In Jefferson Davis’s inauguration speech, Davis made his famous quote, “All we ask is to be let alone.” This quote resembles the entirety of Southern history. In the revolution, we rebelled against Britain for principles such as the right to self-determination of a people and low taxes that did not squash the common folk. In the War od 1812, we fought, as Americans but fought no less, to be left alone and to have the ability for American merchants and sailors to not be impressed into the British navy. We did the same in the Quasi-War a decade and a half earlier with France.
When the Texas Revolution came, the Texansa and Southern volunteers fought for their own independence from the Mexican government, one that was staunchly Catholic, Hispanic, and incompetent as well. Having succeeded, the Texans joined the Union, wanting to be united with their home country and Southern brethren.
When the North unleashed its rampant and often violent abolitionism against us, we elected to leave and form a more perfect union, one that was absent of viscious Yankee imperialists, looking to forever impose their culture and way of life onto us. We failed in that regard, and our independence and self-determination was denied by the Northern bankers.
Immediately afterward we saw carpetbaggers and incompetent Blacks antagonize us and take our dear home in a direction we did not wish for it to go in. In time, we were able to regain the Southland, minus Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Of course the North never let up, and when the Democrats began appealing to the Black masses to win elections, we realized segregation was under threat and that we would soon find our nation no longer able to be only with itself. The races would be mingled and the entire Southland would subsequently be weakened as a result. Our people would never be able to stay with their own. Our reaction to this was to preserve our right to freedom of association; it was our eternal desire to be let alone.
Segregation ended of course, and as always, the Yankee trudged on through the rest of our institutions. When he couldn’t find anymore that he could easily attack, he began attacking our culture which he had been doing since the war.
You see, the Southern people are not imperialists as we believe in popular sovereignty; we believe that the government gets its power from the people and should the people wish, they can throw off the chains of a government they see as unfit. This is what we did in the Revolution and in Texas. It’s what we tried to do in 1861, but as we know, the Yankees couldn’t have it. We are loyal through wars even if they are imperialist in origin, but we hardly ever wish to join in on them.
We have no desire to assert our will on Africa or the Middle East, though a few warhawks in Congress certainly do. At our core, we wish only to govern ourselves and our people. Had the South left the Union, you would not find us constantly invading the North, attempting to take their land, even if we could. We would be keeping to ourselves and only intervening when the neighboring threat posed the ability to spread to us.
Nevertheless, Northerners are not like this. Just like I mentioned in my recent article, they wish to “kick ass” and keep “kicking ass.” They believe America is the greatest nation on Earth in all regards, in everyway. It is God’s chosen country, and to be against it is blasphemy. They do not have the desire to be let alone, only the desire to prevent it from other people.
As Ronald Reagan said, a nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. The South is a nation by definition, yet we do not control our borders, nor do we control our destiny or even our own society really. How can we expect to be a nation by definition in the future if we do not control these basic things?
The Southern people have been denied their right to self-determination. We are not free, we only hold that illusion.