As we begin to age, so often we see our parents looking back at us in the mirror. A mother passes part of herself onward to her beloved children, they in turn to the next generation and so on…ad infinitum. The fundamental base of all that is natural is to embrace your proud heritage, ancestry and folk. All that heritage manifest in the present is your identity. Once we have identity we understand the value of family and love by continuing our precious lineage into the future.
The harbinger is a horror movie trope. He is the old man that warns the kids not to go in those woods. There’s evil in there. This piece is probably old hat for some of y’all. But if you’re young and just getting into what we at ID are about, please heed this warning.
Why do Americans admire Robert E Lee? While the Civil War ended ~150 years ago, a recent phenomena in the 21st century has been removing the statues, monuments, and even markers in cemeteries of Southerners from the war. A figure in the center of this controversy and from that time period is General Robert Edward Lee. During the war and long after its conclusion, Lee was well respected on both sides for many reasons.
Northern Virginia is not Dixie. Sure, it’s technically Dixie territory. Sure, Lee’s army was called The Army of Northern Virginia, but even more so than any black-belt city, this place would be unrecognizable to a Southern man or women. There are no Southern accents here. There is no Southern religion. There are no Confederate Battle flags.
One anniversary that’s not on this year’s calendar is the 900th observance of the capture of Jerusalem by Christian crusaders on July 15, 1099. As a matter of fact, it’s an anniversary that’s probably never been on any year’s calendar, since virtually everyone forgot about it sometime around the year 1600. But some never forget, and they’re getting ready to do what 20th century man is supposed to do, at least in the West: apologize for it.