Love Songs of The Lost Cause
04/11/2010 - 12:49
Jonathan Mark

Here's an excellent history lesson from Pat Buchanan -- must reading for those who have no mercy in their hearts for the grandchildren of the Confederacy.

Those who villify the South, calling them "terrorists" without any regard for the mysteries and complexities, with all the arrogrance that hindsight allows, should ask themselves whether they eagerly speak as harshly of Palestinians -- whose true terrorism lacks any semblance of honor -- as they do of the old Confederates, whether they ever spoke of Abbas as harshly as they do Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee? The left sees the world "through a glass darkly."

This article is a perfect example of why I so admire Pat Buchanan on his many good days. I can't think of anyone else who could have written this. And speaking of the Confederacy's dying days, here's a song from the "Lost Cause" that always gets to me. It's called "Lorena," performed by John Hartford. Please, give it a listen. And speaking of beautiful Confederate songs, not many know that Elvis' "Love Me Tender" was simply new lyrics grafted onto the old Confederate love song "Aura Lee." What Jewish heart, in love with the West Bank, where the sun is dipping low, can't relate to the Lost Cause? The last time I was in the Judean Hills, Lorena was in my mind. Here's another version of Lorena. Who among us never knew a private Lost Cause, beyond explanation, breaking the heart?

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Jonathan, Had it been Purim, this post might have made the cut. I'm not in favor of villifying anyone; I am in favor of historical truth. And the truth that one major reason for the Civil War and the "Lost Cause, if not the major reason, was that the South wanted to own people -- we call that slavery. That's what they were defending; not chivilry and states' rights -- slavery, which, I have to assume (although it's not cleasr from this post) you oppose. And let's see what the South did when the cause was lost; they switched from ownership of African-Americans to a system of degredation, discrimination and deprivaiton of civil and political rights (like voting) called Jim Crow. hat's what the "Lost cause' is all about. I know you don't like it when those on the left say bad things about "settlers"; well, I don't either. But I think one of the worst thing about settlers, if it were true (which it isn't), that I have read recently came from your pen -- "What Jewish heart, in love with the West Bank, where the sun is dipping low, can't relate to the Lost Cause?" I love the West Bank but, while I don't hate Southerners and recognize life and history is comples, I do hate the "Lost Cause." I'm amazed you don't too. How sad. Joseph Kaplan
I would have supported the Confederacy if I were around then. They at least believed in something.