After the Confederates, Who’s Next?

By Pat Buchanan

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Southern pride: Flags of the Confederacy in Lexington, Virginia AP
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah.

Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois.

By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia's capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And “Uncle Billy” Sherman was a liberator.

Under President Grant, Sherman took command of the Union army and ordered Gen. Philip Sheridan, who had burned the Shenandoah Valley to starve Virginia into submission, to corral the Plains Indians on reservations.

It is in dispute as to whether Sheridan said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” There is no dispute as to the contempt Sheridan had for the Indians, killing their buffalo to deprive them of food.

Today, great statues stand in the nation's capital, along with a Sherman and a Sheridan circle, to honor these most ruthless of generals in that bloodiest of wars that cost 620,000 American lives.

Yet, across the South and even in border states like Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri, one may find statues of Confederate soldiers in town squares to honor the valor and sacrifices of the Southern men and boys who fought and fell in the Lost Cause.

When the Spanish-American War broke out, President McKinley, who as a teenage soldier had fought against “Stonewall” Jackson in the Shenandoah and been at Antietam, bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, removed his hat and stood for the singing of “Dixie,” as Southern volunteers and former Confederate soldiers paraded through Atlanta to fight for their united country. My grandfather was in that army.

For a century, Americans lived comfortably with the honoring, North and South, of the men who fought on both sides.

But today's America is not the magnanimous country we grew up in.

Since the '60s, there has arisen an ideology that holds that the Confederacy was the moral equivalent of Nazi Germany and those who fought under its battle flag should be regarded as traitors or worse.

Thus, in New Orleans, statues of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, and General Robert E. Lee were just pulled down. And a drive is underway to take down the statue of Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and president of the United States, which stands in Jackson Square.

Why? Old Hickory was a slave owner and Indian fighter who used his presidential power to transfer the Indians of Georgia out to the Oklahoma Territory in a tragedy known as the Trail of Tears.

But if Jackson, and James K. Polk, who added the Southwest and California to the United States after the Mexican-American War, were slave owners, so, too, were four of our first five presidents.

The list includes the father of our country, George Washington, the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and the author of our Constitution, James Madison.

Not only are the likenesses of Washington and Jefferson carved on Mount Rushmore, the two Virginians are honored with two of the most magnificent monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.

Behind this remorseless drive to blast the greatest names from America's past off public buildings, and to tear down their statues and monuments, is an egalitarian extremism rooted in envy and hate.

Among its core convictions is that spreading Christianity was a cover story for rapacious Europeans who, after discovering America, came in masses to dispossess and exterminate native peoples. “The white race,” wrote Susan Sontag, “is the cancer of human history.”

Today, the men we were taught to revere as the great captains, explorers, missionaries and nation-builders are seen by many as part of a racist, imperialist, genocidal enterprise, wicked men who betrayed and eradicated the peace-loving natives who had welcomed them.

What they blindly refuse to see is that while its sins are scarlet, as are those of all civilizations, it is the achievements of the West that are unrivaled. The West ended slavery. Christianity and the West gave birth to the idea of inalienable human rights.

As scholar Charles Murray has written, 97 percent of the world's most significant figures and 97 percent of the world's greatest achievements in the arts, architecture, literature, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, physics, medicine, mathematics and technology came from the West.

What is disheartening is not that there are haters of our civilization out there, but that there seem to be fewer defenders.

Of these icon-smashers it may be said: Like ISIS and Boko Haram, they can tear down statues, but these people could never build a country.

What happens, one wonders, when these Philistines discover that the seated figure in the statue, right in front of D.C.'s Union Station, is the High Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Christopher Columbus?

Happy Memorial Day!


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 61 thoughts on “After the Confederates, Who’s Next?

    1. @CB56 I agree with your last sentence. And I would have to say my ancestors who were in this country at that time, as well as before black slaves and the rest of you fought on the confederate side. But I do believe the first hostility was the confederate attack on fort Sumpter.

    2. @ccwnmybelt, the north honors their civil war heroes and the north began the hostilities. The south honors the men who stood in defense. The north attacked, the south reacted. This war was fought over ideas as well as slavery. It was 150years ago. Who gives a damn! A statue is an inanimate object. Being offended by it is akin to being offended by a ford if you like chevy. We got bigger fish to fry as we say down here. Lots of bigger problems in America than old memorials.

    3. Americans have never lived “comfortably” with the symbols of the Confederacy. (1) The confederates were traitors to their nation. (2) The confederates represented overt racism. (3) The confederates got their tails whipped in war. (4) The confederates were/are symbols of domestic terrorism.

      Real Americans don’t honor their traitors, racists, losers or terrorists. If you honor the Confederates, you should buy a plane ticket back to whatever country your ancestors come from, ’cause we don’t need you here.

    4. I’ve never condoned slavery and think it is one of the most terrible things there are. A second to what the Nazis did. Have none of these people figured out us Yankees fought for the emancipation proclamation? There were other reasons we fought but that was one of the big ones. It was family against family and those people think they have a right to tear down our heritage. The one that helped form the U.S.A.? They’re idiots.

      1. Amen Jimbo, I am from Tennessee and we had more people die in the civil war than any other state. I am from Hawkins County in East Tennessee and we fought for the North and the county beside us fought for the South. It was brother against brother. This Gil is a shill as Wild Bill so eloquently spoke many times but it’s good entertainment to a degree and after all it’s good for men to hear far leftist dribble and speak their heart in rebuttal. It’s great this experiment in this democratic republic. I like the “shotgun” blast of opinions on any and all subjects in the great USA.

    5. Have you all noticed that GFYG, believes that he can place limits on where we can can exercise our First Amendment Rights? It is a good thing that his dictatorship only extend to the mets and bound of his basement!

    6. @ Wild Bill…. here here. I assuredly agree. It’s a sad commentary knowing that these generations will soon be the ones to attempt to maintain the status quo of this country, be that as it may. Wonder if they understand the definition of ‘ status quo? ‘

      1. Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God…. Sitting in a church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a Chevy. Although many bad things were and are done in the name of Christianity, many good things (including the founding of America) were also done. Would you rather see a Commie in the White House and Congress??

      2. This country was founded on Judeo – Christian ethics and law. A little morality would do this country a lot of good, especially for heathens like you seem to be identifying with.

        “Blessed be the Lord my strength who teaches my hands to battle and my fingers to war …” Psalm 144

        1. Yes, country was founded on Judeo-Christian Principles. Does that mean ALL LAWS should be New Testament Bible based? According to conservative Muslims Sharia Law is THE ONLY LAW!!! Should Sharia Law be applied to ALL Americans? NO? Then why should our laws be based on strict Christian Church beliefs such as “Sunday is ONLY for going to church and praying all day.”

          1. @BJI, I believe the concept of basing our “laws” on Judeo-Christian principle refers to things like the proscription against cruel or unusual punishment, which is intended to prevent crusifiction, ceremonial strangulation and other Roman methods of torture-execution. Things like, rather than not Sunday being reserved for church etc.

            1. Rather it’s a vague term that means whatever topical Christians want it to mean. The Bible and Koran are surprisingly similar.

            2. @Anyone other than GFYG, so you don’t know anything about the historical context of the constitution, either.

          2. Interesting but then you are going high and to the left of the bulls eye. This country was founded on the principles laid down by God and espoused by Jews and Christians for millennia – the 10 Commandments. What the 10 commandments state is best summed up by Christ in the Greatest commandments – “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength – and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In other words ” Don’t do something to your neighbor that you wouldn’t want done to you.” There now, see how simple that is?!
            But for those who wish to believe that after you die you go into a great blue void, you are the one’s who fight hardest against the Laws as written and squeal the loudest when it goes against you. Its called self-centeredness. But your belief in the blue void is a 50% chance at best … as for me, I’ll hedge my bets and live like I will be answering up to my Maker for my actions throughout my life … because I will. And who says we should only pray on Sundays, real Christians pray everyday.

          3. Islam, if you study it is a culture of death. Christianity, when truly studied is a culture of life! Yes there have been atrocities committed in the name of christianity. Could they have been committed by true christians? I think not. Many evil deeds have been done in the name of Islam in our times. Are these evil deeds committed by true believers? Islam claims it is so. I thank God that he has given me, a sinner, yet a believer , the gift of discernment. This gives me the ability to tell good from evil. Islam is evil and we will be forced to fight it. Be prepared.

            1. @chuckbone, GFYG thinks that Christianity did not spread by peaceful preaching, teaching, self sacrifice and martyrdom. Peaceful preaching, teaching, self sacrifice, the introduction of the concept of mercy towards others and martyrdom are exactly why Christianity were so widely and quickly accepted.

            2. Christianity doesn’t condemn anyone rather people condemn themselves by rejecting the Truth, right? You sure do like whitewashing history don’t you?

      3. @ Anyone other than GFYG, your sentence makes no sense. Real Americans don’t want Christians taking over the country any more than Muslims (want Christians taking over the country?) What do you mean take over the country?
        Do you determine who is a real American? Do you think that you speak for all real Americans?

    7. The lousy liberals want to remove GOD from EVERYTHING. That way any of our “unalienable, God given rights” will become rights given by a man . And if a man can give you them, then this “man” can take them away. And they want to be that “man” to tell you what is best for you. Ain’t that right Gill, you lousy shill.

      1. @Robert Stanley and Darren P, Both good points. The intentions and tactics of the lib/prog/soc. s are no longer secret. I think that every young person should be drafted into military service for a two year period, following high school. That would show them that government is not the answer and that God does exist.

        1. Then you should have no problem with “In Allah We Trust” placed on police cars, dollar bills, in court rooms, etc.? Don’t like it? Look away or abolish the 1A.

          1. @Ostlander, GFYG had better hope that the moslems do not take over because some one might become a good moslem man, and as a good moslem man hunt him down and put his apostate head on a pole.

            1. Or maybe Christians should make some heads to remind people they shouldn’t be following other religions.

    8. If it was’t for slavery all the Blacks would still be in Africa starving or dieing from disease. They should be thankful that the African chiefs sold their people in to slavery or they would not be here in this Great Nation enjoying all that there is here. Not all slaves were treated badly! The Blacks seem to only want to remember the bad things and prefer to eginore the the good things! Today’s White’s are not responsible for what our for-fathers did no more than the Blacks African for-fathers did. They need to get over it and be productive an quit looking for something for nothing!

      1. In addition to your comments Robert Stanley, not all White Southerners are descended from slave owners, but many Blacks are descended from slave owners themselves.

        1. OUR History has been whitewashed…..

          A History note….. that I’ll bet that you did NOT learn in History class in school…..

          The 1st slave owner in America was Anthony Johnson ( a Free Black man ) who owned slaves as far back as 1651.

          According to the 1860’s census, there were about 8 million (free) people living in the South, and of those, only 385,000 owned slaves. That means that only 4.8% of ALL Southerners owned any slaves at all. It really makes you wonder WHY so many people went to war in the 1st place. Think about it….

          According to the 1860 census, there were over 261,000 FREE Blacks living in the South and that 23% (or about 60,030) of FREE Blacks in the South owned slaves… 16% ( or 1 in 6 ) of ALL slave owners were made up of Free Blacks and a lot of them fought on the side of the Confederacy. Again, omitted from the History books….

          That same 1860 census stated that there were at least six free blacks in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves with the largest number having 152 slaves. There were over 3,000 FREE Blacks in New Orleans that owned slaves….

          In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860 125 free blacks owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more.

            1. NO, it doesn’t.
              But did YOU know that bit of History did you ???
              And I’ll bet that 99% of people do NOT know that History.
              IF this TRUTH were taught in schools, then it would cause a lot of Blacks to pause and question their VICTOMIZATION and wonder it THEIR ancestors were actually Free Blacks living in the South OR Slaves OR Slave Owners OR if their ancestors actually came AFTER slavery had ended…….. instead of believing that they are all ancestors of slaves….. which they are NOT

      2. Slavery was wide spread in the world but still morally wrong. You can’t whitewash it by comparing it to what might have happened without it.

      1. Dear; Snowflake
        Not talking about, a flag. You must have failed in english comprehension. Please, revisit the school system you came from and ask to retake school over. You missed probably all of it.

      1. @David, If America has no history or traditions then the liberal/progressive/socialists can interpret the Constitution out of context and it can mean anything that they currently want. The “Intent of the Framers” would no longer be a valid analytical measuring device. That is why they are pushing so hard to eliminate our history.

      1. Yeah, Gil should take a bit of his trolling time and invest it in some historical research. While slavery was an impetus used for justifying the American Civil War, and a real issue, it is highly unlikely that 750,000 southern farmers and mountain men fought for the rights of a few plantation owners to possess people. It is, however, far more likely that these courageous southerners fought against something, the massive expansion of central powers in Washington. Frighteningly, the very same argument that is taking place today. Gil would probably bash Christianity even though, without a voice from the pulpit slavery, which Gil claims to loathe, would probably have continued for some time. I am glad that Pat brought the Founders into his article, for they are surely the next target of the left. Unable to win the intellectual debate, progressives are attempting to rewrite, or at least eradicate, America’s history.

        1. It’s interesting the way Southern Revisionists like to twist history to say that slavery was a dying industry and hardly anyone slaves such that no Southerner at the time even mentioned slavery. In reality slavery the backbone of the Southern economy. Being forced to end slavery would have sent the South into an economic depression. It would better argued the economic reason is the real reason the North wanted to end slavery in the South than because they nobly cared about Black people. Why would the South want to fight for slavery? The same reason townsfolk can fight the closing of the local mines – even if people weren’t directly slave owners they still were a part of the slave economy.

            1. @LB, Yes, but GFYG still engages in propaganda. The fact of slavery dying out until the invention of the cotton gin is not the twisting of history by Southern Revisionists. Also, GFYG seems to despise South and North, both.
              Northern cloth and thread mills were dependent upon cheap cotton, the cheaper the better. The North did not want the South to fail. But they did not want the South to leave, either. The CSA would have sold the cotton at higher cost to the USA or to some other customer (the Brits). That would have resulted in Northern economic depression. Thus the North invaded the South.

            2. No it wasn’t, around 36% of the South owned before the outbreak of the Civil War. Why do you want to wash your hands of slavery when it’s okay in the Bible?

            3. @Wild Bill, GFYG twists history again. There was an increase in slave holding after Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, and just before the war. Slavery had became economical again. Before the cotton gin, it cost to much to feed slaves to pick seeds out of cotton.

            4. I don’t think that anyone was keeping track of that statistic, so where did GFYG get thirty-six percent. Who estimated that? Why was that presented as a fact?

    9. Charles Murray & friends must have loved to hear the new discovery that humanity may have come from Europe. Or more likely he’ll think the discovery is where White people descended from and everyone else came from African ancestors.

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