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What I Wrote to Washington & Lee

(July 5, 2020) Two days ago I posted a form that enables interested persons to submit their opinions about a proposal at Washington & Lee University to remove the name “Lee” and minimize his connections to the school. Here’s what I wrote:

Many colleges have an honor code but few will let anyone enter the student bookstore without first checking their backpacks and other bags that might be used to steal textbooks. That’s not true at W & L because the honor code is taken seriously. Without respecting Lee, W & L’s honor code will become devalued and ineffective. Nothing could be more damaging to the leadership potential of future W & L graduates.​

Ninety-two-year-old former NBC News Anchor and W & L alumnus, Roger Mudd, once wrote that the honor code was taken so soberly that professors could pass out exams, leave the classroom and return to pick up the blue books. Other alumni 20-to-30 years younger have provided similar testimonies for me personally. So long as they affixed the Honor Pledge the work was accepted and graded with the understanding that the student neither received nor gave help.

Based upon my visit to the school in January to request a denied opportunity to speak in defense of Confederate statues, I met others who told me the honor code was still taken earnestly. One told me that the students are more strict with enforcement than are the professors. I think the Robert E. Lee tradition has a great deal to do with the code’s success. He greeted each new incoming class with a remark I may be paraphrasing: “We have only one rule at Washington College: All our students must be gentlemen.”

I do, however, feel compelled to add that I got indications from non-academic Lexington residents that many resent the W & L “brats” who swoop into town for four years, change community traditions such as the Lee-Jackson Day Parade and then leave forever. I hope the present W & L Administration will consider that as well. The town has a population of only 7,000. W & L students, faculty and administration may be treating the non-academic residents like peons, if not slaves. If so, they are ignoring Lee’s instruction to be gentlemen (and ladies), thereby demonstrating the consequences of dismissing tradition.

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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

Mississippi Surrenders to Football

(July 4, 2020) Mississippi surrendered to SEC Sports. They trashed their state flag because the SEC said it would not permit Mississippi to host any championships as long as the flag included an image of the Confederate battle flag.

I accuse the state’s Republicans of cowardice. Chief among them is Governor Tate Reeves, who obnoxiously quoted bible verses to justify his conversion to “the right side of history.” I accuse him of debasing Judeo-Christian values. He’s not fooling anyone, most especially those who forced his surrender. They laugh at his “conversion.” He, and his Republican supporters, made the change because they revere the dollar more than they respect their ancestors.

Although Reeves and most of his Republican supporters are white, they could learn courage from ex-slave John Harris who voted in the 1890 Mississippi legislature to provide funds for the state’s first Confederate monument.

Mr. Speaker! I have risen here in my place to offer a few words on the bill. . .I was sorry to hear the speech of the young gentleman from Marshall County. I am sorry that any son of a soldier should go on record as opposed to the erection of a monument in honor of the brave dead.

And, sir, I am convinced that had he seen what I saw at Seven Pines and in the Seven Days’ fighting around Richmond, the battlefield covered with the mangled forms of those who fought . . . for their country’s honor, he would not have made that speech. . . . When the news came that the South had been invaded, those men went forth to fight for what they believed, and they made no requests for monuments . . . But they died, and their virtues should be remembered.

Sir, I went with them. I too wore the gray, the same color my master wore. We stayed four long years, and if that war had gone on till now I would have been there yet . . . I want to honor those brave men who died for their convictions.

When my mother died, I was a boy. Who, Sir, then acted the part of a mother to an orphaned slave boy, but my old missus? Were she living now, or could speak to me from those high realms where are gathered the sainted dead, she would tell me to vote for this bill. And, Sir, I shall vote for it. I want it known to all the world that my voice is given in favor of the bill to erect a monument in honor of the Confederate dead.”

Action you can take: Don’t watch SEC Football. This will be less difficult for me than for others because my team has been in the cellar since before Noah’s flood.

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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: Hot Springs During the Gangster Era by Philip Leigh

Help Keep Lee in Washington and Lee

(July 3, 2020) Click on the image below in order to connect to a truly brief form that Washington & Lee University asks interested persons to complete in order to give their opinion to the administration about a proposal to drop Lee’s name and minimize his history with the school.

Those who would like to send a note to members of the W & L Board of Trustees may email me and I will send you their addresses:

My email address: phil_leigh(at)me.com*

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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: Hot Springs During the Gangster Era by Philip Leigh

Other Voices

(July 2, 2020) Unfortunately, Confederate heritage has been thrown under the bus by nearly everyone. There are, however, some rising voices with Internet video podcasts that are fighting our corrupted mainstream media, if not working directly to save Confederate memorials. Even though we know big media is lying, they are changing the very atmosphere we live in. It is as though we are land animals that have seen our environment gradually change to water. Big media is trying to force us to live there by transforming us into creatures like them. But land animals cannot live in water, we need air.

Provided below are three video podcast shows that are gaining popularity and can help get us back on dry land.

Andrew Klavan is a Berkeley graduate, novelist, and Hollywood screenwriter who spends most of his time now in public speaking and his podcast. He concludes there are already too many opinion commentators and is building a news organization.

Michael Knowles is a 30-year-old Yale graduate who has made the most of his educational opportunities without being corrupted by the indoctrination common in New Haven.

Matt Christiansen is a youthful voice of reason from Montana whose podcasts are always efficiently scripted at under ten minutes.

Action you can take: If you agree with Klavan that there are already far too many opinion sources on the Internet, help him build a news source.

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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: Hot Springs During the Gangster Era by Philip Leigh

Two Black Heroes

(July 1, 2020) The ten minute video below by the Hodge twins exposes the BLM fraud. Most disturbing are the film clips of police arrests that resulted in the deaths of white men. While I trust that such incidents are rare,  the police conduct in the clips appears to be even more reckless than in the George Floyd incident. Additionally, the twins disclose that donations to BLM go to Democrat politicians. There’s more. Give these guys ten minutes. It takes bravery to oppose the dominant majority in one’s community and courage is the rarest of virtues.

Action You Can Take: If you have a cable or satellite professional football package, consider dropping it. After NFL and ESPN bullied New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to denounce his remarks supporting his two grand-dads for their service in World War II, freedom of speech has been abolished there.

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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: Hot Springs During the Gangster Era by Philip Leigh

Here’s What You Can Do

(June 30, 2020) As America is threatened with a new dark age of tyrannical rule by a cultural priesthood of narcissistic elites, you may be looking for something you can do to combat it. Since the mass attacks on Confederate statues a month ago I get daily emails from “experts” that haven’t taken a stand in months. They  endlessly lament the situation and ask for money. That’s not good enough.

Yesterday I suggested that those of you who are fed-up with mainstream media may want to disconnect your cable TV service and rely on the Internet for news, opinion and entertainment. Undeniably, the Net has plenty of garbage, but without cable TV you’ll want to find other news sources and become familiar with people smarter than us who are trying to build platforms that combat the evil zeitgeist.

What you can do. If you are trying to decide on an action you want to take, watch the Andrew Klavan episode above and decide for yourself if you want to help him.

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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: Hot Springs During the Gangster Era by Philip Leigh