One often wonders how someone could be a neoconfederate. It takes certain qualities:
1. Stupidity. For instance, our favorite troll, Austin/Caldwell/Sara Lee/etc. was told by me that a state cannot enter the Union without the permission of the other states. In a comment I kept in the spam bin, he said I was wrong because, “it is the U.S. Congress who admits new States.” Stupid people don’t understand that senators and members of the House of Representatives represent their states and districts. Here’s another example. I told the troll a state did not have an unalienable right to alter or abolish their government in order to protect slavery. He claimed that slavery was irrelevant. Stupid people can’t understand the plain language of the Declaration of Independence. People have the natural right to alter or abolish their government when that government becomes destructive to the end of preserving their natural rights. There is no unalienable right to deny the natural rights of other people to them. If anyone in the confederacy had an unalienable right to rebel, it was their slaves. Of course, if you’re a racist and don’t consider blacks to be people, then you might not understand this easy concept.
2. Lack of Intellectual Integrity. Even though 7 out of 7 of the Cotton states told us in no uncertain terms they were seceding to protect slavery, and therefore wanted their independence in order to protect slavery, the troll claims slavery had nothing to do with the war. We can see another example in the case of the permits required for the I-95 flag. Instead of acknowledging the error, some folks appear to be questioning the county.
3. Lack of historical knowledge. This explains the popularity of charlatans like Charles Adams, the Kennedy Brothers, and Thomas DiLorenzo among neoconfederates. They don’t have a good knowledge of history and so they believe anything they’re fed as long as it claims to “defend the south.”
(added) 4. Lack of ability to use logic. Whenever confronted with the truth that the confederacy was formed in order to protect slavery, neoconfederates will often point out that both Lincoln and the US Congress said their objective in the war was to preserve the Union. These neoconfederates obviously don’t realize there were two sides in the conflict and that the two sides could have two different objectives. They’ll also point to things Lincoln said during the Lincoln-Douglas Debates regarding not wanting blacks to have social and political equality–as if Lincoln determined why the confederacy was formed.
Unfortunately for neoconfederates, these are all interrelated. Their stupidity means it’s very difficult for them to overcome their lack of historical knowledge, and their lack of intellectual integrity means they claim they’re right when they’re shown to be wrong. (added) Their stupidity is also related to their lack of ability to use logic. Because of their stupidity they don’t understand that their illogical reasoning is flawed.