Like a liberal who has just been mugged, I have now fully awakened to the fact that there is no middle ground. There is no compromise with those who hate The South. I started the Confederate Colonel project a bit over three years ago, and in that time the focus has, for the most part, been on the Southern gentleman. We have generally stayed away from history topics unless they were related to the Southern gentleman, simply because that is not our purpose here. At this point, let me make it clear that the Southern Gentleman is – and will remain – our focus here. Culture and heritage do not operate in a vacuum, however, so this post is about some things that I have finally come to understand.
Following the posting of a series of videos produced by the Georgia Division of the SCV, some of those who have a deep-seated hatred of The South decided to make these videos their mugging victim of the day, and, to a lesser extent, me along with them. Here is a quote from one of these folks – it’s a quote that I have learned from, so to “Badgervan”, I say “thank you”.
“When these Civil War revisionists around the web use a term such as “Confederate Colonel” to name their personal blogs, it is for a very serious reason; it goes to the heart of this topic being “discussed” around the blogosphere that many contemporary southern CW bloggers, and many southerners in general (this I personally experienced) are fighting their own war to somehow change history and make the South the good guys – they are still fighting that Civil War, only this time they see themselves as colonels, generals, etc. in their efforts to revise history. If you’re going to call your blog “The Confederate Colonel”, please don’t try and snow us by saying it has nothing to do with seeing yourself as said colonel. that’s not even grade school lever word parsing. These revisionists are out to change history by any means necessary, and honesty and proven fact(s) have nothing to do with it. The Confederate Colonel really does see himself as a high ranking officer in the modern day army to change what our kids learn about that war, what goes into books and articles about that subject, and a total dismissal of slavery as the primary cause of that war. And to that commentor on the colonel’s site: the South WERE the bad guys – that is settled and provern history, no matter how many sons and daughters of the confederacy insist otherwise.” Badgervan 1
I have written several times in the past that we need to think of ourselves as “Ambassadors for The South” and always act and be seen in a positive light as representing The South. Perhaps “Ambassadors” is a bit too passive. Perhaps we should heed “Badgervan’s” advice and think of ourselves as “colonels, generals, etc.” in our efforts to undo generations of anti-Southern propaganda.
“The Confederate Colonel really does see himself as a high ranking officer in the modern day army to change what our kids learn about that war, what goes into books and articles about that subject, and a total dismissal of slavery as the primary cause of that war.” I could not have said it better myself, although (despite his claim to know my thoughts) I had not looked at what I do in those terms until now.
Should we need any further motivation, he sums up the South-hater view quite nicely: “the South WERE the bad guys – that is settled and provern history.” It is only “settled and provern history” when the victor gets to write the history books and little minds eagerly swallow the lies. Unfortunately for the South-haters, there is still enough original source material available for us to clearly show that in the War for Southern Independence, the good guys lost and tyranny triumphed.
What effect does this have on the Confederate Colonel project? None, really. Our objective remains the same – to focus on the heritage and culture of the Old South and promote the code of the Southern gentleman as a pattern for living. To do that though, it is not enough to deal only with the past and the present. We must secure a future for coming generations of Southerners. They must be raised in homes where traditional Southern culture is the norm. They must be taught that while our ancestors had their faults and sins – just as all men do – they fought to preserve the free nation that was formed by our Founding Fathers and opposed the tyranny of The North. They fought for the right to be left alone and determine their own destiny – the same principles that are under assault by the leftists of today.
We must teach our children that in this life, the good guys don’t always win. That is why The Bible says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” 2