“Those who council waiting, or remaining in the Union until some overt act is committed so glaring as to warm up those whose blood courses at present so slowly through their veins, will find, when that time arrives, that through the great patronage and insidious workings of a Black Republicans administration, there will have been mustered into existence, in our own midst, a hoard of unsound men, of sufficient numbers in some localities of the south to bring on civil war and bloodshed among ourselves. These results I would avoid, and I believe secession is the remedy.”
Francis Richard Lubbock, Letter to The Houston Telegraph (October 29, 1860)*
Francis Richard Lubbock had been Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and would shortly be Governor, when he wrote this line in answer to the question, “what should Texans do if Abraham Lincoln is elected President and a Black Republican administration takes control of the Federal Government.” His answer, as you see, was that Texas should immediately secede from the Union because, under a Black Republican administration, a “hoard of unsound men” would be “mustered into existence” within the very confines of Texas, and because the resulting multicultural Texans would one day fall together by the ears and tear each other to pieces.
Whatever you may think of Abraham Lincoln, the Black Republicans, the Confederate States of America, and the American Civil War, you must agree that Lubbock here unfolds a general truth about cultural politics. Every ruling party must by its “great patronage and insidious workings” give rise to a hoard of sycophantic clients, dependents and hangers-on. These myrmidons of power must, if not positively excluded, spread like a dusting of anthrax spores into every crevice and corner of the land. And when the ruling party at last cracks down to impose its will, belatedly warming the blood of moderate dissidents, every region and institution will find, too late, that it is riddled with these “unsound men” and is therefore, itself, unsound.
Covert infiltration therefore precedes the “overt act” by which a ruling party declares open war on a dissident minority. It is because of this covert infiltration that the regions and institutions that should protect that dissident minority immediately “cave in,” falling to pieces in internecine squabbles. This is why, in the cultural politics of today, no “inclusive” organization can dissent from the ruling party line, or even protect those of its members who do.
*) This letter was printed in the Houston Telegraph on November 6, 1860, the day Lincoln was elected and the United States was set on the road to become the United State. This passage appears with slightly different wording in Francis Richard Lubbock, Six Decades in Texas, ed. C.W. Raines (Austin: B.C. Jones & Co., 1900), p. 301.