The Charge, and the Modern SCV
UPDATE to this post: HERE
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
Commander General United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a voluntary association of male descendants of those who served the Confederate States of America in the Confederate Army or Navy. The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is neither political nor sectional; membership is distributed across the entire country, plus Europe and Brazil. The SCV was formed to honor and keep alive the memory of the Confederacy and the principles for which Confederates fought, thus giving the world an understanding and appreciation of the Southern people and their brave history. But, have they succeeded? Are they living up to the charge?
Not all, but too many of the modern SCV leadership appear of recent, to be mild mannered and timid. It seem that the problem is not limited to any particular region of the SCV, but spans the nation in pockets here and there. The main problem that appears to be that there are those of the leadership that are content simply with letter writing. Scathing letter writing perhaps, but mere paper nonetheless. And a greater percentage of the members across the board aren’t willing to go out of their way to do anything for the cause. In talking with SCV members in other States, I realize that it’s a national problem. Consider the number of members versus how many show up for marches, protests, gun shows, flag wavings etc. This complaint has been voiced to me by SCV member friends in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and most recently Tennessee. I’m sure it’s elsewhere as well. I can’t count how many members have complained about the small showing at organized events. It ends up being five guys holding signs with 50+ counter protesters. It isn’t right, and it brings shame to our ancestors good names.
It’s sadly become more of a country club organization than an action organization. People join, get their cards, shove them in their wallets and there ends their involvement. But what we need now, is action. Action to defend our heritage, and our ancestors legacy. It’s time for leadership AND members to step up and make a show of strength and valor worthy of their ancestors. Ancestors who fought and died for the cause of the South. Ancestors who stood up and said, “Enough is enough. No longer will we be pushed around and held down.“. It is time for leadership to rise up and LEAD!!! It’s time for members to rise up and demand action, and to be instrumental in facilitating action. Rather than being jealous of groups such as Virginia Flaggers, we should be learning from them, joining with them, and aggressively defending our ancestors and the sacred legacy that they handed down to us in our blood.
This is not intended to insult or belittle any members or leaders of the SCV. This is a call to action. Stand up and be counted! A call as Pastor John Weaver says in the following video, to be MEN!
I close, for your consideration, with the words of our Lord from the book of Revelation (Revelation 3:15-16) KJV :
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.