Editor’s Note: I delivered this speech this afternoon at the 2021 League of the South conference in Pine Level, AL.
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I would like to begin my remarks by quoting at length some great Americans on the subject of imperialism and the threat that it has always opposed to America’s experiment in republican liberty and independence. Their sentiments on this subject have shaped my own views and sentiments.
“Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty.”
President George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796 (Domestic Extremist)
“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.”
President Thomas Jefferson (Domestic Extremist)
“We have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race, the free white race. ..
We make a great mistake, sir, when we suppose that all people are capable of self-government. We are anxious to force free government on all; and I see that it has been urged in a very respectable quarter, that it is the mission of this country to spread civil and religious liberty over all the world, and especially over this continent. It is a great mistake. None but people advanced to a very high state of moral and intellectual improvement are capable, in a civilized state, of maintaining free government.”
Sen. John C. Calhoun, Washington, DC, 4 Jan. 1848 (Racially Motivated Domestic Extremist)
“No one can understand the nature of a Consolidated Government, without perceiving, that it is only the first step to Imperialism.”
Robert Barnwell Rhett, A Fire Eater Remembers: The Confederate Memoir of Robert Barnwell Rhett (Racially Motivated Domestic Extremist)
“All we ask is to be let alone …”
Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Montgomery, AL, 29 Apr. 1861 (Domestic Violent Extremist)
“I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the States into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.”
Robert E. Lee to Lord Acton, Lexington, VA, 15 Dec. 1866 (Domestic Violent Extremist)
“Imperialism would be profitable to the Army contractors; it would be profitable to the shipowners, who would carry live soldiers to the Philippines and bring dead soldiers back; it would be profitable to those who would seize upon the franchises, and it would be profitable to the officials whose salaries would be fixed here and paid over there; but to the farmer, to the laboring man, and to the vast majority of those engaged in other occupations, it would bring expenditure without return and risk without reward.”
William Jennings Bryan (Domestic Extremist)
“War is a racket.”
Major General Smedley Butler (Domestic Extremist)
The League of the South was founded in 1994.
At the very zenith of the American Empire in the wake of the Cold War, this organization was launched by men who dreamed of Southern independence from it. The case against the Evil Empire is the same as it was back then. The American Empire is a burden for Southerners. We are being replaced in our own country. We are steadily losing our identity and culture. Everything that once made our country great and worth fighting for including our principles is being sacrificed by our imperialists. The fate of all empires is the same and the only question was how long ours would last and how much we were willing to lose trying to hold on to it. How much is ruling the world worth at the cost of our values and homeland?
This was a very fringe and marginalized view to hold in the early 1990s when our foreign policy establishment was drinking its own koolaid about American exceptionalism and the so-called “End of History,” creating the institutions of their “New World Order” like the World Trade Organization and styling themselves as Roman pro-consuls while drawing up their plans to win the 21st century through a combination of military conquest and spreading democracy across the Middle East. Southern independence was a long term goal. We always assumed that it wouldn’t become conceivable until the demise of American Empire. Surely, the crackup of the United States itself like the old Soviet Union would be the last domino to fall and would only follow an unimaginable level of upheaval in the world.
These two things have always necessarily been connected. We can trace the origin of the American Empire to the conquest of the Confederacy and Abraham Lincoln’s creation of a centralized and consolidated liberal democracy out of the ruins of what until that point had been a federation of sovereign states. In order to create this power base in North America, the Constitution had to be overthrown and opposition to New England’s vision of a global liberal industrial and commercial empire on the British model had to be crushed. This was accomplished during the War Between the States and the American Empire began to spread its tentacles across the Pacific and into Central America and the Caribbean immediately thereafter. Last time I was here, I gave a speech about how the loss of our identity, culture and homogeneity since World War II is largely the price we have paid for deeper imperial integration.
The United States ceased to be a nation-state several generations ago. The Pentagon and the foreign policy establishment now refer to our formal territorial borders as “the Homeland.” We have a “Department of Homeland Security” now. The “Homeland” is only our primary territorial base for the Pentagon’s projection of force around the world. At last count, there were anywhere between 600 to 800 officially recognized foreign military bases outside of the United States encircling the globe in at least 80 countries. No one knows the true number of American military bases overseas because the existence of many of these bases is a closely guarded secret. The Orwellian named “Department of Defense” has 11 official unified combat commands. These include NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, CENTCOM, AFRICOM, PACCOM and EUCOM. We are literally Team America World Police. We are obligated by treaty to defend at least 67 countries around the world including the 29 which are NATO members. The most recent additions to this laundry list of countries around the world which we are obligated to defend like the old British Empire are Montenegro and North Macedonia. The hope is that Ukraine and Georgia will join soon.
The so-called “rules-based international order” which requires “American leadership” and “credibility” is our euphemism for the American Empire. It isn’t based on any “rules” though. It isn’t based on “human rights” or “democracy” which are flaunted by many of our closest allies. It is based on raw American military power, the network of military bases strung around the world which allows the Pentagon to dominate foreign countries and maintain imperial hegemony over its many satellites and the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency which is its cornerstone. ZOG is the dollar-based global empire which is dominated by Jewish oligarchs. The regime leans on the vestigial trappings of American patriotism to perpetuate itself while simultaneously working to mock and deconstruct the beaten down remnants of the American nation. The ruling class sees the “Homeland” as a destination for cheap labor from Third World countries, a dumping ground for refugees from its overseas wars, a reservoir of cannon fodder, a bargaining chip in its trade deals and a place full of evil, backward and dangerous yokels with antiquated ideas of self government who are holding back progress because they have succumbed to “misinformation” and poisonous -isms and -phobias. It is the “base” for their projection of power abroad.
Many people have come and gone in the League of the South over the past 30 years. There was a major resurgence of American patriotism in the years after the 9/11 attacks before the Empire got bogged down in Iraq. Donald Trump came along and gave false hope to millions of people including many dissidents who ought to have known better. He was never going to Make America Great Again. The world’s great empires have tended to decline slowly and then suddenly. The rot in the British Empire and the rise of Germany and the United States was obvious for decades before World War I. The rot of the Soviet Empire was obvious in the Brezhnev years before it all came crashing down in the blink of an eye. The imbeciles who have been running the American Empire into the ground over the past thirty years have laid the foundation for its demise through 20 years of war in the Middle East and by building up a true rival in China.
In the aftermath of ZOG’s humiliating retreat from Afghanistan and its pivot to an era of “great power competition,” the world is chattering about how long the status quo can possibly continue. How long will it be until the overextended American Empire inevitably collapses? Is the defeat in Afghanistan a temporary setback like in Vietnam or only the beginning of the final unraveling? Will there be a resurgence of terrorism? Will the United States redeploy troops to Afghanistan like we have in Iraq to deal with the development of an ISIS-like situation? How will Russia and China challenge the “credibility” of the empire in other regions? How far can the Federal Reserve go in inflating our money supply and exporting inflation? How long will it take China to catch up to and economically surpass the United States?
The descent of the American Empire has accelerated over the past 10 years. The death spiral seems to have gained speed over the past 5 years and it has nosedived over the last 2 years. In a little over a year, the American Empire has been rocked by COVID, the George Floyd riots, Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, the Capitol Siege and now the defeat in Afghanistan. More shocks appear to be coming. Although he accomplished little else of lasting significance in office, Donald Trump was an immensely polarizing figure and has undermined trust in all institutions. Over half of Republican voters still believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. The level of state repression and censorship that we have seen over the past 5 years isn’t coming from a place of strength and confidence. It is coming from a sense of weakness.
I won’t bore you to death with poll numbers, but there are three in particular which jump out at me. The first is that 2/3rds of Republican voters continue to believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. The second is a YouGov poll from January which showed that 64% of Trump voters believe their race is important to their sense of identity. The most shocking poll was a YouGov poll which came out in June which shows that 66% of Southern Republicans and 50% of Southern Independents would support seceding from the United States. The deepening cultural divide which is reflected in these polls can be seen in other areas which have recently become polarized like sports and shopping and consumer brands. We’re now in a full scale culture war over vaccine mandates. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the political establishment was bold enough to redefine the meaning of “racism” itself to mean systemic racism which has further increased the temperature of our politics. In the early 2000s, I remember when nationalists used to rail against the Joe Six Pack era, but whatever that was is behind us now.
The American Empire has become a tinderbox and there are any number of things which could potentially become the spark that sets off the blaze. There is the mania about the threat posed by “domestic extremism” and the possibility of another Waco by overzealous feds anxious to replicate all of their mistakes in the “War on Terror” at home. There are the COVID variants and the bitter divide over vaccine mandates. There is race relations which have rarely been this poisonous. There is the very real possibility of Donald Trump launching an even more deeply divisive 2024 presidential campaign. It could come from rising inflation or some sudden move from Saudi Arabia or China that triggers a dollar collapse and bankruptcy. There could be a major terrorist attack or another embarrassing foreign policy crisis that further reduces the standing of the Empire and further erodes its precious aura of “credibility.”
Rising empires like the American Empire of the 1940s and 1950s have an aura of inevitability and command respect. They have a mystique. Fading empires are possessed by a desperation to retain their hegemony. They lose their legitimacy at home and abroad and ultimately are overwhelmed by events. The great Southern fire eater Robert Barnwell Rhett once said that the Union “requires no conspiracy to destroy” because it was going down due to “the inevitable weight of its own gravitation.” The Evil Empire is similarly going down at a quickening speed into a vortex due to the inevitable weight of its own gravitation and really without the need of any exertion on our part. When it finally passes like a dead tree falling in the woods at night, the crash will inevitably plunge us into a deep political and economic crisis.
The stench of decay is now overwhelming. The decline of the American Empire has been so swift and severe and the incompetence of the political establishment that has been exposed is so broad that even normies have finally been shaken out of their slumber. Joe Six Pack has gotten angry enough to storm the Capitol. Just in the past few days, it has been confirmed that Dr. Fauci and the NIH helped fund the creation of the frankenstein SARS virus in China that gave us COVID to evade the ban on gain of function research in the United States. The coverup of this alone is a scandal big enough to discredit the regime.
The weight of America’s imperial commitments and obligations is wildly disconnected from the capability and the will to honor those commitments and obligations. The regime is more interested in fighting off the mounting resistance among its own people. It is only a matter of time before this is exposed. When the imperial economic comfort blanket from our zombie economy is removed, the nakedness of the hollowed out Empire will be revealed for all to see. We have become a polygot empire with nearly zero social cohesion only held together by the dollar and inertia. We squandered our inheritance and threw away our principles for a bunch of bloodsucking parasites could get rich. Many scores are waiting to be settled.
Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently compared Trump supporters to Brownshirts and Nazis and said that these “are the same people we fought in World War II.” He compared Trump’s actions after the 2020 election to the Reichstag Fire. A fence was built around the Capitol to protect the politicians from their own people. This is how over a third of the country is perceived at the highest levels of the American military by the failed portly generals pumped up with hubris and pride and festooned with unwarranted medals from the wars which they lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. The irony that they are the ones lording it over a vastly larger global empire than either Mussolini or Hitler’s while we are the ones who have always been opposed to it is apparently lost on them. These are not things which happen in normal times. The regime is focused on self preservation now. It can’t handle the swelling criticism.
It has been 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. We have been living through 20 years of accelerating imperial decline. Does the American Empire have the stamina to linger on for another 20 years? Will it take that long for it to be challenged and exposed on the world stage due the incompetence of its leadership and its own mounting insolvency and lack of internal cohesion? I doubt it.
A military which is more interested in renaming military bases named after Confederate generals, providing sex change operations for transsexuals, recruiting women with two mothers, indoctrinating its soldiers in critical race theory and purging anyone with traditional values as an “extremist” is not a military which will deter its rivals or inspire the confidence and respect at home which is necessary to maintain the American Empire. It is not a military which is protecting our liberty. By overruling and subverting the judgment of the president and civilian leadership on multiple occasions in order to perpetuate militarism, our current military establishment is much more likely to be the cause of the downfall of our liberty.
We can’t say that we weren’t warned. Our ancestors couldn’t have been more clear about the peril posed by things like standing armies, concentrated power, consolidated governments, conquest and the disastrous consequences of militarism and imperialism. Maybe we are the New Rome. Just not the “superpower” that our foreign policy establishment imagines itself to be.
I will leave you with this: there has always been only a handful of us who are strongminded enough to condemn and publicly oppose the Evil Empire. Everyone knows what happens to dissidents and organizations in the “Free World” who openly express their opinions on any number of controversial subjects. The repression has never been worse than it is today. Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by this. You are not alone. There has never been more anger and disillusionment out there. The anger and level of alienation has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years and especially over the last two years. It is not due to anything we have done. It is due to what they have done.