Frankly, I have no issue with the holiday, but maybe I should? Bob Belvedere raises some interesting points
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-I was not a supporter of making Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a national holiday. I am still not. If his career had ended the day after his I Have A Dream Speech [August 1963], I probably would have had no problem with having him being the one black honored with a holiday, but Rev. King went on to embrace Socialism and that disqualifies him from being so honored with an American Holiday. Socialism is the exact opposite of everything America stands for and to esteem any person holding such views is a betrayal of The Founding.
Much better to have paid homage to Frederick Douglass, another brave man like Rev. King, but who embraced solidly American values and never wavered in his belief in the goodness of The United States Of America. My favorite quote of his:
A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box.
That statement could have come from The Duke or one of The Founding Fathers or from any Patriot.
Some more from Mr. Douglass:
…The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … your interference is doing him positive injury.
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
Read it all, very interesting and very thought provoking. Bob understands that for writing this that he will be called, well, you know
but, hey, what do I know: I’m a raaaaacist.
Yes, Bob, you will be thus labeled by the political correctors, but, wear it as a badge of honor sir! I too will be labeled for celebrating Confederate Heroes Day here in Texas on January 19th, which is Robert E Lee’s birthday. Stonewall Jackson was born Jan. 24th
I had dozens of ancestors who fought the Yankees, and I cherish their sacrifices and their memories. Those who say that these men fought to defend slavery are wrong. They deserve their holiday, and our remembrances! Anyone who wants to criticize me, or call me names for honoring my heritage can kiss my ass frankly.
Here are two videos from Gods and Generals, a fantastic, and historically sound movie about The Army of Norther Virginia, and about Stonewall Jackson, played by Stephen Lange