What is today’s post about? Loyalty. The concept does not seem to be well understood by some people these days. Hence, we have people trying tear down monuments built to Confederate soldiers, men who were loyal to the people of their States.
A little time has passed since the posting of the previous installments. Since then — wonder of wonders — the minority leader in the House of Representatives has condemned Antifa.
- Pelosi condemns ‘violent actions’ of antifa protesters (washingtonpost.com)
- Pelosi on violent Antifa members: Lock them up (foxnews.com)
- Nancy Pelosi gives a very surprising statement about ‘antifa’ protesters (theblaze.com)
- Democratic leaders change their tune on Trump (washingtontimes.com)
Antifa was one of the groups who showed up in Charlottesville, VA to protest a demonstration by white supremacists. They helped to set off a riot.
Why did Pelosi finally condemn Antifa? Not certain. It may be related to a newfound willingness to negotiate with President Trump on spending. When you are identifying a man with Hitler, that makes negotiations with him difficult. For all I know the Democrats may finally have something on Trump, and they think they can make better use of him as puppet. That, however, is doubtful. It is not likely they could keep such a thing secret.
My guess is the Democrats finally realized the name-calling was starting to backfire. Consider how the name-calling was working on the group Patriot Prayer. When Pelosi labelled them white supremacists, they objected and helped to make her look absurd.
- Pelosi Dubs Patriot Prayer In San Francisco A ‘White Supremacist’ Rally (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- San Fran park braces for ‘Patriot Prayer’ rally amid fears of challenges from all sides (foxnews.com)
- Pelosi says people can’t ‘yell wolf in a crowded theater’ during Patriot Prayer warning (washingtontimes.com)
- Who’s behind this weekend’s right-wing rally at Crissy Field? (mercurynews.com)
Whatever her reason, Pelosi changed her tune, and her reasons don’t seem to have much to do with loyalty to anyone except herself.
So what did people think about loyalty during the Civil War. Well, here is an example we usually don’t hear about.
Does the video above sound unbelievable? Here is the story in more detail, Glimpses of Soldiers’ Lives: A.M. Chandler and Silas Chandler, Family Slave (loc.gov).