It is quite revealing and enlightening to observe the various CW bloggers who seem to be on a constant mission to mock and ridicule Southern heritage and those who admire the heroic qualities of Lee, Jackson, and other iconic symbols of Confederate history. Their biased, non-thinking comments often accuse admirers of Lee & Jackson of "Lost Cause romanticism"; while they themselves have a love-fest over Abraham Lincoln and "Holy Cause romanticism" - all the time ignoring the same faults in Saint Abraham that they find so offensive in Southerners. Do they actually believe that no one notices their hypocrisy?
As I've stated before, Lincoln's views on race & slavery were, practically speaking, not that different from Robert E. Lee's & Stonewall Jackson's. I can only assume this worship of Lincoln fills some void in their lives or, perhaps it is required in certain academic circles. It is amazing to watch.
They couch their superfluous, self-absorbed (and boring) commentary in terms of "academic criticism." Funny. The only ones who believe them are their peers. These folks love talking to themselves.
You are really only damaging your own credibility. You also reveal the bias you continually deny. Arrogance is a blinding vice.
**Update: This particular post is akin to this previous one. Below is a sampling and excerpts from some of the comments which that post inspired:
"Yes, there are those who poke fun at all things Confederate, and then there are those who, like myself, are frustrated... not with the people who lived 150 years ago, but with those who live today and give poor representation of the truth... and ALL of the facts in a particular argument. There seems to be a 'holier than thou' attitude (not limited to academians or one side of an argument) out there among a select few that inhibits any possibility of an open mind . . . Pretty much academians addressing academians and seeking approval among peers for their innovative viewppoints. So, a little self-absorption is expected from time to time." ~ Robert Moore (Emphasis mine.)
And . . .
"I agree with some of your initial comments (Richard) about academia and professional history in general." ~ Professor Peter Carmichael, West Virginia University
Just so I won't be accused of taking their comments out of context, you can go to the original post and read all comments, including these by Robert and Pete. I think their comments speak for themselves and that one may conclude that Robert and Pete agree, at least to some degree, with my point (blah, blah, blah and all).