08 July 2015

Will We Eventually Dig Up Their Corpses?

Update: Every time I utter and absurdity to illustrate absurdity, it soon becomes reality. Digging up the Confederate dead is, in fact, being pursued. All hail the activist historians. You should be so proud. Hat tip to Professor Michael Bradley.

End of update.


On Tuesday evening, the House approved an amendment to a spending bill that would prevent graves on federal lands from being decorated with the Confederate flag. . . . The House passed another Huffman amendment that would bar the National Park Service from selling Confederate flag merchandise . . .
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The bill's actual fate is in doubt due to unrelated issues. But it could still become law. I have to wonder what's next. Removing their headstones? Perhaps a scarlet letter on their markers would suffice (for now)? Maybe we can dig up the bodies of Confederate soldiers, drag them through the streets and then burn their remains. We could use banned books as kindling.

14 comments:

Michael Bradley said...

The Memphis, Tennessee, city council voted yesterday to dig up the bodies of General and Mrs. Forrest. Yes, it has come to digging up bodies.

ropelight said...

I'm offended at the lack of respect for the graves of Confederates. Most of these young men are buried in their native soil near where they fell defending their homes, farms, and families. Let them rest in the peace of 150 years, remembered and honored by proud descendants.

Who is so obdurate as to deny these valiant soldiers the respect they earned at the cost of their lives?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

It's ALL politics now. Thank you activist "historians".

ropelight said...

I refuse to grant these persons the title of historians, they're knaves and vandals, the spawn of a poison obsession. They teach hatred for fellow countrymen, fan ancient animosities, and blame today's Southern sons and grandsons for transgressions their own Northern ancestors shared.

These charlatans sow internal discord, falsify our nation's history, and fan the flames of animosity to serve a contemporary anti-American political agenda.

We Americans are an honorable people with a long and honorable record of trying to deal with a slave owning past that was forced on our ancestors by a colonial power. In our founding document we declared that all men are created equal, and subsequent events made that ideal a legal reality over 150 years ago.

Yet, today, we have the preachers of ancient animosities (themselves safely ensconced behind the shield of academic tenure) attacking the symbols of the Confederacy, fomenting racial hatreds, and encouraging regional hostilities.

If we're ever going to get serious about being one nation with liberty and justice for all most of us have to recognize that we're all in this together and denounce professional hate mongers masquerading as professors of history from making a career out of promoting division.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

RL - you are EXACTLY right and that is the best summation of how I feel about these frauds myself. I've lost ALL respect for them. They are COMPLETE phonies. When a respected and seasoned historian like Gordon Wood finally comes to the same conclusion you know, deep down, these faux historians have been exposed and many, many Americans see them for what they are, as you put it:

"charlatans [who] sow internal discord, falsify our nation's history, and fan the flames of animosity to serve a contemporary anti-American political agenda."

The Jerry Springer and Al Sharpton historians.

Thank you for the comment.

BorderRuffian said...

Amen to all...

Brian Lee said...

Richard, some interesting developments: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/247397-house-punts-again-on-confederate-flag

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/247368-house-cancels-spending-bill-vote-amid-fight-over-confederate-flag

Both of these have videos that start automatically once you open the links, but you're able to stop them.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

All hail the activist historians. They probably are at this very moment, compiling a list of Confederate books to burn. They're on a witch hunt.

Brian Lee said...

Just saw this a little while ago - the Governor of MD is (kind of, at least) standing up to this PC stuff.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/07/09/hogan-no-further-review-of-confederate-symbols/?postshare=2541436482078550

ropelight said...

Dixie Outfitters is offering a new T-shirt: Confederate Lives Matter

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I googled it and it's actually: "280,000 Confederate Lives Matter" - referring to the number of CSA casualties. It makes a good point in regards to their sacrifice but I don't like the whole "______________ Lives Matter" mantra any way. The exclusivity of the phrase is problematic on it's face. In my world, ALL lives matter, including those of the unborn.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

JM - I did not publish your comment because it takes this discussion in a direction that is unproductive. While I understand your frustration, it's not just "yankees" who have promoted and agitated this current state of affairs. As a matter of fact, I have several close relatives from the New England area and they are appalled and have recently purchased CBF's just to show support for free speech and for those of us with Confederate ancestors. The problem is, in large part, juvenile minded historians with a perspective that is, in the words of Professor Gordon Wood, "is fragmentary and essentially anachronistic—condemning the past for not being more like the present. . . . these historians are not really interested in the origins of the nation, they have difficulty writing any coherent national narrative at all, one that would account for how the United States as a whole came into being."

You mention that we are "two different countries" - ideologically, the nation is as polarized as it's ever been. But the flag of the Union is also one my ancestors fought under and for - many of them sons and grandsons of Confederate veterans.

Thanks for reading.

RightsideVA said...

Last week I was at Manassas Battlefield, the first battle of the Civil Waar, the first "Victory" of the confederate States, and where Stonewall got his name. Not a Battle flag to be found and after the tour I asked the guy about the situation and he told they were not allowed to mention it, talk about it, or even give their opinion....

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

1984 brought to you courtesy of the activist historians and PC. Ain't it grand?