Let’s dig a little deeper, folks

Check the historical records. According to the soldiers themselves who fought on both sides of the Civil War, the whole thing was about whether this experiment in self government could survive. The business about slavery was a catalyst thrown into the pot by John Brown, a crazy guy who flip-flopped between pro- and anti-slavery depending on which stance would get him the most groupies. And, the only reason Lincoln freed the slaves when he did was to get foreign aid. A wise Lincoln said to free the slaves in one swoop rather than phasing it out would kill the economy in the South and not allow any time to build a social system to integrate the former slaves into society, which is exactly what happened. This is all according to news reports at the time, not the PC drivel in the text books MISD provides. Look it up, if you like.

Here at Fort Hood, the Army’s largest post, Robert E. Lee is revered as the great military leader he was. John Bell Hood, the post’s namesake, also is revered for his intelligence. In the PC Army where mandatory sensitivity training takes place ALL the time, soldiers have been able to get over the social ills of the time and grasp the bigger picture. Bigger lessons can be learned from the Civil War. These are many of the same lessons for which more than 200 of Fort Hood’s troops have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan — is self-government worth blood and to what extent? It goes way beyond skin color. I’m sorry some people haven’t yet gotten to that level of understanding. There are much bigger problems in this world than a school’s mascot and fight song.

That being said, what did the Confederate soldiers fear most? Having the government make decisions for them, i.e. taking away freedom of speech (and other things). So, because Texas was a Confederate state (one of the original five, at that), seems like some Confederate soldiers could be to thank that we still have the right to voice our complaints about school mascots and fight songs. Just something to think about.

Emily — LHS Class of ’99, Killeen, TX


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