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The FDR speech in 1936 at the unveiling of the magnificent Robert E Lee memorial statue.

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Not just FDR, but Woodrew Wilson -- the first Southern President since the Civil War and a vicious racist to boot -- adored Robert E. Lee. On the Republican side, Dwight Eisenhower had a picture of Robert E. Lee on his office wall and publicly explained why he likewise admired the man as one of the greatest of all Americans. This adoration of the Confederate general has deep roots in American society.

It is important to understand its origin and its connection with the rise of Jim Crow, the growth of "Lost Cause" nostalgia and the profound national acceptance of white supremacy. From the highest reaches of academia to the lowest rungs of "white trash," and virtually all places between, equal rights and opportunities were denied African Americans openly and without shame until the Civil Rights Movement and MLK came on the scene. The bestowing of heroic status on Robert E. Lee played a part in all of this, as statues of him and many lesser and truly despicable Confederate leaders, along with Confederate Flags, "blossomed" throughout the Jim Crow "Old South," and even on U.S. military bases.

One place to read how all this occurred is in this 2011 article by the U.S. government-financed National Endowment for the Humanities: How Did Robert E. Lee Become an American Icon?
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By the command of jock punks who won't stand up for our National Anthem, now we must re-rank the Presidents according to their wokitude.
 

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The "New South" is represented by Jimmy Carter, a sanctimonious and unpatriotic con man. Peanut Boy was eligible for the draft in June of 1942. So he finagled his way into the Naval Academy in order to sit out the war as a cadet. Does anyone know what the other countries in the war did with their service academies? I imagine they put all their plebes on active duty and sent them to the front.
Well, we need officers in the military and you don't crank them out overnight. Carter had to go through the Academy. Now let's talk about our last two republican presidents and how they sat out the Vietnam War. Trump had a boo boo on one of his legs, and Bush Jr. was nowhere to be found during the entire conflict.
 

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Robert e lee supported slavery? Hmm does he know that?
I was much pleased the with President's message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed.
There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.
-REL 1856
 

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Robert e lee supported slavery? Hmm does he know that?
I was much pleased the with President's message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed.
There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.
-REL 1856

Such is the minds of ill informed left loons
 

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