Institute on the Constitution: Confederate Troops Fought For “Government Of The People, By The People, For The People”

According to a post on John Lofton’s Institute on the Constitution blog, journalist H.W. Mencken was right to declare the Confederate side of the Civil War to be fighting for government of the people. Lofton declared the Gettysburg address to be a lie because, in agreement with Mencken, the Union soldiers were fighting against self-determination.

And what did the South want to self-determine?

Mencken says the Confederates went into the battle free. But who was not free? What group of people, living in the South, did not have the right of self-determination?

After spending some time listening to the IOTC material and perusing their website, there can be little doubt that the the position of the IOTC is that the wrong side won the Civil War.  They are not over it.

Here are just a few other articles on point:

Lincoln A Murderous Tyrant Who Lied Repeatedly About Secession

America According to Lincoln

What Might Have Happened if the South Had Won and Lincoln Put on Trial for War Crimes?

Michael Peroutka To Address “League Of The South” In Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 1

President Bush Trails Michael Peroutka by 45 Points! – “You may also tell them that I am proud to be a member of League of the South. I look forward to receiving the support not only from guys with Confederate flags in their trucks, but also those with the Southern Cross in their hearts.” — Michael Peroutka

Fireworks, Gettysburg, and a Bittersweet Fourth of July – In this article, Michael Peroutka says America lost the battle of Gettysburg:

The second sadness comes from the historical proximity of the defeat of our American forces at Gettysburg.

On the fourth of July, 1863, after three days of brutal and desperate fighting to defend and preserve an American way of life, American soldiers retreated in the rain through Frederick, Maryland and slipped back across the Potomac River to the relative safety of Virginia.

I wonder what “Independence Day” thoughts went through the minds of these men as they marched away from that horrific scene where they and their brethren had sacrificed life and limb for the cause of American Independence. What singular faith and courage led them to continue the struggle to defend America from the growing tyrant!

Though most people living in America don’t realize it, the Army of Northern Virginia was the last force capable of countermanding the centralized tyranny that had, more than one hundred forty-two years ago, succeeded in undermining the concept of the Constitutional Republic. When Lee lost at Gettysburg, no earthly force remained that could stand against the Washington leviathan.

Do you see what he did there?  Peroutka refers to the Confederate troops as the “American forces.”  These “American forces” were battling to “preserve an American way of life.” According to Peroutka, the effort to preserve the Union and end slavery was tyranny and the Confederates were fighting for the “cause of American Independence.”

So when the National Religious Broadcasters and Liberty University broadcast the IOTC course, should it be called the American view or the Confederate view?


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  • Patrocles

    For a serious debate, we should begin with speaking about a “Yankee view” and a “Confederate view” and should look at the “American view” as something which is not given, but has to be arrived at.

  • Zoe Brain

    It is the view of the Religious Right.

    Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

    Twas ever thus. Remember the origins of the Southern Baptist Conference.. Read Rushdooney on the subject.

    Most Christians aren’t like that. Most radical political activist Christians are. A consequence of the Southern Strategy, where religion and politics became inextricably intermingled on the Right. Though you could say the rot really started when “E Pluribus Unum” was replaced by “In God We Trust”.

    Those who fight monsters often become monsters themselves.

    So the GOP will continue to purge the sane in primaries, as it gradually implodes. But all it will take is for the DNC to commit a blunder, and who is the electorate to turn to?

    Look at the GOP’s candidates for Governor and Lt Governor in Virginia.

  • Richard Willmer

    From Warren’s text:-

    “What group of people, living in the South, did not have the right of self-determination?”

    The ‘self-determination’ argument of the racists is complete bunkum; and Warren’s question exposes that reality for any reasonable person to see.

    It is also my view is that much of the nonsense (referred to by Zoe) that could eventually bring down the GOP is motivated by a totally irrational response to the colour of President Obama’s skin. Poisonous; pitiful; pathetic.

  • stephen

    The idiot view.