No one ever wants to believe that your own government is the enemy from within . . . the organization that is out to destroy your way of life, and amongst your worst enemies.
I’M NOT AN HISTORIAN. And I don’t pretend to be one. Besides, amongst historians, for every historical event, there are unlimited spins and opinions. So, my opinions should be no less relevant to anyone else’s.
BRAIN WASHING THROUGH LIBERAL EDUCATION:
As a young Canadian growing up in a Liberal environment, being educated by Liberal teachers, what we learned of American History, had taught us that the Civil War was fought near EXCLUSIVELY on the Slave Trade.
We were taught, either directly . . . or through innuendo, that the NORTH was good and noble, while the SOUTHERNERS were essentially cretins. BUT, AS ONE GETS OLDER AND ASKS QUESTIONS, one realizes that the Civil War was fought for far more than just upon the precept of Slavery.
THE NORTH came for what they could take . . . not for what they could give.
Knowing what I know today . . . had I been an American in 1861, I would have been wearing the REBEL GRAY, not because I would have agreed with Slavery, but because, I would have agreed then, just as I do now with the 10th Amendment (STATE RIGHTS).
ALSO . . . I am extremely taken by the people of the SOUTH, who are by far, and on average, better mannered, genteel and helpful, than are far too many people from the North, not that there aren’t a great many very decent Northerners, who generally happen to be on the Conservative side . . . but, on a per capita basis – not even close.
I also find, that Southerners are far more inclined to be PATRIOTS, than Americans from the North. Just as I find small town Canadians, especially RURAL Canadians, are more likely to join the Military to carry the Canadian Flag in the battle for FREEDOM.
WITH AGE CAN COME UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM:
There is no shortage of ignorant and stupid young people. So stupid as a matter of fact, that they aren’t even smart enough to know how stupid they are. And regrettably, as much as one would hope that some wisdom would mature with age, most people who are stupid when they’re young . . . ARE STUPID WHEN THEY’RE OLD.
I like to think, that I’m getting better-informed, and somewhat smarter with age, seeing the same things I saw years ago, but through a different set of eyes.
UNDERSTANDING THE GOOD GUYS AND THE BAD GUYS OF THE CIVIL WAR:
When questioning the Civil War, and understanding that the vast MAJORITY of Southerners (men and women) who supported the REBELS were dirt poor, and worked as hard as many of the slaves, you have to wonder . . . WHY?
WHY WOULD PEOPLE . . . who never owned a slave would fight like DEVIL DOGS against insurmountable odds, against family, friends and countrymen, begs far more than just a simple explanation of SLAVERY versus EMANCIPATION.
LIVING IN THE SOUTH PAINTS A VIVID PICTURE:
Anne and I have traveled through the South for years, but we never really lived amongst Southerners, making friendships that go beyond a pleasant hello and goodbye. We never had the opportunity to REALLY discuss politics in unguarded moments up till now, where the people we speak to now, open-up to us as friends.
AND WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED OVER THE PAST 5-MONTHS . . . is a lesson that we would never have learned from the media, or from any other source, rather than FIRST-HAND.
CLINGING TO THEIR GUNS AND RELIGION:
When Obama made the comment about Rural Conservatives CLINGING TO THEIR GUNS AND RELIGION, I’m sure he had no idea how close to the truth he REALLY was. And as I live and shoot amongst Southerners, with whom Anne and I have become friends, WE ARE DISCOVERING A WHOLE NEW AMERICA.
We’re learning of the America of 1861, which witnessed . . . one of the MOST Violent Civil Wars in History – A war so ugly, that the scars across the SOUTH have not healed. And the suspicion of the NORTH is no less embedded today than it was then.
BUT IN 2015 . . . some 150 years since the CIVIL WAR, many in the NORTH (Conservatives) are beginning to think SOUTH. Many are seeing the THREAT today, that the SOUTH saw before the first shot was fired at Harpers Ferry in 1859, that led to the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and the death of some 620,000 Americans, almost ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MORE Americans, than who died in WWI and WWII COMBINED.
I DON’T BELIEVE . . . that the Liberals of TODAY, fully understood the PASSION and culture of the SOUTH some 150 years ago, which led to the WAR between the States; and that this PASSION has not changed.
I also don’t believe the LEFT has any inkling of the extent of ANIMUS the SOUTH has for the LEFT, and how much the SOUTH IS PREPARED TO BE PUSHED ONLY SO FAR.
THE NEW SOUTH:
Even though the LEFT are concentrated in America’s BIG Cities, mostly on both coasts, including Cities in Texas, like Austin and San Antonio . . . the Conservatives, with a Southern Appreciation of State Rights, and the vision of Reagan’s Shining City On The Hill, are today, NOT unlike the SOUTH was 150 years ago.
THE NEW SOUTH IS MORE OF AN IDEAL . . . than it is geographical – IT BOILS DOWN TO CONSERVATIVES VERSUS THE LEFT. People who cherish their INDEPENDENT FREEDOM, more than they cherish FREE STUFF AND REPRESSIVE REGULATIONS.
The New SOUTH represents a return to the BEST of the OLD USA, when being an American really meant something.
At one point . . . SOONER RATHER THAN LATER – when the two ideologies finally collide – remember several things:
1 – The LEFT are the TAKERS.
2 – The LEFT are the ones who want to ban guns and bullets.
3 – Lawyers and the LEFT LOVE Big Government, Rules and Regulations.
4 – The Banks, Wall Street and Mammoth Corporations also LOVE Regulations.
5 – The Police generally lean to the RIGHT.
6 – The Military almost always leans to the RIGHT.
7 – The LEFT will demand what others have.
8 – The RIGHT will fight to protect what we have.
9 – The RIGHT has most of the guns and bullets
10 – And when the money runs out, angry words reach a peak, there’s nothing much left to say, and there’s no one worth listening to . . . those who don’t know or understand history (1861 – 1865) will be SHOCKED when it repeats itself.
REMEMBER THE TREE OF LIBERTY . . . By Thomas Jefferson, so you too won’t be SHOCKED.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov