The mindless and misguided movement to remove all traces of Confederate symbology from our history seems to be without bounds. It is so bad that retired Army LtCol Allen West feels compelled to address the issue. There are ten United States Army bases that are named after generals that served for the Confederacy. There are those that are already demanding these names be changed. Hear what Allen has to say.
As Written by Allen B. West:
Well, I hate to say I told ya so, but…If you’ve been listening to the lunatics of the progressive socialist left, they’ve indeed became completely unhinged.
Based on Nancy Pelosi’s statement on the departure of Steve Bannon, there are white supremacists all over the White House. And ol’ Rep. Maxine “Mad Max” Waters actually accused Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson of being a white supremacist. Yet, nothing about Islamic supremacists — or how about the one beloved white supremacist and racist of the progressive socialist left, Margaret Sanger?
I mean the founder of Planned Parenthood is well known as a white supremacist and racist. Yet try to defund Planned Parenthood; the liberal progressive leftists go apoplectic. And I’ve already made my point about deceased Senator Robert Byrd, hailed by many Democrats as their mentor. This is why I hear Pelosi, Waters, and all the other sick, demented, and delusional minds of the left and dismiss them as being a very special kind of stupid, and useful idiots.
This past week I was in Jackson, Mississippi sharing with the Christian ministry known as Roaring Lambs. They are having their own intense discussion in the Magnolia state about their state flag. And so during the many media interviews I did, the question came up about the statue removal movement that has reared its ugly and violent head.
I made mention that the two largest military installations in the world are Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Ft. Hood, Texas, on both of which I served. Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood were Confederate generals; Hood was part of Lee’s army of Northern Virginia and led a division on day two at the Battle of Gettysburg. Both Bragg and Hood were graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. During the interview I asked, who gets to decide what is “acceptable” history, and are we going to start changing names of military installations…after all, Ft. Lee Virginia is named after General Robert E. Lee…another West Point graduate.
It didn’t take long before I got an answer.
As reported over at DefenseOne, “The tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., have re-opened the national debate over Confederate monuments and icons that stand in public spaces — and that includes the appropriateness of keeping ten U.S. Army installations named for Confederate officers.
The question of renaming the bases was also raised after 2015’s Charleston church massacre, and military leaders declined to do so. This time, there should be no equivocation. The Department of the Army must find alternatives to naming its installations after Confederate generals who took up arms against their nation and played significant roles in a rebellion that killed more Americans than the Second World War.
While understanding and memorializing the Civil War itself is integral to U.S. military history as well as the history of the Army and its institutions, the lionizing and mythologizing of these individuals as standard-bearers of Army heritage must come to an end.
The ten installations — Camp Beauregard, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort A.P. Hill, Va.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Pickett, Va.; Fort Polk, La.; and Fort Rucker, La. — were named for Confederate generals (plus Rucker, a colonel), including the military head of the armed rebellion (Lee) and the alleged head of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia (Gordon). Beauregard’s forces shelled Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, beginning the war that would claim over 600,000 American lives. In other words, not only did these individuals take up arms against the United States, they were instrumental in driving the rebellion, and some also worked to perpetuate the hatred that long outlasted the military conflict.”
Let me remind you of Rahm Emanuel’s famed maxim: “never let a good crisis go to waste.” I went to Airborne and Jumpmaster school at Ft. Benning. I served during my active duty career on Ft. Bragg and Ft. Hood. My deceased father-in-law, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, which was Robert E. Lee’s property, served at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. These were men, some of whom fought for this nation in the Mexican War. These installations weren’t just names a few years ago; they’ve been there for quite some time. And many a Soldier and others have walked or driven through those gates unconcerned about the name of the installation but thinking only of the honor of being an American Soldier.
As I’ve stated before, when I was stationed at Ft. Bragg or Ft. Hood I wasn’t pondering the installation namesake. I was proud to be a part of the warrior heritage of the units that occupied that ground. When I went running down Longstreet Road on Ft. Bragg my thoughts were more on surviving those hills, and being a studly Army paratrooper………
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