The southern economy had been ruined by the war. Charleston, South Carolina: Broad Street, 1865

One could certainly believe the below quote could be echoed today in any of the 50 states as we are forced to stand and watch as a totally unconstitutional, tyrannical and oppressive government goes about destroying what little is left of this once proud country.

But what are the chances one would hear these words from a sitting member of Congress today?

“What right have you to expect peace and order in a land whose rulers are lawless felons?  When did a bad government ever fail to produce wickedness and crime?  Do you expect the people to obey the laws when their officials do not?  Do you expect them to love and reverence a government whose policy has made them bankrupt and miserable?  Do you wonder that they become restless, desperate, and disobedient, as they daily behold the fruit of their toil stolen from them in the name of government?  Are you amazed at scenes of violence, outrage, bloodshed, and cruel vengeance, when the executive of a state sets aside the entire administration of justice?  Rather you should be filled with astonishment at the forbearance and moderation you have witnessed…

Had you sown the seeds of kindness and good will, they would long ere this have blossomed into prosperity and peace.  Had you sown the seeds of honor, you would have reaped a golden harvest of contentment and obedience.  Had you extended your charities and your justice to a distressed people, you would have awakened a grateful affection in return.  But as you have planted in hate and nurtured in corruption, so have been the fruits which you have gathered.” ~

Indiana Congressman Daniel Voorhees speech before Congress, 1872, talking of the effects of Reconstruction in the South.

This once great and respected Republic, born of the parents resistance to tyranny and self determination in 1776, died a horrific death at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. The principles of liberty established by patriots with names such as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson perished at the hands of tyrants with the names of Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner. On that early Spring day in Virginia, this country’s government morphed from one of “Peace commerce and friendship with all nations: entangling alliances with none” to an empire based on war, death and the theft of private property. Ironically, the first victims of this oppressive government would be its own citizens, in particular those who had insisted on a government of self determination in 1861, just as their ancestors did 84 years earlier.

In a very short time after the end of the War Between the States, the Southern states were subjected to a special brand of tyranny and oppression called Reconstruction. While some historians tell us Reconstruction ended around 1877, in reality this entire country has been under the despot’s heel, a government which embodies the principles and actions visited upon a defeated people in 1865 since that date.

A prime example would be the State of South Carolina during the first 7 years of “Reconstruction.” After 4 terrible years of war and destruction which included a rampage through the state by one William Tecumseh Sherman and his burning, plundering, raping army, South Carolina’s debt stood at 5 million dollars. After 7 years of rule by a Carpetbagger governor from Ohio and the denial of many of her citizens the right to vote or own property, South Carolina’s debt had reached 39 million dollars. Similar stories could be told throughout the other 9 Southern states operating under the tyranny of the Republican leadership in congress.

Does this rapid escalation of debt, denial of basic individual rights, destruction of private property, poverty on a grand scale and militarized police resemble anything like what this country has gone through during the last 16 years? Just as what occurred from 1865-1877, our country has been under the radical rules of reconstruction since the election of 2000, an election that was determined by 9 government employees at the expense of the voting public.

Government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Game, Environmental Protection Agency and the US Forest Service act exactly as the carpetbagger and scalawag governments did in those 10 Southern States back then. With little to no oversight, these agencies act as judge, jury and executioner. The farmer, rancher and private property owner, especially in the Western states, is treated no differently than the people in the conquered South after the war. These agencies establish regulations which take on the force of law (unconstitutional) prosecute those who stand in their way like the Hammonds in Oregon and then persecute and murder those who protest or resist their crimes, like the Bundy’s, Cox’s and LaVoy Finicum.

After destroying the tenets of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln, Stevens, Sumner and others in their now powerful Republican Party enclaves, set in motion the rape and plunder of those their war had been unable to eliminate. Our government moves on an identical path today in reference to its citizens.

Of course the shills for more and more government, and those holding public office, will point to the moral high ground of  freeing the slaves as justification for the crimes of war and Reconstruction that continue today throughout our country. But this is a specious argument, based on flawed and perverted history.

Widely respected author Gene Dattel who wrote “Cotton and Race in the Making of America” recently wrote an article titled “The Untold Story of Reconstruction.” This is a must read article for those who truly seek the truths of history, especially of the crimes visited on the people of the South and the real “racism’ behind those who perpetrated and prosecuted the War of Northern Aggression. Below is an excerpt of Dattel’s article illustrating the “racism” of those in the North before the war.

“Even though blacks represented less than 2% of the population in the Northern states, as compared to 40% in the Confederate states, most white Northerners wanted blacks concentrated in the South. As Connecticut was freeing its slaves fifty years before the war, Yale President Timothy Dwight wrote ‘[free blacks]…are generally neither able, nor inclined, to make their freedom a blessing. When they first become free, they are turned out into the world…fitted to make them only nuisances to society…[where] they waste much of what they earn…[and] are left as miserable victims to sloth…poverty, ignorance and vice.’ Nearly sixty years later Connecticut voted against the Fifteenth Amendment, that granted male blacks the right to vote.” (emphasis added)

Dattel goes on to point out the hypocrisy of people today by stating Yale University students want to change the name of the John Calhoun residential college because of “racism” associated with Calhoun but say nothing of the Timothy Dwight residential college, when it was Dwight who stated “free blacks” were “nuisances to society” and “victims to sloth, poverty, ignorance and vice.”

Especially enlightening in Dattel’s presentation was his quote from the “anti-slavery” Chicago Tribune when it said “The greatest ally of the slaveholder…is the apprehension…that if slaves were liberated, they would become roaming, vicious, vagrants; that they would overrun the North.”

Please consider the phrase “roaming, vicious, vagrants” when you take the time to look at the up-to-the-minute statistics of murder and mayhem in the streets of Chicago at where the overwhelming majority of victims and perpetrators are black.

Yes, the crimes of our government officials and agencies in places like Bunkerville, Nevada and Bend Oregon are similar to those perpetrated on the citizens of the South during Reconstruction, just as the black-on-black crimes in cities like Chicago, Flint, East Saint Louis, Baltimore, Birmingham and others can be traced back to the same government policies.

At the outset of what Thomas Jonathan Jackson (Stonewall) referred to as “Our Second War for Independence,” Jackson, in a conversation with Cavalry leader JEB Stuart, stated the following:

If the North triumphs, it is not alone the destruction of our property; it is the prelude to Anarchy, infidelity, the ultimate loss of free and responsible government on this continent. It is the triumph of commerce, the banks, the factories…”

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, known as Stonewall of the West, stated this about effects of a Union victory:

Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the War; will be impressed by all the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis refused a pardon after the war because he said it would be an “admission of guilt.” The leaders of Reconstruction in the North refused to bring Davis to trial because they feared the outcome would reveal the tremendous and traitorous crimes that had been visited on the people of the South.

Those crimes involving the destruction of the rights of self-determination and individual liberty, visited on the people of the South from 1861-1877, are today being visited on the entire country. Yes, we are all still living under the policies of Reconstruction.


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