I used to be a fairly good golfer. About twelve years ago, I won enough money in a tournament that I officially became a “pro” and could no longer compete as an amateur. This is a true thing. Haven’t hardly even played since then. Yesterday, my buddy Kona Jack and I played golf and I assumed I would be terrible after such a long lay-off. But… I shot a 70! My score was even lower on the second hole.
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Snippets of History
My wife’s 96-year-old mother recently told us her all-time favorite motion picture is Gone With The Wind. She watched it in her small Nebraska farm town movie palace at age 15, when the movie first came out in 1939! When we chat with her, we are blessed to hear history from someone who lived it.
My wife and I had never seen Gone With The Wind (although family members sometimes use that phrase to describe my hair) so we downloaded the restored version of the four-hour film to watch with mom for her birthday. I respected the newly-added upfront disclaimer, which warned of social issues in this, the original version of the movie. I’m pleased that, as a society, we’ve risen past most of that ugly stuff.
I’m also grateful that we are still—legally—permitted to view things which are no longer politically correct. Whether you like it or not, history is still history. No ruler(s) in our free nation should ever be allowed to remove or rewrite history.
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Blatant Hollywood propaganda in Gone With The Wind shows weary black slaves as confederate soldiers loyal to the South, devastated by the evil Yankees. What a crock of muck.
Facts: As the desperate South drew closer to losing their Civil war, Confederate General Lee requested using slaves to fight for the Confederacy, and set them free if they did so. The Confederate Congress (100% Democrat) passed a bill allowing slaves to fight for the South, but (of course) that did not include freedom. Black slaves were used by the South for manual labor during the war, but very few (if any) fought on behalf of their “owners”.
Facts: Almost 200,000 African-Americans joined the Union (Republican) Army during the Civil War and some 20,000 black sailors were in the Union Navy. All volunteered to fight against the Democrat South. Sixteen African-Americans received the United States Medal of Honor.
Facts: After the war, the first black man ever elected to congress was a Republican. Thereafter… the next 22 black men elected to congress were all Republicans. The term of George Henry White an African-American (Republican) congressman from North Carolina expired in 1901. Thereafter… due to white Democrat laws and new constitutions in Southern states, blacks were prevented from voting and no black person was elected from a Southern Democrat state for the next 72 years!
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[Currier and Ives — Library of Congress]
Sen. Hiram Revels (Republican–Mississippi), Rep. Benjamin S. Turner (Republican–Alabama), Rep. Robert DeLarge (Republican–South Carolina), Rep. Josiah T. Walls (Republican–Florida), Rep. Jefferson Long (Republican–Georgia), Rep. Joseph Rainey (Republican–South Carolina) and Rep. Robert B. Elliott (Republican–South Carolina)
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Back to Gone With the Wind
There is a gorgeous old house in South Pasadena, California which local lore says is the O’Hara family home, “Tara”, in Gone With The Wind. I believe it’s true. But perhaps I only want to believe it because I was the Location Scout for a shoot in which our two youngest children had on-screen roles in a Yamaha infomercial filmed in that handsome home.
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After we watched the legendary GWTW burning of Atlanta scene, I shared a bit of movie trivia with my wife and mom-in-law. (If you’re a movie buff, you already know this, so just skip to the next paragraph.) Movie producers didn’t have computer effects in 1939 and, back then, people weren’t allowed to actually burn down Atlanta. So, what they burned instead, were the gigantic wooden walls from 1933’s King Kong.
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The famous (and at the time, shocking) last line of Gone With The Wind is Rhett Butler saying to hysterical Scarlett O’Hara, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
That line almost didn’t make it onto America’s movie screens because, five years earlier, the “D” word had been prohibited by the Motion Picture Production Code. However… six weeks before Gone With The Wind’s release, the MPPDA changed the rules, allowing the “D” word if it was “…essential and required for portrayal, in proper historical context, of any scene or dialogue based upon historical fact…”
My opinion: The “fix” was in for Gone With The Wind.
GWTW is an astounding motion picture even though every character in the film ends up miserable and/or crazy, and/or injured, wounded, or dead. Regardless, I would change that last scene. I’d have Rhett returning from a successful hunting trip with a prize deer. Scarlett would say, “Oh Rhett, I so love venison. Give me that deer.”
And Rhett would say, “Frankly, m’dam, I don’t give a deer.”
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QUESTION: Why does the radical liberal left want to remove Confederate statues violently and illegally?
Facts: Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party made slavery illegal. The Democrat party launched the Civil War in an attempt to continue owning slaves. All Confederate Civil War heroes were Democrats fighting to keep slaves.
My opinion: Radical liberal leftists want to eradicate any record of their party’s total commitment to slavery and racial segregation. Eliminating such conspicuous reminders of inconvenient truths puts a statute of limitation on history. The left wants history to be forgotten.
Another of my opinions: I don’t have a problem with statues of Confederate war heroes being removed peacefully and legally. (Those are statues of people who fought a war for their “right” to own slaves!) Then, after removal, place the statues in museums. We must not forget our history.
More Facts: After emancipation, “Jim Crow” laws appeared throughout the former Confederate states as a “legal” means of turning former slaves (now citizens) into indentured servants who were prevented from voting and becoming educated. Jim Crow laws controlled where African-Americans lived, ate, drank, and even where they went to the bathroom. The despised policemen and judges enforcing those disgusting laws were former Confederate soldiers (Democrats) who controlled everything during that long, bleak, and black agony of the Jim Crow Laws.
Those laws were created and enforced by the Democrat-controlled South for a hundred years… all the way up to about 1968. I see no reason why our black brothers and sisters shouldn’t be angered by such treatment. But often, due to poor education and liberal mass media lies, anger is directed at the wrong people.
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More Uncle Earl Opinions:
- I believe the goal of the radical left is both a Statute of History Limitation and a Limitation of History’s Statues.
- I agree with limitation of Confederate statues — legally and peacefully.
- I strongly disagree with any limitation of history.
- I believe the Confederate flag should be displayed only in museums.
- FACT: The Confederate flag was also the flag of the Ku Klux Klan, and the States’ Rights Democratic Party.
- Of course, were I a politician, I might, possibly, create a legal exemption for my diecast model of the Duke boys’ 1969 General Lee Dodge Charger.
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