Manifesto of the Southern National Congress

Why a Southern National Congress?

The Southern National Congress Committee first met in March 2006 to plan the formulation of the Congress. 
The Executive Council of that planning committee prepared and printed the following Manifesto.

To Our Fellow Southerners:
From The Executive Council of the Southern National Congress Committee

This is an invitation to all Southerners of good will and good character, who love their country and who seek to preserve our liberty, prosperity, and identity, to join with us in organizing a Southern National Congress (SNC).

We start with the proposition that the South and its inhabitants are a separate, distinct, and worthy people rooted in soil, kinship, shared history and customs. If you reject this notion or find it pointless or irrelevant, then you needn't bother to read further. But if you do accept it, you probably also understand how significantly we Southerners have contributed to America's founding and her subsequent history, and you believe we deserve to prosper and flourish. You probably also understand that our identity, culture, liberty, and well-being are threatened as never since 1865. These threats are subtle and insidious, yet potentially more destructive than the outright invasion, military force, and occupation used against us in the Second War of Independence.

What then are we to do? What can we do? Of course, we of the SNC Committee don't profess to have the final answers to such deep, complex, far-reaching questions. But we may have a partial solution. Moreover, we believe it's foolish to refrain from doing anything simply because we can't do everything. The mighty oak springs from a single acorn. The longest journey begins with but a single step.

Manifesto, Part 2
A Separate and Distinct People
An Occupied People

Manifesto, Part 3
The Grand Bargain
The South and the American Republic

Manifesto, Part 4
A Republic. If you can keep it

Manifesto, Part 5
Guard Us From Our Guardians, O Lord
Republicans and Conservatives Will Not Save Us

Manifesto, Part 6
Exercising Our Sovereignty
A Positive Vision
The Power of Symbolic Speech
Changing the Paradigm
No Foreordained Outcome
Let the Past Be Past

Manifesto, Part 7
But Will It Work?
The Few Always Decide
Peaceful Means
Jeers and Scoffing -- and Worse
A Great Adventure



The past is set, but the future is ours.
Join us in building a Southern National Congress
and in claiming the future that is our birthright.


Worth Quoting

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels nor your arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams


What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?   

Edmund Burke