General David Petraeus is one of those people who went through Fort Bragg a number of times,
even though his first command was at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He panned a quite lengthy and detailed editorial about the reasons why those bases should be
renamed, saying it’s ironic that American soldiers and Marines are being trained at
bases named for people who fought against the Union, back in the Civil War.
That, for many of the people whom these bases are named we’re leaders held in questionable
regard, but who were elevated during the lost cause movement.
He goes on to say, we do not live in a country which Braxton Bragg, Henry L. Benning, or
Robert E. Lee can serve as an inspiration.
What does the White House say to that particular point?
Fort Bragg is known for the heroes within it that train there, that deployed from there.
And it’s an insult to say to the men and women who left there the last thing that they
saw on American soil before going overseas and in some cases losing their lives, to tell
them that what they left was inherently a racist institution, because of the name.
That’s unacceptable to the President and rightfully so.
And I would also note, where do you draw the line here?
I’m told that no longer can you find, on HBO, “Gone With the Wind” because somehow
that is now offensive.
Where do you draw the line?
Should George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison be erased from history?
What about FDR and his internment camps, should he be erased from history.
Or Lyndon Johnson, who has a history of documented racist statements.
And finally, what about people that are alleged by the media to be segregationists?
NBC tells us Joe Biden didn’t just compromise with segregationist he fought for their causes
in schools, experts say.
CNN tells us, letters from Joe Biden reveal how he sought support of segregationists in
the fight against busing.
Washington Post tells us that Biden‘s tough talk on 1970s school desegregation plans could
get him new scrutiny, and there are several more where that came from.
So, I’ll leave you with the question should we then rename the Biden Welcome Center?
Thanks very much guys.
Even the White House correspondent from Fox News – FOX NEWS – is able to read the
room on the whole issue of protecting the names of confederate generals.
And yet because Kayleigh McEnany’s only objective is to defend every inane fleeting
thought to fall out of Trump’s mouth, her position here is to SUPPORT these confederate
generals… apparently this administration is unaware that they represent the side that
DEFEATED the confederacy.
And look, we’re used to seeing Kayleigh flail in her desperation to defend her boss,
but this moment has to take the cake, because in the SAME breath, she says that Fort Bragg
is known for the heroes that train within it, before THEN saying that it would be BEYOND
insulting to the troops that deployed from there to tell them that the last place they
saw was being disparaged as racist.
So which is it—does it not matter WHAT the base is named because it’s about the soldiers
or are the soldiers there fighting for the institution that they left?
Because as much as she’d like to have it both ways, her response doesn’t make any
McEnany then asks, where do you draw the line, invoking George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
and James Madison as if this is some slippery slope.
It’s not a slippery slope.
You draw the line at CONFEDERATE GENERALS.
You draw the line at erecting monuments to those who fought to the death to preserve
the institution of slavery.
And rest assured—that’s what this is.
Confederate generals fought to protect the Confederacy, which existed solely to protect
the institution of slavery.
That was the difference between the North and South.
One side wanted slavery and the other didn’t.
The people who fought for the Confederacy made the conscious decision to fight for the
right to own human beings.
It’s 2020—we are ALLOWED to acknowledge how wrong that was.
It doesn’t mean we discard our heritage, it means we’re big enough to own up to our
And lest there’s any confusion here, the foundation of the confederacy was a mistake.
The fact is, if our national identity is so fragile that all it takes is changing the
NAME of a military base to cripple it, then maybe we’ve got some bigger problems.
And of course, McEnany ends with WHAT ELSE but an attack on Joe Biden.
Because, per usual, the White House strategy isn’t to NOT do bad things, it’s to do
bad things and then blame everyone else when they get called out on it.
So even though Trump TODAY, in June of the year 2020, is still defending the confederacy
– which, to remind you, waged war against this county that we live in RIGHT NOW with
the aim of destroying it – the White House’s defense is that in 1970(!), Joe Biden had
an untoward school desegregation plan.
By the way, to show just how much of a loser Trump’s position is, even Nascar – NASCAR
– has come out and banned the display of confederate flags at their events.
They issued a statement saying quote, “the presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR
events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment
for all fans.
Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is
what makes our fans and sport special.
The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
In other words, even NASCAR realized this wasn’t a hill worth dying on.
Even Nascar was able to read the room.
As far as Trump goes, when you make NASCAR look liberal, you might have lost the plot.
The simple fact is that if the quote “heritage” of this country that you’re trying to PROTECT
is one of confederate generals who fought to preserve slavery, then you are telling
people – in no uncertain terms - that you aren’t against slavery.
The same way that defending a Hitler statue would make clear where you stand.
So Trump and his mouthpieces can hide behind their buzzwords and pretend this is about
heritage or patriotism or liberty or freedom or whatever other poll-tested slogans they
use to mask their actual depravity, but he’s not fooling anyone.
And even worse is that this is all being done while protests have sprouted up across the
country—protests predicated on the unequal treatment of black Americans.
And the fact that Trump chose NOW to defend CONFEDERATE GENERALS makes it abundantly clear
which side of the issue he’s on.