Joe Wasp’s recent article on ID begins with asking a crucial question, “Where does the future lie?” It is a good question, and one that should be asked. It is a complicated question, and one that requires some qualification. Along the way of providing us with an answer to his question, Joe proceeds to build a case on why the future of Dixie rests in the Deep South, all the while engaging in a bit of anti-Texan and anti-Virginian polemic along the way.
Admittedly, Joe puts some points on the board, scoring for both rhetoric and substance, but he also ingloriously whiffs a few. That being said, we shall briefly attempt to bring clarity to where clarity is needed, perspicuity to where perspicuity is needed, all the while bearing in mind two proverbs, an old one and a new- “faithful are the wounds of a friend” and Don’t Mess with Texas.
After graciously recalling the sacrifices that so many of her young men made on behalf of the South during the Civil War, Joe sets his crosshairs on the Lone Star State, reminding us of the Confederate memorial battles currently underway. As a retort, these monuments are being removed in similar fashion throughout the South. Texas is not alone in this regard. I would add that a majority of these are being done by local and city governments in urban locales. Corruption, incompetence, flight, and insolvency are now all classic hallmarks of urban government.
The urban areas purging Confederate monuments are behind enemy lines and we shouldn’t be surprised that the furniture gets rearranged with the inmates running the asylum. Expecting the urbanites to honor memories of ancestors of the people who have long since left their decaying city for suburbia may be hoping for too much. There isn’t anything that has happened to our Texan Southern culture and heritage that hasn’t happened to a similar degree in other States. While we are on this subject, the Texas Nationalist Movement has not turned a blind eye to this cause. Recognizing the cultural importance of protecting historical monuments and reminders of our past, the TNM has made monument protection a top priority and has spent much time and energy on this matter for the past two years. We also have state legislation pending that would protect these monuments on State property. Texas hasn’t forgotten that she was a daughter of the Confederacy. The same enemy that is threatening the Alamo and the Centotaph is the same one battling to remove reminders of our Confederate heritage throughout the state.
Joe also referred to the Texan delusion of a Republic, prophetically announcing that those days are long gone, and they ain’t coming back. I have a four-fold response to this statement. First, no one educated on the days of the Republic would desire to see those conditions imposed on Texas again. She was broke and couldn’t pay her army, her citizens were half-starved while surrounded by enemies, and the fledgling government was constantly challenged by anarchy and outlaws in the East, and Commanches and Mexicans to the South.
Secondly, the Republic days weren’t glorious at all because of the unique social, political, and economic conditions of the frontier at the time. Those conditions had a historical context that has long since passed, so let’s review a little history. When Texas won their independence from Mexico, the Anglo settlers quickly realized that they were stuck between a rock and a hard place. There were many Americans who wanted nothing to do with Texas and didn’t want to have to go to war with Mexico to defend a land that wasn’t their own. Texas statehood was a cause that no one back east was buying for some time. Astute Texans began to slowly realize that their fledgling Republic was in mortal danger. The truth is, Texas could not have remained a Republic for very long. Although the Mexicans were soundly defeated at San Jacinto, they never truly went away, being mindful of the fact that they had superior numbers and without Anglo reinforcement, they would eventually retake the land. Texas struggled financially too. While there were a few small, scattered cities to the east, they were spread out over a vast expanse. There were no roads to speak of, no industry, no manufacturing, and most of her hardy settlers were simply trying to eke out a living through farming and hunting. During the tenuous years of the Republic, Anglo immigration was low. It was only after statehood was formalized that Anglos began to pour into the state. Texas was admitted to the Union because in doing so, she thought she could guarantee her sovereignty and her future. We all know how that turned out.
That being said, Texan pride doesn’t rest on some fictional fantasy of the glorious Republic of old, which leads us to the third point- our pride rests in who we are as Texans. It started at Goliad and continues to this day. We didn’t stop being Texans when we were admitted into the union. We didn’t stop being Texans when we seceded and joined the Confederacy. We didn’t stop being Texans when we were drug back into the Union, nor did we stop being Southerners. We are, however, Texans first and we think that priority of identity should be emulated by people from other states.
My final point here, note that times have changed. She now has people, roads, industry, and manufacturing, and she now has money, lots and lots of money. In fact, the Texas state GDP exceeds the combined state GDPs of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. If that didn’t fully sink in, read the last sentence again. Financially and politically speaking Texas does not need Dixie. You could make a persuasive case that Dixie needs Texas.
Speaking of independence, I searched for any sign of a modern secession movement in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, or South Carolina. I was unable to find one. Guess what Southern state, one that is a true child of Dixie, has one? That’s right Joe, the Lone Star State. I do applaud the Georgians on the 2012 whitehouse.gov petition though. It’s a start, and no Joe, the TNM is under no delusion. We are sober and realistic. We have a clear vision of what needs to happen and a plan in motion. It’s not a plan to recapitulate the political realities of 1861, it’s a modern, realistic plan to reassert State Sovereignty. Waving the battle flag and protecting monuments are important endeavors but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are moving forward, it likely means you are just losing slower. Real political progress means solid gains towards secession and balkanization, and seeing widespread nullification of the Empire’s creeping mandates. Just because we don’t foolishly divide our movement unnecessarily at a critical stage doesn’t mean we are traitors to the Cause. To the contrary, we have kept the Cause alive and the Deep South is welcome to get on board anytime.
Back to Joe’s original question. Where does the future lie?
It starts with a fiercely independent people, as obnoxious and belligerent as we may be, who have a real independence movement afoot. What happens at the Alamo will reverberate across state lines. What is good for Texas will always good for the South, all of it. Every bit of partisan activity done on behalf of Texas Independence will reap dividends for her kin who are still being held hostage by the Empire. The spirit of the South is very much alive in Texas, and someday soon, the Empire will receive its first long, overdue rebuke at the hands of the Yee-haws.
While we plan for the future, we must not live in the past. Yes, we remember it and learn from it, and we honor our ancestors and carry on their traditions. We will continue to remind our brothers and sisters of their faith, their blood, and their heritage, all part of their beautiful Southern identity. In doing so, we perpetuate our culture, and we work on the blue prints for a political machine that will serve our kin and confound the Empire. None of these things can be done without the other. The future of the South lies with her people and Providentially, Texas is leading her kin towards the future.
Instead of blaming Texas, we should be praying for her and encouraging the Texans to be Texans.
-By Octavius Hood
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.