America’s Second Civil War

America’s Second Civil War

Pat Buchanan
Aug 18, 2017

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! … No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.”

So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the American People” in 1965.

First in his class at West Point, hero of the Mexican War, Lee was the man to whom President Lincoln turned to lead his army. But when Virginia seceded, Lee would not lift up his sword against his own people, and chose to defend his home state rather than wage war upon her.

This veneration of Lee, wrote Richard Weaver, “appears in the saying attributed to a Confederate soldier, ‘The rest of us may have … descended from monkeys, but it took a God to make Marse [Master] Robert.'”

Growing up after World War II, this was accepted history.

Yet, on the militant left today, the name Lee evokes raw hatred and howls of “racist and traitor.” A clamor has arisen to have all statues of him and all Confederate soldiers and statesmen pulled down from their pedestals and put in museums or tossed onto trash piles.

What has changed since 1965?

It is not history. There have been no great new discoveries about Lee.

What has changed is America herself. She is not the same country. We have passed through a great social, cultural and moral revolution that has left us irretrievably divided on separate shores.

And the politicians are in panic.

Two years ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the giant statues of Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson on Richmond’s Monument Avenue “parts of our heritage.” After Charlottesville, New York-born-and-bred McAuliffe, entertaining higher ambitions, went full scalawag, demanding the statues be pulled down as “flashpoints for hatred, division, and violence.”

Who hates the statues, Terry? Who’s going to cause the violence? Answer: The Democratic left whom Terry must now appease.

McAuliffe is echoed by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate in November to succeed McAuliffe. GOP nominee Ed Gillespie wants Monument Avenue left alone.

The election is the place to decide this, but the left will not wait.

In Durham, North Carolina, our Taliban smashed the statue of a Confederate soldier. Near the entrance of Duke University Chapel, a statue of Lee has been defaced, the nose broken off.

Wednesday at dawn, Baltimore carried out a cultural cleansing by taking down statues of Lee and Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney who wrote the Dred Scott decision and opposed Lincoln’s suspension of the right of habeas corpus.

Like ISIS, which smashed the storied ruins of Palmyra, and the al-Qaida rebels who ravaged the fabled Saharan city of Timbuktu, the new barbarism has come to America. This is going to become a blazing issue, not only between but within the parties.

For there are 10 Confederates in Statuary Hall in the Capitol, among them Lee, Georgia’s Alexander Stephens, vice president to Jefferson Davis, and Davis himself. The Black Caucus wants them gone.

Mount Rushmore-sized carvings of Lee, Jackson and Davis are on Stone Mountain, Georgia. Are they to be blasted off?

There are countless universities, colleges and high schools like Washington & Lee named for Confederate statesmen and soldiers. Across the Potomac from D.C. are Jefferson Davis Highway and Leesburg Pike to Leesburg itself, 25 miles north. Are all highways, streets, towns and counties named for Confederates to be renamed? What about Fort Bragg?

On every Civil War battlefield, there are monuments to the Southern fallen. Gettysburg has hundreds of memorials, statues and markers. But if, as the left insists we accept, the Confederates were traitors trying to tear America apart to preserve an evil system, upon what ground do Democrats stand to resist the radical left’s demands?

What do we do with those battlefields where Confederates were victorious: Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville?

“Where does this all end?” President Trump asked.

It doesn’t. Not until America’s histories and biographies are burned and new texts written to Nazify Lee, Jackson, Davis and all the rest, will a newly indoctrinated generation of Americans accede to this demand to tear down and destroy what their fathers cherished.

And once all the Confederates are gone, one must begin with the explorers, and then the slave owners like Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison, who seceded from slave-free Britain. White supremacists all.

Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay of Kentucky and John Calhoun must swiftly follow.

Then there are all those segregationists. From 1865 to 1965, virtually all of the great Southern senators were white supremacists.

In the first half of the 20th century, Woodrow Wilson and FDR carried all 11 states of a rigidly segregationist South all six times they ran, and FDR rewarded Dixie by putting a Klansman on the Supreme Court.

While easy for Republicans to wash their hands of such odious elements as Nazis in Charlottesville, will they take up the defense of the monuments and statues that have defined our history, or capitulate to the icon-smashers?

In this Second American Civil War, whose side are you on?

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14 comments on “America’s Second Civil War

  1. Quote: “a newly indoctrinated generation […] accede to this demand to tear down and destroy what their fathers cherished.”
    Thus it is with revolutionaries. The immemorial Latin Mass comes to mind!

  2. Actually, it has come to mind, that many works of art are leftist creations. VERDI’S OPERAS such as Nabucco, which reflected and inspired the idea of freedom and national unification. PUCCINI’S TOSCA ESPECIALLY also reflected how it is these ideas of Masonic freedom and Secularism should work to hide and lie against legitimate proChurch authorities. We have statues, streets and songs of many war “heroes” such as George Washington, General Pulaski, etc.,that “Liberated” us from monarchies and brought a republic unto the Americas that would later reek havoc with Masonic regimes. The leftist US revolutionary elites lead us to exporting war and revolution into Catholic Latin America and Phillipines, and invade Traditional Europe- war of 1812, 1898, World War 1, which created conditions that set the US to finish the job of destroying Germany in World War 2, the US-Clinton intervention in the balkans and Iraq, etc., We have forms of art and music considered too stupid and avant garde that also comes out of the left- as well as art and music that over time, seem to have become conservative, considering the ever increasing audacity of leftist art. BEETHOVEN and Mozart were Masons, in their time were “advanced”, but pale in comparision to the audacity of art of today. People are not teaching Catholics even begore Vatican 2 about the dangers if admiring these artists and people in history. I believe if the left wants to get rid of statues, we Catholics should also be prepared to tear down leftist rememberances. We as Catholics have so ingrained into our minds that Catholism is for the purpose of advancing “civilization”, that we forget that not advancing “civilization” but rather salvation and conversion are its goals. Conservatives have used the Church to advance “human respect” and work within a system of “peaceful coexistence” that today, even Rome has succumbed to this support of social stability, and sees it as the end goal.

  3. All of the hysteria aside, it has very little to do with the Civil War, the South, the Confederacy, or General Robert E. Lee.

    The Alinskyite agenda behind all of this intends to wipe away all of Western civilization and Western culture (Cloward-Piven Strategy). They are already targeting George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. There will be Leftist calls to rename all streets and buildings which are named after Western male figures from history or anyone with whom the Left disagrees. They have to change the name of the capital right? Washington? What about New York? New York? Can we have a city in the U.S. actually named after that 17th-century aristocratic Catholic reactionary (and agent of the Jesuits) James II, Duke of York and Albany, the brother of England’s Alpha Male King Charles Stuart II and son of King Charles I of England who had that Jesuit agent French Catholic wife????

    (irony and sarcasm alert for any sensitive liberals or progressive SJWs whose schools no longer teach History or satire)

    You’re going to have change all of that NY Yankees gear!

  4. Coincidence or Conspiracy?

  5. Obviously Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio need to change the name immediately. They can’t have the state and city named after the 17th-century aristocratic Jesuitical Catholic reactionary Duke of York, James II, that the Protestant Orange Order vilify and defame in strange rituals every July. In a land which honors the Separation of Church and State, and in the LARGEST liberal city in the world, you can’t have them honoring the aristocratic title and baronial privileges of an English Catholic Duke and King who sought to restore 17th-century Roman Catholicism to medieval honor and glory with the backing of the Catholic counter-reformation Society of Jesus. And Governor Cuomo did say there was no place for pro-lifers in New York.

  6. Reverting to Native American names for all places might work.

    The Mohawk Yankees has a nice ring to it. In a New York accent it almost sounds the same.

  7. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Renaming New York so as to avoid expressing fealty and honor to the Duke of York, the reactionary aristocratic Catholic, James II… analyze using your superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” to avoid triggering sensitive liberals and progressive SJWs less familiar with Aristotelian logic who might consider such displays of logic to be oppressive microaggressions.

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Of course, for liberals who take the Separation of Church and State seriously this does present certain problems. However, I should point out, Captain, that Charlottesville, Virginia, is named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

    Captain Kirk: Who was Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz?

    Spock: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was the wife and queen consort of King George III of England, Captain. She was the youngest daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince of Mirow and his wife Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a small north German duchy in the Holy Roman Empire. She was also the Electress of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire until the promotion of her husband to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814, after which she was also queen consort of Hanover.

    Captain Kirk: Holy Roman Empire?

    Spock: Affirmative, Captain.

    Captain Kirk: Obviously, they’ll have to change the name, right?

    Spock: It may come as a shock to some Protestants and liberals from the ACLU concerned about Separation of Church and State, Captain.

    Captain Kirk: How did they ever get the Baptists and Cultural Marxists at UVA to tolerate the name?

    Spock: It is possible, Captain, that this is the real reason for Common Core and the suppression of the study of History.

    Sulu: Yes, Captain, but Queen Charlotte must have had a fantastic wardrobe for 18th-century embassy parties.

    Captain Kirk: Spock, you should start keeping a file on Common Core.

  8. Ensign Chekov: Captain, while you worry about the names of American cities, I must insist you change the name of the Enterprise. The name smacks of American capitalist pig exploitation of workers in the industrial age, breaking their backs to build towers to house the bourgeois with their decadent lifestyles. Rename it to the “Imposition” for all your violations of the non-interference directive.

  9. Captain Kirk: Shall we name the ship after Bakunin, Lenin, or Trotsky, Mister Chekov?

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      Spock: Here are some famous American Indians to consider:

      Red Cloud 1822-1909


      Perhaps one of the most capable warriors from the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribesmen ever faced by the US military, Makhpiya Luta, his Sioux name, led his people in what is known as Red Cloud’s War. This battle was for the rights to the area known as Powder River Country in Northern Wyoming and Southern Montana. Eventually he led his people during their time on reservation.

      Cochise 1815-1874


      Though actually pronounced K-you Ch-Ish, this Apache leader is second only to Geronimo when it comes to that tribe’s historical significance. Often described as having the classical Indian frame; muscular, large for the time, and known to wear his long, black hair in a traditional pony tail, Cochise aided in the uprising to resist intrusions by Mexicans and American in the 19th century.

      Maria TallChief 1925-


      Born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief to an Osage Nation father, she became an eventually well-know ballerina. In 1947 Maria began dancing with the New York City Ballet until her retirement in 1965. Soon after she founded the Chicago City Ballet and remained it’s artistic director for many years. Since 1997 she has been an adviser in the Chicago dance schools and continues to astound future dancers with her always-ahead-of-her-skill abilities and will be featured in a PBS special from 2007-2010.

      Squanto 1581-1622


      Assisting the Pilgrims during their first, harsh winter, the Patuxet, Tasquantum (Squanto) befriended the group in order to see them safely through to spring. In 1608, alas, Squanto and several others were kidnapped by Georgie Weymouth and taken aboard ship to England. Though eventually earning a living and learning the English language, Squanto made his return home in 1613 aboard John Smith’s ship only to find his tribe completely wiped out by the plague.

      Crazy Horse 1840-1877


      With a name in his tribe, Lakota: Thasuka Witko, that literally means “His-Horse-is-Crazy”, this Native American was actually born with the name: Cha-O-Ha meaning in Lakotan, “In the Wilderness”, and he was often called Curly due to his hair. In the Great Sioux War of 1876, Crazy Horse led a combined group of nearly 1,500 Lakota and Cheyenne in a surprise attack against General George Crook’s force of 1,000 English men and 300 Crow and Shoshone warriors. The battle, though not substantial in terms of lives lost, nearly prevented Crook from joining up with General Custer, ensuring Custer’s subsequent defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse went on to oppose the US Government in their various decisions on how to handle Indian affairs.

      Sacajawea 1788-1812


      Sacajawea is most well know for accompanying Meriwether Lewis and William Clark during their Corps of Discovery of the Western United States in 1806. She was born in a Shoshone tribe as Agaidika, or “Salmon Eater” in 1788. In February of 1805, just after meeting Lewis and Clark, Lewis assisted in the birth of her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Her face now appears in the dollar coin.

      Will Rogers 1879-1935


      Born William Peen Adair Rogers, a Cherokee-Cowboy, “Will” became best known as an actor, a Vaudvillian, a philanthropist, a social commentator, a comedian, and a presidential candidate. Known as Okalahoma’s favorite son, Rogers was born to a well respected Native American Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lasso/lariat so well that he was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at once—one around the neck of a horse, another around the rider, and a third around all four legs of the horse. He ultimately traveled around the world several times, made 71 films (50 silent and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. He died in a plane crash in 1935.

      Pontiac 1720-1769


      Known in his Ottawa tongue as Obwandiyag, Chief Pontiac is most well known for his defense of the Great Lakes Region of the US from the British Troop invasion and occupation. In 1763, Pontiac and 300 of his followers attempted to take Fort Detroit by surprise. Eventually the revolt rose to 900 plus Natives and they eventually took the Fort at The Battle of Bloody Run. Though historically a prominent figure, many are still unsure as to his real importance and to whether or not he was a mere follower rather than a leader. Increasingly ostracized, in 1769 he was assassinated by a Peoria Indian in Illinois.

      Geronimo 1829-1909


      Geronimo (Chiricahua: “one who yawns”; often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who defended his people against the encroachment of the US on their tribal lands for over 25 years. While Geronimo said he was never actually a chief, he was rather a military leader. As a Chiricahua Apache, this meant he was also a spiritual leader. He consistently urged raids and war upon many Mexican and later U.S. groups. Geronimo eventually went on to marry 6 wives, an Apache tradition. He staged what was to be the last great Native American uprising, and eventually moved to a reservation often giving permissions to appear at fairs and schools.

      Tecumseh 1768-1813


      A Shawnee leader whose name means, “Panther in the Sky”, Tecumseh became well known for taking disparate tribes folk and maintaining hold on the land that was rightfully theirs. In 1805, a religious native rebirth led by Tenskwatawa emerged. Tenskwatawa urged natives to reject the ways of the English, and to stop handing over land to the United States. Opposing Tenskwatawa was the Shawnee leader, Black Hoof who was working to maintain a peaceful relationship with the United States. By 1808, tensions built and compelled Tenskwatawa and Tecumseh to move further northwest and establish the village of Prophetstown near Battle Ground, Indiana. He died in the War of 1812.

      Sitting Bull 1831-1890


      Sitting Bull (Sioux: Tatanka Iyotake first named Slon-he, or, literally, slow), was a Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man. He is famous in both American and Native American history mostly for his major victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn against Custer, where his ‘premonition’ of defeating them became reality. Even today, his name is synonymous with Native American culture, and he is considered to be one of the most famous Native Americans ever.

      Black Hawk 1767-1838


      Though not a traditional tribe chief, even after inheriting a very important medicine bundle, Black Hawk would become more well known as a War Chief. In his tribe’s (Sauk’s) tongue, his name, Makataimeshekiakiak, means, “Be a large black hawk”. During the War of 1812 Black Hawk, so name-shortened by the English, became a fierce and powerful opponent. First fighting on the side of the British, Black Hawk eventually led a band of Sauk and Fox against settlers in Illinois and Wisconsin, eventually dying in Iowa. His legend is kept alive by many claiming to be directly related, like Jim Thorpe. This is, however, myth.

      Sequoiah 1767-1843


      Though the exact location of Sequoiah’s birth and death are unknown due to historically inaccurate writings, he is well known through translation and spoken accounts of having grown up with his mother in Tuskegee, Tennessee. Sequoyah ( S-si-quo-ya in Cherokee) known as George Guess, Guest or Gist, was a silversmith who invented the Cherokee Syllabry, thus earning him a place on the list of inventors of writing systems as well.

      Pocahontas 1595-1617


      Having taken many liberties with her overall appearance, Disney created the image many of us believe to be what Pocahontas may have looked like. This is far from accurate. Though the film’s history is similarly flawed, it does hold some truths. Pocahontas was a Native American woman who married an Englishman called John Rolfe and became a celebrity in London in the last year of her life. She was a daughter of Wahunsunacock (also known as Chief or Emperor Powhatan), who presided over an area comprised of almost all of the neighboring tribes in Virginia (called Tenakomakah then). Her formal names were Matoaka and Amonute; ‘Pocahontas’ was a childhood nickname referring to her frolicsome nature. In her last days she went by Rebecca Rolfe, choosing to live an English life by abandoning her Native American heritage.



      Henry Wadworth Longfellow wrote the story ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ loosely based on an actual Native American. Though very little is known of the historical events in which Hiawatha was a part, though he was a great peacemaker and spiritual guide, the story is well known however and much of what can be read can be found here.

      Also: Chief Joseph, Tatonka, Robbie Robertson, Standing Bear


      Captain Kirk: From my role as an Indian in “The Paradise Syndrome”, why not me?


      Commander Chakotay: As a major character in Star Trek: Voyager, why not me?

  10. Alternative Captain Kirk: Why not name the ship Elwood?

    Sulu: Or the Mitsubishi or Kawasaki, Captain.

    Uhura: A name in Swahili is long overdue, Captain.

    Spock: No one has suggested a Vulcan name for the ship. I suspect this is just another example of human privilege and earthling exceptionalism.

    The Great Gazoo: You humans are always naming things after yourselves.

  11. Chief Ten Bears: It is sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. Comanche is a good name. So is Pocahontas.

    Lone Watie: I like Pocahontas.

    [Footnote: I happen to like Native American names and words and think it is great that place names and river names from those languages have been preserved.]

  12. If they did have a Native American starship, it should be named the Sacajawea or Tekakwitha.

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