What is the Southern National Congress ?
The Southern National Congress is a deliberative body designed to provide Southerners with a forum to voice their authentic concerns regarding the South’s continued cultural life, prosperity, and distinctive existence. The Southern National Congress provides a means of expressing Southern goals, grievances, and solutions, in an open manner not presently existing anywhere else in the public sphere. This is being accomplished within a framework conducive to the complete independence for our southern States.
While in session, the Congress debates in order to resolve practical matters respecting life and liberty in the South. Its program is neither academic nor scripted; rather the Congress’ very form is quasi-legislative. And while it may lack formal legal authority at this time, it can achieve something better – moral authority. Legal authority can then be built upon that foundation.
The Southern Identity
The population of the South is approximately eighty million persons. A clear majority of these people identify themselves as Southerners. The gross domestic product of the South exceeds one and half trillion dollars per year, sufficient to make it the fourth wealthiest country on the planet.
Southern history goes back some four hundred years, beginning with the first successful Virginia settlement in 1607. By contrast, modern Spain and Russia are barely a hundred years older, and Charleston, South Carolina, has been a city since before the current British royal family, the House of Windsor, ascended the throne.
The South is a unique place, with a particular people. Unique forms of the English language (and the French and Spanish languages as well), a bevy of various original cuisines, and hundreds of masters in the various civilised arts engendered themselves in this land once known for classical education, legal prowess, martial virtues and sophisticated societal forms. The South is a land unto itself.
The Southern Crisis
While the Southern people number in the millions, with their own identity, speech, ways of life, and particular manners and values, there has been no identifiable Southern voice or Southern perspective in politics. There has been no Southern interest, or large discernible party for the South, as there is in Westminster for Scotland for instance.
The great wealth and resources of the South are controlled from the outside, as if the Southern States were colonies. The stock exchanges and the commodity markets for the South are outside the South. Southerners must look for capital and finance outside their homeland!
Southern institutions of higher learning move in lockstep to transform themselves into inferior imitations of New England colleges. Southerners have no reason to look for cultural examples or models to emulate from the outside. The lifestyles of New York City and California should not be the aspiration for new generations. Southern forebears feel more and more like aliens while Ellis Island stories feel more and more like the shared heritage.
The Positive Southern Vision
Whither the South? Will Southerners choose to do nothing but “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die?” Is this choice inevitable?
No. One may always decide to whom one gives consent, and to whom one owes obedience. And a whole people may always decide to stand and not to cease.
The Southern National Congress is an application of this most powerful principle, one capable of description but not proposition. Stand and do not cease. For ultimately, despite what anyone else says or does, the will may consent, or it may not consent — freedom exists in mind and in body, if only it is exercised in its inherent form.
The Southern statesman, John C. Calhoun, recognised that man is a social and political being, whose life nonetheless transcends politics. True politics must be rooted, rooted in soil and kinship; its basis living in the family. Seeking harmony with the Christian heritage of the land. Recognising forms of authority other than (and higher than) the state — family, religion, even custom. True politics aspires for the positive law to be minimally intrusive, giving place to the truths lodged in man’s core, the sublime things that cannot be expressed.
The Power of Southern Speech
The Southern National Congress recognises an inherent right in private property and its disposal. The Southern National Congress recognises that people vote, and express themselves, in the ways they see fit. The Southern National Congress recognises that times change, as do ways of living.
However, the South cannot continue to accept gigantism and consolidation in government, business, and media. Property exists to dignify Man, not the other way round, and such conglomerations do not admit loyalty to kin and patria. Therefore, they spell death, if left unchecked.
As Edmund Burke reminds us, “There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.” For this reason, the Congress will elicit the thoughts and opinions of the whole South, for the first time, without preconceptions. For the first time in a long time, the South will announce what is, and what should be, here in the South, for the Southern people. As the Southern classicist Richard Weaver noted, power flows from speech, from naming that which is. The Southern National Congress will do this. Its speech will be broadcast to the whole world. Not just the United States federal government, large corporations, or hostile institutions, but to the world complete.
The Southern Adventure
Only the unfolding of events will tell whether the South continues; whether any particular people choose to live, and not to die. However, this choice is not made in an abstraction, in an ivory tower in a vacuum of reality. It is not made over time, rather, it is made from moment to moment, and choice to choice.
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.