What about Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy? It is certain that he and virtually all the Southern leaders would be appalled at how neo-Nazis and white supremacists are hijacking Confederate flags.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was harshly criticized for his admiration of Lee. He responded in a gracious letter as follows:
“ . . . . General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our nation.
“He believed unswervingly in the constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies, unrelenting, and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his belief in God…
“From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love for freedom sustained…”
Antifa and the Left have been successful in painting the War Between the States as merely over one issue: slavery. Was slavery evil? Of course. Was racism confined to the South? Of course not. Most Confederates fought, as did Robert E. Lee, to defend their families, homes communities, and states from invasion. The Northern authorities asked Lee to lead an army against his home state of Virginia. He would not. If another conflict between states arose (may God forbid), would you defend your own state?
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