Monday, December 17, 2012

Where Do We Go From Here? 

Part I: Defining the Terms

America can't be fixed. Having declined to its current irreparable condition long before Obama was elected, it won't be saved by either the 2014 mid-terms or the 2016 presidential contest even if they prove to be fair and free elections which is not likely. Republicans don't abandon their conservatism once they breathe in the rarefied atmosphere of DC; most of them have no conservative principles to begin with. And as Thomas Fleming of Chronicles Magazine, among others, has suggested, if the Democrats are the evil party, the GOP is the stupid party.

It isn't that the Democrats are really smart. While they presume that conservatives are hateful morons, Democrats in the main are themselves lacking in rudimentary knowledge of virtually every subject. Even Yankee Ivy League-schooled leftist elites are only a little more knowledgeable than the unread and entitled masses who vote Democrat. And neither is it that the Republican is really stupid; he is far more educated than the average Democrat. Republican leaders in DC, however, appear to be inept bunglers constantly outfoxed by slick liberal propagandists. They waste time raging against liberal lying and voter fraud—this is no more productive than chastising a rattlesnake for biting.

By definition a liberal is a relativist, and, for him, there are no absolutes, no right or wrong, just what the liberal-relativist wants to do. Add to this mix the fact that in a real sense the rank and file Republicans are predominantly liberals themselves: They want smaller big government, but they, in the end, still want big government. They think that Hannity, Rush...and Paul Ryan... are conservatives. WMAL talk show host Chris Plante's listening audience in the Virginia- Maryland-DC metro area will tell you that Plante is the standard bearer for conservatism. But neither he nor the sundry cliché-spouting “luminaries” who appear on Fox News are remotely conservative, and they don't have the answers for a hopelessly broken America.

The liberal-conservative dichotomy and the fights it engenders provide a distraction from what really is at stake as America implodes. But in order to begin to make the case for any argument, terms have to be defined. Since the term most misunderstood and misused today is conservative, here briefly are a few examples of the way a true conservative, more correctly a paleoconservative or constitutionalist, thinks:

A federative system where the central government has attenuated powers best protects liberty. This limited federal government does not run daycare centers; it doesn't provide for the poor, the elderly or the disabled. This will seem harsh to those who confuse sentimentality with true Christian love and who do not understand the principle of subsidiarity. Individuals, families, churches, communities, counties and even states are responsible for charitable works, not the federal government. But the real burden falls on the individual; if he does not feed the hungry and clothe the naked, he will answer to God. Even some “conservatives” say that it is naive to believe that, people, absent the arm-twisting of the feds, will help others. Yes, freedom is messy and imperfect, but it is far less bloody and murderous than some statist “utopia.”

The federal government must confine itself to providing for the common defence, delivering the mail, making treaties and regulating genuine interstate commerce (this does not include creating a single payer national health care behemoth). Extending the hand of friendship to all nations, the central government should not engage in global interventionism for the purpose of spreading democracy. (In fact, democracy is not desirable because it is little more than mob rule. Rule by a concurrent majority of the states ensures that minority interests are better served.) If a sovereign country, however, is attacked, or has real evidence of an imminent hostile move against its people, it is obligated to respond with deadly force.

Concerning behaviour in the public square, here are some examples of real conservative thinking: If Mayor Bloomberg of New York, for example, wants to ban large carbonated drinks, and the people of that city like the idea, that is their business. They can throw Bloomberg out of office if they don't like his over-regulation.

Local police, the lesser magistrates, have every right to arrest the members of the Westboro Baptist Church when they scream the vilest of invectives at military funeral mourners. The Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it became involved in this situation eventually ruling that the Westboro Church could continue its protests because of the group's First Amendment rights. The First Amendment, however, only protects political speech directed against the federal government. It protects the right to criticise that government, not some right to disturb the peace as people bury their dead.

If Washington State wants to legalise marijuana, that is up to the people of that state. Further, if the people of a sovereign state wish to establish atheism as their official “religion,” they have a right to do so. A Christian living in a state that wants to outlaw God has the right-actually the obligation- to fight such legislation tooth and nail. But if his “side” loses, he can vote with his feet as they say. ( Many Marylanders are doing just that as Maryland becomes more and more secularist.) On the other hand, a state also has the right to establish a Christian faith or Judaism as its official religion. The First Amendment only prevents the federal government from involving itself in religious issues. It must leave the states alone in this respect no matter what the ACLU thinks.

These truly conservative stands will only seem extreme to liberals and most Republicans because they are ignorant of history and constitutionalities. False conservatives with bated breath hang on every decision of the Supreme Court and pray that the right will prevail instead of railing as they should against federal judicial tyranny. It is OK they reason for the Supreme Court to reign over us all as long as SCOTUS tells the Westboro Baptist Church to behave itself, as long as it outlaws abortion and gay marriages. This is not to say, however, that the paleoconservative himself condones abortion and gay marriage. Concerning the former, he believes that the abortion issue should be resolved at the state, or even county level, not at the federal level. And he believes that it is his God-given obligation to fight against legal infanticide. There is only an apparent contradiction here to those who are comfortable with the nationalist state America has become. I am compelled to add that a moral people will make moral laws that conform to God's laws; they will not wish to legalise that which is immoral.

These distinctions are not made on Fox News or talk radio. And right wingers and neo-cons, who would destroy their own country to defend Israel, will only allow acceptable “conservative “ views to be expressed. Rush will hit the kill button in a New York minute if a Lincoln hater calls in. Lincoln was a despot, but Rush and Plante and their ilk worship him. And they will employ the same tired debating tricks used by the liberals – name calling, begging the question, knocking down straw men, etc. They wish to stifle dissent on the part of those they view as crazy, read paleoconservative. Maybe it's time to turn off the radio. Or the TV...which is what I did after Andrea Tantaros on Fox News' The Five suggested that everyone go see “Lincoln” the movie because Honest Abe, the Republican, freed the slaves, something, I might add, England and France managed without the slaughter of 600,000 of their countrymen. In reality Lincoln's regime made slaves of us all. With conservatives like Tantaros who needs liberals?

To be continued...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Are We Massachusetts Yet?

Maryland will take one more step towards her complete transformation into a Yankee blue state if Marylanders say yes to same sex marriage on November 6. On election day, perhaps the last free election America will have if Obama wins, voters will have the chance to veto Question 6, a referendum on the Civil Marriage Protection Act which was passed in March of 2012 by the Maryland Legislature. If it isn't defeated, then Maryland will join Massachusetts in changing the definition of marriage.

Disgracefully, there are Protestant ministers who are supporting gay marriage in the name of “equality.” And Catholic clergy with their doublespeak tacitly allow the faithful to vote for pro-gay marriage candidates as long as those candidates support “social justice” and illegal immigration. Some of them are likely reassured by the fact that the law grants clergy the right –how generous of our lawmakers in Annapolis- to refrain from performing same sex marriages...for now.

There is no right to marry another of one's sex (I dont use the term gender as this only applies to grammar). The Constitution does not guarantee such a right. The federal government and state governments for that matter have no business passing laws regulating who may or may not marry. As Ron Paul has said, it is up to churches to marry people not civil authorities.

And dont fall for leftist arguments that marriage equality is justified because same sex partners can be loving and committed. This is beside the point. And neither should you fall for the trope that because all traditional marriages aren't perfect this is proof that other types of marriage might be just as valid. There will always be heterosexual unions that create misery, end in failure, result in abused and neglected children. Human beings are flawed creatures, and there will always be heart breaking situations in families mainly because people have worshiped at the altar of self and have turned their backs on God. No human institution is perfect and never will be.

As a reformed liberal and feminist, I know these words sound corny to the gratuitously cynical especially today's sad and jaded young people. But those who follow the Lord---and I am not talking about those who call themselves believers in God and then do immoral or evil things—will have more successful marriages and families. I also recognize that gay and lesbian individuals can be wonderfully kind and outstanding neighbors. I have two family members who are gay and I consider them estimable people. But none of this has anything to do with what marriage is. It is a union, blessed by God, between one man and one woman. Marriage is the basis for the family, and it is the family which preserves Western Civilisation. In the course of a busy day, the only work that really counts is that related to the raising of children to be moral human beings.

Stand up for tradition and morality by supporting real marriage and its sacred purpose and while you are at it vote only for pro-life candidates. If you call yourself a Christian and do otherwise, you will not be serving God. Take back Maryland by voting to save marriage. Let's not be Massachusetts!

The Maryland League of the South enthusiastically supports the work of Protect Marriage Maryland.

Here are some events they want Marylanders to know about.

- Monday, 10/15, 7pm: Discussion on Current Threats to Religious Liberty at St. Mary’s High School 113 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401

- Tuesday, 10/25, 7pm: Voter Empowerment Town Hall Forum (4 Ballot Questions) Marlton

Elementary School, 8506 Old Colony Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Please RSVP if you’d like to attend any of these events.

The Maryland LS also supports the work of Maryland Marriage Alliance. Here are some of their events.

October 15: Speaking Forum at Salisbury University, @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Panel Discussion “For or Against”

October 19: Town Hall Meeting on Marriage at Manna Bible Baptist Church, @ 7:30pm

Manna Bible Baptist Church
3043 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

October 26: Marriage Townhall Meeting, @ 7:00pm

Hoted by: Pastor Pat Packett
Family Life Center &
Chesapeake Christian Fellowship. Meeting to take place in Family Life Center.

November 3: The Wake Up Marriage Prayer Event , Noon-4:00pm

Bishop Angel Nunez, sponsor
War Memorial Plaza
Corner of N.Gay & Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD

November 5: Marriage Prayer Rally, @ 6:00pm (Baltimore City)

Rock City Church

For more information on Maryland Marriage Alliance go to

Friday, July 27, 2012

Maryland League of the South

Summer-Fall 2012 Campaigns

Lee-Jackson Memorial in Baltimore
Photo by Shane Long
July 25, 2012
League Members and Friends:
The most important objective at this time for our organization is to spread the word about our group and our mission. I have given this a lot of thought and have decided that the most effective way to "market" the Maryland LS is not to hold events and advertise them (although we will continue to do this) but to go where the people are. We need to have a presence at county fairs, gun shows, festivals, Tea Party rallies, other political events. And we need to use more effectively the media, specifically the radio and newspapers, and the internet.
Here is what I am currently doing:
This Saturday, July 28th, there is a Tea Party rally at Solomon's Island in Southern Maryland. I will be showing up in an unofficial capacity to talk to people and will be bringing some Free Magnolias with me. Though Tea Party people differ from us in many respects, there are folks among them whom we might be able to reach. We can't wait for the perfect crowd, the perfect event.
Concerning event participation, I have applied for vendor space at the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival, which attracts many thousands of people from all over Maryland and surrounding areas. I will be distributing Free Magnolias, brochures, bumper stickers. The Oyster Festival is being held on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October at the St. Mary's County fairgrounds near Leonardtown. There will be many carpetbaggers, tourists and people who won't like us, but there will be many real Marylanders who will at least listen to what we have to say and who will take home our literature. I am asking for volunteers in the Southern Maryland area to help me "staff" the table.
Additionally, I have contacted the St. Mary's County Fair Board to determine if we can have vendor space there. I should hear from them today. And there is a Blessing of the Fleet in October, but I don't know if that event would accommodate exhibitors of our type. It remains a possibility.
Unfortunately, I have had no success thus far regarding gun shows. I have received no response to my emails or calls from Appalachian or Silverado Productions which both do these events in Maryland. I would appreciate assistance from anyone who has contacts with gun show producers or someone familiar with this type of show. Help in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
Concerning the media, I am identifying myself as a member of the Maryland League of the South when I write letters to the editor about current issues. And I have underwritten radio air time for the League( as have some of our outstanding LS members.
Here is what I am asking members to do:
Please identify events in your county, city or region and participate as an exhibitor or at least attend them and hand out Free Magnolias. We have a very handsome vinyl banner imprinted with our name and website.   I can get this, and other handouts, to people who want to do a display at a fair, etc. This is a way to help the LS without spending money or spending very little. If there are vendor fees involved, let me know, and the Maryland LS will pay for them.
If you do want to contribute financially* to our cause, here is a great way to help the Maryland LS:
We are asking our members to adopt a radio spot. We have spots (ads) already recorded (and we can do customized spots for your region if you like). We need members to contact radio stations in their area and arrange some air time by paying for one, two or more 30 or 60 second- radio spots. This is a great way to familiarize Marylanders with our organization.
If you cannot afford to buy a spot, please consider writing a letter to the editor to local newspapers. It is an opportune time to do this because of the upcoming election. While the League does not endorse candidates, we do take a definite stand on issues such as same-sex "marriage" and abortion which we believe to be immoral. Further, we support state sovereignty and a small central government with few responsibilities/powers. We support strong local government.
By the way, if you are an aficionado of talk radio, have a strong speaking voice and can stand up to the insults of rude hosts, please call in and weigh in on various topics. Most of what we hear on the radio amounts to liberal, socialist, nihilist or neo-conservative points of view. Rarely is a Southern perspective expressed. We need to present ourselves as intelligent, thoughtful people who want to abandon the USS Titanic (see below) as it sinks beneath the waves.
* The Maryland League of the South does not currently receive funds from the parent organization, but as we increase membership, we will be eligible for funds in the future.
Let's develop a good working relationship with other organizations:
For example, this week I received an email from Mr. Robert Broadus, chairman of Protect Marriage Maryland, passing on to me an appeal for people to patronize Chick-Fil-A. I now pass this on to our members in hopes that they will eat dinner or supper there on August 1st to send a message to the haters of this Southern-based, Christian business. I am no fan of large franchises, but in this case I will offer my support. Their food is pretty good (for a chain restaurant), and they are closed on Sundays to keep holy the Sabbath!
Finally, please support the national League of the South in their billboard project:
The national organization has created an exciting new interstate billboard campaign to promote Southern independence (see below). Please help us get this off the ground all over the Southland.
Joyce Bennett, Chairman, Maryland LS

The League of the South has a message all freedom-loving Southerners ought to hear. It is the message of Southern independence from a sinking, corrupt, and destructive government in Washington, DC. When our people hear this message, they usually react positively to it. After all, no one in his right mind wants to go down on an obviously sinking ship.
But how many never hear our message? As much as we hate to admit it, The League of the South is still unknown to most Southerners. Why? One reason is the clutter of mass information. We get buried beneath the crush of topics that dominate the conventional news cycle and the internet. Another is the nature of our message. It’s unpopular with the “powers-that-be,” and is therefore ridiculed, marginalized, or ignored. But perhaps the main reason we remain under the radar is our lack of advertising funds.
The League of the South Board of Directors has approved a major billboard publicity campaign. At present, we have one billboard (design above) on I-75 in south Georgia. The early results have been very promising. Take a look at the website to which the billboard is linked:
It will take a steady flow of money to do this project on the scale we envision, and we need your help to make it successful. As President of the League, I’m asking members and supporters to pledge $30 quarterly, $60 semi-annually, or $120 annually to the billboard campaign. If you can pledge more, we’d be much obliged. Our ultimate goal is to raise $12,000 ($3000 per quarter) over the next 12 months.
You can make a quarterly or semi-annual pledge, for which we will send you a “coupon book” as a reminder of your pledge, or you can simply make a one-time annual donation. Anything we raise over and above the necessary amount will be placed in a special fund to help with the continuation of the campaign.
We believe the campaign has merit and will prove successful in getting us out from under the radar and into the eye of the Southern public. Please make your contribution today to: LS, PO Box 760, Killen, Alabama 35645, or visit our website at to donate via credit card or PayPal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stop Talking Yankee Y'all

"Speak the Speech, I Pray You," by G. P. Wigginton is the latest essay to be posted on the Maryland League of the South's webpage.  Learn about your Southern linguistic heritage by visiting  And stop talking Yankee y'all. 

Take Back Maryland Rally Planned for April 21

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21. The Maryland League is sponsoring a Take Back Maryland Rally in Federalsburg, Maryland on the beautiful Eastern Shore. Our guest speakers will include State Senator Richard Colburn and Protect Marriage Maryland Chairman Robert Broadus. Senator Colburn will address the topic of the partition movement in Maryland, and Mr. Broadus will talk about how Marylanders can overturn a recent law passed by the General Assembly that  redefines marriage and undermines Maryland's traditional culture. It is time that Marylanders who love liberty and uphold morality be heard. Join us on Saturday, April 21st at VFW Post 5246 at 2630 Veterans Dr., Federalsburg, 21632 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in working for a Maryland that is free again. Registration is required. Contact for more information and to register.