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In his monograph on "Secession and the Modern State," Professor Donald W. Livingston wrote,

History shows that the logic of the modern state is such that every attempt to limit its growth by reforming the center leads to an increase in its power.… Reagan and Margaret Thatcher sought to reduce the size of the central government; but when they left, its powers were much greater than before.

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Friday, 23 September 2016
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Finally, the South also has a legacy of original political thought and cultural commentary. This is in addition to the first two legacies: the fine arts, and welcoming and integrating outer races and nationalities into its midst and assimilating them into its culture. We stand proud.

Southerners Patrick Henry, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, and others gave us our founding documents and much of the political thought behind them.  Also John C. Calhoun of South Carolina gave us A Disquisition on Government, which presented the concept of “the concurrent majority.” For all these men, we stand proud.

In addition, the most significant political thinkers for today are what we call “the Southern Agrarians.”
Agrarianism as is defined internationally as a form of socialist land redistribution, but that is NOT—I repeat NOT—the definition given of Southern Agrarians. The Southern Agrarians defined the term as having an attachment to a more relaxed agricultural life-style which promoted community, faith, and mutual support.

Some of the men who have provided the South with our intellectual legacy: Frank Owsley, Andrew Lytle, Donald Davidson, Melvin “Mel” Bradford, Richard M. Weaver, and Clyde N. Wilson.

Frank Owsley (1890 – 1956) was an historian who taught at Vanderbilt University, where he specialized in southern history. In 1949 he began a tenure at the University of Alabama.

Andrew Lytle (1902 – 1995) was a novelist, dramatist, essayist and professor of literature. He taught first at the University of the South in Sewanee, then at Southeastern College (now Rhodes) in Memphis, and at the University of Florida. Lytle returned to the University of the South in 1961 to teach creative writing and literature until his retirement in 1973.

Donald Davidson (1893 – 1968) was a poet, essayist, social and literary critic, and author. He taught literature at Vanderbilt University. Davidson is best known as a founding member of the Nashville circle of poets known as the Fugitives and the overlapping group, the Southern Agrarians.

Davidson encouraged Americans to embrace their identities as "Rebels, Yankees, Westerners, New Englanders or what you will, bound by ties more generous than abstract institutions can express, rather than citizens of an Americanized nowhere, without family, kin, or home."

For the Agrarians, we stand proud.

Richard M. Weaver (1910 – 1963) attended the University of Kentucky. His master’s in English at Vanderbilt University was under the supervision of John Crowe Ransom (another Agrarian). It was at Vanderbilt that Weaver embraced to philosophy of the Agrarians and thus became a member of the “second generation.” 

He at Auburn University, at Texas A&M University, then began a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University, whose faculty included Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren (both Agrarians). His Ph.D. was awarded in 1943 for a thesis titled The Confederate South, 1865-1910: A Study in the Survival of a Mind and a Culture. It was published in 1968, after he died, under the title The Southern Tradition at Bay.

He is primarily known as a shaper of mid- 20th century conservatism and for his books Ideas Have Consequences and The Ethics of Rhetoric. Weaver claimed that the South was the “last non-materialist civilization in the Western World.”

Melvin "Mel" Bradford (1934 – 1993) was a conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas. He saw himself as part of the greater Southern culture. He did his doctorate under Donald Davidson, and thus was a “second generation” Agrarian.

Bradford specialized in the history of the American founding and Southern history in the United States. He also advocated the constitutional theory of strict constructionism.

Dr. Cylde Wilson (b.1941) is Professor Emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina. He received the Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina and then began his tenure with the University of South Carolina.

In 1977 Wilson become editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun. As an intellectual heir of Richard Weaver and the Southern Agrarians, Wilson brought together the book Why the South Will Survive, by Fifteen Southerners, a fiftieth anniversary restatement of the Agrarian message of I'll Take My Stand.

Dr. Wilson has contributed more than 400 articles, essays, and reviews to a wide variety of academic and popular books and publications. He has lectured extensively across the U.S. to scholarly, heritage, and political groups. He also has liberally given his advice and wisdom in the founding of the Southern National Congress.

With Weaver, Bradford and Wilson, we stand proud.

Many native Southerners have accepted the Yankee lies as truth. They hang their heads and allow abuse of the South and of Southerners to continue.

Join the Southern National Congress and stand proud with us.

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Posted on 09/23/2016 1:45 PM by David O Jones
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Sunday, 18 September 2016
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In my previous blog, “Resist or Die” on 9 September, I wrote that the South has a lot to be proud of.

When I teach young people about the South, I identify three legacies of the South. The first was mentioned in that blog – the South has a legacy of the fine arts.

The second legacy causes a bit of consternation, considering that tremendous roar of the media, academia and government. The exalted trinity of the left with great conviction and volume repeat the “big lie” of racism in the South.  Evidence points to the contrary.

The South has a legacy of welcoming and integrating other races and nationalities into its midst and assimilating them into its culture.  It is only in Northern cities that we can identify the ghettos of various nationalities – black, Irish, Chinese, Greek, Italian, etc. That never happened in the South.

Charleston, South Carolina had a huge number of French immigrants. Some of my own ancestors were French Huguenots who settled in North Carolina, took up farming and donated land for a church which is still thriving today.

As well, Charleston was the home of the first Jewish synagogue organized on this continent.  It was the South that sent the first Jewish man to the U.S. Congress and it was the Confederacy that had the first Jewish cabinet member.

The Scots and the Irish who settled the back country were the exception. Not easily accepted by the English of the coastal areas, but they accepted everyone else.

Today’s illegal immigrants charge that northern Mexico was “stolen.” Evidence points to the contrary.

Mexicans fought with the Tennesseans and others at the Alamo against Santa Anna. Side-by-side they settled the wide expanse of Texas. They considered themselves neither American nor Mexican, but Texican.

Both the French and Spanish influences in Louisiana are evident to all in both music and cuisine. The Cherokee and other native americans intermarried with the immigrants.

The South is supposed to be the most racist area of the continent. Evidence points to the contrary.

The Africans which first arrived on our shores as objects of the slave trade also benefited from their treatment in the South. Contrary to popular propaganda, the great majority of Southern slaveholders wished to see them Christianized and educated.  Even prior to The War many of the Negro race were able to rise above slavery and become productive members of society in the South while they were expelled from northern States.  (more info)   Segregation and Jim Crow laws and the resistance to integration that occurred in the last century, upon legitimate investigation, will reveal that many of the problems between the races in the South were as the result of Northern influences.

With little more than a cursory review of our Southern history, it can be determined that the South has a wonderful legacy of welcoming and integrating other races and nationalities into its midst and assimilating them into its culture.

The evidence points to it.

 

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Posted on 09/18/2016 7:23 PM by David O Jones
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Friday, 09 September 2016
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The South is the victim of another – a third – wave of conquest. We must resist or we will all die.

Frank Owsley in "The Irrepressible Conflict" (chapter 3 of I’ll Take My Stand) speaks of “a second war of conquest, the conquest of the Southern mind, calculated to remake every Southern opinion, to impose the Northern way of life and thought upon the South.”

Reconstruction  began an endeavor by the media, academia, and government which was intended to erase the thought, the culture, and especially the Christianity of the South.

The pogrom continues. Today, Southerners have become the brunt of every joke about ignorance, incest, and abuse of others. Owsley wrote, “But a people cannot live under condemnation and upon the philosophy of their conquerors. Either they must ultimately come to scorn the condemnation and the philosophy of those who thrust these things upon them, or their soul should and will perish.”

We must resist or we will all die.

In the third wave, the exalted trinity controlled by the left – media, academia & government – vilify the South and Southerners. They have taken our industry and given it to others; they have decreed which words and ideas are acceptable; they have attacked the Church by forcing unacceptance, ungodly practices; and they increasingly speak ill of Southern symbols and institutions.

The South has a lot to be proud of.

The South has a legacy of the fine arts.  The best of literature and authors on this continent came from the South. Every genre of popular American music has its origins in the South.
The South is not a cultural wasteland as most in the media would have us believe.  Shakespeare and operas were being performed in the colonial South long before they hit Boston, Philadelphia or New York. One of the four “olympic style” ballet competitions sanctioned by the International Dance Committee
(usaibc.com) is held in Jackson, Mississippi—the others are held in Bulgaria, Russia and Japan.   

The South also has a legacy of welcoming and integrating other races and nationalities into its midst and assimilating them into its culture.  

As well, the South also has a legacy of original political thought which cannot be challenged by the North. These two legacies will be addressed in future blogs.

Southerners must resist this onslaught of tyranny birthed in the media, academia & government.

We must resist or we will all die.

The Southern National Congress is all about resisting the destruction of our heritage and our culture. We convene again in November. Should you be a delegate from your State? Go to our Join Us page to see the requirements for application. Or support the SNC by being an Observer at SNC-9.

 

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Posted on 09/09/2016 4:07 PM by David O Jones
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
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by SNC Vice-Chairman Mark Thomey


I'd like to offer some thoughts about the recent shootings of police officers that have taken place.

I consider myself a 'law-and-order' kind of guy, and I generally respect the job done by law enforcement agents, as it is dangerous - more so now days than in times past.

I certainly do NOT condone the premeditated murder of anyone regardless of their particular vocation in life; however, I do not set a higher value on the lives of government law enforcers simply because they don a uniform and wear a badge, and I certainly do not consider them 'above the law' themselves simply because they don a uniform and wear a badge. And contrary to popular opinion these days, I do not consider all of them to be 'heroes' simply because they don a uniform and wear a badge. A man should not be called a hero until he actually does something heroic. Getting up and doing your job every day is not a heroic act, per se. Saving someone from a burning building at the risk of your own life, for example, is heroic. To call people heroes simply because they don a uniform and wear a badge is an insult to people who do perform truly heroic acts.

That being said, if you are paying attention, you can not help but notice the sharp uptick in the militarization of local and State police forces coupled with an increase in their inclination to act more like John Rambo than Andy Taylor. Most cops now days look more like they are going on a military campaign, complete with kevlar helmets, body armor, automatic weapons, and armored vehicles. It's getting harder to tell the difference between your local patrolman and someone in the 101st Airborne Division. Being confronted by a heavily armed soldier during a traffic stop is certainly more unnerving than seeing a peace officer in trousers, shirt, and smokey the bear hat approaching your vehicle. As I said, I'm a law-and-order guy, but this trend should be of concern to any reasonable person.

If the old saying about clothes making the man has any merit, then the previous paragraph should help to explain the increase in a 'harass and intimidate', as opposed to a 'protect and serve', attitude on the part of an increasing number of law enforcement agents. I've seen an alarming number of videos online over the last couple of years where folks are beaten, tazed, bloodied, and sometime killed over mundane things like wanting to know why they're being detained, or asserting their rights (which the 'law' is supposed to protect). It is for this reason that I most definitely DISAGREE with a recent comment by someone from the political class that it is never Ok to resist the police. Excuse me? If I'm not being belligerent and some cop wants to throw a beating on me, I believe I am morally and legally justified in defending myself from his 'cruel and unusual punishment'. The same holds true if I'm facing government violence against my person or property over one of their 'laws' that is contrary to Divine and/or Natural law. The Church teaches us that an unjust law is no law at all, and does not need to be complied with. To be clear, if you've been peacefully apprised of your offense, or asked to follow a reasonable and legal/just order, and then you forcibly resist, I have no problem with the cops subduing you with whatever force is required to gain compliance. And if, under said circumstances, you shoot at them, then don't be surprised when they shoot back, and any claims of, 'he didn do nuffin wrong' ring hollow.

And when a citizen is abused or killed by a law enforcement agent, there should be an independent investigation by a grand jury or some other legally constituted investigative body besides the police department. The ancient Greeks asked, who guards the guards? I'm sure I'd get a much friendlier hearing before members of my own family for some transgression than I would from an impartial group of folks to whom I'm not related either by blood or by profession. Too many times, the guards find themselves justified and innocent of wrongdoing when bad things happen to folks other than the guards. I fully realize we live in an imperfect world, and things will not always go the way we would like, but independent investigations would do a lot to restore the confidence and trust in law enforcement agents and the governments they serve that much of the public has lost as of late.

When government oppresses the people with a plethora of stupid, needless and unjust 'laws', and the solons and their enforcers become jackbooted thugs who play by a different set of rules than the ones they foist upon us, they shouldn't be surprised when people become disenchanted, angry, suspicious and rebellious. Again, I am in no way justifying or excusing barbaric or unjust acts of premeditated violence against just and legitimate authority, but I am promoting and suggesting righteous and just self-defense against unjust aggression, tyranny, and barbarity by 'the authorities'. I say this because while most of us are not part of the BLM/NBPP/social justice warrior/antifa types who are causing so much mayhem and anger right now, we are most definitely part of that class (white, Christian Southrons who dare to defend our rights, blood and soil) that some of those Ramboesque agents will be sent to disarm, arrest, and imprison - or worse. The door swings both ways Mr Policeman. So give some thought to what orders you are going to obey.

I'm sure a number of those who read this will take exception and have harsh things to say to me for having written it. That's fine. I have a thick skin. Names don't bother me. But I thought just a little bit of balance to the issue was needed. There are lots of ways the government agents could take things down a notch or two (or three or four) and still do their jobs safely and effectively.

 

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Posted on 07/19/2016 11:36 AM by Mark A Thomey
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Monday, 27 June 2016
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We must narrow our focus.

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene III, Brutus speaks:

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

With the BREXIT vote in England, the tide may be rising (flood tide). This may very well be the opportunity so many of us have been waiting for. Shall we grasp it, or continue to spew rhetoric and memes?

Most all of the voices I hear urging independence from the Empire, speak of the South and not of their own State. The South can be described as a state of mind or a feeling, but the South does not have a definitive boundary. Each State does! As the Southern National Congress was formed, there was a prolonged discussion as to which States should be members of the Congress. Maryland was included; Oklahoma was not. Were the arguments legitimate and the decisions correct? Your opinion is as good as anyone else’s.

Our problem at this juncture lies in a lack of focus. As long as we keep our attention on freeing the South we will have no results, only frustration. We who desire liberty need to narrow our focus to our specific State. Those who live in Georgia need to focus on Georgia’s independence; those who live in Alabama need to focus on Alabama’s independence; those who live in Tennessee need to focus on Tennessee’s independence; and so to every State and their residents.

We need to narrow our focus to the office holders.  Do you know the office holder in your State who might be influential in achieving your State’s independence? Do they know you? When the Empire falls apart, will you be someone that the officials and media will turn to for instruction and guidance?

I refer quite often to the book Vindiciae Contra Tyrranos. It was first written circa 1579 by a Frenchman. Its importance is such that it was held by John Adams to be one of the most influential books in America on the eve of the American War for Independence. Vindiciae held among other things, that any ruler who commands anything contrary to the law of God thereby forfeits his realm.

This work was two hundred years old when it influenced the colonial leaders. It was influential because truth never loses its significance nor its positive influence when implemented. Today we are another two hundred years away from its authorship. Ideas have consequences and Biblical ideas have eternal consequences. The author writes:

The situation is such that the outrageousness of kings together with the ignorance of some and the wicked cooperation of others has existed for such a length of time that throughout the world, the people have quietly ceased to exercise, if not altogether lost their just and age-old authority. The liberty that all men should be preserving is instead neglected by every man. Since liberty is the responsibility of the people in general, no man individually thinks of it as his personal responsibility.

We have come to the point in history which requires that every man (and woman) individually think of liberty as their personal responsibility. Do you know the influential (or potentially influential) officials in your State? Do they know you? Are you presenting a reasoned voice to the people of influence around you?

If not, begin. If you are not active with your State’s delegation to the SNC, then narrow your focus and become active. We are in flood tide. The affairs of men are beginning to go the way of liberty. Narrow your focus!

 

 

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Posted on 06/27/2016 1:00 AM by David O Jones
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Monday, 23 May 2016
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Last week (Thursday, 19 May), the House of Representatives in Washington voted to ban the use of the Confederate Battle Flag in VA cemeteries. A sad day for American history.

The 2017 VA funding bill was amended by Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat from California. The VA currently permits the display of the Confederate flag on Memorial Day as well as on Confederate Memorial Day at 131 facilities.

Huffman’s district stretches along the Pacific coastline from the Oregon border south to San Francisco. There is one VA cemetery in his district. On the other hand there are seventy-three VA cemeteries in the fourteen States represented in the Southern National Congress. That makes 55.7% of the cemeteries affected by this sorry piece of legislation in the South, including that one so conveniently placed on Arlington, the Custis Plantation, the ancestral home of Mary Custis Lee (Robert E. Lee’s wife). That was another sad day in American history.

The vote was by roll call. The final tally was 265 Yeas, 159 Nays, 1 voting Present, and 8 not voting. Of the votes cast, 62.5% favoured the Prohibition; 37.5% favoured keeping our Southern symbol flying.

Separating the fourteen States of the SNC from the rest of the Empire, the vote was completely reversed. Of seventy-three Southern votes cast, only 37.6 favoured the Prohibition; 62.4% favoured keeping the Battle Flag flying.

The South has lived under occupational military force since 1865 and some have gotten comfortable with the situation. The State delegations of Maryland and Florida were the only southern ones to side with the Empire. But we recognize that Maryland has become a Yankee clone and Florida suffers under the mass immigration of despotic Yankees and hand-out dependent Cubans and Mexicans.

Thirty-eight States have decreed what twelve States can do. We could have been protected with the use of a “concurrent minority” which was touted by Calhoun. But that option is not allowed by the Empire.

So our only real protection from such tyranny is a complete and immediate withdrawal from the Columbian (D.C.) Empire. That will be a great day in American history.

I recently had a business leader post this statement, “Most people would rather live with comfortable lies than uncomfortable truths.” (He wasn’t agreeing with Al Gore.) He was referring to the majority of men who hide behind their beer and baseball games; to that majority who are quick to reflect on football stats and who is the best team in the SEC, but don’t have the slightest idea of how much liberty “their” government has taken from them in the last year.

We need Southern men (and women) who would lay everything on table; willing to sacrifice their all for the future of their homeland and the well-being of their children and grandchildren. That will make for another great day in American history.

Will YOU join your State’s SNC delegation? Will YOU begin today to WORK for a better tomorrow?

 

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Posted on 05/23/2016 1:29 PM by David O Jones
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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In the foundational political treatise, Vindiciae Contra Tyrranos (A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants) first published in 1579, the author under the pen name Junius Brutus appealed to the reigning king of France for a just and righteous government.

The treatise was divided into four sections, the first of which explored The Limits to Authority. The statement is made, “It is the responsibility of princes to know the extent of their authority and of subjects to know to what extent they may obey princes.”

Today, we are faced with a great number of people who promote their concept of separation of Church and State as keeping God out of civil government.  In the days of France’s King Henry or in the 1760s and 70s as the American patriots dealt with England’s King George, kings had a similar attitude as that of politicians today—let God run the heavens, but we run the earth. 

Most people alive today have never given thought as to the extent of their obligation to obey the civil authorities. In the United States, we are taught simply to obey… just as were the citizens in Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. And very few civil authorities ever give a moment’s notice to what God might have to say about their actions.

Where do all civil rulers get their authority? Brutus says it simply, “God reigns by His own proper authority, and kings by derivation.” In a society which votes for its representatives and rulers, we labour under the false assumption that authority to rule comes from the people. But any authority given by “the people” only comes via an indirect route from God Himself.

Any law, any ruling, any edict must first be filtered through the moral and ethical standards which the Lord God established in Scripture. Anything less becomes a rebellion against God Himself.

In Vindiciae it is stated, “Currently, it is commonly understood that if someone disobeys a prince concerning a command….he will be considered a rebel… But he should be condemned and held as truly rebellious who does not obey God, or who obeys the king when he forbids to yield obedience to God.”

Brutus gives several Biblical examples, but the most obvious is that of Israel’s King Saul as he refuses to do what God had commanded thru the prophet Samuel, but then expects to make it all better by offering a sacrifice.  Samuel is explicit in saying “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord…”

“It is much more grievous to offend the Creator than the creature, who is the image of the Creator.”

 

 

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Posted on 05/17/2016 2:54 PM by David O Jones
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Friday, 18 March 2016
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Proclamation of 25th March, 2016
As a Day of Repentance and Prayer
For the Southern Nation

Southerners! We have sinned against Almighty God.

We have allowed ourselves to become lax in our responsibility of faithfulness to Almighty God. We have yielded ourselves to the false gods of self, entertainment, indulgence, sport and riches. We have trusted in the false gods of political and business leaders.

The result of our unfaithfulness is that we suffer the trials of a society wrecked by sin, of families tortured and destroyed by demonic role-models, and of governments infested with self-serving politicians and bureaucrats.

We read in Psalm 2, The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”  God’s response? — He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. And, He shall break them with a rod of iron; He shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

As the season of our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection approaches, let us receive in humble thankfulness the lessons which He teaches us, devoutly acknowledging that to Him, and not to our own feeble arms, are due the honor and the glory of victory; that from Him, in His paternal providence, come the anguish and sufferings of defeats and failures, and that, whether in victory or defeat, our humble supplications are due at His footstool.

The Southern National Congress calls upon the people of the South—a people who believe that the Lord reigns, and that His overruling Providence orders all things—to unite in prayer and humble submission under His chastening hand, and to beseech His favor on our suffering Southland.

Therefore in humble dependence and trust upon Almighty God, I, David O Jones, as Chairman of the Southern National Congress, do issue this proclamation setting apart Good Friday, the 25th day of March 2016, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer; and I do hereby invite the people of the Southern States to repair on that day to their respective places of public worship. And to unite in supplication for the favor and protection of that God who has hitherto conducted us safely through all the dangers that attended us.

We also call upon the Governors, Legislatures, Clergy and Congregations of the Southern States to join in proclaiming and observing the appointed day of repentance and prayer for the Southern Nation.

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Posted on 03/18/2016 3:39 PM by David O Jones
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Monday, 07 March 2016
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As the children of Israel neared the Promised Land, Moses sent out 12 men (one from each tribe) to spy out the land and report on their findings.

When they returned, the spies complained that in a place called Hebron,
There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:33)

So the Israelites wept all night, they complained about the leadership of Moses and Aaron, and determined among themselves to select a new leader to take them all back to Egypt. The numbering which had just taken place revealed 603,550 men of fighting age and armed. (Compare that to the current U.S. military strength of 1.5 million, half of which are support personnel.)

603,550 men, plus women, children and elders (a conservative two and a half million people) were scared and wanted to go back to slavery!

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb … tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'  Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
And all the congregation said to stone them with stones….
Numbers 14:6-10

Because of their faithfulness, Joshua and Caleb not only survived the following plague which killed the other spies, but the Lord promised that they would be the only Israelites that left Egypt who would actually enter the Promised Land after forty years of languishing in the desert.

After five years of fighting, Israel had gained possession of a portion of the Promised Land and Joshua was in the process of dividing the land among the various tribes and families.

Caleb spoke to Joshua, "I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. …So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.'
     And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
  As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said."
     And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb as an inheritance.  Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb … to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. … Then the land had rest from war.
(Joshua 14:6-15)

Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. (Joshua 15:14)

The book of Joshua tells us, “None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel; they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod.”

Caleb was a realist. 

He was no starry-eyed dreamer. Caleb saw the difficulties right along with the possibilities. Giants are tough to beat, whether they are physical or mental.

When we assert the concept of State sovereignty, we are beaten back by federal bureaucrats and courts. A great majority of the population honestly believe that whatever the Feds say, goes.

Caleb knew the cost; he also knew the reward.

Caleb had the courage of his convictions.

He stood his ground when the others were ready to run. How easy it is to side step, back peddle, and keep silence when confronted by the opposition. There are only a few of us who have ever had to face the Empire’s guns, but the day will come when it will be common place.

Caleb shouted down the opposition by declaring a confidence in the cause and in the Lord God Almighty. Caleb’s courage came from knowing that living in freedom was God’s will.

We will not know that same conviction and courage unless we are such students of God’s Word that we know that living in liberty is His desire for us. We must recognize that the Southern States of Right ought to be Free and Independent States and that we should be Absolved from all Allegiance to the Empire based in the District of Columbia.

In the end, Caleb took the fight to the enemy.

He was at an age when everyone else was dead or retiring. Eighty-five years old and looking for a fight. Not just any fight, but he wanted to fight the people whose reputation had kept him and his family in the wilderness for forty years.

The home Caleb wanted was occupied by the enemy. The South-land that we want is occupied by the enemy. They came in 1861 and have not left.

Caleb stared the giants in the face and took them down. With the strength and courage which only God above gives, we will do what it takes to restore liberty to our beloved South-land.

 

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Posted on 03/07/2016 8:21 PM by David O Jones
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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Just to set the record straight, Thanksgiving is a Southern holiday.

This Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving as an American holiday because most of the teaching concerning the celebration has come from a Yankee perspective. Thus we are told the following. The Separatists (later to be called Pilgrims) first set foot on land on 13 November 1620 at what would eventually be called Provincetown. They returned to the Mayflower and again set foot on land at the location to become known as Plymouth on 21 December. After facing scarce provisions and starvation, the fifty-three survivors celebrated what is now known as “the first Thanksgiving.”

The Truth is that Thanksgiving, both as a Christian worship service and as a banquet celebration was first observed in the Virginia colony.

When the Royalists first landed in what would become Jamestown on 13 May 1607, the first thing they did was hold a Christian service to thank God for their delivery. They took the sails from the ships and stretched an awning across some trees to shield them from the glaring sunlight. A bar from the ship was nailed between two trees and became the place for sermons and communion. The Rev. Robert Hunt of the Church of England, read the services. He continued doing so at the same place, every morning and evening, preaching twice on Sunday, and celebrating Holy Communion every three months. He held the services under the trees until a church building could be constructed for worship.

Thus it is was thirteen years prior to the Pilgrims landing that a “thanksgiving service” was held in the first Southern colony on this continent.

A little over twelve years later, a group of thirty-eight settlers established what would become known as Berkeley Plantation about twenty miles up-river from Jamestown. The group’s charter required that the day of they arrived be observed as a “day of thanksgiving” to God – “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” A service was held that day and a celebration is held annually.

Not only this Thursday, but always give thanks unto the Lord Almighty for His provision and especially for being blessed to live in the South.

From Solitude,
David O Jones

 

 

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Posted on 11/23/2015 3:00 PM by David O Jones
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Monday, 02 November 2015
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Our governments – federal, state and local – are failing the people they are meant to protect.

The governments on this continent were established under a Christian basis of law – the Mosaic covenant / the Ten Commandments. But over the past two centuries, we have devolved from a theocentric (God centered) system of law to an anthropocentric (man centered) system of law. Man has become his own god – the chief determiner of what is good or bad.

Monuments which honor those Ten Commandments have been covered, removed and destroyed across the Empire. Such is our shame. And in their place we have erected laws whose foundations have been men’s opinions.

The obvious down-side to this was written millennia ago in Cato’s Letters – “The world is governed by men, and men by their passions; which, being boundless and insatiable, are always terrible when they are not controlled.”

The only control to men’s opinions and passions have been the absolutes of Biblical Law.

“All law is the product of will and command. The fundamental question is: Whose Will? Whose command?”Archie P. Jones (no relation to the SNC Chairman)

This past summer, the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage confirmed that we have degenerated from worshipping and obeying the Creator to worshipping and obeying the creation. Evil has been commanded as legal and good has been ignored and vilified.

We are also in a battle in many communities over Sharia law. Sharia is again just another man-made set of commands promoted by a sin-loving “prophet.”

If we are to continue as a society which respects life and protects women and children, we must profess and adamantly adhere to the basics of Biblical law. The alternative is the death of our culture.

Continuing to build our system of law upon ourselves means that we are declaring ourselves equal to God. The last community which did that built a tower and were scattered.

This issue will be discussed and a pronouncement made at the upcoming session of the Southern National Congress. The legitimacy of the Empire is at stake. Unless there is change, it has already signed its death warrant by rejecting the Creator.

From Solitude,
David O Jones

 

 

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Posted on 11/02/2015 4:45 PM by David O Jones
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015
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We are on a collision course between liberty and oppressive government.

Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead has written, “The state is seeking to make itself the center of all human loyalties, the goal of all human aspirations, the source of all human values, and the final arbiter of all human destiny. In so doing, without using the language of religion, it is claiming to be divine.” (Christianity & Civilization #2, http://store.americanvision.org/collections/books)

The rulers within the Empire (formerly called the United States of America) have worked to establish the state as god. They have set themselves to the business of denying the existence of the Eternal Creator by removing public displays of the Nativity of the King of Kings, by outlawing public prayer to the Lord of All, and now by proclaiming marriage to be everything contrary to that established in Scripture.

The Empire will continue to proclaim the motto of “In God we Trust,” because it considers itself the god being trusted. “As the state [the Empire] becomes increasingly pagan [proclaiming itself as god], it will continue to exert and to expand its claims to total jurisdiction and power over all areas, including the church.” (Whitehead)

Most Americans continue to love “America the Beautiful” and enjoy reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” because they only see what was not what is. The screws of tyranny have been tightened ever so slowly in order to make any reaction seem radical rather than reasonable.

The Empire has lost its legitimacy because it has lost its ties to absolutes. Legislation, court opinions, and executive decisions are made in light of “what’s right now” rather than what is eternally right.

We are on a collision course between Liberty and the Empire.

The delegates to the Southern National Congress understand that the Southern people (all of them) deserve representation on the basis of Truth and Justice. Only with those qualities will regain true Liberty.

From Solitude,
David O Jones, Chairman

 

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Posted on 10/20/2015 11:50 AM by David O Jones
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015
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Many native Southerners have unfortunately accepted Yankee lies as truth. They hang their heads and allow the abusive accusations of anything Southern as being akin to evil.

The South should not be the object of ridicule. The South has preserved its Christ centered culture despite the most horrendous attacks and adversities. The South has produced great statesmen, great military leaders, and great theologians. The South has given us the best reading and the best listening anyone could want – and there is something for everyone.

The South has had its problems with race and racism, but so far has resolved those problems better than anywhere else on the continent. Time and again you will see the phrase “Southern By The Grace of God.” Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favour and He has certainly favoured us by allowing us to live and breath in the South.

Dr. Clyde Wilson, retired Professor of History at the University of South Carolina tells us that the Republicans have ceased their reconstruction of the South and have instead turned to colonization. He asserts that there are no Southerners in Congress nor in Governor’s chairs, there are only Democrats and Republicans. He notes that the Republican party was created to support big business and to reward business with the bounty of the public treasury—it has never truly represented free enterprise, but rather it has supported big business. After all, the industrial capitalism of the Republican party and the socialism of the Democratic party both require the centralization of power and money.

Biblically we get the government we deserve, either for blessing or cursing. We are told by many that we live in the freest country on Earth, yet the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation ranks the United States at 12th place—and only as “Mostly Free.” That is two places down from the 2012 ranking.

I am sure that each of us desires to live under God’s blessing. But covenantally, that depends on how we understand and implement biblical principles. Vindiciae Contra Tyrranos (1579) posits that in legitimate government God establishes a dual covenant—between Himself and the King (or President) and between Himself and the people.  The King is responsible for his own obedience in the covenant.

So also are we responsible for our obedience in covenant to God.

 

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Posted on 10/06/2015 12:37 PM by David O Jones
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Thursday, 06 August 2015
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Recently during the public uproar over the Confederate Battle Flag, your Chairman was criticized for not making any public. There is a sound and specific reason for no comment from SNC’s Chairman…defending the Battle Flag does not fall within the parameters of business for the Southern National Congress.

I recommend reviewing the articles under “A Southern Voice” and “Manifesto” on our website (www.theSNC.org) . These were written by others under the direction of our founding Chairman Tom Moore.

Here are some excerpts:

“We start with the proposition that the South and its inhabitants are a separate, distinct, and worthy people rooted in soil, kinship, shared history and customs.”

"The Southern National Congress is a deliberative body designed to provide Southerners with a forum to voice their authentic concerns regarding the South's continued cultural life, prosperity, and distinctive existence. This is being accomplished within a framework conducive to the complete independence for our southern States.”

“The Southern National Congress provides a means of expressing Southern goals, grievances, and solutions, in an open manner not presently existing anywhere else in the public sphere.” These goals, grievances, and solutions are directed first to our respective State legislators and legislatures, then to our fellow Southerners who have fallen under the misinformation spell of the Empire.

When George Washington was asked for advice from a young colonel, he wrote, “The best general advice I can give [is to] impress upon the mind of every man, from the first to the lowest, the importance of the cause and what it is they are contending for.”

We are contending for a New Southern Nation (or confederacy). We are about liberty, justice and a legitimate practice of Jeffersonian republicanism.

“While in session, the Congress debates in order to resolve practical matters respecting life and liberty in the South. …And while it may lack formal legal authority at this time, it can achieve something better - moral authority.”

From Isaiah 58:12 (NKJV) - Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Yes, we must never forget the past, nor its symbols, nor the men and women who have provided the foundation upon which we must build. Our cause and our vision must be to the future which we are building for our children, grand-children and generations beyond. Then we will be the ones who repaired the breach; we will be the restorers of streets to dwell in.

 

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Posted on 08/06/2015 12:44 PM by David O Jones
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Thursday, 19 March 2015
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Proclamation of 3rd April, 2015
As a Day of Repentance and Prayer
For the Southern Nation

Southerners! We have sinned against Almighty God.

The Southern National Congress calls upon the people of the South—a people who believe that the Lord reigns, and that His overruling Providence orders all things—to unite in prayer and humble submission under His chastening hand, and to beseech His favor on our suffering Southland.

It is good that when trials and reverses of liberty befall us we should seek to take home to our hearts and consciences the lessons which they teach, and profit by the self-examination for which they prepare us. Personal successes have made us self-confident and forgetful of our reliance on Him; the love of money has eaten like a gangrene into the very heart of the land, converting too many among us into worshippers of gain and rendering them unmindful of their duty to their country, to their fellow-men, and to their God. Who then will presume to complain when we are chastened, or despair of our just cause of liberty, and the protection of our Heavenly father?

Let us rather receive in humble thankfulness the lessons which He teaches us, devoutly acknowledging that to Him, and not to our own feeble arms, are due the honor and the glory of victory; that from Him, in His paternal providence, come the anguish and sufferings of defeats and failures, and that, whether in victory or defeat, our humble supplications are due at His footstool.

Now, therefore, I, David O Jones, as Chairman of the Southern National Congress, do issue this proclamation setting apart Good Friday, the 3rd day of April 2015, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer; and I do hereby invite the people of the Southern States to repair on that day to their respective places of public worship. And to unite in supplication for the favor and protection of that God who has hitherto conducted us safely through all the dangers that attended us.

We also call upon the Governors, Legislatures, and Congregations of the southern States to join in proclaiming and observing the appointed day of repentance and prayer for the southern Nation.

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Posted on 03/19/2015 1:15 PM by David O Jones
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Thursday, 25 September 2014
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When the SNC was founded in 2008, most political pundits were silent on the subject of secession. That has certainly changed. The Scottish secession vote last week certainly garnered the attention of various media outlets. “Google” secession and you will get 10.3 million sites and articles to view. (I didn’t even begin to try.)

Several articles from last week referenced a Reuters sponsored poll. It stated:

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The southeastern States which make up the bulk of the Southern National Congress polled a 25% support for secession. It should be a note of interest that when Reuters made follow-up phone calls to respondents, they found that both ends of the political spectrum favouring the idea.

"Texas has everything we need. We have the manufacturing, we have the oil, and we don't need them," said Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living outside Dallas on disability payments. "I have totally, completely lost faith in the federal government, the people running it, whether Republican, Democrat, independent, whatever," he said.

"I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done," said Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments. "The state would be better off handling things on its own."

The Reuters article quoted Mordecai Lee, a professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee "It seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama." It would seem that the intelligencia still don’t “get it.” They, along with their civil servant cousins, still insist that secession has something to do with an anti-African attitude among white people.  How does that comport with Scotland voting to secede from the United Kingdom?

Secession it is about self determination. It is about having control of your own political and economic future. There are approximately one hundred different secession movements in Europe and nearly fifty in Asia. Are we to believe that all those movements are also based on an anti-African motive?

The Southern National Congress states on its website, “While in session, the Congress debates in order to resolve practical matters respecting life and liberty in the South.” We are all about State sovereignty with the ultimate goal of secession from the Empire being operated out of Washington, DC.

Like the 45% of Scots who want to be free from England, we are working for the self determination of each Southern State and locality.

 

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Posted on 09/25/2014 2:19 PM by David O Jones
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Monday, 15 September 2014
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Prior to the sixth session of the Southern National Congress, a Marxist group calling itself the “Tennessee Anti-Racist Network” reported to the media how horrible it was that a couple of Tennessee legislators would speak to the SNC which according the “Network” was a racist organization. As we approach our seventh session, we expect a repeated attack.

As Chairman of the SNC, let me make this abundantly clear – the Southern National Congress intends to continue to represent the voice of the Southern people.

In the Preamble to our Constitution we state our purpose is to

  • Provide a forum for the authentic voice of the Southern People to be heard in the councils of Federal, State, and local governments;
  • Promote the traditional Southern principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility, reestablish those principles within a framework of lawful government with strictly limited and enumerated powers;
  • Advance the prosperity, welfare, and general interests of the Southern States and People.

The Southern National Congress is composed of a great number of practicing Christians. As such we recognize the Holy Bible as the Word of God, true and infallible. In the Revelation chapter five, we are given a description of the eternal worship of the Lord in heaven. The congregation there is described in verse nine, “And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”

The Greek word translated “nation” is ethnos; the same root of which we have the term ethnic in English. If we as believers expect to spend eternity with people of every ethnicity, why would we spend even a moment of time on earth attempting to create discord?

We don’t and won’t. It is only those whose purpose is to cause discord among the Southern people (of any ethnicity) who will raise any banner of racism and self-hatred.

 

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Posted on 09/15/2014 10:01 AM by David O Jones
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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The following is the text of the "Challenge to the Delegates of SNC-6" by its Chairman, David O Jones.

I have a dream.

For two hundred years – basically since the close of the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia – the South has preserved its Christ centered culture despite the most horrendous attacks and adversities.

The South has produced great statesmen, great military leaders, and great theologians. The South has given us the best cuisine, the best reading and the best listening anyone could want – and there is something for every taste.

The South has had its problems, but when left to its own wisdom, has resolved those problems better than anywhere else on the continent.

Time and again we see the phrase “Southern by the grace of God.” Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favour and He has certainly favoured us by allowing us to live and breath in the South.

Dr. Clyde Wilson, has told us repeatedly that the Republicans have ceased their reconstruction of the South and have instead turned to colonization; that there are no Southerners in Congress nor in Governor’s chairs, there are only Democrats and Republicans. He notes that the industrial capitalism of the Republican party and the socialism of the Democratic party both require the centralization of power and money.

Again, I have a dream which most every one of you shares.

Samuel Pierpont Langley. A name you have probably never heard. He lived in the early 20th century. He was a Senior officer of the Smithsonian; a Professor of mathematics at Harvard; and was friends with such as Andrew Carnegie and Alexander Graham Bell.

Langley was commissioned by the United States government for a special project and provided a $50,000 grant. He assembled a team of the best and brightest scientists of his day. They had one goal and he had all the advantages.

He was competing against others who did not have any government funding; they were not scientists. In fact, his competitors were just a couple of brothers, bicycle mechanics, whose Methodist Bishop father continued to deride their dream and tell them it was impossible; that God never intended man to fly.

Now you already know who the competitors were, their name is etched in everyone’s memory. Why do we remember the Wright brothers and have never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley?

Langley had a goal – to be the first to discover the secret of flight. The Wright brothers had a dream of man soaring in the heavens. When the Wright brothers achieved their dream, Langley quit. He even returned the unused funds of his grant back to the government.

I have a dream of the men and women of the South living in ordered Christian liberty.

We can look around us and see the numbers here and become discouraged. Most of us were attended the first several Congresses and remember the excitement and that the attendance was three times what it is today. But remember this – movements may be born in excitement, but they are successful by the total dedication of the few.

The first rule of volunteer organization is said to be – Nobody will do anything…ever!

The operational rule of volunteer organizations is – 10% of the people will accomplish 90% of the results. We have slightly over XXX people registered as delegates to the SNC. We have here today, slightly over XX delegates. We are exactly where we should be. The attendance of 300 would be a disaster…no work could be accomplished. If you doubt me, just look at the 535 members of the Empire’s Congress…nothing good ever gets accomplished.

I have a goal of the Southern National Congress expanding into State congresses. But the dream remains the same – the men and women of the South living in ordered Christian liberty.

There may be a few “techies” here who know of the company Creative Technologies.

Several years ago, they were on the breaking edge of technology. Creative Technologies developed a 5G MP3. They told the world about it…nobody bought one. Twenty-four months later Apple introduced the iPOD. People went crazy. The iPOD was simply a 5G MP3, but Apple marketed it as, “A thousand songs in your pocket.” The difference? Creative Technologies thought that people would respond to the technical details; Apple knew that people respond to a dream.

Sit back and think … what images does ordered Christian liberty form in your mind?  That should be the message we carry to every Southerner. If we continue in talking about strict constitutionalism, secession, and states’ rights, we will never be able to sell our product. We won’t even be able to give it away. We must learn to dream… and to talk about the dream.

I do not know what percentage of the computer market Apple has, but I would guess that it is only in single digits. Yet that computer company is known by everyone and is recognized as an innovator and inspires tremendous loyalty among its customers.  Because they still couch every new product in the image of a dream.

The Southern National Congress has not yet come into its own. Quite providentially, this session has received a good bit of press.  Previously we couldn’t have actively sought press which didn’t happen. If the media were here today, they would look around this room and laugh – laugh at our numbers, laugh at this motley assortment of faces. They would go back to their newsrooms and write of the impossible task which we espouse.

I say, “Let the dogs bark, the caravan is moving on!”
Because we have a dream … ordered Christian liberty.

 

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Posted on 11/12/2013 7:00 AM by David O Jones
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Friday, 13 September 2013
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Are you ready to participate in an historic Congress?  The Sixth session of the Southern National Congress will convene Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, 1-3 November 2013 at Fall Creek Falls State Park about an hour south of Cookville, Tennessee.

Delegates will give attention to several possible pieces of legislation which will address the Sovereignty of the Several Southern States.

One of our guests at the upcoming Southern National Congress will be Representative Judd Matheny of Tennessee.

During the last session of the Tennessee legislature, Representative Judd Matheny sponsored the “Tennessee Balance of Powers Act.”  The bill faced opposition, so Rep. Matheny as Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee joined with his counterpart in the Senate and formed a joint Balance of Powers Committee.

The committee has already met and the members are attempting to discover the undocumented costs to the State of Tennessee resulting from the U.S. Department of State’s settlement of foreign nationals in enclaves within the State.  The committee was told by a federal bureaucrat that the State had no authority to stop the settlements.

Rep. Matheny will – among other topics – provide information on what he believes the Southern National Congress can do to help their States reassert their Sovereignty.

Have you registered as a Delegate or an Observer?  Are you ready?

Further information can be found at www.theSNC.org/NEWS/

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Posted on 09/13/2013 2:23 PM by David O Jones
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Friday, 09 August 2013
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by David O Jones


In the Southern National Covenant, we pledge:

  • To resist any Federal statute or Presidential directive that threatens our fundamental freedoms of speech, press, assembly, exercise of religion, and petition for redress, freedom from illegal search and seizure, and the right of due process under law.
  • Never to allow ourselves willingly to be disarmed nor submit to the confiscation of our means of lawful self defence; nor comply with any firearms registration scheme, which is the certain precursor to confiscation.

Here is a great opportunity to put legs to what our mouths have been saying.

Last Monday I met with Missouri Senator Brian Nieves. His Senate Committee did a major rewrite of a bill which subsequently passed both the Missouri Senate and House before being vetoed by the Governor.

The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is the first piece of real nullification legislation to come out of the South. It reads: Whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.

It continues with a phrase that most students of history should know by heart: The several states of the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their federal government. (If you know, respond in the comments below.)

All of that is a nice introduction, but the hackles come up with All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or futue, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms … shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.  It then continues with a brief list of federal Gun Control Acts.

Missouri’s act includes penalties. If anyone attempts to enforce any of the infringements on the right to keep and bear arms included in subsection 3 of this section is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. And Any Missouri citizen…shall have a private cause of action for declaratory judgment and for damages against any person or entity attempting such enforcement.

As I mentioned before, Missouri’s Governor vetoed this legislation. BUT the legislature convenes in special session on 11 September to override the veto. If you know one of the legislators in Missouri, call them and ask them to vote to override the veto on HB 436. If you know anyone living in Missouri, call them and ask that they and their neighbors call their own representative and senator and ask them to override the veto on HB 436.

This is living our covenant!

Have you signed the Covenant? You can read it and sign it by going to Southern National Covenant on the navigation bar at the right of this page.

For a complete copy of Missouri's Second Amendment Preservation Act go here.

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David O Jones is Chairman of the Southern National Congress.

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Worth Quoting

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.

Samuel Adams

 

What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?   

Edmund Burke