Thursday, July 3, 2014

Today was the third day


I'm a Civil War buff from way back. The Confederacy is synonymous with slavery these days and we're trained from birth to think of them as proto-Nazis. It wasn't always that way. We used to think of the Civil War as an unfortunate fight between honorable brothers who finally came to blows after decades of slow boiling. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant are both heroes of mine. Marse Robert was awesome in victory and magnanimous in defeat. Some urged him to take the Army of Northern Virginia into the hills and continue a guerilla war after Appomattox, but he dismissed the idea out of hand. Ulysses S. Grant was a failure in civilian life and most historians consider him a failure as president, but the Civil War almost seems like his place of destiny. One of the villains from my favorite video games chose "Ulysses" as his pseudonym because in his words "Ulysses lived a long time ago before the world set itself on fire. He fought to make two flags into one. After the war ended the sickness took him. He wasn't made for a world at peace."

On the surface it looks like we're drifting toward civil war again. Whether the end comes with a bang or a whimper, I don't expect the United States to still be one nation by the time I pass on. Either way, we'll never see the likes of Lee and Grant ever again.

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