The Florida League of the South is urging all Southerners to Buy Southern!
Why should we accept the urging of the Florida League to change our buying habits?
For about the last 140 years the South has had a reputation for being a "poor"
section of the United States. In a way, it is true but it has not always been
Before the War for Southern Independence, 1861- 1865, the South was the richest
part of the country and considered the land of plenty. In fact, according to
a statement made by Senator Thomas H. Benton in 1828, 33 years before The War,
he said, "Under Federal legislation, the exports of the South have been
the basis of the Federal revenue. Virginia, the two Carolinas, and Georgia,
may be said to defray three fourths, of the annual expense of supporting the
federal government, and of this great sum, annually furnished by them, nothing
or next to nothing is returned to them, in the shape of Government expenditures.
You read that correctly. Four Southern states provided the federal government
with 75% of its revenue. You can be sure the other seven agrarian states of
the former Confederacy contributed most of the balance totaling 100%. Where
did all the money go? To Northern cities, of course, to improve their public
works, education and raise their standard of living.
What Happened To The Land Of Plenty?
During the War for Southern Independence the federal government of the United
States instituted policies of war unheard of in that time. Southern civilians
and their means of livelihood and survival were targeted for destruction. Vast
areas of croplands were purposefully flooded, fields were burned, livestock
butchered and left to rot. Homes, barns and other personal property were burned.
What was not destroyed was stolen and carried North or used to supply the army
of the U.S. government. The crimes against the Southern people and their property
are numerous and fortunately, well documented.
The War Continues
After the War, the South was reduced from a land of plenty to a land of dependency.
What the War had left behind, 13 years of reconstruction finished off.
As an example, it took over half a century before the taxable assets of the
state of Georgia surpassed their value of 1860. Some tariffs established against
the South during the War were not even lifted until the 1940’s during World
The 1960 United States census showed that even 100 years later after The War
not a single Southern state appeared in the top fifty percent of per capita
income. The 1980 census showed us that the South was still the poorest part
of the country with a poverty rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation as
a whole. 41% of all Americans living below poverty level live in the South.
All the states with the lowest poverty rates were in the North. The 1990 census
showed that the average worker in the South will make 20% – 30% less than a
Northern worker for doing the exact same job! According to the Congressional
Quarterly, the South is more populous and out-produces every other region of
the U.S. but we are forced to do this for less pay than the rest of the nation.
Those unfortunate Southerners who find themselves receiving welfare will find
their payments to be 47% lower than in other states. 140 years after The War,
the South still has not recovered its economic status.
Despite cries from the ignorant that The War was fought over slavery the truth
is it was fought for economic, political and cultural independence. That independence
has not been won yet.
The solution is simple. We buy Southern! It will take a little thinking though.
As we said, The War continues.
Even though the South alone could probably feed most of the world, our supermarkets
are dominated by non Southern products. A recent walk down the aisle of a supermarket
revealed that out of 45 items inspected for state of origin, only 15 of them
were produced in the South. If this sample accurately reflects the store’s entire
contents, that means an average of 66% of your money goes outside the South.
When you buy non-Southern products it cripples and destroys our local businesses
paving the way for absentee merchants to fatten their wallets even more and
lead our South into greater poverty. It destroys our funding for education,
lowers our standard of living and turns our cities into slums. The negative
effects are countless. All the while, our hard-earned money goes North and West
to improve everywhere but the South.
Because of the current "global economy" and "global transportation"
systems, goods from the North, west and all over the world can be shipped to
the South and undersell our own products. This intentionally or unintentionally
destroys Southern food producers and makes us pawns of those who control the
food. Southern patriots should make every effort to buy local, neighborhood
products whether it’s from the vegetable stand down the road, the dairy outside
town or the private gas station on the corner. Support the "little man"
wherever he is. By shortening the distance our food and other goods are transported
we will benefit local merchants and farmers, and in turn bolster our local economy.
In the long run we will return economic power to Dixie and greater health and
wealth to her people!
Where Do I Start?
The easiest and most important place to start is a grocery store. The average
Southerner makes at least one trip to the grocery store a week. Some go as often
as once a day! Food for our families probably accounts for the greatest single
expenditure of our funds.
Start reading labels! Where do the products you buy come from; Fitzgerald,
Georgia or Beelzebub, New York? Plano, Texas or Canaan Land, New Jersey? Look
at your vegetables. Were they picked by illegal third world immigrants in California
and trucked 3000 miles to the grocery store or were they grown and harvested
by your God-fearing Southern neighbors of your own county, state or region?
Go through your cabinets and start looking at labels. Make a list of Southern
products you already use. Make another list of non-Southern products and find
a substitute for them. Take this list with you the next time you go shopping
and follow it like Dixie depends on it!
You’ll be surprised where you’ve been sending money! You’ll learn that Luzianne
tea is made in New Orleans, LA while Lipton is made in New Jersey. Panner peanut
butter is made by Southerners in St. Louis, Missouri while Jiff is made in Cincinnati,
Don’t limit your research to food products, though. Look for household items
made in the South such as Diamond aluminum foil out of Richmond, VA or Envi
personal grooming products from Houston, TX.
In household appliances Electrolux vacuum cleaners is headquartered in Marietta,
GA with products manufactured in Bristol, VA while Frigidaire and Tappan microwaves
are manufactured in Dalton, GA.
In sporting goods, Wilson Golf Equipment manufactures clubs, balls and bags
in Tennessee while Russel Athletic Wear manufactures clothing in AL, FL, GA,
NC and VA.
Buying Southern will:
strengthen local and Southern economies while at the same time help to disrupt
the "Global Economy" of the New World Order crowd
reduce the distance our food is transported along with all the middle men.
Consequently, our food will be cheaper, fresher, and thus healthier
return economic power to those who have ties to Southern soil and snatch economic
power form absentee merchants who now sit in their Northern counting houses
gloating over their profits
lead us toward independence from federal handouts and the socialist welfare
state headquartered in Washington, DC
keep our money at home, create jobs where we live, improve our schools, raise
our standard of living, better our cities and, generally, free Dixie from economic
What are you waiting for? BUY SOUTHERN!
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