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An Octogenerian's Blog | SOUTHERN LIFE & POLITICS – GEORGIA & SOUTH CAROLINA & THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM (Issue 697)

As my regular readers know, I grew up on a farm in Northeast Georgia, and moved away as a teenager. My parents were very young, therefore I had a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and two sets of grandparents that influenced my early upbringing. And even a great-grandmother who lived with us, who divorced a very rich grandfather in the twenties.

During the Great Depression years, most were farmers, one cousin ran a country store, one uncle studied to be a doctor. Several aunts were school teachers on my paternal side and others worked in cotton mills on my maternal side. My father was a radio technician, with his own shop and also owned a farm. My mother did not work outside the home until later in my life when she went to work in a local cotton mill.

My large family was a cross section of farmers, shop keepers, mill workers and a few professionals, like school teachers and nurses.

Growing up in the South during the era of a well-known politician, Governor Herman Talmadge, and FDR as President, everyone from the very young to grandparents were very interested in politics and kept up with political goings on as well as local, national and international events via radio and newspapers. I recall getting into arguments on the school-ground with other young students over politics. The three subjects everyone was interested in were farming and politics and religion. The area I grew up in was called the Southern Baptist Belt.

The majority of our needs were grown on the farm, and cotton was the cash crop. However those who worked in the local manufacturing industry provided cash to the family and we lived very well during those depression years. Family life was very close-knit and it was only during the war that so much changed, as family members joined the military left the farm.

I grew up with good hard-working parents, but not so religious as the grandparents. Therefore I was not so indoctrinated into religion, but did go to church periodically with my grandparents.

Living in Northeast Georgia near the South Carolina border, life was pretty much the same in these two Southern states, however I think South Carolina had more manufacturing industry, mostly cottom mills, than Georgia did. Mill workers and farmers were mostly conservative people, believing in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, with a love of country and the Principles upon which it was founded.

There was a certain amount of class distinction between those who had money and those who did not, referred to as the upper class and lower class.The mill owners were looked upon as being wealthy, and the workers as middle class.

Life in the South changed as a result of the Roosevelt era, passing restrictive laws on farming, and because of World War two, when families were split apart as sons left to fight and upon returning, signing on to the GI bill for education in areas other than farming. As a result of the Roosevelt era, and the war, by 1945 much had changed in the South. Northerners moved South and Southerners moved North.

However, cotton crops and cotton mill manufacturing pretty much dominated the economics in the region, well into the sixties, and even further. Such industries as Roger Milliken’s mills in South Carolina, remained in business, and Roger Milliken became a very wealthy man, of deep conservative principles, and in my opinion, had a lot of influence on the thinking of the South Carolina citenzry, as out-pictured in the news today about the conservation of South Carolinians, as politicians flock there today campaigning for office. Despite the fact it was in the latter part of the twentieth century, when much was in the news about the Freedom Philosophy of Roger Milliken, it seems like yesterday.

Robert LeFevre, founder and President of Rampart College in Colorado in the sixties, a brilliant Libertarian, and one of my mentors, flew to South Carolina regularly to hold executive sessions in Milliken mills, where he taught the Philosophy of Freedom to Milliken executives. I believe this influence impacted the conservative influence we are hearing so much about in South Carolina today.

As Republican candidates campaign feverishly in South Carolina today for the up-coming nomination election for the Republican party, anyone running for office in that state would do well by studying the Philosophy of Freedom taught by Robert LeFevre to Milliken Mill employees, to understand the Conservative values of the citizenry of that Southern state. Not many in this country understand the basic tenets of the Philosophy of Freedom as so many in South Carolina do.

Reading the book by Robert LeFevre titled “This Bread is Mine,” gives a great deal of insight into the Philosophy of Freedom he taught. When I first knew about him he was editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, before founding Rampart College. And it was reading those editorials, always so consistent with the Philosophy of Freedom, no matter the subject matter, greatly impacted my life.

Later on, after FeFevre passed, Kevin Cullinane took over the job of teaching the Philosophy, and is the founder of Freedom Mountain Academy in Tennessee, a private school founded on the principles taught by Robert LeFevre.
I visited the school last year on their annual Patriots Day celebration, and was the proud recipient of their prestigious Flame of Freedom Lexington award.

Sadly this country has moved so far Liberal and Left, it’s almost taboo to mention Freedom, and so few understand its true meaning, and is the core reason we are where we are today. As politicians try to explain the reasons as to why we are in the ditch in this country today, they campaign on the effects of the absence of understanding of Freedom, and not the cause. They simply don’t get it, and the reason they will most likely be falling like flies after the South Carolina election. Just heard the drop-out speech by Jon Huntsman, as the first fall-out in South Carolina.

We hear so much about money being the key as to who will be elected. Definitely money plays a large role, but money coupled with ideas will play the major role relative to who is elected. But only ideas commensurate with an understanding of what Freedom means will turn this country around from Socialism, to individual Freedom this Nation was founded upon, and unless that is accomplished we can expect to live under socialism, the antithesis of Freedom. And this 2012 election is our last hope of returning to the Principles this nation was founded upon.

The saddest words of tongue or men, are these few words, “It might have been.”

Wake up America, and demand a return to those inalienable Rights described in the Declaration of Independence. Stop listening to the jack-hammer rhetoric of those out to promote more and more socialism which destroys Freedom of the individual and private property Rights.

Let Freedom Ring

JUST ME AC

email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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