by Secretary of State, John Wagner

In 1788, Patrick Henry spoke the following in opposition to the then proposed U.S. Constitution,

“We are told that we need not fear, because those in power being our Representatives, will not abuse the powers we put in their hands: I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of the rulers?

My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights; or, of waging war against tyrants.  Sometimes the oppressed have got loose by one of those bloody struggles that desolate a country.  A willing relinquishment of power is one of those things which human nature never was, nor ever will, be capable of.

Congress by the power of taxation – by the raising of an army, and by their control over the militia, has the sword in one hand, and the purse in the other.  Shall we be safe without either?  Congress has an unlimited power over both: they are entirely given up by us.  Let him candidly tell us where and when did freedom exist, when the sword and purse were given up by the people?  Unless a miracle in human affairs interposed, no nation ever retained its liberty after the loss of the sword and purse.  If you give them up you are gone.  Now, Sir, the American spirit, assisted by the ropes of consolidation, is about to convert this country to a powerful and mighty empire.”

Often, when speaking with friends, neighbors and colleagues, the subject of politics comes up in our discussions.  In recent years, the topic itself is regularly broached in the context of ever increasing frustration with Washington, D.C. and the Federal Government.  My own contribution to these discussions usually rests upon a few salient points where my core values are in direct opposition to those of the U.S. National Government – these being a court imposed separation of Church and State, legal protections afforded those who murder the unborn, unwarranted property and income taxes, uncontrolled irresponsible National government spending and a penchant for disarming the citizenry.  To no great surprise, few disagreements arise and most heartily agree with me.  Patrick Henry would no doubt be saying, “I told you so”, if he were present today.

A little math and a short study of history shows us that seventy-three years after Mr. Henry’s 1788 speech, the Southern States could take no more.  Radical republicanism, increasing Federal taxation and sectionalism indicated the nation had become polarized and that a withdrawal from the compact of States was necessary.  Now, a century and a half after that great war, the country is again polarized over the same issues.  I’ve heard it said repeatedly that the upcoming U.S. Presidential election is a vote as to whether the United States will be a Socialist or Capitalist nation.

Well, clearly I am not a Socialist, as neither are most of the folks I interact with in daily life; however, when I share my concern that neither U.S. political party, nor their Presidential candidates, represent my core values, I find near unanimous agreement!  One may well despair, “What are we to do?”  As to me personally, it poses the logical question, “Why is John Wagner a Confederate?”

I am a Confederate because I believe that the Christian man and Christian woman’s first duty is to God, that Faith is an integral part of decision-making, family-life, public service and charity toward neighbors and that a Christian nation offers a better future to my children than a government that works so vigorously to separate the two.  I am a Confederate because I believe that human life is precious and of immeasurable value, without any prerequisite as to the circumstance or health into which that child is born.  You and I have value simply because we exist and no one should have the privilege of taking that life away before we are born; it is a crime against Heaven.  I am a Confederate because I believe that what we earn and work for should belong to us.  It is inherently wrong that a man or woman work their entire life, pay off their mortgage and be burdened with paying an unending additional rent to the State in the form of property tax.  By default, we never actually ever own our home and the land upon which it sits; the State owns our property.  Such a condition is not what the Founders intended and what Patrick Henry cautioned us against.  I am a Confederate because I believe that government should be primarily a local affair amongst neighbors in building their communities, that the role of the general government should be external facing and limited to providing a general framework within which its people can peacefully pursue their interest and prosperity.  Finally, I am a Confederate because I believe in the future of our country, a people drawn together by common values providing local solutions to problems and challenges, a land free of intrusive centralized government, burdensome taxes and unjust laws.  I believe in what we can be and I believe it’s time for our people to start thinking in these terms instead of which U.S. President is the lesser of two evils.

May God bless you, may you show kindness and tolerance toward your neighbor, and may you – if I might suggest – carefully consider your own core values and how they are reflected in the pursuits of the U.S. National Government today.  The Confederate States of America offers a viable alternative.  We have a Constitution.  We have a government.  We have a country.  Perhaps, upon reflection, you too are a Confederate.


I remain, your obedient servant,

John Wagner, Secretary of State

36 Responses to “WHY I AM A CONFEDERATE”

  1. Chris says:

    Yes sr. We ready to get the ball rolling bud Im just a painter but I would do what ever I needed to help to get our confederate states back

    • Chris,

      Have you considered becoming a Registrar in your County, or in your State if you do not have a State Registrar?

    • John Wagner says:

      Just a painter, sir? Jesus was just a carpenter. Tradesmen are the backbone of our Confederacy. In this endeavor, every skilled tradesman is sorely needed. For now, our first task is to get our citizens to register as Confederate citizens and voters. Please speak to your fellow craftsman and let’s get those registration applications flowing in. Watch for news and updates from the Confederate State Department and remember your country and your neighbors in your prayers each night. God bless you.

      I remain, your obedient servant, sir,

      John Wagner

  2. jerry buchanan says:

    well i am proud to see someone with a big heart like john this is what we are supposed to be all about! i am a ham radio operator and i can provide emergency communications if needed and i pray to god that he blesses all of us! jerry

  3. John Wagner says:

    Good morning, Mr. Buchanan:

    Thank you, sir. Disaster preparedness is amongst the top 5 initiatives we have. The State Department will be reaching out to you in the coming months as we expand our emergency communications network. God bless you.

    I remain, your obedient servant, sir,

    John Wagner

  4. I don’t think the internet will be around much longer. It will get heavily regulater sooner than later. Not only will HAM radio be needed, but I think the re-establishment of the CS Postal service needs to be implemented as well.

  5. Tom Wenn says:

    Thank you Mr. Wagner for becoming our new Secretary of State. I look forward to working with you in our restoration efforts. I would like to also thank James Everett fo his service as Secretary of State. Citizens like y’all make me proud to be a Confederate. Best Regards, State Registrar Tom Wenn, Louisiana, louisianacsa@hotmail.com

  6. Anthony says:

    I was arrested for doing nothing more than defending my home. I’ve always been a law abiding citizen, I’m a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I’ve arrested numerous criminals as a cop, and the local police arrested me for assault after my home was broken into. I viewed this as a slap in the face from those I’ve fought for and protected. I was meant to find this website today. I’ve flown a Confederate flag outside my house for a while in observation of my heritage, but now I know it means something much more to me.

  7. Alan marion jr says:

    I totally agree with Mr Wagner I am more than ready for the CSA to be fully restored i live in arizona who would i contact Mr Wagner Secretary of state

  8. j.patrick mcneely,jr. says:

    We tried to tell’em in 1861 what this “country” would eventually come to, bt they wouldn’t listen. Now all over the land are complaining about the “government’. The thing is, they still vote in people like we have. They have been brainwahed by propaganda to the point where I wonder constantly if there is any hope of ever getting a majority of the populace to peacefully and legallly to bring back the original form of civilization our fathers formed.

  9. J says:

    “I am a Confederate because I believe that what we earn and work for should belong to us. It is inherently wrong that a man or woman work their entire life, pay off their mortgage and be burdened with paying an unending additional rent to the State in the form of property tax.”

    So you wouldn’t, for example, support a government which denied black people the right to own property, over-taxed them, kept them subjugated for over a century and kept them imprisoned as slaves?

    • james says:

      Do you support the current National government that occupies our Confederate States ?
      If you do, then allow me to point out a few of its evils.
      It was the soldiers of the National government that occupies our Confederate States that charged into the Cheyenne Indian village at Sand Creek Slaughtered and mutilated old Men, women and children on November 29, 1864 even though Chief Black Kettle was told that if he placed the “American Flag” above his lodge, his people would be considered friendly and not be molested. The U.S. Soldiers swarmed the village killing pregnant women cutting open their wombs and removing the unborn babies clubbing them with their rifle butts, tossing nursing infants into the air and bayoneting them as their little bodies fell back to the blood stained earth.When asked why they did these things,the Soldiers replied that… “NITS MAKE LICE”. It was U.S. General Philip Sheridan who stated that…”The only good Indian I ever saw was a DEAD Indian. The U.S. government continued this slaughter and genocide of the Native American Indian population for many years after forcing our Confederate government into exile. Next we have The Tuskegee syphilis experiments performed on poor Southern black men by the U.S. governments public health service from 1932 until 1972.
      Then we have the U.S. governments racist eugenics program
      It was not uncommon for poor, often African American, women in rural areas to go to a hospital to give birth and be unknowingly sterilized, often while being told they were having their appendix removed. This happened even to children, including those who had become pregnant by rape. This program was upheld by the U.S. supreme court in Buck V Bell. Nazi Germany used the U.S. eugenics program as a model for their Master Race program.
      Next we have The Jim Crow laws which were not contrary to belief “THE JIM CROW LAWS OF THE SOUTH”, these laws were in almost every State under the dominion of the U.S. National government. Our Confederate government was forced into political exile in 1865, Jim Crow laws were implemented under The U.S. National governments dominion over its States beginning in 1876 and lasting until 1965, long after our Confederate government was forced into exile.
      So allow me to ask you this question….

      • J says:

        I am utterly astonished that you could take a comment questioning your support of a government that could not have functioned without slavery and use it to say you have been oppressed.
        How exactly have you been subjugated?
        I am not going to deny the North’s brutal treatment of the South after they won the Civil War. What I question is your claim that the people of the American South are still subjugated. How have you been repressed? Are you prevented from voting? Are you pushed out of your businesses? Are you forced to accept inferior services – such as healthcare, living conditions etc – because of your position as Southerners? Are you threatened, sometimes injured by Northerners?
        The American government’s treatment of Native Americans is another matter entirely, and one which deserves to be treated with the deepest respect, so I will not touch on it here. The point which I am trying to get across is that for well over a century – from the moment the United States was founded to the moment the South lost the Civil War (just so we’re clear) – the South relied on slavery to survive. And when it entered the Civil War, it did so in order to ensure that black people could never be considered anything other than property.
        This is a despicable attitude, and I am deeply disappointed that you can uphold it in the twenty-first century.

        • james says:

          You wish to WHITE WASH what your government did to the Native American Indian, while condemning our confederate government for four years of slavery.
          How can you question the fact that we are subjugated ?
          We attempted Independence from your National government, your government invaded our confederate States, forced our government into political exile,installed puppet governments in each confederate State, denied all confederates and confederate sympathizers the right to vote during the installation of these new puppet governments, then once your new National government system,and its provinces were put in place, where sovereign States once existed, a two party duopoly established to ensure that the new National government would retain all power then and only then did your National government allowed the vote from within a system that ensured its dominion and economic enslavement of our people.
          Your National government continues to rape us of our Natural resources as well as destroying our environment. Your government continues to destroy our Gulf coast raping us of our oil resource just as it pumped Confederate Texas dry, yet where are the oil rigs and refineries off the Coast of New England ? There is plenty of oil there, yet off limits for drilling; I wonder why ? Louisiana’s Marshland barrier destroyed leaving its people open to disaster from every Hurricane. Tennessee is so scarred from the rape of your copper mining that the scar is visible from the moon. Your government has made us chattel property, chattel to their National debt from its perpetual wars and hegemony across the globe. They have taken our gold and gave us Federal reserve notes in its place, useless paper notes issued by a private organization called the “Federal Reserve” which is no more “Federal” than Federal express. This reserve is owned by an International cartel of Bankers. You say that…..
          The point which I am trying to get across is that for well over a century – from the moment the United States was founded to the moment the South lost the Civil War (just so we’re clear) – the South relied on slavery to survive.
          Yet your National government has relied on hegemony and the rape of other peoples resources, from the Native American Indian to operation Ajax in Iran.
          Your National government relies on invasion and hegemony to survive. I fail to see how you can cast condemnation on our support of the restoration of the Founders system of government while supporting your evil Empire.
          James Everett……

    • John Wagner says:

      Dear “J” (Sir or Madam):

      Thank you for writing a response. Slavery is a subject we all have a vested interest in preventing and there are many forms of it in the world today, from the continuance of human trafficking to authoritarian subjegation to economic enslavement. All are shameful. An objective study and education of historical slavery in America is indeed needed, but sadly absent due to political and emotional tainting. I hope, and properly defer to competent historians, that academia will find their way to promote such study. What I believe your question is truly asking is, “What is the Confederate States Government’s position on slavery”?

      The Government’s position – as well as my personal position – is that every citizen of our Country should enjoy the fruits of Liberty, be free to live their lives absent of over-reaching government, to keep as much of their earnings as possible, to own property, to worship as they see fit and to solve issues with their neighbors in their own communities. Yes, this vision requires self-responsibility, tolerance and good-will towards others, but slavery, in all its hideous mutations, will persist without such self-responsibilty and good-will. Today all of our people, of every cultural distinction, are living as servants and slaves of an occupying foreign power. It’s time to end that occupation.

      “End it to be replaced by what?”, you may well ask. This is where your Confederate States Provisional Government has an answer that may be relied upon. The purpose of the Government today is to hold the Constitution in trust until free elections are once again held and the people – you, I and our neighbors – decide how to proceed. No other group or politcal movement offers this security to its people. What better way to begin? With deepest respect, I ask you to consider my correspondence to you today.

      I remain, sir or madam, your obedient servant,

      John Wagner
      Secretary of State

      • J says:

        Thank you for your calm and courteous response. However, it does not answer all of my questions. You seem to be a reasonable person, and it baffles me that someone capable of leaving such a well-written reply can support the Confederate government, given the South’s attitude to slavery and people of colour.
        The Southern economy depended on slaves to survive, and when they entered the Civil War it was in order to ensure that a certain group of people would permanently be classed as property. I think we can both agree that this is a despicable attitude for any human being to have, no matter what side of the conflict they are on. The sad thing is that these attitudes still persist in the South, as the struggle to achieve civil rights for black people illustrates. There are still segregated high school proms (in Georgia, for example) and there are still racial divides, which in turn give rise to racially motivated crimes.
        What I am asking is this: do you believe this attitude is right, considering your support for a government based on racist ideas? And how on Earth can you justify the support of views which have given rise to the deaths of so many?

        • james says:

          You seem to misunderstand the purpose of restoring our Confederate government.
          First allow me to answer your question; You asked
          “do you believe this attitude is right, considering your support for a government based on racist ideas? And how on Earth can you justify the support of views which have given rise to the deaths of so many?”
          Now I am not answering for Secretary Wagner, I am answering for myself. NO I do not believe this attitude is right. Now may I ask you the same question as it was not our Confederate Government which practiced segregation, this was practiced by your government, for example….
          As Eugene Berwanger wrote in North of Slavery, as of 1860,
          “In virtually every phase of existence (in the North), Negroes found themselves systematically seperated from whites. They were either excluded from railway cars, omnibuses, stagecoaches and steamboats, or assigned to special “Jim Crow” sections; they sat, when permitted, in secluded and remote corners of theatres and lecture halls; they could not enter most hotels, restaurants and resorts, except as servants; they prayed in “Negro pews” in the white churches, and if partaking of the sacrement of the Lord’s Supper, they waited until the whites had been served the bread and wine. Morover, they were educated in segregated schools, punished in segregated prisons, nursed in segregated hospitals, and buried in segregated cemeteries….
          After World War II, northern cities became even more segregated as blacks moved into urban areas and whites migrated to the suburbs. Large-scale developments – such as the Levittowns in Long Island, N.Y., and Bucks County, Pa. – restricted occupancy for whites only.
          J, this list goes on and on and on, Not to mention what your government has done to the Native American Indian population, wholesale slaughter of women and children.
          The bottom line here is that even your so called “North” at one time also practiced slavery, and later segregation and Jim Crow laws were implemented, yet you give your government a pass on these issue’s while holding ours to slavery, this is simple hypocrisy. Our Confederate government does not wish to return the institution of slavery, that is simply absurd. And your claim of segregated high school proms in Georgia, I find hard to believe and yet if it were true, the Georgia of which you refer is NOT Confederate Georgia, it is your government system that operates in Georgia today and has since 1865, therefore you cannot cast blame on our Confederate States government or Confederate Georgia. Now that we have cleared up the slavery issue, and understanding that we do not wish its return, what other fault do you find with our wish to restore our Confederate Government and end the occupation of our States by your government ?
          Your government practiced the extermination of countless Native American Indians, It practiced segregation,Miscegenation Statute’s, Eugenics,etc
          Again let me ask you he same question that you have asked of Secretary Wagner….
          “do you believe this attitude is right, considering your support for a government based on racist ideas? And how on Earth can you justify the support of views which have given rise to the deaths of so many?”
          For a better understanding of our purpose and our cause please read the article titled “The Restoration of our Confederacy.”
          James Everett……

          • J says:

            You misunderstand me on two points:
            1) I am not defending the North’s actions, neither inside nor outside the context of the Civil War. I am raising the point that I believe supporting the Confederacy – which at the time of the Civil War, depended on slaves for its economic prosperity – does not have a place in the 21st century. If you look back over my comments, you will not find anything supporting the Northern States.
            2) I am not denying the poor treatment that Native Americans have received. I merely said that I do not wish to discuss it. This is because it is not my area of expertise and I will not insult Native Americans by making insensitive generalisations about the things they had to ensure.
            3) Segregated high school proms are still a regular feature of life. Feel free to look up the information; it is readily available. In future, please do so before blindly dismissing it.
            And, for the record, the Northern States’ government is not my government.

          • james says:

            I am not condoning or defending the institution of slavery either. Surely you must understand that no one working to restore our Confederacy condones slavery in any form, be it chattel slavery, economic slavery, or any other form of slavery; restoring our Confederated Republic has nothing to do with promoting any form of slavery. You state that…..
            “for the record, the Northern States’ government is not my government.”
            May I ask what government is “Your Government”? The government that forced our Confederate governments into exile, and currently occupies our Confederate States is the very National government that the North instituted in place of the Founders Confederated Republic of Sovereign States.
            I would ask you at this point; have you studied the 1787/1789 Constitutional debates ? In particular the Federalist #39 and 62, as well as the Anti federalist in particular Patrick Henry and Gunning Bedford’s opposition during the debates ?
            The government that occupies our Confederate States today, is the government of the “North”. You have stated that…..
            “I am not denying the poor treatment that Native Americans have received. I merely said that I do not wish to discuss it. This is because it is not my area of expertise and I will not insult Native Americans by making insensitive generalisations about the things they had to ensure.”
            Yet then you write that……
            “I am raising the point that I believe supporting the Confederacy – which at the time of the Civil War, depended on slaves for its economic prosperity – does not have a place in the 21st century”.
            The National government that exists in D.C., is the same National government that was instituted by the “North” and also is the same National government that committed these atrocities on the Native American Indian, and so many other since. So back to what your words about our Confederate government that it….”does not have a place in the 21st century”.
            Do you think that the National government that committed these atrocities on the Native American Indian has a place in the 21st century ?
            You see J, You are holding our government to its past misdeed, not allowing it the opportunity to be re-seated and move forward without that single misdeed that you hold against it. This is why I asked in my last post to you…..
            “Now that we have cleared up the slavery issue, and understanding that we do not wish its return, what other fault do you find with our wish to restore our Confederate Government and end the occupation of our States by your government ?”
            You seem to be OK with allowing the National government that occupies our Confederate States to move beyond all of its misdeeds, even its most recent ones without holding it accountable in the same manner that you hold our Confederate Government.
            James Everett……

          • james says:

            One more thing for you to consider is this; If our Confederate State governments were no longer in control after 1865, and in fact were forced into exile, then you cannot blame our Confederate government for any of these “Racist” acts of which you have written, and if you do not wish to place blame on the current National government that occupies our Confederate States, then you are left with only one other option, and that being that you believe the people of the “South” are responsible. That being the case then you are generalizing all “Southerners” as an evil people. Or would you admit that their are simply individuals in the “South” who are ignorantly racist? If your answer is in the affirmative, then you also must admit that the “North” also consist of those who are ignorantly racist.
            Again we are back to the question, of why you oppose the restoration of our Confederacy ?
            James Everett……

        • John Wagner says:

          Dear “J”,

          Thank you again for writing. This is a discussion that is so very long overdue for every one of us who live in the South and I thank you for engaging in a civil discourse. There are two elements I would ask you to consider when any of us study a period of history. First, that we recognize we are looking backwards -in this case as 21st Century researchers grappling with 19th Century circumstances – and second, that we should make every effort to improve the condition of our fellow man with the lessons we learn from that research.

          To say that the Southern States’ withdrawal from the union had nothing to do with slavery or, vice versa, that the only reason the South sought independence was to preserve slavery is a matter of, if you will allow me, “selective hearing”. Similarly, for every example one could offer to demonstrate Anglo-American racism in our present society, objective examples of African-American racism can be easily produced that, sadly, include murder based upon nothing more than racial hatred. The real question, the only question that truly matters, is where do we go from here?

          You’ve asked me a couple of direct questions, which I’ll try my best to answer for you. In return I’d be appreciative if you would do me the kindness of answering a few of my questions. I hope this is agreeable.

          Regarding the “South’s attitude to slavery and people of colour”. I have given reasonable and objective study to both slavery and racism during that period of history and believe I have an educated understanding of the attitudes and perceptions of the period, but that understanding does not translate to approval. I am a product of the 20th and 21 Centuries; I do not approve of the 19th Century view of slavery as a legitimate institution nor that of one race being inherently superior to another.

          Regarding the persistence of these attitudes in the South today, I must respectfully charge you with making a generalization that is prejudiced by its very nature. Personally speaking, I was raised in a very Old South, Virginia family and I can assure you that the only lessons I received regarding persons of colour were that all men are God’s children and that each man is to be judged by his actions, not the colour of his skin, nor the value of his possessions, nor the circumstances of his birth. Quite the contrary to your supposition, in the 1970′s and 80′s, I was far more often the victim of reverse discrimination in the name of affirmative action than occurences of persistent Anglo based racism.

          Regarding my opinion toward views of racism, I stand by the teachings of my father, God rest is good soul, that all men are Our Heavenly Father’s children. How much better our world would be if we all walked more in Faith, grasped more tightly to Hope and acted with ever increasing Charity.

          Lastly, regarding “support for a government based on racist ideas”, I do not support a government based on racist ideas. I support a government having strictly imposed limitations upon its power. This is what a Confederation means. There is a history of slavery in my country. There is a history of slavery in the United States. There is a history of slavery in the United Kingdom. The same can be said for every nation on Earth. Again, I say the question is, “What do we do now?” I believe it’s time to start talking about it in civil discourses such as this and again I am grateful for your contribution. Perhaps, if we do, we just might stop talking about old hatreds, start to walk in Faith, cling to Hope and show Charity – the things Our Heavenly Father taught us to do.

          As I wrote above, may I now ask you a few questions? Thank you, in advance, should you elect to answer me.

          1) Were you born and reared in the South? Culturally, we are distinct and I’d like to understand if we share a common heritage, irregardless of our political or social views today.
          2) What are your views toward the sanctity of life, property rights free of taxation or seizure, limitations upon the size and scope of government and the role of religion in both public and private life? As a Christian man, I have well-defined views on these topics and I’d like to understand yours better.
          3) This one may be a little difficult, but I assure you that I am asking for good and honorable reasons. When you think of a modern, free and independent Confederate States of America, inwardly do you think about it objectively or do you experience an emotional response?

          Thank you.

          I remain, sir or madam, your obedient servant,

          John Wagner

          • J says:

            Thank you for your reply. It answers most of my questions, but I still disagree with you on a number of points, but I will try to address them as briefly and succinctly as possible.
            Firstly, while racism is a crime of which anyone can be guilty, I believe that those who suffer from it most are people of colour. This is not to belittle any accusations that may have come against you, nor is it a feature unique to the American Confederacy. The attitude actually dates back to the Enlightenment, when European scholars attempted to classify people of colour in the same way that zoologists classify animals (just in case you’re interested). My problem is that this attitude was a widely held belief most commonly associated with the Southern States, as is evidenced by the large number of trials that took place in Southern States during the course of the Civil Rights Movement. If you stand for the protection of the Southern ideals and way of life, how can you account for this view?
            Secondly, while I do not mean to belittle your personal experiences, I must disagree with you on the point of continued racism in the South. I have researched the subject in the past and present, and I am very sorry to say that it is alive and well. While your colleague may not believe me on the topic of subjugated proms, it would take less than a minute to look up the subject and find thousands of pages’ worth of evidence. This is just one small detail I have chosen to illustrate my point – a little further digging would uncover many more statistics to back up my point. I do not mean to cast aspersions on your character, but given the Southern states’ dependence on slavery – and the years of oppression, intimidation and even lynchings that black people faced in the South since the Civil War – I must question your decision to support a way of life that encompassed such horrible things. I am afraid that it cannot, as your colleague has claimed, be explained away as the intervention of the Northern states.
            And now to answer your questions:
            1) No, I was neither born nor raised in the South. I am, however, a historian, and for a number of years I have been studying the Civil Rights movement, particularly its conflicts against the governments of the Southern States.
            2) I believe that life is sacred, and that a government should be run so that it can take care of those in need. As for religion, I don’t have a particularly strong viewpoint, but it tends to lean towards private rather than public expression.
            3) When I think of a Confederate States of America, the picture that springs to mind is of an America where the South won the Civil War. As such, I picture an America where the 19th century Southern attitudes lasted for much longer than they should have done. I suppose this picture is objective, because such a situation could only be hypothetical.
            Once again, I appreciate your calm, reasoned response. It is very refreshing.

          • james says:

            I googled Segregated Proms in the “South”, and have found basically that there are but a very few, perhaps a couple in rural Georgia. The Prom that I read about was not a High School Prom organized by the School, but rather by the parents. Do I agree ? No I do not. Yet There are churches North and South which choose at least a form of segregation, Why ? I do not know other than cultural differences perhaps? But what you fail to understand is that none of this has to do with the restoration of our Confederate government.
            First, the Confederate Government of Georgia is in exile, has been since 1865, therefore cannot be held responsible for what has occurred since the date it was forced into exile, The National government in D.C. is accountable for everything that has occurred since 1865, (The result of poison fruit so to speak). The National government that occupies our Confederate States after 1865 transformed the States into administrative districts, (Provinces). States are sovereigns, Provinces are administrative districts. If a State falls under the dominion of another government, it is no longer a sovereign therefore ceases to exist as a State. The governments that existed after 1865 were NOT Confederate governments, they were and still are administrative districts of the National government in D.C.
            There is really not room here to explain it, yet I will endeavor to do so in as short wording as possible. The 1787/1789 constitution combined two opposing systems of government in an attempt to balance the powers between the States and the central government, each were to operate within their own sphere of powers, the central having very limited delegated powers. The two opposing systems were a National government system, and a federal government system. The National portion was the house of representatives, which was broken up into small administrative districts, its representatives elected by the people, representing the people as a whole. The federal portion was the Senate, appointed by the State legislatures to represent the individual sovereign States, these senators were accountable to the State legislatures and the governors. Now as a result of Lincolns war, the Senators are no longer appointed by the States, and are not accountable to the States.
            They are elected by the people just as is the House of representatives, therefore the States having no voice, have been reduced to the same status of administrative districts as the House districts only larger districts. This is how a National government replaced the Confederated Republic that the Founders established. Now James Madison stated in the Federalist #39 that…..
            “The idea of a National government involves in it NOT only an authority over the individual citizen, but an indefinite Supremacy over all persons and things”. In other words everything, and everyone becomes subjugated by it, just as in a monarchy; liberty is lost. Its thirst for power is unquenchable, thus hegemony and perpetual war, wherein a few wealthy elite steer it.
            James Everett…..

          • John Wagner says:

            Dear “J”,

            Thank you for your candid answers; I appreciate your consideration deeply. Not having long-term personal experience in the South does make our understanding each other’s views difficult, not unlike the difference between sympathy and empathy. Southern culture is indeed distinct and the values of its people are entirely at odds with the contemporary North and the West Coast United States, not to mention Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Potentially this may be why you and I have seemingly deep fundamental differences, even in the few areas that we have touched on in this correspondence.

            Let us look matters of Faith for a moment. The view you graciously shared is that you “don’t have a particularly strong viewpoint, but it tends to lean towards private rather than public expression” is puzzling. In the Southern States, African-, Hispanic- and Anglo-Americans alike tend to believe that Faith is an integral component of everything we do. As a consequence, the US Government’s anti-Christian position, especially in the public arena, is near universally hated throughout the South or “Bible-Belt”. AME pastors regularly denounce the condition in public schools where our children cannot say the Lord’s Prayer without being severely censured. The same message is delivered in Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ and every other Christian denomination’s houses of worship.

            Abortion, the most direct assault upon the sanctity of life, is likewise universally viewed as a crime against heaven amongst our people. Again, the US Government’s anti-Christian advocacy of this practice is unacceptable to Southerners. You see, these aren’t social issues to us, they are irreconcilable evils. That’s a strong statement, I know, but I’ve had the conversation repeatedly with my neighbors, colleagues and religious leaders – black, white and brown. We are one in accord without any consideration as to the colour of our skins.

            Your view that “government should be run so that it can take care of those in need” is certainly at the heart of politics on the North American continent today. In the South, we tend to view reliance upon the Government as debasing and irresponsible. Let me relate an exchange I witnessed some year’s ago between two African-American women in a store. The women were talking casually about how difficult it is to make ends meet (something most of us easily relate to) when one of the women said, “Girl, you need to spread your legs more and let the Government take care of you.” When I heard it, I was inwardly disgusted that any person could have such a poor sense of self-responsibility, but my inward disgust was nothing compared to the tongue-lashing this woman endured from the other woman to whom she had been speaking. The rebuke essentially boiled down to, “African-Americans will never be respected until we cast off government welfare and take personal responsibility for our lives and our families”. I have rarely been more proud or impressed with a fellow Southerner. In the South, we neither want nor respect an activist, maternal government. As I said, we are culturally distinct.

            Lastly, I do question your placing such importance on who, historically, has been injured more; perhaps it is our differences regarding religion. Racism, hatred-based violence, vengeance and retribution are all contrary to the Word and Will of Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I read an interesting book some time ago that pointed out when human beings choose to reject the notion that there is an absolute right and wrong as established by Divine authority, a general breakdown in society is inevitable. Along with increases in crime, violence, racial hatred and moral decay, the author made special note that issues of “greater wrong” led to ever-widening circles of violence. For me the question remains, “When will we stop focusing our attention on the past and start building a better future?” It’s the reason I accepted my Government’s appointment as Secretary of State.

            Do you remember when I first wrote the essay, “Why I Am a Confederate”? What was my core reasoning? It was, and remains, 1) my commitment to a Christian nation, 2) the sanctity of human life, 3) our people’s right to own, inviolate, their property, 4) that restricted, limited government is in the best interest of the average citizen, and 5) that my country, The Confederate States of America, has a bright future as a result of these shared values – values common to the overwhelming majority of our people.

            I remain, sir or madam, your obedient servant,

            John Wagner

  10. Darren Booth says:

    “An objective study and education of historical slavery in America is indeed needed, but sadly absent due to political and emotional tainting”

    “Today all of our people, of every cultural distinction, are living as servants and slaves of an occupying foreign power”

    Very well said Mr Secratary of State, two statements to which Northern eyes remain wide shut !

  11. Nick says:

    What does the government feel on gay marige (sorry if any speling mistakes)

    • james says:

      If you are asking for the Provisional government for the Confederate States of America’s official opinion on Gay Marriage; There has been no official opinion rendered. The purpose of the Provisional government for the Confederate States of America is simply to facilitate the restoration of our Confederate government for the purpose of restoring the Founders Confederated Republic of States. The Provisional government is not charged, or given power by the citizenry to render official positions concerning matters not related to the restoration process.

    • John Wagner says:

      Chief Justice Everett is absolutely correct. What a wonderful example of what limited government means. Government, to insure the preservation of Liberty, must be restrained to only those powers expressly granted it by the governed. This is what we mean by “limited government”. It’s what the founders intended and what your legitimate Confederate government is working so diligently to re-establish. Won’t you join us? For Liberty, for the right to own your home and land, and for a future free of central control? Join us, sir.

      I remain, sir, your obedient servant,

      John Wagner

  12. Jimmie Ray Davis says:

    I am a citizen of the Confederacy.
    Why do I Never hear from my leaders ? [ >< ]

    • james says:

      Mr. Davis,
      You have it all wrong in your understanding. The officers of the Confederate States Provisional government are NOT your leaders. The officers are your servants, as the citizens are the leaders, the Officers simply work for you.
      I have sent you an email with a brief explanation of the events of the past two years along with the CSAgov email address so that you may contact directly your government officials. You can now also keep up to date through news articles on this site.

  13. Claude Ray, Jr says:

    Mr. Davis,

    Thank you for your voice. I am a registrar for Louisiana, and it would be my pleasure to offer any assistance that I can. I am unsure of the State in which you reside, but if you are a Citizen of Louisiana, or any sister State for that matter, if you send an email to clauderayjr@aol.com, I shall be happy to communicate and listen to any of your concerns as well as your suggestions.

    Claude Ray Jr

    Provisional Louisiana Registrar

  14. Mr. Head says:

    This ” I am a Confederate” is the best speech I ever heard. I think I should print that speech out and frame it in my room so I am reminded that I am a Confederate. I am also a Christian who teaches other people how to be like Christ. I also want my children to know too. May God bless you all, the Confederacy, and the South.

    • John Wagner says:

      Dear Mr. Head:

      Thank you for your kind words and support. We’re seeing a tremendous increase in the number of citizens registrations and with it the beginning of visible support for the liberation of the Confederate States. We in the Government have asked the Southern people to obtain and fly a 3rd National flag (the official flag of the Confederacy) each Sunday. I’m pleased to see this happening and I pray for the day we see millions putting out their flag as they head to Church. We are actively encouraging the States to pass nullification laws in opposition to the US occupation usurpations and in every Southern State, such bills have been introduced. Our fervent hope, our humble plea, remains with you and all our people, that you will speak boldly with your neighbors, consider the values most important to you, and act if that contemplation leads to the conclusion that a free Confederate States is worthy of your support, allegiance and patriotic devotion. May God bless you and your family.

      I remain, sir, your obedient servant,

      John Wagner
      Secretary of State

      • Adrian G. says:

        I’m happy to read that Confederate citizenship is growing.
        I have 3rd National Confederate Flag up outside.
        I would encourage all C.S.A Patriots to promote this website and Confederate State citizenship in whatever way they can.
        God Bless you sir, thank you and everyone here at http://www.csagov.com for your great work! :)
        Deo Vindice!

  15. Glenn Mabley says:

    I would appreciate it very much if someone could direct me to a retail outlet where this flag could be purchased, OR, direct me to a site so I may order one!

    Respectfully, Glenn Mabley

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