Last weekend, blogger Warren Throckmorton unearthed video of Michael Peroutka, a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council, singing “Dixie” as the “national anthem” at a secession conference in Alabama led by League of the South.
Peroutka is not only a League of the South member, he’s a creationist philanthropist of sorts, who once donated a dinosaur’s skeleton to his friends at the Creationist Museum. It is also no secret that Perouktka is a member of League of the South. In fact, in recent days, several prominent Republicans up for election in Maryland have urged Peroutka renounce his membership, making extra efforts to distance themselves from the secessionist. Their pleas have had no sway; after all, Peroutka is a long-standing member of the organization, and even taught a workshop on Southern Independence: Antidote to Tyranny in June, 2013.
The full video of Peroutka also treats viewers to over an hour’s worth of the secessionist’s worldview, including an explanation of his belief in divine law and government. “You need to secede and then you need to have the biblical understanding of law and government, and make the applications,” Peroutka told the League of the South in 2012. “So we need to take the biblical understand of law and government into account no matter what the outcome is with respect to the crumbling of the current regime.”
Peroutka sings an original song he wrote, called “American View” and then moves onto “Dixie”, which he describes as the “national anthem”, asking his audience to stand as he sings it. In the interest of brevity,
I’ve skipped forward to the singing bit of the video at 48:57 I’ve uploaded an excerpt because the original Youtube video owner has made it so this video cannot be embedded: