” To which he replied “Hell  no. Sometimes it gets windier.” After having camped two days at Black Mesa State Park and seen the wind blow about 40 mph 24/7, I wasn’t about to disagree with him!

Anyway, Osage County was also an interesting mix, part of it in what they call the Osage Hills and part of  it tall grass prairie. They have what they call bluestem grass there, which is really good for cattle.

There used to be several oil boom towns in Osage County, mostly gone now, but there was one we went through several times called Burbank. It wasn’t the most scenic place around and it looked pretty much like a ghost town, almost no sign of life at all and it had been a rip-roaring town in its heyday. Interestingly enough, we went through there in 1971 so I could show folks we were with what a ghost town looked like, and instead we found a town in the process of being revived, much like what we saw in Virginia City, Montana years later. Some ghosts don’t stay dead!

Oklahoma had its share of interesting characters. The second time we were in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, which is in Washington County, right next  door to Osage County, we saw an old man with white hair and a handlebar mustache. He just looked interesting and so we asked about him. Come to find out, in his early days, he had been a train robber and had ridden with the Al Spencer gang. Seems he had gotten caught after a robbery and did jail time. The locals in Bartlesville thought  he must have had loot from a robbery stashed somewhere because they said he always had money and no one ever heard of him working.

Another interesting character I got to know was an old trick roper named Raymond. He had some sort of back injury that prevented him from doing rodeos anymore, but boy, could he still do tricks with that rope! He lived in the back of a pawn shop in Bartlesville, a  pawn shop that, interestingly enough, was willing to display my Western artwork in its front window. I sold a few pictures because of his display, and I found out an interesting fact. When a lot of Oklahomans buy something off you they want to dicker over the price. In the East that almost never  happened.  You put a price on something and folks either paid it  or walked off. In Oklahoma they wanted to dicker over it. If  you had a price of $15 on a picture they’d walk around it, stand back for a few minutes and say “I’ll give $7.50 for it. So if you really wanted to sell it, you learned to dicker with them. You also learned, becoming aware of their horsetrading  propensities, to ask a little more for a picture than you really expected to get in hope of coming out of the dickering process  with something near what you really wanted. All told, this was an interesting experience.

The time finally came, though, with the austere work situation in Oklahoma, we had to go further east in order to find work to be able to survive. Sad as I was to leave Oklahoma, the Lord knew what He had planned for me. Had we stayed there I never would have married my wife. So in the end, the Lord knows what’s best for each of us.

As our kids got old enough to travel, I wanted my wife and kids to see the places in the West I  had enjoyed so much in  earlier years and so when the kids  were younger we went all over the  place out there. My wife loved it like I did. We both still do, though we can’t go anymore. The kids didn’t always appreciate some of the places we took them when they were younger. Now they do. They realize they got to a lot of places that not too many tourists get to.

And through it all, Oklahoma still remains one of my favorite spots—a mixture of West and South—with lots of friendly folks. For any interested in travel, I’d definitely recommend it.