While Kinists were fasting and praying for their people as we passed the momentous anniversary of Lee’s 1865 surrender, Doug Wilson, a few weeks before, insulted the memory of the South and the Confederacy. According to Wilson, he now believes that the South lost the war as part of God’s judgment upon its role in the Mexican-American War:
I would prefer to say that the Civil War was in the first instance, a tax revolt, in the second a battle over states rights, in the third a struggle over the expansion of slavery into new territories, in the fourth a cultural struggle between two different kinds of civilization which would have happened had there never been a Union, in the fifth, the Whig/Republican desire for centralization, in the sixth, Mark Twain’s assessment that Sir Walter Scott was to blame for instilling in Southerners an uber-sensitivity over chivalry and honor, and seventh, a judgment from God over the South’s participation in the land grab from Mexico, and their gross treatment of the Indian nations that were largely centered in the South — the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, etc.
This comment comes from a whole series of incoherent posts he did recently on the Ukraine, the point of which, it seems to me, was to demonstrate kosher opinions about Russia bad, Ukraine good, while still maintaining a position of non-interventionism in the conflict. Wilson wants you to know he’s not one of those people who admires certain things about Putin and Russia these days. Because of Wilson’s admirable stands on homosexual “mirage,” as he calls it (a brilliant verbal conjugation, I must admit), and the fact that Romans 1 seems to be running in reverse in Russia these days, it is necessary for Wilson, I suppose, to get in front of this and make sure no one gets the wrong idea.
His comments about the Indians are trite to say the least, in that the Cherokee were allies of the Confederacy. Once the South was defeated and the slavery controversy put to rest, the federal government was freed up to focus solely on Indian containment, leading to the ultimate defeat of the Indian nations and the closing of the frontier towards the end of the 1800s. Whatever one thinks of U.S. policy towards the Indians at this point in history – and I must admit I don’t know enough to have an opinion – it seems just a tad unlikely that God would punish the South for mistreating the Indians by strengthening the federal government’s ability, under a new united and fully militarized government, to prosecute vigorous war against the Indians.
Wilson declined to go into details about his reasoning on the Mexican-American War, but we can fill in the blanks.
From the Texan and American view, Santa Anna surrendered at San Jacinto and agreed that the Texas border should fall at the Rio Grande, where it stands today. Upon Santa Anna’s return to Mexico, however, the Mexican government attempted to crawfish out of the agreement. Various reasons were given, among them that Santa Anna was under duress following a military defeat, and despite Santa Anna’s de facto status as a dictator at the time, he wasn’t technically the legislative arm of the Mexican government. Mexico rejected the entire treaty, continuing to claim all of Texas but disputing in particular the area between the Rio Grande and Nueces rivers. President James K. Polk sent U.S. troops to the disputed region, who were attacked by Mexican troops. Shortly thereafter, Mexico declared war, with the U.S. following suit.
Mexico lost the war badly, and as a result lost most of its northern territory, including California and much of the American West. Mexicans, however, continue to believe they were cheated out of this land. Wilson apparently agrees, endorsing the view of the crazed La Raza Marxists that the United States stole this land from Mexico. Wilson believes it was so wrong that God killed 600,000 American soldiers on both sides of a horrible Civil War to effect punishment on the South for its outsize role in insisting on the territorial integrity of Texas according to the San Jacinto treaty and prosecution of the war to a great victory in our country’s history. For Wilson, the South’s main sin was that it won a just war and won it big.
Aggressors in war, as Mexico was, always place at risk, by their actions, not only the lands in dispute, but also any other lands and treasure that may be seized by the victor as compensation for the cost of the war. Such has been all of human history, and in this war we can be thankful that the aggressor lost and the largely more Christian nation of the United States acquired new lands for its growing population.
To the contrary, it is my firm belief that the South lost the war in order that the North might be judged. Wilson himself points out that support for same-sex marriage is itself a judgment from God as Romans 1 indicates – a final debasement God allows to happen to a people after they have rejected Him. It is largely the Northern states, who to a greater degree have lost their faith in God, and in particular the New England states and their progeny (California, Oregon, Washington), who instigated the war. It is clear to me that the North has been judged to a greater degree. For what are lands and sovereignty compared to the knowledge of the Lord? In the entire Western world, the American South remains the only place where most people go to church. Clearly, God has saved a remnant and that remnant is here, in the former states of the Confederacy. God will, of course, have much work to do with us to purify our faith and purge us of the toxic American culture that has infected so many of us, but the salt of His Word remains in this land by an order of magnitude compared to that of the North.
The North was further judged in that it received just recompense for its false faith in equality. Prior to the war, the success of Southern slavery had led to a situation in the Deep South where a majority of the people were black slaves. Republican enthusiasm for equality encouraged many of these newly freed slaves to migrate to the welcoming arms of the North, where they have ravaged their great cities. Perhaps no picture better encapsulates this judgment than the ruins of the Grand Army of the Republic building in Detroit, abandoned, windows boarded up and full of trash and graffiti:
The veterans of the Union Army, for their victory and liberation of the slaves, are unremembered, unhonored, and unsung. The story of the South and its tragic fall are the subject of more non-fiction books than any other historical event. The Sons of Confederate Veterans numbers 29,000+ while the equivalent Union organization, despite having twice as many antecedent soldiers, numbers barely above 7,000. The South today, even despite increasing Mexican immigration, enjoys better demographics than it did in the antebellum period.
No, God has blessed the South even through the loss of the war. Had the Confederacy continued, we may have faced a fate not unlike South Africa’s. Because hierarchical racial systems work so well economically – really too well – they inevitably demographically overwhelm the host civilization, giving it both the vigor and the sterility of a hybrid. God, it appears, is the great composer of historical events. He purged the South of its demographic problem while providing a just recompense to the abolitionist rebels of the North. He left the South with a mythic, tragic narrative, of heroes like Lee and Jackson known the world over for their steadfast character and courage.
And today, I believe, through the kernel of Kinism, He has placed the South, and all of those who, whether Southern or not, long for a traditional anti-modern society, in a position to show the world out of the dichotomy of imperialism and one-world government. For Kinism is the only internally consistent system that can preserve diversity while maintaining peace. I believe God will add greatly to our fruits in the coming years. It is the logical next step in the Reformation, in that the drive of always reforming is to make explicit something implicit in historical Christianity that is of great import to the current moment. As the world follows its worship of the false God Equality to the bitter, logical end, Kinism stands ready to explain the sequence of events and provide a coherent alternative.