Yikes – Now John Kelly Is Defending the Confederacy

After hearing so many assurances that Chief of Staff John Kelly would bring order and decency back to the White House, it was crushing to discover a couple weeks ago that Kelly is a despicable liar like so many in the Trump administration when he maliciously slandered Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Since then, he’s refused to apologize to her, saying he “stand[s] by [his] comments” despite his allegations being proven false.

Some, including the congresswoman herself, suspect that underlying racism helped to motivate the attack against her. This suspicion seems even more legitimate now that we’ve seen General Kelly weigh in on the Civil War.

In an interview with Fox News, Kelly defended keeping Confederate statues up, called General Robert E. Lee an “honorable man.” Things only got more controversial from there when he declared, “The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.”

Excuse me, did he just blame the Civil War on a failure to compromise? I know he’s conveniently avoiding mentioning “slavery” in his argument, but if there’s any issue that’s terrible enough to take a stand against and refuse to compromise on, enslaving fellow human beings seems like a good one.

Besides, as historians have jumped in to point out, the North had made multiple compromises when it came to slavery. If you’re like me and just paid attention during your grade school U.S. history classes, you don’t even need experts to point that out. There was the Missouri Compromise that maintained an equal number of free and slave states, and the 3/5 Compromise that allowed southern states more representation in Congress for slaves who they considered subhuman.

In contemporary times, latent and out-and-out Confederate supporters will often tell you that the Civil War was really about “states rights.” That’s true in so far as southern states were really concerned about a particular “right”: slavery. At a certain point, the North was no longer willing to support slavery, and the South decided it would rather break off and from its own country than free black slaves.

Bearing that in mind, it makes Kelly’s comment on people “of good faith on both sides” following “their conscience” questionable. Is he really praising the North and South’s values as equally valid over an issue of human oppression? It harkens back to Donald Trump’s own comments where he blamed “both sides” in the Charlottesville protests and referred to some white supremacists as “very fine people.”

This “both sides are right and should find middle ground” mentality the Trump administration is pushing is completely rubbish. On certain issues, there should be no middle ground or compromise – slavery and Nazism chiefly among them. The idea that our nation’s leadership isn’t willing to take some pretty straightforward moral positions is frightening.

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61 comments

Stephanie s
Stephanie s16 days ago

Nice chap-not.

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s16 days ago

Nice chap-not.

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Nancy Wrightington

Just when I thot Kelly may have some sense, he turns into tRump's twin> grrrr

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Ellie M
Ellie M19 days ago

ty

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RONALD W
RONALD W20 days ago

First of all, there is honor in fighting for Slavery! South was all about slavery! The south was worried about losing the right to own slaves. That's why we had the Civil War. Slavery was wrong and always has been wrong! Nothing can be said how good slavery was. Slavery was the absolutely the worst idea this country had! Racism is the second very bad idea the South had! The KKK has killed more American than all middle east country has ever done!

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Margaret G
Margaret Goodman20 days ago

Could David F. quote the part of the United States constitution that allows states to secede?

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Janet B
Janet B21 days ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A21 days ago

;-(

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Winn A
Winn A21 days ago

That is just disgusting and despicable. Shame on him.

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David F
David F21 days ago

Joseph Glackin. Fake News distorts their victims knowledge of History.
I had one great Grandfather and one great- great grandfather that were part of the vast majority of God fearing southerners that did not own slaves, yet they both left their families risking their lives and limbs to repel a military war of military aggression from a distant foreign invader of their homeland.

In their opinion their States had joined the union partially because the constitution confirmed they had the right to succeed from the union if the state so requested. The states lawfully voted to succeed, Treason was clearly on the side of the union, and yes, I had in laws on the side of the union also.

Their opinion DC, was months away by horse back, who were they to make law over the South?
My grandparents felt strongly their cause was in the right, they both were injured and later returned to the fight. I have an original campfire letter written to my great - great grandmother.
In their opinion, right or wrong, the traitors were the Republicans that dishonored their clear constitutional right to succession.

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