January is a very special month for those of us of Confederate Heritage. It is the month that our two greatest military heroes were born, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Not only do we pay tribute to those two Southern greats, but all of our Confederate ancestors and the great and good principles for which they fought. In spite of what our politically correct culture tells us about the causes of the War For Southern Independence, we know the truth is that they were fighting to rescue us, their descendants, from overpowering, centralized government, that makes a mockery of the founding principles of the United States -- which were limited, constitutional government where the real political power was in the state and local governments where the people have the most control. This "Principle of Confederacy" was what the Founding Fathers gave us in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence and in 1789 with the U.S. Constitution. In fact, if you read the writings of the Founders, you'll see that they frequently refer to the U.S. as a Confederacy. They knew the dangers of highly centralized government, which eventually descends into some form of totalitarian dictatorship. The Confederate Constitution of 1861 preserved those founding principles of 1776 and 1789. That's why Lee, Jackson, Davis and our Confederate ancestors were willing to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. And let us not forget the noble women of the South when we are celebrating Lee and Jackson. Without the self-sacrificing support of Confederate women, the men would not have lasted very long in the field. Just as the men suffered in camp, on the march and in battle, so did the women who kept home and family together during those very trying times.
While overwhelming numbers and resources prevailed for the North, the principles of Confederacy for which the South fought, are still very much alive and well in the political debates of modern America. In this Confederate Heroes Month, let pay tribute to our noble ancestors and the cause for which they fought.