Ryan Walters, "sometime" guest host of Chris McDaniel's radio show 'The Right Side" and a member of McDaniel's 2007 campaign committee, has a blog. He also authors op-eds for the Laurel (Miss.) Leader-Call. From time to time he writes things like this:
One Texas county administrator, Judge Tom Head of Lubbock, is already vowing resistance if Obama is re-elected, which he believes will result in “civil war.” The judge is pledging to oppose any use of foreign troops against the people of his county should the economy collapse as a result of Obama’s second term. Some say he’s crazy; I think he’s a top-notch public servant using interposition to safeguard his people.But his summer, he really let his
You see, whacked-out pinko Leftists like me and Sarah Palin believe that the Union victory at Gettysburg was a good thing for the ol' U.S. of A. Looking back, we realize it was the turning point of the Civil War. (Or as more than a few McDaniel supporters know it, the "War of Northern Aggression".) But you see, "conservatives" like Mr. Walters view things differently:
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought on July 1-3, 1863 in a small Pennsylvania town. Celebrations began on Sunday and are scheduled to last all week. Articles and commentary from across the political spectrum will flood the Internet and the airways in praise of those who fell on that hallowed ground in defense of liberty.
Yet the praise will be directed at Union forces. But what about the 28,000 Southern soldiers who died for what they believed in? Did they risk less? Were their ideals any less glorious than those above the Mason-Dixon line?Yes, Mr. Walters, yes they were.
Especially if you believe that words mean things. Say, for instance, the words the leaders of our very own Mississippi chose to express why they seceded. Here are the first two paragraphs of our state's Declaration of Secession:
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.I could go on and reprint the whole thing here, but I'd like to spare the internet the burden of having the word "slave" reproduced on it over and over again.
So yes, Mr. Walters, yes those ideals were less glorious.