"I am with the South in life or in death, in victory or
in defeat...... I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and
unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation
of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government.
They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its
validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to
invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and inaugurate a
servile insurrection, murder our men and dishonor our women. We
propose no invasion of the North, no attack on them, and only ask
to be left alone."
~~Major General Patrick Cleburne C.S.A.
"... every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late. We can give but a faint idea when we say it means the loss of all we now hold most sacred ... personal property, lands, homesteads, liberty, justice, safety, pride, manhood. It 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 influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, our maimed veterans as fit objects for their derision, it means the crushing of Southern manhood ... to establish sectional superiority and a more centralised form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties."
Gen. Pat Cleburne C.S.A. ... 2 Jan 1864
"Culture is not only an expression of man's temporal life, but an aid in reaching his eternal life" Pope John Paul II
"Few things are more enraging to people than to have their identity or their sense of home stripped away. They will die for it, kill for it, sing for it, write poetry for it and novelize about it. Because without a sense of home and belonging, life becomes barren and rootless. And life as a tumbleweed is no life at all."
Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree
"The Principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form."
President Jefferson Davis, C.S.A.
"Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand."
General Robert E. Lee to Governor Stockdale of Texas
The South is a land that has known sorrows; it is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with her tears; a land scarred and riven by the plowshare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead; but a land of legend, a land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories.
To that land every drop of my blood, every fiber of my being, every pulsation of my heart is consecrated forever. I was born of her womb, I was nourished at her breast, and, when my last hour shall come, I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.
Edward W. Carmack, of Tennessee, September 1916.
"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today."
Robert E. Lee
Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.
"In our government-controlled schools we are taught that Lincoln was our greatest president because his war ended slavery and saved the Union. As usual, the other side of the story -- the side that reflects poorly on the government--somehow gets lost."
Richard J. Maybury, The Abe Lincoln Hoax
"There also exists another alliance.....at first glance a strange one, a surprising one, but if you think about it, one which is well grounded and easy to understand. This is the alliance between our communist leaders and your capitalists."
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but the newspapers."
A legitimate union of states "depends for its continuance on the free consent and will of the Sovereign people of each state," and " when that consent and will is withdrawn on either part, their union is gone." Any state forced to remain in a union by military force" can never be a co-equal member of the American Union " and can be viewed only as a "subject province."
Daily Union Newspaper, Bangor, Maine Nov. 13, 1860
"No nation can long survive without pride in its tradition."
"The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was."
08 Jun 2007