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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

TOP TEN REASONS ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A MONSTER

by PAUL H. BELZ

10. The first military draft and the first income tax in the nation’s history. Lincoln’s son Robert received the nation’s first student deferment from a military draft as he remained enrolled at Harvard while the rich people who put Lincoln in office like Andrew Carnegie were rewarded by allowing them to buy their way out of the draft. Carnegie paid another man $850 to take his place after being drafted. The poor were guaranteed social ostracism if they didn’t volunteer and were shot if they deserted or ignored the draft. If Lincoln’s income tax wasn’t paid, property was seized, auctioned and a stiff penalty added.

9. Violated the oath of office and suspended the Constitution. Lincoln planned to arrest the chief justice of the Supreme Court and gave his friend and U. S. Marshal appointee Ward Lamon the discretion over when to execute the warrant. The effort was short-circuited when Congress eventually informed Lincoln that if and when habeas corpus were ever to be suspended, that action would be under its purview not his. He ignored that Congressional directive but dropped the effort to arrest Chief Justice Taney. Lincoln suspended the Constitution he was sworn to uphold and made himself a dictator. He totally eliminated free speech and press, eliminated due process even though civilian courts were still operating, and eliminated the public’s protection from him (habeas corpus). He discarded the 2nd amendment by confiscating guns from legitimate state militias in states which had voted to remain in the Union (Missouri and Maryland). He eliminated the 10th amendment by arresting entire legislatures which had voted to remain in the Union, basing such incredible actions on the hunch that they might change their minds. Maryland's was arrested and Missouri's chased into exile and replaced by sycophants. He unconstitutionally created two states (West Virginia and Nevada) to increase his electoral college total in a close re-election bid.

8. Invaded another country in what was NOT a Civil War. The Confederacy was not a rag-tag guerrilla operation nor a military dictatorship. It was an organized nation that followed Constitutional procedures in seceding from the Union just as the New England states had done to varying degrees five times throughout the years. In the South, state conventions were held and the public chose to leave the Union. This was no military coup led by a dictator. Jefferson Davis was elected in a democratic process. A Congress was also elected and foreign diplomats were sent abroad who secured “belligerent nation” status from England. The Confederacy was not seeking to take over Washington or invade the North and it offered to compensate the government for forts within its territory and to pay its share of the national debt. It was a war for independence from oppressive taxes that dwarfed King George III’s, and then it became a war to repel the invasion of the North, a war begun by Lincoln without consulting Congress.

7. A mercantilist and the original special-interest president. Lincoln was a mercantilist who catered to the railroads and other industrialists who put him in office. He carried out their plan to leverage wealth by building a world empire aligned with Russia, and that plan could not abide secession of any states. It required displacement of the American Indians to accommodate the transcontinental railroad and concomitant settlements in the West. Secession would have meant the loss of the Mississippi River and the necessity of paying tolls to use it. Lincoln’s Union Pacific Railroad was the first American railroad funded by taxpayers and he rewarded almost 200 of those who put him in office by appointing them as directors of the new railroad thus ensuring the enduring, tax-infused wealth of families like the Carnegies, Cornells, and Scrantons.

6. Violated existing standards of international law. Lincoln’s naval blockade of food and medicine from the Confederacy was a violation of existing international standards of warfare, although there was not yet a Geneva Convention in place. The atrocity at Andersonville prison was caused by this blockade. Targeting civilians was another violation of international standards as was burning towns and civilian food supplies, a notable example being Sheridan’s ravaging of the Shenandoah Valley. Cities such as Atlanta were burned after Confederate soldiers had left, and in Missouri, whose only crime was the desire to remain neutral, all residents of three counties were given 15-days’ notice to vacate their homes, after which the properties were burned.

5. Didn’t follow the world’s example for freeing slaves. Almost every country on earth with slavery freed their slaves peacefully prior to America’s Civil War, yet Lincoln refused to negotiate the matter, even when staying at the same Washington hotel as a month-long National Peace Conference in 1861. England freed its slaves in the 1830s and followed with a 6-year period of indentured servitude to integrate free blacks seamlessly into British society. England compensated former slave owners in recognition of the fact that the entire nation, not just a fragment of it, created and maintained slavery. The model was there for Lincoln to use. He preferred emancipation linked to deportation.

4. Slaughtered his own men. Lincoln was told by his military commander and the commander of Fort Sumter to abandon the fort because it was not worth the sacrifice in lives it would take to resupply it. He ignored that advice and assigned a naval force to Sumter with a flagship capable of answering Confederate guns. Without telling his Secretary of the Navy or the naval force commander, he then sent the flagship to Florida instead. The expedition commander could only watch in humiliation as Sumter was bombarded for three days while he awaited the flagship (Powhatan), without which he could not defend the fort. Lincoln must have expected his men to be killed when he deliberately left them defenseless. Miraculously, none were, but many Northern newspapers excoriated Lincoln for this transparent plan to sacrifice his men to enrage the Northern public against the South and win support for his planned invasion. At Andersonville prison, Union soldiers were starving because of the Union naval blockade which prevented food and medical supplies from reaching the Confederacy. Confederate law required prisoners to receive the same food as guards, but Lincoln’s war against civilians ravaged the food supply of the South. With Lincoln’s approval, General Grant stopped exchanging prisoners. When Andersonville’s population tripled, the Confederacy offered to allow the North to pick up its men without conditions, but Grant refused. The Union prisoners at Andersonville passed resolutions praising the Confederate efforts on their behalf while Lincoln let his own soldiers die. Lincoln found a military commander in Grant who understood that if the opposing armies simply engaged regularly regardless of tactical recklessness or huge casualty counts, the South would run out of men before the North. Consequently Grant, unlike McClellan, was reckless with his men's welfare. Charges against entrenched forces such as were ordered at Cold Harbor resembled outright murder more than warfare.

3. A racist by any definition of the word. Lincoln was a racist, providing legal representation for slave-owners trying to recover runaway slaves in court, marrying into a slaveholding family, choosing a slave-owning military commander, earning the hatred of most abolitionists because of his hypocrisy, rigorously championing colonization throughout his adult life, and repeatedly espousing enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act and a 13th amendment to the Constitution that would have preserved slavery and protected it from future Congressional interference. In social settings, he told obscene jokes targeting slaves and parodied slaves just as modern-day Saturday Night Live comedians parody politicians. His close friend Ward Lamon said he preferred the racist minstrel shows over legitimate theater. His staff generals and even visiting European generals complained about his promiscuous use of the word “nigger.” The day before his Emancipation Proclamation, he shipped 5,000 free blacks to Haiti, most of whom died. He told black leaders assembled at the White House that “Our race suffers from your presence." By contrast, Jefferson Davis adopted an orphaned black child.

2. Genocide against the Indians and Southern civilians. Lincoln created and enthusiastically supported the generalsCespecially Sherman, Sheridan, and CusterCwho committed genocide against the Indians. On the subject of displacing Native Americans to facilitate Lincoln’s transcontinental railroad, General Sherman, who coined the term “final solution,” boasted later in life that “We were not going to allow a bunch of savages to block the nation’s progress.” During his retirement, Sherman wrote a letter to his son expressing regret that he hadn’t killed every Indian on the continent. Major General Philip H. Sheridan incinerated the Confederate “breadbasket,” (the Shenandoah Valley) in September 1864, and bragged to Grant: “I have destroyed over 2,000 barns, filled with wheat, hay, and farming implements, along with over 70 mills, filled with flour and wheat.” He accomplished this in less than a two-week period. In 1870, Sheridan was an observer with the Prussians in the Franco-Prussian War, and he told Chancellor Otto von Bismarck that defeated civilians “must be left nothing but their eyes to weep with over the war.” Lincoln’s generals burned entire cities. Lincoln’s legally meaningless Emancipation Proclamation was not intended to free slaves but to encourage slave uprisings to kill even more civilians in the South. He told Southern leaders in 1865 that it was a war tactic that would have no legal standing after the war. If it had been designed with altruistic intentions, the proclamation would have freed the slaves in the North, which it did not do. That didn’t happen until brave Congressmen wrote and passed numerous laws over presidential vetoes---after Lincoln was dead.

1. 850,000 dead and millions maimed. In the September, 2012 issue of America’s Civil War, Harold Holzer writes that the Civil War death toll is probably 20% higher than the traditionally accepted 620,000 according to a “demographic historian” from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. J. David Hacker counts the number of 20 to 30-year olds in the 1860 census and the 1870 census, subtracts the difference and concludes the death toll could have been as high as 850,000. If soldiers didn’t die quickly enough, they weren’t counted in the official death toll. This blood is on Lincoln’s hands because if his war was about slavery, every other country had already abolished it peacefully, and if it was about secession Washington, Jefferson, Madison, John Adams and John Quincy Adams among other presidents thought it was legal. Several legal teams assembled after the war to summarily try and hang Jefferson Davis also believed it was legal because they rejected their assignments for fear secession would be upheld in court. Reluctant New York would never have joined the Revolution if it had suspected that secession would be forever precluded. Secession has never made it to court and President Johnson pardoned Davis. No Confederate was ever convicted of treason, and it wasn’t because the will for vengeance wasn’t there. It was because fear was there of treason trials legitimizing secession. Ironically, the U. S. has supported every secession movement in the world during its lifetime---except its own. If Lincoln’s war was about empire building and leveraging wealthy industrialists’ fortunes as Charles Dickens believed, then the end (the country we enjoy today) was not justified by the bloodthirsty means which produced the most prolific arms merchant in world history and the nation responsible for developing and using the first weapon capable of annihilating the human race.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

SCV Page Albany Herald Newspaper

A full color page announcing the upcoming April 11 Southwest Georgia Confederate Memorial Service at the Confederate Memorial Park in Albany will be in tomorrows Sunday April 5 Albany Herald newspaper. It also features photos of Confederate hero and martyr Capt. Henry Wirz and facts about Andersonville .

James W. King
SCV Camp 141 Commander
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson
Albany Georgia
jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PRINCIPLES AND VALUES REPRESENTED BY THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

The South and the Confederate States of America have been harshly discriminated against and positive historical facts and figures have intentionally been suppressed. Dishonest Northern historians have unfairly caused Southern and Confederate history and its heroes, monuments, memorials, and flags to be regulated to a role of less importance than deserved in American history and to be viewed in a negative perspective by much of the American public. U.S president Woodrow Wilson is quoted as saying “the role of slavery became the proclaimed cause of the Civil War because it was necessary to put the South at a moral disadvantage by transforming the contest from a war for Independence into a war waged for the maintenance and extension of slavery". If slavery was all the Southern states wanted they could have kept it without a war or firing a shot. The North offered the South the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in March 1861 that would have made slavery permanently legal in America if they would rejoin the union. The South refused and the Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the international slave trade. Most educated Southerners were in favor of gradual orderly emancipation which would have prevented segregation and Jim Crow laws which were based on Northern black codes.
  
The words of Confederate General Patrick R. Cleburne who was killed at the battle of Franklin Tennessee on November 30, 1864 are becoming true. “Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late. It means 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 the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision”.  Political correctness and Socialist Marxist Revisionism are attacking everything Southern and Confederate on national, state, and local levels all across America.
  
The Confederate flag represents honor, faith, courage, dignity, integrity, chivalry, Christian values, respect for womanhood, strong family ties, patriotism, self- reliance, limited constitutional federal government, states rights, and belief in the free enterprise system. It symbolizes the noble spirit of the Southern people, the rich heritage, the traditions of the South and the dynamic and vigorous Southern culture. No other symbol so proudly says “ Dixie ” as the Cross of St. Andrew (Confederate Battle Flag) waving in the breeze.  Liberals have falsely indoctrinated many black Americans to believe it represents racism, bigotry, and a painful reminder of slavery. But white Christian Southerners who fly the Confederate Battle Flag are not the enemy of responsible Black Americans who are working to better themselves.
   
The Confederate flag is the last flag to represent the concept of local control of ones' life in America.  In a larger sense it represents the same values and principles as the original U.S. Betsy Ross Flag:  Limited Constitutional Federal Government, States Rights, Resistance to Tyranny, and Christian Principles and Values.  Thus it represents "government of the people, by the people, and for the people with the consent of the governed".
   
The Confederate flag is an internationally recognized symbol of resistance to tyranny. That is why it was flying over the Berlin Wall when it was being torn down in 1989 and has been flown by numerous countries or provinces seeking independence.
    
It reminds knowledgeable Americans that government is to be held accountable for its actions, and if those actions are viewed as not being in the best interest of the people, there is a price to be paid for it.  This fact has not been lost upon the Socialist, Communist, liberal left and that is why they have spent inordinate amounts of money and energy trying to suppress this powerful symbol of freedom. The Confederate battle flag is a Christian symbol and that is why proponents of Secular Humanism (the belief that there is no God and man, science, and government can solve all problems) oppose it.
   
The flag also represents the valor and sacrifice of our Southern ancestors in their quest to gain independence and recognition as a sovereign nation.  Confederate soldiers displayed tremendous bravery in the face of overwhelming odds and blatant tyranny and aggression on behalf of the Yankee government that invaded the Southern homeland. It was, is, and will continue to be the flag of the region Southerners call home, the Southland. We are Americans, true, but we are also proud Southerners. 

James W. King
Commander SCV Camp 141
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson-
Nelson's Rangers

Friday, March 20, 2015

LIBERTY AT STAKE OVER SUPREME COURT CONFEDERATE FLAG CASE!


By HK Edgerton

Monday March 23 will be an important and historic day at the Supreme Court of the United. Today lawyers for the State of Texas will argue that Americans  deserve less freedom, less freedom of speech and the Texas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) will argue that Americans deserve more. Simplistic? Yes. But on target. The fight is over the State of Texas' insistence that the SCV's proposed specialty license plate cannot contain the SCV's logo,  the iconic Confederate Battle flag.  The Department of Motor Vehicle Board which oversees the specialty license plate approval process held a public hearing in 2011 on the Confederate flag plate and after what can only be termed an orchestrated hate-a-nanny against all confederate symbolism, the Board voted unanimously to disapprove the SCV plate because of the "offensiveness" of the Confederate flag. Rightly believing the DMV Board's denial constituted a violation of their free speech rights, the Texas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans sued in an Austin, Texas federal court to rescind the DMV Bd's ban.

The federal court ruled that the SCV plate, if issued, would constitute "government sponsored speech" and therefore if denied would not violate the SCV's first Amendment rights. The SCV legal team countered that by bowing to the orchestrated outcry, the State DMV Board was picking & choosing what speech was acceptable or unacceptable and therefore discriminated against the SCV, violating their free speech rights.  The SCV appealed the court's decision to the 5th Circuit United States Court of Appeal in New Orleans. In July 2014 in a 2-1 decision the Court ruled in favor of the SCV, ordering the State of Texas to give them their plate. But then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, running for Governor and going against the settled law of at least 4 federal circuits, appealed the 5th Circuit decision to the United States Supreme Court - which accepted the case for consideration.

And now the final showdown.

If the court should reverse the 5th Circuit's constitutionally correct decision, all Confederate themed SCV license plates currently available in AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC TN, VA, & Md could end up on the chopping block of state sponsored political correctness.  Logos of other organizations considered "offensive" by self-appointed thought police could be axed as well.

Ominously besides the Appellant State of Texas, 12 other states: NC, AR, MO, IN, IL, MI, NM, NH, CO, HI, OH, WA, 3 of whom have Confederate flag specialty plates, have filed friend of the Court briefs seeking to reverse the 5th Circuits constitutionally correct decision. Hearteningly, the Texas and North Carolina ACLUs, the Rutherford Institute and other pro-Bill of Rights groups have filed briefs in support of the Texas Division SCV.

Whether you love or hate the Confederate Battle flag, should the SCV lose, a little more freedom, a little more liberty, dies for us all. Thank you Texas Division Sons of Confederate for standing up for the free speech rights of ALL Americans! We ALL have a stake in the outcome!

H.K. Edgerton, a life long civil rights advocate and former Asheville NAACP 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society presents: "Thomas Jefferson: The Man Behind the Myths”


The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will present a forum on April 11, 2015, at the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation titled, “Thomas Jefferson:  The Man Behind the Myths.”  In the past few decades, historical scholarship has obscured the true character and thought of Thomas Jefferson.  This forum will address misconceptions and misunderstandings concerning the historical Jefferson.  Thomas Jefferson was a man of profound dimensionality.  He was a statesman, politician, philosopher, architect, meteorologist, farmer, philologist, paleontologist, biologist, and inventor, among other things.  Nonetheless, he is generally known to the public today only as the writer of the Declaration of Independence and an owner of slaves.  This conference will explore beyond this narrow perception of America’s third president.


Because Jefferson wore so many hats, he is enshrouded in myths.  The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society has invited scholars of excellent reputation to explore the person behind those myths.  Topics to be discussed include Jefferson’s learning process, his conception of history,  his notion of the relation between the mind and body,  his importance as an architect, the influence on him of the Christian religion,  and the centrality of morality in his political philosophy.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015,  in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation, located at 112 Clarke Court; Charlottesville, Virginia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.  Admission to this special event is free and open to the public. 

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m., with morning welcome, conviviality and refreshments for all participants; and will include periodic breaks with a 12:00 Noon lunch hour for dining and fellowship at several popular local restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation facility.   A public question-and-answer discussion will be held by each of the speakers following their address.

The Morning Session will be moderated by Dr. White M. Wallenborn, M.D., Past-President of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society and former Monticello Guide.

9:15 a.m. – Mark Beliles, “Doubting Thomas?   The Distorted Religious Legacy of Thomas Jefferson”

Currently, most people regard Jefferson as a Deist or life-long skeptic who thought religion and government should have nothing to do with each other; however, recent evidence shows that this is not true. This lecture will draw from about 1100 religious letters and papers of Thomas Jefferson and provide a more accurate context of the vast majority of his religious statements and actions.  Beliles has recently put in print over 50 Jefferson letters that have never been previously published.  In the setting of the unique religious culture of Central Virginia, a more nuanced picture of Jefferson’s religious life emerges that challenges both secular and religious scholars to reassess Jefferson’s modern image that is a distortion of reality.  Reasons will presented for the modern distorted image and a description of that image dealing with his relationship with clergy and churches, his views of the Bible and the doctrine of the Trinity, and his views of separation of church and state.  A more accurate religious life of Jefferson will be presented that shows five distinct stages of development.  A true religious legacy is discussed as well that has blessed America and the world.

Mark Beliles is author or co-author of several scholarly books including Doubting Thomas? The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (2014, Morgan James Publishers with Jerry Newcombe), and the Selected Religious Letters and Papers of Thomas Jefferson (2013, America Publications).   His Ph.D. dissertation is Free as the Air:  Churches and Politics in Jefferson’s Virginia (2000, America Publications).  Beliles founded the Providence Foundation in 1983 and has convened several scholarly symposiums about Jefferson and religion at the University of Virginia co-sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  Residing in Charlottesville, he served a dozen years as the Chairman of the Historic Resources Committee for the city of Charlottesville and co-chairman of its 250th anniversary held in 2012.  Beliles has also worked 36 years as a pastor.  He presently serves as president of the Global Transformation Network as a lecturer, writer and leadership coach.  In this capacity he has traveled and spoken in over 40 countries and many cities in the United States.

10:15 a.m. – J. David Gowdy, “Thomas Jefferson and the Pursuit of Virtue”

In stark contrast to contemporary portrayals of him as a radical individualist and libertine, Thomas Jefferson’s life and writings evidence a steadfast conviction to precepts of virtue and morality.  Sources of his virtuous habits and moral reasoning may be traced to: (a) his Anglican upbringing and church attendance (tied to Anglican preaching in the Colonial Era); (b) his private study and public endorsement of classical texts such as Aristotle, Cicero, and Sidney, as well as Washington’s Farewell Address (for use at the University of Virginia);  and (c) his own teachings woven into his letters to family and friends (not to mention his selections of poems, literature and anecdotes chosen to be shared and remembered in his personal scrapbook).  Jefferson’s lifelong pursuit may be defined by his statement that, “Happiness is the aim of life.  Virtue is the foundation of happiness.”

J. David Gowdy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating Cum Laude.  He has practiced law and founded several businesses and is a member of the Texas and California Bar Associations.  He is the founder and President of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The Institute provides continuing education courses to secondary school government and history teachers, and civic groups, on the principles of the Constitution and the lives and writings of the Founding Fathers.  He is the author of “Seven Principles of Liberty” and “Jefferson & Madison’s Guide to the Constitution.”  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.  He and his wife live in Crozet, Virginia, and they have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

11:15 a.m. – Richard Guy Wilson, “Thomas Jefferson Architect:  Myth and Reality”

Thomas Jefferson is arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest American architect.  He helped to give the United States a public image in architecture that relied upon the classicism of Europe. But what was his intention and did the buildings contain political meanings? Although he designed or was involved in many projects, he was assisted by others who are frequently ignored. This talk will examine some of his architecture works, some of the meanings behind them, and his collaboration with other architects.

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia.  His specialty is the architecture, design and art of the 18th to the 21st century both in America and abroad.  He was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (England) in 2007.   He was born in Los Angeles- the home of everything new-and grew up in a house designed for his parents by the leading modernist Rudolph Schindler.  He received his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado and MA and Ph.D.  at the University of Michigan.  Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society’s Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, Rhode Island.  He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, A&E, and sixty-seven segments of America's Castles. A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with many articles and reviews to his credit.  Wilson has been the curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as The American Renaissance, 1876-1917; The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America; The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941; The Making of Virginia ArchitectureHe is the author or joint author of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture which include studies of McKim, Mead & White; the Prairie School in Iowa; Monument Avenue in Richmond; and the AIA Gold Medal principle author and editor of the Society of Architectural Historians book, Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont (2002). He has published extensively on Thomas Jefferson and The University of Virginia.  His book on Edith Wharton and her architectural interests was published in 2012.

12:151:30  Lunch Break and Conviviality

The Afternoon Session will be moderated by John Works, former President of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society and former President of the Monticello Association.

1:40 p.m. – M. Andrew Holowchak, “An ‘Honest Heart’ versus a ‘Knowing Head’:  The Myth of the Preeminence of Rationality in Jefferson’s Conceptions of Man and Society”

It is common today for scholars to note both Jefferson’s belief in a moral sense and the great regard that he, as a disciple of the Enlightenment, held for reason. Yet there is very little written on Jefferson’s view of the moral sense, and astonishingly, even less on his conception of rationality. What exists flippantly assumes that Jefferson was a keen and politically savvy rationalist and that his moral sense was a faculty subservient to reason. In this essay, Holowchak shows the opposite is the case.  Jefferson consistently held that “an honest heart,” given to all, was a blessing much greater than “a knowing head,” given to few. Holowchak shows also how Jefferson’s notion of a schema for republican governing is built upon the notion of moral superiority. Finally, Holowchak fleshes out some other of the unexpected implications of reason’s subservience.
M. Andrew Holowchak teaches Philosophy at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers in areas such as ethics, psychoanalysis, ancient philosophy and science, philosophy of sport, and social and political philosophy and has authored/edited 26 books including six books on Thomas Jefferson. Of his most recent book, Taking Things by their Smooth Handle: Jefferson on Morality, the Moral Sense, and Good Living, an anonymous reviewer writes, “This is yet another genuinely remarkable achievement in the field of Jefferson studies offered by Doctor Holowchak, who has fast established himself as the world’s foremost expert in Jefferson’s philosophical thought.” He has also recently received acceptance of his entry, 'Thomas Jefferson,' for the prestigious Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. When not teaching or writing, Holowchak enjoys strength training (former super-heavyweight powerlifting champion), biking, gardening, travel, cooking, brewing and consuming beer, and polite conversation. He lives in Lindenwold, New Jersey.

2:40 p.m. –Brien Steele, Thomas Jefferson’s Embodied Mind:  Bodily Decay, a                       Material God, and Human Immortality”

In his bill for religious freedom, Jefferson boldly asserted that “Almighty God hath created the mind free” and later declared his own eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.  But, as he aged, he understood through experience what he had long known to be true:  that the mind’s freedom was intimately connected to the health of the body.  This paper explores the intersection of Jefferson's later thinking about the body-mind problem with his somewhat unconventional materialism, which insisted upon the existence of God and the afterlife. 
Brian Steele specializes in American intellectual and political history with a particular emphasis on the American Revolution and Early American Republic.  His book Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood (Cambridge, 2012) was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize and was named a 2012 notable title by the Society for US Intellectual History.  He received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was named “Outstanding Teacher” by the graduating class of 2014 in the University Honors Program.  He is currently working on two book-length projects, one on the significance of the public memory of George Washington- and the uses to which his decidedly non-partisan image was put by decided partisans- in the years immediately surrounding his retirement and death; and another that will re-consider religious thought and practice during the “American Enlightenment,” reading the work of America’s most prominent philosophes in that larger transnational context, restoring to a narrative that has been preoccupied with the twentieth-century debate over church-state relations in the U.S., a clearer sense of the religious striving that characterized the thought and practice of Jefferson, Adams,  Rush, and even Paine.  Both of these projects are interested, as is his first book, in the relationship between the production of historical narratives and national memory.

3:40 p.m. – James Thompson, “Thomas Jefferson Today and Thomas Jefferson
                   Tomorrow”
Since Professor Annette Gordon-Reed published her controversial book about Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings in 1997, Thomas Jefferson has existed as two contradictory people.  The first is Professor Peter Onuf’s iconic father of human rights.  In this persona, as Professor Onuf suggests, Jefferson, is a timeless and god-like beacon that guides us toward a more perfect society.  The second is Professor Gordon-Reed’s self-indulgent father of his slave’s children.  In this persona, as Professor Gordon-Reed asserts, Jefferson is a racist who symbolizes what is wrong in American society.  Thompson contends that this schizophrenic character is a manufactured bore.  Who is interested to know or follow a deified social reformer who discriminates against people according to their race?  This rendition of Thomas Jefferson has become irrelevant.  Thompson traces how the false persona of the Jeffersonian deity formed and identifies a disqualifying error in Professor Gordon-Reed’s portrait of Jefferson the racist.  Thompson’s purpose for doing these things is to clear the way for a new, coherent, and relevant Thomas Jefferson.  In his closing comments, he describes the characteristics of the new Thomas Jefferson.  The time has come to get back to the real man.

James Thompson studied Philosophy as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  As a graduate student, he lived across the Rivanna River from Monticello on the farm of Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph.  During his four years there, he began what has been a continuing investigation into "the philosophy" of Thomas Jefferson.  Mr. Thompson cultivated his interest in the History of Ideas teaching courses in Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics and in Western Civilization at Strayer University in Alexandria, Virginia.   He has written six books, including The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy (2009); The Dubious Achievement of the First Continental Congress (2011); Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Paris 1785 (2014); Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Background Notes (2015); The First Revolutions in the Minds of the People (2105); and George Washington’s Mulatto Man – Who was Billy Lee? (2015).  He completed the research for his first book, Beyond the Veil of Reason - Thomas Jefferson's Early Political Initiatives, as a Batten Fellow at the Jefferson Center for International Studies at Monticello.  Mr. Thompson is the publisher of Commonwealth Books of Virginia and lectures on the topics he discusses in his books.  He has spoken at the Naval Academy, the Virginia Historical Society, Stratford Hall, Gunston Hall, and Wilton House.  He has presented lecture series for the continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, William & Mary, George Mason University, and the University of Delaware.

4:40 p.m. – Closing and Conviviality

About the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society:

The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society ( http://www.tjheritage.org
) is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which has a four-fold purpose:   to further the honor and integrity of Thomas Jefferson, and to promote his vision and ideas, and their application in our times and in the future; to pursue truth in all matters that touch upon the legacy of Thomas Jefferson; to promote the principles of freedom, patriotism and truth, which were hallmarks of Thomas Jefferson's life; and to sponsor and perform research in matters pertaining to the private and public life of Thomas Jefferson.  Additional detailed facts documenting the work of the independent Scholars Commission and other distinguished scholars can be referenced at the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society web site.  


Directions to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, 112 Clarke Court, Charlottesville, VA  22903:

From Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport:
• Exit the airport and proceed approximately ¾ mile on Airport Road towards US Route 29.
Turn right onto US Route 29 towards Charlottesville.
Proceed 6.0 miles. At the intersection with the US 29/250 Bypass, go straight, following the signs for Emmet Street.
Proceed another 1.9 miles on Emmet Street.
When the road splits, bear right onto Stadium Road, passing Scott Stadium.
Turn left at the stop sign onto Maury Avenue.
Take the first left onto Clarke Court.  Destination will be on the left.  Visitor parking is provided in the main lot, and passes can be obtained at the front desk.
Total distance from Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to the Jefferson Fellows Center is approximately 9.8 miles.

From points east and west via I-64:
• From I-64, take Exit 118-B (US Route 29 North).
Proceed north on US Route 29. Take the first exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Fontaine Avenue.
Make a left turn at the first light onto Maury Avenue.
Take the first right onto Clarke Court.  Destination will be on the left.  Visitor parking is provided in the main lot, and passes can be obtained at the front desk.

From Washington, D.C. and points north:
• Take US Route 29 to Charlottesville. At the intersection with the US 29/250 Bypass, go straight, following the signs for Emmet Street. Proceed another 1.9 miles on Emmet Street.
When the road splits, bear right onto Stadium Road, passing Scott Stadium.
Turn left at the stop sign onto Maury Avenue.
Take the first left onto Clarke Court.  Destination will be on the left.  Visitor parking is provided in the main lot, and passes can be obtained at the front desk.

From Lynchburg and points south:
• Take US Route 29 to Charlottesville. After crossing under I-64, take the first exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Fontaine Avenue
Make a left turn at the first light onto Maury Avenue.
Take the first right onto Clarke Court.  Destination will be on the left.  Visitor parking is provided in the main lot, and passes can be obtained at the front desk.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rekilling Lincoln, from the co-author of The South Was Right!

Killing the myth that is killing America!

REKILLING LINCOLN

Rekilling Lincoln, from the co-author of The South Was Right! 

*Lincoln exposed as the enemy of the Union, Constitution, African-Americans, and Northern opponents; 

* Lincoln, the un-Christian President;

* Lincoln’s war on State’s Rights paves the way for big government;

*Northern statesmen condemning Lincoln;     


Hardback, 336 pp, Index, Notes, at bookstores, Internet, or order autographed copies, $35 first class mail.  Send check or money order:  Ole South Books, 275 Dan Acree Rd., Downsville, La. 71234.  Upcoming book by Kennedy Twins:  Uncle Seth Fought the Yankees.  More info at:  www.kennedytwins.com


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We Won! We have the deed to Confederate Memorial Circle!


It’s time to Celebrate, Commemorate & Re-Dedicate!

The Friends of Forrest and Selma Chapter 53, UDC Cordially Invite You to Attend & Share The Celebration of our Historical & Monumental Victory!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:00 PM
Confederate Memorial Circle
Historic Live Oak Cemetery
Selma, Alabama

A Guided Tour of Live Oak Cemetery
9:30am
Reception to follow program at the
Smitherman Building Museum
(The Original Site of the NB Forrest Monument)
109 Union Street  

The host hotel is the Quality Inn here in Selma – 334-874-8600. I have blocked off 15 rooms at the Special Friends of Forrest rate of $69 per night plus tax. There are only 60 rooms in the hotel so call now for your reservations! May 23, 2015 is Memorial Day weekend. This will give out-of-towners an extra day for travel back home & work or to stay an extra day to tour Historic Selma! For more information contact: Pat Godwin at 334-875-1690; 334-419-4566 (cell) or e-mail: oldsouthrebel@zebra.net

Confederate Memorial Circle was originally dedicated 137 years ago on 26 April 1878. It’s time to celebrate, commemorate & re-dedicate Confederate Memorial Circle where we will re-dedicate the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument by unveiling the REPLACEMENT bronze bust of Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest. We will re-dedicate the Confederate Soldiers’ Memorial and also the new Battle of Selma Memorial. This will be a HUGE MONUMENTAL HISTORICAL event- the most paramount Confederate accomplishment throughout the South in recent times. We beat the enemy in their own territory, the Civil Rights hotpot of the world! We have won our case against the City of Selma. Selma Chapter 53, UDC has been awarded the deed to the one acre Memorial Circle plus the Pigeoneers House! Our Security & Beautification Enhancement of Confederate Memorial Circle project has been quite a test of patience, endurance, perseverance and faithful dedication of all our supporters. We are very GRATEFUL for ALL our supporters and contributors to our efforts to defend, protect and preserve our noble Southern history and heritage here in Selma. Even though we are having the dedication on May 23, this project is not quite finished. We still have LOTS to pay for and also erect 20 bronze historical interpretive markers throughout the Circle. These historical markers will cost approximately $1500 each. We are also still selling the ancestor pavers; if you want your paver laid by dedication day please place your order NOW!  However, we will continue to sell the pavers until we have all 4 quads filled with engraved pavers. Contact me at 334-875-1690 for order form & information. If you would like to contribute to this historical, monumental project, please make check payable to and MARK FOR: CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL CIRCLE:

NBF Monument Fund
C/o Patricia S. Godwin
Fort Dixie
10800 Co. Rd. 30
Selma, Alabama  36701

Keepin’ the skeer on’em!

DEO VINDICE!

Patricia S. Godwin
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