Defending R.E. Lee

The campaign against one of the greatest Americans ever continues.

Although those words were originally written in 2003, that is still a valid sentence. “They” (and we all know who “they” are) continue determinedly to destroy ever last vestige of our culture. That will never happen as long as I am alive. — jtl, 419

The campaign against one of the greatest Americans ever continues. The Richmond-area Boy Scouts have stripped Robert E. Lee’s name from
their uniforms, title, and logo.

How sad, given that Lee’s life, and the maxims by which he lived, are
exactly what the growing generation of boys in this country needs.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsEveryone knows why the Scouts dropped the name, but the reason is unimportant.

The important thing is the example of manhood of which the Scouts are deprived.

Lee’s Life

Combat Shooter's Handbook  Many have used superlatives to describe Lee. Lee was “the most perfect man I have ever met … made of different and finer metal than other men,” one admirer said. “He is an epistle,” said another, “written of God.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Lee lived by the code of honor and chivalry. He embodied dignity, manly bearing, and valor. A pious Christian, his principal object was
doing God’s will.

Lee’s code can be found in a small volume called The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen, published by Virginia Gentlemen Books and the source of the quote used here.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)  A humble man, Lee once said, “I know of nothing good I could
tell you of myself.” Indeed, he would likely say the Scouts should have taken a different man’s name.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewAs president of Washington College, he shaped the lives of many young men. “You cannot be a true man,” he told his students, “unless you learn to obey.”

“Study hard,” he told them, “be always a gentleman, live cleanly
and remember God.” And he once told Stonewall Jackson’s minister,
“I dread the thought of any student going away from the college
without becoming a sincere Christian.”

“Do your duty,” he wrote to son Custis. “That is all the pleasure,
all the comfort, all the glory we can enjoy in this world.”

“We must all try to be good Christians,” he said to a 5-year-old
boy, “that is the most important thing.”

The stories that demonstrate Lee’s character are legion and cannot be repeated here.

Whom Would They Revere?

Boy Scouts should be clamoring to adopt Lee’s name.

But no. They erased it.

And to be replaced by whom? Arthur Ashe, a tennis player? There’s a statue of him in Richmond. How about Abe Lincoln, the American man-god, whom we are supposed to worship with sacrilegious veneration, and whose effigy recently arose amid the streets of Richmond?

Perhaps the Scouts can learn to emulate him.

Perhaps they will learn to regale their friends with jokes so filthy the
women and children must leave the room, or to laugh at the misfortune of others, as Lincoln laughed when Gen. Sherman told him about burning Georgia. Perhaps they will learn to lie and exhibit false piety.

What A Boy Scout Should Be

Modern Scouts likely never learned much about Lee, but removing his name certainly won’t help matters. Lee’s example is sorely, desperately needed in a society that produces video games in which men maim women, and music videos in which singers gleefully advocate rape and murder.

What kind of boy was Lee?

“He was a most exemplary student,” a teacher said. “He was
never behind-time in his studies; never failed a single recitation;
was perfectly observant of the rules and regulations of the institution; was gentle, manly, unobtrusive, and respectful in all his deportment to this teachers and his fellow students.”

Sounds like what a Boy Scout should be.

May 17, 2003

Syndicated columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va.

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Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteAll unclassified Army and Marine Cops manuals and correspondence courses are products of the US Federal Government. They are NOT subject to copyright and can be freely copied and redistributed.

The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) develops correspondence courses for Marines with all kinds of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) on all manner of subjects. This is one of those courses.

The print is relatively small because that is the way it was in the original and this is an exact reproduction. Also, as a tribute to the individual (and a touch of reality), you will notice that the editorial pencil marks and underlined passages that were put there by the Marine that took this course. They were intentionally left in the reproduction.

This version of the course was authorized in September of 1984. With the exception the development of Infrared technology, it contains information and techniques that have changed very little since the Vietnam war. These battle proven tactics are as valid today as they were in Quang Nam province in 1968.

They will maintain their validity during the upcoming inevitable event of total economic, political and social collapse. Yours for freedom in our lifetimes. jtl, 419

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