Monthly Archives: July 2020

VMI Keeps Statues and Names

(July 31, 2020) Earlier this week the Virginia Military Institute decided they would keep their Confederate statues and not change any of the names for buildings named after Confederates. Given today’s cancel culture, VMI took a brave stand, which prompted me to write the letter below to the VMI Superintendent.

General J. H. Binford Peay, III
Superintendent
VMI
319 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Dear General Peay:

I applaud your decision to neither remove Confederate statues nor rename any buildings at your Institute. Given the current hostility in the media and elsewhere toward Confederate Heritage, I realize that it took courage to make your stand. All other virtues are worthless without bravery and that is why it is the rarest of virtues.

Sincerely yours,

Philip Leigh

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Was President Grant personally corrupt? Careful study of Jay Gould’s Gold Market Corner attempt and the later Whisky Tax Evasion Scandal raise questions. Learn more in Ulysses Grant’s Failed Presidency,

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Learn more about my books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh

 

Brave Defender of General Lee

(July 30, 2020) Dr. Lucas Morel is a Political Science professor at Washington & Lee University. He also happens to be black and writes a column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. Yesterday’s article was in defense of keeping Robert E. Lee’s name in the name of the school. Since a majority of the voting faculty voted to remove his name, I assume it took courage for Dr. Morel to speak out so publicly with a minority viewpoint.

I wrote Dr. Morel the following note of appreciation.

Dear Dr. Morel:

Thanks for your Richmond Times Dispatch column in support of keeping Robert E. Lee’s name in Washington & Lee University

Since you are a black member of the W&L faculty that recently voted in favor of removing Lee’s name, I applaud your bravery. All other virtues are worthless without courage. That’s why courage is the rarest of virtues.

Sincerely yours,

Philip Leigh
“We have only one rule at Washington College and it is that all students must be gentlemen.” — Robert E. Lee

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Was President Grant personally corrupt? Careful study of Jay Gould’s Gold Market Corner attempt and the later Whisky Tax Evasion Scandal raise questions. Learn more in Ulysses Grant’s Failed Presidency,

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Learn more about my books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh

 

Necessary Evil: Cotton or Media?

(July 28, 2020) After Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton introduced a bill to deny Federal money to schools teaching the “1619 Project” claim that America’s prime motivation for independence  was to exploit black slaves, the Little Rock newspaper interviewed him. During the interview he said:

We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.

While I’m disappointed that Senator Cotton is hostile to Confederate Heritage—he voted to strip the names of military bases honoring Confederate generals—I applaud his action against the New York Times‘ “1619 Project.” Be that as it may, consider how the mainstream media misrepresented the remarks above in the headlines they used, itemized below:

CNN: Tom Cotton describes slavery as a “necessary evil” . . .
CBS: Tom Cotton Under Fire for saying Slavery was “necessary evil.”
The Guardian: Tom Cotton calls slavery as a “necessary evil” . . .
Salon: Senator Cotton Attempts to defend slavery “necessary evil” remark.
Newsweek: Tom Cotton faces criticism in Congress for calling slavery a “necessary evil.”
Huffington Post: Tom Cotton Calls Slavery Nation’s “Necessary Evil” in shocking Interview.
CNN Opinion: Tom Cotton’s False Claim Reveals Appalling Truth
USA Today: Sen. Cotton Under Fire for Comments on Slavery
Boston Globe: Tom Cotton Under Fire for saying Slavery was a “necessary evil.”
NY Times: Late Night TV Hosts Wonder Whether Tom Cotton is “Necessary Evil.”
Forbes: Arkansas Senator Cotton Says Slavery was a “Necessary Evil.”
Washington Post: Your’e Out of Your Cotton Picking Mind

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Was President Grant personally corrupt? Careful study of Jay Gould’s Gold Market Corner attempt and the later Whisky Tax Evasion Scandal raise questions. Learn more in Ulysses Grant’s Failed Presidency,

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Learn more about my books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh
The Devil’s Town by Philip Leigh

Black Professors at Two Ivy League Schools Speak

(July 27, 2020) The video below is a one-hour conversation between two politically conservative black professors at Ivy League schools discussing race relations. Dr. Glenn Loury is in the Economics Department at Brown University. He obtained his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. John McWhorter is an Associate Professor of English at Columbia University. He earned his PhD from StanfordHe teaches at the same school as anti-Southern Civil War historian Eric Foner. It is also the same school where Barak Obama got his undergraduate degree.

Both are critical of racial victimology politics.

Action you can take: Read my books. Did you known that when Ulysses Grant was first elected President he received only a minority of white votes? His support for black suffrage in the South was more self-serving than altruistic. Learn more in Ulysses Grant’s Failed Presidency,

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To defend Confederate Heritage get informed by purchasing and reading the books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh
The Devil’s Town by Philip Leigh

Combating the SPLC on Statues

(July 26, 2020) To successfully defend Confederate memorials it will be necessary to refute the specific arguments that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) uses against them as documented in this study paper. Beginning on page 40 the SPLC challenges eleven common arguments we use to defend Confederate symbols.  Here’s one:

Defender’s Claim: It’s heritage not hate.

SPLC’s Response: While some people see Confederate symbols as emblems of Southern pride and heritage, the question must be asked: Whose heritage? The “heritage, not hate” argument ignores the near-universal heritage of African Americans who were enslaved by the millions in the South and later subjected to brutal oppression under the white supremacist regime of Jim Crow. Our democracy is based on equality under the law, and public entities should not prominently display symbols that undermine that concept and alienate an entire segment of the population.

My Reply. Few Confederate statue defenders object when new memorials are added to honor black Americans. Richmond honored black tennis player Arthur Ashe over thirty years ago with a statue on Monument Avenue where its major Confederate statues recently stood. MLK has been honored in the South with memorials and far more street and school names than in the North. Thirteen years ago Arkansas erected sculptures to the Little Rock Nine on the state capitol grounds where they presently share the landscape with two Confederate statues.  Adding new statues promotes harmony and tells two stories separated in time.  Removing old ones in order to negate them with new ones sows discord. It also tells only one story where two are required for full comprehension.

Imagine which statues might stand on Monument Avenue a century from now. Perhaps one will be Martin Luther King who valued interracial fraternity by saying, “I have a dream that one day . . .  the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Possibly, instead, one will be Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney who hurriedly removed century-old statues, dumped them near a sewage plant, let rioters vandalize and destroy the town for weeks, bound his white police chief hand and foot before firing him so that he might be replaced with a black chief.

Action you can take: Read my books. Confederate Heritage proponents are making too many falacious arguments about tariffs. The chief problem with protective tariffs was their tendency to create Northern domestic monopolies, not the tariff fees. In 1866 railroad iron cost $32 a ton in Liverpool but $80 in New York. Since little was imported the greater evil—by far—was the domestic monopoly that enabled Northern manufacturers to get the price premium. Learn more in Ulysses Grant’s Failed Presidency,

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To defend Confederate Heritage get informed by purchasing and reading the books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh
The Devil’s Town by Philip Leigh

Renaming Military Bases

(July 25, 2020) Yesterday the Senate voted 84-to-16 in favor of a Military Appropriations bill that included a rider (introduced by Elizabeth Warren) requiring that the names of all military bases presently named for a Confederate commander be changed within three years. Warren’s rider would also require that Confederate symbols be removed from all such bases. Both of my Republican senators voted in favor of the bill. Consequently, I wrote the letter below to each of them.

I am disappointed that you voted in favor of Senate Bill 4049 which would cause the names of military bases to be changed if they are presently named for Confederate soldiers. Your vote is an implied endorsement of the mobs that have been tearing down Confederate memorials across America. It encourages mob rule. It also throws those of us who want to honor our Confederate ancestors under the bus

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To defend Confederate Heritage get informed by purchasing and reading the books at  My Amazon Author Page.

The Confederacy at Flood Tide by Philip Leigh
Trading With the Enemy by Philip Leigh
Lee’s Lost Dispatch & Other Civil War Controversies by Philip Leigh
Southern Reconstruction by Philip Leigh
U. S. Grant’s Failed Presidency by Philip Leigh
The Devil’s Town by Philip Leigh