Why We Must Reject a ‘Proposition Nation’

Alabama

Here is Dr. Michael Hill’s speech at the 2013 League of the South conference:

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com countenance

    So saith The Bard, Sam Francis, in Chronicles in February 1995, essay title “Racialpolitick.”:

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    Of course, not all whites supported [California Proposition] 187, and most prominent among those who actually attacked it were presidential perennial Jack Kemp and Bill “Mr. Virtue” Bennett himself. The two neo-conservatives hastened to California to harangue the masses with their insight that “the American national identity is not based on ethnicity, or race, or national origin, or religion. The American national identity is based on a creed, on a set of principles and ideas.” Of course, that is a common view of the American identity, one that has been repeatedly expressed throughout our history, though there are at least two problems with it. In the first place it happens to be untrue. In the second place it happens to be a dangerous and even suicidal claim.

    It is untrue because the major fact about American national identity is that it is an identity created by British settlers and later European immigrants and therefore is almost exclusively the achievement of whites. Whatever wise pleasantries of universalism may turn up in the patriotic oratory and public documents of American history, no one can claim that the American identity is really the kind of watery abstraction the Kemp-Bennett statement purports it to be. Behind and beneath those pleasantries lie the concrete identity, experience, and aspirations of a homogeneous people “of a common blood,” as Jefferson put it in his draft of the Declaration of Independence, and to reduce that essentially racial as well as cultural heritage to the bloodless “principles and ideals” that Mr. Kemp and Mr. Bennett busy themselves tooting is not only a confession of the most dismal ignorance but also a trumpeting of the most brazen betrayal.

    Moreover, the Kemp-Bennett claim is dangerous because it fundamentally misunderstands the nature of a nation or of any collective political identity other than a debating society. If indeed being an American were “based on a creed, on a set of principles and ideas,” then any person in the world who adhered to that creed would be an American. That might be fine with the open borders crowd whom the Kemp-Bennett statement was designed to please, but it also means that any person who does not adhere to the creed is not an American, and in asserting the credal identity of the United States, the Kemp-Bennett statement comes close to formulating the grounds of a new totalitarianism. The Soviet Union was “based on a creed,” and Russians who dissented from the creed were punished severely. How else indeed could a state defining itself through a creed cohere? So far from opening the national gates to anyone who wants to come here, defining American national identity in terms of a creed actually guarantees a closed and perhaps brutally repressive regime and implies nothing whatsoever about what kind of welcome we might give to immigrants.

    In the first place, if you believe in the Creed, you can be a perfectly good American in the slums of Buenos Aires or the jungles of Rwanda, just as you can be a perfectly good Christian or a perfectly good libertarian or a perfectly good communist, and there’s no reason at all for you to come here or go anywhere. In the second place, if adhering to the Creed is what makes you an American, then why not give creed tests to all immigrants, or indeed to native Americans, and if they don’t subscribe to the Gospel according to Jack and Bill, round ‘em up and send ‘em back.

    No one knows what any of the immigrants to this country, legal or illegal, past or present, believe or have believed, and there is no reason for anyone to be examined or tested as to what they believe before being admitted. The credal basis of national identity that Mr. Kemp and Mr. Bennett blather about may sound both high-minded and broad-minded, but upon any but the most superficial examination, it (like so much else of what they have to say) turns out to be transparently false and, if it were taken any more seriously than most of the slogans and bumper-stickers that pass for high political theory among neo-conservatives, could serve as the basis of a far more restrictive regime than any nativist has ever conceived.

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    Nothing more needs to be said for our cause on this matter.

  • RobRoySimmons

    Whites must reclaim free speech for themselves

  • deepdixie1979

    As stated before by the founder of this site, the South has the claim of being a real historical nation inhabited by a people sharing a common European ancestry. We Southerners lay claim to an authentic Nationalism not shared by Whites in California or Rhode Island. We need a return to Southern Nationalism more than ever in these times of the Obamanation, amnesty for the entire third world, and gay marriage, which are a product of the forced union between the states.

    I was privileged to see this speech by Dr. Hill in person. I joined the LS a little over a year ago and have been to two of the LS National Conferences.

  • http://southernnationalist.com PalmettoPatriot

    I’m sure the anti-Southern folks will still hate the LS no matter what we say. I’m cool with that. If such people supported us then we would be doing something terribly wrong.

  • haroldcrews

    deepdixie1979, did we meet during the conference?

  • deepdixie1979

    Harold Crews,

    Regretably, I didn’t meet you in person at the conference although I’m sure we will meet soon at another gathering. We are Facebook friends. I’m RJ Evans on Facebook although I go by Robert as my previous two profiles were deleted by Facebook during the previous purges of authentic conservatives.

  • tom

    Why do white/southern nationalist males have so few offspring?

  • http://www.occidentaldissent.com/ Hunter Wallace

    Of the people in the “Sea of Hate” photo, I know that one of the guys has five kids and two others have at least one kid. I didn’t get to know the others well enough to know if they have any children.

    Personally, I am working on that problem right now. I’m with someone who wants to have children. I’m very optimistic about my new relationship.

  • deepdixie1979

    Tom,

    I was married this past December. We would like to have at least 3 children, God willing.

  • Mark

    Why do white/southern nationalist males have so few offspring?

    That’s a good question for Whites as a whole, worldwide.

    There is a correlation with conservative/traditional Whites having higher fertility.

  • http://whitetearoom.wordpress.com/ Denise

    Hunter – all my best wishes for you, with your new gal!

  • http://www.dixienet.org Michael Hill

    Thanks for posting my speech, Hunter. We had a great conference this year–lots of young, energetic Southern Nationalists!

    By the way, I have three children and so far three grandchildren! Would like more . . .