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Deo Vindice Newsletter No. 10.9

From: Steve W.
Sent on: Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:50 PM

Deo Vindice  

Volume 10, Number 9                                            Essays in Truth                                                               September 2011 

Welcome to the Florida League of the South


Remembering a Tragedy

There has been much to contemplate these past ten years since the events of September 11, 2001 regarding the security of our Country and it's citizens. Many pages have already been written filled with sorrow and emotion regarding the dastardly act of terror and war against the people of New York, Washington D.C. and these United States. The view of the wreckage was reminiscent of a scene from the movie "Terminator", and, amidst the tragic loss of life and property, many perhaps still wonder, "What was this all about? We just wanted to be left alone in peace." But alas, America was invaded!

A look at the past may provide some clarity for the present.

One hundred fifty years ago the Southern States of this union felt much the same as their yearning for liberty and constitutional freedom led them to form what they hoped would be a peaceful nation. But they, too, would be invaded. And as the citizens of today look back in horror at this ten-year-old devastation, sadly there are none alive to remember a different reign of terror on American soil.                                                                      

Some in today's media have been heard to remark that this 21st Century terrorist assault was first time women and children have been targeted in such an attack on our own soil, but in the fall of 1864, as United States General William Tecumseh Sherman and his soldiers marched from Atlanta to the sea, he left in his wake a like tragedy, as the lives and property of civilians were consumed in a similar fiery ball. His men cut a path 300 miles in length and 60 miles wide as they passed through Georgia, destroying factories, bridges, railroads, public buildings, homes and farms, terrorizing a nation that sought only liberty and peace. That those victims of yesteryear had some warning of what was to come was of little comfort, as they had not the means to prevent it and the loss of life and property, just as it was but a short ten years ago in the North, was immeasurable to the citizens of their time. And for those who survived, their very means of existence had been taken away. Who today will condemn that action? Who will stop to reflect on the feelings of the Southern Nation so many years in the past?

Sadly, since those days, the ego of the victor of that struggle for freedom has centralized against the citizens, and laying aside the very reason the several States created the Union, became mired in an outward fight for political domination, slowly suspending the rights of it's very creators, bent on swallowing the parts to feed the whole. These States, unable to patrol their own borders have been left exposed to a myriad of evils. Can we now say that these colonies are the united States of America, each expressing their individualism and free will?

We have been terrorized in the past, even before that fateful September in 2001 and it has been said that studies of these events provided warnings of what would come. Could it be that, in the midst of partisan politics and concerned with a negative media image, many of our leaders felt those prophesies too disturbing, and not wanting trouble, buried their heads in the sand?

We all agree that we should certainly all stand with our brothers and sisters in the North whenever they are bullied and grieve with them in their sorrow.

However, With all due respect, our beloved Southland is still waiting for the nation to care enough to acknowledge or shed even one tear for the atrocities Uncle Billy Sherman and his band of Union terrorists laid on the good people of Georgia and South Carolina 147 years ago when thousands of civilians were murdered, left for dead, or left homeless and destitute.

We've all revisited the recent disaster over and over.  Now take a look at what most of us have forgotten.

The Deadliest Day in American History

Surpassed Twin Towers Disaster by 2 to 1 - Will this tragedy make today's news? 

One hundred forty nine years ago this month, two armies thrust north through western Maryland's rich farmlands and faced off in a battle so savage that its one-day death toll is still unsurpassed in American history. 

On Sept. 17, 1862, invading Confederate forces and Union pursuers collided in rolling sheets of fire at Antietam Creek, a shallow ribbon of water ambling through orchards and cornfields not far from the upper stretches of the Potomac River. 

The battle near the dusty crossroads of Sharpsburg ended the first Confederate invasion of the North. It raised the stakes of the late War for America and the world. Despite horrendous losses six years ago in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the one-day casualty toll at Antietam remains unequaled.

War historian James M. McPherson notes in his book concerning this event that the 6,300 to 6,500 Union and Confederate soldiers killed and mortally wounded at Antietam were more than twice the 3,044 fatalities, including the 19 hijackers, suffered in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"Another 15,000 men wounded in the Battle of Antietam would recover, but many of them would never again walk on two legs or work with two arms," McPherson writes in "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War", published by Oxford University Press.

The casualties at Antietam were four times greater than Americans killed or wounded at the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944. They were also greater than the combined casualties of all of the nation's 19th century wars, excepting the War for Southern Independence itself.

The following Florida units were involved in the Confederate effort at Antietam:  Florida 2nd Infantry Regiment, Florida 5th Infantry Regiment, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment.

Who are the Rebels?

What irony is found in the British condemning their American brethren of treason and rebellion in 1775, and the revolutionary Republicans of 1861 condemning their American brethren in the South of treason and rebellion.

Ohio Congressman Clement Vallandigham lectured Lincoln and his followers on January 14, 1863 in the US House of Representatives by stating, “…Yet after nearly two years of more vigorous prosecution of war than ever recorded in history,…you have utterly, signally, disastrously…failed to subjugate ten millions of “rebels”, whom you had taught the people of the North and West not only to hate, but to despise. 

"Rebels did I say?  Yes, your fathers were rebels, or your grandfathers.  He [Washington], who now before me on canvas looks down so sadly upon us, the false, degenerate and imbecile guardians of the great Republic, which he founded, was a rebel.  And yet we, cradled ourselves in rebellion and who have fostered and fraternized with every insurrection in the nineteenth century everywhere throughout the globe, would now…make the word “rebel” a reproach.”

Thanks to Bernhard Thuersam of North Carolina for the inspiration

Bailouts and the General Welfare
Studies in Constitutions

United States Constitution

Article I, Section VIII

The Congress shall have power-

  1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

It's easy to see from the above so called "general welfare" clause why almost every bill that is proposed in the United States Congress has politically gain at its core and written to favour a certain class of people or industry. 

This time the politicians took advantage of the people by way of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the “Stimulus Bill”.  This resulted in $535 million dollars of guaranteed money being given to the Solyndra Corporation, a manufacturer of solar panels, which, after only two years, ceased all business activity, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and laid-off all employees – the peoples’ millions all gone.  The politicians certainly can't pass an opportunity to put their hands in our pockets.

But it didn’t have to be this way.  Early in 1861 a new nation was formed from six Southern states of the then existing united States.  And on February 4, these states convened in Montgomery, Alabama to organize this Southern Republic.  The delegates made it plain that their Constitution contained no hidden "implied powers": if it wasn't spelled out in the content of the document, the government couldn't do it.  And they were careful to omit the vague catchall-clauses which power-hungry opportunists in office had hidden behind previously while distorting the intent of the U.S. Constitution, such as the "general welfare" clause.

In the Confederate States Constitution, the delegates made it extremely difficult for their Congress to get carried away and appropriate large sums for the pet projects of the powerful few, or to levy additional taxes to raise the money for those projects.  The delegates also eliminated many of the special favors Congress could do for the special interests.  And they gave the president a line-item veto.

Consider the following:

Confederate States Constitution

Article I, Section VIII

The Congress shall have power-

  1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises for revenue, necessary to pay the debts, provide for the common defense, and carry on the Government of the Confederate States; but no bounties shall be granted from the Treasury; nor shall any duties or taxes on importations from foreign nations be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry; and all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the Confederate States

Compare the same clause from each of the two documents presented above. No “welfare” clause here.  How would you have benefited had the latter been in effect this past century and a half?

You make the call!

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Studies in Juris Prudence

"Sovereignty is the right to govern. In Europe the sovereignty is generally ascribed to the prince; here it rests with the people. There the sovereign actually administers the government; here, never in a single instance. Our governors are the agents of the people, and at most stand in the same relation to their sovereign in which regents in Europe stand to their sovereign. Their princes have personal powers, dignities, and pre-eminences. Our rulers have none but official, nor do they partake in the sovereignty otherwise, or in any other capacity than as private citizens."

Chisolm vs. State of Georgia - U.S. Supreme Court

Some thoughts to ponder: 

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

Julius Caesar

Reliving Florida's Past

SEPTEMBER  6   1928   The Great Lake Okeechobee Hurricane struck Florida as a Category 4 storm, with winds pushing lake waters to a storm surge of more than 15 feet. The area surrounding the lake's south end, occupied primarily by migrant agricultural workers, flooded. The Red Cross's death toll count reached 1,836, but additional bodies and skeletons were discovered after the end of the Red Cross count. In response to this disaster, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built dikes around the lake to prevent a recurrence. Florida author Zora Neale Hurston recorded the impact on this hurricane on migrants in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

SEPTEMBER  8   1565   Today is the anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

From the account of Pedro Menendez's expedition to Florida in 1565 by Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, the chaplain to the expedition.  "Saturday, the eight of September, the day of the Nativity of our Lady, the General disembarked with many banners displayed and many trumpets and other instruments of war, discharging much artillery. As I was on the Land since the day before, I took a cross and went out to receive them with the Psalm "Te Deum Laudamaus," and the General came directly to the cross with all the rest that came with him, and kneeling on the knees on the earth they kissed the cross. There were a great number of Indians looking at these ceremonies and thus they did all they saw done. On this same day the General took possession of this land for His Majesty and all Captains swore him to be General of all this land."

SEPTEMBER 20   1565   Spanish forces from St. Augustine under the command of General Pedro Menendez de Aviles overwhelm Fort Caroline, the French fort on the St. John’s River.  More than 130 French settlers/soldiers are killed.  .

SEPTEMBER 23   1888   One hundred sixty-three yellow fever cases reported in the epidemic at Jacksonville. Before the epidemic is over, four hundred twenty-seven persons would die.

SEPTEMBER 26   1823   Charged by the Territorial Legislature to find a site for the construction of a capital city, Dr. W. H. Simmons leaves St. Augustine heading west.  He is to make contact with John Lee Williams, who left Pensacola at about the same time.  The men are to meet approximately halfway between the two cities and select the site.  The site chosen was a small Indian village called Tallahassee.

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What high-ranking United States government official in recent times made the following admission? 

“I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice.” 

Answer: United States President Barak Obama.

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