First, I think Mark Vogl deserves several rounds of applause. Unlike several other so-called heritage organizations, Vogl’s calling his group a Confederate heritage organization, not a southern heritage organization. At least he’s honest. Moreover, he’s smart enough to call for wiping out the issue of slavery altogether, and looking for merit in Confederate principles as they apply to present political challenges. This does a good job of reminding us that it’s heritage, not history, and his candor in this regard should be seen as a good thing. That said, he’s not completely sound in this matter, given his constant reference to “the Cause,” which just might have had something to so with slavery.
It is in his withering indictment of current heritage organizations that Vogl strikes telling blows. Of course, he’s not the first person to point out their ineffectiveness. However, what he says is worth highlighting … kinda.
This Sesquicentennial has proven that even the organizations charged with the vindication of the great tragedy of the destruction of the first Constitution simply are not up to the task. They are not built for the political work which must be done. And they do not embrace the spirit of defiance so necessary to the pursuit of vindicating the Cause.
Okay, I admit that it’s difficult to discern exactly what Vogl means in the first sentence. However, I find much to commend in his assessment of the failure of will and purpose in these organizations. Facebook threads are not an effective substitute for action, no matter how good they make some people feel.
Those with blood to the past just are not up to the task of meeting the charge given them by great, great grandpappy’s.
I think that’s true. We see that all the time in cases where certain folks who highlight their Confederate ancestors bloviate endlessly without accomplishing anything other than wasting bandwidth.
There needs to be a new organization. This new organization should not be based on blood, and ancestry. And, it need not be all male, or female. It does however need to be Christian, and it needs to be committed to vindicate the Cause, where the Cause is defined by the Confederate Constitution, minus those aspects which defend slavery.
Of course. Shrewd move … except for the part requiring that it must be Christian. Open your doors as wide as you can.
This new organization, Patriots of the Confederacy, Inc. should not be a not – for – profit and should not be intimidated or controlled by the government.
Oh oh. Aside from the crass appeal to H. K. Edgerton’s “not for profit” exercises (which, as we’ve seen, are in fact for profit), looking to incorporate an organization necessarily involves “the government,” as does the quest for non-profit status. Already we have the entering wedge for intimidation and control … and Vogl provided it himself. When will they learn?
Membership should be based on the spirit of the prospective member. The prospective member should be Christian or Jewish and practicing their faith. The prospective member should be required to take a written examination to demonstrate knowledge of what they will be committing too. This knowledge should be focused on the C.S. Constitution, the writings of Jefferson Davis and the lives of R. E. Lee, Stonewall and others. And it should include questions about the Charge. Further, the prospective member should demonstrate an understanding that this is not about history, it’s about America today, and how we can improve the condition of a nation by reintroducing the ideas which were at the heart of this nation when it was conceived.
Oh boy … and Vogl was doing so well, too. Spirit? Like this?
First he wants an organization based on Christian principles, but now he’s willing to allow Jewish people in as well. Having wanted to set aside the past, he then forces prospective members to take a history quiz. Given what we’ve seen about how much history many Confederate heritage people know, that won’t go well, at least not without a crib sheet. Perhaps he’ll grade on a curve. Questions about “the Charge”? Maybe it’s Stephen D. Lee’s charge to preserve Confederate heritage. Maybe it’s the one at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Maybe it’s the one at Franklin on November 30, 1864 … which is what it might well look like by the time Vogl’s done.
The lineage of the person should be of no consequence. It should not matter how heroic the ancestor was, the time for heroism is now and so membership must be about the character and dedication of the prospective member.
Good luck with that one.
The prospective member should commit in advance to what they will do to promote the Cause. Will they raise money? Will they act politically, building coalitions to restore Southern Pride and nationalism? Will they vote based on the South, not on their own selfish motives? Will they attend monthly meetings? Will they skip uniforms, balls, parades and work on the issues today which can change America for the better and rebuild the South?
Good luck again … this clearly excludes a few folks who like to dress up in Confederate gray. And someone explain to me exactly what voting “based on the South” means.
And this new organization should commit that it will abide by the Bill of Rights within its own organization. The organization should require public votes on all actions, no anonymity for the elected officers. Everyone accountable. Each and every citizen of this organization should be encouraged to use the internet to attend and participate in all meetings. There should be recognition of the political equality of all members based on the Christian belief that God is within all of us. The spirit and effectiveness of the Patriots should be measured by the cumulative quality of the membership, and the cumulative willingness to do what is needed in terms of political action to resuscitate the spirit of the Confederacy!
Uh huh. Whatever you say.
Visit the Confederate War College at www.confederatewarcollege.com and if you are interested make contact so that should sufficient interest be demonstrated this new organization can be created.
What are you waiting for?
Vogl needs to provide a little more incentive for prospective members. Perhaps he can distribute wrist watched based on another one of his new proposals … the secession clock.
Does anybody know what time it really is? Does anybody really care?
While the Chancellor of the Confederate War College will make the ultimate decision as to the time to be set on the clock, accepted members of the Confederate War College and other invited persons (all designated as the Time Keepers) will be consulted and allowed to place in consideration written statements intended to influence the setting of the time.
Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe Vogl’s proposal needs a little more work after all.