The South–And the Kennedy Brothers–Is Still Right, Conclusion
These were the beginnings of a blooming Southern “radical.” There was a mixture of emotions boiling inside me when reading The South Was Right. This was sort of like a boy learning that his dead father was not the monster portrayed by some disgruntled family member all his life. There was joy at learning that my ancestors were not the pigs I had been told they were. The very title of the Kennedys work emphasized not only that our Southern ancestors were not wrong, and not that they thought they were right — they were right. The South Was Right.
They were correct in asserting their right to govern themselves. They were right that they had constitutional grounds to secede. They were right in appealing to God to have a name and place among the nations of the world. They were right that a constitutional republic is incompatible with the centralized empire the Yankees were hell bent on establishing and controlling.
Alongside that joy brewed an intense anger. Through the indoctrination of the Yankee “education” machine, I had been molded into a compliant, servile subject. For extra credit in the fourth grade I memorized and recited word for word the Gettysburg Address. We were taught that “Honest Abe” was “The Great Emancipator,” and a true paternalistic father to the benighted South, who had to be shown the error of their ways at the point of a bayonet.
For a Southern teenager in the mid-nineties, The South Was Right was an exhilarating welcome after years of darkness. The truth is empowering and emboldening. Seeing people speak it and reading people write it inspires the marginalized among us.
A second and larger edition of The South Was Right was published in 1994. I immediately procured a copy, read it, studied it, and applied it.
And now a new generation may be introduced to this work with the publication of the 21st-Century edition. This covers the emergence of the BLM, “woke,” Antifa crowd of the Neo-Marxist left of whom we were blissfully unaware in 1994. This new left is comprised of godless communists, socialists, and “progressives” who dominate our national government and their propaganda arms — the mainline and digital media, as well as popular culture.
The cultural genocide warned of in 1994 has arrived. The Kennedys write, “Today, Southerners are the only minority who are forced to allow our enemies to define our culture.”
The new edition has eight new or renamed chapters. It takes issue with the pacified Southerners languishing in the malaise of current times, some of whom try to hide under the guise of false sophistry. “Such men are not old and wise, they are just tired and defeated.”
To anyone truly awake, the persistent attacks against Southern heritage is part of a broader campaign by the Neo-Marxists against the remnants of Western Civilization, which they plan to replace with their vision of a godless, socialist utopia based on government-enforced equality of outcome, accomplished through massive wealth redistribution. We see in the final analysis that this has always been, at its root, a spiritual battle.
I have a friend who has told me for years he would like to write a book entitled A Compact Broken. He is now echoed by the Kennedy brothers, who write in this new edition of a “bargain broken.” The post-war “bargain” was that the South would cease all the nullification and secession talk and become “good Americans” in exchange for being left alone. That bargain has been broken, and the Kennedys assert it is time for a “new game.” Aside from reclaiming the constitutional rights of nullification and secession, we must explore new avenues. “Sanctuary counties” or even the creation of new States consisting of the “red” counties of the country are now in play in the “new game.” New avenues must be available to meet the changing situations.
The new game is much more complicated. For this fight can no longer be summed up as North vs. South. It is now Red vs. Blue, Christian vs. godless, urban vs. rural, “woke” vs. traditional, law-and order vs. chaotic anarchists, and Unreconstructed Southerner vs. snotty-nosed, self-hating, ignorant white liberals.
The “election” of 2020 should be an eye-opener for the Christian Southerner. You cannot wave the flag more intensely or “vote harder” to preserve our culture and our people. True, Trump escaped a conviction upon a second impeachment. But if he truly won the vote in 2020 and was denied by election fraud, what makes anyone think that this corrupt system will allow him (or anyone like him) a chance to win in 2024 and beyond? The deck is stacked against you, Southerner, and you must discontinue participating in a rigged game.
Nothing less than our survival as a people is at stake.