To the strains of the hymn “If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers,” the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States ordained The Rev. Deanna Hollas as its first minister of gun violence prevention this month.
This piece originally appeared in the North American Review, February 1890.
To DO justice to the motives which actuated the soldiers of the
Confederacy, it is needful that the cause for which they fought should
be fairly understood; for no degree of skill, valor, and devotion can
sanctify service in an unrighteous cause.
We revere the memory of Washington, not so much for his achievements
in arms as for his self-abnegation and the unfaltering devotion with
which he defended the inalienable rights of the people of all the United
States. This made him first in peace, first in war, and first in the
hearts of his countrymen, and for this the great English poet wrote:
“But one were worthy of the name of Washington.” Yet he was what no
Southern soldier in the War Between the States could, with truth, be
called–a rebel–and, without much extravagance in the figure, was said to
have fought the battles of the Revolution with a halter round his neck.
Had there been no inalienable rights, or had they not been violated, he
could not rightfully have been absolved from his allegiance to the
crown, or conscientiously have felt that he had not broken his faith as
subject to the lawful powers of the British Government, in taking up
arms against it.
As noted in earlier posts, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and many academic historians are promoting a false narrative
that the Confederate statues erected between 1900 and 1920 were
celebrations of white supremacy. In reality, the statues were built
because the old veterans were dying-off, which is why there was also a
simultaneous surge in Civil War memorial-building in the North.
Nonetheless, academics are on a mission to “prove” their point by
finding examples of statue inscriptions or dedication speeches that
celebrate the Anglo-Saxon race or affirm white supremacy. Yet
Anglo-Saxon pride and white privilege was common throughout all of
America during that era. Consider, for example, the widespread obsession
with defeating black heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.
2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), during his
prior presidential run in 2016, compared Baltimore to a “Third World
country” while touring one of the city’s neighborhoods and subsequently
tweeted, “Residents of Baltimore’s poorest boroughs have lifespans
shorter than people living under dictatorship in North Korea. That is a
“Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would
not think you’re in a wealthy nation,” the Socialist-Democrat Sanders
told reporters after his December 2015 tour. “You would think that you
were in a Third World country.”
New York magazine has published
an extensive feature on accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's elite
circle of friends and associates, which at one point included both
President Donald Trump, who previously identified as a Democrat, and
former President Bill Clinton.
The list of names, compiled from Epstein's address book and the
flight logs of his private jet, includes a number of less recognizable
individuals who are nevertheless deeply connected to the Democratic
Party establishment, and to the Clintons in particular.