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S.I.P. CAMPAIGN WARCHEST AT 15% OF GOAL

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As of today, we have reached 15% of our fundraising goal for 2004. As visitors to our web site know, our intent is to support two to four candidates for state or local elective offices here in Tennessee. (more)

GREG HANSON’S “LOOKING SOUTH” COLUMN

In May’s “Looking South”, entitled “We Are Having An Impact”, SIP Staff Columnist Greg Hanson cites progress in the Southern Movement. Please take special note of Mike Crane’s campaign for the Georgia State Senate, as well as our own fundraising project for election year 2004 here in Tennessee. Click (here)

S.I.P. NAMES PARTY VICE CHAIRMAN

 

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Jacob Bogle has assumed the office of Vice-Chairman of the SIP of Tennessee, effective immediately. Mr. Bogle has been active in the Southern Movement, and holds membership in several heritage groups and political organizations. His primary responsibility is SIP membership growth (we’ll soon post an article on this subject). We asked Mr. Bogle to send us a brief biography, which is posted (here).

HISTORY REVISED

In the opening installment of “Stars & Bars,” I explained that my introduction to SIPTN sprang from watching a televised debate regarding the true meaning of the Confederate States Flag.

FORREST RIDES AGAIN IN ALABAMA!

 

Friends Of Forrest, headed up by Patricia Godwin, recently won a great victory over the City of Selma which allowed placement of a monument to General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Now, the group has erected a huge billboard honoring the General.

 

To read Patricia’s letter about this…received today…

OUR MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

Long time SIP member Bob Arbucle of Buchanan, TN, has written an excellent piece on the 2004 election. Our thanks to Bob. We encourage all members to submit articles and essays to us for web site publication.

LOOKING SOUTH COLUMN: TACTICS

There have been a few important victories over the last few weeks, a win in Selma, Alabama regarding the Confederate  Foundry.  Our thanks go to Pat Godwin, and her army of supporters in  Alabama.  A win in North Carolina where a ban on t-shirts was lifted. You can check out this North Carolina companies You Tube page for more information on this issue.  Both of these came about because of tough, direct action, not begging.  That should be a lesson for all of us.

LOOKING SOUTH COLUMN: RANDOM THOUGHTS ON RECENT EVENTS

This week DC Sniper, John Mohammad, and his partner, illegal alien Lee Boyd Melvo, were sentenced.  A few weeks ago Washington State National Guardsman, Ryan Anderson, was arrested for attempting to provide Al Qaeda with information.  Since September 11, 2001, we have seen the American Taliban, John Walker-Lindh, and a host of lesser-known individuals arrested and convicted on similar charges. (more)

2004:  TIME TO GET SERIOUS

by Madison Cook

Since its 1999 inception, the Southern Independence Party has had acceptable success in attaining several of its goals. We have set forth our positions in many radio and TV interviews and debates. We were successful in ridding the Tennessee University system of Marxist influences. We aggressively participated in the defeat of the state income tax initiative in Tennessee. We were an important part of the successful fight to retain the name of the Confederate Soldiers Memorial Bridge. We have been fully supportive, via our web site, of other Southern Movement political parties and candidates…particularly in our sister-state, Georgia. We financially supported a candidate for the legislature in Tennessee, who gained over 20% of the vote. Our web site, www.siptn.org, has had nearly 40,000 visitors, most of them in the last two years…and more than any other political party in Tennessee (including the Democrats and Republicans). We are proud of these attainments, and we thank our membership for them.  Click (here)

NEW ITEM ADDED TO OUR GIFT LIST

 

We have added a beautiful boxed Civil War Commemorative pocket knife (see photo) to the list of gifts which come with one of the levels of membership support. These great knives will replace the S.I.P. T-shirts previously offered. To go to our membership page, click (here)

(click on image for full sized picture of pocket knife)

 

 

LOOKING SOUTH: WHAT’S NEEDED?
by Greg Hanson

Every movement has to have several things to survive. Some of these things, from my personal observation, and experience are lacking or underdeveloped in the Southern movement. Click (here)

COLUMNIST RIPS ANTI-SOUTH BIGOTRY, HATRED

The recent vandalism of Confederate statues in Richmond by liberal thugs sparked this column. Be sure to read this important essay. You may wish to express your appreciation to its author. Click (here)

WHERE FROM HERE?
By Madison Cook
Nearly one year ago, about 200 Southern activists gathered in Abbeville, South Carolina to discuss this very issue, and to engender the formation of new Southern political parties all over the South. An organization was formed, the avowed purpose of which was to offer aid and support to activists in setting up independent political parties in their home states. That effort failed. In fact, the Southern Movement political effort is worse off today than it was then. The Southern Party of South Carolina appears to have gone dormant, just as it attained sufficient petition signatures to gain ballot access. The Southern Party of North Carolina has similarly gone silent. The Southern Party of Florida has ceased to exist. (more)

 

“STARS AND BARS”…A NEW MONTHLY SIP COLUMN

 

We are pleased to announce the premier column of a new monthly series, written by  Robert X. Seligman, Ph.D., We have given Dr. Seligman full reign over subject matter, without editing by the SIP. Until he establishes a dedicated email address with next month’s column, please feel free to send us your comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Send your input to Madison Cook at chairman@siptn.org …we will forward your mail to Dr. Seligman. To review the first “Stars and Bars”, click (here)
DIXIE BROADCASTING PRESS RELEASE: THE SOUTHERN CAUSE TAKES TO THE AIRWAVES… FREE!

 

Ray McBerry, President of Dixie Broadcasting, has announced that internet radio station WDXB now offers news, commentary, interviews, and music 24 hours a day….free.

 

The S.I.P. are Charter Sponsors of WDXB ever since it’s inception about a year ago. We are regular listeners, and we highly recommend that you tune in, too. This is the ONLY all-Southern broadcasting entity in the world, offering the Southern viewpoint on politics, culture, entertainment, and the Southern Movement. The Dixie Broadcasting web site is at www.DixieBroadcasting.com …where you can sign up to become a listener, free.

 

To read Mr. McBerry’s press release, click (here)
TENNESSEE GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE, TO SQUANDER HUGE BUDGET SURPLUS HERE?

 

Visitors to the S.I.P. web site will recall that we opposed Governor Phil “Bandit” Bredesen’s tax increases, and pointed out that his “balanced budget” was a complete fraud. We took the position that the tax increases were not necessary, and we demanded that any budget shortfall be made up by spending cuts…not tax increases.

 

We also pointed out that your local taxes (city and county) would be increased dramatically, to make up for the state withholding funds from those local governments, funds normally allocated to them.

 

We were right, on both counts.

 

Bredesen’s Advisory Commission has announced that there will now be a huge budget surplus for 2003, just a few months after these thieves gave you the largest tax increases in state history. Your sales tax burden places Tennessee among the top 5 highest in the nation. And with just 36 counties reporting so far, your local tax burden has been increased by nearly 100 million dollars.  As other counties pile on, the total will likely approach 250 million dollars in increases. In many Tennessee jurisdictions, the total sales tax is close to 10%.

 

Now, Bredesen’s Committee estimates the final budget surplus for this year to be between 150 and 200 million dollars…..of YOUR money.

 

Be assured that there will be no rebate to the taxpayers of Tennessee. There will be no rollback of the huge increase in sales taxes. And your local governments will not return your local tax rates to reasonable levels. The S.I.P. predicts that this huge budget surplus, YOUR MONEY, will be squandered….every single dime of it. The Governor lied to you, and the Legislature lied to you. They overtaxed you by perhaps 200 million dollars….and now they will sit down together to figure out how to spend the windfall we have given them.

 

Please read the AP story click here.

State, Veterans Clash Over Plate
By Craig Boerner, cboerner@nashvillecitypaper.com
December 10, 2003

The state Department of Safety said Tuesday it is not “slow walking” a specialty license plate with a Confederate flag that was approved in July for the state division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) through the production process. (more)

Separation, Secularism, or States Rights?
By James Brown Jr.

There are two extreme positions which divide patriots concerning the subject of the Constitution. The first is a watered down version of the “separation of church and state” myth. The second is the theory that the Constitution is secular and humanist. Both views have been created through a misunderstanding of the order of authority between the Federal government and the States (States Rights). (more)

LOOKING SOUTH COLUMN:  YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

“You get what you pay for,” applies to the Southern Movement. If we want a robust movement able to take the offensive, and be taken seriously we have to pay for it. None of us should want the movement to continue as it is, barely surviving from month to month, and always on the defensive. (more)

SIP SUPPORT MADE EASIER…. CAN YOU HELP?

At the request of many supporters and members of the Southern Independence Party, we have made it dramatically more easy to contribute funds in support of our efforts. Now, the convenience of contributing via credit card is available through our web site. As you know, it is only by the support of our members, and visitors to this web site, that we are able to continue our strong growth. Please help us carry on our important work in behalf of southern values by clicking (here).

VANDERBILT “STUDY”: ARE WE ASHAMED OF BEING SOUTHERNERS?

 

Here’s another good example of how little Vanderbilt’s elitist liberal educators understand about Tennessee and the South. Remember, these crackpots are the same people who brought you Professor Jonathan “Che Guevara” Fartley, and the removal of the word “Confederate” from Confederate Memorial Hall on the Vanderbilt campus. We’re “ashamed”, all right….of Vanderbilt!  Click (here)

Governor Riley – Reappoint Judge Moore!

As we have watched the situation in Alabama unfold, there are many conclusions that are obvious.

  • The federal judiciary is out of control. The Constitution does NOT give the federal judiciary the right to determine what can and can not be placed in a State’s buildings. Our Founding Fathers denied the King the right to do much less, just as we should deny the would be Kings on the federal judiciary.
  • The politically correct are determined to use the federal judiciary to do what they have been denied at the ballot box. The people of Alabama spoke! The politically correct do not care!
  • Both of the major political parties are involved. The Democrats openly attack Christianity, the Constitution and the Principles upon which Our County was founded. The Republicans claim they are supportive but their actions do NOT match the words.

Today we ran across an online petition that we strongly support. A petition to urge Alabama Republican Governor Judge Riley to re-appoint Judge Moore. It is certainly within his power to do so! Lets see if he just talks or is willing to stand up for Judge Moore.

click here for more

CENTRALISM IN THE SOUTHERN MOVEMENT: REARING IT’S UGLY HEAD AGAIN?

 

Opinion by Madison Cook

 

A couple of years ago, Ron Holland wrote a brilliant essay entitled, “Decentralize Or Die”, which was posted at his Dixie Daily News web site. We linked to the piece, as did most other Southern Movement parties and organizations. The essay was an insightful and well-reasoned admonition that the Southern Movement ought not to fall victim to the lure of “Centralism”. Mr. Holland argued that the success of the Movement was inextricably tied to the formation of unaffiliated, independent state political parties…and that a highly centralized, top-down “national” party would be detrimental to the growth of the movement. (more)

 

VERMONT TO SECEDE, FORM INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC?

 

It seems we are not the only ones to see the need. Is it possible that a Northern state will be the first to withdraw? How about a nation comprising Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine? Click (here)

 

A SOUTHERNER FROM CHEYENNE

 

We received this letter from Mr. Robert X. Seligman, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, in reference to the recent S.I.P. segment on MS/NBC’s “Scarborough Report”. It is gratifying and instructive to receive such feedback from areas outside of the geographical South. Clearly, Mr. Seligman is a Southerner in his heart…and we appreciate his eloquent support, as well as his elegant style. We are pleased to share Mr. Seligman’s letter with you. Click (here)

 

ALABAMA LIBERAL ELITISTS OUST JUDGE ROY MOORE; THE PEOPLE MUST ACT!

 

Our thanks to the Southern Party of Georgia for the attached article. We are at a loss to understand how this travesty could occur in the Heart of Dixie. We are further at a loss to understand why there is still, so far, no viable political entity formed there which will speak for the people. The S.I.P. urges Justice Moore to consider becoming a candidate for Governor of Alabama….and we offer our full support to those who may form a “Southern” political party in the Great State of Alabama. Click (here)

 

WE RESPOND TO RON HOLLAND’S “THIRD PARTY” ESSAY

By Madison Cook

 

Our good friend Ron Holland, Editor and Proprietor of the widely read Dixie Daily News, has posted an essay in which he concludes that Southern Movement activists ought to abandon the “third party” effort, and, instead, work within the structures of the Democrat and Republican parties. Ron has toiled log and hard in behalf of the South, and his views are important to us all. There is much in the essay with which we concur. However, we disagree with Ron’s conclusion that the third party route cannot bear political fruit.

Click (here)

S.I.P. CHAIRMAN MADISON COOK’S APPEARANCE ON MS/NBC’S “SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY”

 

Cook was a guest on Joe Scarborough’s show on Thursday, November 6th. The segment was comprised of a debate between New York City Councilman Barron and Cook. The issue debated was the Confederate flag…a symbol of heritage or of hate?

 

Cook said, “It’s always fun to debate northern liberals…especially those who have no argument except that slavery existed in the past. I think the debate went very well. My end of the debate, from Nashville, was fed to the MS/NBC studio in New York. I was told afterwards that the New York control-room technicians clapped and cheered a couple of times, when I whacked Barron. We have received a ton of email on this, all of it positive, so far”.

 

Those interested can read the transcript of the show at www.msnbc.com/news/990609.asp.  The S.I.P. segment is at the beginning of the show, and lasted 10 or 12 minutes

 

OUR LETTER TO THE DUMBEST POLITICIAN IN AMERICA

Dear Governor Dean,

(contribute@deanforamerica.com)

 

We would like to congratulate you on the magnitude of your most recent accomplishment. Perhaps never before in the history of American politics has a presidential candidate offended and alienated so many voters, with a single sentence.

 

We refer, of course, to your recent observation that you seek the support of Southerners, who have “confederate flags on their pickups”. Not only were your remarks offensive to those who are proud of their southern confederate heritage, but also to those who will always object to the smirking air of superiority demonstrated by elitist northern liberals such as you. In addition, you have surely insulted millions of black voters nationwide, who mistakenly perceive the confederate flag as a symbol of racism.

 

We believe that you will go on to gain the nomination of your party, and we certainly hope so. Your candidacy may well, finally, spell the end of the Democrat Party as a national entity. Your party, as you know, has become simply a tool in the hands of liberal extremist pressure groups…and has moved so far to the left that it is home, leadership-wise, only to neo-socialist demagogues. We predict that the margin of your defeat next November will have been exceeded only by those of George McGovern and Walter Mondale. You will not carry a single southern state.

 

Congratulations!

 

Madison Cook

Chairman

S.I.P. of Tennessee

www.siptn.org

 

CLINT LACY INTERVIEWS JOHN T. CRIPPS, MISSISSIPPI GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE

 

Mr. Lacy, of “Show Me South” recently interviewed John Thomas Cripps, about whose campaign we have previously posted two articles. Be sure to read this important interview, and forward it to as many of your friends and associates as possible. Click (here)

Tri-State Ten Commandments Rally – October 21, 2003

There will be a Ten Commandments Rally in Blairsville, Georgia at 7:00 PM on Tuesday October 21. The Rally will include Dr. Alan Keyes and Dr. Rick Scarborough as speakers and will be at the Union County High School. For more information and directions visit their web site. Click (here)

WE TOLD YOU SO! 

 

Tennessee counties have raised your taxes by nearly $100,000,000 so far this year…and more taxes are on the way.

 

A few months ago, we observed here that Governor Phil Bredesen’s “balanced budget was a fraud and a sham. The state budget was “balanced” by withholding money from the cities and counties which has historically been allocated to them. We predicted that these local entities would have to raise your taxes to make up the shortfall. Thus, Bredesen’s “balanced budget” is not balanced at all. He and the liars in the Legislature have merely shifted the taxing to the local governments, in order to avoid the justifiable wrath of the citizenry. This is like balancing your household budget by getting your neighbor to pay a portion of your family’s bills.

 

So far, 36 local governments have raised your taxes by neatly $100,000,000. The others will soon follow, bringing the total tax increases to perhaps $250,000,000. Put into personal terms, this will be an amount equal to a tax increase of about $50.00 for every man, woman and child in the state. If Pinocchio Bredesen were standing facing East in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza, his nose would likely reach all the way to Knoxville.

 

Read the AP story on this by clicking (here)

JOHN THOMAS CRIPPS: OUR MAN IN MISSISSIPPI

John T. Cripps is running for governor of the State of Mississippi. As you already know, in 2001 Mississippians were given the opportunity to vote on retaining the historic design of their state flag, and two thirds of them voted to keep it. John Cripps deserves a lot of the credit for forcing the state legislature to agree to a vote, and for turning out the vote. He did not give up the fight once the flag fight was over, but went to work organizing FreeSouth.org. He is a one of us, and this is just the opportunity we have been looking for to get the Southern Movement into the limelight. A victory would be an earthquake, but even a creditable showing would be a boost to the movement and also a warning shot across the bow of a host of carpetbag and scalawag politicians. (more)

JOHN THOMAS CRIPPS FOR MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

 

Visitors to the SIP are invited to visit Mr. Cripps’ web site. We had the pleasure of meeting this fine southerner at the Abbeville Conference last February. Now, he is a candidate for Governor of the great state of Mississippi. At the web site, you will find the campaign platform, as well as numerous position papers and background information. We urge Mississippi citizens, and southerners everywhere, to consider supporting this important campaign. To visit the Cripps Campaign web site, click (here)

TENNESSEE’S PANDERBILT UNIVERSITY WINS LAWSUIT; NAME “CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL HALL” TO DISAPPEAR

 

Nashville’s Vanderbilt, rapidly gaining a national reputation as the Southern Voice of Extreme Liberal Ideology, has won a suit brought against it by the UDC. The win clears the way for university officials to strike the word, “Confederate” from Confederate Memorial Hall, a campus dormitory. Vanderbilt, perhaps the South’s most disgraceful example of Political Correctness gone wild, is no stranger to crack-pot left wing political silliness. Frequent visitors to this site will recall that these are the same elitist fools who vigorously defended Marxist Professor Jonathan Fartley regarding his declaration that every single Confederate soldier ought to have been executed after the War Between The States…as well as every person who served in the Confederate government. Hopefully, the UDC will appeal this outrageous decision. In the meantime, here’s the story….

 

DOES THE SOUTHERN MOVEMENT NEED ANOTHER “STRONGMAN”?

 

We recently received a letter from a well-known and respected activist, voicing his opinion that the Southern Movement needs a “strong and charismatic leader” at the “national” level, if the Movement is to make further progress. Of course, we strongly disagree with this failed theory. We thought visitors to the S.I.P. web site might be interested in our response. Out of respect for his privacy, we have not posted his letter herein, but will do so if he so requests. Click (here)

A SOUTHERN POLITICAL PARTY IN YOUR STATE?

Each week, the SIP of Tennessee receives several emails, asking if there is a southern movement political party in the sender’s home state. These inquiries come from all over the South. When these inquiries come from states in which there is presently a southern movement party, we refer the inquiry to the appropriate state party web site. Here at the SIP, we thought it would be productive to briefly review the present status of the southern political movement. click (here).

THE FORREST DISPATCHTHE SIP’S NEWSLETTER

The Southern Independence Party’s FORREST DISPATCH is our official newsletter, published 2 to 3 times per month. The purpose of the Dispatch is to keep subscribers informed of breaking southern nationalist news and important upcoming events, as well as new articles and features appearing on our website.

In addition, we respond to frequently asked questions about our activities and current projects….such as our upcoming South Carolina Blockade Run on April 13.

By the way, if you have subscribed already, but have changed your email address since then, please re-subscribe…our newsletter server will not forward your Dispatch to your new email address.

We cordially invite all visitors to the SIP website to subscribe to The Forrest Dispatch. It is free, of course. It is easy to signup. There is a Topica form on the upper left of this page, just enter your email address and click on the JOIN button.

REVIEWERS PRAISE SHANABARGER’S, “THE VERY LAST FRIDAY”

 

A couple of weeks ago, we recommended Jack Shanabarger’s terrific new novel, “The Very Last Friday”. Now, two reviewers (one of whom is also an author) have posted their assessments at Amazon.com. To read these reviews, click (here)

FEDERAL COURT IGNORES U.S., CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION IN RECALL DECISION

 

Once again, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is legislating from the bench, instead of interpreting state or federal law. This is the same court, you will recall, which determined that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because it contains the words, “under God”. This court sits in San Francisco, and is well known to be the most liberal-activist in the nation. At the time of it’s Pledge decision, we observed that they likely would have found the Pledge constitutional if those words had, instead, been, “under Bruce”. Most of the 9th Circuit Court judges are Clinton and Carter appointees.

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SOUTHERN PARTY OF THE SOUTHWEST LAUNCHES RECALL OF GOVERNOR

 

Charles Goodson, Chairman of the SP of The SW, has filed papers to initiate the recall of the liberal Governor of Arizona. Needless to say, this has caused quite a stir there. Goodson has already been interviewed by TV and newspaper reporters, and has been a talk radio show guest. The initial press report on the recall effort is at the SP of The Southwest web site. There is a link to the site on the left side of this page.  GO CHARLES!

 

IMPORTANT NEW SOUTHERN MOVEMENT WEBSITE FORMED IN ARKANSAS

 

Our friends in Arkansas have established a website for The Southern Alliance….a forum site dedicated to closer working relationships and ties within the Southern Movement. The SIP certainly endorses the concept. We recommend that our subscribers and supporters (and Southerners everywhere) drop by the site, and participate in the forums. There is a link to The Southern Alliance at the bottom left side of this page….or click on www.thesouthernalliance.org .

A LETTER FROM A TYPICAL LIBERAL

We thought you might be amused by this email, and our response to it. Although we would like to think this is not typical of liberals, it seems to be. This sad little fellow regularly sends out phony emails under various names, including mine (never his own), to about 50 people, many of whom do not even know him. Note his dramatically confused and disjointed style of writing….surely typical. We suspect that this unhappy and lonely little loser believes he is annoying us, but his emails are so ridiculous that they are, instead, funny. If such people are our enemies, we certainly have nothing to worry about. We have his real name as well as his work and personal email addresses, and may publish these in a future article here.

To first read his decidedly odd email, followed by our response, click (here)

GOV. BREDESEN SHAMES TENNESSEE ON THE EVE OF 9/11

by Madison Cook

 

If any Tennessean has doubted the depth to which elitist liberals will sink in their anti-Bush, anti-Conservative hatred, let him doubt no more.

 

Tennessee’s Governor, on the very eve of the 2nd anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, is quoted by the AP as saying, “The President. I can’t even say ‘My President’ or ‘Our’ President”. Bredesen tried to soften the mounting outrage over his stupid and insensitive remarks by pointing out that he made the statement at a partisan Democratic Party rally. Well, we’ve got news for you, Governor….there is NO time that it is okay to voice this sort of manure. The SIP holds strong disagreement with this federal government and many of it’s policies as voiced by President Bush. And Bredesen has the right to disagree, too.

 

Bush IS your President, Governor Bredesen. And right now he is the President of us all. Maybe today, September 11, is a good time to remember this.

 

To read the AP about this latest Bredesen outrage, click (here)

 

SIPTN:  THE NUMBER ONE POLITICAL PARTY WEB SITE IN TENNESSEE

 

Once again, the SIP leads all other state political parties in Tennessee, in web site visitor traffic. Alexa.com monitors millions of sites daily, and ranks them, in numerical order, according to the number of visitors (thus, a lower number means the site ranks higher in visitor traffic, and a higher number means the site is ranked  lower in visitor traffic).

S.I.P. TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES; THE TIME TO HELP IS NOW

As visitors to the SIP web site are aware, the SIP is preparing to field and support candidates in the upcoming state elections. To encourage new memberships (and thus raise the funds necessary to accomplish this) we are offering free SIP gifts with the various levels of participation and support. In this way, we are able both to express our appreciation to our supporters, and to spread the word about the SIP and it’s work.

We are offering hat/lapel pins, bumper stickers, full size confederate flags and SIP T-shirts. Please help us get candidates into office. To learn more about this new program, please click (here).

S.I.P. COLUMNIST GREG HANSON ATTENDS FORREST BIRTHDAY BASH

Greg Hanson, the SIP “Looking South” columnist, recently attended the 4th annual Forrest Birthday Bash at Fort Dixie, the home of Pat and Butch Godwin, near Selma, Alabama. Be sure to read Greg’s report on the festivities. (more)

SIP SLAPS FOX NEWS ON 10 COMMANDMENTS COVERAGE

On Saturday, August 23, Fox News Live broadcasted a segment on Alabama Judge Roy Moore’s 10 Commandments battle with the federal government. Fox’s coverage was so outrageous in it’s leftist bias that it demanded our response…which is embodied in our letter to Fox, dated Sunday, August 24. If you feel as we do on this subject, we have added Fox News’ email address at the bottom of our letter. Also, we think this should be forwarded to as many caring southerners as possible, via our forwarding service at the bottom of the page. Read letter to Fox by clicking (here)

WE RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

As visitors to this web site know, we have seldom brought a specific book to your attention. In particular, we have never recommended a novel. From time to time, however, a book comes along which is so provocative that it demands that we tell you about it. Such a book is Jack Shanabarger’s new novel, “The Very Last Friday”. (more)

TENNESSEE’S FRAUDULENT “BALANCED BUDGET”:     MORE TAXES ON THE WAY!

Tax-weary Tennesseans are being deluged by the liberal media here, with stories featuring Governor Phil “Jesse James” Bredesen and state legislators congratulating one another on a state “balanced budget”. These hypocrites claim they have also made “massive cuts” in state spending. Ask yourself this: Then why is the present budget the highest in Tennessee History if there have been “massive cuts” in spending? Click (here)

HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON YOUR TAXES AND A LOOK AHEAD …

A look at the growth rate of government spending and taxes that will demonstrate some of the reasons for opposing a Tennessee State income tax, as well as higher sales and property taxes. For more information, click (here)

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD BY HERITAGE VIOLATORS

Ron Holland, Editor and Proprietor of Dixie Daily News, has established an important new and easy way for concerned southerners to hammer heritage violators. It works this way: as a member, you will be advised when significant heritage violations occur, or are about to occur. The email address of the violator(s) will be sent to you, so that you can send a protest note or letter. Already, over 400 southerners have joined, and I am among them. We believe that this project could well turn out to be the most important heritage defense project in the Southern Movement. For details and to sign up, click www.southerncaucus.org.

ATTEND THE FORREST BIRTHDAY BASH!

Each year, Pat and Butch Godwin host a wonderful event at their beautiful spread, near Selma, Alabama. The party honors General Nathan B. Forrest. The organization with which they are associated, Friends of Forrest, has defended and protected the Forrest Monument…successfully, so far. When we attended, there were several hundred guests, and we were able to meet many new people and make many new friends. For more information, click (here)

“LOOKING SOUTH” by SIP STAFF COLUMNIST GREG HANSON

In this month’s column, Greg Hanson takes an optimistic and realistic view of the Southern Movement, stressing the need for closer ties between the heritage and political organizations. As usual, Greg is on the mark. Click (here)

SOUTHERN PARTY OF ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO NOW INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN

Signifying the final end of Jerry Baxley’s “national” Southern Party, the SP of The Southwest has declared itself a sovereign and independent entity, with no ties to any national political organization. Mr. Charles Goodson, Chairman of the SPSW has published a formal statement of disaffiliation. The SIP welcomes the SPSW to the ranks of independent state parties. To read Mr. Goodson’s statement, please click (here)

DEBATE IS FIERCE ON CONSTITUTIONALITY

Here’s more coverage from Nashville’s “Tennessean” about the Southern Movement. In this piece, the discussion centers on whether separation is constitutional. Click (here)

NASHVILLE’S “TENNESSEAN” ON THE S.I.P. AND THE SOUTHERN MOVEMENT

Tennessee’s largest newspaper, The Nashville Tennessean, has published a major article on the S.I.P. and the southern movement. For the whole story, click (Here) Picture at left is the SIP chairman, Madison Cook, from the Tennessean article.

SIPTN PETITION: YOUR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
by Madison Cook

Knowledgeable students of the Constitution are aware that the right of the citizenry to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by that great document. Over the years, however, this fundamental constitutional right has been gradually eaten away by illegal federal firearms legislation. (more)

SIP SUPPORT MADE EASIER…. CAN YOU HELP?

At the request of many supporters and members of the Southern Independence Party, we have made it dramatically more easy to contribute funds in support of our efforts. Now, the convenience of contributing via credit card is available through our web site. As you know, it is only by the support of our members, and visitors to this web site, that we are able to continue our strong growth. Please help us carry on our important work in behalf of southern values by clicking (here).

FEDERAL GUN LAW NULLIFICATION: CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL

Several months ago, we posted an excellent article by noted constitutional scholar Dr. Walter Williams. We are posting this important work again, because it directly relates to our federal gun law nullification petition. To review this insightful essay, please click (here)

WELCOME TO THE S.I.P. PREFERRED SOUTHERN BUSINESS CENTER

As promised, we have established a new benefit for SIP member-supporters who own or manage southern businesses. We will advertise your business to our many web site visitors and members, as well as subscribers to our newsletter, The Forrest Dispatch. For further information, click on the button on the left of this page, or click (here)

TENNESSEANS BRACE FOR MORE TAX INCREASES….AGAIN

Last year, Tennessee’s state lawmakers burdened hard working citizens with the largest tax increase in state history. Claiming that the new higher sales tax (9.75% in most areas, and among the highest in the nation) would balance a state budget bloated by corruption and mismanagement. Of course, they lied….as they always do.

At the time of those (and other) increases last year, the Southern independence Party ( www.siptn.org ) predicted that state tax revenues would fall….not rise. We assumed that tens of thousands of already over-burdened Tennessee taxpayers would begin to make purchases in neighboring states where sales taxes are lower….thus denying these revenues to the tax hogs in Nashville. We further observed that more Tennesseans would make purchases via the internet, to avoid the new punitive sales taxes. We were right in both predictions….the state’s revenues went down, not up. We suggested that sales taxes should be lowered, not increased. Should that have happened, it would have had a stimulative effect on sales here, thus INCREASING state revenues. In addition, reducing taxes to levels lower than those in neighboring states would have caused hundreds of thousands of residents in those states to shop here….further increasing Tennessee’s revenues.

Now, Governor Bredesen and his legislative co-conspirators are going to tax your internet purchases, too. Voters will recall that Bredesen opposed taxes on internet sales during his election campaign. Now, having been elected, he is “more comfortable” with the new taxes. What a surprise….another liar as Governor! Please note that the accompanying AP story refers to this latest banditry as “A bill to simplify the state’s sales tax system”. Listen, you hack politicians….this is not a simplification….it is a new tax on us! Who taught you hogs to talk….Bill Clinton?

To read the whole disgusting story, click (here)

ALABAMA’S BILLY PRICE SLAMS MESSY JESSE

We received this article from Billy Price of Alabama. Price whacks Jesse for his never-ending search for headlines, and his attempted intimidation of the people of the Great State of Alabama. Maybe Jackson is there trying to scam more cash to support ex mistresses and illegitimate children….who knows? click here.

NEW SIP BENEFIT: FREE LISTINGS AND LINKS TO YOUR BUSINESS

SIP members and visitors to this web site are aware of several membership programs which are presently in effect. New members can receive free bumper stickers, large Confederate flags, and other items, free with membership or contributions. In addition, SIP members or contributors are invited to post their own articles and essays at the web site, utilizing the “Our Members Speak Out” program. A large number of members (as well as non-members) have also subscribed to free to our newsletter, The Forrest Dispatch. Now, a new and important benefit is in place…..

The SIP Preferred Southern Business Center.

If you are an SIP member or contributor, and are the owner or manager of a business, we will advertise your business at a special “Preferred Southern Business Center” at our web site. Your listing will provide full information about your business to our members, as well as to web site visitors. Your business will be identified as a supporter of our efforts. Members and visitors will be urged to patronize your company as a “Preferred Southern Business”. Listings will include graphic links to your web site, utilizing your own logo.

In addition, the program will receive frequent mention in our newsletter, The Forrest Dispatch, and regular feature articles about the program will be posted at the SIP web site.. A special and prominent link to the “Preferred Southern Business Center” will be added to our main page, in a conspicuous location.

If you are interested in participation in this “Preferred Southern Business” program, or have comments or questions, please contact SIP Chairman Madison Cook via email at chairman@siptn.org, or by toll-free phone at 1 800 747 8619. For instance, we sponsor your websites like this one:

MEASURE YOUR COMMITMENT: THE TIME IS NOW

As we approach the third anniversary of the creation of the SIP of Tennessee, it is time to ponder the course of our future.

Without doubt, we have had successes. We fought the state income tax (our members showered just under 18,000 protest emails on legislators who supported that tax, and over 80 of our members participated in the demonstrations at Legislative Plaza in Nashville). Most of the pro-tax legislators were defeated in 2002. … (click here)

OUR MEMBERS SPEAK OUT!

Mr. William Davidson, an SIP member, has written an excellent essay, “I Am A Southerner.”  (click here)