Greetings From Greater Appalachia

 

Recently, I have read several articles discussing the various regions, or nations, of the white people in the present day U.S.A. The first one, the February 17th piece What Is A Southerner by Hunter Wallace on the Southern Nationalist oriented site Occidental Dissent, featured a map with the regions named and broken down –with special emphasis on the Southland. The later article, on a Kinist site, used the same map.

Basically, they posit that the South (not counting the Hispanic dominated tip of Florida) is broken down into four regions: the Tidewater, the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, and New France. The regions do not exactly follow state lines, but there are parallels.

To no surprise, New France is the smallest one and is centered around New Orleans. The Tidewater is the eastern part of Virginia, part of North Carolina, and Maryland. The Deep South is what one might imagine: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, northern Louisiana, northern Florida, and a part of east Texas. Greater Appalachia is the western part of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, north-central Texas, much of Missouri, and the bottom portions of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Yes, Southern Indiana is part of Greater Appalachia –in the eyes of prominent Southern Nationalist blogger Hunter Wallace. I am officially a Southerner! Very good, as I already was one on the inside.

The culture of rural Southern Indiana, including Orange County where I live, is much more similar to Kentucky than to Chicago or to the New England states. Much of Southern Indiana was initially settled by people from the upper South and Pennsylvania.

The South has always been the heart of America, culturally and historically. Think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry. Southerners, and especially Virginians, held great sway in the drafting of America’s foundational documents. Four of the first five President of the United States were from Virginia. Think of the antebellum South, and how they reasserted the principles of 1776 in 1861 when they formed the C.S.A.

What about history? All of Indiana was part of the Northwest Territory, also called the Old Northwest. Great Britain legally and formally acknowledged the Northwest Territory to be a part of the U.S. with the 1783 Treaty of Paris which formally ended the American Revolution. It is arguable that the courageous actions of George Rogers Clark, a Brigadier General of Virginia militia, are at least part of the reason why Britain ceded the Old Northwest to the U.S. at the end of the war. Clark led his frontier militia forces on a legendary campaign throughout the Old Northwest, capturing the British forts at Vincennes, Indiana and Kaskaskia, Illinois. Yes, there was a battle of the American Revolution fought in Southern Indiana.

There were also two Confederate raids into southern Indiana, one near Leavenworth on the Ohio River (led by cavalry Captain Thomas Hines) and one (led by General John Hunt Morgan) resulted in a battle at Corydon. And of course, they were Confederate sympathizers such as Dr. William Bowles and the Knights of the Golden Circle present in southern Indiana, including right here in Orange County.

My home county is Orange. Orange County is basically a 20 by 20 mile square. The 2010 Federal census indicated that Orange County contained 19,840 people and was 97% white. Population density is about 50 people per square mile (640 acres). Much of southern Orange County is covered with the Hoosier National Forrest (which is all in Southern Indiana). Geographically, I am in the Crawford Highlands, part of the Kentucky Knobs and more similar to Kentucky than to the plains of central Indiana.

Orange County only has four incorporated towns. Our county seat is Paoli, and one can travel by highway to Louisville, Kentucky from it in about an hour. (As we were settled from the bottom up, the first state capital was Corydon in Harrison County, down near the Ohio River).

JoePutnamCorydonCapitalHouseChamberJune2016

The people and culture here are what many might consider redneck. There are a lot of cowboy boots, guns, deer hunting, pickup trucks, country music, and sweet tea in virtually every restaurant! Yes, there are some stereotypical run down trailer parks. There is very little industry left, and in 2010 about 20% of the population (and almost 30% of those under 18) lived below the poverty line.

I still love the Amerikaner identity concept. Amerikaner is more inclusive than being a Southron from Dixie. I do think that there are several regional subcultures to the Amerikaner people. That being said, I doubt that the concept I discussed in my essay I am an Amerikaner appeals to those in Yankeedom, or even to most urbanites in the Midwest. Maybe the Amerikaner term is for racially conscious whites in the South, lower Midwest, and parts of the Rockies?

I personally identify, from biggest group down to extended kin, as the following: a (1) white European (2) from the Western European peoples (Germanic and Celtic), (3) an Amerikaner, (4) and a Southerner who resides in Greater Appalachia.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange Count, Indiana. All rights reserved.

You Can(not) Save The World

One absolute fallacy taught children from the earliest age is that they can do whatever they want. Their parents and public school teachers tell them that they can be whatever they want to be. Why, any child could grow up to be the President! But it is a lie. In fact, it is all connected to the equality lie.

First of all, this fallacy ignores the God ordained gender roles. The man was to be the leader of his home -a benevolent king who loved, defended, and physical provided for his wife and children. He was to be prophet, priest, and king in his house; not only was he to provide and govern, he was to teach his family of God and his ways. The wife was to care for the home, and nurture the children. Education also traditionally occurred in the home -not a public school that hates the God, race, and political heritage of the children sent there.

In addition to how God ordered society, there are very real physical and mental limitations. Not every person is as bright as their siblings. People vary in intelligence, though the majority falls within a certain range that is considered “average”. Not all men are capable of understanding the complex subjects needed to politically govern, serve as a church elder, design bridges, teach history, practice medicine, etc. And yes, there are easily measurable difference in intelligence between the different races of man -in addition to real physical, emotional, and personality differences.

Further, men and women are very different physically. Man is larger and stronger than woman. Women have different and greater emotional needs than men. They do not operate at their full mental and physical potential once a month.

On top of this, not all men are the same size and strength. Some men are small and weak. Others are born with a physical handicap. Not all men can labor in the fields, cut down trees, or do physical battle. Of those who can, some are genetically predisposed to be better at it.

Next there is education. Different people have aptitudes in different areas. In formal education, some people will struggle at one subject and excel at another. Not everyone can afford a college education, and before 1950 it was (correctly) understood that most people probably do not need one. Not everyone has the necessary intellect to be a doctor, even if sent to medical school for free. This is just reality.

Now that we have determined that not all men are equal in abilities, we need to face the reality of the title of this essay. You can(not) save the world. You cannot be the President. You cannot, on your own and in your own strength, start a political movement to restore America or save your race. Some things are just not within your power, or within my power.

From a theological perspective, the duty of man is obedience. Man is to live righteously, obey the commands of God, stand against wickedness in society and government, and raise his family according to the Bible. Man should speak out against evil in government and society, refuse to participate in it, defend his family from it, and in extreme cases physically resist it.

In Proverbs 16:9 we are told that: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” We are to stand for righteousness, warn others of dangers that we see, and try to be in a position to help others (after we have provided for our own). We plan, but ultimately, it is God who determines what will happen.

Now to the personal part. I have been interested in liberty, America, and the patriot movement since my early teens. Staring in my teens, I read patriot material –everything from gun rights to libertarian to JBS to militia to conspiracy to sovereign citizen stuff. (In late 2013, I added white nationalist to the reading list). This all culminated with me writing a book in May 2013 about the Bible and liberty. I took it out of print over two years ago, as I had not then come to my awakening about God’s sovereignty or to the necessity (and Bible basis) of ethnonationalism.

I then studied God’s word, race, current events –and shot guns and stayed fit. I talked to young guys about liberty, handed out pocket copies of the Constitution, sponsored a4th of July shoot for the guys that I was going to church with, and occasionally served as a guest host on an alternative/patriot internet radio station. Then, after reading Michael Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid, I moved to a small on grid homestead in May 2015, which I am still working on!

After much though, I published my second book, Putnam Liberty Notes, in March of 2015. I started this blog to be an author site to promote it, but it got out of hand and turned into a platform for me to write weekly essays! In August I published another book, As America Fades, with the core of that book being my blog essays. But I kept blogging. In January 2017 I published my fourth little book, Bloggings Of An Amerikaner. BOAA was the best of my post-AAF blog essays, with several all new ones as a thank you for my hard core readers. And then I blogged on.

Further, using a Disqus profile, I have commented on articles on many patriot, Alt-Right, and news oriented websites. I even got kicked off from two of them! I aggressively promoted the Amerikaner identity concept with Disqus, and my essay on Neo-Babelism.

After 20 years of knowledge and casual effort, and the last five years of intensive effort, I have failed to save America. I have not even started a movement to do so.

One man cannot change the world for good, even if he were the President. There are many other powerful elected leaders around him, plus wealthy interest groups -and an ignorant society at large who would object to actually strictly following the Constitution and reining in our empire.

I do not think that the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency will restore America. It is far too little, far too late. Trump’s civic nationalist and reindustrialization talk harken back to the 1950s, not to when America was truly great politically and virtuous morally. At this stage in America’s political, moral, economic, and racial decay, the Trump Presidency will likely just be a speed bump on the highway to our collective destruction –a highway that Hillary, Bernie, or Cruz would have had us hurtling down full speed. Tyranny, racial conflict, and economic collapse seem very likely in our future.

It hurts to say this, but you cannot change the world on your own; neither can I. But what you can do is to become more self-sufficient, get physically fit, start growing your own food, study history, move toward a more traditional and self-reliant lifestyle, peacefully and intelligently advocate for racial separation/Kinism, and prepare to defend and feed your family during a time of collapse, unrest, or tyranny. People who do this can help their neighbors, and begin the stabilization process for their communities. This kin oriented philosophy is the basis of the Three Principles, and is what we will need to do to rebuild, if the Lord wills to carry us through whatever judgements he sends upon or country. What are you going to do, my fellow Amerikaners?

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

American Empire and Japanese Internment

A few weeks ago, I was discussing this topic via email with a libertarian oriented friend of mine. He lives on the West Coast, and he and his wife had recently taken a mini-vacation in California and visited several interesting places, including Death Valley and one of the WWII era Japanese civilian internment camps.

This got me to thinking about the chain of events that led to the Federal government rounding up and soft-core imprisoning American citizens of Japanese ethnicity in this camp in California.

I suppose that first I should note that many of these Japanese were legally U.S. citizens, not Meztizos for Mexico or Central America who snuck across the border illegally. These Japanese would not have been allowed to become American citizens by the Founding Fathers, as openly proclaimed in their Naturalization Acts of 1790 and 1795. Whether they should have been here, much less citizens, is debatable. But they were here, and legally.

How did we get to the point that the state preemptively rounds up individuals who had not shown signs of either espionage or violence? It all started around 1865…

Abraham Lincoln started a war to regain the sovereign states of the C.S.A., to subdue them and forcefully reunite them to the U.S.A. –primarily for financial reasons. He used the anti-slavery theme to try to justify his military aggression. Further, he spurned the Constitution in States that were still in the Union –at times shutting down newspapers, trying civilians in military tribunals, printing valueless paper money (aka greenbacks), and utilizing martial law.

The results of Lincoln’s actions were the normalization in the minds of many of unconstitutional actions and total political equality of the races. The more leftist among us champion that freed blacks became citizens, while the more rightish love to follow Lincoln in violating the Constitution during war or for “national security”.

After the WBTS, America’s first unnecessary war, America slid toward empire mode. We acquired Hawaii, over a thousand miles from our Pacific coast. Then in 1898 we invaded Cuba during the Spanish America War, and seized the Spanish ruled Phillipine Islands for ourselves. This placed more non-whites in U.S. territory, creating cultural and linguistic problems.

But why was this empire ever built? Money. Powerful interests lusted for American control of greater areas of land, even when our people had not yet fully settled what we already had. New land brought more natural resources, more labor, and more potential markets. It all started and ended with mammon. U.S. soldiers died attempting to subdue Moro savages in 1914 while Wall Street got new banana fields. It really is that simple and that venal.

Enter WWII. In WWI, F.D.R. and Churchill were in high levels in the Navy bureaucracy of their respective countries. By 1939, they were the President and Prime Minister. Why set up another Lusitania incident when Pearl Harbor dangled within reach of the Japanese? Churchill and Roosevelt were both connected to powerful Jews, and International Jewry hated Hitler –the only man in the world who was reasserting ethno-nationalism for his people. By getting Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, it was a way to take our pro-British “lend lease” program to the next level –that of full out war with Britain against NS Germany.

Thus F.D.R. diplomatically maneuvered Japan into making the first act of aggression, which it is now known he had advance notice of. F.D.R. let the boys at Pearl die so that he could advance the interests of England – and thus the House of Rothschild.

Caught in the middle of all this were Japanese civilians who had immigrated to U.S. territory, with many of them having legally became U.S. citizens and productive members of the community. They were then summarily and unconstitutionally ripped from their homes and put in camps in California. Almost no one cared about the Constitution after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, much like almost no one cared after 9/11 when we got the Patriot Act and the DHS.

America loved wealth, built an empire, broke the Three Principles and embraced Neo-Babelism by letting in the Japanese. Hawaii should have never been a U.S. possession, let alone a state. America should not have intervened in WWII. The Japanese should have never been on U.S. soil. Peaceful American citizens should have never been rounded up and incarcerated without cause. What a moral and legal mess!

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Free Speech and Toleration in 2017

If one is an independent thinker, things get complex. To research and logically consider an issue will generally leave one far outside the mainstream of thought in present day America. You might even become -gasp- intolerant, intolerant of what one believes to be evil.

Of course, most present day Americans are not critical thinkers and would never leave the mainstream out of fear of social discomfort, even if they happened to stumble upon a clear truth indicting the status quo. But for those who care enough to think, things are harder.

If one truly comes to a firm conviction that something is wrong, then they will feel the need to speak out about it –at least to their family and friends and quite likely in a public forum also. Enter the tolerance bugaboo.

Anyone who truly believes in something –religiously, politically, or culturally- will speak out against what they hold to be the enemy of their convictions. This does not mean that they would demand that their opponents be jailed, deported, or destroyed; it just means that they will proclaim them to be wrong (and maybe even evil or perverted and thus under the judgment of God). Speaking out against a person or group, and even proclaiming them to be evil, is very different from committing an act of violence against them.

In America, people (supposedly) have free speech. But that is starting to change. Those speaking out against certain things –such as sexual perversion, miscegenation, or Jewish subversion and Zionism- are decried by the media and government officials. The robe of toleration that the left has been wrapping themselves in for decades does not apply to all, and never did. They are willing to tolerate everything except conservatives being intolerant; thus toleration never was what it was sold to the public as being. The left is hyper-intolerant of their enemies – all in the name of toleration.

Why can a group of feminists, who self-proclaim that they are “nasty women”, march for abortion and against traditional gender roles, while those proclaiming abortion to be murder are portrayed as extremists –and potential oppressors? Why is February the federally proclaimed “Black History Month”, when there is no governmentally sanctioned white history celebration? Why can we speak out against destructive and pernicious Middle Eastern religions like Islam, but not Judaism? Why do we incessantly hear of the fabled 6 million, but not the much larger number actually killed by the Soviet Union (in Jewish ran gulags)?

Moving to internet censorship, why did AdSense, an online ad company owned by Google, recently pull its adds from the American Free Press website, as detailed by the article Radical Left Targets Alternative Media by John Friend in the Feb.27/Mar.6 print edition of AFP? Why did the popular blog and internet commenting service Disqus, just last week, announce that it was going to terminate its services for the popular Alt-Right oriented Southern Nationalist blog Occidental Dissent?

The movement for toleration never was about tolerance; tolerance was about intellectually disarming the traditional opposition to perversion and Marxism.

Well, we still have free speech in the U.S.A. –sort of. The “logical” conclusion of the Marxist and Neo-Babelism obsessions of western governments is so called “hate speech” laws. It appears that hate speech can be anything the government says that it is, especially saying anything critical of certain minority groups (even if the statement can be documented to be true). In some countries it can be mocking a religion, or questioning the accuracy of the official narrative of certain events (such as what I sarcastically refer to as The Most Holy Number 6 Million). In others it might be proclaiming Biblical truth about homosexuality/sodomy. In others, it might be proclaiming the right for the ethnic people who built a country and ruled it for 500 years to maintain their country rather than to give it to foreigners and be demographically displaced. In America, “hate speech” and political protest is currently under corporate media censorship, but not legally prohibited.

Forced inclusion and hate speech laws go hand in hand. South Africa and much of Europe are farther down the forced inclusion road than America is, but we are headed that way also. I understand, from an essay I read last month on a Kinist website, that South Africa has been so subverted that its parliament is now considering a “Preventing and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech” bill. The land of the Boers has been overrun by Bantus, with the aid of the (Jewish affiliated) communists at the ANC. In addition to race speech, this bill in S.A. would make it illegal to preach against homosexuality from a pulpit, or even for a private citizen to proclaim his abhorrence of Godless sodomites in his own living room!

And on top of all this, there was the “vault 7” Wikileaks release last week showing even more CIA spying on Americans, the potential setting up of the Russians for things they may not have done, and attempts to turn smartphones and some voice activated Samsung TVs into government spying devices. If it is said or typed via phone or computer, assume the government can know about it. Here in the U.S.A. we used to have the 4th Amendment…

Wake up Christian; wake up white man! The days of people consuming free dissident content online may be nearing a close. What is not legally prohibited will lose its advertisers. What remains up on the internet will have to be funded by donations, book sales from the site’s author, and individuals placing ads on their sites. You would not go to work for free, so why should the bloggers and authors who run the alternative media commentary sites do so? If people do not wish to support the alternative media, then it will certainly go away. If all you want to do is consume, then you may be down to (((Breitbart))) and (totally blind to that “Tribe”) Infowars for anything slightly harder than Fox. I suppose the choice is yours. Sadly, I think I know what choice most Americans will make.

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On a personal note, the last few times I Googled the term Neo-Babelism, including this morning, my February 3rd essay Neo-Babelism comes up as the first search result under the term. That is a little victory for me.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Documentary Review: “Beyond Off Grid”

 

While I have reviewed books before, this is the first time that I have reviewed a DVD documentary. The documentary is Beyond Off Grid Return To The Old Paths. It was produced by Vision Path Media and released very recently (this year). The film is about 90 minutes long and retails for $20.

The inspiration for the film Beyond Off Grid was Michael Bunker’s great book Surviving Off Off Grid. This film is loosely based on some of the concepts of Bunker’s book.

The film is narrated by Jason Matyas. Beyond Off Grid stresses the perils of the grid system, how it has fractured families and society, and how modern urbanized and industrialized man only has the illusion of the freedom that their ancestors enjoyed. There are some references to America’s Founding Fathers. There is a Christian family emphasis in much of this film’s advocacy of going back to the land.

The film begins by talking about the modern grid system, and its many pitfalls and vulnerabilities. The grid is more than electric power; it is public water, corporate food distribution, gas stations, and the banks that keep it all afloat with fiat FRNs.

The grid could fail from any number of reasons, from terrorism to overuse to an EMP. This failure could be catastrophic, and if it lasted for a year, could easily kill 75% of Americans. That is something for the prudent to consider.

There is some good but brief talk about fiat money, and how wealthy people and corporations can use it to take over the economy. One of the men interviewed about this seemed to think that America has a fascist economy. (As Fascism is basically a reactionary version of nationalism and anti-communism first, and only secondly an economic system to support such, I would not consider America’s economy of wealthy corporations and soft-core Marxist consumers embracing multiculturalism and moral decadence to be an example of Fascism. It hold that present day America is more like Bolshevism with corporations).

The film interviews several homesteaders, and those interested in organic gardening and permaculture. Michael Bunker is basically the star of the show, and as his interviews take place on his rural homestead in central Texas you get to see some of the agrarian infrastructure he has spent a decade building.

I did enjoy the other interviews also, especially the one with Cody aka Wranglerstar –a man operating a homestead in what appeared to be the Rocky Mountains. After viewing the film, it is clear that many people are attracted to the homestead, prepper, organic food, and back-to-the land movements for different reasons. Some are content to live fully on grid with backup systems available, while others (like Michael Bunker) want to cut all ties to a system that they believe is failing –and against God’s will for the way man should live. One constant is that all desire to grow healthy food for their families.

One thing stressed in this DVD, and in Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid is the importance of potable water to survival. Water catchment and well pumps are discussed a bit, although this is a “wake up and why” film, not a how to film.

From the type of essays that I write and post, I would suppose it logical to assume that most of readers are racially conscious white people. As such, I will note that one of the couples interviewed, I believe in the “special features” section, was a middle aged white couple with a little black son. Further, the imagery used by the producers several times depicted (not interviewed) people of color in family scenes. As Christianity, Western culture, the founding of America, and the rural lifestyle are basically white people operations, I thought it a tad pathetic that those who made this film still felt the need to “virtue signal” that they were not that dreaded “R” word.

Overall, I enjoyed this film. In my opinion, this film has two uses. First, it is a way for homesteaders and agrarian oriented people to give a brief intro on what they think/are doing to friends, family, and neighbors. For this it is very good. Second, this is a brief bit of information for those who are aware that something is wrong and are already seeking truth. It does this well. Those who view this film and enjoy it would be advised to then read Bunker’s Surviving Off Off-Grid to get the full picture.

Disclaimer: I did not purchase a copy of this DVD. I received a complimentary copy from my electronic buddy Hans Gygax, who is promoting this film. Hans runs a Theology, Kinist, and agrarian oriented Google blog titled The Dead Kinist.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

The Three Principles

 

(Note to the internet posting of this article: I originally published this brief article in print form as the 20th essay in my January 2017 book Bloggings Of An Amerikaner. I feel that it is important enough to publish online for everyone, including those who were too cheap to buy a $5 copy of my paperback book).

I sometimes marvel at the general ignorance of the electorate. Most Americans, including most conservatives, do not really care about the Bill of Rights –if it gets in the way of their personal legal desires or that ill-defined phrase “national security”.

I also marvel at the illogic of most conservatives. Most modern conservatives do not seem capable of forming a truly principled and coherent argument backed up by American history and the Founder’s political thought. But they know about professional sports, Hollywood, the Rapture, and the fantasy that I sarcastically refer to as the Most Holy Number 6 Million!

I believe that there are three basic principles or foundational concepts upon which any sane society must be based. These are, in order: people, principles, and political entity.

Any logical country must be an ethnic nation, a people group, a volk. When you have a people united by ties of common blood, language, and culture –you have the traditional basis for a state/political entity. Multiracial countries cannot be permanent, because they never work in the long run; they either mongrelize or collapse in chaos.

Next, the people group needs to be united by a common moral code (hopefully derived from a common religious creed or book), a similar culture, and a similar worldview. If they are thus united, they will have similar thoughts on: the purpose of civil government, the rights of citizens, limits on governmental power, the degree of representation they think proper, and types and levels of taxes.

The third step is to establish a political entity. A people who meet the above criteria can establish a basically harmonious country out of consent, not conquest. Whether they form one country, or a variety of small states that are perhaps loosely untied in a confederacy, is their choice.

At least to the Anglo mind, a formally and legally adopted bill of rights is necessary to the security of the people’s liberty. In truth, as long as there is a good bill of rights, the form of government is less important than modern Americans, evangelized in the secular religion of democracy, can grasp.

I believe that a Constitutional Republic with limited delegated powers, strong protections of citizen’s rights, representative democracy, and an adult male suffrage pool is the ideal form of government. We established this in 1789*, and in a bit different form in 1861. Virginia’s 1776 Declaration of Rights and the 1791 U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are both very good.

But, taking my theory a bit farther, I contend that a democracy without a bill of rights is more dangerous to liberty than a monarchy with a bill of rights. Citizen’s rights must be guarded.

The United States of America has degenerated into a multiracial proposition nation –a country allegedly based on an ideology and not a people. Most modern American conservatives and patriots worship a sort of economic and political propositional nationalism that is contrary to nature and history. The violent interventionism of the U.S.A., most of it post-WWI, has overextended the professional military and created an American Empire -a multicultural and finance driven empire that is cracking and destined to collapse.

America’s Founders would be stunned by this proposition nation fantasy. We cannot endure forever under such nonsense. At some point it all cracks apart and chaos or tyranny enter the picture. America has neglected the three principles, and has doomed herself to failure.

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*Date explanation to the internet posting of this article. The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, ratified by the necessary nine states in 1788, went into effect in 1789, ratified by the final (13th) state in 1790, and had the Bill of Rights appended to it in 1791. I chose 1789 as that was the official start date under the federal charter.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

French Lick, Indiana and the Knights of the Golden Circle

 

I suppose that this is a rather provocative title for PLN. French Lick and the secret society the Knights of the Golden Circle? Can there be a connection? Yes indeed. I did not realize this until late October of this year.

The first reference that I came across concerning the existence of the Knights of the Golden Circle was when I read G. Edward Griffins’ The Creature From Jekyll Island about eight years ago. It mentioned that John Wilkes Booth was a member, and that they might have been behind the assassination of Lincoln. (Note: The Creature From Jekyll Island is a 600 page book on money and the fraud of the Federal Reserve; it only mentions the Knights of the Golden Circle in passing).

Then came the front page article in the Springs Valley Herald last month concerning the loan of the Bowles pistols to the French Lick Museum…

The Knights of the Golden Circle was a paramilitary secret society founded in 1854 with the desire to create a “golden circle” incorporating parts of the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America as slave states. The KGC was founded in Louisville, Kentucky by George W.L. Bickley, a Hoosier then living in Cincinnati. It appears that there was a lower Midwest epicenter to this movement.

The KGC were organized into castles instead of lodges, as some fraternities do. The KGC was rumored to have been connected to Freemasonry.

On page 393 of The Creature From Jekyll Island, Griffin state the following concerning the KGC: “In 1863 the group was reorganized as the Order of American Knights and, again the following year, as the Order of the Sons of Liberty”.

Additionally, Griffin believes that the morphing KGC reemerged as the Ku Klux Klan after the end of the War for Southern Independence.

An October 8, 2014 online New York Times article titled A Union Awash in Conspiracies by Nicole Etcheson takes the opinion that the KGC and the Order of Sons of Liberty (OSL) were two groups, but interconnected. Etcheson stated that “The line between the two groups was hard to discern”. Etcheson also stated the following: “The Sons were strong in areas of the Midwest, such as Indiana and Illinois, which had been settled from the Upper South…”

Now it gets more interesting. Dr. William A. Bowles (1799-1873) was a physician, soldier, veteran of the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, cofounder of French Lick, Indiana, builder of the first mineral springs resort in the valley, and may have even been the one who coined the term “Pluto Water” for the local water previously promoted as a tonic. William A. Bowles also was the founder of the first KGC castle in Indiana and held the rank of Major General in the KGC!

During the War of Northern Aggression, Lincoln became a virtual dictator. Among other things, he closed down newspapers, imprisoned people in violation of the Bill of Rights, declared martial law, and employed military tribunals against civilians.

As the KGC was pro-South, believed to be involved in subversion, and allegedly paramilitary –several civilian members of the KGC were arrested and tried by military tribunal. These civilians illegally tried by a military court included William A. Bowles, Horace Heffren (the editor of the Salem Democrat), and a lawyer named Lambden P. Milligan. Heffren was set free, while Bowles and Milligan were sentenced to death.

After the war, there was a legal challenge to their convictions, alleging that it was illegal to try civilians in a military court while civilian courts were functioning (as they were in Indiana during the time of the men’s trial). The U.S. supreme Court rendered the legendary decision Ex Parte Milligan, which freed the men in question.

Ex Parte Milligan is a reaffirmation of the protections of the Bill of Rights, and is one of the precedents cited by modern liberty advocates against the excesses of America during the so-called War on Terror.

A descendant of William A. Bowles has recently loaned Bowles’s pistols to the French Lick Museum, which was the occasion of the Herald article that made me research this issue of PLN. His pistols appear to be a matched set of percussion, single shot, muzzleloading pistols – a type common among gentlemen of that day.

Bowles lived until 1873, and is buried in an unmarked grave at the Ames Chapel Methodist Church, on the highway between French Lick and Paoli.

The Knights of the Golden Circle, French Lick, and the right to trial by jury in a civilian court: who would have thought they were connected?

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Note to the internet posting of this essay. I live in rural Orange County, Indiana. According to the 2010 federal census, we have a population of 19,840 people and only four incorporated towns. One of these towns is the French Lick mentioned in this article. (Orange County was 97% white in 2010).

Next, I have no idea whether or not there was a clear connection between the KGC and the Freemasons or Ku Klux Klan. G. Edward Griffin’s book that posits such is a John Birch Society type book, and as such mentions the CFR, Freemasons, and the Illuminati (whoever they might think that is) –basically everyone but that (((chosen tribe))) that for centuries has infiltrated and corrupted the banking, media, academia, and politics of every country that has let them in.

I wrote this essay as part of an email newsletter to some friends back in November 2015. I subsequently print published it as the 18th essay of my March 2016 book Putnam Liberty Notes. This is the first time it has been posted online. (Only 2 of the 24 essays contained in my book PLN have been posted online). If you enjoyed this essay, please check out the book that contains it on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Putnam-Liberty-Notes-Joseph-Charles/dp/1523253398/ref

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