Back on June 16, 2016 a guy blogging under the name of Tnerb posted a great ideological essay on The Right Stuff. This piece by Tnerb was titled Behold, I Teach You the Amerikaner. It was the best post that I have ever read at TRS. While not in full alignment with all my views, I think that Tnerb’s article is definitely worth reading.
This post by Tnerb suggested that all white Americans should develop a clear race/people/volk consciousness, and adopt a name for themselves. For this, he suggested the somewhat Germanic title of Amerikaner for white Americans, which is a reference to the white Boer Afrikaners of South Africa. Tnerb stated that “The parallels between Boers and Amerikaners are fascinating, but the divergences speak in our favor. Both nations colonized a continent and fought the British, though we were more clearly victorious and maintained our independence. Both nations have a long, storied history with Black Africans. And while Boers directly fought their Blacks, Amerikaners more or less kept them in line and so far have not been forced to relinquish private property to them as Afriakners have. Boers and Amerikaners are also both historically Protestant nations that maintain a spirit of rugged individualism and enthusiasm for firearms as part of their defining national character”.
I think this Amerikaner idea has merit. The image used by Tnerb for the top of his piece was a painting of white settlers, led by Daniel Boone, crossing the eastern mountains. Very good.
Then, earlier this week prominent Alt-Right blogger Laurence Murray took off on this theme with a lengthy blog post titled Amerikaner Free State. I think that Murray’s essay fell far short of Tnerb’s.
Murray’s Amerikaner Free State essay was published at TRS and his own blog. Murray postulated that white Americans will need to secede from the U.S.A. and form their own white ethno state. But he took the concept away from what Tnerb started it as. Tnerb likened the white settlers of American to the white settlers of South Africa. Tnerb emphasized three things about Amerikaners (and Afrikaners): (1) our Protestant religious heritage, (2) our rugged agrarian ancestors, (3) and love of small arms. These three things are missing from Laurence Murray’s piece.
Basically, while this is all purely theoretical, Murray wants a large white ethno state, covering much of the present lower 48. He assumes that much of Texas and the Southwest will move toward Mexico, racially and legally. In the graphics at the beginning of his piece, Murray postulates Minneapolis as a potential capital, states that the form of government should be an “Ethnocratic military council” with a “Senate”, and pictures a potential flag for the AFS. The flag depicts a red banner featuring the head of the Statue of Liberty superimposed on a “black sun” icon. (The black sun has religious significance to some European neo-pagans). There went our Protestant heritage. He also states that only 88% of the people might be white, the nonwhites not being citizens. The state of Murray’s dream is perhaps not so much a free white state, as just a (mainly) white state. As I understand that Laurence Murray was raised in NYC, and was a child when 9/11 occurred, it may be that he does not identify with the religion and culture of early (Plymouth Rock to 1861) America.
Before 1900, the U.S. was a land of Europeans, primarily Western Europeans (the Germanic and Celtic peoples). The concept of all white Americans fusing together around a shared Amerikaner identity is a stimulating one. But if that identity downplays (or flat out ignores) our conservative Protestant, rural, agrarian, gun owning, individual liberty, paramilitary past –then that identity would be doomed to failure.
Some people, including Tnerb in his piece, seem to use the term Boer and Afrikaner interchangeably. My research shows that the Afrikaner population in what is now South Africa was mainly of Dutch origin, with notable additions of German and French Huguenot blood. They were traditionally a Calvinist people, and shared the Dutch based Afrikaans language. But they split into two distinct groups about 200 years ago, Cape Dutch and Boers. The Cape Dutch were content to live under British Rule, while the Boers went on the Great Trek to escape British rule, and to preserve their culture and religion in the African bush. The word Boer means farmer. Perhaps this distinction is akin to dividing white Americans into Yankees and Southerners.
In like manner and in the same time period, early America was settled by Western European peoples, who were generally of one variant or another of the Reformed/Calvinist faith. Americas blood was basically English, Ulster-Scott (especially in the South), and German –with a bit of French and Irish also. We had a more prolonged trek, first across the Appalachians and then to the Rockies. We also fought Britain, prized liberty, lived as agrarians, and struggled with Negroes. Eventually, we both had problems with the Jews.
Some might fear that the concept of a shared and racially exclusive concept of Amerikaner identity is unpatriotic, and tending toward the end of the corrupt and decaying political entity known as the U.S.A. There are three basic reasons for this anxiety of the potential end of the U.S.A.: fear, historical ignorance, and idolatry.
Fear is perhaps the most common among patriots. They fear that the liberty oriented ideology of the American Revolution and founding documents would be lost. The C.S.A. started up with liberty like early America, and proves that a fall of the U.S.A. is not necessary the death of liberty. But the C.S.A. was by and large a moral, rural, agrarian, Protestant Christian country –unlike the present day U.S.A..
The second reason is a lack of historical reference. Countries rise and fall but people groups remain. Twentieth century Americans who have been indoctrinated into the multicultural/proposition nation fantasy have forgotten this. Think of the multiple governments that have ruled Germany or Russian over the past 200 years –and yet Germany and Russia remain.
The third reason is that they have idolized the comfortable, effeminate, urbanized, materialistic lifestyle of present day degenerate America and wish to see it go on no matter the costs. The first objection is understandable, but not necessarily true; the second is not true; and the third is weakness that needs to be destroyed.
Consider the Southerners who formed the Confederate States of America in 1861. They were literally the grandsons of some of America’s founding generation, including some of the greatest of the Founding Fathers. Robert E. Lee was the son of a noted patriot cavalry officer of the American Revolution, Lt. Col. Light Horse Harry Lee. Further, Robert E. Lee was married to the great granddaughter of George Washington! At only 17 years of age, Thomas Garland Jefferson, a cadet at Virginia’s prestigious VMI and a great, great nephew of the author of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, fought –and died- for his country in a gray uniform! Lt. Gen. Richard S. Taylor of the C.S.A. was the grandson of Continental army officer Lt. Col. Richard L. Taylor and the son of Zachary Taylor -a U.S. Army Major General and 12th President of the United States! These are only a few noteworthy examples.
Further, let us look at the Boys of ’76 for a moment. After the Revolution, many of the patriots who had given years of their lives fighting for this republic were in financial straits. Some were even impoverished. Inflation of the Continental Congress’ paper currency, debts incurred during the war, lack of attention to one’s property holdings while fighting, Eastern bankers, and land speculators took their toll on many American patriots.
A bit over a decade ago I read a reprint of John Bakeless’ 1957 book Background to Glory (The Life of George Rogers Clark). I recalled something from it and I flipped through it as I wrote this post. Because of debts incurred in the military service of the United States, George Rogers Clark, the legendary Brigadier General of Virginia militia who took the Old Northwest, was in great financial distress. Clark’s old friend and militia compatriot Daniel Boone was also hit hard. In the 29th chapter Bakeless states the following: “Boone and his family were living in an open lean-to, cheerfully hunting to provide their food”. Boone exited America and crossed the Mississippi River to Spanish territory, where he became a citizen. G.R. Clark reportedly considered doing likewise, but did not. The great warrior Clark finished his life in the Clarksville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky area, where he died basically penniless.
Think for a minute of the creation of Texas. Men like Sam Houston and Jim Bowie were white Americans who left to settle in the wilds of Texas, then under the rule of Mexico. Bowie -and legendary Tennessee Indian fighter and former U.S. Congressman Davy Crockett- fought and died for Texas, while Sam Houston lived to see Texas become a free and sovereign republic –and then to see his new country be absorbed back into his old country.
As I stated in my essay Multiculturalism: Death of the American People in my book As America Fades “America is not some universal idea that all peoples can identify with or aspire to;” America was a meant to be a land of white, (usually Protestant) Christian, armed, freemen. These freemen were generally small farmers, though there were craftsmen and a few small cities. The limited government of our Constitution, the political safeguards of the Bill of Rights, our citizen militia system, our jury trials, and the whites only citizenship policy of our first naturalization act in 1790 expressed who we were as a people. In short, America was simply the legal expression of the Amerikaner people.
I am not advocating for the dissolution of the U.S.A. I would love my country to be restored to its founding standards, legally and demographically. I just do not believe that it will happen. Bracing for a future of political tyranny and/or economic collapse, followed by the formation of ethno states out of what used to be the U.S.A. seems to be more realistic.
I do not know what plans God has for the U.S.A. America well likely fracture into multiple ethno states at some point, as multiethnic empires eventually do. Based upon our manifold personal and national sins, it is clear that God must be displeased with us. Only by humbling ourselves in repentance, as General turned President George Washington stated in his 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation, can we avoid the wrath of God falling upon us.
What and how this will play out is yet to be seen. I am not looking for fire and brimstone. Normally God used natural disasters, famines, and warfare to chastise his people –or those who claimed to be his people. The economic crisis we are facing is perhaps judgement for our covetousness. The racial strife we face is perhaps judgement for how we horrifically mistreated our European brothers in the World Wars. Perhaps the public and governmentally approved protection of and celebration of sodomy, LGBTQ, and various perversions sweeping our land is the judgment for the fornications and adulteries of generations of non-perverted Americans?
In closing, governments rise and fall, but people groups go on. Whether in the English colonies, the early American republic, Texas, the Confederate States of America, or the present day corrupt and decaying American empire –the two constants of our people are the Amerikaner bloodline and the English language. I am an Amerikaner.
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