The Death of Historical Accuracy, by Boyd D. Cathey

Posted On: Friday - August 24th 2018 11:10AM MST
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Here comes another highly recommended article by the North Carolina historian Boyd Cathey. We have linked to another great article before, late last year, called Black & White in Culturally Marxist America.

The Peak Stupidity blog gives 2 thumbs up to his latest article, also featured on,
The Death of Historical Accuracy. In it, Mr. Cathey sets the historical record straight in this review and discussion of the recent Dinesh D'Souza documentary movie, Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time? Here is the introduction:
In case you haven’t heard, there is a new “conservative” film out; it is titled “Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?” Its director and screenwriter is Dinesh D’Souza, the word-measuring figure who occasionally shows up on Fox to talk in pious tones about “conservatism.” He is the movie producer who, by his own admission, has done as much as anyone to shape (in an almost ahistorical manner) perceptions about American history and the Founding Principles that have supposedly guided this country. And, in his latest cinematic adventure he stunningly compares the “triumph of America and its values” under that “great president and martyr” Abraham Lincoln to the crisis facing President Donald Trump. Like Lincoln, Trump is saving America “for a second time.”
I was originally planning on excerpting nothing, as I would urge you all to read the whole thing, but additionally, if you have 1 - 3 hours to spare (depending on your reading speed), the 270-odd entry comment thread is just as informative as the article. There are only 10-20% of the trolling or just plain ignorant comments on the subject, but that is well compensated for by some great discussion. A guy with the handle "rebelwriter", from the upstate of South Carolina made some great comments on this history of the "War of Northern Aggression", that are worth commenting on right here.

Mr. rebelwriter (rightfully) considers himself a "historian of the history" of this great war and its causes. He discussed the fact that, after the terrible times of the Reconstruction, not a lot of history of the war was written. Northerners and Southerners, he states, got back together as a people only after the beginning of the Spanish American War, as old Confederate generals, and sons of Confederate soldiers fought along with Northerners in the US Army. That's when the Daughters of the Confederacy and other groups were formed, and monuments were put up all over, North and South. There's lots more from rebelwriter on this, and it's great stuff that I've never studied. Sure, I've read many books (although quite some time ago) on the battles and such, but Mr. Cathey and the commenters cover territory I have not read about. I will say, in my favor, that at least my history class in middle school covered a whole chapter on the damage done to the South after the war, called "Scaliways and Carpetbaggers". I believe I only remember that due to those very humorous terms. I'm pretty sure that book is unfortunately not used today.

Just to sum up Mr. Cathey's opinion of Mr. D'Souza and his views of what is conservatism: Mr. D'Souza makes big use of the completely erroneous meme of "hey, look, see the Democrats were the bad guys then too. We R's were always the good guys" with no real thought into all the politics that resulted in the war. The parties were very much opposite in terms of conservatism and progressivism compared to nowadays.

D'Souza reveres Abraham Lincoln and compares President Trump's job to that of the former. I don't see how any Libertarian with any respect for himself could possibly think of President Abraham Lincoln's policies as anything but tyrannical, no matter what you currently understand the cause of that "late unpleasantness" was. Mr. Lincoln's disregard for the right of States to withdraw from the agreement they made in 1789, discussed well in the article and more-so in the comments, was the first drastic move to change America from a true Constitutional Republic toward the USSA Police State we now live in.

Well, it's nothing about that war, Hank Jr. here says the South is just a better place to be than the North. He wrote this > 25 years ago though...

It's Hank Williams, Jr., with Dixie on my Mind. OK, it's just up here because the rebel flag is the video, I admit it. Somehow this is offensive nowadays, and, if nothing else constructive, Peak Stupidity aims to offend.

(Yeah, I put the topic key, "Southern Rock" on this post, not due this song being truly part of that "genre" or style, but it's pro-South in lyrics and it does resemble rock to a degree. This was the point when the electric guitars starting changing the sound of country music. However, what made country music go down the drain from about that time on was more the fact that it became nothing but guitar rock with Southern accents, and stories about pick-up trucks and barbecues and "the flag".)

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