Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted – for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us – and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789. – Go: Washington
Hey there David Duke supporters. Do everyone a favor and stop pretending you are on the “Right”. Stop pretending you care about America. Just stop! You, and the Antifa scum you fought with yesterday are two sides of the same coin. Fascist vermin on one side, Communist vermin on the other. Also stop pretending the president supports your despicable rhetoric. And here is some truth for you. Your hero, David Duke has been in tight with Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism. I thought you hated terrorists? HMMMMM
TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s conference questioning the Holocaust came to an end Tuesday, but not before hearing former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke say that gas chambers were not used to kill Jews.
“The Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel,” Duke told a gathering of nearly 70 “researchers” in Tehran at Ahmadinejad’s invitation.
“This conference has an incredible impact on Holocaust studies all over the world,” said Duke, a former state representative in Louisiana who twice ran for president.
“The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder,” Duke told The Associated Press.
Also at the end of the conference, Mohammad Ali Ramini, an Ahmadinejad adviser who has called the Holocaust a “myth,” announced that he will chair a committee to find “the truth on the genocide of Jews.”
Other members of the committee will be Robert Fuerisson, a French professor who denies the existence of gas chambers, along with Holocaust deniers from Syria, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, the United States and Bahrain.
Tuesday’s speeches included Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a former interior minister and one of the founders of Lebanese militia Hezbollah, who labeled the Holocaust as a “tale.”
“All the studies and research carried out so far have proven that there is no reason to believe that the Holocaust ever occurred and that it is only a tale,” he stated.
Buddying up to Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a former interior minister and one of the founders of Lebanese militia Hezbollah? Really?
One more note. Ostensibly, your rally was said to be in protest against removing a statue of General Lee. You might know, if you read some credible history, that Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had a significant number of Jews who fought in it. I doubt your rhetoric would be praised by Jewish Confederate soldiers Of course, such facts will never dent your skulls because you dishonored Lee and his soldiers by pretending to represent their legacy. Lee would be sickened by your rhetoric. This flag, is theirs not yours. It is their ancestors, like me, not yours.
From the Back Cover
“One of the lost chapters of Civil War history has been the passive and even active support that many Southern blacks, free and slave, gave to the Confederacy. [Black Confederates] illuminates the overlooked facet of this seemingly contradictory behavior by a group of African-Americans who appear to have thought of themselves as Southerners first and blacks second.” –William C. Davis, author of”A Government of Their Own”: The Making of the Confederacy
Neither Confederate history nor black studies can afford to ignore the efforts of black Americans on the side of the Confederacy, as this seemingly contradictory behavior reveals and underscores the terrible complexity of the War Between the States. This volume contains correspondence, military records, narrative reminiscences, newspaper accounts, and more from these brave men who served what they considered their country.
The history of the War Between the States is complex. Sadly, far too many have tried to pigeonhole all the causes into a one-size-fits-all package focusing solely on slavery. You do the cause of understanding, discussion, debate and knowledge no favors. You are in a fashion as despicable as the Cultural Stalinists trying to erase American history are frankly.
Again two sides to the same coin. I mean your boy Duke is a big fan of radical Leftist Keith Ellison after all. I guess being Leftist is OK if you hate Israel, right?
In 2006, Ellison wrote to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas claiming that he has “long distanced himself” from the Nation of Islam, in part because of their anti-Semitic sentiments.
“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic statements and actions of the Nation of Islam, [its leader] Louis Farrakhan, and [Farrakhan’s late assistant] Khalid Muhammed,” Ellison wrote.
Once Ellison was elected to Congress however, his sentiments towards Israel and vote against funding the Iron Dome was not viewed favorably by those who support Israel.
In 2010, things escalated even further when Ellison was secretly recorded stating that American foreign policy is “governed” by Israeli interests, the Times of Israel reports.
“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people…A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”
He was subsequently accused of being “an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual” by Israeli Democratic Party mega donor Haim Saban.
Things eventually settled down, but have been reignited due to a new report on Ellison’s past from Mother Jones. According to their sources, he did not denounce the Nation of Islam as long ago as he claims.
“Under the byline Keith X Ellison, months after the march that he described as an epiphany, he penned an op-ed in the Twin Cities black weekly Insight News, pushing back against charges of anti-Semitism directed at Farrakhan. In 1997, nearly two years later, he endorsed a statement again defending Farrakhan,” Mother Jones reports. “When Ellison ran (unsuccessfully) for state representative in 1998, Insight News described him as affiliated with the Nation of Islam. Two organizers who worked with him at the time told me they believed Ellison had been a member of the Nation. At community meetings, he was even known to show up in a bow tie, accompanied by dark-suited members of the Fruit of Islam, the Nation’s security wing.”
So, Ellison, to quote — well — you, “why does KKK leader David Duke like you so much?”
Yes why? If he is pro-America would he pal around with terrorists in Iran. Why would you support him? Why indeed. If you love this nation, then change. Reject hatred, and racism. Reject the lunacies Duke spews. America is not a race, or religion, it is a nation, a nation founded on principles like individual liberties. Race is of no real importance to me. Values matter. Values know no color. Preserving individual liberty. Pushing back against those who wish to erase our history, strip away our right of self-defense, erase our borders, and stifle our freedoms of religion, association, and speech are noble causes. David Duke does not stand for those ideals. If you support him, neither do you frankly.
In short, if you love America, then for God’s sake reject the racist rhetoric, and the violence, and the anti-Semitism. Those things are what the Antifa Brown Shirts are about. Those things are not values of Conservatism or America. They are not values that will preserve history or liberties or that will make America great again. Those things must be rejected in favor of open dialogue, debate and ultimately wisdom. Wisdom as men like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, Samuel Adams and James Madison had.
Those men with the blessings of Providence gave us the greatest nation on earth. Events like happened yesterday in Virginia will never lead us to keep or restore that greatness.
Writing at The Federalist, Kyle Sammin shows a lack of knowledge about the War Between the States and about Robert E. Lee that astounds me. Sammin is not some reactionary leftist. Far from it. Yet, he sounds like a mis-educated non-thinker in his piece calling for a reconsideration of Lee
The answer lies somewhere in between the two extremes of neo-Confederate reactionaries and Antifa memory-holers. As radical as they are, lefty extremists’ position is at least useful in making us rethink the elevation of Confederate leaders to heights that, even ignoring the fact that they bore arms against the United States, would be undeserved.
I would assume that Sammin is calling “neo-Confederate reactionaries” leftists? To be entirely honest, I am not sure what Sammin means by neo-Confederate reactionaries. Certainly he cannot mean members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, or the United daughters of the Confederacy. I have belonged to the SCV in both Florida and Texas. The people I met were very dedicated to history, preserving it, and honoring ancestors. Many were involved in reenactments, and went to schools, educating kids about the war, the soldiers, etc. In short good people, and good Conservatives. Many of the same people I knew from the SCV and UDC I saw at Tea Party events. Perhaps Sammin could benefit by attending some SCV meetings?
Now to his historical blindspots. First of all Sammin attempts to belittle Lee as a field general, many modern “historians” seem to take this approach.
In the decades following the Civil War, proponents of the Lost Cause myth created legends of men who were often merely mediocre. Nowhere is that more true than in the near-deification of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
I would say many legendary figure did emerge from that war, and many great men as well. Lee would be at the top of my list. No, he was not perfect but he was a devoted family man, a great general, an honorable man who ONLY fought after Virginia seceded. To call Lee mediocre is simply sad. By the way, Virginia’s decision to secede was not focused on slavery. One thing drove Virginia to seek seperation. Lincoln’s demand that Virginia raise troops to force Confederate states back into aunion they no longer wished to belong to. Mr. Sammin might also note that Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina also secceded after Lincolns call for them to raise troops.
This reminds me that after Virinia seceded, the people of the western part of that state chose to secede and become their own state. Would Sammin force Virginia to be reunited? Would he support the right of those he chose to form a new state? Clearly Sammin believes that secession was not a right for states in 1861. Would he also deny those western virginia people the right?
Sammin also seems to fall into the North good South bad mindset. Generally people do this because they see slavery, and only slavery as the only cause of the war on both sides. By doing so these folks miss out on grasping the broad spectrums of causes/issues of the war. I have a piece by Walter Williams I will quote from that would greatly benefit Sammin.
Did the South have a right to secede from the Union? If it did, we can’t label Confederate generals as traitors.
Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain, held “New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States.” Representatives of these states came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution and form a union.
During the ratification debates, Virginia’s delegates said, “The powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression.” The ratification documents of New York and Rhode Island expressed similar sentiments.
At the Constitutional Convention, a proposal was made to allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state. James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” rejected it. The minutes from the debate paraphrased his opinion: “A union of the states containing such an ingredient (would) provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a state would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound.”
Here is a key part
The U.S. Constitution would have never been ratified — and a union never created — if the people of those 13 “free sovereign and Independent States” did not believe that they had the right to secede. Even on the eve of the War of 1861, unionist politicians saw secession as a right that states had. Rep. Jacob M. Kunkel of Maryland said, “Any attempt to preserve the union between the states of this Confederacy by force would be impractical and destructive of republican liberty.” The Northern Democratic and Republican parties favored allowing the South to secede in peace.
The question to ponder is would the Founders have created a union so strong as to deny the right of the people of the States, which all proclaimed their sovereignty proudly, to secede? That seems difficult for me to believe. Even Lincoln, at least at one time believed in such a right
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
In the end history, our American story must be preseved, and yes, debated when necessary. I would glady welcome debate with Mr. Sammin anytime. And likely we would still disagree at the debates end. But what the left is currently doing is not debate, discussion, or civil discourse. It is cultural and historical genocide. That must never be allowed. And preserving history means fighting back against those that are trying to erase it. One sure way to destroy a nation is to destroy its history. that, we cannot allow!
Anger, sadness, disbelief, and fear for what will be left of American heritage, history, and culture in fifty years. Yep, that sums up my feelings upon reading this
Public Statement from the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
May 23, 2017
The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. is sad to announce that the museum, located on Nash Farm Battlefield, which was funded and maintained by our group, will close effective June 1, 2017. The main reason is that the current District 2 Commissioner, Dee Clemmons, has requested that ALL Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, in an effort not to offend anyone. For anyone who studies the American Civil War, or War Between the States, they realize there were two parties that fought in this war. We have always prided ourselves with being an unbiased museum that told the entire story of the battles that took place on this property, as well as being a voice of the people in Henry County and Georgia during this time. These stories were told mainly through primary sources, sometimes secondary, but never tertiary sources. To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest. Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.
Additionally, Commissioner Clemmons stated that this property, which the county spent in excess of $8 million dollars, has no historical significance per the current board. Interestingly, the Department of Interior has recognized this property as core battlefield and there is a primary source where a request is made that the government pay retribution for the damage to the property during the battle. This is clear proof of the historical basis of this property; yet, more could be provided if necessary. This property has the blood of Union and Confederate soldiers in the soil and needs to be preserved as the battlefield that it is.
The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. complied when Commissioner Clemmons requested, soon after her taking office, that the entrenchments be removed from the property. When she had the Second National Confederate Flag removed from the flag pole where it has been flying since Henry County purchased the property, again we complied and did not create a disturbance in hopes that the museum would be left alone. The final order from Commissioner Clemmons is one that we cannot and will not comply with. We were told that we are at the “pleasure of the (Henry County) Commission”. Her directive is something we cannot comply with in good consciences.
To date, the museum, in its seven years of operation, has seen visitors from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries. Heritage tourism dollars have added money to the tax base in Henry and Clayton Counties, helping to fund many projects, including roads and schools. Prior to the recession, it was not uncommon to see over 2,000 students in a year; however, the yearly school day now has just shy of 500 students who visit not only the museum, but many different hands on stations to help to engage every student. Never have we had a teacher or student complain about the variety of flags or uniforms being presented in these educational settings. In fact, most teachers applaud our efforts to help them in the classroom.
The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. has not only been active on an educational aspect, but has helped Henry County in many ways to manage this beautiful battlefield. We have worked with the Boy Scouts, Eagles Scouts, the Audubon Society, Master Gardeners, Civil War Trust, and other community groups. Our volunteers have put up split rail fencing, painted, cleared barbed wire, mowed, graded roads, picked up debris, fixed many “broken” things around the property, and so much more. Our mission was to assist Henry County, not only with the historical aspect of the property, but to make this a property the entire community could be proud of. To be honest, majority of the people in District 2 are proud of Nash Farm Battlefield.
There will be many who will think the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. should have stood up to this censorship. Currently, the museum operates out of the old Nash farmhouse, which is owned by Henry County, and all utilities are paid by the county. The relics that were displayed, with the exception of a small amount that Henry County owns, were on loan to our group. When our key volunteer and donor made the decision to pull his relics, the Board had no other decision than to close the museum. We could have kept the doors open sporadically and showed beautiful display cases that were empty. When you engage in a conflict, your goal is to gain ground. The Board felt the only decision we had was to close the museum. This has not been an easy decision as many of our volunteers have donated much time, money, sweat, and tears to this property. The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield was created after the Steering Committee was dissolved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners over 10 years ago. That is over a decade of work that some of our volunteers have contributed to this property.
As a Board, we ask that you contact not only Commissioner Clemmons, but also all the other Henry County Board of Commissioners, to let them know how you feel about the current political climate that affected the closing of Nash Farm Battlefield Museum. It is important that you voice your opinion to these politicians so they know there is public support for the historical aspect of this property.
Thank you to all the groups and individuals who have supported Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. over the years. Our volunteers have been honored to work to preserve history and work diligently to improve the community. We can only hope that this property and its history will be sustained for future generations.
Respectfully Submitted by the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
One way to destroy a nation is to destroy its history. Think about this, we have been told that he Confederate flag belongs in museums, well, now, those same Cultural Stalinists are going to insist they must not be in museums. What is next you might wonder. The answer is simple, the American flag, the Founders, our national anthem, and so on are next. This is the price we have paid for not standing up to he bullies and thugs of the Left before. And we will continue to pay that price until enough of us say ENOUGH!