The following are concepts I and others have been considering as fundamental for distinguishing a Southern national party from the ruling US parties. They are presented here in no particular order for SF readers to consider along with short statements to get the ball rolling:
- Traditionalism: We wish to uphold those positive traits which have developed in Southern culture and help to define us as a people.
- Conservation: As stewards of the South, we wish to preserve the natural beauty and resources of our land and animal life and pass this rich blessing on to future generations of Southerners. We reject the bourgeois notion of limitless “development” and “progress.”
- Populism: We wish to give a voice to disenfranchised Southerners who have been abused or ignored by the US political and economic system. We seek to represent their interests as members of our Southern family.
- Christianity: Our faith is central to our values and worldview. We wish to represent those Chtistian values in all aspects of our society. We see the traditional church as the proper moral authority.
- Nationalism: We recognize the Southern people as a unique ethno-cultural body whose homeland is the South. We assert the Southern people’s ownership of the South and seek to promote our national identity, values and well-being.
- International cooperation: We have strong ethno-cultural ties to the native peoples of the British Isles. We seek to build on those connections while maintaining a strong and healthy respect for national sovereignty. Likewise, we have strong historic and cultural ties to the Western peoples of the former plantation societies of the Western Hemisphere. We also face many of the same challenges as they do. We seek to re-build positive, helpful relationships with those cultures and work together where possible in confronting shared challenges.