Since the middle of the 20th century, when the Dixiecrats flipped sides over resistance to the federal overreach that was the Civil Rights movement, the South has solidly been on the side of the GOP. For lack of a better option, we Southrons have chosen to ally ourselves with the party that is, at least prima facie, the one for limited government, cultural and economic conservatism, and pro family. Whether or not the GOP is actually that is a subject for another time.
What I wish to discuss today is the origin of the Republican party. Too often you see modern GOPers cling to the doggerel that they are of “The Party of Lincoln (TM).” It is particularly irksome when a son or daughter of the South spews this vile rhetoric. This stems from a central ignorance of the history of both ours and the Yankee nation, because the fact of the matter is that as much as the word Democrat is loathsome to Southern ears today, we all would have been Democrats in times past, just as our grandfathers on back to the age of Jackson were. The fact of the matter is that, at the time, the GOP was a left wing, big government party, heavily influenced by the writings of Marx.
It is important, however, to not get too bogged down in what something was when considering what something is. Otherwise you wind up going full Dinesh D’Souza, and it is never a good idea to go full Dinesh.
The Republican party originated from the disparate pieces of the defunct Whig Party, maintaining its belief in the ability of man to progressively reform his fellow man and to use the coercive force of the government to do so. From its inception in 1856, the party was against the Southern nation and her traditions and sought to do away with the South’s culture and traditions, as it saw the sectional influence of Dixie, then at its apex, to be a threat to Northern and Western commercial interests. There was no unified strain of thought in the newly formed Republican Party, but it can generally be said that it was of the left wing. But this was the party of William Lloyd Garrison and Horace Mann, so the influences were decidedly anti-Southern, whatever else could be said about the voting blocs of the early Republicans.
The South had been in command of the young nation’s destiny almost from the start – 9 of the first 15 presidents were from Dixie, and of the 6 who weren’t, Polk, Pierce, and Buchanan favored polices which were beneficial to the South – and particularly so in the post Jackson era. The Republicans sought to shift the balance and reassert Northern supremacy over the Southern people whom they caricatured as “evil slave owners” or indolent layabouts whose lack of ambition demanded the correction of the Northern Redeemer. The Republicans sought to build upon the failures of the Whigs, who elected only two presidents, both of whom died in office. This required forming a coalition of industrialists, westerners, northeastern Yankees, and immigrants not under the sway of the Democrats.
The 48’ers were immigrants who fled Europe as political exiles after the failed Socialist revolutions of 1848-49. Many of these socialists found a comfortable new home in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The descendants of the Puritans, who had by then abandoned their God, were natural allies of the socialists, who also believed in the perfectibility of life on earth and the willingness to act violently against those who stood in the way of mankind’s “progress”.
The party’s first standard bearer, Abraham Lincoln, was not a Marxist in the true sense of the word, though there was certainly some overlap between his beliefs and those of the socialists. His objection to slavery, far from being rooted in any noble belief in racial equality or justice, was rooted in the fact that the practice disadvantaged the working man. Free-soil labor was a cause in common between the Republicans and the Communists. Indeed, Karl Marx would write in praise of Lincoln and his victory in the election of 1864 for these reasons, saying:
“From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of Europe felt instinctively that the star-spangled banner carried the destiny of their class. The contest for the territories which opened the dire epopee, was it not to decide whether the virgin soil of immense tracts should be wedded to the labor of the emigrant or prostituted by the tramp of the slave driver?”
Of course, Marx was wrong, and Lincoln was no more a friend to the working class Yankee than he was to the negro. He enslaved several million men via conscription so that he could enslave several million more to his burgeoning Yankee Empire.
It is bitterly ironic that in the modern day, liberals are the ones advocating for slave labor, here and abroad, to the detriment of the Southern white worker. The GOP has become thrall to the global capitalist and its unending allegiance to lower taxes and free trade agreements which benefit its corporate masters are the only positions it will back with any vigor.
The Republicans of today are not the ones of yesterday; if any of us can even call ourselves Republicans (and I don’t call myself one), we have nothing in common with the left-wing progressivism of Abraham Lincoln, Salmon Chase, Horace Greeley, et al.
That does not change the fact that the Republican party has failed against the Left because it was never on the right on issues of culture; its shift was purely one of economics. The Grand Old Party was only too willing to punt on every cultural issue to the leftists, which is a big part of why we’re in the situation we find ourselves in. The mainstream GOP will not halt the destruction of our monuments, nor will they support Dixie in any way — it was the GOP that called for the removal of Confederate battle flags back in 2015 to appease negro voters and Yankees who already hated them. These people are born losers who’d rather die on Neo-liberal Hill than win. It is for this reason that these people won’t even support President Trump. The Republican establishment cannot be counted on to be on our side, not in general nor on issues specific to Southern and/or white nationalists. They were only too happy to agree with the leftist slander of what happened in Charlottesville. Namely that our guys were the aggressors and the police and ANTIFA dindu nuffin. The establishment hacks clutched their pearls at the mere suggestion, made by Trump, that yeah there were some bad hombres on the other side (which is about as good as we can hope for from a national political figure at this point). Cowards and Scalawags, the lot of them.
Because the leftists won in 1865 and because we have failed to have a party which is truly socially conservative since the 1930s, we are living in a socialist dystopia today. Conservatives, far from standing astride history and yelling STOP, seem to conserve nothing but the beliefs of last generation’s liberals. Of course, what constitutes a political generation gets narrower and narrower as the left gets more and more radicalized. It was only a few months ago, and within a few years of its becoming a cause celebre on the left, that the National Review advocated for ceding the field on transgenderism. The GOP may not be as far left as its origins, but the evidence shows that it is complicit in the rise of the Far Left. Fellow Southerners, I feel we deserve better than that, and I believe we must no longer look to the Republican party. Rather, we must strive toward freeing Dixie from the failed American Empire that the tyrant Lincoln and his GOP created.
-By Joseph Quintero.
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.