Archive for October, 2017

A General Commentary

October 12, 2017

About General Robert E. Lee, to be precise. This is a letter yours truly wrote and sent to the newspaper, but as often happens, it didn’t make it to publication. (Unusually, this was not because somebody else wrote the same thoughts better.) That’s why this is a rather dated topic right now, though I’m sure it isn’t going to be dated for long.
General Robert E. Lee was by all accounts a good and kind man, and he was a good military leader as well; he even has the honor of being the only person in history to graduate from West Point without a single demerit.
But he is hardly the saint his most ardent supporters seem to think he is.
For starters, as a career soldier, Lee’s first loyalty belonged to his commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln asked him to lead the Union Army, he should have accepted. Refusal might well have been an act of treason.
Why did Lee choose to fight for the Confederacy? Out of loyalty to his home state of Virginia, and nothing more. Loyalty to one’s home state is a fine and admirable trait, but …
Now we come to the thing Lee’s apologists most like to throw up at his detractors: Lee was personally and passionately opposed to slavery. They seem to think that opposition makes him more admirable. I would suggest that it makes him less admirable under the circumstances.
Lee fought, and compelled others to fight and often die, for a cause he knew was morally wrong. In so doing, he was a pure hypocrite. If the South had won the war, slavery would have continued, for who knows how long? Lee had to have known this, and yet he took that chance.
The term that comes to mind here is moral cowardice. Lee would have been more worthy of commemoration if he had risked the disapproval of his fellow Southerners to fight for what he truly believed was right. It would not have been easy or pleasant, but at least his conscience would have been clear.


All Rise For Andrew

October 6, 2017

Somebody named Andrew wrote a letter to the editor of the Wilmington News-Journal yesterday, and I salute him, even though I’m jealous that he wrote what I wanted to say and wrote it much better than I would have had I gotten around to writing it. Anyway, here’s what he says:

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I want to address what I consider the phony outrage over “taking a knee. No one was outraged when Tim Tebow did it in his short-lived football career. Fans treated that as an “act of respect.”

What’s the difference now?

How many viewers at home get out of their recliners and show respect during the anthem? ‘How many put down their beer cans and pretzels? ‘

In live broadcasts, I have seen people chewing tobacco or gum. I have seen them laughing and joking. I have seen fans getting up to go out to the concessions. No one at those concessions stand with their hands on their hearts.

In my opinion, the only issue I see is that Colin Kaepernick has dark skin.

In reality, dropping to a knee is an act of respect. People do it in church, people do it grave sites, people do it in prayer.

I am willing to be corrected, if need be, but I see more racist motives behind the outrage. I am not saying that everyone is, but I am very confident that most of it is.

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Well said, buddy. I’d also like to add that Tim Tebow, in a touching show of evangelical humility, tried to trademark his “taking a knee” gesture.
Jesus don’t like ugly.