I’ve been to the last four League of the South national conferences and the general consensus was that this was the best one yet.
I say this in spite of missing half of the first day and parts of several speeches. We didn’t arrive until Friday afternoon. I prefer to watch the speeches at home on YouTube anyway for I can relax in my bed with my laptop, pause and analyze them, and reflect on the points that are being made. These conferences are always extremely exhausting because the main event is what happens in our discussions after hours.
The conference itself stuck to the format of previous years: the speeches were similar, the conference was held in the League building outside Wetumpka, the demonstration in Wetumpka after the conference was held in the same place it was last year, we stayed at the same hotels and ate the same food. It was also mostly the same people who showed up this year who were there last year.
At least from my perspective, there were three things that stood out about the 2016 conference:
1.) First, we camped out on the Coosa River and over a dozen of us kayaked down the river on Sunday morning, which we had never done before. I was supposed to go, but had to return home to check on my son.
2.) Second, we learned on Saturday evening after the conference that a massive gay pride event was being held in Montgomery, and that there was going to be a big LGBT march on the Capitol and a rally there on Sunday. Those of us who remained behind on Sunday for the kayaking trip made a point to show up and voice our opposition.
3.) Third, we were greeted at dawn on the first day of the conference with the news that the UK had voted to secede from the European Union, so it was an especially joyous occasion and fortuitous that so many of us had gathered in one spot to celebrate the BREXIT victory and discuss its implications for Southern Nationalism.
Over the past year, I think we had become a bit unglued. We started off real strong with a series of rallies in opposition to the campaign of cultural genocide that followed in the wake of the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston. We quickly got burned out with that and then the rise of Trump and coverage of the 2016 presidential election started to dominate everything. We wandered off message and various people sounding off on Facebook became a problem. We need to correct course and rededicate ourselves to our core mission.
The BREXIT vote came at just the right time and was a strong jolt that reminded us that secession could really happen within our lifetimes. We don’t need to become distracted by empty posturing and saber rattling on social media. We need to be more attentive to how we present ourselves in public, how we spend our time and money, and more focused on what we can do here in our own states to bring about Southern independence.
Note: A brief word about guns and violence:
What happened in Sacramento over the weekend during our conference illustrates why we need to be prepared for all situations. I’m thankful that kind of thing never happens to us because we have a security team in place who are prepared to respond to hostile, violent anti-fa. While I believe in advancing our cause through peaceful methods, I want to make it crystal clear that violence in self defense is absolutely justified.