Report on the Sixth Session
Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tennessee
1-3 November 2013
The sixth session of the Southern National Congress was a smashing success!
We received an outstanding amount of press coverage in the two days leading up to it. The media was alerted to the Congress by a Marxist group called the Tennessee Anti-Racist Network. Their intent was to cause us grief, but they could not have done us a greater service.
One of the two speakers scheduled to speak quickly backed out and lied about various facts concerning his actions. We are happy to learn of Rep. Matheny's lack of integrity before we started to support him in the next legislative session.
On the other hand, Senator Frank Niceley appeared and presented his proposed legislation for the nomination of US Senators by the State's legislative caucuses. While the actual elections would be by vote of the citizens as called for by the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, changing the nomination process would make the Senators more aware of their responsibility to represent the State rather than their deep-pocket contributors.
A Knoxville News Sentinal article on Monday (4 Nov), reported that Senator Niceley "said he found those on hand for the event to be 'a well-mannerd, well-read group of Southern historians.'" Likewise, the delegates to the SNC found Senator Niceley to be a relaxed, home-spun gentleman who is intellectually astute, well-read, and articulate.
The Congress passed four resolutions (full text on Actions in Congress page):
1) to promote Senator Niceley's legislation to all fourteen of our member States;
2) to encourage State legislatures to set aside reserves in gold and silver;
3) to encourage Southern families to get out of debt and set aside savings in gold and silver; and
4) to encourage Southern famlies to purchase firearms and ammunition for the protection of the selves and their communities.
The delegates also reviewed a proposed constitution which could be used as a blueprint for the formation of a new Southern Republic when that day comes.
While the delegates and observers put heart and soul into the work of the Congress, they also had several opportunities to relax and get to know each other better. We are all looking forward to the growth of the Congress and to further opportunities to represent our Southern neighbours.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?