“Workers have begun digging up the remains of a Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and moving the former slave trader’s body from a park in Memphis, Tennessee, to a museum hundreds of miles away,” the AP reports.
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“And then there are those who take this sacrifice for granted, waxing patriotic while salivating for civil war. Claiming they need to destroy the Republic in order to save it in the ultimate betrayal of oaths sworn. Those treacherous snakes can go straight to hell.”
— Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), in a tweet on Memorial Day.
“On the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, survivors and descendants gathered Monday at Standpipe Hill, where Black World War I veterans fought fiercely in a battle to hold off a White mob descending on the all-Black neighborhood of Greenwood,” the Washington Post reports.
“They collected soil from the steep slope to honor the victims of one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. As many as 300 Black people were killed in the race massacre, which began on May 31, 1921, and raged into the following day, destroying 35 square blocks of one of the most prosperous Black communities in the country.”
Out this week: Kennedy’s Avenger: Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby by Dan Abrams.
“No crime in history had more eyewitnesses. On November 24, 1963, two days after the killing of President Kennedy, a troubled nightclub owner named Jack Ruby quietly slipped into the Dallas police station and assassinated the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Millions of Americans witnessed the killing on live television, and yet the event would lead to questions for years to come.”
- Hardcover Book
- Abrams, Dan (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 400 Pages - 06/01/2021 (Publication Date) - Hanover Square Press (Publisher)
A new Economist/YouGov poll finds that 32% of Americans believe it to be a mistake or are unsure if it was the right decision to send troops to fight in World War II.
Washington Post: “John W. Warner, the five-term U.S. senator from Virginia who helped plan the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations, played a central role in military affairs and gained respect on both sides of the aisle for his diligence, consensus-building and independence, has died at 94.”
This is awesome: The Lyndon B. Johnson Library has put recordings of more than 100 of LBJ’s White House conversations online.
A song alluding to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and a “despot” and to the Union as “Northern scum!” is no longer Maryland’s official anthem after Gov. Larry Hogan this week approved its repeal — a move that some Republicans say is another example of “cancel culture,” NPR reports.
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer died at the age of 77 at his home in Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Washington Post: “Mr. Roemer, a congressman before he was elected governor in 1987, never held office again after he finished third in the 1991 race, having switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party that year. He came in behind populist Democrat Edwin Edwards, who was making a comeback bid after losing the governorship to Mr. Roemer four years earlier, and Republican David Duke, the ex-Ku Klux Klan leader.”
“As dissension boiled in their ranks, House Republicans quickly turned on the chairman of their conference, the member of the leadership team responsible for party messaging. After a swift vote, the occupant of that office was unceremoniously dumped,” the New York Times reports.
“The year was 1998 and the ousted leader was Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), who became a casualty of election losses that November and internal unrest over the tumultuous reign of Speaker Newt Gingrich.”
“It was an episode that could be instructive for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was bounced from that same leadership post on Wednesday.”
The Atlantic: “For some Americans, history isn’t the story of what actually happened; it’s the story they want to believe.”
Chris Matthews: “It is still early in the game. But should Joe Biden make a positive mark in history it will be by doing it like Ronald Reagan did: Stick to your base; keep your focus, go big; go early. His commitment to Reagan’s governing politics is clear and it’s working.”
“As a former speechwriter, I’m also impressed by his rhetorical focus. It’s not that he’s a great orator. The point is he’s kept his speeches within his rhetorical abilities. And while he’s governed left, his tone has been totally middle of the road, inclusive. He hasn’t gotten drawn into culture war battles over Dr. Seuss. When he got asked about America being a racist country, he deftly said he didn’t think most people were racists but there was clearly a legacy of racism holding people back right now. He’s used the term systemic racism but in a way that calls on people’s better angels. It’s been hard to pull off but in a slow and grandfatherly way, he’s made it look easy, During the Chauvin trial, it would have been easy to make a misstep. He didn’t. Moderate tone. Left governance. Reagan governed right with a moderate tone. It worked then. It works now.”
Jane Mayer: “An infamous Republican political operative’s unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.”
Former President Bill Clinton talks to James Carville and Paul Begala on his podcast.
Tennessee state Rep. Justin Lafferty (R) argued on the floor that the Three-Fifths Compromise was about “ending slavery.”
Said Lafferty: “We ended up biting a bitter, bitter pill that haunts us today. And we did it to lay the foundation for all this that we enjoy in this country.”
He added: “The Three-Fifths Compromise was a direct effort to ensure that southern states never got the population necessary to continue the practice of slavery everywhere else in the country.”
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Ben Jacobs: “The presidency is the most powerful position in the country, but it could accidentally wind up with a new perk: the ability to cast electoral votes. That’s because, as a result of a constitutional quirk, the current push for D.C. statehood would leave a remnant federal district in which the White House might be the only permanent residence. It’s one of the more bizarre features of the long-running fight to grant congressional representation to the 700,000 taxpaying residents of the District of Columbia…”
“There’s no easy fix for such a scenario, because it would take a new constitutional amendment to undo the 23rd Amendment, which is far more difficult to pass than simple legislation.”
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) said that there was “nothing” in America before white colonizers arrived, the HuffPost reports.
Said Santorum: “We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here.”
He added: “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”