The National Education Association and the Confederate Flag

by Al Benson Jr.

Back in July of this year the National Education Association had a big meeting in Orlando, Florida and, as is typical with this “educational” organization, they ended up debating issues that seldom have anything to do with education but would make a wish list that every socialist congressperson in Washington would dearly love to vote for.

An article by Stephen Sawchuk on Education Weekly blogs has headlined: “Resolution on Confederate Flag Sparks Controversy at NEA Assembly.”  The first sentence in the article stated: “National Education Association delegates adopted a new business item directing the union to ‘find appropriate and effective efforts to remove the confederate battle flag from schools and public spaces.'” What trying to remove Confederate battle flags from “public spaces” has to do with education escapes me and honestly, folks, how many Confederate battle flags have you recently seen atop the flagpoles at public schools? This is a politically correct (Culturally Marxist) propaganda item to alert other leftist organizations that the NEA and they are on the same page.

This item would have originally included as well “other symbols of the Confederacy”  and this led some there to question whether this resolution would include “war memorials for confederate soldiers, statues, exhibits and state flags (like Mississippi’s)  that incorporate Confederate flags. In the end that language was deleted” and they relegated their resolution to just Confederate flags. That must have been a heart-breaker for some of them. But I guess they realized, at that point, that they didn’t want to bite off more than they could chew and just getting rid of Confederate flags would still be a major step in their ethnic cleansing agenda.

The resolution on the Confederate flag passed strongly on a voice vote, but before they could manage even that it took 90 minutes of debate. Mr. Sawchuk in his closing statement said, in part, “This is not just a battle over flags, this is a battle over historical narratives.” While that wasn’t his entire statement he did realize that some historical narratives have not been really explored–though he and I would probably disagree on just which ones haven’t.

Some of the commentary by bloggers on this site was interesting and insightful. One blogger said, in part, “Do I fly the flag? No. Do I care if someone else flies the flag? No. This is just a group of people looking for a way to be insulted and this flag is the newest thing on the block.” While I believe there is a lot more to it than that, he is definitely on the right track as far as he has gone.

Another blogger on this site took an interesting tack. He said, again in part, “My second conclusion is that the hypocrites and ninnies who are on the march to save America from the Confederate flag have about the same chance of success as the Children’s Crusade. Do they have the slightest idea of who they are dealing with? They are taking on the same people who fought the Union to a standstill for four bloody years, and they are taking on people for whom that flag means something and it probably isn’t slavery…People who had never cared before will start sporting Confederate flags,  if only because their self-appointed ‘betters’ say they shouldn’t do it.” I have to admit that this commentator made a couple valid points. I’ve seen Confederate flags recently in places I never saw them before and Confederate flag rallies have proliferated  here in the South–and that’s not all that bad.

It goes to show you that the Cultural Marxists  (who ARE Marxists) don’t always get it right. Sometimes they end up ticking off people that, for the sake of their cause, they’d be better off just leaving alone.Sleeping giants sometimes awake–not as often as I’d like, but it does happen.

Sam Blumenfeld and Alex Newman in Crimes of the Educators have stated: “Note that the NEA recognizes no American culture that the student may take pride in. He is to appreciate the cultures of others, and learn about them, at the expense of learning about his own.”  And that holds doubly true if the student happens to live in the South. When we first moved here from the Midwest I talked to a knowledgeable pastor who made the comment that the South has been the most heavily brainwashed part of the country. It has been going on here since 1865. No one who has observed the national scene to any meaningful extent should doubt this. The socialist agenda of making Southern kids ashamed of their faith, history, and heritage has been pursued with extreme vigor. Part of what is going on now with Confederate symbols is a big part of that.

All you have to do is study “those people” that are opposed to Confederate symbols–the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Education Association. These groups, in order to gull the public, try to pose as “mainstream” which is totally ludicrous. They are all way over there on the extreme left of the political (and religious) spectrum. They don’t come close to being the middle-of-the-roaders they try to pretend they are. They are all Cultural Marxists, and a Cultural Marxist is nothing more than a Marxist promoting a Marxist agenda whether he belongs to some organization or not.

So take a close look at these groups that are so assiduously working to remove the symbols of your heritage. You won’t like what you find, but you do need to be aware of it.

Same Game, Different Players

by Al Benson Jr.

Have you ever gotten the feeling that when some event occurs that you’ve “seen this before someplace, that this isn’t the first time for this?” You can’t recall when or where this all happened before, but it’s somehow very familiar. Some might refer to this as deja vu , but it’s more than that. It’s really a repeated pattern, or maybe a repeated agenda might be a more appropriate term.

Recently, someone forwarded an article to me written in 2011 and posted on http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org  on September 26th of that year. The headline for the article read: “Immigrants Want Cross Removed from Swiss Flag.” Note that the headline did not specify who the “immigrants” were, but the article was forced to.

It began: “An immigrant group based in Bern has called for the emblematic white cross to be removed from the Swiss national flag because as a Christian symbol it ‘no longer corresponds to today’s multicultural Switzerland. Ivica Petrusic, the vice president of Second@s Plus a lobbying group that represents mostly Muslim second generation foreigners in Switzerland…says the group will launch a nationwide campaign in October to ask Swiss citizens to consider adopting a flag that is less offensive to Muslim immigrants.” Talk about gall, this is it! Move to someone else’s country and then chide them because they don’t do things your way and change their national culture to suit you. Has anyone given a thought to the not-so-remote possibility that this might be construed as Cultural Genocide?

In an interview at that time with a Swiss newspaper Aarguer Zeitung Petrusic noted that the cross had a Christian background and while the Christian roots of Switzerlalnd ought to be “:respected” it is also “…necessary to separate church and state because present day Switzerland “…has a great religious and cultural diversity.One has to ask if the State wants to continue building up a symbol in which many people no longer believe.” Does any of this sound familiar–separation of church and state, the use of symbols that many don’t believe in any longer? Are you beginning to connect some of the dots here? How many have heard almost identical rhetoric recently in regard to Confederate symbols and flags? The rhetoric could, literally, have been transported from one country to the other and, with minor changes, that may be the case. Which, for me, would occasion the question–how much real difference is there between the Muslim mindset and that of the NAACP?

Both are practitioners of Cultural Genocide, and work to see it practiced not only on the present generation but on future generations yet to come. If there were an ounce of genuine diversity in either of these groups they would not have that much of a problem with the flags and symbols of other cultures because that would represent true diversity, whether you agreed with all of them or not. The best you can say for these groups is that they give lip service to a pretended diversity while they really practice Cultural Genocide on any who dare to disagree with their agendas. The fact is that, in both cases, they seek to eradicate flags and symbols they don’t agree with and an astute person should be able to recognize that they are not about diversity–they are about changing the historical makeup of any country or group they do not agree with. They are, in effect, trying to culturally murder those they disagree with, most especially if they are Christians. We are not supposed to be smart enough to figure this out and we are supposed to be conned by their “diversity” chatter until we have sold out our faith, history, and heritage and accepted theirs in its place. A good description of Cultural Genocide–destroy your faith, enshrine theirs!

We have got to be discerning enough to recognize this and resist it, whether it be in Switzerland, the rest of Europe, or this country. We dare not remove Christian symbols just because other cultures don’t “like” them or are “offended” by them. If we do, we make ourselves like those Jesus described in Mark 4:17.

I have said this before and I still believe it holds true–that all this talk about “racism” being the result of Confederate symbols and because of that wanting to do away with those symbols, is promoted by those who want to remove any and all Christian symbols and the idea that the Christian faith had any effect on the South. If they are able to lay this major guilt trip on the South to the point where its folks won’t stand up and defend their flags and symbols, you can imagine where they will go from there. Christian crosses beware!

You have to understand that those people, whether Muslims, the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or whoever, have, as part of their agenda the total destruction of your Christian faith, your history, culture, heritage, and ultimately–YOU! If they can rob you of your faith, heritage and culture, then they will have stolen all these from your children and grandchildren as well, and your descendants will eventually belong to them, because “He who controls the past controls the future.”

The Governor And the Mayor Will Fight Over Confederate Monuments–Is It Real?

by Al Benson Jr.

By now most folks that have not been asleep for the last 20 years realize that Mary Landrieu’s brother, Mitch, the mayor of New Orleans has decided that his fair city will partake of the ethnic cleansing going on all over the South in regard to anything Confederate. Mitch feels this will get him the socialist vote in New Orleans and if he can get that, he doesn’t much care about the rest.

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana is also running for president and he seems to have taken the position, at least at this point, that he doesn’t want the socialist vote because he seems to be trying to find some way to force the Mayor of New Orleans to leave the Confederate monuments alone. Jindal has said he has told his staff to check into the Heritage Act to determine whether he has the legal authority to block removing the Confederate monuments. It sounds good, only problem is that, at this point, no one seems  to know what the Heritage Act is and whether Jindal has the authority to use it if, in fact, such an act exists. Frankly, I hope it does, but there seems to be some doubt about it. No doubt there will be some that will look at what Jindal is doing as a way to get the “redneck” vote in Louisiana if he does end up getting the Republican nod. It wouldn’t be the first time a politician did something like this. I hope he is sincere, but after watching the political class for over 40 years now, if it turned out to be more rhetoric than substance it wouldn’t surprise me.

So far, though, Jindal has been relatively consistent. He did refuse to take the Confederate flag off the SCV specialty tags in Louisiana, although there are some that are saying that the Legislature will take another look at that in the next session. They are, after all, being prodded by the NAACP, one of the ultra-leftist organizations out there so much will depend on the tenacity of the Southern heritage folks in Louisiana before the next legislative session because you can bet the farm that the NAACP will camp out at the capital and besiege the legislators long before the legislature actually convenes with their woeful tales of how the SCV license tags are “offensive” and make black people feel “uncomfortable” and all the rest of the usual bovine fertilizer. Confederate license tags don’t seem to have hindered the progress of blacks in Louisiana to any noticeable extent over the years, but watch the NAACP work that issue until, suddenly, SCV license tags will become the source of all the ills of man or beast in Louisiana since 1865.

I would hope the legislature would have the common sense to leave this issue alone, but politicians being what they are–panderers after the politically correct vote–you just can’t depend on them doing what’s right.

As you observe what the political and religious left is doing in regard to Confederate flags and monuments it would seem to be contradictory. They claim that vandalizing Confederate monuments and burning Confederate flags, or just outright stealing them, is what they are doing to promote “unity” and “national healing.” They couldn’t be that stupid if you paid them! If you really want to promote “national healing” then the last thing you do is to tear down the symbols of your opposition’s race and culture. If you really want to promote healing you just leave those symbols alone.

The fact that the left is vehemently trashing anything Southern shows that they have no interest in reconciliation or healing. The left has never been about that. They have always been about destruction–the destruction of anyone or thing that they don’t agree with or that stands in their way. Their real agenda is hatred and division and what they really hate is resistance to their agenda. They are all about class struggle–and what that really means is  their class overcoming your class–their ideology overcoming yours, their faith overcoming yours, particularly if you are a Christian.

I pray that Southern folks, particularly Southern Christians, are beginning to get that message. “Those people”  call good evil and evil good and, even in spite of some weak-kneed Christians who just want to “be nice” to everyone, the left needs to be resisted.

Leftist And Establishment Strategy For Attacking Southern Culture

by Al Benson Jr.

Recently I pulled a book off my bookshelf entitled Embattled Banner written by Don Hinkle. It was originally published in 1997 and went through three printings, the last being, to my knowledge, in 1999. As I browsed through it, I noted that apparently I had never read it before. There was nothing underlined, and no notations for pages marked off at the front of the book. At this point I have no idea where I got it (probably at a conference somewhere) or when.

As I got into it, and it is worth the read if you can still find one, I could see that Mr. Hinkle was dealing with how the religious and political left sought to attack the Confederate battle flag and Confederate symbols in general back in the 1990s. They used the same Maexist “Critical Theory” techniques they are using today. And why not? Because people continue to be ignorant about them they work.

Mr. Hinkle made some interesting observations  about what they did back then and I think it behooves us to be aware of and to think about them today.

He noted, on page 163: “Such strategy has been used by anti-flaggers throughout the South ever since the battle flag debate surfaced. In short, their strategy is this: Go in and agitate; get rid of what you can and then pull back; wait for things to calm down, then return and wipe out the rest. It’s doubtful that many Todd countians, (Kentucky) knew about the NAACP resolution and the attacks on Southern heritage sweeping their region. Like most throughout the South, flag supporters were caught off guard and were woefully rusty on the true history of the battle flag and other Confederate symbols.”  Hopefully, defenders of Confederate flags and symbols are a little better informed today. However, for those who are not, it still means you have to do a little homework so you will be able to refute the leftist garbage they will try to throw at you.

During this latest Cultural Marxist assault on the South we have seen the beginning of a resistance movement, a backlash if you will. Confederate flag rallies have been held all across the South, over 100 so far, I am told. And, if you are gullible enough to believe the rank propaganda put out by outfits like the Southern Poverty Law Center then you have been told that everyone of them was sponsored by some sort of hate group.

The public, in general, seems to have resisted this latest onslaught fairly well (or you wouldn’t be having all these rallies). The gutless politicians they have elected to office haven’t. In the main, they have folded like a tent in a Montana blizzard, trying to outdo each other as to who can be the most politically correct (Culturally Marxist).  And if you live in the real world you have to know that the “news” (and I use that term very loosely) media has zestfully promoted the Marxist line in regard to Confederate symbols.

Seeing that there has been a fair amount of resistance to the latest cultural purge, I am wondering if the Powers That Be, the CFR and the Trilaterals, will start to reign in the leftists and let things quiet down for awhile before they begin their final “Normandy Invasion” of the cultural environment of the South. That would give most Southern folks who have protested this stuff time to calm down, to go back home and to get back into their normal pattern of living again before they make their final push for complete repudiation of anything Confederate or Southern. Once folks have gotten worked up and protested something that is inherently evil, and then gone home to rest and recuperate, it’s hard to get them up and moving again.

This was the same leftist technique that those pushing the rotten public school textbooks in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the mid-1970s used. When the parents’ resolution against the textbooks was really hard and firm, the Powers That Be proposed a “cooling off” period where the questionable texts would be “reviewed” and while this was being done everyone would go home and relax. At the end of the cooling off period, it was a month if I recall correctly,  the book “reviewers” came back and said, basically, “nothing wrong with these books they’re just great. Don’t know what the fuss was all about.” And back into the public schools they went! They had succeeded in breaking the protest, for all intents and purposes, because after the “cooling off” period it was almost impossible to get folks concerned enough to do it all over–and they knew that when they proposed it!

I would keep my eyes open for something along that same line with this latest assault on the Confederate flag.  If they sense determined resistance to their agenda, they may well pull back until they feel the resistance has begun to wane and then they will return fill blast and as the man said “You won’t have seen nuthin’ yet.”

You have to realize one thing with these anti-Confederate, anti-Southern people–your destruction as a people is a main part of their agenda and they will not ever quit. I don’t believe most Southern folks realize this. Oh, they may retreat here and there (take one step back so they can take two forward later) and you will think they’ve quit–but they haven’t. They will always be back and you have always got to be there to resist them. For them, the War of Northern Aggression will not be over until they have conquered you not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well–and you need to realize this.