Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fredericksburg City Council Rejects Petition to Rename Jefferson Davis Highway


At the conclusion of Tuesday’s Fredericksburg City Council meeting, and after hearing from dozens of citizens, the motion to appoint a commission to study renaming Jefferson Davis Highway failed to get a second, and died on the floor.  We heard from many of you who called, wrote, and emailed City Council and Mary Washington University and offer our sincere thanks for your efforts!

The night of the meeting, about a dozen flaggers gathered outside of the courthouse, and council chambers were packed.  The Mary Washington University professor who started all of this was the first to speak.

He explained the project and mentioned that the students had researched Jefferson Davis. He reiterated multiple times that Davis was a “white supremacist”.  The students that spoke regurgitated his words. They offered no primary documents. One by one, those in attendance heard the same thing over and over again. It was clear that the students had not a clue about history, Davis, or the economic impact of this proposal.

The majority of those signed up to speak were local citizens who were against the proposal.  Most of these folks offered primary sources and one person wrote about the huge economic impact on the city if the name was to be changed.  The professor and students seemed to be clueless as to the economic impact.  The screen in the room showed the faces of the future, self-righteous and smirking.

Our friend Ms. Teresa Roane gave a beautiful statement, pointing out the relationship between the Davis family and people of color. She gave the Fredericksburg City Council two photocopies of letters to prove her assertions.  (Take note, Mary Washington University students…in research, this is called a primary document)  One student, who opened by describing herself as a communist, dismissed Ms. Roane and the letters, claiming they were “obviously” written by people with Stockholm Syndrome. We find it interesting that those who would point their finger at Jefferson Davis and call him a “white supremacist” do not believe people of color can think for themselves.

Special thanks to Commander Bill West of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy SCV Camp #2141 for his work organizing and rallying the troops in attendance Tuesday night, and kudos to all those who came to stand up and speak out in support of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway.


S. P. Gambone said...

It's always good practice to have a few pertinent quotes in hand to counter the predictable anti-Confederate attacks on Jefferson Davis. When the PC claim Davis was a racist, or before they get the chance to, this is the Lincoln quote to use at these public meetings:

“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
--ABRAHAM LINCOLN, fourth debate with Senator Stephen A. Douglas

S. P. Gambone said...

Another quote of Lincoln that gives the PC fits is this one:

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union..." Abraham Lincoln

S. P. Gambone said...

The PC trot out Stockholm Syndrome a lot these days. The practice has grown over the last year. They do it to discredit any women and minorities who stand against the PC. It's also used to explain away the facts of the past that the PC hate. It's their way of saying anybody disagreeing with the PC agenda must be mentally ill.

This little known blast from the newspaper past is useful in a situation such as this anti-Davis witch hunt when the PC played their 'Stockholm Syndrome' card. It calls Lincoln's mental state into question, so it's a good counter... especially when combined with the two preceding Lincoln quotes:

“A Singular Hallucination”
“It is stated that the President, after the visitation of the Chicago clergymen last fall, turned his attention to Spiritualism, and since then has been controlled in his policy by the revelations of spiritual oracles. Before issuing his emancipation proclamation Mr. Lincoln placed himself in communication with the spirits of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson. The spirit of the former was decidedly averse to the proclamation but that of the latter favored it. After long and profound consideration of the opinions expressed by the spirits aforesaid, the President concluded to reject the advice of the spirit of Jackson because it was that of a warrior, and adopt that of the spirit of Jefferson because it was the spirit of a statesmen. Hence the proclamation emancipating colored Americans of African descent.”
Indiana State Sentinel, Monday March 16, 1863