With Malice Toward None (Well, Maybe Toward the Thought Police)

by Bill Kauffman on June 5, 2009 · 9 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Politics & Power,Short,Writers & Poets

Check out this exceptionally fine speech http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-maxwell/on-the-occasion-of-presid_b_212674.html by film director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals), who refused to allow William (“inherited utility monopoly wealth means never having to say you’re sorry”) Ayers & Co. to bully him out of speaking at the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Eugene Genovese, the great Marxist historian of slavery and the Old South, has said that no man should be asked to spit on his ancestors’ graves. I am a descendant of Union soldiers and a philosophical/political kinsman of the anarchist abolitionists and the Liberty Party (as well as the Peace Whigs and civil-liberties Democrats) of the era, and I am disgusted by the anti-Confederate remembrance witch-hunts and the efforts by grim humorless ideologues to impose upon us all one single official view of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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avatar Jason Peters June 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

The goons at the Re-Education Camp have been contacted. Anyone wearing kakis and a blue button-down and who likes to crack a Genny of an evening should go immediately into hiding.

avatar Bob Cheeks June 10, 2009 at 4:25 am

Bill, Thanks for reminding us that there are still American’s who know and respect our history.
With the obligatory acknowledgement of the nastiness of African chattel slavery, there is some some, still place in the soul of real Americans that glows with pride at the amazing achievements of the Army of Northern Virginia and its commanding general, Robert E. Lee in its efforts to repulse “those people”.

avatar Thomas G. June 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

Bill,

Thanks for pointing out this speech. It is so sad to see such close minded, thought police in our nation’s centers of “learning”.

Tom

avatar D.W. Sabin June 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Nothing so upsets the oh-so-enlightened Leftist with institutional, media or family backing , than someone questioning the ongoing damnation of the entire Confederate Cause even though they know about as much as a fart in a gawdamned hailstorm about it. The Leftist , always tut-tutting, does not abide any other form of tut -tutting, particularly if it aint sainted by the “You will Love me and everything I do or else” Squad.

Blow up armored cars but under no circumstances should we commemorate Lee, who Lincoln offered command of the Army of The Potomac before Lee declined and went South to his Home.

Somebody should write the story of our blue-blood bomb throwing anarchists from the 60′s. They slid unctiously right into the establishment of today, like a well lubricated…well, never mind.

avatar Maclin Horton June 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Bravo, man. I have some slave-owning Confederate soldiers in my ancestry, and no matter how repugnant slavery is, I won’t disown them. Part of maintaining a connection with the past is accepting it.

I thought Gods and Generals was under-rated.

avatar Esmeralda_Pearl June 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Bill,

Thank you. Ron Maxwell’s speech was right on target!

Fortunately, the memory of the Civil War and of both the Union and Confederate dead will be etched in the minds of Americans for many generations; thanks to Mr. Maxwell.

Bill Ayers? He’s a criminal who shouldn’t be received in polite company; let alone by the POTUS. Perhaps that says more about Mr. Obama than Mr. Ayers. Wouldn’t it be nice if BHO threw Ayers under the bus, like he’s done to so many others….Ah! We can dream! ;)

avatar Cato July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

Bill,

Thanks for the post. I also have Yankee roots, but I have come to view the War Between the States as clearly being a war of Northern Aggression. The Southern States (as sovereign State-Peoples) had (and still have) legitimate rights to secede that were (and still are) constitutionally authorized under the category of reserved powers, which are referenced in the Tenth Amendment. Moreover, some States originally ratified the Constitution (and entered the Union) under the condition that they could later elect to withdraw from the Union (see ratification statements of New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island). Their ratification statements were accepted as legally sanctioning the Constitution, so their conditional terms of contract were also tacitly accepted. In so revising the contract to include secession for themselves, the right of secession also was (or, at least, became) a reserved constitutional right for the other State-peoples as co-equal sovereigns with same reserved powers. The alternative organic theory of Union articulated by Marshall, Story, Webster, and Lincoln was largely a revisionist myth that Lincoln as president, in turn, employed to save the Federal Government’s and the Republican Party’s (and, hence, his own) power over the Southern people and any other State or region of States that might choose to secede. It is a travesty that the Northern States were co-opted into brutally invading the Southern States based on Lincoln’s specious constitutional theory of union. Unfortunately, it may be true that the Northern States were all too willing to participate in this farce due to their boiling prejudice against the South, which many Northerners self-righteously viewed as a “hostile slave power” (even though white-supremacy and racism was rampant throughout the Northern States as well). Even more sad is the fact that many Northerners still have this prejudice against the South, even though it was their armies that pillaged the South and made economically destitute for decades afterwards.

Best Regards,

Cato

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