Friday, May 19, 2017

There Goes Robert E. Lee

"In all my perplexities and distresses,
the Bible has never failed 
to give me light and strength."
-Robert E. Lee

Today, another statute honoring an important figure
in the history of the United States of America
is being removed from the city of New Orleans...

Robert E. Lee Statue at Lee Circle in New Orleans

Once again, the self-righteous, hypocritical, not
to mention steeped-in-ignorance-and-bigotry scourge
  called political correctness has reared its ugly head 
between those who seek to preserve the past,
and those bent on destroying the future by
attempting to spruce up their tainted
political image through more lies and deception.

As a proud American patriot 
and lover of our great nation's history,
the removal of  the statue dedicated to
Confederate General Robert E. Lee 
makes me sick at heart.

 Furthermore, I have to wonder
 about the real motives behind the sudden
and inexplicable desire by many southern cities 
 to remove Civil War monuments after so many years.

Could it be that the duplicitous Democratic Party, both
in Washington DC and on the local scene down South,
 are attempting to erase their association with their 
 pro-slavery past, before, during, and after the Civil War?

Could it be they're trying to distance themselves
 from the odious institutions which their party
established in the aftermath of the war,
like the Imperial Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,
 and the implementation of "Jim Crow Laws" 
 as well as the fanatical advocating 
against miscegenation, or interracial marriages,
particularly between white and black people?

While many events in our nation's history
 are sad and disturbing, we cannot change
the past. What we, and I am speaking of
all Americans who love this nation,
have, is an opportunity to study our history,
and to learn the lessons it teaches us,
while standing in defense of the truth
from the scurrilous attacks of the
political Left.

As a member of the Whig Party, Colonel Robert E. Lee was
personally opposed to all war between men.  He firmly believed
that civilization could not advance until reason and compassion
prevailed in settling disputes.

Nevertheless, Lee was a professional soldier who answered
his nation's call of duty, first during the Mexican War,
and later as a general in the American Civil War.

During the Mexican War, Lee was commended for his
brilliance in reconnaissance missions against the enemy 
troops of Mexican General Santa Anna.

According to the book, "Sounding Forth The Trumpet"
by Reverend Peter Marshall Jr. and David Manuel,
Robert E. Lee was not only cited for his courage
under fire, but his excellent skills in reconnaissance 
which seemed to come to him almost intuitively,
and for which he received high praises from
his commanding officer, General Winfield Scott.

Scott called Lee's clandestine expeditions across the 
rugged, impassable pedregal, a dried lava bed
near the Mexican border, to survey the
strength and positions of Santa Anna's army,
"The greatest feat of physical and moral courage
performed by any individual in my knowledge
in the pending campaign."
Other generals fighting in the Mexican War
also acknowledged Captain Lee's gallantry.
General Scott later awarded Lee with a
double promotion, to Lieutenant Colonel.
Although this was a battlefield promotion,
it spoke of the high regard felt for
Robert E. Lee by his fellow soldiers.
Without his unique insights in
strategy on the battlefield,
 the Mexican War might have
had an entirely different outcome.

General Robert E. Lee

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band

"Robbie and I worked on,
"The Night They Drove Old
Dixie Down" up in Woodstock.
I remember taking him to the
library so he could research
the history and geography of the era,
and make General Robert E. Lee
come out with all due respect."
-Levon Helm

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