Ashcroft's Southern Charm

    I read, in passing, that our new Attorney General Ashcroft had exhibited some amazing racist tendencies over the years.  He also was a strong supporter of places (I can't bring myself to call it a school) such as Bob Jones University and the magazine Southern Partisan.  I wondered what Ashcroft, not exactly known for his caring and inclusive beliefs, would find in this magazine and what the magazine might offer.  I decided to visit its web site, since I wasn't certain I wanted to actually purchase something that Ashcroft liked.  The intelligence of that choice soon became apparent.

    Here are just a few of the statements I found on the site and through other sources.  Now, understand, gentle readers, that these are statements that Ashcroft praised in an interview with the Southern Partisan in 1998.  In fact, he stated during the interview, "Your magazine also helps set the record straight.  You've got a heritage of doing that, of defending Southern patriots like [Gen. Robert E.] Lee and [Gen. Stonewall] Jackson and [Confederate President Jefferson] Davis.  Traditionalists must do more.  I've got to do more.  We've all got to stand up and speak in this respect, or else we'll be taught that these people were giving their lives, subscribing their sacred fortunes and their honor to some perverted agenda."

    Okay, now you know the strength of his support for this magazine, let's look at a few of those quotes that expose the real agenda of this rag.  These are from various writers and editorials.

    "Neither Jesus nor the apostles nor the early church condemned slavery, despite countless opportunities to do so, and there is no indication that slavery is contrary to Christian ethics or that any serious theologian before modern times ever thought it was."  Samuel Francis, 1995.

    "Slave owners ... did not have a practice of breaking up families.  If anything, they encouraged strong slave families to further the slaves' peace and happiness." 1996.

    In regards to Abraham Lincoln, the magazine sated he was a "consummate conniver, manipulator and a liar." 1996.

    "...the sinister Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln - an invitation to the slaves to rise against their masters." 1990.

    John Wilkes Booth's, "behavior was not only sane, but sensible.  His background, loyalties, beliefs, and experiences had led him to that end."

    When he was arrested, Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt sold by Southern Partisan that declared sic semper tyrannis, the words shouted by Booth as he leapt to the stage after murdering Lincoln.

    The magazine cites Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, as proof that the "Confederacy was full of super heroes."  1996

    The magazine also honors David Duke, one-time Republican candidate for the presidency and another Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, as "a candidate concerned about 'affirmative' discrimination, welfare profligacy, the taxation holocaust ... a Populist spokesperson for a recapturing of the American ideal." 1990

    "The tides of immigration turned negative; were characterized by the losers of political history ... the Italians and the Irish ... the dull-spirited and pagan, such as Scandinavians ...  and by peoples to whom the tenets of our republic were altogether alien, such as the hieratic Jews ..." 

    Finally, this rag even calls for another Civil War, for the South to rise again.  "The best hope, perhaps the only hope, for the South lies in an independent Southern nation, where we can at last be free to pursue the life we desire."

    Well, there you have it.  While the magazine claims that much of the above were taken out of context, many of the quotes are not thus addressed.  Nevertheless, this is what your Attorney General admires and supports.  It's really pretty sad, folks, but it is a great example of your Republican Party and its members. ( 1 & 2 )

    If you would like to read their side of this discussion, then here is the page on which to begin. (Thankfully, the Southern Partisan no longer exists.)

 

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