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Tandra Page 1521, Gone With The Times

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

It is reported the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis TN has announced it is removing the classic 1939 movie “Gone With The Wind” from its 2018 play list because some patrons complained after the movie was shown on August 11. What next; removal of “The Sound Of Music” because the Trapp Family were not racially diverse enough? Banning “Casablanca” because the lead character, Rick Blaine, is not a black Trans-gender?

A nation that has no past has no future. A people who have forgotten where they have been have no idea where they are going.

I like “Gone With The Wind”. I like both the movie and the book. I heard some years back an NPR talking head make claim he and his friends once went to see the movie. They had such hatred for the South they cheered when Sherman burned Atlanta. Either this fool was lying outright or he never saw the movie. There is no scene in the movie in which Sherman’s troops torch Atlanta. The famous fire scene in the movie, in which King Kong’s wall does a stand in for Atlanta, is explained by Rhett Butler as the Confederates torching their supplies which they could not take with them to prevent those supplies from falling into Yankee hands. So much for NPR’s fake “memories” of “Gone With The Wind”.

There have been any number of historical Hollywood productions with a number of them centered on Mister Lincoln’s War. I have not seen many of them nor have I read the books that served as their source material, but of those I have sampled at one time or another one thing stands out. The characters and situations are generally anachronistic of the times and values the Hollywood product makes pretense to portray. Characters are depicted at the time of the war as hopping into bed at every opportunity, homosexuality is commonplace either openly or implied. Sympathetic Southern Characters are unfailingly portrayed as opposed to slavery on principle if not openly. If you take your information from modern portraits of the South, pretty much everyone in the South pre-1860 was opposed to slavery with the exception of a few black hearted and vicious plantation owners who passed their days primarily in beating male slaves and raping the women. So much for Hollywood.

“Gone With The Wind” is something like having access to a time machine wherein we are given privilege to go back a century and a half to view a world and a culture that is forever “Gone With The Wind”. The novel, in this case, is much more true to history than is the movie which is more inclined to surrender to political correctness. The reason is quite simple. Margaret Mitchell grew up hearing tales of the War and of Reconstruction from those who had lived it. She saw the ruins of plantation homes that still existed in the area. “Gone With The Wind” was an invented plot based solidly on factual history, upon real events.

Scarlett O’Hara was never a true Southern Belle. That role fell to Melanie Hamilton who is portrayed as the idealized version of Southern Womanhood. Scarlett was the rebel, the opportunist, the outcast always looking out for her own self interest. Rhett Butler is also an outcast from polite Southern Society, a profiteer who made his fortune from the war. Ashley Wilkes is a portrait of weak Southern Aristocracy, unable to adapt to the changes brought about by the war.

At heart, “Gone With The Wind” is not a celebration of the Old South. By her own admission, Margaret Mitchell set out to write a counterpoint to the abundance of “Moonlight and Magnolia Romances” all the rage in the Twenties, tales that romanticized the Old South. It is a bitter joke on the illiterates of today that Margaret Mitchell’s classic story is a repudiation of the glamourized Plantation South, serving in a way the same objective as that proclaimed by those who wish to scrub Southern Culture from our nation’s history.

When the Libraries of Alexandria and other repositories of knowledge were destroyed in the early part of the Christian Era, European Culture descended into a Dark Age where poverty and superstition reigned. Today, our bankrupt intellectual savages are repeating this destruction of history and information.

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Thomas Jefferson


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