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Vitter is "...a brilliant strategist..." perhaps, but, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, the john ain't got no culture.
1-Two to one the john will run against the President.
2-A win by the john will indicate that supporters'moral compasses point in the same direction as the john's.
3-Even money most folks will be distressed, but not particularly surprised, if the john wins.
Vote for John, not the john.
The Mayor's pronouncement regarding the monuments was, unfortunately, a galvanic and perhaps self-serving response to the mindless killings in Charleston. While his statement has evoked a range of comments and criticisms, I suggest that both the opposing and supportive views that have been presented since the Mayor started this affair are somewhat exagerated, and that 'cooler heads' should be sought to provide the best guidance. Unfortunately I am not confidant that "...comments for various sity agencies...' is what is needed. It would seem that, short of a substantial citizens' effort to provide coherent guidance, we are essentially stuck with what comes out of the Council. There, too, I have coubts regarding balance and a sense of, and good understanding of, history. I think that Clancy has done the City a service in this most recent piece, and I am in hopes that his cogent, and evolving, perspective provides a starting point for rational considerations by the powers that be.
Lee was an aristocratic Virginian who, at the start of the Civil War, was one of the most highly regarded generals in the US Army. While he had misgivings about slavery as the focus of the Civil War, he did decline command of the Union army to lead Northern Army of Virginia. He did well early on at Richmond and Second Manassas, but suffered huge losses at Antietam and Gettysburg, losing most of his army. He paid for his Confederate service by losing his [wife's father's] plantation, which ultimately was designated for burial of many of the numerous Civil War casualties and, later, dead from the American revolution through the present.
My guess is the 1884 Lee circle statue was a manifestation of post-war sentiments [raise your Dixie cups!], and that such sentiment is substantially less significant today. That being said, my money is on the general disappearing from the circle relatively soon, based on his honor the Mayor's recent statements. This will certainly lead to a multitude of nominations for a replacement monument, so I'll put my thoughts in early.
The circle was called Tivoli before erection of the Lee monument. I have no idea what was there before the Tivoli carousel, but it would be worth investigating. Perhaps it would be of value to dedicate the site to, and name it for, something or someone else of historical significance not linked to the Civil War...Robert Cavalier de la Salle, Chep Morrison, Mel Ott, Marie Laveau, Henry Byrd, etc. The history could be recent or from the relic past, one pays one's money and takes one's choice! Let the table thumping begin for the new dedication, but let's find a spot is a dusty museum for the general, and let's not waste the beautiful column!
Hmmm. Check Benoit's interview with Steve Curwood,
http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?program…, as to where he was born. Staff needs to stop relying on Wikipedia and guys like Richard Skelly, or at least verify info via several sources. Sole reliance is poor journalism.
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