We’ve already considered what it takes to be a neoconfederate. The more time I spend interacting with neoconfederates, the more convinced I am of the absolute truth of that post.
But what about folks who think they aren’t neoconfederates but rather simply believe they are “proconfederate?”
In my experience, the vast majority of these people are stupid and are liars. They lack the tiniest amount of intellectual integrity.
Also, the vast majority of these people with whom I’ve come into contact are racist scum.
In other words, the vast majority of these people are usually despicable people of a low intelligence.
I’m sure there are some who are honest, who aren’t racist, and who aren’t stupid. Those folks simply don’t know enough history and can be convinced by historical evidence. If they have intellectual integrity, when shown the error of their beliefs they will change them.
If a person thinks the confederacy was right, if a person thinks the United States was in the wrong in the Civil War, then that person is either historically undereducated, stupid, dishonest, racist, or some combination of the above.
If, gentle reader, you think the confederacy was right and the United States was in the wrong in the Civil War, then you are wrong. Are you willing to look at the evidence and be convinced by it or is your mind made up? If you’re willing to be convinced, then you’ll find evidence here. If your mind is made up, then you’re either too stupid, too racist, or too dishonest to participate in this discussion. I’m not going to waste my time on people like that.
I’m sure many will find this assessment too harsh. Well, I didn’t sugarcoat it. I didn’t worry about hurting feelings. I decided on the shock treatment. I figured anyone who is going to cheer for treason against the United States for the purpose of protecting and expanding the institution of slavery needs to have their feelings hurt. They need to have the frankest talk in their face.
I know what you’re going to say: something on the order of you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Well, I’ve tried the honey in the past and it hasn’t worked too well, because the vast majority of these proconfederate folks I’ve come into contact with are stupid, racists, liars, or lacking intellectual integrity, so I’m going with the vinegar now.
Now, if you happen to have an ancestor who fought for the confederacy and simply want to know more about that person, this is not directed at you, as long as you are not cheering for the confederacy, as long as you are not defending the confederacy, and as long as you are not taking the side of the confederacy. I myself have defended individual confederate soldiers from what I believed were unjust charges, and will continue to do so. But I am firmly on the side that says the confederacy was one of the worst things ever put into effect in this country. Does that mean individual confederates were horrible people? No. To me, it was the evil of slavery that had otherwise good men do bad things. Your ancestor may have been a wonderful human being who through circumstances found himself fighting for the confederacy. That, of course, excludes those confederate veterans who were members of white supremacist terrorist organizations during Reconstruction. Other than those folks, none of what I said in criticism of the confederacy necessarily applies to individual confederate soldiers. None of what I said above applies to those who simply want to know more about what individual confederate soldiers did. None of what I said applies to those who just want to understand confederates and the confederacy and don’t defend the confederacy.