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IN DEFENSE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE...

IN DEFENSE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
By Edward C. Smith Saturday, August 21, 1999 © Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company Let me begin on a personal note. I am a 56-year-old, third-generation, African American Washingtonian who is a graduate of the D.C. public schools and who happens also to be a great admirer of Robert E. Lee’s. Today, Lee, who surrendered his troops to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House 134 years ago, is under attack by people — black and white — who have incorrectly characterized him as a traitorous, slaveholding racist. He was recently besieged in Richmond by those opposed to having his portrait displayed prominently in a new park. My first visit to Lee’s former home, now Arlington National Cemetery, came when I was 12 years old, and it had a profound and lasting effect on me. Since then I have visited the cemetery hundreds of times searching for grave sites and conducting study tours for the Smithsonian Institution and various other groups interested in learning more about Lee and his family as well as many others buried at Arlington. Lee’s life story is in some ways the story of early America. He was born in 1807 to a loving mother, whom he adored. His relationship with his father, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, (who was George Washington’s chief of staff during the Revolutionary War) was strained at best. Thus, as he matured in years, Lee adopted Washington (who had died in 1799) as...

Texas Independence Day 2017

March 2 – Independence Day in Texas.  Want to confuse everyone in the neighborhood this week?  Fly the FIRST Texas flag of Independence on your flagpole, or put it up on your Facebook Page along with the word, “INDEPENDENCE”.  This is the flag flown at Goliad, designed by Capt. Phillip Dimmit, and flown in defiance of the Mexican army, some months before the Battle of the Alamo.   We have a friend in Mexifornia who flies this less famous Texas flag on his flagpole for “Texas Week”.  He says not only will nobody criticize his flag, they seem to be afraid to even catch his eye!  Some of them seem to think it’s a Muslim flag, and being Californians, they are happy to see him “celebrate our diversity,” and not about to criticize him.  Others are just given to a quivering lip and a hasty departure.  The Coahuila Y Tejas flag was one of three flags flown at the Alamo, along with the more well-known 1824...

SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?...

SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?
It has never made much sense to me for folks to argue that Southerners ought not participate in elections because they want to be their own independent nation.  We understand the logic to it, of course.  It’s the argument of the purist, who would withdraw from all he finds repugnant, rather than work to clean up the pigpen.  But mucking out pigpens or septic tanks does require getting into the filth, but if someone doesn’t do it, then the filth wins.  This is the same zealot who would have argued that General Patton should not have used captured German diesel fuel for his tanks because it was tainted by belonging to the hated Nazis.  Such a fool would not have been allowed in Patton’s presence again.  Even so, there is much to be said for not wasting our time on the federal elections, unless that rare candidate comes along who agrees with you so strongly that you cannot resist.  Otherwise, the Spirit of 1776 should prevail:  “Re-elect NOBODY!” Having said that, we need to realize that our State races are far, far more important than the national election, no matter which State we live in, and no matter what issues are being debated. Why is the race for your state legislature more important than the race for president? Your state legislators hold the power to change the direction of this country, were they to be so educated and encouraged by you. Your state legislators...

The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered...

The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered
Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that what we see happening in the United States today is an apt illustration of why the Confederate flag was raised in the first place. What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny: tyranny over the freedom of expression, tyranny over the freedom of association, tyranny over the freedom of speech, and tyranny over the freedom of conscience. In 1864, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne warned his fellow southerners of the historical consequences should the South lose their war for independence. He was truly a prophet. He said if the South lost, “It means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy. That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by all of the influences of History and Education to regard our gallant debt as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.” No truer words were ever spoken. History revisionists flooded America’s public schools with Northern propaganda about the people who attempted to secede from the United States, characterizing them as racists, extremists, radicals, hatemongers, traitors, etc. You know, the same way that people in our federal government and news media attempt to characterize Christians, patriots, war veterans, constitutionalists, et al. today. Folks, please understand that the only people in 1861 who believed that states did NOT have the right to secede were Abraham...

The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War...

The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War
President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the States, as well as Lincoln’s violations of the law, his shredding of the Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war, and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at some unpleasant facts. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln stated clearly that (1) he had no legal authority to interfere with slavery where it existed, (2) that he had no inclination or intention to do so even if he had the legal authority, (3) that he would enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, returning runaway slaves escaping to the North to their masters in the South, and (4) that he fully supported the Thirteenth Amendment then being debated in Congress which would protect slavery in perpetuity and was...

Legends of Texas-Tom Green

Legends of Texas-Tom Green
Tom Green: Early Life and Education Tom Green was born in Virginia on June 8, 1814. His family soon moved to Tennessee, where he spent his childhood. Being that his father was an educated man, he saw to it that his son was also educated. Green attended Jackson College in Tennessee and Princeton College in Kentucky. He eventually graduated from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, he studied law under his father who was a Supreme Court judge in Tennessee. After a year of legal studies, he left Tennessee to join the Texans in their struggle for independence. When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, only a few months before the Battle of San Jacinto. He served under Thomas J. Rusk. At that historic battle, Green helped man one of the “Twin Sisters” artillery pieces. The Republic of Texas Years When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, as a private. He was considered part of the regular Texas army and took an oath of allegience to the Republic of Texas. With the Battle at San Jacinto ended the Texians rejoiced at the victory over both the Mexican army and the capture of the tyrant Santa Anna. Many of the Texas soldiers considered General Houston’s treatment of his captive too accommodating considering the ethnic cleansing he performed at Tampico, Goliad and the Alamo....

Independence: the South’s only option...

Independence: the South’s only option
How are things going for you, Mr. and Mrs. Southerner? You are being forced into a “health care” system—ObamaCare–designed to provide worse service for more money; you are being spied on by the NSA and told it is for your own security; you are being (or soon will be) monitored from the skies by domestic drones; you are being slowly and surely deprived of your rights to own firearms and defend yourselves; you are being demographically displaced by Third World aliens with the open aid and sanction of the DC government; you are being told that you are a vile “racist” if you don’t accept tolerance, diversity, and multiculturalism; you are being forced to give your tacit consent to the killing of millions of unborn children every year; you are being forced to accept homosexual “marriage” as normal; you are watching the faith of your Christian fathers be driven from the public square; you are being deprived of your wealth through inflation; you are being robbed blind by the cabal of international bankers; and you are being told that it is “patriotic” to send your sons and daughters off to fight wars against “enemies” who actually pose no threat to the USA. But hey, at least you still live in “the freest country in the world.” I haven’t heard much from old Lee “God Bless the USA” Greenwood lately, have you? But there is a man who got it right forty-something years ago and...