It’s been a bad week for the losers of America’s Civil War. The US Senate just overwhelmingly voted to change the names of Fort Bragg, Fort Lee, and others named after Confederate leaders.
President Donald Trump had vowed to veto the provision championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Now he can’t! Senator Warren said:
The Confederate soldiers who betrayed the United States to fight for the Confederacy were fighting for the institution of slavery. Plain. Simple. Ugly. It is time to put the names of those leaders who fought and killed U.S. soldiers in defense of a perverted version of America where they belong, as footnotes in our history books, not plastered on our nation’s most significant military installations.
That victory comes in the wake of the Pentagon’s de facto ban on Confederate flags on all military bases. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a memo:
The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.
Robert E. Lee and Braxton Bragg, sashay away!
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