i never said otherwise
Go argue that on another thread....
People have the right to say it WITHOUT being attacked.
Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:38 PM
One thing I do know, the Confederate Flag & Confederate War Memorials are divisive and they are not going to go away easily.
This current riot event started over the State of Virginia taking down Civil War Statues and Renaming Landmarks.
I know plenty of folks from that part of the country and they do not take things like that lightly.
This may be the new flash point.
Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:46 PM
I see the other side too, It represents the worst of our country and it should not be re-enforced.
Also, I think we both understand that reality and history are not always the same. Many times the winner gets editorial rights over the loser.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:49 PM
I went to school with some kids at WP that could trace their family lineage all the way back to the founding of the nation and the service careers of their great, great, great grandfathers all the way through to the present. They had huge pride and IMO they operated under a ton of pressure to live up to some very high standards......
It was a relief for me to come from a family of 2nd generation teachers. My grandfather was a bugler in the German Army during the later part of WWI and got to the US as quickly as he could when the war ended....
All I had to do was survive....
Posted 13 August 2017 - 04:25 PM
But to remove the monuments is akin to denying it. Maybe in 2017 the exploits of Nathan Bedford Forrest should not be memorialized. He was a cold blooded murdering Confederate cavalry general. But when the statue of him was erected and memorialized it was a different time with different values. We should honor the history for what it was and hope that we can learn from it. I think removing it is like the Nazis burning the books in the Rheichstag. It is an attempt to tell future generataions that it didn't happen.
You may be right about the next flashpoint. But whether originally justified in protesting or not, this in no way excuses a man from driving his car into a crowd of anti neo Nazi protestors and killing one woman and injuring 24. I pray that nobody tries to make a martyr out of this guy.
Posted 13 August 2017 - 04:29 PM
He was a cold blooded murdering Confederate cavalry general.
Same thing could be said, quite accurately, about William Tecumseh Sherman.
Yet, he is honored and revered.
Please try to brush aside your Captain Obvious temptation to lecture us about how the victors get to write history... because we already know it.
Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:03 PM
Everybody in the country will be following this because it hits everyone at a base level. Its a struggle between basic human nature and rational thinking.., To me, every thinking human wrestles with what amount of prejudice they possess.., The trouble comes when you have outside voices, agitators and special interests trying to tell you how to think.., Everyone needs to look at what these voices have to gain by swaying, inciting and dividing people..,
To me, if we're fighting each other we not only lose, but we play right into the hands of the people that stand to gain by dividing, inciting hate and keeping people in fear and distrust of each other.., If one follows the money, the media has the most to gain by playing to base emotions.., If they keep us feeling instead of thinking then they have us by the nose.., Power rises from chaos and agitation, especially taken to extremes.., It's the responsibility of everyone of us to be smart enough to not get sucked in to someone elses power play.., If we do, we lose individually and mankind as a whole takes a giant step backward.., We have to be aware enough to not let that happen and not buy into their game..,
That's how I see it anyway..,
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:10 PM
Wise Words My friend, wise words.
The real game is about making America a better place through unity.
Fixing Education, Taking Care of OUR poor people, Taking Care of our veterans, Building a Strong Military....
Its about time we ignore the News Media and 99% of the Politicians.
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