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A Call to Southern People!
Message from the
Party Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our first
annual National Southern Party National Convention in Charleston, South
Carolina. It was a marvelous
weekend with great attendance, excellent vendors, vibrant speakers and a good
time was had by all. We had
absolutely great media coverage. All the delegates that were there took part in the making of
history. They were not only participating in the structuring and building of
the party but also the furthering of the Southern movement. This
was a weekend that will go down in history and I was honored to be a part of
it. Now, letís look at what we
have done and what happened in Charleston, South Carolina.
Friday was a
glorious day. We got up early and
proceeded to the Convention Center to set up the facilities.
Activities were not scheduled to start until around noon but to our
surprise and delight the Convention Center was full of excited people who just
could not wait until noon to get started.
So, we had a lot of help setting up the room and getting everything
ready for the business that would be conducted later in the day. Around 10:00
AM, most of remembered in our excitement to get there early we had not eaten
so about 20 or 25 of us went out to breakfast together.
We had a really good time, got to meet new people and renew old
acquaintances. Then we went back
and got ready to go to work. We discussed how to move the party forward.
We looked at how we needed to start moving towards ballot access
and start running candidates in our states. We found out what other
states needed. We discussed the business that needed to be taken care of how
to proceed with the business at hand. That was a very profitable meeting and
we adjourned to get ready for the Saturday meeting which would prove to be the
First of all, let
me say that we had a good crowd which numbered over 130 including people that
joined at the door. We had great people and had good conversations and good
stories throughout the Convention. We
started out with our speakers who were just great. We had Ron Holland, Donnie Kennedy, Jim Condit, John Remington Graham and
then we had a surprise speaker that, in my opinion, ended up being one of the
best speakers, Robert Harrison. Mr.
Harrison is a historical librarian for the University of South Carolina and he
is a member of the 37th Texas Calvary.
This gentlemanís speech was directly from his heart and he had the
audience standing, clapping and crying. We
all understood what he said was what we all think and believe and what we all
would like to say. One of
the things that we heard from the people is that the Southern Party is
standing up and saying with tenacity what they have been wanting to say all
these years. We support the
Southern Party and will be with the Southern Party. We signed up new members
at the Convention and several of the vendors that were there told us they are
joining right away.
When we gathered
in Charleston our website was at 89,000.
When we arrived back on Sunday night we were already getting calls for
interviews and we did a number of interviews.
The rest of the week we were doing one or two a day.
The interviews were all good and we did interviews all over the
country, Oregon, California,
Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.
as you all know some of the major news media were CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, AP,
C-Span, MSNBC and local newspapers. We
had a good time interviewing with these folks and we received a lot of air
time in South Carolina and across the nation.
Saturday night of the convention CNN ran us for six straight hours.
We had a minute every fifteen minutes for sixteen straight hours which
isnít bad. Then we find out
that we had been aired on CBS radio and their affiliates.
We were picked up all over the country on the AP article and we know
that Sunday afternoon the AP article broke in Texas. We made front page in Wall St Journal, Washington Times, the
New York Times to name a few. We
got some real good exposure. Sean
Scully wrote a good article and we found out later that his editor changed
some of it without his knowledge which means the media is editing us. Letís
draw out attention to C-Span. As
we all know C-Span has given us some excellent coverage in the past.
C-Span came in to cover only a portion of our convention.
The following Friday, after the Convention, C-Span plays that portion,
a 45 minute cut of the convention. That
morning our website was at 91,322 and within 12 hours of that airing we
received 5,000 website hits, well over 600 phone calls and constant e-mail
hits. We have since put four
people, including myself, answering all the e-mail and telephone calls.
We believed we finally had a handle on it until today when we received
an envelope from Houston which contains several hundred written letters sent
to the PO Box in Texas. This is now 26 days after the convention and this is
where we stand; our e-mail are up again
to 350 at the National office, the telephone call are now about one hundred
per day. Our website has jumped
from 91,322 to 113,000. We have
been called from various people all over the country, from almost every state
in the union. We have college students calling, we have high school students
calling, teachers, doctors, military personnel, people who have never voted
before in their life. The letters and calls are all positive.
We must realize that we do have our detractors and our enemies but
folks, let me say that no matter what people think about what is going on in
the party the Southern party is what the people want. The Southern Party is moving forward as the people so desire.
Folks, we are becoming a political power.
We are becoming a political entity in ourselves and we must continue to
Let me read an
excerpt from a letter. Mr.
Baxley, my name is XXXXXX and I am 22 years old and I am from Spartanburg,
South Carolina. I really am
concerned about where this nation is going and I am thinking about joining
your party especially after I found out that Mr. Bush spoke at the NAACP National Convention. That just goes to show that Mr. Bush is as bad as Al Gore.
I cannot believe how people can support that racist, bigoted
organization. I am sick and tired
of our heritage being torn down because certain people like the NAACP find it
racist. I agree that it is time
to stand up and fight for what we believe in.
It will never happen unless we unit as peoples, white, black, and all
minorities. The South will never
die. I am not the only 22 year
old to feel this way. I feel that
our cause will get stronger and stronger.
God bless you, Mr. Baxley. This
is indicative of what the Southern people feel.
This is indicative of what the people expect from the Southern Party.
This is, in fact, what the Southern Party is trying to do, which is
move the party forward, win our states back and then change what our
legislators are doing to us.
I call upon all
Southern people, all Southern Party members, I call upon all of you, the
states, rank and file members and everyone to lay aside whatever you have that
would block your way from working with us and joining the party.
I call upon all heritage organizations to please lay aside whatever it
is that you have a problem with or donít agree with in the running of the
party and join us, work with us, make suggestions and letís band together
and ride the wave of opportunity, that the good Lord has given us, forward to
Southern Independence through the ballot box.
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