|This is the view looking toward my home, from about 2 miles north of where I live.|
Yet some of my critics like to suggest that I'm hypocritical because I criticize other history related blogs who show their biases and push an agenda. But there is a big difference between someone like me who openly and unabashedly reveals his worldview, and those who claim to be "objective" and apolitical, yet at the same time use their blogs and writing to do the same thing I often do here; but from a much different perspective. In doing so, they are attempting to put their political agenda and biases above any criticism. They are hiding behind their faux objectivity. I find that not only dishonest, but cowardly as well.
My header notes that I'm a "Southern" writer. I write from a Southerner's perspective. It's not the "only" Southern perspective, but it is a valid one based on my sense of place, my experiences growing up, my reading and study and the culture that has nurtured me for all of my 59 years. In the footer of my blog I quote Alphonse Vinh to give further insight into my perspectives and worldview:
From Virginia sprung the Southern Mind, a mind which favoured the local community, Burkean conservatism, the folkways of ancestors, an unwavering orthodox Christian faith. ~ Alphonse VinhI've read thousands of pages of history, biography and political philosophy focusing on the American South yet I've never come across a statement that better encapsulates my worldview than Mr. Vinh's. His statement reveals, very succinctly, my "biases" and the experiences and perspective from which I think and write. I make no apologies. In fact, I consider myself blessed to have lived these experiences.