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Weekly History News Roundup

Lincoln’s legacy under attack at Wisconsin-Madison… Student group protests statue to the Great Emancipator- millennial iconoclasm knows no bounds.

 

Trump’s Chief of Staff calls Robert E. Lee “honorable”… Thought police refuse to tolerate differing historical interpretations

 

More JFK assassination files released13,000 additional documents made public this week

 

NAACP calls for abolishing National AnthemCalifornia chapter believes the song to be racist

 

Ground finally broken on Eisenhower memorial… funding approved on controversial memorial, which will undoubtedly be protested when finished 

 

Lincoln: Defender of the Union or genocidal maniac?

 

 

 

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Honorable Man, Dishonored Legacy

R0bert E. Lee was an honorable man… White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was not wrong making this observation.  Unfortunately, Lee’s honor too often guided him down the wrong paths in life.  It was this misguided sense of honor that led him to fight for one of the worst causes in history.  Once the conflict was over, Lee behaved admirably in helping the Confederate forces put down their weapons and reenter Union society.

Traitor? Noble Warrior?

Lee advised his former countrymen-

It is the duty of every citizen, in the present condition of the Country, to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony…Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring [your children] up to be Americans.”

 

As the President of Washington College, Lee often dismissed white students who carried out violence against black residents… and did not tolerate “Lost Cause”  propaganda at the school.  A professor who regularly criticized US Grant received one of the famous, pointed Lee rebukes:

“Sir, if you ever presume again to speak disrespectfully of General Grant in my presence, either you or I will sever his connection with this university.”

 

 

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

Autumn is never a second Spring…

  • “Draining the swamp” actually means crippling the government to the point of ineptitude
  • It is a woeful administration that can be mocked and manipulated by the North Korean regime
  • This President is well beyond the impeachment standards established by Madison and Hamilton
  • Neither political party is able to provide leadership
  • Paul Ryan is not even an insect on Henry Clay’s tombstone
  • Trump supporters will remain so, until he demands their sons and daughters risk their lives overseas
  • Elon Musk is not the new Thomas Edison
  • US Grant is an overrated tactician
  • William S. Rosecrans is an underrated tactician
  • Please finish the Eisenhower Memorial
  • Those of us who love history must be vigilant during this chaotic time of revision and destruction
  • We must not allow this coddled and entitled generation to rewrite our history
  • #StandwithJefferson
  • There is no white supremacy at the University of Virginia
  • Confederate monuments in public spaces should be moved to cemeteries and battlefields
  • Corporate Charter Schools betray the original intent of the movement
  • School choice works
  • Historia est Magistra Vitae 

To stop desecrating my memory

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Weekly History News Roundup

Black Lives Matter vandalize Jefferson Statue at UVAschool President condemns  misguided protest

 

Virginia Military Institute will not remove Confederate statues… governing board agrees to add historical context

 

CIA file on Lee Harvey Oswald is officially “missing”….  Other JFK assassination files to be released Oct. 26

 

Navy to investigate 99 year old shipwreck… USS San Diego’s sinking may assist ship design

 

Blood-stained ice axe that killed Trotsky to go on displayInternational Spy Museum in Washington DC will display long lost artifact

 

Go to community college, kiddies…

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Never Secession

Confused, contrary, and just plain ignorant students of history… continue to argue that secession was at worst technically legal, at best it was an inherent right.  Such historically disingenuous dialogue is clogging social media and preventing productive discussion of recent controversies surrounding Civil War history and heritage.

 

Lincoln best explained the absurd foundation on secession in his First Inaugural…. Irrational, reactionary, unethical, illegal, and unhistorical-  secession was a fool’s play:

We cannot separate

“I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever, it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself.

Again: If the United States be not a government proper, but an association of States in the nature of contract merely, can it, as a contract, be peaceably unmade by less than all the parties who made it? One party to a contract may violate it–break it, so to speak–but does it not require all to lawfully rescind it?

Descending from these general principles, we find the proposition that in legal contemplation the Union is perpetual confirmed by the history of the Union itself. The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. And finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was “to form a more perfect Union.”

But if destruction of the Union by one or by a part only of the States be lawfully possible, the Union is less perfect than before the Constitution, having lost the vital element of perpetuity.

It follows from these views that no State upon its own mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union; that resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally void, and that acts of violence within any State or States against the authority of the United States are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circumstances.

I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws the Union is unbroken, and to the extent of my ability, I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States. Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part, and Ishall perform it so far as practicable unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means or in some authoritative manner direct the contrary. I trust this will not be regarded as a menace, but only as the declared purpose of the Union that it will constitutionally defend and maintain itself.”

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Of Course Slavery was the Cause

Neo-secessionists and revisionists struggle uselessly to blame the Civil War… on Federal overreach, inequitable tariffs, and outmoded economic theory- they fail to see the forest for the trees.  The historical record settles matters plainly and without ambiguity.

Future Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivered the clearest, most definitive explanation… for secession and the existence of a Confederate State.  Less than three weeks following Lincoln’s inauguration, Stephens defiantly declared to the nation:

 

Cadaver with an agenda

“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago.”

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On the Confederate Flag

Soul of a Lion

The Lion of the Union, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain… remembered the significance of the Confederate flag years after the conflict that defined his life, and the lives of millions of his fellow Americans:

Americans to Americans

” The sight of the Confederate battle flag always reminded me of the immense bravery of the soldiers who served under it.”

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

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