Saturday, August 20, 2011

Confederates in the (White House) Attic

So Joan Walsh, Democrat, unreconstructed PUMA and self-professed "hippy" (yeah, and I sleep with George Clooney) is worried about Rick Perry's Confederate connection. Does Joan think anyone with Confederate roots or associations should be barred from serving as President?

Well ...

Woodrow Wilson was the son of slaveowners who supported the Confederacy. The Teabaggers hate him for his Progressive ideals. Still, Wilson believed in segregation and his favourite film was Birth of a Nation, which glorified the Ku Klux Klan.

Both sets of Harry Truman's grandparents were slaveowners, who supported the Confederacy. Truman de-segregated the military.

LBJ's grandfather fought for the Confederacy. Johnson, as a boy, loved listening to his stories. Johnson signed the 1963 Civil Rights Act, as you know.

Jimmy Carter's people, both in Virginia and Georgia, wore the gray. A few even wore the blue, but they made up after the spat was over.

Big Dog came from Scots-Irish roots. His people were fierce fighters for the Confederacy.

William Jefferson Clinton was named after this man:-

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, hoped the South would win. His wife was so assured, she was hoping to give receptions in the White House, after the South's triumph.

Davis hoped this man's military efforts would enable him to conquer Washington, the enemy's capital.

Robert E Lee, Commander of the Army of Virginia.

Davis's great-great-great grandson and Lee's great-great-great-great nephew sits in the Oval Office today ...

Literally and legally.


  1. The coming-out of neo-confederate organizations from the fringe into the mainstream of the Republican Party is a worrisome trend. But I get your point -- and you might have included Justice Hugo Black as well.

  2. I was thinking mostly about the WH, but there you go. My take? The Civil War ended in 1865. We lost. Get over it.

  3. Where I come from (Minnesota; where many, many blue hats were born and raised), hardly anyone talks about the Civil War. Yes, of course we happened to be from the side that won, but it's last thing on people's minds.