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President Gerald R. Ford's Remarks Restoring Rights of Citizenship to General Robert E. Lee
Ford Library ^ | Aug 5th,1975 | Gerald Ford

Posted on 08/29/2017 7:05:33 PM PDT by central_va

I am very pleased to sign Senate Joint Resolution 23, restoring posthumously the long overdue, full rights of citizenship to General Robert E. Lee. This legislation corrects a 110-year oversight of American history. It is significant that it is signed at this place.

-- Gerald R. Ford, President

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: citizenship; ford; geraldford; hero; lee
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As a soldier, General Lee left his mark on military strategy. As a man, he stood as the symbol of valor and of duty. As an educator, he appealed to reason and learning to achieve understanding and to build a stronger nation. The course he chose after the war became a symbol to all those who had marched with him in the bitter years towards Appomattox.

General Lee's character has been an example to succeeding generations, making the restoration of his citizenship an event in which every American can take pride.

1 posted on 08/29/2017 7:05:33 PM PDT by central_va
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To: central_va

And, to be clear, both Houses of Congress were at the time controlled by the Dems.


2 posted on 08/29/2017 7:07:17 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: central_va

Oh, no. I guess the USS Gerald R. Ford will have to be renamed now.


3 posted on 08/29/2017 7:08:58 PM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: aposiopetic

And to be clear dipstick Ford was President and made these remarks. The bill passed 407-10. a lot of repubs signed that bill.


4 posted on 08/29/2017 7:09:03 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Leaning Right

Who knew Ford was a fascist and a racists?


5 posted on 08/29/2017 7:09:52 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Not sure why you perceived the need for name-calling. I was pointing out that the consensus in the past, among both parties, was that General Lee was a man of honor and principle.


6 posted on 08/29/2017 7:11:21 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: central_va

Time to uproot President Ford’s grave and his burn his bones!

He was a racist!

No, I’m not giving them ideas; but with the way the deranged Left is in this country, let’s just say it wouldn’t surprise me.

Why stop with monuments?


7 posted on 08/29/2017 7:11:24 PM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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In approving this Joint Resolution, the Congress removed the legal obstacle to citizenship which resulted from General Lee's Civil War service. Although more than a century late, I am delighted to sign this resolution and to complete the full restoration of General Lee's citizenship.

-- Gerald R. Ford President.

8 posted on 08/29/2017 7:12:24 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: aposiopetic

Good point.


9 posted on 08/29/2017 7:13:05 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: goldstategop

Gerald Ford - traitor!!!!


10 posted on 08/29/2017 7:13:46 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Gerald Ford—the Bicentennial Celebration President.


11 posted on 08/29/2017 7:18:06 PM PDT by Scram1
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To: central_va

Winston Churchill described Lee as the “most noble of all Americans” in addition to other praise.

Field Marshall, Viscount Garnet Wolsely, who was the greatest soldier ever produced by the British Empire, described Lee in such words that every American should read them.

He basically said that Lee alone was the great man of that century and none other were worthy to be compared to him.

Lee finished second in his class and was the only man to graduate West Point without a single demerit.

Lee freed the few slaves he owned and a large number he was entrusted to by a will. Lee followed the provisions of the will exactly, having the slaves earn enough money to pay the amounts granted to 3 Sisters. He then freed them.

Lee opposed slavery and he opposed secession. One would think the Yankees would have loved him and many of his enemies did come to love him after the war.

No man has ever been so beloved by his soldiers. When Lee tried to lead a charge the men could not stand to see him die and forced him to the rear.

As Wolsely said “where else is such a man to be found?”


12 posted on 08/29/2017 7:18:12 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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August 9, 1960

Dear Dr. Scott:

Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War between the States the issue of secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.

From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.

Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.

Sincerely,

Dwight D. Eisenhower


13 posted on 08/29/2017 7:20:46 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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> Why stop with monuments? <

They absolutely will not stop there. Street names will be changed. Movies will be banned (like ‘Gone With the Wind’ was the other day in Memphis).

I expect that - eventually - they will attempt to desecrate Confederate graves. And they will burn books, books that say anything positive about Washington (a slave owner), Lee, etc.

Even Lincoln and Grant will not be safe. The hard left has denounced both of them.


14 posted on 08/29/2017 7:23:17 PM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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After the war Lee and a friend were walking along a sidewalk. They met a black man who bowed and doffed his hat to Lee. Lee then bowed and doffed his hat to the Black man.

Lees friend wondered about that and Lee said. “Do you expect me to be less courteous than him?”

When Lee died, one of his former servants, a Black man said “If the Lord doesn’t take Marse Robert, there is no hope at all for the rest of us.


15 posted on 08/29/2017 7:24:17 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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Thanks for posting, FRiend. Robert E. Lee schooled the Union Army in Seven Days Before Richmond. He fought the entire war with a dearth of assets. After the High Water Mark at Gettysburg, he held on through a withering campaign in the Wilderness before finally tendering his surrender at Appomattox.

He is, in my mind, the greatest general of the Civil War. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, general ever to serve in the United States Army.

"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces guarding our country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense."

16 posted on 08/29/2017 7:39:24 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (FMF Corpsman - Lima 3/5 RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Leaning Right

Probably tbe USS JOHN WILKES BOOTHE.


17 posted on 08/29/2017 7:43:47 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Read: Psalm 145. The whole psalm.....aloud; as praise to our God.)
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Lee was the greatest general the US ever had. The only one who came close was MacArthur. My history teacher said it, a retired Major. I don’t know about MacArthur but try telling the BLM folk about Lee. They don’t even know who MLK was.


18 posted on 08/29/2017 7:54:51 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: goldstategop

Time to uproot President Ford’s grave and his burn his bones!
*******
Arlington National Cemetery is Robert Lee’s family property!


19 posted on 08/29/2017 8:09:06 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: aposiopetic

When I was a youngun, General Lee was put forwards as being a prime example of the kind of person a young man should strive to become. I guess things have changed since then.


20 posted on 08/29/2017 8:21:29 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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