If any topic wanted to prove the presuppositionalist’s axiom of “no neutrality,” the Confederacy would probably be it. Yet, I think I can come the closest. I don’t want to defend the Confederacy. I think life in the said South would have been dreary, as would most any place in the 19th century, save Protestant Scandinavia or Calvinist South Afrika. Here are some theses on the Confederacy:
- Whatever else is said, it must be acknowledged that Abraham Lincoln was a vile white supremacist. His “darkie” jokes continually made his advisors uncomfortable.
- While so-called neo-Confederates are correct in that the war was fought over states’ rights (Lincoln makes this very clear; similar to Pol Pot, university professors seek to erase uncomfortable facts), the deeper question is this: precisely which states’ rights issue did they fight over?
- Abolitionism is hard to defend. While some were godly Christians, most were Unitarians and a few were terrorists. John Brown specifically targeted white, Yankee, non-slave owners and butchered them.
- A recent line of speculation suggests that many Northerners opposed the expansion of slavery into the frontier because they feared, not without reason, that America would become another version of Haiti. If true, this utterly destroys the Yankee mythos today. The North, therefore, opposed slavery on racist grounds! We see this today: Yankees and white liberals, while formally worshipping black people, are scared to death of them. Compare the demographics of a KKK neighborhood and the demographics of a white liberal’s. It is the same neighborhood.
- It’s hard for anyone to seriously argue that we have smaller government and more freedom today. The 10th Amendment has as much authority as the English monarchy does.
Someone will say, “But doesn’t this make you a racist?” Well, yes and no. I love black people and Asians, so no, I am not a racist. However, by Att. General Eric Holder’s definition of racism–anyone who has white pigmentation–then yes, I am a racist. That’s because white people = racists, by the State Dept’s standards.
Further, I am not a racist because “racism” is a specifically Marxist concept and I reject Marxist concepts. Corollary: those who do their theology around attacking “racism” are Marxists.
Someone might respond, “Doesn’t this make you a kinist?” No, it doesn’t. Kinism is a larger movement which defines itself as consistent Van Tillian theonomists. I am neither Van Tillian nor theonomist, so I can’t be a kinist. I do think their debates with mainstream Presbyterianism are quite funny, though.