Recently there has been some heated discussion about Confederate monuments. Some wish to have them removed as they glorify slaveholders and their defenders. Others cherish them as monuments to their ancestors and their bravery in battle. And the costs are higher than you would think.
Here’s an alternative. Let’s keep the statues and replace the wording.
Here are suggestions for Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee
Jefferson Davis 1808-1889
President of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865, a man devoted who his life to racism and slavery, cleverly disguising it as State’s Rights. He promoted a war in which at least 650,000 of his countrymen needlessly died. He was an inept leader during the Civil War and spent the rest of his life defending his actions, never accepting criticism or rejecting racism.
Robert Edward Lee 1807-1870
Commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia 1862-1865, a top graduate of the United States Military Academy and considered the best military mind of his generation. He chose to betray his country, committing treason by giving aid and comfort to its enemies. In any other place, he would have been executed, but the United States granted him amnesty. So much for “Northern Aggression.”
We welcome suggestions for inscriptions on monuments honoring other champions of liberty from the CSA.
The Texas Legislature has passed a bill restricting the use of bathroom in schools to those of the student’s “biological sex”, presumably the one that appears on the student’s birth certificate. If this bill become law, the Legislature, in its infinite wisdom might consider some generalization of this law.
- Legislators could only register and caucus with the equivalent of their biological origin. That is, if their parents were registered Democrats, the legislators could only caucus with Democrats. There would be none of this “party with which I identify” nonsense.
- No one could legally purchase sports gear with logos of the various Texas professional and university teams if they grew up supporting teams from other states. This is especially true for those who previously supported the University of Oklahoma football team.
- No one could legally vote in Texas elections if they had previously voted in other states, particularly the state of their origin as appears on the birth certificate. No doubt, this is the source of the Yuge Voter Fraud that many members of the GOP claim. We hope politicians making this claim have not switched to a party not of their origin.
On a related note, I got a call recently asking for the “man of the house”. I asked the caller if he meant “man” as appeared on our birth certificates or as we self identified. He was taken aback, so I repeated the question. He volunteered to take our number from the call list.