When a person or people are bullied by a government and the anger of the victim becomes open and verbalized, the bully will claim that the victim has various "mental health" issues and psychological problems. Then the bully will begin to call the victim various demeaning names which can vary from culture to culture. They may be called racist, misfits, losers, bitter, and unforgiving. In the case of the victimized Southern people, the bully could never call them sissies.
Following the foolish display of power by the bully is control. Following control is domination. Following domination is subjugation where hope is lost and freedom is only a ghost from the past that haunts the imaginations of a few of us who are generally considered extremists.
The solution as presented by the bully is for the victim to "do the Christian thing and forgive and forget" and to "get over it for the war is over." Yes, the pagan will accuse the Christian of not acting Christian even though the pagan has no interest in Christ or Christianity. And then because the victim cannot overpower the bully, the victim is never allowed to have a meaningful opinion affecting the dialogue at the table of politics on any political or moral matters of importance. The bully now continues to dominate the victim and the victim is not "permitted to resist" or the means to resist. He must remain disarmed. The bully will always claim that the victim hit him first; thus the bully never is forced to take moral responsibility for his actions, and of course, the bully lacks the integrity and the manly fortitude to voluntarily take by his own volition the responsibility for his violent actions and immoral character.
When a people are forced fight a war to separate themselves from a dominating people and a dominating government and win, they are on the path to BEGIN to think like a "free people." When a people are forced fight a war to separate themselves from a dominating people and a dominating government and lose and their peaceful right to secede is forcibly denied, they are on the path to begin to think as slaves and a "subjugated people."
The more violent and devastating the war conducted by the bully the more profound is the nature of their subjugation. Southerner's suffer from the effects of TOTAL war. Think about it. It will take (blank) numbers of years for us to realize the psychological effects of that war and that realization CANNOT begin until we are free of the subjugating government and the subjugating people.
“Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late… It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern schoolteachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision… It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.” ~ Maj. General Patrick R. Cleburne, CSA, January 1864.
There are internal results of subjugation that permit the external manifestations noted by Major General Cleburne. This is sad because Southerners and Christians and their wives, children and their elderly family members continue to be victimized by the Imperial yankee bully and that is why Southerner's don't and will never “just get over it.”
Timothy D. Manning, M.Div