As you might have heard Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville Virginia was taken down to the cheers of liberals delighted to stand up and fight against the evils of slavery from 1865 and against the long dead men who fought for the confederacy who pose no threat to them while of course excusing and/or defending and/or ignoring slavery in China and Africa because such opposition might carry political or financial risk to themselves.
But while the left cheers this I found a little throw away line in a piece at the Clairmont review of books that I found most interesting it comes at the end of this paragraph:
Lee would be pardoned under a general amnesty at Christmas 1868, by which time Grant was president-elect. And yet Lee’s full civil liberties had not been restored when he died in 1870. In October 1865 he had signed an oath of allegiance to the United States, upon Grant’s reassurance and urging, but it disappeared. The vindictive Johnson had apparently pocketed it, and it was discovered only in the 1970s. In 1975, Gerald Ford signed legislation posthumously restoring all Lee’s citizenship rights. The margin of the vote tells us something about where Lee’s reputation stood even in that heavily “countercultural” age: it passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a vote of 407 to ten.emphasis mine
I take note of this because there are two members of the current Government who were part of the Senate which delivered that unanimous vote to restore Lee’s rights in 1975
The first is the current Senior Senator from the very blue state of Vermont Patrick Leahy
The 2nd is the Current President of the United States Joe Biden
knowing this I put out a tweet Sunday on the subject:
I suspect like METOO & blackface the rules against don’t apply when Democrats are involved.