Category: Justin O. Smith

The Confederate Monuments: Dead Stones and Real Monsters


Constitutional conservative-minded Americans must stop the recently accelerated movement to remove Confederate monuments, because it is a tool used by the racists of the regressive Democratic (Communist) Party and the Black Caucus to gain more power and destroy our constitutional republic.  Their campaign uses “white supremacy” as an excuse to attack the Western and Judeo-Christian principles that built America, and in their zeal to create a sanitized fantasy world, where nothing bad ever happened in America’s history, they are destroying American and black history and eliminating anyone, and anything, they deem “racist” from the public square and the annals of history.

States like Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee already have laws protecting their historical monuments, while the monuments along Richmond’s Monument Avenue rest in a protected historical park.  Alabama recently extended such protection to its monuments on May 24, 2017 through the Alabama Monument Preservation Act.

Now, as reported by Luke Broadwater, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who allowed Baltimore to be torn apart by riots, are leading the movement to remove the Roger B. Taney Monument, on Mt. Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monuments in the Wymann Park Dell.  The approximate $600,000 price tag is the only thing that has stopped them so far, but they are considering auctioning the monuments off.

In St. Louis, Joe Millitzer and Michelle Madaras reported that Mayor Lyda Krewson and city treasurer Tishuara Jones are leading the charge to remove a 32-foot-tall monument in Forest Park, dedicated in 1914, that depicts a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the Civil War.  An angel hovers above them, and the inscription reads, “In memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States By the United Daughters of the Confederacy of St. Louis.”

Those people willing to eradicate the Confederacy from America’s consciousness seem to forget many things.  They forget that Jefferson Davis, although an advocate for slavery, was a hero of the Mexican-American War and a former U.S. senator and secretary of war for the United States.  They forget that many Confederate veterans fought with distinction in the Spanish-American War, and they are American veterans, who received pensions and benefits by an act of Congress.

As Senator Gerald Allen of Alabama recently noted, “history itself … it may be good, bad, or ugly – you can’t whitewash it[.] … When you start removing monuments and statues … in a sense you lose history.”

By and large, most Southerners really do wish to simply preserve the history of these Confederate heroes and their Southern heritage.  They have long set aside their racial prejudice, on the whole, even if it was a struggle getting there.

America could destroy every Confederate monument, and that would still not satisfy the left, especially the Black Caucus and some black and Hispanic communities across America.  They would continue this cultural cleansing aimed at white society.  Behind their remorseless drive against white culture is an egalitarian extremism rooted in hate and envy.

Democrat Rep. Reginald of Arizona fumes over “six [Confederate] monuments … using taxpayer dollars to actually prop up … terrorism of its day.”  He has yet to denounce the radicals and the leftist terrorism that is surging and becoming increasingly more violent.

Last month, hundreds of illegal aliens tried to ban U.S. citizens from a city council meeting in Cudahy, Calif.  Shouts of “white supremacists back to Europe” were fired across the halls and outside.

In an August 2013, Samir Shabbaz of the New Black Panthers said, “You’re going to have to kill some of these babies, just born three seconds ago … go into the g—— nursery … and just kill everything white in sight[.]”  His hate-filled rant called for bombing white churches and “[burning] up some cracker white supremacy” if blacks want to be free.

In January 2017, a Black Lives Matter activist in Seattle, a preschool teacher, calling for reparations and the confiscation of white property, said, “We need to start killing people[.] … F— white supremacy, f— the U.S. empire.”  And then, on Flag Day, we were horrified to witness a Bernie Sanders leftist gun down Representative Steve Scalise (R) and Matt Mitka, both in critical condition at this writing, along with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner.

I wonder if these leftist and Democrats have forgotten that free black men owned slaves prior to the Civil War, too.

Some free black men owned family members to protect them, but there were plenty like William Ellis, one of South Carolina’s largest land owners, who were in the slave-breeding business for profit.  Ellis even sold one of his own daughters into slavery.

There were approximately 488,000 free black men in America – ten percent of the black population – according to federal census reports from June 1, 1860.  Of these free black men, there were approximately 262,000 living in the South, with 10,700 or so living in New Orleans.  And according to Duke University professor John Franklin, over three thousand free black men in New Orleans owned slaves, or about twenty-eight percent of freed blacks in New Orleans.

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice told Fox News on May 8, 2017 (27 min., 50 sec.), “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you[.]’ … Confederate heroes should be viewed in the context of their time instead of through the prism of modern values.”

Where does this end?  Are we now expected to dynamite half of Mount Rushmore and topple the Washington Monument?  Are we expected to rename Washington, D.C and other cities across America like Jefferson City, Missouri?  The left and the Democratic Party would tell us that yes, we expect you to deconstruct America.

The dead stones of the Confederate monuments honoring noble men on the wrong side of history are cut from the virtues of their day and harmless, even if some say they symbolize the evil done by the real monsters from the Confederate and Jim Crow eras.  Those monsters are a long time dead, long passed.  The monsters of the regressive Democratic Party, those Communists, Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party and La Raza, are here today, in the here and now, with us.

Some of these leftists and Democrats are just as evil, if not more so, as the most evil slave traders in American history.  They claim to be fighting “white supremacy” and the racism it perpetrated, but in return, they offer black and brown supremacy, intolerance, racism, and hate directed at white people in general.  They embrace an anti-American ideology that leads to the abuses and slavery they claim to despise – the “re-education camps” and the gulags – as they foist their fractured fairy tales upon all America.  They are the very monsters they claim to fight.

The long road to freedom is being deconstructed.  The road to civil war is being paved.

Constitutional conservative-minded Americans must stop the recently accelerated movement to remove Confederate monuments, because it is a tool used by the racists of the regressive Democratic (Communist) Party and the Black Caucus to gain more power and destroy our constitutional republic.  Their campaign uses “white supremacy” as an excuse to attack the Western and Judeo-Christian principles that built America, and in their zeal to create a sanitized fantasy world, where nothing bad ever happened in America’s history, they are destroying American and black history and eliminating anyone, and anything, they deem “racist” from the public square and the annals of history.

States like Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee already have laws protecting their historical monuments, while the monuments along Richmond’s Monument Avenue rest in a protected historical park.  Alabama recently extended such protection to its monuments on May 24, 2017 through the Alabama Monument Preservation Act.

Now, as reported by Luke Broadwater, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who allowed Baltimore to be torn apart by riots, are leading the movement to remove the Roger B. Taney Monument, on Mt. Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monuments in the Wymann Park Dell.  The approximate $600,000 price tag is the only thing that has stopped them so far, but they are considering auctioning the monuments off.

In St. Louis, Joe Millitzer and Michelle Madaras reported that Mayor Lyda Krewson and city treasurer Tishuara Jones are leading the charge to remove a 32-foot-tall monument in Forest Park, dedicated in 1914, that depicts a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the Civil War.  An angel hovers above them, and the inscription reads, “In memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States By the United Daughters of the Confederacy of St. Louis.”

Those people willing to eradicate the Confederacy from America’s consciousness seem to forget many things.  They forget that Jefferson Davis, although an advocate for slavery, was a hero of the Mexican-American War and a former U.S. senator and secretary of war for the United States.  They forget that many Confederate veterans fought with distinction in the Spanish-American War, and they are American veterans, who received pensions and benefits by an act of Congress.

As Senator Gerald Allen of Alabama recently noted, “history itself … it may be good, bad, or ugly – you can’t whitewash it[.] … When you start removing monuments and statues … in a sense you lose history.”

By and large, most Southerners really do wish to simply preserve the history of these Confederate heroes and their Southern heritage.  They have long set aside their racial prejudice, on the whole, even if it was a struggle getting there.

America could destroy every Confederate monument, and that would still not satisfy the left, especially the Black Caucus and some black and Hispanic communities across America.  They would continue this cultural cleansing aimed at white society.  Behind their remorseless drive against white culture is an egalitarian extremism rooted in hate and envy.

Democrat Rep. Reginald of Arizona fumes over “six [Confederate] monuments … using taxpayer dollars to actually prop up … terrorism of its day.”  He has yet to denounce the radicals and the leftist terrorism that is surging and becoming increasingly more violent.

Last month, hundreds of illegal aliens tried to ban U.S. citizens from a city council meeting in Cudahy, Calif.  Shouts of “white supremacists back to Europe” were fired across the halls and outside.

In an August 2013, Samir Shabbaz of the New Black Panthers said, “You’re going to have to kill some of these babies, just born three seconds ago … go into the g—— nursery … and just kill everything white in sight[.]”  His hate-filled rant called for bombing white churches and “[burning] up some cracker white supremacy” if blacks want to be free.

In January 2017, a Black Lives Matter activist in Seattle, a preschool teacher, calling for reparations and the confiscation of white property, said, “We need to start killing people[.] … F— white supremacy, f— the U.S. empire.”  And then, on Flag Day, we were horrified to witness a Bernie Sanders leftist gun down Representative Steve Scalise (R) and Matt Mitka, both in critical condition at this writing, along with Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner.

I wonder if these leftist and Democrats have forgotten that free black men owned slaves prior to the Civil War, too.

Some free black men owned family members to protect them, but there were plenty like William Ellis, one of South Carolina’s largest land owners, who were in the slave-breeding business for profit.  Ellis even sold one of his own daughters into slavery.

There were approximately 488,000 free black men in America – ten percent of the black population – according to federal census reports from June 1, 1860.  Of these free black men, there were approximately 262,000 living in the South, with 10,700 or so living in New Orleans.  And according to Duke University professor John Franklin, over three thousand free black men in New Orleans owned slaves, or about twenty-eight percent of freed blacks in New Orleans.

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice told Fox News on May 8, 2017 (27 min., 50 sec.), “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you[.]’ … Confederate heroes should be viewed in the context of their time instead of through the prism of modern values.”

Where does this end?  Are we now expected to dynamite half of Mount Rushmore and topple the Washington Monument?  Are we expected to rename Washington, D.C and other cities across America like Jefferson City, Missouri?  The left and the Democratic Party would tell us that yes, we expect you to deconstruct America.

The dead stones of the Confederate monuments honoring noble men on the wrong side of history are cut from the virtues of their day and harmless, even if some say they symbolize the evil done by the real monsters from the Confederate and Jim Crow eras.  Those monsters are a long time dead, long passed.  The monsters of the regressive Democratic Party, those Communists, Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party and La Raza, are here today, in the here and now, with us.

Some of these leftists and Democrats are just as evil, if not more so, as the most evil slave traders in American history.  They claim to be fighting “white supremacy” and the racism it perpetrated, but in return, they offer black and brown supremacy, intolerance, racism, and hate directed at white people in general.  They embrace an anti-American ideology that leads to the abuses and slavery they claim to despise – the “re-education camps” and the gulags – as they foist their fractured fairy tales upon all America.  They are the very monsters they claim to fight.

The long road to freedom is being deconstructed.  The road to civil war is being paved.



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Pansy America's New Bill of 'Rights'


Americans have become a wilting, withering mass of weak, needy crybabies who have departed far and away from the strength of back, intellect, and character of America’s Founders, who created a system that none other has ever equaled.  Rather than follow along the path that made America a strong, economically thriving and prosperous nation, many Americans, especially Millennials, pursue petty and paltry pleasures, as would a sloth and a glutton, and claim their slightest whim to be a “right.”

Some things, like food, shelter, clothing, water, and health care, are critical to our lives.  However, they are not “rights.”  Even if they were made rights, this would set in motion a confiscatory requirement to satisfy that right at the expense of others, much as America currently chafes against our current welfare system.

Just as many of us witnessed Tennessee’s House Democrats release a collection of fifty bills called “The People’s Bill of Rights” in February 2017, more and more, Americans hear a clamor from their progressive countrymen of all rank and file, for wants and desires to be provided through government funds, the taxpayers’ dollars.  Now, not only do many across the nation demand health care as a right, but they also demand a $15-per-hour minimum wage and free university educations.

In March, Chris Enloe of TheBlaze reported Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)’s tweet, which stated: “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”

My good friend, retired U.S. Army Colonel Kurt Schlicter, editor for Townhall, tweeted back: “Guns are in the Bill of Rights, but they aren’t one [according to Democrats]. The right to have one pay for your healthcare is not [in the Bill of Rights], but it’s a right?”

In a study published by the Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield detail in the ranks of America’s contemporary poor that eighty percent have air-conditioning, fifty percent own a personal computer and can access the internet, and two thirds have cable TV.  A household receiving $50,000 in welfare benefits is still considered poor if its pre-welfare income falls below the poverty line, even though its members are living, in many respects, better than the middle class of 1964.

According to Rector and Sheffield, our government has spent 22 trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars fighting poverty since 1964 and President Johnson’s Great Society.  The study also documents and charts $1 trillion spent annually on 90 means-tested welfare programs.

Over one hundred years of Marxist propaganda, the kind found in President Woodrow Wilson’s treatise entitled “Constitutional Government in the United States” and President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 “Second Bill of Rights,” seems to have done its mischief well.  Arguing for corrupting the Constitution, Wilson saw it as a vessel to further the progressives’ agenda, while FDR viewed it as a means to assure equality, “economic security,” and the pursuit of happiness.  Wilson spoke of our rights as “privilege,” and FDR framed them as “political rights.”

Our rights are God-given and natural, and they exist simultaneously among all people.  The rights of free speech, freedom of religion, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures – to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – are inalienable rights.  They are not privileges to be granted or rescinded, as some past presidents, Obama included, have interpreted them.  And in the pursuit of “true individual freedom” through “economic security,” Roosevelt and Obama offered the antithesis of the right to one’s own private property.

A true right does not impose any obligation on another.  One’s rights to free speech, religious liberty, self-defense, and assembly, among others, impose no obligations on anyone else, except to allow each other to use these rights without interference.

Ayn Rand wrote in 1961 (“Man’s Rights”), “If some men are entitled by right to the product of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor.”

Even if most Americans are willing to accept the theft of their labor, their wealth, to fund real health care, we already know that government is not a trustworthy guardian of such an enormous responsibility.  What did America receive under Obamacare, other than $2 trillion more debt, the loss of doctors, a rise in premiums, a massive tax and a welfare law that contained 20 new taxes, and a huge expansion of Medicaid?  And so far, the Republican plan isn’t much better.

In the meantime, Americans rename privilege and benefits “their right” while ignoring their own misguided lifestyles and poor choices.  Too many Americans spend more than they save, and too many prefer the government security blanket over the pride of one’s own independence.

Some Americans bemoan the public corruption our country is suffering and the associated moral and constitutional crises.  However, the country on the whole has failed to promote the values that would have prevented these problems.  Corrupt leaders continue to advocate and implement measures that negatively impact businesses and families, that also limit individual liberty and true free-market capitalism, expanding government in the process.

Other Americans have become fanatics for their various causes.  They are in the streets, ironically demanding their own demise as they protest against their own self-determination and for ever more autocracy and authoritarianism.  When they vote, they vote to enslave not only their fellow countrymen, but themselves, however unwittingly.  They accept the collectivization of rights, and soon they will accept the collectivization of property.

Friedrich Hayek, author of The Road to Serfdom, puts this struggle in proper perspective: “Economics has from its origins been concerned with how an extended order of human interaction comes into existence through a process of variation, winnowing and sifting far surpassing our capacity to design … motivated by [our] needs and desires within the community.”

Sadly, this trend toward fascism, this malaise, has permeated the ranks of our country’s future leaders, our children, and left them with false expectations.  Outside family, churches, and communities, the marketplace is the vanguard for moral truths in a free-market society, and positively influencing the community through clear decent and moral principles, Judeo-Christian principles, improves businesses and betters people’s lives.  In asking the next generation to return to a true capitalist value-based society, America’s conservatives ask for something that has not existed in their lifetime, but it is necessary to avoid self-induced destruction, and to ask is righteous.

Freedom and moral truths and the strength of men’s will in a free society, unfettered by superfluous regulations, enabled America to succeed.  They are the facilitators who fuel innovation, support free thinkers, and encourage people worldwide to become who they choose to be, not who the state demands they must be.

When government guarantees equality and “economic security,” it suppresses creativity, ingenuity, and reward systems that enable people and nations to grow and prosper.  Have Americans learned nothing from history?

Americans have become a wilting, withering mass of weak, needy crybabies who have departed far and away from the strength of back, intellect, and character of America’s Founders, who created a system that none other has ever equaled.  Rather than follow along the path that made America a strong, economically thriving and prosperous nation, many Americans, especially Millennials, pursue petty and paltry pleasures, as would a sloth and a glutton, and claim their slightest whim to be a “right.”

Some things, like food, shelter, clothing, water, and health care, are critical to our lives.  However, they are not “rights.”  Even if they were made rights, this would set in motion a confiscatory requirement to satisfy that right at the expense of others, much as America currently chafes against our current welfare system.

Just as many of us witnessed Tennessee’s House Democrats release a collection of fifty bills called “The People’s Bill of Rights” in February 2017, more and more, Americans hear a clamor from their progressive countrymen of all rank and file, for wants and desires to be provided through government funds, the taxpayers’ dollars.  Now, not only do many across the nation demand health care as a right, but they also demand a $15-per-hour minimum wage and free university educations.

In March, Chris Enloe of TheBlaze reported Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)’s tweet, which stated: “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”

My good friend, retired U.S. Army Colonel Kurt Schlicter, editor for Townhall, tweeted back: “Guns are in the Bill of Rights, but they aren’t one [according to Democrats]. The right to have one pay for your healthcare is not [in the Bill of Rights], but it’s a right?”

In a study published by the Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield detail in the ranks of America’s contemporary poor that eighty percent have air-conditioning, fifty percent own a personal computer and can access the internet, and two thirds have cable TV.  A household receiving $50,000 in welfare benefits is still considered poor if its pre-welfare income falls below the poverty line, even though its members are living, in many respects, better than the middle class of 1964.

According to Rector and Sheffield, our government has spent 22 trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars fighting poverty since 1964 and President Johnson’s Great Society.  The study also documents and charts $1 trillion spent annually on 90 means-tested welfare programs.

Over one hundred years of Marxist propaganda, the kind found in President Woodrow Wilson’s treatise entitled “Constitutional Government in the United States” and President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 “Second Bill of Rights,” seems to have done its mischief well.  Arguing for corrupting the Constitution, Wilson saw it as a vessel to further the progressives’ agenda, while FDR viewed it as a means to assure equality, “economic security,” and the pursuit of happiness.  Wilson spoke of our rights as “privilege,” and FDR framed them as “political rights.”

Our rights are God-given and natural, and they exist simultaneously among all people.  The rights of free speech, freedom of religion, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures – to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – are inalienable rights.  They are not privileges to be granted or rescinded, as some past presidents, Obama included, have interpreted them.  And in the pursuit of “true individual freedom” through “economic security,” Roosevelt and Obama offered the antithesis of the right to one’s own private property.

A true right does not impose any obligation on another.  One’s rights to free speech, religious liberty, self-defense, and assembly, among others, impose no obligations on anyone else, except to allow each other to use these rights without interference.

Ayn Rand wrote in 1961 (“Man’s Rights”), “If some men are entitled by right to the product of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor.”

Even if most Americans are willing to accept the theft of their labor, their wealth, to fund real health care, we already know that government is not a trustworthy guardian of such an enormous responsibility.  What did America receive under Obamacare, other than $2 trillion more debt, the loss of doctors, a rise in premiums, a massive tax and a welfare law that contained 20 new taxes, and a huge expansion of Medicaid?  And so far, the Republican plan isn’t much better.

In the meantime, Americans rename privilege and benefits “their right” while ignoring their own misguided lifestyles and poor choices.  Too many Americans spend more than they save, and too many prefer the government security blanket over the pride of one’s own independence.

Some Americans bemoan the public corruption our country is suffering and the associated moral and constitutional crises.  However, the country on the whole has failed to promote the values that would have prevented these problems.  Corrupt leaders continue to advocate and implement measures that negatively impact businesses and families, that also limit individual liberty and true free-market capitalism, expanding government in the process.

Other Americans have become fanatics for their various causes.  They are in the streets, ironically demanding their own demise as they protest against their own self-determination and for ever more autocracy and authoritarianism.  When they vote, they vote to enslave not only their fellow countrymen, but themselves, however unwittingly.  They accept the collectivization of rights, and soon they will accept the collectivization of property.

Friedrich Hayek, author of The Road to Serfdom, puts this struggle in proper perspective: “Economics has from its origins been concerned with how an extended order of human interaction comes into existence through a process of variation, winnowing and sifting far surpassing our capacity to design … motivated by [our] needs and desires within the community.”

Sadly, this trend toward fascism, this malaise, has permeated the ranks of our country’s future leaders, our children, and left them with false expectations.  Outside family, churches, and communities, the marketplace is the vanguard for moral truths in a free-market society, and positively influencing the community through clear decent and moral principles, Judeo-Christian principles, improves businesses and betters people’s lives.  In asking the next generation to return to a true capitalist value-based society, America’s conservatives ask for something that has not existed in their lifetime, but it is necessary to avoid self-induced destruction, and to ask is righteous.

Freedom and moral truths and the strength of men’s will in a free society, unfettered by superfluous regulations, enabled America to succeed.  They are the facilitators who fuel innovation, support free thinkers, and encourage people worldwide to become who they choose to be, not who the state demands they must be.

When government guarantees equality and “economic security,” it suppresses creativity, ingenuity, and reward systems that enable people and nations to grow and prosper.  Have Americans learned nothing from history?



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