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Cronicle Online - Editorial By Julianne Munn
Grass roots are greening in Dixie (6/4/00)

ANYONE DESPAIRING OF the present political climate may want to take another look at options available in the future.


One of those alternatives is the new Southern Party, conceived about two years ago and ready to hold its first convention in late June in Charleston, S.C.


Party founders do not shy from their stated goal of a nation patterned on the Constitutions of the United States and Confederate States of America, hoping to win independence via the ballot box at the grass-roots level.


If a recent presidential executive order, transferring authority over all domestic emergency disasters and threats to the office of Attorney General Janet Reno on Oct. 1, scares you silly, take a look at the SP.


If the government's actions concerning the Branch Davidian sect at Waco and the Elian Gonzalez home invasion in Miami disgust you, check out the SP.


If you're fed up with tightening government control of your property, schools and churches, and economic blackmail by special-interest groups, read about the SP.


If you feel threatened by the continual downsizing of our military preparedness and denigration of our military personnel, and collaboration with foreign powers, think about the SP.


If you want to return to the constitutional government on which this nation was founded, consider the SP.


One man in Citrus County, a former businessman and member of the DEA, did consider all the above over a number of years, and also examined what he could expect from mainstream political parties.


He said he was once enamored of the philosophies of former presidential candidate Ross Perot, and later, of former Reform Party Chairman Jack Gargan, but neither lived up to their billing.


Following are excerpts from his recent letter to a Reform Party delegate:


''While in West Virginia, I joined the Reform Party, communicated with the home office in Texas on an almost-daily basis, and with the West Virginia chairman, and worked hard at many things in an attempt to bolster the Reform Party in West Virginia.


''Since then, I have been registered as a Democrat, a Republican, a Reformer and as a Southern Party member (one or two more than once), and am back as a Republican.


''I look at all of the dissension and sniping going on within the Reform Party, the mess caused by Jesse Ventura and Jack Gargan; the problems associated with Pat Buchanan; the one-world government philosophy of George W. Bush, Al Gore and John McCain of the Republican/Democrat/no difference parties;


''I am really distressed about all of the political parties -- except for one...


''I am now convinced that the only party left to us that has any hope to return this nation of states united is one that is fashioned after the Confederate States of America.


''This party is the Southern Party.


''The Southern Party is established in many states, registered by the Federal Elections Commission as a viable party, and is actively scheduling the first convention of its kind since the 1860s.


''After this history-making convention in Charleston, S.C., I fully intend registering as a member of the Southern Party based on its platform. (The Southern Party web address is: www.southernparty.org).


''The political situation and the salvation of a nation and our unalienable rights is beyond correcting now except to go with the Southern Party.
''Considering our rapid decline down the slippery slopes of such vices as greed and avarice and self gratification, the 'I-want-mine-first and foremost' attitudes of the denizens of our Federal government, we must rapidly exercise our rights.


''A peaceful, constitutionally guaranteed right of altering or forming a new government and/or a new nation, seems to me the only way of overcoming the goals of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tri Lateral Commission to establish a one-world government under the United Nations.


''Please consider the following quote:


'' 'When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the caucuses which impel them to the separation.


''And... deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government. -- The Declaration of Independence, the United States of America' ''


''For God and country and Southern Independence, Deo Vindice. Chester L. 'Chet' McWhorter, Lecanto, Fla. CSA''


The June 30-July 1 event at the Charleston Convention Center will be the first major political convention of the 21st Century.


Among the speakers will be John Remington Graham of Minnesota, attorney for the Quebec Secession Movement, who argued -- and won -- his case on behalf of Quebec before the Supreme Court of Canada.


Also, Arizona State Rep. Karen Johnson, R-District 39, chairman of the Arizona House Federal Mandates & States Rights Committee and author of the Arizona Secession legislation, now approved.


Other speakers are Dr. Michael Hill, Alabama, president of the the League of the South; Ron Holland, North Carolina, author and financial consultant and a founder of the Southern Party; J.J. Johnson, Nevada, editor of the Sierra Times, an Internet publication supporting Southern rights and heritage; Donnie Kennedy, Lousiana, co-author of ''The South was Right,'' ''Why Not Freedom,'' and ''Was Jefferson Davis Right?''

Permanent officers of the SP will be elected at the convention, with former Florida resident Michael Crane bidding for the post of permanent chairman.

Julianne Munn is an editorialist out of Florida and a member of the Southern Party.