What the Founding Fathers Feared

There was a reason for the Second Amendment, but it was not to give every lunatic a gun.

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Memorial Day was originally to honor Union Dead. It was stolen
by Congress, while CONFEDERATE Memorial Day continues
unabashed and unabated. There is much wrong in this.

No, it was to give “We, the People” a check against the Banana Republic Syndrome of a strong military, divorced from the people that would eventually take over the government and rule as a Military Junta. I realize that this statement is anachronistic (there were no banana republics in 1787) but their wisdom in this regard has been proven time and time again.

Richard Nixon (surprise!) managed to destroy the tripod of America’s military ( A professional “core” army, as one leg; state militias as one leg, a conscripted or volunteer army DRAWN UP IN TIME OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY as the third leg of the tripod) with the volunteer army.

SPECIAL REPORT U.S. MILITARY AND CIVILIANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED
Los Angeles Times
By DAVID ZUCCHINO AND DAVID S. CLOUD

Multi-generational military families like the Graveses form the heart of the all-volunteer Army, which increasingly is drawing its ranks from the relatively small pool of Americans with historic family, cultural or geographic connections to military service. While the U.S. waged a war in Vietnam 50 years ago with 2.7 million men conscripted from every segment of society, less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today …

And here is the buried lede [emphasis added]: Continue reading

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Of Gunfights and Boiling Frogs

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You can always leave it to the ideologues of the Right to view events through funhouse mirror lenses:

Making the comparison with Baltimore, many on the left — Salon’s Jenny Kutner, to take an example — demanded to know why the media did not describe the events in Waco as a “riot.” The answer, obviously enough, is that the event in Waco was not a riot — it did not represent a general state of civil disorder, there were no mobs targeting property for destruction, etc. What happened in Waco was accurately described — in the New York Times, the Waco Tribune, USA Today, and many other outlets — as a gunfight. Also chaos, biker gang shooting, the work of very dangerous, hostile criminal biker gangs, and, in case that is not strong enough for your taste, something akin to a war zone. What happened in Baltimore was not a gunfight.

Thanks National Review Online. Second paragraph of the story is the patented Limbaugh Ourbouros Argument, formerly known as the straw man in the one-person debate: a tissue-thin monolith is constructed and then “demolished” in the public square (and not the pubic hair.) But it completely misses the point. Continue reading

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Why David Duke Was Never Allowed To Speak

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I’m going to be talking about the worst kind of hate imaginable herein, so those with delicate sensibilities, please be warned: Caveat Lector.

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Got your attention? Good.

Let me tell you a little story from college days, and then I’ll scare hell out of you.

David Duke was on the TCU speakers’ list. The lily-white administration realized what it would be like for a secesh school (TCU was founded by two ex-Confederate officers), whose athletic program depended on importing Blacks, to have a KKK Grand Wizard speak. They overruled the student-led speaker’s committee and canceled David Duke.  Continue reading

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I give you my sprig of lilac

This is the day that last week’s Appomattox Anniversary was ignored in favor of, as we shall re-enact the American Passion Play yet again. But let me first show you two drawings and then what I wrote for Lincoln’s 200th Birthday in 2009.

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Abraham Lincoln died  7:22:10 a.m. on April 15, 1865. He was 56.

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Somebody Remembered Appomattox

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Sure glad the South lost that war.

The New York Times remembers that 150 years ago, Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House.

Lee Surrendered, But His Lieutenants Kept Fighting
Elizabeth R. Varon / New York Times

“If the programme which our people saw set on foot at Appomattox Court-House had been carried out … we would have no disturbance in the South,” testified the former Confederate general (and future senator) John Brown Gordon in 1871.

Well and good. The crux of the article is that Southerners almost immediately began reinterpreting (creatively misinterpreting) the terms of the Appomattox surrender in a manner wholly unintended and carried with it the seeds of the entire historical rewrite known as the “Lost Cause” that still holds large pockets of the South in thrall: Continue reading

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The Last Day of Battle

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The Daughters of the Confederacy are hallucinating on that “almost” line.

At the end of the last day that the Army of Northern Virginia would ever fight, Robert E. Lee surveyed the disaster. Of a force of barely 30.000, 8.000 had been lost in a single, disastrous engagement:

Upon seeing the survivors streaming along the road, Lee exclaimed in front of Maj. Gen. William Mahone, “My God, has the army dissolved?” to which General Mahone replied, “No, General, here are troops ready to do their duty.” Touched by the faithful duty of his men, Lee told Mahone, “Yes, there are still some true men left … Will you please keep those people back?” [Wikipedia]

In the end, Robert E. Lee was  betrayed by logistics: at the fall of Richmond, he had requested that rations be sent by rail to Amelia Court House, about thirty miles to the west of the fallen Confederate capital. When the troops reached the Court House rail junction on April 4th, there were supplies waiting, but it was all ordnance. Lots of it, in fact.  Continue reading

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The Original Baghdad Bob 150 Years Ago

baghdadbobBaghdad Bob explains how Saddam Hussein is winning, as US tanks
can be heard on the outskirts of the airport he’s talking to the press from

The Original Baghdad Bob was the Richmond Daily Dispatch, which started the war explaining, on April 1, 1861, that the economic superiority of the South was such that they didn’t even NEED the North, and thence sounded like Rightie bloggers of today: all events are victories for the glorious cause, all failures are either to be spun or barely acknowledged. This is from April 1. Today, April 2, is when the end begins, as Union forces overwhelm Lee’s defensive positions around Richmond. [emphasis added] Continue reading

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