Jim Terry
September 10, 2017
The hallmark of Democrats
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By Jim Terry

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, recently said that Confederate monuments are propaganda. If that is the case, they are propaganda of the supporters of slavery, the supporters of the KKK, the supporters of Jim Crow laws, the supporters of anarchy. In other words, they are the propaganda of the Democrat Party. Those, and many more dubious qualities, are what the Democrat party has stood for historically and stands for today.

This week the mayor carried out his promise to cleanse Dallas of the stain of his party's sordid history by removing a statue of Robert E. Lee. The statue, which has been at Lee Park in Dallas since 1936, represents racism, according to Rawlings and the other Democrats on the Dallas City Council.

On June 12, 1936, the twentieth century darling of socialism, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, attended the dedication ceremony of Lee's statue in Dallas. Not only did he attend the dedication, he participated in the dedication of this monument to racism. He said this about Robert E. Lee:
    I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.

    All over the United States we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen.
Lee's name has been invoked and praised by other Democrat presidents.

President Harry Truman wrote in 1945, "Don't see how a country can produce such men as Robert E. Lee, John J. Pershing, Eisenhower, & Bradley and at the same time produce Custers, Pattons, and MacArthurs." Notice, Truman placed Lee with some of America's outstanding war heroes and patriots he held in high esteem, not with those he considered less worthy.

Truman once presented a small portrait of Lee to his mother. In 1935, he wrote to his daughter, Margaret, after he had visited the site of the battle at Gettysburg, "I stood on the spot where General Robert E. Lee stood while the famous and immortal Pickett made his charge...I picked two little flowers from the foot of the Virginia Monument which stands on the spot where Lee stood and I am sending them to you. They will remind you of how a great man takes a terrible defeat.... Lee didn't blame anybody. He accepted the responsibility...." He added at closing, "The Secretary of the Senate gave me a picture of him and I am hanging it under Washington and over Margaret."

Lee was praised by none other than Senator John F. Kennedy during a campaign speech in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1960, "...I recognize that the South is still the land of Washington, who made our Nation – of Jefferson, who shaped its direction – and of Robert E. Lee who, after gallant failure, urged those who had followed him in bravery to reunite America in purpose and courage."

Texan Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, gave a speech in which he praised Confederate General Robert E. Lee:
    Robert E. Lee, a great son of the South, a great leader of the South – and I assume no modern day leader would question him or challenge him – Robert E. Lee counseled us well when he told us to cast off our animosities, and raise our sons to be Americans.
By his statement, one could conclude that even Johnson would be shocked by the actions of radical Democrats today.

By their comments, the Dallas mayor and Nancy Pelosi – whose father, as mayor of Baltimore, once said, "We can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and (Stonewall) Jackson.... Americans must emulate Jackson's example and stand like a stone wall against aggression in any form that would seek to destroy the liberty of the world" – and all who call for the removal of Confederate monuments, have asserted that some of their Democrat heroes were, themselves, racists.

Since Roosevelt, Kennedy, Truman, and Johnson praised the racist Robert E. Lee, public monuments honoring those four should be removed. If those calling for cultural cleansing are intellectually honest, and that is never the case with Democrats, their demands for removing all vestiges of racism should include those four presidents in their list of offenders.

In denouncing the removal of America's historic monuments, President Trump recently said, "So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"

After all the monuments are gone, will Democrats employ the policy of the early church, which in 1415 declared John Wyckliffe a heretic? Since Wyckliffe had died in 1384, the church ordered his bones to be dug up and burned and his ashes scattered in the River Swift. Will Democrats call for the bones of all the Confederate soldiers buried in National Parks, local cemeteries, family cemeteries, across the country to be exhumed and burned? Will Democrats be satisfied, then? Why not dig up all the dead south of the Mason-Dixon Line and burn their bones? Will that satisfy Democrats?

Democrats embody the old saying, "When you point a finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at you." We know, however, Democrats will never acknowledge their faults. We know this because the hallmark of Democrats is hypocrisy.

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Jim Terry

Jim Terry has worked in Republican grassroots politics for 40 years. Terry was an administrative assistant to a Republican elected official in Dallas for twenty years. In 1996, he ran for and was elected to Justice Court 2 in Dallas County where he served eight years. Contact Jim at tr4guy62@yahoo.com

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