WASHINGTON: Texas Senator Ted Cruz has decided to tell Tennessee how to run its business. Cruz is standing against the South decision to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest.
This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law. https://t.co/XBgoRCBoI0
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2019
Ted Cruz is telling Tennessee that they should not honor Forrest, a man whom Cruz and his history teachers deem as not politically correct. Ted Cruz denounces Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee: ‘This is WRONG.’
The founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention pic.twitter.com/CHIFQ5FUGI
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 18, 2017
Cruz: A D’Souza Echo Chamber?
Cruz’s comments are almost verbatim from alleged American history student Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza, a recent guest on The Rush Limbaugh show decried the honoring of Forrest. At least D’Souza could have read up on Forrest before compiling his own opinion.
Which is more of today’s presentism, the judgment of the past by the norms of the present. An affliction by many when debating the value of the South and the people who fought for the South.
It is important to remember that the best understanding of history is always seeking primary sources. A skill rarely seen among the media voices.
Possibly Cruz took a look at Rand Paul’s uneducated historical comments assumes he can get away with the same pandering neocon milquetoast moderation, in the same manner. (Rand Paul weighs in on Confederate flag: It’s a symbol of slavery | MSNBC)
Speaking to Radio WKRO about then Gov. Niki Haley removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse, Paul remarks:
“I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery — and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody — I think that that symbolism needs to end, and I think South Carolina is doing the right thing,”
Is Cruz, worrying over his political future, going the neocon semi-blue route?
Senator Cruz came dangerously close to losing his Senate seat to Beto O’Rourke in 2016. With Texas long-standing Red State wavering, he may now be looking for votes no matter where they may be. But has he lost the support of the voters from those who know the South and the men such as Forrest who defended federalism?
Unfortunately, Cruz has probably made a political mistake. However, politicians can always correct their mistakes with the old “flip-flop.”
A lot of Texans may be asking themselves another question, now: If Ted Cruz had been at the Alamo, would he have stepped across Travis’s line? Whoever could be sure?
For an objective and concise view of Nathan Bedford Forrest read James Rutledge’s review of Bust Hell Wide Open by Samuel L. Mitcham, Jr. who concludes:
To turn back the coming darkness of “political correctness,” we need more historians with the perspective of Mitcham, writing not from the present looking backward, but from the past looking forward.