I’ve read Peter Hitchens’ blog on the Mail on Sunday website for several years now, and I’ve come to believe he understands the notion of a Southern Gentleman better than many of us in the South do. His summary of Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird is worthy of your time to read. He states:
For those who don’t know, let me summarize. Atticus Finch, a respected but fairly poor lawyer from an old family, in a hot and humid, wholly segregated Alabama town in the 1930s, is landed with the awkward and unwelcome job of defending a black man against a plainly false charge of raping a white woman. He decides to defend him properly, rather than (as expected by most of his neighbours) feebly going through the motions.
Please do read the full article. If you think his name sounds familiar, his brother was Christopher Hitches, who is purported to have called himself an “antitheist”. Peter, on the other hand, is a staunch, God-fearing man. The two brothers have debated the topic on occasions, as can be seen in this video:
Mr. Hitchens is a traditionalist, which we as Southern Gentlemen should be able to respect. He is one of the view voices left in Great Britain who seems to maintain an interest in seeing it be great. That is exemplified in this interview:
I realize as an American our forbears rejected the institution of Monarchy, or so the history books teach us, but I believe if we to also believe we are “one nation under God” we must understand that the Founding Fathers, liberals of their generation, did not outright reject all the vestiges of monarchy, nobility, and aristocracy. The forebears recognized that there is the God who rules over all, as the prophet Isaiah described:
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. (Isaiah 6:1-5, ASV)
I think we can appreciate Mr. Hitchens respect for monarchy in the temporal realm and our shared reverence for the Monarchy of the spiritual realm. I would invite you to join me in reading Mr. Hitchens works, which can be found here. Let’s support good traditionalists wherever in the world they are found.