I’m going to post and comment upon the remarkable passage below for the benefit of those who may not have seen it in my Twitter excreta. Its author was RL Dabney, a 19th century Southern theologian and philosopher who also served as chief of staff to legendary confederate General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson.
Upon seeing the quote pasted into another site’s combox, I was skeptical as to its authenticity. The complaint being so precise in contemporary application that it barely seemed plausible. History often plays the same notes, though rarely with identical lyrics. But from what corroborating evidence I could uncover, it apparently is legitimate. And if nothing else I suppose that offers some solace in the thought that dead men aren’t missing much. For very little changes within that castrated cohort called conservatives.
This is a group whose solemn responsibility since the mists of antiquity is to grumble about liberal advances while defending them to the death. If politics could pick their manservants, the Left would be pressed to find more dedicated staff. Of course men such as Mr. Dabney were hardly True Conservatives, having likely never urinated in a female designated stall. And what of his probable position on homosexual unions? To even speculate invites moral injury.
Though there are valid lessons in observing such an immutable mentality. It is invigorating to scold conservatives for failure to do what they have never done, though probably not profitable. They are designed as nature’s valets and hopeless when held to tasks beyond that modest capacity. Take over their institutions and your own janissaries await. True Conservatism can just as easily be confident nationalism as shadow liberalism.
But until its toy soldiers are turned to different purpose, we can expect our wallets (and societies) to continue their conservative makeover. Brother can you spare a $20?
Jackson was a scoundrel, a slave holder and a white supremacist who was involved in the removal of Indians and was completely opposed to paper money and was horrible to women,” said Kari Winter, director of the gender institute at the University at Buffalo.
Conservatives also supported the selection of Tubman for the $20 bill. National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke tweeted: “Given the sheer number of blows that Tubman struck for liberty, she belongs on the currency more than most. Good choice.”