Sunday, April 10, 2011

THIS is the spirit of reconciliation? LOL!

Recently, over at Civil War Memory blog, the blogger embedded some YouTube scenes from the 1960s TV drama, The Rebel, accompanied by this text: "On this day in April 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House."

He goes on to point and shake his finger with, "Those of you who continue to harbor hatred for Grant and the rest of the “yankee horde” would do well to listen closely to Johnny Yuma.  In this episode, Johnny explains to a young boy, who lost his father in the war, to put aside his hate and embrace forgiveness and reconciliation....  This episode beautifully captures the reconciliationist spirit of the Civil War Centennial."

The Civil War (sic) Centennial has a "reconciliationist" spirit to capture? Not in a lot of the hooey published by the American Empire's mainstream publications, and certainly not in the comment threads, presumably written by "reconciled" Americans.

Case in point, this comment, made in response to one I posted: "I would have out-Shermaned Sherman in South Carolina. The Roman treatment of Carthage would have been my model - leave nothing standing, and salt the earth."

Thus, the conduct of the Union Army and the comments of its defenders today (and this one is quite mild) are proof plenty of who exhibited (and still exhibits) hard-heartedness, mean-spiritedness, cruelty, hatred and immorality. Makes some slaveholders look plumb innocuous by comparison.

I just might post more about the "Johnny Yuma" thread at Civil War Memory. So stay tuned.

1 comment :

  1. I couldn't believe that anybody today would say something like that "salt the earth and leave nothing standing" in this day and time. That sounds a lot more hateful and hate filled than anything I've read from the pro-south people, including myself. I don't know how come they want us to ignore the Civil War and the deep scar it has left on America. It is a tragedy that should never be repeated but if we don't remember it we are pretending it never happened. There are families that still live in the south that were alive during the CW and we should never forget the sorrow they all suffered.


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