Pathetic Mississippi Tea Party Candidate Defends Sons of Confederate Veterans, Says They’re Not Racist

chris-mcdaniel-4I always laugh whenever someone tries to defend the confederacy to me.  The confederacy was a secessionist movement within the United States that tried to form their own nation built on the belief that human beings should be deemed “property.”

I don’t care if you had relatives who fought for the confederacy (they’re actually traitors by the way) or you think the flag “looks cool,” everything related to the confederacy is linked to racism.  Not just racism, but the ownership of human beings – otherwise known as slavery.

Well, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel doesn’t think the Sons of Confederate Veterans are racist at all.  In fact, he simply considers them a historical group.

McDaniel said, “We’re talking about an organization that our governor is a member of, that in the past that our senators have been members of, that many members of our House and Senate are members of.  It’s not a racist organization.  It’s a historical organization filled with reenactors and collectors.  That’s all it is.”

What’s next, “Sons of the Nazis”?  People flying flags with the swastika on the back of their trucks because it “looks cool”?  Can you imagine that?  Because while the movements were different, the beliefs both of these groups represented are reprehensible.  They believed that a specific group of people were subhuman – able to be treated as slaves or slaughtered at will.

Some of you may have heard of McDaniel – he’s the one who said he wouldn’t pay taxes if they were raised to pay reparations for slavery and has frequently referred to Latino women as “mamacitas.”  He also once complained that a female candidate for governor of Alabama only got on the ballot because of her “boobies.”

It’s just amazing how people continue to defend the rights of those who view favorably upon the confederacy.  Even if you want to ignore the racial implications of what they represented (which wouldn’t make any sense because that was the basis for their existence), they were a group of people who were basically terrorists that opposed our Constitution and waged war against the United States government.

Not exactly a group of people who should be “honored.”

But here we have a Republican, and a tea party favorite, defending his participation with this racist group by supporting their racism, saying it’s all about “history.”  But what is that history?  It’s a movement of people driven by the belief that human beings should be owned and that our Constitution didn’t represent them.  That a certain demographic of human beings should be treated like farm equipment rather than people.

That’s the “history” these “confederate” groups represent.  That’s the “history” people like Chris McDaniel seem proud of.

It’s the history most people seem ashamed of, but far too many Republicans seem proud to represent.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Liz May

    It is the Flag of Treason, of dishonor and the breaking of vows toward the United States.

    • Cameron Abercrombie

      You Maadam mustve drank the coolaid at a very young age, its sad just sad

  • shopper

    Based on this, we could claim the DAR is also filled with traitors and our flag is a flag of treason……….the difference is – we won the Revolutionary War. Personally I think it best to just view it as an historical group and ignore them. The only time to act against them is if they commit racists acts today.

    • felipe63

      Traitors to England, not the United States, huge difference. And you’re right, acceptability of ‘the cause’ is determined by the winners, the southern states lost, they need to accept that.

      • Eddie Krebbs

        Filipe63, agreed. But I don’t see folks walking under the USA flag and shooting up London as we saw yesterday in KC.

      • Cat Marcuri

        I’d like to point out that the Mississippi branch tried only three years ago to get a commemorative license plate issued honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the KKK…I would NOT call that a historical group. As an actual reenactor AND a historian, I find that lukewarm characterization a bit insulting.

      • Chris Nance

        I would like to see your proof that Nathan Bedford Forrest started the KKK.

      • Cameron Abercrombie

        Chris Cat will never be able to produce that, she apparently buys into the Klan Myth

    • rx7ward

      Their very existence is a racist act.

  • John Michles

    The flag shown is not any of the several flags of the Confederate States of America. It is a battle flag used so confederate generals knew where their lines were while fighting against the troops of the United States of America. It was added to many Southern State flag to show opposition to Civil Rights and Voting Rights.

    • Cat Marcuri

      I believe that the Stars and Bars they are so proud of today was Tennessee’s battle flag, NOT the “national” flag of the Confederacy.

      • Chris Nance

        The Stars and Bars was the first national flag of the Confederacy.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    And how is that repub effort to recruit women and minorities coming along ?

    Unfortunately, he isn’t alone.

    Even though the old joke in SC and GA has long been “thank God for Mississippi”, he unfortunately isn’t alone. Tie into the guy who shot folks in at the KC JCC and retirement home (and actually ended up killing 2 Methodists and a Catholic). Or the rancher in Nevada who is on record saying that the USA doesn’t exist – and called in all his militia friends to defend his grazing on Federal Land.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    the worst part of American history—by FAR— and some so-called “americans” keep it alive? Hmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, well; lets all vote regressive white trash tea party and we can go backwards socially and economically

  • Cat Marcuri

    Did some research on the group, out of curiosity. Here’s the one that jumped out at me, the “commission” they operate under:

    “To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication
    of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the
    defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his
    history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those
    principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals
    which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”
    — Lieut.-Gen. Stephen D. Lee, Commander-in-Chief, United Confederate Veterans, April 25, 1906.

    • Cat Marcuri

      Also found this little nugget of info: In 2011, The Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans launched a campaign to honor Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest with a specialty license plate. The same year, the Sons of Confederate Veterans awarded controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio its “Law and Order” award. In 2013, Texas denied a request for a Confederate Battle Flag specialty license plate, a decision later upheld in State court. In 2014, Georgia approved a Confederate Battle Flag specialty plate, which reignited controversy.

      • Southern Gentleman

        There is no evidenced that Nathan Bedford Forrest was ever a member of the KKK let alone it’s founderl

      • Cameron Abercrombie

        Nathan Bedford Forrest did not start the KKK, just to let you know. That is a myth conjured by the Klan

  • Elvis Oswald

    Allen,
    I am not a wing nut… I am a progressive with libertarian leanings – I call myself a constitutionalist. Just wanted to get that clear so that you don’t dismiss my comments outright. I am only commenting so that you might improve your position on this issue.
    I would ask you to do a little research about the issue of slavery as it relates to the civil war. When people say it wasn’t about slavery… they aren’t just whistling Dixie… it really wasn’t about slavery.
    The United States of America is just that – States… that are united… for common defense and a few other things. That is in the constitution… and is not just bullshit spouted by racist southerners.
    Do some research on what actually sparked the war. Unless you just want to parrot the government approved storyline.

    btw – Slavery is wrong… and anyone now or then who thought it wasn’t – or isn’t – is wrong.
    But that doesn’t change the fact that the federal government then, and even more so today, as over-stepped it’s constitutional power…

    • kimhusseinbrunelle

      I have only one word for you Elvis. Bullshit.

      • Elvis Oswald

        Well that’s fine, Kim. I see you are a member of the Blue Team (TM) – and so, anyone who disagrees with the Blue Team (TM), *must* be a member of the Red Team (TM).
        I get the same crap from the Republicans.

        You need to break out of the false left/right paradigm. Bush said, “either you’re with us, or you’re with the terrorists” – well, that’s not true… the world is not black and white or red and blue.

        This false left/right paradigm is meant to divide us. They tell you that the other side is out to get you… that they are evil and wrong and blah, blah, blah.

        Did you know that the right does the same thing? Democrats are a bunch of queer, baby-killing, gun-grabbing commies… that’s what they say. Is that true? No.
        And when the left tells you that people on the right are a bunch of racist, gun-toting, bible-waving, poor-hating, greedy bastards… why would you believe that?
        And… (this will blow your mind) – some people are actually middle of the road. Some people don’t want to take away anyone’s freedoms. 🙂

        I believe in a women’s right to choose. I believe in a woman’s right to own and carry a gun. I believe in her right to commit suicide… to smoke weed… to do whatever she wants to do – as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights of others.

        Now hopefully, if you think all that through… you will see that I am not some racist bastard trying to justify a symbol of hate.
        I’m not.
        I don’t think it’s a symbol of hate… but, I do realize that enough people can be offended… that I wouldn’t wear one or fly one… just to be nice. Cause I’m a nice guy.

        However… the war was not about slavery. That is a lie. It’s the “official” line because they don’t want you to think about the constitution and what this union of states is supposed to be… they want you to think that the federal government is sovereign over you, the individual… and that is not true.

    • Phil Keast

      If you don’t believe (or the Confederate States didn’t believe) in a UNITED States, but in a United STATES, why become members of the Union in the first place? Sure, slavery was just a convenient pre-text for the Confederate States to go to war because they wanted freedom to ignore those parts of the Constitution they found inconvenient, but they still expected the full protection of those parts of the Constitution that didn’t restrict their right to be assholes. That’s known as wanting to have your cake and eat it as well. Tough Sh*t folks, you lost, your cause was unconstitutional and in the end futile gesture that led to deaths of many who could and should have lived long, prosperous lives. Get over it.

      • Elvis Oswald

        Phil, the civil war began in 1861 – and Lincoln didn’t free the slaves until 1863.
        The constitution outlines the role of the federal government. If you don’t like the constitution – you should move somewhere else. 🙂

      • Phil Keast

        Look beyond your nose my friend, I don’t live in the USA, so my study of your history and constitution is not influenced by any political or local bias with respect to the USA, or any other period or place in history, with of course the exception of the preconceptions I bring to the study of Australian history and constitutional law, where I do my best to be aware of any such bias.

    • Slim Smith

      Elvis: How about YOU read some history? To wit: Mississippi’s official document outlining its cause for secession. MS was second state to secede, btw, after S. Carolina…

      A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union

      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.

    • SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

      I would like to address the
      comments regarding the issue of Slavery. While I do not uphold the
      institution of slavery today, I believe to declare

      the institution of slavery evil and sinful without clear Biblical proof is to
      place human wisdom above the word of God. I
      do not believe that the Bible

      anywhere condemns slavery. The Institution
      of Slavery is as old as mankind. It is first mentioned in Genesis;
      Chapter 9, the prophecy pronounced by Noah

      upon Canaan is
      that his descendants should be “slaves. It is highly unlikely that a word
      (slave) would be used for the first time, without explanation, unless

      the people of the time already understood what a slave was. This implies
      that slavery was also practiced in the antediluvian age.

      The Bible regulates the institution of slavery rather than condemning it. In
      the fourth and tenth commandment, there is a
      prohibition against making

      slaves work on the Sabbath. In the tenth Commandment, there is a
      prohibition against coveting a neighbor’s slave. In the Twenty-first chapter
      of Exodus, God

      demands that a slave be set free for certain unjust treatment by the master.

      Perhaps one of the greatest slaveholders in history was Abraham. Slaves
      were given him (Genesis 20:14 & 12:16). At least 318 were born in his

      household (Genesis 14:14). Abraham bought slaves (Genesis
      17:12-13). “The Lord blessed Abraham with many slaves,”(Genesis
      24:35). If you declare that the

      institution of slavery is wicked and sinful and that all slaveholders deserve
      the ultimate punishment, you must condemn a hero of Faith (Hebrews 11), the
      friend

      of God, (James 2:23) and the Father of all Them That Believe (Romans 4:11).

      During the earthly ministry of our Lord, a centurion (gentile) had a slave that
      was sick. He besought our Lord to have mercy on his slave and heal

      him. This would have been a wonderful opportunity for our Lord to expose
      the “evil of slavery”, but instead he greatly commended this
      centurion

      slaveholder, (Matthew 8:5-13).

      The duties of slaves and
      masters were expounded by Peter and Paul in the New Testament.

      There are two examples of runaway slaves in the Bible. In the Old Testament, Hagar is
      rebuked by the Angel of the Lord and sent back to
      her mistress.

      In the New Testament, a runaway
      slave by the name of Onesimus was converted under the preaching of Paul and
      then sent back to his master Philemon, a minister and a slaveholder.

      “Slaves, be obedient to them
      that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling…as unto
      Christ”,(Eph.6:5)

      While I do not believe that Slavery in the Old South was without cruel and
      unjust masters, I do believe that the worst treated slave was better off in
      this

      country than his native land.

      While I cannot prove Divine Providence had a part in the removal of
      these slaves from their native land to the United States, I cannot say
      for sure it did not.

      It has been estimated that
      when former slaves were interviewed 87 percent spoke fondly of their old
      masters.

      Based on these biblical references, I sincerely hope that you will rethink your
      position regarding the institution of slavery and likewise your condemnation
      of former generations of fellow Southerners for a practice that the
      Bible does not condemn.

  • 13bigdaddy13

    If more of these traitors had been hanged and fewer had been forgiven after the Civil War, perhaps less of this ignorance would prevail today.

    • Richard Bohlman

      If Booth had shot Lincoln sooner the south might have won its freedom from the file north!

  • John

    The Confederate flag is one flag I don’t mind being used as a mat or an alternative to toilet paper.

    • Richard Bohlman

      Along with the U.S. rag that allowed slavery by U.S. law for 80+ years before any state ever left the union empire.

  • Bobby F. Spriggs Jr

    I agree that it was a flag of treason and oppression. I would never fly such a flag. Just because it happened, doesn’t make it some type of honor. People try to hang on to a false past.

    • Richard Bohlman

      I for one really could care less what you agree with! Their are over 300 thousand Confederate Veterans (they are U.S. veterans by U.S. Law) that need to be remembered for their valor and honor to duty!

  • Mr President Sir!

    There were many reasons for the civil war besides slavery that is fact! As probably the leftist person in Mississippi at this time I can tell you point blank you won’t win any friends here with that approach. Even though I agree with most of what you say and some of what you said here including that there is a strong racist element in the Sons of the Confederacy. Your version of history is extremely one sided on this. As far as the South being traitors that’s a matter of opinion. But atleast they were men enough to stand up and fight for what they believed in against a stronger larger adversary.
    Unlike the big talking Texans, who claimed they weren’t cowards they just couldn’t make it all the way across Louisianna in 2 yrs to save the day. Yea right braggerts are rarely brave!
    It was the battle flag that a lot of brave men fought and died under in one of many rich men’s wars. Poor people never start wars they just get to die in them. It is a shame that it has been usurped by racist hate groups since then. But it also a shame that those men are being maligned and judged by people from a completely different time with no concept of honor and bravery now. Go a head now bash me all you want!

  • Tillmann Puschka

    don’t waste your time, breath, and nerves scolding these racist pricks- they will never understand.

    • Cameron Abercrombie

      I understand youre in need of an education

  • Glenn Green

    Involuntary (forced) UNION = TYRANNY.

  • Glenn Green

    The Confederate Battle Flag is a sacred symbol for myself and many of the 70 million descendants of Confederate soldiers. The CFB to me represents true freedom (LIBERTY) from governmental intrusion in my life.

    The Spirit of the Constitution and our most primary founding document is the Declaration of Independence = (DOI) it gives Americans their prime directive to always be in control of the Government = whenever the current government does not act in the peoples best interest it is our sacred “Duty” to abolish it ASAP. The DOI is our only failsafe mechanism (THE RESET BUTTON) to protect us against a TYRANNICAL government. Abraham Lincoln’s policies of subjugation of the South at all costs forever rendered the DOI null and void and resulted in our enslavement as tax slaves forever with no recourse.

  • Matthew Joe Mallory

    Seriously lacking in history or even political knowledge. First, if it was all for slavery, why did States such as Tennessee or Virginia secede only when Lincoln called for invasion, and not before? Why did the Union only fight to preserve the Union rather than free the slaves? Lincoln only changed the Union goal to free slaves when France, Britain, and other countries threatened to side with the Confederacy. On the topic of “treason”, prove it. They seceded from the Union, and only fought when invaded. They were no longer part of the United States, so calling it treason is like calling Canadians traitors for fighting against us in the War of 1812. Makes no sense, and completely lacks any legal ground.

  • woodwerkman

    Allen Clifton is an idiot and totally void of historical knowledge.

  • Southern Gentleman

    It seems that many of you are ignoring the fact that SLAVERY was LEGAL under the Constitution.

  • Stallex

    I don’t mind saying that the author of this article doesn’t know his history of the Confederacy. Read the Confederate Constitution: it outlawed slavery. Care to recant an article that is based upon a faulty premise where your writing starts by saying “a nation built upon the belief that human beings should be property”.