Posts Tagged ‘Confederates’

November 10th, 2022 - 10:59 am § in Politics, Republicans

Confederate candidate refuses to concede after losing by 20 points

Michael Peroutka is fighting mad. He’s still angry that Maryland was kept from seceding in 1861 by the state’s then-governor and Lincoln’s machinations (e.g., planting artillery batteries on a hill overlooking Baltimore after federal troops were attacked there; see historical detai[...]

October 28th, 2022 - 5:12 pm § in Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Is this the dumbest GOP smear ever?

Democrats are still mad about losing the Civil War and not being able to own slaves anymore. So they’ve been planning to topple the United States for decades, and schools don’t teach black history because the teachers unions don’t want kids to know it was white people who freed the[...]

August 31st, 2022 - 5:39 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

What’s in a name? Plenty

As part of a story (here) about a Ku Klux Klan plaque that still adorns West Point’s science building (WHY????), CNN said, “The renaming of bases with Confederate monikers has been a years-long process. It first became a hot button political issue in the final months of the Trump adminis[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 11:42 pm § in Politics

Should a candidate’s photo in Confederate attire matter?

I think it depends on the context and purpose. Doug Mastriano is a Pennsylvania state senator who represents a district that includes Gettysburg. If he dressed up for a reenactment, a popular tourist attraction there (see video below), I don’t necessarily have a problem with it. Somebody has t[...]

July 6th, 2022 - 9:06 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Republican celebrates bombing of “Satanic” monument

Granted, Kandiss Taylor isn’t a typical candidate. She’s extreme even by Republican standards, having lost the Georgia GOP governor’s primary by over 70% (see results here), but still refusing to concede (see story here). And she has no problem with blowing up monuments she doesn&#[...]

December 22nd, 2021 - 9:29 pm § in America, China

A reminder that Hong Kong’s freedom is gone

     The “Pillar of Shame,” 26 feet high, had stood on the University of Hong Kong grounds since 1997 “as a memorial to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.”      The sculpture by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt included an inscription that said, “The [...]

December 7th, 2021 - 2:11 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Racism

Recycling Robert E. Lee

In his 2008 book The World Without Us, which tries to imagine what would happen on Earth if all humans suddenly disappeared, Alan Weisman suggested that humanity’s bronze artifacts would be the longest-lasting evidence of our former presence. Other sources (e.g., this article) say bronze can l[...]

July 1st, 2015 - 11:08 pm § in America, Hypocrisy

Who created the Confederate flag?

“Such a flag…would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as THE WHITE MAN’S FLAG.[5]… As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignor[...]

June 27th, 2015 - 7:52 am § in America

Howsit SC said it could not lower the damned flag to half mast?

Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old youth organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina and James Ian Dyson also from Charlotte, climbed a flagpole in Columbia early on Saturday morning and removed the Confederate flag flying in front of the capitol building. Sadly, the damned flag was raised again at South Ca[...]

April 5th, 2015 - 8:30 pm § in America

“We hate you, sir”

The Civil War, which some people still call the “Northern War of Aggression,” is in the news because this week marks the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, which effectively ended the fighting between armies. Columnist Leonard Pitts wrote of that event, “R[...]