Skip to comments.Ted Cruz Slams Tennessee Law Honoring Confederate General, KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forest
Posted on 07/13/2019 11:31:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
Mandated by law, Saturday, July 13 is "Nathan Forrest Bedford Day" Tennessee with an annual proclamation issued by the governor each year. On Friday evening, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas slammed Governor Bill Lee for signing the announcement once again.
This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law. https://t.co/XBgoRCBoI0 Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2019
But why did he have to sign the law? Fox News has the details:
Tennessee law stipulates that the governor must declare six days to be "days of special observance" and "invite the people of this state to observe the days in schools, churches, and other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies expressive of the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of such dates."
Those days include Robert E. Lee Day, honoring the commander of the Confederate Army, on Jan. 19; Abraham Lincoln Day on Feb. 12; Andrew Jackson Day on March 15; Confederate Decoration Day, celebrating the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, on June 3; and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Accordingly, Democratic state Tennessee lawmakers also criticized the law and the day honoring Bedford.
"This a reminder of the painful and hurtful of the crimes that were committed against black people," Democratic Tennessee Rep. Vincent Dixie told WTVF. "Now you're signing a proclamation honoring the same people that fought to keep people that look like me, African Americans in slavery."
When he surprises everyone with a defense of Trump hell be relevant. Until then forget this guy
The latest “virtue signal” from the GOP. Ted never fails to disappoint as of late.
The ignorant Canadian/Cuban jackass. Does he know Forrest was the first white man to be invited to appear before the forerunner organization to the NAACP?
And Amanda Carpenter calls Cruz “daddy”.
Go away Cruz.
Let’s just discard all historical context and label everyone “good” or “bad” based on the narrative of the day.
American history is complicated. As a general matter, we shouldnt be tearing down historical statues or erasing our Founders, even though they were imperfect men. But we should also provide context where we can. And, we shouldnt be issuing proclamations today honoring Klansmen. https://t.co/RwihClP4L7— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2019
PS Hail Hydra!
So Cruz thinks he has sniffed out some racism. I am so glad that there are people like Cruz standing guard and watching out for racism. Were it not for people like him, we would be engulfed by it, since it is the genetic inheritance of every white person ever born. A Black Muslim informed me of that signal truth some time ago.
Isn’t he from Texas? How is it any of his business?
Woodrow Wilson was a vocal defender of the Ku Klux Klan. Wilson was governor of New Jersey when he became president in 1913, but he had been born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina. He was, historian William Keylor notes, the first Southerner elected to the presidency since Zachary Taylor in 1848.
Woodrow Wilson was extremely racist even by the standards of
When he surprises everyone with a defense of Trump hell be relevant. Until then forget this guy
Question : Do we, we as Republicans/conservatives, ever get any credit from the “other side”, for speaking out on an issue such as this? Do we ever get any credit for signaling that we are actually on the “liberal” side of an issue?
Does any good come out of this sort of stand taken by Cruz? It seems that the main result is that you anger people on your side of the debate, and don’t get any accolades from the other side anyway, even if you try to show you agree with them on that particular issue.
Senators no longer represent states. Their constituents (donors in banking and defense) are all over the country.
So today you will see them suddenly chiming in on everything, everywhere.
For example, Cruz is the Senator representing Goldman Sachs and Pan-hispanic interests.
Lighten up teddy. You represent and southern state.
“Isnt he from Texas? How is it any of his business?”
Precisely what I was thinking.
And Forrest utterly repented of it, and championed full friendship and citizenship with the former slaves when he saw what the KKK was.
Woodrow Wilson was a virulent racist till he drooled and keeled over.
Dishonest headline. There is no evidence Forrest was ever even in the KKK much less a Grand Wizard. The US Congress investigated. He gave testimony and expressly denied it. He was never even charged with anything.
When countering that claim, it is well to ask those know-it-all 21st Century "elitists" to consider the historical context within which those Founders found themselves, as well as the enormous contributions they and their generations made toward eradicating slavery from these shores and creating a constitutional republic which could, ultimately, affirm and protect the rights of ALL people:
Of special interest in that regard is Jefferson's Autobiography, especially that portion which states:
"The first establishment in Virginia which became permanent was made in 1607. I have found no mention of negroes in the colony until about 1650. The first brought here as slaves were by a Dutch ship; after which the English commenced the trade and continued it until the revolutionary war. That suspended...their future importation for the present, and the business of the war pressing constantly on the (Virginia) legislature, this subject was not acted on finally until the year 1778, when I brought a bill to prevent their further importation. This passed without opposition, leaving to future efforts its final eradication."
Jefferson also observed:
"Where the disease [slavery] is most deeply seated, there it will be slowest in eradication. In the northern States, it was merely superficial and easily corrected. In the southern, it is incorporated with the whole system and requires time, patience, and perseverance in the curative process."
He explained that,
"In 1769, I became a member of the legislature by the choice of the county in which I live [Albemarle County, Virginia], and so continued until it was closed by the Revolution. I made one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which was rejected: and indeed, during the regal [crown] government, nothing [like this] could expect success."Below is another quotation, cited in David Barton's work on the subject of the Founders and slavery, which also cites the fact that there were laws in the State of Virginia which prevented citizens from emancipating slaves:
"The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do. If a parent could find no motive either in his philanthropy or his self-love for restraining the intemperance of passion towards his slave, it should always be a sufficient one that his child is present. But generally it is not sufficient. . . . The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved by such circumstances. And with what execration should the statesman be loaded who permits one half the citizens thus to trample on the rights of the other. . . . And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep for ever. . . . The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest. . . . [T]he way, I hone [is] preparing under the auspices of Heaven for a total emancipation."A visit to David Bartons web site (www.wallbuilders.com) provides an essential, excellent and factual written record of the Founders' views on the matter of slavery. One source he does not quote, I believe, is the famous 1775 Edmund Burke "Speech on Conciliation" before the British Parliament, wherein he admonished the Parliament for its Proposal to declare a general enfranchisement of the slaves in America.
Burke rather sarcastically observed that should the Parliament carry through with the Proposal before it: "Slaves as these unfortunate black people are, and dull as all men are from slavery, must they not a little suspect the offer of freedom from that very nation (England) which has sold them to their present masters? from that nation, one of whose causes of quarrel with those masters is their refusal to deal any more in that inhuman traffic?"
He continued: "An offer of freedom from England would come rather oddly, shipped to them in an African vessel, which is refused an entry into the ports of Virginia or Carolina, with a cargo of three hundred Angola negroes. It would be curious to see the Guinea captain attempting at the same instant to publish his proclamation of liberty and to advertise his sale of slaves." Ahhh, how knowledge of the facts can alter one's opinion of the revisionist history that has been taught for generations in American schools (including its so-called "law schools"!!)
Human beings are allotted ONLY A TINY SLIVER OF TIME ON THIS EARTH. (Pardon shouting) Each finds the world and his/her own community/nation existing as it is during the duration of their brief lifetimes).
If lawyers and judges cared enough to educate themselves (in this day of the Internet) on the history of civilization and America's real history, and if they used that knowledge and the resulting understanding, to do as much on behalf of liberty for ALL people as did Thomas Jefferson and America's other Founders, the world in the next century would be a better place.
Remember: Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years old when he penned our Declaration of Independence which capsulized a truly revolutionary idea into a simple statement that survives to this day to inspire people all over the world to strive for liberty!
‘Racist’ is a BS make believe nonsense word made up by Lev Davidovich Bronstein to facilitate the Cloward/Piven strategy.
Very true. Very good point. Also, Cruz pointed out how stupid or opportunistic he is. There is no other option.
Unless Amanda Carpenter or one of the other women identified in the National Enquirer story told him to do it.
I liked him until he launched that lowlife ad slandering Melania. And his dad with the JFK thing.
Never trust a Cube.
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