On the May 12th 2011 an article appeared on NKY.com written by Mike Winn, about the Sons of Confederate Veterans trying to get a heritage license plate to honor the fallen confederate solders.
The original news story can be found here: http://nky.cincinnati.com/...
My original post about this on Kos is here and includes my letter to My U.S. Representative Geoff Davis KY 4th (R) to whom I wrote just because of his names similarity to the Confederacy's president. (Anybody else see the irony?) I also have written to express my opposition to this license plate to other state and federal public officials in my spare time.
I expressed my opposition to the plate to the "officers" of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Then received several replies including three lengthy revisionist history lessons from the group’s leader, Basil D. (Bazz) Childress Commander of the Kentucky Division Sons of Confederate Veterans. These are long and a bit too confused to post mostly because he replies in the body of my email to him. Still, his emails were a distressing journey through the philosophy of a confederacy plate supporter and he calls me a Puritan/Yankee/Hegelian/Marxist/Fascist, which kinda hurt.
Here is the Sons of Confederate Veterans Website
I would however, like to it share the one of the other replies to my concerns, from a member Mr. Donald Shelton it is “somewhat” rational and defends the groups efforts to have the state of Kentucky issue the Confederate license plates. It is the main body below for you to consider the groups defense of the need for these plates. I share this because while it expresses his anger to me, it attempts to defend the need and reason for Confederate License Plates in Kentucky. He obviously put thought into this effort, and I would have to concede more than I put in my letter to him. Please consider his points.
The question I pose to you the reader, within the framework of the First Amendment:
"Is there a good (or really any) reason that Kentucky should issue Confederate Plates"?
Mr. Shelton's and the Sons of Confederate Veterans point of view follows below...
This is about the May 12th 2011 article that appeared on NKY.com written by Mike Winn, about the Sons of Confederate Veterans trying to get a heritage license plate to honor the fallen confederate solders. The group wants the state of Kentucky to issue a license plate that would have the confederate flag as the backround.
The news story can be found here: http://nky.cincinnati.com/...
Below is my letter to Representative Geoff (Jefferson?) Davis - KY 4th (R)
Should Kentucky have a confederate license plate?
I open the discussion.....
Those who have much are often greedy, those who have little always share. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)
I recently was called naïve by a friend who opinion I genuinely value, the worst part is I suspect he is actually correct. I prefer to use the term idealist but this is just splitting hairs. What prompted the exchange and what has got me thinking, is if the world would be a better place if we truly practiced the ideals we were taught as children. Is this even really possible in today’s world? For the purposes of this discussion I will focus on one of the simplest of values.
I will attempt to make a larger point on the ideal of sharing.
This is meant with all due respect to both sides of the argument and with sincere respect to those in the healthcare industry desperately striving to help serve the greater good ...
Politics is like sausage — it is best not to see it being made. ~ Otto von Bismarck 1869
I don't know that I often agree with Bismarck, but it is usually really terrible watching American politics even when it's at its least contentious. The American political system usually either gives me a rash or leaves me needing a hug. Lately as a nation we are taking it to all new levels of insanity. The tone of American politics has devolved to a new low as terribly angry outbursts erupt in town halls across America not just over the usual budget battles or defense spending or even on whether to have a moment of silence for Michael Jackson. Now it’s gotten serious because we are going to decide how best to care for our sick our injured and diseased.
Once upon a time,
I had the greatest job, in a great industry, working for a great airline in a great city. Those days are now so long ago, I can barely remember them. I just would like to share what it is like to work in one of the stations that didn't make the cut under Northwest Airlines restructuring plan.
Our Northwest station in Cincinnati (CVG) will be closed October 23, 2006.
Do not feel sorry for us. We do not look for sympathy or pity, but perhaps there is some relevance to the story that is unfolding here and in roughly seventy other stations across the Northwest Airlines system.
Democrats take note... If you would like to win back the house and senate later this year you had better begin to define your message. You had also better begin to speak to working americans. What can be done to turn the tide for democrats - unions and working people? These are just a few ideas. Lately, labor's struggles mirror those of the democratic party -- mostly in terms of declining strength. Perhaps returning to a set core values would begin to advance the cause of working people, and in turn perhaps working people could help advance change in Washington. Or is labor and the middle class bound to become a footnote in history? What are the core values or essential missions for working people? This is an attempt to define them.
Where are the groups fighting for average working people? There are groups who will fight for the right to have abortion, the right to bear arms and gay rights but outside of the labor unions, few people are actually defending the issues confronting working people. If democrats expect to take back power in 2006 or 2008 they must begin to speak to working americans.
Airline workers are only one of several groups of working class americans who have found themselves threatened in todays econony. There seems to be an attack on working america, and working class values, as we move towards the society of ownership. Will Middle class america ever wake up and defend its way of life? Jobs that are not being sent overseas are being dismantled here.
The airline sector presents its own unique issues after being hard hit by September 11th and the war for oil. The airline executives have run these once proud companies into the ground, and the media, the congress, and the current administration have stood by while this sector has been self destructs. Will anyone speak up for these employees? Will anyone speak up for working americans -- period?