|June 14th, 2019||#1|
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Robinette the racist voted to restore citizenship to Lee and Davis
I tried to copy and paste this so Mr. Tucker would not whine about forcing people to click on a link, but either the article or my computer would not allow that. Apologies.
|June 15th, 2019||#2|
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Biden voted to restore citizenship to Confederate president Jefferson
Davis by Alana Goodman
| June 12, 2019 06:00 AM
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden once voted to restore the U.S. citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
The former vice president, 76, was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that unanimously approved a bill in 1977. The measure was sent to the full Senate, where it was approved without dissent and later signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.
A year earlier, Biden had been among senators who voted to restore citizenship to Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.
The initiatives, which generated relatively little controversy at the time, highlights the cultural and political shifts that have taken place during Biden’s nearly five-decade political career. In recent years, statues and other commemorations of Confederate leaders have drawn protests and calls for their removal.
This year, Virginia officials voted to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway, saying that the former name “honors a racist traitor and slaveowner who led the fight to take up arms against our nation in order to preserve the brutal system of slavery.”
The Davis citizenship bill was introduced in 1977 by Sen. Mark Hatfield, a Republican from Oregon. Hatfield became interested in the subject after reading a biography on Davis, who served as president of the Confederate States during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
The bill was initially considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Biden had joined earlier that year. The bill was approved by the panel on April 22, 1977, and went on to pass the full Senate on April 27, 1977. The law restored “the full rights of citizenship to Jefferson Davis” and stated that Davis “had served the United States long and honorably as a soldier” before joining the confederacy and “should no longer be singled out for punishment ... The Congress officially completes the long process of reconciliation that has reunited our people following the tragic conflict between the States,” said the resolution.
The measure stated that since Lee's citizenship has been restored, it was "fitting that Jefferson Davis should no longer be singled out for punishment.”
It continued: “Our Nation needs to clear away the guilts and enmities and recriminations of the past, to finally set at rest the divisions that threatened to destroy our Nation and to discredit the principles on which it was founded. Our people need to turn their attention to the important tasks that still lie before us in establishing those principles for all people.”
Davis, who died in 1889, was charged with treason after the Civil War. In 1876, Congress refused to restore Davis’s citizenship, excluding him from an amnesty bill to pardon other Confederate leaders. Davis remained unrepentant until his death and did not want his U.S. citizenship restored.
“It has been said that I should apply to the United States for a pardon. But repentance must precede the right of pardon, and I have not repented,” Davis told the Mississippi legislature in 1884. “Remember as I must all which has been lost, disappointed hopes, and crushed aspirations, yet I deliberately say, If I were to do it over again, I would do just as I did in 1861.”
War and religion have always made a bilious sort of cocktail. ... E.T. Bell
Last edited by A. Ryan; June 15th, 2019 at 12:26 AM. Reason: correction