Southern Hostiality Yes, I just invented a new word.
Another issue I have with the Southern Nationalist Movement: The claim that the Southern People are the last surviving remnants of some superior, old world moralistic society. Proponents say that Southerners are THE people, something of a mix between Spartan warriors and Scots-Irish Reformers, who are probably descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel (which would make them God's chosen people too).
Everybody KNOWS about "Yankees". That's anybody from north of Kentucky and west of Arkansas. They all have a Bostonian accent, they're all Unitarians or (*gasp*) Catholics, they all love an oppressive Federal Government (which is why they all voted for Obama), and they all hate us and want to sacrifice our Southern children upon the Lincoln memorial.
The same people who so vehemently hate and mock the Northerners, would also whine about being the butt of every Foxworthy-esque redneck joke under the sun. Is it just I who spots some contradiction?
I happen to know too many freedom loving Brothers in Christ from Kansas, Wisconsin, California, Washington and Massachusetts to agree with any moron who, geopolitically, lumps millions of individuals together as being under one banner.
In addition to this, many Southern Nationalists hold questionable Political or Theological views of their own, such as Christian Identity (a nice way of saying racial "purists") and Stonerism (proponents of legalizing weed) to name a couple, maybe Southern culture isn't as Moralistic as claimed.
The Heart of Dixie's Problem
When it comes down to it, our problem isn't hordes of invading Northerners and assorted Ethnic groups. It's not the loss of Southern patriotism and it's not even the Federal Government, the problem is we've all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Yankee and Rebel alike are going to hell unless predestined unto salvation and brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sure, statistically the South might have more churches and church go-ers, but the church has always been a huge social hub in Southern culture, so maybe we have more unsaved than we'd like to think about.
I agree with much that Southern Nationalists have to offer. States have a Constitutional right to autonomy through secession. The South is great, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. But when a group begins to claim themselves as the only people who can save the United States, or as the victims of a totalitarian plot, it's not too long before they're a legitimate cult. And there's no such thing as a Theologically or Politically right cult.
Part 3 of this series will be a post from my buddy (and ironically, my cousin through our mutual Confederate ancestor) RG Miller.