The Confederates lost.
I never liked those damn Civil War reenactments.
I mean, could you imagine the Germans reenacting the Nazi Occupation of France? Cause that's the category Confederates sympathizers and reenactors and "the South will rise aginers" are under in my book.
As Brad Pitt's character Lt. Aldo Raine in the movie Inglorious Bastards was wont to say in his Tennessee accent, "I'M IN THE NAZI-KILLIN' BIDNESS!"
If they were real Confederates, then they would know what the Constitution actually states, and understand what the real Confederate soldiers knew - that to wear that uniform and fight against the union was to risk death or imprisonment if they lost.
Which they did, but since Lincoln was such a bright guy, who understood that killing or imprisoning THESE Nazi's was likely to cause more problems than it would solve, they got to walk around free.
Where I think our modern day American right wing Nazi's - led by their Fuhrers Beck and Hannity and my number one fan, Michelle Malkin - have lost touch with reality is this insistence that the federal government, the one that seemed to be just fine 18 months ago when Commandant Bush was in charge, doesn't look so good these days.
Maybe if we called the UNITED States of America what it really is - a collective - then the collectivist notions that have helped to make this country great wouldn't seem so communistic. This COLLECTIVE of states has done more to advance the interests of Americans than any one state or combination of states could achieve. It has done more to elevate our standard of living, create opportunities for economic growth, and educate our children than any ragtag effort by individual states could have ever hoped to achieve.
Europe has the kinds of nation-states these right wing Nazi's seem to want to create so nobody can tell them what to do, but guess what? The 40 billion the EUROPEAN COLLECTIVE is ponying up to keep Greece afloat is the same thing we do here, only without the national chestbeating, when we ship cash from rich states to poor states to keep the collective operating.
The German Nazi's were wrong then, and the American right wing Nazi's are wrong today.
EXCERPT:Now I know why the Christian Right has to tell you how religious they are all the time - so you don't see the tails peeking out behind them.
Sedition: Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction
-- Brittanica Concise Dictionary
Well, finally. It's high time somebody had the guts to say the S-word -- sedition -- right out loud.
When the indictments against the Hutaree were unsealed last week, the S-word was right there, front and center, in Count One. The Justice Department accused them of "seditious conspiracy," charging that the defendants "did knowingly conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and other persons known and unknown...to levy war against the United States, and to prevent, hinder, and delay by force the execution of any United States law."
This is very serious stuff. But the Hutaree are getting nailed for sedition only because they crossed the line with inches to spare. They're by no means the only ones. Advocating, encouraging, and sanctioning sedition is the new norm on the conservative side.
We saw it again last Thursday, when the Guardians of the Free Republics -- a Sovereign Citizen group that believes that the oath of office taken by state governors is invalid under their twisted Bizarroland interpretation of the Constitution -- sent letters to most or all sitting state governors telling them to either a) take what they consider to be a legitimate oath of office; b) stand down; or c) or be removed "non-violently" within three days. The FBI, rightly, regards this as a potentially seditious threat against the governors.
These two events are a wake-up call for progressives. They're telling us that it's time to openly confront the fact that conservatives have spent the past 40 years systematically delegitimizing the very idea of constitutional democracy in America. When they're in power, they mismanage it and defund it. When they're out of power, they refuse to participate in running the country at all -- indeed, they throw all their energy into thwarting the democratic process any way they can. When they need to win an election, they use violent, polarizing, eliminationist language against their opponents to motivate their base. This is sedition in slow motion, a gradual corrosive undermining of the government's authority and capacity to run the country. And it's been at the core of their politics going all the way back to Goldwater.
This long assault has gone into overdrive since Obama's inauguration, as the rhetoric has ratcheted up from overheated to perfervid. We've reached the point where you can't go a week without hearing some prominent right wing leader calling for outright sedition -- an immediate and defiant populist uprising against some legitimate form of government authority.
Moderates and liberals are responding to this rising threat with feckless calls for "a return to civility," as if all that's needed to put things right again is a stern talking-to from Miss Manners. Though that couldn't hurt, the sad fact is that we're well past the point where it's just a matter of conservatives behaving like tantrum-throwing spoiled brats (which they are). When a mob is surrounding your house with torches and telling you they intend to burn it down, "civility" really isn't the issue any more.
None Dare Call It Sedition
And I know why they keep looking for "real Americans" - because they are the furtherest thing from them.
"Real American" corporations are deserting the rancid rantings of Glen Beck daily.
"Real Americans understand that the Confederacy was a lost cause from the getgo, and its weak modern day militia minded imitators have less chance than they did of tearing this American union apart.
"Real Americans" are holding their hands over their ears whenever the UnHoly Trinity of Beck, Hannity, and Malkin get to boiling over with baseless invective.
"Real Americans", though are going to have to come in from the cold.
Cause it's time for us "Real Americans" to get back into "the Nazi killin' bidness" stateside.
I've got my cigar ready.