Happy Robert E. Lee Day! Today we Alabamians (along with our sister-States Arkansas and Mississippi) celebrate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday (19th of Jan, 1807). Besides being one of the greatest military minds to have ever lived, Lee was the epitome of a Southern gentleman, one who should be emulated down through the ages. Surely in our South he is counted among the modern “Nine Worthies.”
But the forces of subversion have struck hard at this legendary man. They have sought to break the celebration of Lee by supplanting his holiday with the secular saint of the age- Martin Luther King, Jr. In this act they display their outright hostility towards the Southern people. Consider the in two instances the words of both Lee and King and how they are diabolically opposed:
Lee: God is our only refuge and our strength. Let us humble ourselves before Him. Let us confess our many sins and beseech Him to give us a higher courage, a purer patriotism, and a more determined will; that He will convert the hearts of our enemies; that He will hasten the time when war, with its sorrows and sufferings, shall cease, and that He will give us a name and place among the nations of the earth.
King: I endorse it (school prayer ban). I think it was correct. Contrary to what many have said, it sought to outlaw neither prayer nor belief in god. In a pluralistic society such as ours, who is to determine what prayer shall be spoken and by whom? Legally, constitutionally or otherwise, the state certainly has no such right.
Lee: With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword…
King:(O)ur loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation. This means we must develop a world perspective
President Ronald Reagan signed MLK, Jr. day into law in spite of today being the South’s celebration . Why would a so-called conservative do this? Marcus Epstein at Lew Rockwell’s site has the answer:
Why is a man once reviled by the Right now celebrated by it as a hero? The answer partly lies in the fact that the mainstream Right has gradually moved to the left since King’s death. The influx of many neoconservative intellectuals, many of whom were involved in the civil rights movement, into the conservative movement also contributes to the King phenomenon.
We should all proudly and publicly celebrate Robert E. Lee Day. Let us remind our opponents whose South this really is!