Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Louisville, Ky - As most of you know by now, I initiated a suit and was granted and injunction on the removal of the confederate statue that Greg Fischer and Jim Ramsey are pretending to care about. Do not pay attention the candidate Everett Corley trying to use this for his own gain. He knew nothing. The issue is a National one with too many people to count at this point wanting to get involved in some way.
Here is one way to do so:

As a concerned Kentuckian with family ties to the War, I urge you to post the below on your personal Facebook page and also write both Mayor Greg Fischer and U of L President James Ramsey to let them know how disheartened and disillusioned you are by their devise actions and express what your expectations are in regards to this monument and their positions in society. The address for Dr. Ramsey is ramsey@louisville.edu, and the address for Greg Fischer is Greg.fischer@louisvilleky.gov
Also, the UDC members have been requested to attend the hearing scheduled in Louisville on May 25th at 10 AM in Room 9 of the Hall of Justice. You may wear your insignia as we will be there in an official, non-speaking capacity to show support for the SCV and their cause with which we individually support. You may, as members of the UDC, pass out literature and discuss membership in our organization and explain the objectives of our great organization but refrain from making comments regarding the court case on behalf of the UDC. You can certainly express your personal opinions on that day and any given day. Being a member of the UDC does not extinguish this constitutional right.
History of reconciliation after the Civil War
Please take a few minutes to read over this excellent information provided by Louisville attorney John Andrew White (Civil War author).
"The Confederate Monument in Louisville was erected to honor the Confederate Dead of Kentucky. It was erected at a time of reconciliation in a place which stood for both North and South. The monument includes three sculptural figures representing each branch of service (infantry, cavalry, and artillery) in poses that symbolize an end of hostilities.
As seen in the picture of Ricky Jones sitting in front of the monument, some choose to harbor hostility of unmitigated vigor even 150 years after cessation of war. Does Mr. Jones really understand the message of this work of art? He does not, for it does nothing to aggrandize slavery or racial bigotry.
The infantry figure capping the monument is in the manual of arms posture known as "in place rest." It is the rest position in which soldiers are placed when not in combat or preparing for combat. The artist was trying to communicate that hostilities had ended, and it was time to honor our dead while they rest in peace.
The artillery figure holds a ramrod with a sponge attachment. The sponge was a dampened fleece fitting that was run down the muzzle of a field gun just fired to kill the dying embers. The artist was once again referring to the cessation of hostilities---the extinguishing of all "dying embers" of hostility.
The cavalry figure is fitting his sword into his scabbard-also a reference to the end of hostilities.
The Confederate monument is a piece of art and a piece of history commemorating the reunification of two peoples who had been divided by war. It was a way for the South to honor its dead, and for the North to embrace the loss with heartfelt pity. Just after Lee's surrender, a general had asked Lincoln how the defeated Confederates should be treated, and Lincoln replied, "Let 'em up easy, General." It was in this spirit the monument was erected. I would add that this monument was a tribute to the "rank and file" of the Southern Army, many of whom were conscripts--impressed to fight.
 "Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die" as Tennyson said.
But some do not want reconciliation. The picture of Ricky Jones is an example of this. Somehow he can come to a work or art about reconciliation and burn in anger just at the thought that the dead lived in a society that tolerated slavery.
However, America did not invent slavery. We inherited it. However, we did end slavery, and no one in this nation is suggesting that it should be recommenced, though it still exists in many parts of the world, including, ironically, Africa.
But what part of "Requiescat in pace" do the proponents of removal not understand? Some want to engage in hatred while hypocritically claiming that they despise hatred. Some claim they believe in diversity, without tolerating one iota of dissent or disagreement.
The Confederate monument is a work of art. Just as the ISIS iconoclasts tear down the idols of ancient peoples which we see as significant historical artifacts, our iconoclasts tear down history and name it "enlightenment." Are we are too flimsy to lift a finger to stop them?"
Let your voice be heard!

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