Woke policies in the military are worse than politicization

Arlington National Cemetery 109 year old Confederate Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery, 109 year old Confederate Memorial to the Reconciliation and Reunification of our great nation after our bloodiest war. The naming commission and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin want it demolished.

[Note by Gene Kizer, Jr. - Our military used to be the greatest colorblind meritocracy in the history of the world but increasing numbers of articles in publications like Military Times and Army Times are warning that politics and Wokeness are seriously degrading our military. The current recruiting crisis is an obvious result and the only solutions being offered are recruiting gimmicks like ribbons, and drastically lowering standards.

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On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders orbited the Moon for the first time. Before the mission launched, the Apollo 8 crew was told they would be making a live television broadcast to the largest world wide television audience ever assembled. This is the story of what they chose to say during this momentous occasion.

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[Publisher's Note, by Gene Kizer, Jr. - Original post was March 17, 2021. Update December 5, 2022:

Robert E Lee and Me Ty Seidule

I am honored to present Col. Jerry D. Morelock's review, below, as Part One of a two-part review of Ty Seidule's Robert E. Lee and Me. Next week will be Part Two, by me.

Seidule is on the naming commission which came about because of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who introduced an amendment in 2021 to the FY2022 NDAA in the Senate Armed Services Committee to change the names of the military bases in the South named for Confederates. We won two World Wars from those bases, which are around a century old. They were named for Confederates as part of the reconciliation of our country and most, such as Fort Bragg and Fort Benning, are legendary.

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Removing war memorials from military cemeteries

Removing war memorials from military cemeteries is what happens when the bonds of civic life have all but disappeared. It’s a dangerous sign.

Amid the steady stream of horrible economic news this week you might have missed a rather bland headline from the Associated Press: “Panel advises removal of Confederate statue at Arlington.” 

The news itself, that an independent commission charged with renaming U.S. military bases that bear Confederate names has recommended the Confederate memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be dismantled and removed, might seem painstakingly obvious these days. 

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About three dozen history enthusiasts attended the dedication of this historical plaque in Travelers Rest.

Spring Park Plaque

The Spring Park Inn in Travelers Rest. The inn, over 200 years old, was recently donated to the Travelers Rest Historical Society.

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The Last Words The Farewell Addresses[Publisher's Note, by Gene Kizer, Jr. : In the past few weeks, we have expanded our distribution network to include, not only Amazon, but the Ingram Book Company, the largest wholesale book distributor in the world. We'll be in select bookstores, libraries, universities (they NEED it!) and retail outlets - bricks and mortar, and online - worldwide. We are extremely proud to announce that historian Michael R. Bradley's outstanding new book, The Last Words, The Farewell Addresses of Union and Confederate Commanders to Their Men at the End of the War Between the States, is our first title on both Ingram and Amazon and is now also available here on our website as an ebook, softcover and hardback.

When Dr. Bradley first approached me with the idea for The Last Words, I immediately knew it would be an important book in this day and age of nauseating politicized historians and journalists whose idea of historical truth comes from the New York Times and Communist Manifesto.

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June 9 – 19, 2022

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Eisenhower, Houdini, Kennedy, O’Keeffe and Murray - brilliant Americans who stepped up to accept the challenges of their lifetimes.  Their influence spanned the arts of war, politics, painting, social protest, and even deception. Hear their stories – ask them how their world changed – and why they accepted the gauntlet.

WHO:  A cast of nationally acclaimed historical interpreters will perform in character.  (Performer Bios below)

  • Dwight Eisenhower – General and President (Portrayed by Doug Mishler, Reno, NV)
  • Harry Houdini – Magician and Skeptic (Portrayed by Larry Bounds, Greer, SC)
  • Robert Kennedy – Politician and Attorney General (Portrayed by Jeremy Meier, Sylvania, OH)
  • Georgia O’Keeffe – On Canvas and Off (Portrayed by Leslie Goddard, Chicago, IL)
  • Pauli Murray – Attorney and Priest (Portrayed by Becky Stone, Fairview, NC)

WHAT:  A ten-day, two-weekend festival offering entertaining historically accurate storytelling. Get ready to travel in time and interact with these famous Americans, where secrets will be revealed.  You’ll laugh, cry and flat out have a great time.  And the shows are FREE! (Nominal fee in Asheville.)

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