|Good morning, it is always
a pleasure to visit Charleston. Before I get started, I want to thank
Ted Turner for making the movie Gettysburg for my rebirth of Southern
consciousness. I walked into the movie as a "Wall Street yuppie
type" interested in an action film and walked out a born again
Southerner. Watching our brave Confederate soldier's meet death in the
smoke and fire of Picket's Charge up Cemetery Ridge, conveyed the
understanding of what they were fighting for. These soldiers were
fighting and dying for the same beliefs of liberty that I share today.
In defense of family, religious faith, state sovereignty and personal
freedom from Washington's big government, confiscatory tax rates and
for the decentralized limited government Republic of our Founding
As you know, this is July 4th weekend
when we are supposed to celebrate our US independence from Great
Britain and the birth of the American constitutional republic. While
millions of Americans will indeed enjoy the holiday - the limited
constitutional republic established by America's Founding Fathers
"IS NO MORE"! It has sadly been destroyed and replaced with
an all powerful Washington empire.
On this day, there are two political
events that will celebrate and promote both independence and an end to
our dependence on Washington and for the return to the American Dream
of our Founding Fathers. Today, on the West coast in California, the
Libertarian Party is holding it's 8th national political convention.
They will nominate my friend Harry Browne as their presidential
candidate and I'll probably vote for him. But let's face it, the
Libertarian Party while an educational success has been a total
But I'm here today to announce there is
a new political force using new political tools on the horizon. We are
here in Charleston, South Carolina to say to Washington and the world.
- We have had enough of America's closed two party monopoly system of
politics. We have had enough attacks on our history; our culture, our
flag and we want our republic back!
We are tired of too much government,
too much taxes and the loss of most of our personal, financial and
economic liberties. We will use the democratic political process, the
constitutional right of state secession and the Internet to win back
self-determination, limited government and independence for all the
people of Dixie.
It is appropriate that the Southern
Party's first convention be held here in the city of Charleston. We
all know this grand city is where the first secession convention was
held back in 1860. Also this is the place where Lincoln created his
illegal Fort Sumter incident to justify war and the invasion against
an already independent Southern nation and her civilian population. To
me, the spirit of Charleston represents far more than her brave
history during the War for Southern Independence. The history of
Charleston also closely parallels the history of an occupied Dixie.
This city's civilian population was
under siege and terror bombed by Northern warships for a much longer
period than either Stalingrad or Leningrad under attack by the Nazi's
during World War II. Much of this city laid in ruins from the bombing
and great fires that swept Charleston but the city survived. A few
years later, an earthquake comparable in size to the Great San
Francisco Earthquake again shook the very foundations of Charleston
but she survived. As you tour the city, you can still see the
earthquake bolts used to correct shifted walls and collapsed
foundations. Around ten years ago, monstrous Hurricane Hugo slammed
into the city with a direct hit and still she survived and prospered.
This history of surviving trials and
adversity is a very similar experience to what our occupied nation,
the Confederate States of America has endured since Lincoln's illegal
invasion of the Southern States. The Confederacy was defeated and
occupied by the overwhelming industrial might of the Washington
Empire. Our nation and governmental institutions were occupied and
ruled by non-elected military dictators loyal only to Washington.
Remember the payment of all private
debts and those by the states and Confederate government used to
support "The Rebellion" (their term not mine) were made
illegal and unpayable in order to impoverish the vanquished Southern
people. It was not until the 1970's that our standard of living again
reached the prewar level of the 1800's. We were disenfranchised and
not allowed to vote just as unfairly as Southern African Americans
were denied the right to vote by the "white only" one party
rule of the Southern Democratic Party.
Let us never forget that Washington's
unlawful military occupation and reconstruction also created a racial
divide that has been used first by the Republican Party (The Party of
Lincoln) during reconstruction, later the Democratic Party played the
evil race card through the early 1960's and again today the
Republicans are using our ethnic origins to divide, conquer and win
elections here in Dixie. We are here today to put the politicians of
both major parties on notice. You cannot divide and conquer us any
longer. Southerners are a people not a race, we are a nation not a
mere group of provinces under the thumb of Washington bureaucrats and
we will be free!
Here in Charleston, 140 years ago -
Lincoln started the war by an illegal occupation of Fort Sumter out in
Charleston harbor. This war killed over 600,000 Americans, North &
South, East & West, white, black, Native American and recent
immigrants. A war of invasion aimed primarily at civilian targets
against an independent nation created by the Sovereign States that had
the legitimate, constitutional right to withdraw from the United
To quote an earlier honorable Lincoln,
before corrupted by power and controlled by the corporate special
interests - that had to destroy an independent South or lose profits
and trade to a low tariff, low tax Confederate States of America.
Any people, anywhere. Being inclined
and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the
existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This
is a most valuable, a most sacred right - a right which we hope and
believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases
in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to
exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize,
and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.
--Abraham Lincoln, January 12, 1848 speech in Congress
But as we have learned by reading
history or watching today's politicians, Lord Acton was right - Power
tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the
result was Lincoln's terrible five year war. Yes and all of this is in
the past. As Washington apologists say - You lost the war now get over
Ladies and gentlemen, far more was lost
in the War Between the States than just the lawful independence of the
Confederacy. Many historians trace America's fall from constitutional
republic to an aggressive, centralized empire to Lincoln's War. The
United States went into the war a decentralized constitutional
republic and came out a federal Washington empire that continues until
this day to expand and threaten the remaining rights, property and
liberty of every American citizen.
Since Lincoln's Fort Sumter incident,
presidents have routinely lied to the American public in order to
start wars and advance the power of the federal government. It worked
at Fort Sumter in 1860, it was used in our treaties with Native
Americans as we violated every treaty resulting in numerous Indian
wars and conflicts. It was useful in the Hurst newspaper plan to wage
war against Spain and annex Cuba and the Philippines. In recent
history, the lie was used to fabricate the fake Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution to get America into the Vietnam War. Finally, in the last
few years it was used against Serbia in our terror bombing of that
tiny little country that dared to say "no to Washington".
What has happened to our Founding
Fathers American Dream of limited government, a neutral foreign policy
and decentralized constitutional republic? It has been replaced by the
Washington empire controlled by a closed two party Democratic and
Republican Party monopoly. This is why all of us are here today. What
can the Southern political movement do to turn defeat into victory?
Let's face facts - Southerners are
daily victimized by cruel "redneck jokes" and
characterizations by political leaders like Clinton and his hatchet
man George Carval as "trailer trash" etc. The press,
television and the movies enforce this Washington propaganda
stereotype that all the people of the South are ignorant, stupid,
prejudiced and second class citizens. This type of malicious attack on
our people would be a hate crime against any other group in the United
States today but all Southerners are "fair game" in this war
of political correctness and total cultural war against everything we
in the South hold sacred.
The political establishment wants to
destroy our heritage, rewrite our history, bulldoze our monuments,
burn and destroy our flag and make illegal the moral and religious
values we hold dear. What is the future of a people that cannot
celebrate their history, fly their flags or even hold a prayer to our
God at a sports event?
See the flag of our nation - The Third
National Flag of the Confederacy. I want to ask you why do they hate
this sacred Cross of St. Andrew so much?
Did it ever fly over a single New
England slave ship? No!
Was it ever flown by soldiers that
helped exterminate almost 90% of the native American population? No!
Was it ever carried by the Klan in the
largest KKK march in history up in Washington DC during the early
Has an air force under this flag ever
killed a million Vietnamese in carpet bombing during the Vietnam War?
Did it ever conduct atomic bombing on
an already defeated Japan or firebomb German cities during World War
Has it led recent invasions and bombing
of Serbia, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, or Somalia? No!
Has a government under this flag ever
promoted millions of abortions and murders of the innocent unborn? No!
Did it ever end prayer in public
schools and now even prohibit student led prayer at sports events? No!
Did this flag ever replace God,
Christian morality and the Ten Commandments in our schools with
secular ideas and government propaganda dished out in the place of
reading, writing and arithmetic? No!
Has any Confederate flag ever taken 50%
of your annual income in taxes when Social Security and Medicare are
considered and up to 80% of your estate at death? No!
Did our flag ever let Washington SWAT
teams to use poison gas outlawed by the Geneva convention for military
forces and then burn alive over a hundred innocent mostly women and
children in the Waco compound? No!
Finally, have sharpshooters under this
flag and on the Washington payroll targeted and murdered an innocent
wife and baby in their cross hairs at the government operation at Ruby
So, I want to ask all of you here
today, why does Washington and the big business, financial and
political elite's hate this flag so much?
The answer, because our flag is the
symbol of resistance to big government, empire and federal power.
Washington is the only super power left today with US troops in over
140 nations. Secession and smaller, more efficient governments will be
the rule in the new 21st Century. They fear our flag, they fear our
movement, they fear the desires, hopes and dreams of America's
founding fathers, our Confederate ancestors that dared challenge their
empire. Brothers and sisters of Dixie - make no mistake - although
small in numbers - they fear us here today!
To quote from the Roman Emperor in the
recent movie Gladiator, how many of you saw the movie? Remember when
the Romans were trying to subjugate another Germanic tribe that
wouldn't take orders. Sounds familiar? The emperor looking down at the
battle said, "A people should know when they are conquered".
The Confederate Nation (a nation within a nation today) is currently
occupied, our heritage and history are under attack but I want to ask
each of you here today - are you conquered?
Your reaction to this statement, our
flag are the symbols of resistance to Washington that they must
destroy. This is why everything Southern and Confederate is under
attack by total cultural war from Washington.
This is why most of us are here today
at the first Southern Party national convention. Our Confederate
founding fathers and America's founding fathers both fought for the
same ideals of limited government, state & local sovereignty and
Since Roosevelt's fascist "New
Deal" during the turbulent 1930's, conservatives and libertarians
wanting to hold back the "goose step" march of a growing
Washington federal government have failed to stop the advance. We have
supported hundreds of lobbying groups and organizations. Both major
political parties and numerous third parties all with one result -
failure! The same outcome has been taking place regarding our defense
of Southern heritage and symbols. We wait for the next attack on our
flag, conduct a defense, generally lose the fight and then wait
patiently for the next attack - all the while apologizing for our
resistance to tyranny.
Southern ladies and gentlemen - what is
wrong with this picture? The problem is we have always fought on the
defensive against big government and now to defend our Southern
heritage. We have played by Washington's rules in a rigged political
game that always guarantees our defeat!
Remember this, no war has ever been won
by fighting a total defensive strategy. This gives the enemies of
liberty the opportunity to pick the field of battle. It is no wonder
we lose every major battle to defend liberty and limited government in
this country. Also, it is not enough just to advocate the status quo
rather we must offer an alternative to the politics of failure that
have contributed to defeat after defeat for the last 70 years. The
solution to big government is unified political action combined with
the legitimate, constitutional tool of the threat of secession.
Today in Columbia, South Carolina the
Confederate Flag comes down. This is a defeat and don't you let any
other heritage organization attempt to convenience you other wise and
is because of this failed strategy I've described earlier. Now many in
the press, your politicians and your local Chamber of Commerce will
compare this total public relations and marketing failure on our side
to Robert E. Lee's defeat at Appomattox. I'm here to tell you today,
to hell with a surrender at Appomattox, this is Dixie's "Pearl
Harbor" - our wake up call to come together, stand together,
organize together and turn the tide against those that would wage
total cultural war against Dixie.
If we have learned anything from the
South Carolina flag defeat - it is that we can not depend on elected
Republican Party representatives in the Congress or at the state and
local level to defend either Southern heritage or the limited
government principals of America's lost republic. Let's face it,
except for a few gallant exceptions, the Republican Party is just half
of the American closed two party monopoly - no more and no less. Our
nation has been led down the road to more federal power and less
liberty by this rigged, closed two party system. While Republican
rhetoric might sometimes embrace our goals of limited government -
their actions show they are usually part of the problem and certainly
not part of the solution.
The solution is political action but
certainly we can count on few already elected officials to represent
our interests. We have the Constitution Party on the ballot in a few
states and we have the Libertarian Party that has been around since
the early 1970's. Again, while an expensive educational success for
liberty and the free market, it has been an electoral failure.
I believe the political solution is pro
South candidates running on the Southern Party ticket when practical
and in non party races and on the primary and actual ballot in other
parties is the answer. This includes the Republican, Libertarian,
Constitution, Reform and yes, maybe even an occasional Democratic
Party race or two. The entire Constitution, Southern nationalist and
heritage movement must create a broad cadre of candidates and
political action that will promote our message at the national level
in the media and electorally at the state and local level.
Our candidates should run in all
political parties to help promote the message of free markets, a
limited federal government and self-determination for Dixie. We can
lead the way here in Dixie and show all Americans that the key to a
return to the constitutional republic as established by Thomas
Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, our founding fathers
will never be found in trusting or supporting the elected officials
that have sold their souls and honor to the closed two party monopoly.
It will never be found in third parties that never win elections.
We must build our own cultural,
heritage, political and media resources that will get our message of
hope, liberty, low taxes and limited government out all across the
South. We must utilize existing institutions when possible, create new
ones when necessary, as is an avowedly Southern oriented political
All Southern heritage, history and
political organizations including the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
the League of the South, the UDC, HPA and others including
conservative and libertarian allied organizations must work for a
common purpose and toward a common goal. More importantly for us here
in Dixie, the different factions in these organizations must put Dixie
and the Constitution first and their own agenda's, egos, personal
power trips, and individual organizations second or we will surely
loose this total cultural war against everything Southern and
Confederate that is being waged by the Washington political
Why do they hate us and our Southern
heritage so? How many times have I been asked this question after a
speech or in private by the people of Dixie that just want to be left
alone to solve our problems, raise our families and worship our God?
What great sin in Washington's eyes have we committed to deserve this
cultural war against Dixie?
The simple answer is we once resisted
the Washington Empire and almost won. No other nation and no other
people can say this. It is a historical fact! Washington's weakness
today is the constitutional right of secession, the Internet and our
dedication to the cause of freedom and liberty for every Southerner
regardless of race, creed, color or religion. They know it and I'm
speaking here today to make sure you know it.
Make no mistake, this battle will cost
money. Those of us in the Southern nationalist movement and even
including our conservative and libertarian allies will never be able
to raise the money necessary to compete with the powerful special
interests that support big government, corporate welfare and their
growing control over our life, liberty and property. We simply can't
play their rigged political game by their changing rules and hope to
To win, we must show that we have more
than rhetoric on our side. We must show that we can produce results.
Education isn't the answer it's an excuse for inaction. The solution
is to show the millions that want to halt Washington, defend our proud
Southern heritage and return to the American Dream of our founding
fathers that this dream can only be accomplished by threatening the
legal, moral and constitutional right of state by state secession in
state constitutional conventions. This is the case in the South, in
the North and out West.
The threat of secession as a political
tool to control an over bearing and out of control central government
is the solution to big government and tyranny around the world. It has
worked for Quebec, it is working in Scotland, Wales, Northern Italy,
the Isle of Man and it will work for Nevis, and British Crown
territories like Bermuda, Grand Cayman, the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I'm here today to tell you that it will also work to free Americans
all over the United States from a too large, too powerful federal
The time of large empires, centralized,
heavily indebted nation states is over today in the 21st century.
Large nation states cannot compete in the 21st century age of
information, financial and ultimately political freedom that will come
from the Internet and a service based economy. Over 135 years ago,
Robert E. Lee saw the future of the Washington empire when he stated,
I fear the liberties of our country will be buried in the tomb of a
That is what has happened to the once
great, free republic - the United States of America. Yes, America is
still a great nation, a powerful nation but it has also degenerated
into an empire. What we have today is a nation of provincial states
ruled by a dictatorial, parasitic evil city state called Washington
DC. It is no different than Rome in the ancient Roman Empire. What
would Washington, Jefferson or 80 years later, John C. Calhoun,
Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee do if they were in our situation
today? What course would they follow? Everyone here knows the answer.
Remember the Declaration of Independence. When in the course of human
Let us begin here today, to lead Dixie,
the United States and the world back to liberty, smaller and more
responsive government and self determination. Who will take the first
step and stand up against the Washington Empire? We will, the much
maligned, occupied people of a short lived nation that was trampled
under, destroyed, occupied and buried just like other peoples and
nations that dared resist the Washington empire during the 19th and
The South Will Rise Again and now its
our turn to show the world that the American Dream of free markets,
liberty, limited government and opportunity is not dead. It has just
been buried for over 135 years by the Washington Empire. Our day is
coming. The rebirth and resurrection of Dixie and the constitutional
republic of America's patriot founding fathers will again be
reestablished on the earth.
Remember the constitutional right of
secession is the ultimate political tool against big government and a
closed political monopoly. We don't have to play by their rules and
working together with the benefits of the Internet will give us
victory. Let us all get started to make this happen in our lifetimes.
How many of you were in the Montgomery,
Alabama earlier this year at the League of the South Flag Rally? Raise
your hands. Remember the feeling when thousands of Southerners began
spontaneously to yell and chant INDEPENDENCE NOW! This is the legacy,
God willing - we must leave our children. The choice for every
American today is Washington Empire or Independence. There is no
Thank you for asking me to speak here
today at your convention. God Bless You & May God Save the South
and America's Constitution.
Ron is a member of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans, the League of the South and the Southern Party.
He is an investment consultant and is always available to speak to
heritage organizations and financial conferences on a wide variety of
investment, free market, history and political topics. He may be
contacted toll free at 1-888-560-8779, by e-mail at Ronholland@compuserve.com
or at his extensive web site at www.ronholland.com