Southern = Nazi?
Behold Sebesta's latest righteous rant:
A historical group of Nazi re-enactors, claim not to be pro-Nazi
It turns out that one of the GOP's congressional candidates is a member of a group that does re-enactments of Nazi's and white washes their history.
The link is here:
Read the article. Does it remind you of any "heritage" groups that you know?
As with all Sebesta posts, this one raises many tantalizing questions. Why is there a comma after "re-enactors" in the title? Why is there an apostrophe after "Nazi"? Why is the word "whitewash" cut in half? And which "heritage groups" is he referring to?
The first three questions are easy: Sebesta's command of the English language is almost as good as his knowledge of history. The last question is even easier: It's another jab at his own personal Moby Dick, "neo-Confederates" (note the name of his blog). He's implying that Southern heritage is just like Nazism.
No matter that the Southern Cause is the opposite of Nazism. The South fought for local self-government, not the big, centralized, authoritarian government that Hitler believed in. As Tom DiLorenzo has pointed out:
On page 566 of the 1999 Mariner/Houghton Mifflin edition of Mein Kampf Hitler clearly expresses the Lincoln/Jaffa view: "[T]he individual states of the American Union . . . could not have possessed any state sovereignty of their own. For it was not these states that formed the Union, on the contrary it was the Union which formed a great part of such so-called states." ...
Hitler (p. 567) mocked what he called "so-called sovereign states" in Germany because they stood in the way of a centralized Reich with their "impotence" and "fragmentation." Such impotence and fragmentation of government was purposely designed by some of the American founders precisely because they wanted to limit the powers of the central government.
To understand why Sebesta keeps making mistakes like this, you have to understand the hatreds and half-baked notions that squirm through his brain. He is so malignantly obsessed with a hatred of all things Southern that he associates all that he detests with the South. So when he encounters the words "Southern" or "Confederate," he thinks "Nazi," "racist," and "broccoli."
Genuine hate is an irrational association of evil things with others, including people and symbols, no matter the context or intent. As the Lolcats would say, Hates? Ed has it.