Can you imagine a Southern governor today understanding and speaking so clearly about the suffering of the Southern people at the hands of the United States and our spirit of resistance in the face of oppression? These are the words of Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1963, half a century ago:
The liberals’ theory that poverty, discrimination and lack of opportunity is the cause of communism is a false theory… if it were true the South would have been the biggest single communist bloc in the western hemisphere long ago… for after the great War Between the States, our people faced a desolate land of burned universities, destroyed crops and homes, with manpower depleted and crippled, and even the mule, which was required to work the land, was so scarce that whole communities shared one animal to make the spring plowing. There were no government handouts, no Marshall Plan aid, no coddling to make sure that our people would not suffer; instead the South was set upon by the vulturous carpetbagger and federal troops, all loyal Southerners were denied the vote at the point of bayonet, so that the infamous, illegal 14th Amendment might be passed. There was no money, no food and no hope of either. But our grandfathers bent their knee only in church and bowed their head only to God.
Not for a single instant did they ever consider the easy way of federal dictatorship and amalgamation in return for fat bellies. They fought. They dug sweet roots from the ground with their bare hands and boiled them in iron pots… they gathered poke salad from the woods and acorns from the ground. They fought. They followed no false doctrine… they knew what the wanted . . and they fought for freedom! They came up from their knees in the greatest disply of sheer nerve, grit and guts that has ever been set down in the pages of written history… and they won! The great writer, Rudyard Kipling wrote of them, that: “There in the Southland of the United States of America, lives the greatest fighting breed of man… in all the world!”
And that is why today, I stand ashamed of the fat, well-fed whimperers who say that it is inevitable… that our cause is lost. I am ashamed of them… and I am ashamed for them. They do not represent the people of the Southland.