On June 17th, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof, a twenty-one-year-old so-called White supremacist, killed nine Black church goers in Charleston, South Carolina. According to Roof, he wanted to ignite a race war. He may get his wish, but probably not in the way he expected.
As if on cue, Black activists from Obama to Sharpton immediately pointed to a single picture of Roof holding a Confederate Battle Flag and pounced. The cries to criminalize the CSA Battle Flag began in earnest. Companies immediately capitulated, making grand announcements that they would stop selling all things Confederate. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican woman with no roots in the South, ordered the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina capital grounds. But it did not end there.
Social Justice Warriors began demanding the removal of Southern historical icons from prominent displays throughout the South. Al Sharpton demanded the removal of all Southern icons from US military bases. Democrat mayors, seeking to placate their Black voters, began tearing down statues that had been up for decades… sometimes a century or more.
And yet, to date, the Southerner has remained largely quiet.
Do not expect the Southerner to remain quiet for much longer. In fact, I think things are happening now at a faster rate than most can appreciate. The Southerner is grabbing his rifle off the mantle.
For years the Southerner has been demonized and vilified in the media. The Southern woman is depicted as a simpleton and the Southern man is a bumbling idiot. For decades, movie bad guys are almost always a White Christian Southerner… and the Southerner has not complained. Now he is watching his cultural icons torn down and his history erased forever. That will be the last straw.
When and why Southerners fight
Historically, the Southerner fights when he is aggrieved and his emotions take over. When you push the Southerner too far, he wakes up and the consequences are brutal. That seems simple enough, but it is not. Throughout history, the Southerner most often fights when his honor, kith and kin are assaulted. Heretofore, the Southerner could ignore simple Hollywood insults. Now, the Southerner is under full assault by a modern system designed by Leftists. That changes things.
But how do you harness that collective anger?
If Southerners want to enlist the support of fellow Southerners in an endeavor to defend their heritage, if not outright achieve eventual independence, the potential organizer of Southern resistance has to honestly know the capabilities and limitations of his people. That begins with understanding the Southerner’s motivations. Dishonor plays a crucial role in the motivation for Southerners to fight back.
Nothing is more dishonorable then defiling the Celtic Southerner’s ancestral legacy.
The Left’s suicidal need to deprive the Southerner of himself
The Marxist is not assaulting Southern icons to rectify historical grievances. The recent surge in anti-Confederate rhetoric and action undertaken by the Left is a carefully crafted attempt to deprive the Scots-Irish Southerner of his or her ancestral lineage. The Left is not simply attempting to placate disaffected Blacks; the Left is trying to remove monuments to States Rights and Southern Independence. In so doing, they are assaulting the Scots-Irish South’s most cherished tradition: hero worship. Whereas some may believe that is an unintended consequence, I believe otherwise. I firmly believe the Left knows it must humiliate, defile, and eliminate any vestiges of Southern cultural uniqueness before it can truly solidify its hold on the United States. That begins with Confederate memorials.
Southern boys, like their Celtic kin, are raised on stories of the exploits of warriors long gone. Like the Irish or Scottish family telling tales of the brave Wolf Tones or Rob Roy, the young Southern child knows the origins of General Thomas Jackson’s nickname, “Stonewall.” Raised to want to “be like him” is a problem for a Leftist who wants everyone to be the same. Thus, that culturally unique tradition of both the Celt and the Southerner (genetically, most often one in the same), is problematic for an ever encroaching federal government and its Leftist legions.
Consequently, Southern history, heritage, and culture MUST be destroyed to achieve the Marxist’s collectivist agenda.
Nothing could be more egregious than such an assault, when realized through Celtic eyes.
Although well short of Shintoism, the Irish and the Scots have a rich history of quasi-worshiping their family heroes. I was raised to know of Brian Boru, the first High King of Ireland, because that is the origin of my last name. The story of more recent family heroes were imparted upon me to the point of being mythologized. Thus, the Southerner’s knowledge and veneration regarding the exploits of Southern commanders speaks directly to my Celtic blood.
Ask your typical Yankee to tell you his favorite general during his Civil War, and he may be able to name Grant; ask a Southerner who his favorite general was during the north’s illegal invasion of the South, and he is liable to ask you, “In which theater?”
This is in no small part due to the Gaelic storytelling tradition carried into the American South. Young Southern boys listen to stories told by their daddies and uncles in the Highland way. Those stories solicit a passion for the past that is unknown to the rest of the United States.
In order to finally break the backs of “state’s rights” and achieve true federal hegemony, the Leftist must get young Southern boys to stop day dreaming of being Nathan Bedford Forrest or Robert E. Lee – individuals who fought valiantly for OUR state’s rights and are still memorialized by the Southerner today.
That sets the present course of anti-Southern culture on an inevitable collision course that WILL eventually lead to violence.
The Marxist may shrug at the suggestion. After all, the Leftist theorizes, the Southerner did very little (respectively) when federal troops imposed desegregation laws. But they are mistaken. An assault on monuments and heritage is not the same as assaulting Jim Crow laws. After all, the introduction of Blacks into the Anglo-Celtic Southerner’s world is a relatively new phenomenon in word history. There was never a true genetic attachment to Jim Crow; rather, it was a cultural enforcement of hierarchy. By contrast, the veneration of ancestors is a tradition that predates the South by thousands of years. It is codified in the Southerner’s DNA.
Yankee social justice warriors are simply ill-equipped to understand this.
So when will the Southerner uniformly stand up and fight back?
Still, there has been an almost sluggish response to this fight. Southerners are slowly coming around to the defense of her history. In light of that which we are seeing today, the desecration of her history and monuments, when will the Southerner stand up and fight for the South?
History tells us to be patient, but it will happen. In fact, I strongly believe that point is upon us. The Southerner does not enter a fight immediately, but when he does so, he enters a fight passionately.
Fighting and soldiering comes natural to the Southern male. I covered that in a different piece. But what sparks the flame of the Southern civilian to cease being a spectator and enter combat willingly? When does the otherwise relaxed Southerner beat his plowshares into swords and his pruning hooks into spears?
Apparently, when he is fed up with that which he perceives to be an injustice done to his friends and family… kith and kin… then the Southerner moves from indifferent spectator to aggressive warrior.
This is culturally unique.
A Southerner’s approach toward war
The Southerner is not like his Northern or Continental European counterpart. They are almost litigious in their approach to war. They like to build a case, however flawed the evidence for justification may be. At that point it seems Northerners join wars for two reasons: (1) they build an argument to rationalize military engagement (e.g., Southern suppression; Domino Theory; Preemptive Strikes… etc); (2) they desire the acquisition of resources.
By contrast, the Southerner is not as cerebral when it comes to starting wars or fighting. He fights when he is aggrieved. FULL STOP! He does not fight to take another man’s oil.
Absent a dishonor, the Southerner does not jump into war easily. When he does, he jumps in hot. But that takes a little time.
Why the Southerner engages with caution
The question of Southern caution is complex, but it likely has to do with the South’s cultural heritage grounded in the various wars of Celtic independence on the British Isles from the late-16th to the late-18th Centuries. The repeated cycle of initial Irish and/or Scottish military success followed by military defeat at the hands of the English throughout those centuries likely impacted early Southern culture. If you were an early 18th Century Scottish settler to western North Carolina, you were not only aware of the failed Jacobite uprising of 1715, but news of the 1745 failure would have likely made its way to you, too.
Consequently, building Southern indignation to the point of action takes time.
Consider for instance the Second Revolutionary War (1861 – 1865). The “Civil War” was certainly in response to Abraham Lincoln’s election. But the South’s grievances were forming well before Lincoln. The fact that the North chose as President an abolitionist who once called the South a bunch of liars, was not the only transgression suffered by the South before it took to weapons. The killing of Southern soldiers by New Englanders during the War of 1812… the Tariff of Abominations in 1828… the Currency Manipulation of 1837 that devastated the South… even the earlier years of the Jefferson Administration, when northerners actively sought secession… Southerners were incredibly patient for years while Northerners berated, humiliated, and exploited them. A long list of transgressions and offenses preceded the eventual decision by the Southron to secede from a voluntary union.
Once Lincoln, the final straw had landed, the Southerner was ready to kill for his cause.
The fiery passion of a Southerner called to arms in 1861 was a site that likely would have made his Hibernian ancestors very proud. He did not decide on secession overnight. But when he did, nothing was going to stop him.
What can we expect? Ramsour’s Mill
There is quite a bit of academic study regarding the Southerner during the north’s 19th Century illegal invasion, but very little about the Southron during the American Revolution. Yet, there should be. The coming battles that will occur share more in common with the events that preceded the Southerner’s active engagement of the British than that which occurred prior to Manassas.
Look to the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill and subsequent fighting to get a clue.
Northern historians claim Saratoga was the battle that “turned the war.” It didn’t. Saratoga did not lead to Yorktown, the Battle of Rasmour’s Mill, did.
Without going into too much detail, the First Revolution was largely a prolonged stalemate; it was a war of will and attrition until 1780. From 1775 to 1780, most of the major military battles were fought in the North by Northern soldiers. A few volunteers from the South joined the cause and regiments were sent to Washington’s Continental Army. Guerilla warfare ran throughout the South against primarily Loyalist units. But as a whole, the South stayed out of the war. Documents from the era explain why. Prior to 1780, Southerners seemed to have taken the following position: “why replace English overlords with New York overlords?”
They were probably right.
Still, the British misinterpreted the seeming lack of Southern involvement in the war. While it was true that there were more Tories in the coastal towns of the South, the West was a different matter. British commanders believed the Carolinian Scots were so badly subjugated in Scotland, that they would honor their loyalty oaths made at the end of the Jacobite War of 1745. They did… until they didn’t.
After quickly retaking Savannah and Charleston, the British were confident their calculation was right. Coastal Anglo-Saxon settlers coupled with interior Palatine Germans joined Loyalist ranks and ravaged the Carolinas. So much so, the Scots-Irish settlers watching the degradations suffered by their kith and kin finally responded.
On June 20th, 1780, a Loyalist Militia was gathering at Ramsour’s Mill near modern day Lincolnton, North Carolina. Regional militias comprised primarily of Scots-Irish frontiersmen learned of the gathering Tory units and decided to attack. Disorganized and outnumbered, the Scots-Irish initially seemed defeated as their commander, Colonel Francis Locke ordered a retreat from the rear of his troops. One Captain John Dickey refused the order. Leading the Southern militiamen from the front, he ordered a mass concentrated, rapid assault on the Loyalist center: “Shoot straight, my boys, and keep on fighting. I see some of them beginning to tumble.” By all accounts, the fighting became a brutal hand-to-hand fight.
In the end, the Western Carolina militia won the fight and the Loyalist forces were never restored. More importantly, the Southern militias never went home. Gathering in size and motivated by the degradations committed against their fellow settlers, Southern commitment to the Revolution grew in size and strength. By October 1780, the Southern militiamen would land their greatest blow against British and Loyalist forces at the Battle of King’s Mountain, also in western North Carolina. Upon arrival into theater, Nathaneal Greene, a Rhode Islander by birth,seems to have understood the strengths and limitations of Scots-Irish militiamen and used them to great effect. He would eventually draw the cocky British General Charles Cornwallis into a trap at Yorktown.
When the fighting was over, much to the shock of their Northern counterparts, the Southerners did not stick around to revel in the victory at Yorktown. They just went home. The fighting was over. They won and they had no interest in staying in prolonged garrison duty.
The Southerner during the first American Revolution fought when he saw his family and friends dishonored. He reclaimed their honor by beating his ancestral enemy, the British Army at Yorktown. He then went home, confident that honor had been restored.
That lack of appreciation for the Southerner’s motivations to fight will be the Marxist’s undoing, as it once was with the British.
What’s next? The Southerner will fight back
I predict that events like ‘Unite the Right,” on August 12th, 2017, are only the beginning. New Orleans was a major wake-up call. At the removal of Southern historical monuments in one of the South’s largest cities, comparatively few showed up. That is changing. Nearly one thousand are expected at the “Unite the Right” rally in support of General Robert E. Lee’s statue and the overall cause of saving White Christian heritage in the South.
The Southerner is awakening because his Gaelic blood is compelling him to defend his culture. In June 2015, when Dylann Roof shot and killed nine Black parishioners, I know of no Southerner who condoned Roof’s actions. But the South was uniformly punished by White Leftists and their Black allies seeking to crush the Southern commitment to its history and pride. Taking it too far was a typical Marxist mistake.
After years of suffering depredations, the Southerner is now preparing for a fight.
If history is our guide, this will not end well for the Left.
***This piece is informed by several pieces of study, including but not limited to:
- James Michael Hill, Celtic Warfare, 1595-1763, Killen, AL: Dalriada Publishers, 2017 can be purchased here https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Warfare-1595-1763-James-Michael/dp/097085255X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
- Grady McWhiney and Forrest McDonald, Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Tuscalosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1989
- Gerald M. Carbone, Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press 2010
 1847 Congressional Record of Representative Abraham Lincoln, ‘The Spot Resolution,” in which Lincoln openly questions the honesty of Southerners, especially Texans, and demands to see “the spot” upon which Mexican aggression was alleged prior to the Mexican-American War.
 Essex Junto of 1804
 Unlike the 19th and 20th centuries, the largely unformed, Anglo-Celtic United States had not fully developed into North & South as we know it today. That was beginning in the early-18th Century. Consequently, Greene, the descendant of original English founders of the Rhode Island colony, chose to move to Georgia because he greatly preferred the South and her people.