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Monday, January 17, 2005

Robert E Lee Day

I would like to nominate today as Robert E Lee Day in place of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is for a number of reasons of which I will cover shortly. Firstly, I will note that Lee was actually born on the 19th of January in 1807, not today, but pretty close. Anyway, the reasons as to why we should not celebrate today as Martin Luther King Day are few, but important. One, take a line from King's famous spech (I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.) lets judge King by his character, by what he did, not just by the fact that he was black and that he did great things for the civil rights movement (because I am not disputing the good he did for civil rights) and look at what kind of person he was. Two, King supported Communism, which is close enough to being a dirty commie that I am going to call him a commie, please note, the signs that you might be an evil dirty commie here. Also, and this is more important, and rather strange for a religious man (unless your a Catholic priest), is that he slept around, and I don't mean just had mistresses, I mean had prostitutes at his house.
Note this chunk from wikipedia.org:

King had a mutually antagonistic relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), especially its director, J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI began tracking King and the SCLC in 1961. Its investigations were largely superficial until 1962, when it learned that one of King's most trusted advisers was Stanley Levison. Levison was a man whom the bureau suspected of involvement with the Communist Party, USA, to which another key King lieutenant, Hunter Pitts O'Dell, was also linked by sworn testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The bureau placed wiretaps on Levison and King's home and office phones, and bugged King's rooms in hotels as he traveled across the country. The bureau also informed then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy and then-President John F. Kennedy, both of whom unsuccessfully tried to persuade King to dissociate himself from Levison. For his part, King adamantly denied having any connections to Communism, stating at one point that "there are as many Communists in this freedom movement as there are Eskimos in Florida"—to which Hoover responded by calling King "the most notorious liar in the country."

Later, the focus of the bureau's investigations shifted to "discrediting" King through revelations regarding his private life. The bureau distributed reports regarding King's extramarital sexual affairs to the executive branch, friendly reporters, potential coalition partners and funding sources of the SCLC, and King's family. The Bureau also sent anonymous letters to King threatening to reveal information if he didn't cease his civil rights work. Finally, the Bureau's investigation shifted away from King's personal life to intelligence and counterintelligence work on the direction of the SCLC and the "racial" movement.

On January 31, 1977, in the cases of Bernard S. Lee v. Clarence M. Kelley, et al. and Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. Clarence M. Kelley, et al. United States District Judge John Lewis Smith, Jr., ordered that all known copies of the recorded tapes, and transcripts resulting from the FBI's microphonic surveillance of King, between 1963 and 1968, be sealed and made secret within the National Archives until the year 2027.

I know I am not perfect, as much as I try, and no one is, and so on and so forth, but you would expect a little more from a pastor. Some people will say that that's not enough to not celebrate him (does what I just said make sense?) but come on, lets take the example of, picking something recent, Christmas. Now if you had read my Merry Christmas Post of 2004 can prolly skip the next few sentences, everyone else, go read that post then come back.
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Now that you have read my Merry Christmas Post of 2004 lets move on to why Robert E Lee should replace Martin Luther King before the word Day on this January 17th American holiday. Robert E Lee, Confederate Civil War General, he fought for a losing cause against a better equipped and larger army (although not always better trained), he was a man who knew when he was beaten, and even in defeat carried himself with dignity and respect. He opposed slavery (and in fact had freed all his slaves before the war) , not to mention that was not even really what the war was mainly about. He was completely and utterly devoted to his first and only wife, even though she was very ill almost constantly. Note, he was not a dirty commie, and he loved his country. Yeah, he fought for the South, but remember, the only reason he did so was because his home state, Virginia, seceded. You know, after typing this, I am not sure why I just didn't say that Lee should be celebrated instead of King and then let you figure out everything for yourself, but oh well, its done now. I hope your convinced, I know I am, King overall did some great things and it's not what his overall goals were of civil rights that I am opposed to, it is that we are celebrating someone who contradicts the values of this country. Happy Robert E Lee Day.

for more information on Robert E Lee visit Wikipedia at wikipedia.org here
for more information on Martin Luther King and other commies also visit wikipedia.org here and here

Wow, this was a long post, maybe I should rethink what I said earlier about my blogging not worth getting paid for. ;)