My Confederate Ancestors Were True ‘Freedom Fighters’

How far we have fallen as a nation in the past 150 years.

Contrary to what most historians and uninformed educators have told generation after generation about the reason for the “War Between The States,” it was not exclusively about ending slavery.

I am a descendant of people who fought in the American Revolution against the British for freedom and liberty, as well as being eligible to join ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans.’ My confederate ancestors didn’t own slaves and didn’t want to, what they wanted was to be left alone by a Federal government that was intruding on individual and states’ rights…they wanted the freedom and liberty that this nation originally intended for its citizens.

Just as freedom loving American citizens fought to create this nation, so did the Confederacy fight to preserve those worthy goals. In the end, the Federals prevailed and the slow steady demise of our individual freedoms and liberties have continued unabated.

I have often thought of the historical significance of the “War Between the States”(a.k.a. War Of Northern Aggression) from many different perspectives and even more so in recent years, with so much discussion of the 10th Amendment. My thoughts were refocused yesterday on just what the conflict 150 years ago means to us today.

I came across a fascinating article, The Last Trench. It is too long to post in its entirety here, but I highly recommend clicking on the link and reading it to the end. I found it highly thought provoking and I quote the author’s final thought in the article and am in complete agreement:

To each and every foe of freedom and liberty in the federal government, let this message soak to your miserable bones: Your threats, your mistreatment, your unceasing attempts at intimidation, your arrogant abuse and slander of all that is holy, your raw brutality upon the helpless, your vulgar use of armed might upon the weak, your shedding of innocent blood, your rushing to a new world order of old world tyranny, none of this will save you from the justice you so richly deserve. Understand — you miserable pestilence upon mankind — that we shall do our duty as our ancestors before us. Know that we realize that we are now in the last trench. So step forward! Come! Our Colours await you — you need but take them from us…

Blood, honour, soil, faith and folk. Know ye then, enemies of liberty, that the last trench insures eternal memory and glory to those who stand in it. While granting to those who attack it only a miserable empty death for filthy lucre’s sake.

Come now our enemies before us! Drink of this cup we have prepared for you! And as you in your brutish force move toward us — understand that while we are in the last trench — you are in your last moments. Victory or Death — Live free or Die!

God Bless America and Go To Hell all filthy tyrants and usurpers.

The Rain Song, 1994

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Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Gone from this mortal plane…never forgotten.

The following video is a labor of love for approximately twenty years by blogger and military historian War Chick. We have become internet buds over the past few years based on the connection we have with this story of a soldier few have ever heard of. She heard of Ricardo from her father who was his friend and has honored his memory by devoting so many years in telling his story, a story that no movie script writer could dream of.

Ricardo Carrasco was the Uncle of one of my best and dearest friends, a man I served with in the USAF. My friend told me about his Uncle once during one of our many mind and soul cleansing conversations. I have no doubt that Ricardo and his nephew had the same blood and spirit coursing through their arteries.

*Cross-posted at Urban Grounds*

What would SE Cupp look like with Obama’s in her mouth?

Thanks to IOTW for the perfect response to Hustler’s question.

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Can’t argue with facts

“Larry, the Cable Guy”

“Even after the Super Bowl victory of the New Orleans Saints, I have noticed a large number of people, implying with bad jokes and anecdotes, that Loozianna Cajuns ain’t smart.

I would like to state for the record that I disagree with that assessment.

Anybody who would build a city five feet below sea level in a hurricane zone and fill it with Democrats who can’t swim is a damn genius.”

heh™

h/t Leigh Ann

Against all Odds

I wanted to share a story from one of our Contributors, Swampwoman. She and her husband are educators in the state of Florida. It’s obvious from reading their story that they are very interested in providing opportunities for their students to learn, even when others have given up on them. (courtesy GCP)

SwampMan and I had worried about what had happened to a former student for years. As a child, he’d been subjected to the most horrific physical and sexual abuse at the hands of those who should have protected him. His mom, also a victim, was helpless to protect him, herself, or the younger ones. As he grew older, he was small and thin and could go into rages when provoked. He was bullied/provoked relentlessly in school and fought back violently. He was often in trouble.

He was an ESE student. I helped him with his reading. I thought he was brilliant and creative and told him so frequently. He had a gift for writing and WHAT an imagination! My heart ached for the gentle, sensitive young man I could catch glimpses of underneath the sullen, combative exterior of a middle schooler that should be in high school.

SwampMan REALLY worried about him. He tutored him. He listened to his problems. He did not report things that probably would have gotten him arrested, suspended, and some mandatory jail time, preferring to handle it himself and talk with the young man.

Then something really bad happened and he was removed from his home and school. We didn’t know where he had been placed or what had happened to him until he graduated, then he came back to the school and told SwampMan how he was a better dad to him than his dad had ever been.

We saw him this evening at a fast food establishment. He came to our table to tell us how much we meant to him. He brought his manager out and told her how we never stopped believing in him. He showed us his car, and told us how proud he had been to cook our food. We are so proud of him!

So many kids that we’ve known with backgrounds like his are dead or in prison. We’ve so happy that he’s getting along fine, even in this crappy economy, holding a job, and being a productive member of society. The slight young man is now a well-muscled, confident, handsome man.

Well done.

R.I.P. Carroll Shelby, You Are A Legend And Texas Original

Just another Friday afternoon in Big D, doing all the usual things to finish up the week while making mental notes for the weekend. While stopped at an intersection, I pick up my Samsung Galaxy Note to see who just emailed me and it was a link from one of my brothers, which I open.

I don’t know how long it was before the deep breath I took was expelled. I couldn’t process what I was reading and didn’t want to…American racing legend Carroll Shelby dead at 89.

As the light changed and traffic began to move again, I was numb. If the song “The Sky Is Crying” had been playing it would have been apropos, as it was raining and my tears were rolling down the street.
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Obama narcissism knows no limit

The 57 second excerpt of Obama’s interview on Good Morning America contains this rather breathtaking quote …

” When I think about those soldiers or airmen, marines, or sailors out there fighting on my behalf …”

(emphasis mine).

/sigh

Controlling the news cycle

Today, President Obama made a strategic shift in his re-election campaign by coming out in favor of allowing homosexuals to marry.

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, the president did his best to quell controversy begun by Vice-president Biden over the weekend. Some, in fact, are calling the Biden statement a gaffe.

Riiight.

Biden has made many gaffes in his career, in both word and deed. But folks, this wasn’t one of them. This one had a purpose: to lay the groundwork for Obama to control the talking heads. It was simply the play of the day to continue the Obama’s team effort to control the news cycle. Don’t believe it? Look for yourself, network and cable news, internet, the issue may be controversial, but so far, given the lack of a coherent response by the GOP, it’s a win for Obama.

Even the Tea Party was trotting out the, “we’re just about economic issues, we leave the social issues alone.”

Call me cynical if you like, but the response to this so-called gaffe was way too smooth, too clever, and just had the feeling of being contrived. But, as usual, it is working.

An Emotional Plea: Help With A Rescue, Be An Occupy Angel

With Sarah McLachlan tugging at your emotions, you simply must pick up the phone and help.

The Lost Art of “The Cut Shell”

Just saw this over at Grouchy …

I think I just found a good use for Dad’s old breech break 16 ga shotgun in the cabinet. A target load should run about 5 bucks for a box of 25.

Talk about making your money go farther!

h/t Havoc.

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