J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

Archive for the tag “Minnesota”

The Insanity Keeps Spreading

1confed

Controversy surrounding the Confederate battle flag keeps flaring, and now, of course, the topic has spread to other areas. Last weekend during a 4th of July parade in Minnesota, a firefighter was suspended for driving his own vehicle in the parade. Why, you may ask? It’s because he had a Confederate flag bumper sticker on his truck. Now the fire department is calling for this guy’s resignation. Insane. There is also a small town in Minnesota that is debating about changing its name, because it is named after a Confederate. Also insane.

At Yale University, a conversation has begun concerning the renaming of Calhoun College, which was named after John C. Calhoun in the 1930’s. Calhoun served as U.S. Senator of South Carolina and as Vice President. But aside from his political career, he was also a staunch believer in the slave plantation system. Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804. Again insane.

Yesterday, the South Carolina Senate voted 37-3 to have the Confederate battle flag removed from the Capitol grounds. I won’t be surprised if the flag will be removed. I’m sure Governor Nikki Haley put enough pressure on the naysayers to convince them to vote for the flag’s removal. The problem is that the flag was flying over a Confederate memorial. So what’s to become of that monument? If the governor has her way, I’m sure it will be the next thing to go.

262371876_slavery_chains_answer_4_xlarge

I’m certain this country was a lot different in the 1800’s, and slavery was part of our culture. However, slavery has been illegal since 1865. Doing away with any and all reminders of our slave-including past won’t fix what’s wrong with this country today. It only dilutes historical fact. Most people associate the Confederate battle flag with slavery, but they are sorely mistaken. The Confederate battle flag, on the contrary, represents the rights of the people, rather than having a unified government. The Stars and Stripes flew over slave ships, not the Confederate battle flag. In fact, the Confederate battle flag wasn’t even used until after the First Battle of Manassas. Before people go flying off the handle about this, which they obviously already have, they need to have a history lesson.

Instead of concentrating so much effort on removing historic symbols, this country should focus on today’s issue of slavery. Thousands are crossing our borders and being swooped up by predators to become sex slaves. Why isn’t this the media’s focus? Our country has a far more serious situation to deal with than wiping the Confederate battle flag from our collective conscience. Slavery and racism won’t end with abolishing the Confederate battle flag.

“The clamor being raised against all things that were the Confederate States of America is but a glaring fulfillment of the establishment of the American MSM’s version of Orwell’s “1984” Ministry of Truth.  Just as Orwell said, ‘By controlling the present, the Party is able to manipulate the past. And in controlling the past, the Party can justify all of its actions in the present.’”

(Courtesy of Southern Heritage News and Views, 7-6-15)

Advertisements

Outstanding Civil War Reenactment

photophoto 60

Last weekend, my husband and I attended a Civil War reenactment in Pipestone, Minnesota. This reenactment takes place every two years. This year, there was a great turnout of spectators and reenactors. The weekend included two battles, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, several demonstrations, and a ball on Saturday night. The only thing missing was a period church service on Sunday morning. Most reenactments include this as part of their schedule, so I’m curious as to why this was omitted.

photo 9photo 49

We saw the reenactment on Saturday and arrived just in time for a battle. The Confederates won! There were many enthusiastic reenactors on hand to demonstrate period ammunition and attire, and discuss various aspects of the war. For some reason, there were no horses present. Again, why?

photo 51photo34

I will post more photos later on this week. Please feel free to send your comments! I’m very excited to discover a reenactment outside of my previous home in Mississippi, and it was a lot of fun to meet people who are just as enthusiastic about the War Between the States and the Confederate cause as I am. (Thanks to Miss Tracey and Mr. Kale for giving your consent to pose for pictures.)

photo 28

Post Navigation