The Kennedy brothers, Donnie and Ron shook book stores across the land when their book The South Was Right boldly proclaimed a view which asserts that the original founders of America were right, and Lincoln and the progressives were wrong! 

The Kennedy twins are intelligent, educated, successful southerners who focused their intellects on researching the politics and economics of the ante bellum era and found considerable evidence that the South was right.  It’s a terrific book available at Barnes and Nobles, and if you are an American who believes in God, the original founders of America and Declaration of Independence, then The South Was Right should be in your library.

Now, before we go further let’s do what we have to do, condemn slavery as the sin of the past.  It was wrong.  It was wrong in the north, and wrong in the South.  Taking a man’s liberty is taking a gift from the Almighty Father and that is wrong.  No point wasting a lot of space in debate, or discussion.  So let’s move on.

This article is not about the past, it is about today.  It is about an America seemingly in cardiac arrest.  It is about an America over regulated, over taxed, over governed.  It is about present day fashions and trends crushing the spirit of liberty which made us America.  America is headed in the wrong direction and the markets, and our economy, and our young know it.  America needs a new direction, and that direction can be found in the South, in its past, and in its present. 

The division in America started almost before the Constitution was dry. Justice Abel P. Upshur, of Virginia, wrote a treatise on the Southern interpretation of the Constitution. Within that work Upshur points to God as the author/creator of soveriegnty.  Soveriegnty is handed from God to man.  From man, soveriegnty is passed to the states.  And it is the states who share a small portion of soveriegnty with the federeal government.  The federal government is last, not first, and the Constitution is a leash to restrain the natural inclination of men in power to seek more power.

Let’s start with the beginning.  The South, Dixie, is also known as the Bible Belt.  150 years ago, in the Preamble to the Confederate Constitution, the southern founding fathers called on God for His protection and His guidance.  God was invited to the “governing table.”  This was not something new in America, but it was one of the things the North was changing and the South wanted to keep.  If you read Forged in Faith or The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States you will discover that Christ had been with America since before it’s conception.  Christ and the church were with each of the colonies as they were discovered and settled.  Christianity was at the heart of the laws, at the core of the spirit of the people who made the venture from Europe to America.  Christ was about liberty, the rule of law, consent of the governed and majority rule.  Sovereignty came from God.  God is sovereign.  From Him all authority flows.

Many of today’s writers on this subject credit the Pilgrims and Massachusetts with using the Bible, and Higher Law to write the Mayflower Compact and plant the seeds for American democracy.  The separate religious faiths of Christianity and the pulpit was critical to the foundation of Ameirca.  The first cohesiveness of America, the first spirit of unity amongst the colonies came from a mutual belief in a Christian God.  All believed that God had brought us to America, and that God was in charge.

The North is portrayed as the original Bible Belt.  Yet something happened.  The North has moved away from God.  The South today, has not. Barack Obama, as President, has declared we are not a Christian nation.  That may work in New York, or with the main stream media, but it don’t set well if you live south of the Mason Dixon Line, or in the Heartland.  America is Christian today.  We do believe in the Bible.  We do believe in Christ.  Our morality, our sense of right and wrong, come from the Higher law.  Everything that America can be stems from this starting point.  Everything that man can be emanates from the understanding that God exists, that the Bible is His word.

This is not past.  This is today.  This is the South.  Go in it’s towns.  Go to it’s churches.  Talk to people. Listen.  The South is not conservative because it has less colleges or universities.  The South is not conservative through some genetic fault.  The South is conservative because the root of conservatism is a Christian God.  It is a belief in something other than government.  It is a belief in the partnership between God and man.  The South is Right!

Since Eden man has wrestled with the questions of right and wrong.  There’s no need to.  God outlined right and wrong. Like a loving parent He wrote a letter to mankind in the form of the Bible.  It tells us right and wrong.  No secrets.  Nothing scientists have to discover.  Nope.  Like the basic laws of physics right and wrong do NOT change.  Yet, so much of man’s energy is wasted in the ebb tides of morality.  Yet like gravity, or magnetism, right and wrong are consistent, not changed or altered by man.

The South is this place.  It is a place where the anchor of God sets the table.  While other parts of the nation, or people within the nation may chide the South for being the Bible Belt, we wear that description knowing Christ told us we should endure in living His word.

But the South is about much more then its bedrock faith.

The South is about American values.  It is about federalism, state’s rights and local control.  It is about the people in the local area having the most to say about governing themselves.  The South is about limiting federal government.  The South is about limiting the benefits of working for the government!  The best and brightest should not be in government.  They should be in medicine, or inventing new technologies, or creating new business formations, or caring for the land and resources of a region. 

The South is about capitalism.  It is about competition. The right to work is a southern concept, and unions are seen as a socialist tool to organize workers. Unions have become their own political parties, their own sources of power.  Unions do not represent their members.  What American jobs did unions fight for?  Unions are internationals, not American.  They are not Christian, they are secular.  Unions are myopic; they are manifestations of cumulative greed seeking power and advantage for a small set of people.  And because the South rejected unionism, and wealthy investors poured their monies into the north and not the South, the South was spared the natural inflation which comes with unions.    

The South is about understanding that wealth is not money.  Wealth is in the land, in the family, and in the things we produce.  Money is a tool, not a source of value. 

The South is about pride in one’s home town, and region. The South is about a regional identity and unity.  It is about a way of thinking, a way of singing, and a way of enjoying life.  What other region in America has a symbol equal to the Confederate battle flag?; a symbol internationally known and respected, a symbol in opposition to tyranny and oppression.  And then there is the South’s national anthem; Dixie.

The South offers an alternative American model, one that is needed in the modern world.  The South is the anti – thesis to modern global hegemony and collectivism.  The South is about nationalism, independence, autonomy, personal liberty, limited government.  The South embraces God as the sole supreme authority. The South provides an alternative course, alternative direction, an alternative to human secularism and socialism.  The South is right.

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  1. Lady Val says

    Saying “leave slavery out” – while it is certainly necessary for an intelligent discussion – is simply NOT going to happen. Slavery is ESSENTIAL for the enemies of the South. Since they can find no other credible reason, or at least no reason that cannot be refuted easily and credibly, then they are “stuck” with slavery. To suggest that a conversation can take place about these issues minus the albatross of slavery is to suggest that our adversaries are honest men – which, of course, is nonsense.

  2. Gatspy says

    I’m a hundred percent behind you Mark, but your preaching to choir. Most conservatives, and I say most, because the Neo-conservatives are in my opinion really doing a lot of damage to this country. I do not want to go on a rant here, but Social Conservatism is not going to win the Republican party any elections, but without social conservatives we can’t win any elections. One thing that scares me is if the Republican party loses the South. America as a nation is headed for the ash heaps of great civilizations without the fortitude of Dixie. When it comes down to it ironically the South is the only thing that can save America today. 

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  4. says

    Electoral shifts from the 2010 Census.  At current projections, the Northeast and Rust Belt will decline and the South will gain (electoral votes). I can only imagine what California (as well as OR & WA) will look like in 2020 when it comes to EV’s.

  5. Billyank says

    Mississippi Secession Commissioner to Virginia…

    On the 29th of November last, the Legislature of Mississippi, by an
    unanimous vote, called a Convention of her people, to take into consideration
    the existing relations between the Federal Government and herself, and to take
    such measures for the vindication of her sovereignty and the protection of her
    institutions as should appear to be demanded. At the same time, a preamble,
    setting forth the grievances of the Southern people on the slavery question, and
    a resolution, declaring that the secession of each aggrieved State, was the
    proper remedy, was adopted by a vote almost amounting to unanimity. The last
    clause of the preamble and the resolution, are as follows:

  6. Billyank says

    “Resolved, That the election of a President of the United States by
    the votes of one section of the Union only, on the ground that there exists an
    irrepressible conflict between the two sections in reference to their respective
    systems of labor and with an avowed purpose of hostility to the institution of
    slavery, as it prevails in the Southern States, and as recognized in the compact
    of Union, would so threaten a destruction of the ends for which the Constitution
    was formed, as to justify the slaveholding States in taking council together for
    their separate protection and safety.”

    This was the ground taken, gentlemen, not only by Mississippi, but by
    other slaveholding States, in view of the then threatened purpose, of a party
    founded upon the idea of unrelenting and eternal hostility to the institution of
    slavery, to take possession of the power of the Government and use it to our
    destruction. It cannot, therefore, be pretended that the Northern people did not
    have ample warning of the disastrous and fatal consequences that would follow
    the success of that party in the election, and impartial history will emblazon
    it to future generations, that it was their folly, their recklessness and their
    ambition, not ours, which shattered into pieces this great confederated
    Government, and destroyed this great temple of constitutional liberty which
    their ancestors and ours erected, in the hope that their descendants might
    together worship beneath its roof as long as time should last.

    But, in defiance of the warning thus given and of the evidences
    accumulated from a thousand other sources, that the Southern people would never
    submit to the degradation implied in the result of such an election, that
    sectional party, bounded by a geographical line which excluded it from the
    possibility of obtaining a single electoral vote in the Southern States, avowing
    for its sentiment implacable hatred to us, and for its policy the destruction of
    our institutions, and appealing to Northern prejudice, Northern passion,
    Northern ambition and Northern hatred of us, for success, thus practically
    disfranchizing the whole body of the Southern people, proceeded to the
    nomination of a candidate for the Presidency who, though not the most
    conspicuous personage in its ranks, was yet the truest representative of its
    destructive principles.

    The steps by which it proposed to effect its purposes, the ultimate
    extinction of slavery, and the degradation of the Southern people, are too
    familiar to require more than a passing allusion from me.

    Under the false pretence of restoring the government to the original
    principles of its founders, but in defiance and contempt of those principles, it
    avowed its purpose to take possession of every department of power, executive,
    legislative and judicial, to employ them in hostility to our institutions. By a
    corrupt exercise of the power of appointment to office, they proposed to pervert
    the judicial power from its true end and purpose, that of defending and
    preserving the Constitution. to be the willing instrument of its purposes of
    wrong and oppression. In the meantime it proposed to disregard the decisions of
    that august tribunal, and by the exertion of bare-faced power, to exclude
    slavery from the public Territory, the common property of all the States, and to
    abolish the internal slave trade between the States acknowledging the legality
    of that institution.

    It proposed further to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia,
    and in all places within the Territory of the several States, subject under the
    Constitution to the jurisdiction of Congress, and to refuse hereafter under all
    circumstances, admission into the Union of any State with a Constitution
    recognizing the institution of slavery.

    Having thus placed the institution of slavery, upon which rests not
    only the whole wealth of the Southern people, but their very social and
    political existence, under the condemnation of a government established for the
    common benefit, it proposed in the future, to encourage immigration into the
    public Territory, by giving the public land to immigrant settlers, so as, within
    a brief time, to bring into the Union free States enough to enable it to abolish
    slavery within the States themselves.

    I have but stated generally the outline and the general programme of
    the party to which I allude without entering into particular details or
    endeavoring to specify the various forms of attack, which have been devised and
    suggested by the leaders of that party upon our institutions.

    That this general statement of its purposes is a truthful one, no
    intelligent observer of events will for a moment deny; but the general view and
    purpose of the party has been sufficiently developed by the President

    “It is my opinion,” says Mr. Lincoln, “that the slavery agitation
    will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house
    divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure
    permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the house to fall, but I
    expect it to cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all another.
    Either the opponents of slavery will arrest its further spread and place it
    where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of
    ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward until it shall become
    alike lawful in all the States-old as well as new, North as well as

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