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Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend
Cumming Home ^ | January 4, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 01/15/2011 2:24:43 PM PST by BigReb555

Young people will get a school holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King whose birthday is January 15th. But, will anyone tell them that January 19th is also the birthday of Robert E. Lee?

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America has always loved her heroes like: Baseball Legend-Babe Ruth, Golf Great-Ben Hogan, Movie Actor-John Wayne and…..

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, is the 204th birthday of General Robert E. Lee.

Young people will get a school holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King whose birthday is January 15th. But, will anyone tell them that January 19th is also the birthday of Robert E. Lee?

Booker T. Washington, America’s great Black-American Educator wrote in 1910, quote “The first white people in America, certainly the first in the South to exhibit their interest in the reaching of the Negro and saving his soul through the medium of the Sunday-school were Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.” unquote

During Robert E. Lee’s 100th birthday in 1907, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., a former Union Army Commander and grandson of United States President John Quincy Adams, spoke in tribute to Robert E. Lee at Washington and Lee College’s Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia. His speech was printed in both Northern and Southern newspapers and is said to had lifted Lee to a renewed respect among the American people.

Robert E. Lee-Stonewall Jackson Day events are planned for Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Lexington, Virginia that includes a Memorial at Lee Chapel featuring Guest Speaker Kenny J. Rowlette with topic: Opposites In Command—The Legendary Partnership of Lee and Jackson. For additional information go to: http://leejacksonday.webs.com/

And the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will sponsor their 24th Annual Robert E. Lee birthday celebration on Saturday, January 22, 2011, in the Legislative Chambers of Georgia’s Old Capitol in Milledgeville, Georgia that will begin with a parade to the Old Capitol at 10:45 AM.

Many more events are planned for Robert E. Lee…. who was born at “Stratford” in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 19, 1807. The winter was cold and fireplaces were little help for Robert's mother, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee.

Ann Lee named her son "Robert Edward" after her two brothers.

Robert E. Lee undoubtedly acquired his love of country from those who had lived during the American Revolution. His father, "Light Horse" Harry, was a hero of the revolution and served as Governor of Virginia and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of his family also signed the Declaration of Independence. Lee was educated in the schools of Alexandria, Virginia. In 1825, he received an appointment to West Point Military Academy. He graduated in 1829, second in his class and without a single demerit.

Robert E. Lee wed Mary Anna Randolph Custis in June 1831, two years after his graduation from West Point. Robert and Mary had grown up together. Mary was the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of Martha Washington and the adopted son of George Washington.

Mary was an only child; therefore, she inherited Arlington House, across the Potomac from Washington, where she and Robert raised seven children.

In 1836, Lee was appointed to first lieutenant. In 1838, with the rank of captain, Lee fought valiantly in the War with Mexico and was wounded at the Battle of Chapultepec.

He was appointed superintendent of West Point in 1852 and is considered one of the best superintendents in that institution's history.

General Winfield Scott offered Robert E. Lee command of the Union Army in 1861, but he refused. He said, “I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children.”

Lee served as adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and then commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia.

After four terrible years of death and destruction, General Robert E. Lee met General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, and ended their battles.

In the fall of 1865, Lee was offered and accepted the presidency of troubled Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. The school was renamed Washington and Lee in his honor.

Robert E. Lee died at 9:30 on the morning of October 12, 1870, at Washington-Lee College.

He is buried in a chapel on the school grounds with his family and near his favorite horse, Traveller.

President Theodore Roosevelt described General Robert E. Lee as "the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth."

1 posted on 01/15/2011 2:24:45 PM PST by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

I’m here!


2 posted on 01/15/2011 2:25:51 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: BigReb555

One of my granddaughters is going to Washington & Lee next fall.


3 posted on 01/15/2011 2:31:39 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BigReb555

Robert E. Lee is no hero. Like Jefferson Davis, Lee is a traitor to the United States of America. Period!


4 posted on 01/15/2011 2:32:24 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

Suck it.


5 posted on 01/15/2011 2:34:58 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Reagan Man

Best read of the year:

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=209597

Deo Vindice


7 posted on 01/15/2011 2:36:36 PM PST by golux
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To: BigReb555

“Take a day off school or work this Monday to commemorate the birthday of Robert E. Lee!”

If I win the lottery I will put this up on billboards all over America in time for Robert E. Lee day in 2012.


8 posted on 01/15/2011 2:37:49 PM PST by Iron Munro (When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia - Mark Steyn)
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To: BigReb555
General Robert E. Lee HAPPY BIRTHDAY


9 posted on 01/15/2011 2:38:14 PM PST by piroque (Southern born and Raised,Love "G R I T S")
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To: Reagan Man

I would have liked to have seen you say that to US Grant. Or Sherman for that matter. You would have got a swat across the backside of your head for the reward from them.


10 posted on 01/15/2011 2:40:36 PM PST by crz
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To: Reagan Man

If Abe Lincoln was half the man and statesman he gets credit for, there wouldn’t have been a war, (The War of Northern Aggression) and 625,000 men would not have lost their lives destroying one another and half of America.


11 posted on 01/15/2011 2:42:42 PM PST by Iron Munro (When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia - Mark Steyn)
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To: Reagan Man

If Robert E. Lee was a traitor, then so was George Washington.

My friend, George Washington and Robert E. Lee both fought for freedom and were great Americans.

We should remember all our American History!


12 posted on 01/15/2011 2:42:45 PM PST by BigReb555
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To: Reagan Man

Most idiotic posts I have ever seen here.


13 posted on 01/15/2011 2:43:11 PM PST by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives (High time to bring back the sons (and daughters) of liberty!!!! SP4P2012)
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To: BigReb555

...Robert E. Lee died in 1870...
My grandma (Minnie Lee Wheeler) was born in 1900 and she was named after Robert E. Lee.
My mama was raised by her grandparents who often spoke to her of the war and her confederate grandfather.
I visit his grave at least once a year.
When I was growing up, my mama taught me all about federal and yankee hatred (and she’s still living at age 90).
You think about for a minute when you think about the “democrats” and “the south”.
Just stop for a moment and think about it.
This is not “ancient history”.
It was not all that long ago...


14 posted on 01/15/2011 2:43:24 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: BigReb555
My daughters middle name is Rosalee because I like Robert E. Lee and my wife like roses.

We didn't think of the name because of Robert E. Lee but when my wife suggested “Rosalee” I said heck yea Robert E. Lee.

15 posted on 01/15/2011 2:44:30 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (I Love Catholic Nerds)
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To: Reagan Man

A Traitor?......really??? If that was the case.....why wasn’t he hanged as such?

I believe it is probably because the Federal government had way overstepped it’s bounds by using such force to bring the Union back together and it knew it. The overreach would not have stood up to Constitutional scrutiny.

It was a terrible time in our country’s history for sure.....but I believe Slavery was on it’s way out just due to our country’s inevitable progression,

Robert E. Lee was a man who loved his country as it had been originally founded.....much like Patriots of today....

Just my opinion of course.....

BTW.....I am a Northerner...with at least 2 forbears fighting for the Union.....


16 posted on 01/15/2011 2:44:41 PM PST by freedombird (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness. -A. DeTocqueville)
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To: Reagan Man

Lee was a loyal patriot of his native state of Virginia. In those days, loyalty to your state held primacy over that towards the Federal Union, which was supposed to serve the interests of the states, not the other way around...


17 posted on 01/15/2011 2:45:40 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Repeal The 17th

Amen. I am still wanting to visit his grave for the first time!


18 posted on 01/15/2011 2:45:43 PM PST by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives (High time to bring back the sons (and daughters) of liberty!!!! SP4P2012)
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To: Reagan Man

Don’t make me go all zombie on your ass.


19 posted on 01/15/2011 2:46:03 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: BigReb555

Texas state employees celebrate Confederate Heros Day on Lee’s birthday.


20 posted on 01/15/2011 2:49:41 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US Government to Kill Commies. Now ain't that irOnic?)
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To: golux

Very good, thanks.


22 posted on 01/15/2011 2:54:54 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Reagan Man

That is all a matter of perspective. If we (in the South) can get over the war... and we certainly have... so can you. We are all Americans today... and a subset of Americans called Conservatives. Those are the facts.

LLS


23 posted on 01/15/2011 2:55:13 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: crz

“You would have got a swat across the backside of your head...”

I doubt that. I’m sure they heard that a lot. There was a time after the war when it looked like Lee was going to be hanged. He was indicted for treason. But Grant went to Andrew Johnson and threatened to resign because he considered it a violation of the terms of surrender at Appomattox.


24 posted on 01/15/2011 2:56:10 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: LibLieSlayer

We in the South know we lost the good battle. We are all indeed Americans and I for one am a Conservative...But, we in the South will never foget the great men and women who helped make this a great nation. Lest We Forget!


25 posted on 01/15/2011 2:59:12 PM PST by BigReb555
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To: Brilliant

Wow....I didn’t know that!......I stand corrected.


27 posted on 01/15/2011 3:02:18 PM PST by freedombird (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness. -A. DeTocqueville)
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To: BigReb555

Americans are so dumbed down in American via American history they haven’t a clue what their civil war was about.Some people on this thread probably still believe Christoper Columbus discovered American while the Indians had lived in America for years.


28 posted on 01/15/2011 3:02:48 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: BigReb555

I lived in Winchester, VA and the holiday was called Lee-Jackson-King Day.

Stonewall - not Jesse.


29 posted on 01/15/2011 3:05:04 PM PST by 30Moves
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To: Reagan Man

Bs and double damn Bs.


30 posted on 01/15/2011 3:12:47 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: BigReb555

The State I live in the holiday is offically both MLK day and the Birthday of Robert E. Lee.


32 posted on 01/15/2011 3:16:42 PM PST by therut
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Bump


33 posted on 01/15/2011 3:17:47 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: BigReb555

Lee was great. MLK, not so much


34 posted on 01/15/2011 3:18:50 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: Reagan Man
A person as ignorant as yourself soils then name of Reagan.
35 posted on 01/15/2011 3:18:57 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Reagan Man

“...over 600K Americans died in the Civil War...”
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And your man, “Mr. Lincoln” is the cause of all of that.


36 posted on 01/15/2011 3:19:25 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Corin Stormhands

But I reckon you new that. OB


37 posted on 01/15/2011 3:21:55 PM PST by osagebowman
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To: BigReb555

Here in Richmond today, there was a tent and Confederate uniformed soldiers standing guard at the impressive Lee Monument.

Monument pix: http://richmondthenandnow.com/Images/Historic-Richmond/Lee-Monument-Richmond-big.jpg

http://media2.newsobserver.com/smedia/2010/10/26/22/The_Day_s_Best___10.26.10__0jO0aeq_0017.embedded.prod_affiliate.156.JPG


38 posted on 01/15/2011 3:24:15 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Reagan Man

Robert’s father, “Light Horse” Harry (Richard Henry Lee) was one of George Wsshington’s closest friends. He gave the eulogy at Washington’s funeral and is credited with the phrase, “ First in was, first in peace, first in the hearts if his countrymen..”, (a part of his eulogy).


39 posted on 01/15/2011 3:24:26 PM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: Repeal The 17th

“Just stop for a moment and think about it. This is not “ancient history””

A friend of mine is direct descendant of Lee and has a strikingly similar appearance.


40 posted on 01/15/2011 3:27:07 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: 30Moves

Beautiful town that Winchester,we visited the Stonewall Jackson headquarters there

If only Jackson had been with Lee at Gettysburg....


41 posted on 01/15/2011 3:27:33 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Harold Shea
If only Jackson had been with Lee at Gettysburg....

What would world history be like if there had been two hostile nations sharing this continent for the past 150 years?

42 posted on 01/15/2011 3:29:33 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: BigReb555

Out of curiosity, do Texans with Mexican roots revere the memory of General Santa Anna (of Alamo fame) and celebrate his birthday?


43 posted on 01/15/2011 3:30:21 PM PST by Little Pharma
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To: cowboyway; mojitojoe; central_va; bushpilot1; mstar; lentulusgracchus; sergeantdave; ...

Here we go again...


44 posted on 01/15/2011 3:31:00 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Reagan Man
Robert E. Lee is no hero. Like Jefferson Davis, Lee is a traitor to the United States of America. Period!

Just FYI...Davis, Lee, and other high-level Confederate officials were not tried because the U.S. government was very much afraid that its courts would rule secession completely legal and constitutional. To this day, the courts have NEVER ruled on the legality of secession.

45 posted on 01/15/2011 3:32:58 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: BigReb555

The Hidden Power article (14.5) has very strong proof of this and the following 12 points. Please judge for yourself about what the report says. I have briefly summarized what it says below but there is much more. It is worth spending a few days to read it. It claims all the recent wars over about the last 200 years were deliberately caused by the international bankers and people trying to control the world. The article states the wars were deliberately funded and agitated by hate propaganda through the conspirators’ media.
Boom and bust cycles along with the depressions, stock market crashes and wars are deliberately caused to cause people to lose money to the conspirators. They also weaken the people and tame governments into accepting the conspirators’ solutions.
The history books controlled by the conspiracy do not tell the full truth on why many events happen. For example the conspirators blame slavery for the American civil war but the real reason was to establish a central bank in the USA and to force a war to enable them to lend money at interest. The war caused a need for the North to borrow money and the bankers bribed congress that a central bank was needed for this and also threatened congress and senators. The North won and the bank was established.
The conspirators bribed members of the government by paying them and having them work for the bank. Intense deceptive media publicity convinced the public and politicians of the benefit of the Federal Reserve Act. It was done in ways such as by lying and saying that the banks will reduce boom and bust cycles. The Federal Reserve Act was passed near Christmas when few people were present to vote against it.
Hitler was funded by the USA and Britain to create a bigger war. The U.S. government controlled by the bankers conspiracy, wanted Hitler to invade America but he declined due to the risk of the number of Americans with guns. The U.S. government also encouraged Japan to invade Pearl harbour to get America into the war.
The bankers funded Arab and Japanese companies to buy up property around the world so the bankers could gain more control of it.
Manipulation of agriculture has and will be used to force the population to accept the conspirators’ demands such as having to surrender guns to get food.
The U.S deliberately tried to lose the Korean and Vietnam War so the communists would remain with territory. The war was to make it acceptable to fight under NATO and UN command.
Although involved with the conspiracy since his initial rise to power, President Kennedy was killed by an agent of the conspiracy for wanting to pull out of Vietnam and printing silver currency.
Many countries now with conflicts had peace until the influence of International Bankers Conspiracy.
The collapse of the Soviet Union was a hoax to fool the world into a false sense of security and also to slowly cause the world to accept communism. The bankers funded the Soviet Union to create an arms race, which cost time and money. Also it caused the nations to gladly surrender their arms in the name of peace so that the goal of a one-world army could be formed under the control of the United Nations.
In World War 2 the US and British government controlled by the bankers succeeded in getting the Soviet Union to control much of Eastern Europe.
They can control the weather for Biological warfare. They are deliberately ruining the environment to gain more control.


46 posted on 01/15/2011 3:35:53 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: BigReb555

We homeschooled and always did something WbtS related on Martin Luther King Day, I mean Robt E. Lee’s Birthday, which is what we celebrate in our home.


47 posted on 01/15/2011 3:37:50 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Reagan Man
When commissioned as an officer upon graduation from West Point, Lee took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic” and to “obey the lawful orders of those appointed above me”.

My understanding is that the was required to take the same oath upon each promotion. If that's the case, then as a full Colonel in the U.S. Army, Lee would have taken that oath seven times, by my count.

I'm unaware of any oath that Lee took to preserve, protect, and defend Virginia, although times were different and the concept of federalism was stronger before the War Between the States. Nothing in the officer's oath said "of course, this oath is trumped by allegiance to an individual state."

Lee resigned his commission before taking up arms against the United States. I don't understand how that released him completely from his oath to the United States. A first- or second-generation German immigrant who graduated from West Point would certainly be considered a traitor if he had resigned his commission and accepted one to fight for Germany in WWI or WWII.

The Constitution of the United States defines as a treasonable offense any “act of war” against the United States or any “aid and comfort” given to enemies of the United States. Construing the acts of the Confederate States of America against the Union as something other than an 'act of war' or as constituting the acts of an 'enemy' require some rationalization.

One would have to believe that loyalty to state automatically trumped the officer's oath, although that prior loyalty was unspoken. Or that, by resigning a commission, the oath becomes null and void. Or that Virginia's secession somehow made the officer's oath irrelevant.

Lee was by virtually all accounts a gentleman. It requires more rationalization and perhaps some sophistry to say he was other than a traitor. He may have been a man of his word when it came to personal dealings, but when he took perhaps the most solemn oath he ever took, he was not a man of his word.

I'll be flamed for this, I'm certain.

If George Washington took a similar oath to protect and defend King George, then he was a traitor, too.

48 posted on 01/15/2011 3:37:55 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: Repeal The 17th; All

It was the south that fired the first shot..


49 posted on 01/15/2011 3:51:05 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Just FYI...Davis, Lee, and other high-level Confederate officials were not tried because the U.S. government was very much afraid that its courts would rule secession completely legal and constitutional.

That's certainly the argument made by some. However, when seeking to have his treason indictment dismissed, Jefferson Davis’s lawyers didn’t raise the constitutionality of secession as a defense. They raised clause 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment - stating that Davis' constitutional disqualification from public office was punishment and that trying him again for treason would constitute double jeopardy.

Davis' case was certified to the Supreme Court. As Salmon P. Chase and other justices considered the clause 3 argument, President Andrew Johnson granted a full pardon to all Confederates for the “offence of treason.” The point was then moot.

Justice Salmon P. Chase later ruled against the constitutionality of secession in Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700 (1868). “The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union, composed of indestructible States.” Texas v. White at 725.

50 posted on 01/15/2011 3:55:33 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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