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Observations about Tim Scott, Benghazi and Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey

By Peter Bailey
Trice Edney News Wire

As a person who strongly believes that Black people spend too much time focusing on politics and not nearly enough on maximizing our individual and collective economic resources, I didn’t do any high-fiving or chest bumping over the re-election of President Obama and the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott as U.S. senator from South Carolina.

We can continue electing people to political office after political office, but until we use our economic resources more effectively, we will never achieve any real power in this country. Those who want guidelines on how to do this should study Marcus Garvey, read Harold Cruse’s book, “Plural But Equal,” Claud Anderson’s “Powernomics,” Chapter 15 in Chancellor Williams’ “Destruction of African Civilization: Great Issues of a race 2500 B.C. – 2000 A.D.” and the Blackonomics columns of Professor James Clingman. I should add that when Scott was extending thanks to a bunch of folks for his appointment, he ignored South Carolina State University students Samuel Hammond, Jr., 18, Delanor Herman Middleton, 17, and Henry Ezekial Smith, 19, who in 1968 were shot to death by South Carolina Highway Patrol officers as they demonstrated against white supremacy/racism.

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It is both fascinating and revealing that in all the commentary and conjecture around the killing of the U.S Ambassador to Libya, no one has observed that it may very well have been an act of retribution and revenge by Quadaffi loyalists.

The ambassador was reportedly very well connected to the events that led to the overthrow and execution of the Libyan president. It is entirely plausible that there are some forces in Libya who have sworn to get revenge for their late leader. At least that possibility makes as much sense as the other causes that have been thrown around and investigated by pundits and politicians.

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Near the end of Stephen Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln,” there is a scene in which Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits gloomingly on his horse after surrendering at Appomattox. Before he rides off into the sunset, victorious Union general Ulysses S. Grant and several of his aides remove their hats as a kind of farewell salute to General Lee, an enslaver of African people who violated the loyalty oath he took at West Point by taking up arms against the United States. He was a major player in a war that resulted in the death of over 600,000 soldiers and the wounding of several million other combatants and civilians. What Lee did is the very definition of treason.

While watching the scene of Grant saluting Lee, I thought, “That was the exact moment that eventually led to the former Confederate states winning what I called the post-Civil War propaganda campaign.”

Their successful spin has led to Lee and many other military violators of their West Point oaths of loyalty to be treated as honorable citizens of the United States.

 

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