Lindsey Graham has sold out all of America the way that Appalachia was sold out to mining companies and far off bankers. One of the PBS stations is showing a program on Appalachia. All the same things were tried out by the business interests in the 19th century on Appalachia that they apply to all of America today.
Profit-crazed coal companies that practice mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining are coming to claim this hollow, despite the objections of the people who want to stay on the land they love…people who, so far, have resisted the buyout offers. Long ago, their ancestors, deceived by the slick talk and of company reps, signed away their rights to the coal deposits beneath their land. Of course, those ancestors could never have conceived of mountaintop removal.
For over a century, the coal has been mined from the ground beneath these hills and hollows. For many families living here, the mining jobs provided cash that helped buy what the land could not offer. That cash came with a toll, as tens of thousands of miners died from accidents, or from black lung disease, or from battling the companies in order to establish unions. The coal industry promised prosperity, but the wealth was mostly whisked out of state. To this day, the majority of West Virginians have very little monetary wealth compared to folks in other states.
He does not own mineral rights to the property. Like so many other Appalachian families, Gibson said, his unwittingly signed away the riches a hundred years ago “for one dollar in hand and some considerations” that never materialized.
The companies had propaganda campaigns, and used the MSM of the day to label the people of Appalachia as “backwards”, violent, little educated, and if they thought of it, bigoted. This is from the PBS show on Appalachia, see below. The companies honed everything they do today, including buying senators in the 19th century.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Gag order #
As noted before in this space (here and here), leases from wind power developers are extreme documents. A correspondent has recently informed us that several people who have given up their land for the huge (120 390-ft turbines so far, many more planned) “Maple Ridge Wind Farm” on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County, N.Y., have been complaining privately about the noise. But they signed away their right to mention it to anyone but the company. Thus as far as the company is concerned there is no noise problem! Cute, huh?
They signed away their right, even to the wind. Earth, air, fire and water. The company owns them all and we have to buy them at the company store. They even lost their right to speak of what the company does to them. They can only lose their hearing, not speak of it. Or they can leave their land.
What do we have left after they take all this? According to the MSM speaking fees, all we have left is our bigotry. They say that’s all we ever contributed to this land.
Graham was born in Central, South Carolina, where his father, Florence James Graham, owned a liquor store. Graham was the first member of his family to attend college…
Lindsey Graham was born in Central, SC which is in Pickens County which is part of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments. Lindsey Graham comes from Appalachia. He was born there. His father owned a liquor store there. These are the people who sent him to Washington, DC.
Lindsey Graham has not just forgotten the people who sent him there, but is ashamed of them. Graham calls them bigots. Graham is ashamed of the people he comes from.
The town of Pickens was founded in 1868 and named for the Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens. Scottish-Irish settlers were the original inhabitants of the Pickens area, with a few traders who lived among the Cherokees. When the new Pickens was being created, Elihu Griffin offered 40 acres of his land for the courthouse; it was this land being offered for sale in the 1869 handbill.
Much of the City’s past is present today, giving a glimpse of its rich and fascinating heritage. Pickens County is proud to have the most Medal of Honor recipients per capita in the nation. This mixture of past and present is one of the factors which makes Pickens a place of historical interest and significance
‘The Appalachians’ Hits Down-Home
By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2005; Page C01
You always know where home is, perhaps most acutely so when you no longer live there. It is that sense of sorrow and longing that is at the core of “The Appalachians,” a three-part documentary that begins airing tonight at 10 on WETA.
Lindsey Graham no longer lives in Appalachia. He no longer has loyalty to it. He is ashamed to be from there. He doesn’t want those people to continue but to be washed away by immigration and depart the earth as a people.
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Robert Byrd was on the program. Byrd told the story of seeing the faces of the families that lost men in a mine disaster. Robert Byrd has and knows the fierce loyalty of Appalachia.
Lindsey Graham does not. Graham likely hates who he is, where he comes from and the people. To Lindsey Graham the people of Appalachia are bigots. One such bigot was Seargent York, who fought in WWI to make the World safe for Democracy the way Woodrow Wilson, that son of Virginia told him to do. Wilson created the League of Nations, the first organization dedicated to bigotry among nations, oh, no, it was peace among nations.
Vanishing American has an article on Vanishing Appalachia
The main point of the piece is that Morristown, Tennessee now has a ‘Little Mexico’, which if the influx continues, will likely result in a Mexican majority.
Many of the Appalachian people descended from early Jamestown colonists, as my kin did. So that culture, including the music, the food, the dialect of English, the folk ways, faith, and values all resonate with me; they are much the same as what I knew from my Texas roots.
In our topsy-turvy world, the emphasis is always on ‘respecting’ diverse cultures, and being forcibly taught all about some exotic way of life, …
In other words, why is every culture and heritage valued and promoted except our own? Why is our culture alone marked for extinction, judged unfit to survive?
Why is the Southeast, and the precious Appalachian people and culture seemingly targeted for destruction by our meddling social engineers? It’s a crime not only against the people who live there, but also against the rest of America.
I know from first-hand experience that a lot of northerners, and sadly some Southerners, are indifferent to Southern culture; they have bought the propaganda that it’s all backward, ignorant, and ‘racist’, and that it is not worth preserving. Obviously I disagree strongly. If the culture of the South goes, then we may as well pronounce real American culture dead, too, because to me, the South embodies all that is best about America, all that is truly worth preserving. The South embodies love of country and kin, a warrior spirit, a zest for life, a pride in heritage, and the fierce love of independence that made America what it is — or should I say what it once was?
|Authors:||Arnow, Pat, Ed.|
|Descriptors:||Biographies; Essays; Geographic Regions; Personal Narratives; Poetry; Short Stories; United States History; Veterans; Vietnam Veterans; War|
|Source:||Now and Then, v4 n3 Fall 1987|
|Publisher:||Now and Then, CASS, Box 19180A, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614-0002 ($2.50).|
|Pub Types:||Collected Works – Serials; Creative Works; Historical Materials|
|Abstract:||This journal issue focuses on Appalachian veterans and on the premise that Appalachians and Americans in general are still fighting the battles and dealing with the psychic aftermath of the Civil War and all wars fought since then. One article notes that Appalachian soldiers were 20 to 25% more likely to be killed in Vietnam than other soldiers. West Virginia had the highest average of battle deaths: 84.1/100,000. Pickens County, South Carolina has the highest number of Congressional Medal of Honor winners in the nation. Articles discuss Sergeant York and profile lesser known veterans of Vietnam and World War II. There are memoirs, fiction, and poetry about experiences of Appalachian natives in Vietnam. A study of Appalachian POWs in World War II reports that problems of former POWs are far more severe than had previously been established. An oral history project records memories of World War II veterans from East Tennessee and includes samples of the veterans’ stories. Other selections describe a soldier’s wife in the Civil War and volunteer work on the frontlines in World War II. Films and books about Appalachian veterans’ experiences are reviewed. (DHP)|
“Pickens County, South Carolina has the highest number of Congressional Medal of Honor winners in the nation.”
That’s where Lindsey Graham was born. Those are the people that Lindsey Graham called bigots. Those are the people that Lindsey Graham is ashamed bore him and raised him and sent him to the Senate.
- Howe, James Donnie b. December 17, 1948 d. May 6, 1970
Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Viet Nam War in the United States Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on May 6, 1970. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company I, during operations against enemy forces. In the early morning hours L/Cpl. Howe and 2…[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge)
Liberty Memorial Gardens, Liberty, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
- Lever, Asbury Francis b. January 5, 1875 d. April 28, 1940
US Congressman. Elected to represent South Carolina’s 7th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1901 to 1919. Also served as a Member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 1901. (Bio by: Gravedude97)
Woodland Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
- McFadden, Banks b. February 7, 1917 d. June 4, 2005
College Football Player. Generally regarded one of the greatest athletes in Clemson history, he is the only athlete in Clemson history to be named an All-American in football and basketball in the same year, 1939. In football, McFadden led Clemson to a 9-1 record in 1939 and the school’s first bowl bid, a 6-3 victory over Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. McFadden’s feat of 22 punts of at least 50 yards during the 1939 season still stands as a school record. In 1959, McFadden was inducted…[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody)
Woodland Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
- McWhorter, Pvt. William A. d. December 5, 1944
WWII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. On December 5, 1944 at Leyte the Philippine Islands, Pfc. McWhorter a machine gunner, was emplaced in a defensive position with one assistant when the Japanese launched a heavy attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing demolition squad, when one of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in there…[Read More] (Bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)
West View Cemetery, Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
- Pickens, Andrew b. September 15, 1759 d. August 11, 1817
Revolutionary War South Carolina Militia General, US Congressman. Born in Pennsylvania, he traveled South with family along the Great Wagon Road in search of land, and settled in Abbeyville County, South Carolina. He was first a military leader against Cherokee Indians, then a prominent Rebel Commander who led American forces against the British in the American Revolution. His troops were successful especially at the Battles of Kettle Creek and Cowpens. He was awarded a sword by the…[Read More] (Bio by: Scott F. Lewis)
Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Plot: Pickens Family Plot
- Smith, Furman L. b. May 11, 1925 d. May 31, 1944
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action. He served as Private in the United States Army in Company L, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on May 31, 1944 near Lanuvio, Italy. His citation reads in part “The group to which Pvt. Smith belonged was far in the lead when attacked by a force of 80 Germans. The squad leader and one other man were seriously wounded and other memebers of the group withdrew to the…[Read More] (Bio by: Don Morfe)
Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Central, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
These are the men that Lindsey Graham calls bigots. These are the people he is ashamed of.
*BARKER, CHARLES H.
Rank and organization: Private First Class (then Pvt.), U.S. Army, Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 4 June 1953. Entered service at: Pickens County, S.C. Born: 12 April 1935, Pickens County, S.C. G.O. No.: 37, 7 June 1955. Citation: Pfc. Barker, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While participating in a combat patrol engaged in screening an approach to “Pork-Chop Outpost,” Pfc. Barker and his companions surprised and engaged an enemy group digging emplacements on the slope. Totally unprepared, the hostile troops sought cover. After ordering Pfc. Barker and a comrade to lay down a base of fire, the patrol leader maneuvered the remainder of the platoon to a vantage point on higher ground. Pfc. Barker moved to an open area firing his rifle and hurling grenades on the hostile positions. As enemy action increased in volume and intensity, mortar bursts fell on friendly positions, ammunition was in critical supply, and the platoon was ordered to withdraw into a perimeter defense preparatory to moving back to the outpost. Voluntarily electing to cover the retrograde movement, he gallantly maintained a defense and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Pfc. Barker’s unflinching courage, consummate devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice enabled the patrol to complete the mission and effect an orderly withdrawal to friendly lines, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the military service.
*LCpl James D. Howe (7th Mar) Six Mile, Pickens, SC
Lindsey Graham on the Bigots of Pickens County:
Well some of the bigots Lindsey Graham doesn’t have to tell to shut up are listed above. He doesn’t have to tell them to shut up, because they are dead.
Furman L. Smith from Six Mile die January 17, 1945 (WWII); William A. McWhorter from Liberty died
in September of 1945 (WWII); Charles H. Barker from Pickens dies October 27, 1950 (Korea); James D. Howe from Six Mile died Spetember 9, 1971 (Vietnam).
These are the men Lindsey Graham is ashamed of. Their people, who speak up for the land they died for are the ones Lindsey Graham says to shut up. They are saying, this land, Pickens County, South Carolina, Appalachia, America is our land. They are asying: This land doesn’t belong to Lindsey Graham, it belongs to us. Our men died for this land. They died for us to have this land and for their heirs to live in this county, Pickens County, for as long as this land is free. They are saying that they are the heirs of the bodies of these men who gave their lives when their country called.
What did these men think about when they died, if they had the time?
Audio of the Patton Movie opening speech:
Now, there’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home, and you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you, What did you do in the great World War Two? You won’t have to say, Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana.
In the Lindsey Graham version, they do have to say, “I was a bigot from Appalachia.”
- My country, ’tis of thee,
- Sweet land of liberty,
- Of thee I sing;
- Land where my fathers died,
- Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
- From every mountainside
- Let freedom ring!
- My native country, thee,
- Land of the noble free,
- Thy name I love;
- I love thy rocks and rills,
- Thy woods and templed hills;
- My heart with rapture thrills,
- Like that above.
- Let music swell the breeze,
- And ring from all the trees
- Sweet freedom’s song;
- Let mortal tongues awake;
- Let all that breathe partake;
- Let rocks their silence break,
- The sound prolong.
- Our father’s God to Thee,
- Author of liberty,
- To Thee we sing.
- Long may our land be bright,
- With freedom’s holy light,
- Protect us by Thy might,
- Great God our King.
Maybe some of these men even were thinking of or even singing this song when they died.