Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018

MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey

Two Major Events Focusing on Southern and American Heritage—and the Attacks Launched Against Them; plus, A Few Preliminary Words about Senator Jeff Flake



I want to publicize two major events today—events that I encourage you, if you can, to attend. So, later in this installment of MY CORNER, I will provide ample details. Both of these events will examine aspects of Confederate and American heritage, and both will be tremendously rewarding as we understand the massive assault on our historic culture.

But, first, I must say a few words about the latest outburst, the latest paroxysm of nauseating and hypocritical outrage from one of those once-completely dominant #NeverTrumpers in the Republican Party, who still cannot figure out why and how Donald J. Trump managed to polish off fifteen opponents in the 2016 GOP primaries, much less how he won the general election in November of 2016. The latest whining bombast comes from perhaps the most egotistical and supercilious Republican senator in the United States Senate, even more so than John McCain: Jeff Flake of Arizona [what is it about Arizona electing two of the worst “losers” in American politics?].

Flake gave a major speech on the floor of the United States Senate this past Wednesday in which he harshly attacked President Trump for the president’s criticism of the Mainstream Media, comparing Trump to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, while at the same time he strongly defended the viciously biased and culturally Marxist establishment press…to the point that even most of the major pundits on Fox News (and even one or two on other networks) felt compelled to reject and question his critique and his motives.  Flake’s counterpart from Arizona, John McCain, however, quickly joined him and supported his accusations. No surprise there.

Flake announced this past October that he was on his way out of the Senate,  that he would not seek another term—extremely low polling numbers, growing opposition among conservative Arizona Republicans and his unhinged hatred for President Trump were undoubtedly the causes. Thus, he joined Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, another #NeverTrumper, who is departing Washington…and John McCain, with his terminal brain cancer, who will not be far behind.

Now, if only Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska—and a few others in the Senate—could be induced to step down, retire, or maybe take a new job as postmasters in remote villages in, say, Guam or the Virgin Islands, things would improve incredibly in our nation’s highest deliberative body (among Republicans)…and for the nation.

More extensive commentary on this soon.

But I mentioned two events at the beginning, and I want to publicize them and encourage you to attend, if at all possible.

The first is ROBERT E. LEE DAY, which will be celebrated in the old House of Representatives chamber in the historic 1840 North Carolina State Capitol, in Raleigh, NC, this coming Saturday, January 20. The event begins at 1 p.m. Certainly, those from distant locations will find it difficult to make the trip…but if you are within a decent driving distance, then this is an event you will want to attend.

Here are the full details:

29th Annual Lee Birthday Celebration


Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

Sponsored by the MOS&B. UDC, and SCV

Join us as we support the Captain James Iredell Waddell Chapter 32 of Raleigh for the 29th Annual Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration in the historic House of Representatives chambers on the second floor of the North Carolina State Capitol on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Our brethren of the Military Order of Stars & Bars co-host this event with the UDC Captain Samuel A’Court Ashe Chapter of Raleigh and the Sons of Confederate Veterans 47th Regiment NC Troops Camp of Wake Forest each year.

The sponsoring organizations of the MOS&B, SCV and UDC will be presenting Military Service Awards to several Veterans this year.

Sergeant Major James Haymes, retired from the United States Army, will be the Keynote Speaker. He is the former chief tour guide of the White House of the Confederacy at that Museum. He has a story to tell about his hero General Lee from his years growing up visiting the old White House of the Confederacy listening to stories from Lee’s granddaughter and his return after his military service.

There is ample free parking around the Capitol, on the streets, and in parking lots across from the State Museum of History on Saturday.

The second event is a major conference hosted by The Abbeville Institute in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, February 24. This will be an event of national, even international significance, featuring prominent speakers from various parts of the nation, as well as from Italy. And it will examine how the current attacks on historic monuments—the symbols—of our culture are in fact an assault on the entirety of our Western and American traditions. It is not just a monument to Lee or Jackson on some courthouse lawn that is the object of dedicated culturally Marxist revolutionaries, it is the whole of our inherited Western and Christian culture. That is what is at stake.  That is what is in the cross hairs—whether we recognize it or not.

Here below are full details and contact information. Once again, I urge you to make an effort to attend, if you can.


Attacking Confederate Monuments and Its Meaning for America

Charleston, SC:

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Before “political correctness,” Americans respected Confederate memorials. They knew the War was a conflict that went back to the founding fathers and that the secessionist descendants of Jefferson were as much good Americans as the Union descendants of Lincoln. Today, however, our elites are kindling fires to consume not only Confederate symbols but much else besides.

A modest plaque with only the words: “In Memory of George Washington” was removed from Christ Church in Alexandria along with an identically styled plaque for Robert E. Lee. Washington was on the Vestry of Christ Church. He freed his slaves in is will and left funds to care for those unable to work. Lee freed the slaves inherited from his father-in-law before the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Vestry that removed the plaques were not children throwing a tantrum. They were well educated civic and religious leaders. How are we to understand such impiety and lack of humanity? What kind of America are we and our children sloughing towards? What is the source of this attack on the Confederacy and traditional American society? And what can be done? Join us for a thoughtful discussion of these topics.

REGISTER NOW Join us today for this thoughtful discussion.


Marco Bassani, University of Milan, A Spokesman for Independence of Lombardy, Italy
“Civil Society and the State: The Europeanization of the American Political Landscape”

Michael Kogan, Philosophy, Montclair University
“ Re-Shaping A Nation’s Memory: The War On Southern and American Icons.”

Donald Livingston, Philosophy, Emory University,
“The Disintegration of Lincolnian America”

Carey Roberts, Associate Dean, Liberty University
“Confederate Monuments and Revenge of the Nerds”

Kirkpatrick Sale, Cultural Critic and author of 12 books
“Memory Holes for Slavery and the Confederacy.”

Aaron Wolf, Senior Editor, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
“Awake For the Living: Lee and the ‘Feeling of Loyalty’”


Congressman Ben Jones (alias “Cooter” from “Dukes of Hazzard” fame)
“Southern to the Bone, or How to be Happily Unreconstructed in a World Gone Crazy”

Meet the Speakers:

For those arriving Friday night and would like informal discussions with the speakers, add $25 to the conference fee.

What’s included:

The lectures begin on Saturday, February 24, 2018  at 9am and continue up to a banquet followed by a speech from Congressman Ben Jones.  Conference fee is $150 which includes tuition, breakfast, the banquet, and refreshments throughout the meeting. Payments can be made online or by check to Abbeville Institute, P.O Box 10, McClellanville, SC 29458.

Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel, North Charleston, SC.

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 2914. Room rate $129, cut off date January 23, 2018. For reservations call (843)744 4422. Mention the Abbeville Institute.

REGISTER NOW Join us today for this thoughtful discussion.



February 24


8:00 am - 10:00 pm




Dr. Don Livingston






Crowne Plaza Hotel

4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd 
North Charleston, SC 29418 
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