As reported by Crawfish,
a resource for information on the Southern Neo-Confederate Movement.
Trent Lott, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, is a leading
figure in the Neo-Confederate movement. He has had a regular column
for several years in the Citizen Informer, a publication
of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a neo-Confederate and national
organization which is active in defending flags across the south
and promoting Confederate activities. He is the spokesperson in
the Sons of Confederate Veterans recruiting video and a member.
He was interviewed in the Southern Partisan,
[pp. 44, 4th Quarter 1984]. The interviewer asked, "At the
Convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Biloxi, Mississippi
you made the statement that 'the spirit of Jefferson Davis lives
in the 1984 Republican Platform.' What did you mean by that?"
Trent Lott responded.
"I think that a lot of the fundamental principles
that Jefferson Davis believed in are very important to people
across the country, and they apply to the Republican Party. After
the War between the States, a lot of Southerners identified with
the Democrat Party because of the radical Republicans we had at
that time, particularly in the Senate. The South was wedded to
that party for years and years and years. But we have seen the
Republican Party become more conservative and more oriented toward
the traditional family values, the religious values that we hold
dear in the South. And the Democratic party is going in the other
direction. As a result, more and more of The South's sons, Jefferson
Davis' descendants, direct or indirect, are becoming involved
with the Republican party. The platform we had in Dallas, the
1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there
from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to
neighborhood security are things that Jefferson Davis and
his people believed in."
The rest of the article details how Southerners
like himself are becoming more influential in the Republican party
and his opposition to civil rights legislation for it being unfair
to the south and the Martin Luther King holiday.
Phil Gramm, U.S. Senator, Texas; Dick Armey,
U.S. Rep., Texas, Jesse Helms, U.S. Senator, North Carolina, and
Thad Cochran U.S. Senator from Mississippi have all been interviewed
in the Southern Partisan.
One of Trent Lott's major activities was the
support and promotion of Jefferson Davis, late former U.S. Senator
of Mississippi, and President of the Confederate States of America.
Trent Lott was awarded the Jefferson Davis medal by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy for his successful efforts to get
Jefferson Davis' citizenship restored. A tremendous event in the
legitimizing of the Confederacy in this country. Beauvior, Jefferson
Davis's last residence was located in then U.S. Rep. Lott's 5th
district. In the Feb. 1980, issue of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy, his address to the UDC at the Confederate Monument
at Arlington National Cemetery, June 3, 1979, is reprinted in
full detailing his view of Jefferson Davis as a great American,
the unjustness of his not having citizenship, and the process
of restoring his citizenship. Even though this restoration of
citizenship required a two-thirds vote of both houses under the
14th Amendment. It was not that difficult, the measure passed
by overwhelming majorities in both houses. In the house less than
15 members opposed it. President Jimmy Carter, a pro-Confederate,
signed it into law October 17, 1978. There was some public outcry
but both the Democrats and Republicans seeking southern electoral
votes supported the measure nearly unanimously. The Republicans
knew what they were doing. The Democrats going back to Franklin
Delano Roosevelt think that history is just old stuff, and have
yet to figure out that the Lost Cause mythology and Southern conservatism
seeks no less than to eliminate them.
His latest measure is to get the desk of Jefferson
Davis when he was a senator, assigned to the senior senator of
Mississippi. This resolution too passed the Senate with great
support and little discussion.
In the latest issue of the Confederate Veteran,
(No. 3 1996), he has a full page letter of congratulations to
the Sons of Confederate Veterans on their 100th anniversary. Twelve
other southern state governors also sent letters of congratulations.
Trent Lott is representative of the dominate
political forces of Mississippi. The State of Mississippi is building
a Presidential Library at the cost of millions for Jefferson Davis.
Many political leaders of that state appear in the Citizen
Informer and the Council of Conservative Citizens have many
Now that Trent Lott is majority leader in the U.S.
Senate, and so many strongly pro-Confederates southern Republicans
are also in positions of authority, we can expect the Federal government
to go back to supporting the Lost Cause mythology to further reinforce
it and promote their ideas. Of course the Federal government has
never completely stopped supporting the Lost Cause. There is likely
to be little opposition since most liberals and Democrats and leftists
don't comprehend that historical memory is important.
Maybe this November we will go to bed on election
night in the United States of America and wake up in the Confederate
States of America. Perhaps then we will understand the importance
of statues and flags and symbols. (Hopefully I am wrong).