“Dedicated to the Chicago Convention,” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly, Sept. 3, 1864. (Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

The South is different by virtue of identity politics.

You will hear people suggest that “identity politics” is something that leftist radical hippies invented in the Sixties. In fact, in his 1861 “Cornerstone Speech,” Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens said,

“The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the [slavery] institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.” Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth….”

[Author’s note: Regular readers have seen me cite the above passage before but, in my defense, it is perhaps the purest example of master race bullshit produced in public policy on the North American continent.]

These seditious attitudes would eventually find a new home in those, not only in the South, who refer to themselves as America’s “patriots”; mostly because they say so and that is what our punditocracy hears and reports back. Often enough, the descendants of later immigrants and Freemen can never be raised to the level of “real” Americans, so their stories don’t matter, their neighborhoods don’t deserve investment, their cultures can never be adopted by our mainstream (except when the blues has a baby and they name it rock and roll) and their votes only serve as evidence of “fraud.”

Recently, Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, led the charge against the free and fair election of former Vice President Joe Biden, waving the banner of former President Donald Trump’s Big “Stop the Steal” Lie in the wake of his loss to Biden. After the Capitol putsch incited by Trump while a joint session of Congress officiated the vote count of the Electoral College making the 2020 election official on January 6, Hawley remained focused on his mission to undo the election and moved his objection to count the Electors from states where Biden won. Several Democratic Senators in turn demanded an investigation of Hawley and fellow electoral skeptic Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for following through with Trump’s plot against the election. He did not react mildly:

“This line of thinking is, however, sadly consistent with the new woke-mob mentality that you should cancel anyone who disagrees with your views,” wrote the Senator that waved his fist in solidarity to the MAGA mob outside the Capitol on his way in to cancel the electors certified by states where most voters chose President Biden in a traditional democratic election over baseless accusations of voter fraud. “Your baseless allegations are in that sense unfortunately typical of today’s leftwing cancel culture, a culture that tramples on the democratic traditions that left and right once defended together.”

We as a nation have increasingly been hobbled by a policy of spite. We must tolerate vapid bromides, like “heritage not hate” and “political correctness” from pseudo-intellectual faketriots, because monuments and other public displays honoring a historic act of treason are demanded by privileged assholes who get to participate in free and fair democratic traditions.

One never knows how or when or even if they may be making history. Indeed, one can never presume that history is even a fixed property. After all, absolutely no one does cancel culture better than those who whine the most about it — namely, conservative Republicans. Just ask Colin Kaepernick.

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