Today marks the 273rd birthday of one of the greatest figures of America’s founding generation: Abigail Smith Adams.
On November 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln stepped forth and delivered the second greatest speech of his career.(The greatest speech in the history of the English language is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. But that’s a discussion for another time…)
Over the last several days, white nationalist terrorists descended on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia in order to protest the recent removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. As a direct result of their actions, at least three people are dead.
This is merely the latest outrage perpetrated by white nationalists in defense of Confederate symbols in general and memorials to Lee in particular. Yet there are “moderates” on the right who would have us believe that Lee was a good and noble man, that the use of him as a symbol by bigots and terrorists represents a perversion of his legacy.
On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which stated:
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regards to race, color, religion or national origin.
On July 26, 2017, Drumpf announced — on Twitter — that:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.
As has been widely reported, on June 3, 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was informed that a member of the Russian government wished to “provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian and would be very useful to your father” and that “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Junior’s response? He wrote, “…I love it…”
Earlier this week Jared Kushner’s father-in-law was in Paris to take part in France’s annual celebration of Bastille Day as guest of President Emmanuel Macron. While holding a joint press conference with Macron, the prolific tweeter who lost the popular vote last November proved that he does not need to be in the United States to embarrass the United States. He remarked that “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that.” He went on to add that “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.”