The Institute on the Constitution Again Falsely Ascribes Quote to Thomas Jefferson (UPDATED)

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If the Institute on the Constitution leaders can't get these easy quotes right, then how can they be trusted to teach the Constitution?This time it is Jefferson again. IOTC has Jefferson saying, "That government is best which governs least." According to the ever reliable Anna Berkes at Monticello, Jefferson didn't make that quote. The IOTC has falsely attributed quotes to George Washington (twice), Thomas Paine, and to Jefferson (twice). It certainly looks like they don't care. To m … [Read more...]

Todd Starnes: School Board Members Who Voted to Remove Rebel Mascot and Dixie Anthem Are Dim-witted Lefties

Add Fox News Todd Starnes to the short list (including David French and Bryan Fischer) to the list of prominent conservatives who are defending symbols of the Confederacy.In a column today, Starnes made fun of the Fort Smith, Arkansas school board for phasing out their Rebel mascot and removing Dixie as the school fight song. More precisely, the school board met as a committee of the whole and voted to make it official during an upcoming meeting. According to a notice on the district's … [Read more...]

You Find the League of the South in the Strangest Places: CNN and the Institute on the Constitution

The League of the South appears to be leading the media defense of the Confederate flag. Tonight I watched the South Carolina LoS chairman Pat Hines try to defend the Confederate flag on CNN (I'll get video when I can)."We think it's a memorial to our ancestors who fought to stop an invasion." Pat Hines, SC League of the South pic.twitter.com/dvt9IDeRtP— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 23, 2015At one point near the end, Hines wondered why another guest (a South … [Read more...]

Reaction to Calls to Remove The Confederate Flag in South Carolina; Walmart to Drop All Confederate Flag Merch

I know where I stand.Walmart just announced they are removing all Confederate flag products. I didn't know they sold any. Not a popular item in Western PA.Others are weighing in. Mitt Romney,got the ball rolling:Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 20, 2015John Kasich and Scott Walker agree:Proud of Gov. @nikkihaley. Now it's time to … [Read more...]

It is Past Time to Remove the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

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Governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina capitol and I agree with her.Why did it take so long?The argument that it is about heritage not white supremacy is a tired, silly argument. Anyone who understands how offensive the flag is would not display it. There can be no other reason but to send a message of intimidation.Southern nationalists will go nuts but that isn't reason enough to keep it. They are all over … [Read more...]

Ten Years of Blogging: League of the South President Says Being a White Supremacist is Just Fine

I write about neo-Confederate groups which I describe as organizations which have members who wish the south would have won the Civil War. Most also  can be described as white supremacist or segregationist groups. Their numbers are small but they may play a role in radicalizing peripheral members of their movement (including disturbed ones like Charleston shooter Dylann Roof) to acts of violence (and acknowledged by a League of the South leader here). I have followed the League of the South most … [Read more...]

The Institute on the Constitution Posts Another Incorrect Quote Attribution – This Time They Get Thomas Paine Wrong

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The Institute on the Constitution claims to be an educational outreach of Michael Peroutka's law firm. Miseducational outreach would be a better term. They claim to teach about the founders but they often are sloppy and attribute things to the founders they didn't say.Once, they claimed Jefferson said something he didn't say and then they botched George Washington as well.  Now, the target of false quotation is Thomas Paine.Paine never said it; it most likely originated with Edward Ab … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution Posts Spurious Thomas Jefferson Quote

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The Institute on the Constitution just can't seem to get quotes right.On their Facebook page, the neo-Confederate organization periodically features quotes they claim come from the founders. However, the quote are often spurious.  The most recent one attributed to Thomas Jefferson was posted earlier this month: How fitting for the times we are in!www.theamericanview.comPosted by Institute on the Constitution on Tuesday, April 7, 2015This appears to be derived from … [Read more...]


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