26 May 2009

President Obama Honors Confederate Dead

"Last week, a group of about 60 professors petitioned the White House, asking the first black U.S. president to break tradition and not memorialize military members from the Confederacy, the group of Southern states that supported slavery."

"The Arlington Confederate Monument is a denial of the wrong committed against African-Americans by slave owners, Confederates and neo-Confederates, through the monument's denial of slavery as the cause of secession and its holding up of Confederates as heroes," the petitioners said. "This implies that the humanity of Africans and African-Americans is of no significance."

The White House ignored the request.

Complete Story here.

Some of you have no doubt been following this "controversy" stirred up by leftists in academia, one of whom was none other than admitted terrorist, Bill Ayers. Throwing in with Ayers was Civil War historian James McPherson. How foolish and petty these folks now appear.

The childish prank apparently had no purpose other than to cause divisiveness and the politicization of history and Memorial Day. Professor McPherson has egg on his face, and rightly so.

Let's not forget this any time soon. President Obama did the right thing in honoring all veterans. Thank you Mr. President.



14 comments:

chaps said...

Ayers made war on the U.S. as surely as did any Confederate soldier. McPherson, a Princeton professor, consistently writes from the "North righteous, South evil" perspective. He is not a historian but a polemicist.

Border Ruffian said...

I never cared much for McPherson. I Always thought he had an agenda. One of those 'activist-historians.'
Now it is confirmed.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I always thought McPherson's perspective was obvious. Nothing really wrong with that until the denials come. The deniers will no longer have any credibility.

Pam Walter said...

I concur with your opinion that the President did the right thing in honoring all veterans. War is hateful, ugly, sometimes necessary, but always tragic -- no matter who fights in it. www.satisfiedsole.com

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Pam, you're right.

Anonymous said...

You're right about the politically motivated progressives Richard. Obama did the right thing in this case, as did previous Presidents. And let's not forget the double-standard of overlooking any less-than-feel-good policies committed under the US government such as Native American genocide.

And what were they going to do - villainize the ancestors of 13 states, not to mention border states? Yeah, I can see lots of support for that:)

I didn't know McPherson was on the list, but I'm not surprised. I'm also not surprised that other progressive bloggers aren't bringing that to attention.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon:

Kevin Levin mentioned McPherson's name on the signers' list. To KL's credit, he too thought it was a stupid thing to do. McPherson really showed his true colors with this. Basically, he's saying: "No Confederate soldier should be honored under any circumstances." He's lost what little credibility he had left with me. Quite an embarrassment for a "historian."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon:

Yes, you are correct about the Indian genocide. My wife, who is of Monacan Indian descent, loves to point this out when the Confederate -bashers spew their nonsense. Truth is, it's all politically motivated by folks who either don't have a clue as to what they're talking about or who have an agenda and don't care about the truth and somehow feel superior due to the silly morality play.

Anonymous said...

Richard, I would like to point out that Kevin actually agrees with letters points - he just didn't think it was gracefully presented. Sorry, I find it difficult to give Kevin credit for anything other than poor judgement.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

To put it kindly I think McPherson can go climb underneath a rock and stay there....

In your opinion was it Obama's fear of trouble or his geniune desire to honor them that came to play here?

Spencer

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

In all honesty, I doubt President Obama (nor very few other pols) really desires to honor CSA soldiers. Nonetheless, he did the right thing regardless of why.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Ok. I agree, I was just wondering what you thought.

Michael Bradley said...

On June 7, 2009, the SCV and UDC will hold their annual ceremony at the Confederate Memorial in Arlington.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the reminder on Arlington.