By Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
One had his name changed by his father but never bothered to make the change legal. The other was a man or honor, proud of his name and heritage. In fact, when offered a princely sum of money for his name, he replied, “Sirs, my name is the heritage of my parents. It is all I have and it is not for sale.”
One was a devout Christian and once wrote to his wife: “I trust that a merciful God, our only hope and refuge, will not desert us in this hour of need, and will deliver us by His almighty hand, that the whole world may recognize His power and all hearts be lifted up in adoration and praise of His unbounded loving kindness. We must, however, submit to His almighty will, whatever that may be.” The other publicly proclaimed to be a Christian but said that the Bible was filled with “legends and myths.”
One was a figure of dubious political, ethical, and moral character. So much so that, at the behest of his wife, a federal judge sealed his FBI files for fear of ruining his reputation. The other was a truly great American hero without a hint of a scandal that has been covered up, a shining example of the truth.
One sabotaged his country’s war effort. The other declined command of an entire army in order to return to the defense of his homeland against enemy aggression. He said: “I will still follow my native state with my sword, and if need be with my life… These are my principles, and I must follow them.” When he resigned his commission in the United States Army, he said: “I cannot take up arms against my own state. A union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets… has no charm for me.”
One was a womanizer and consorted with prostitutes. The last night he spent on earth was at a motel having sex with two prostitutes and physically beating a third. He had a habit of using his tax-exempt organization’s money to hire prostitutes to keep him entertained during his tours. The other was a devout family man imbued with wisdom, high moral character, an unfailing sense of duty, true manhood and a heroic nobleness that inspired steadfast loyalty from those who knew him.
One was a true role model; the likes of which is rarely seen today. The other was also a role model; the likes of which are abundant today.
One was a plagiarist. It is a documented and verifiable fact that he plagiarized his way through Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary. In addition to his Doctorial dissertation, his papers, speeches, and “sermons” were copied word for word from the works of others. The other was honor graduate, second in his class, from at the US Military Academy, West Pont without a single demerit and later devoted his life to higher education.
One was an associate and recipient of financial resources from known communists. He was a dedicated Marxist and Communist and was intimately involved in several Communist front groups. He created an organization that was staffed and funded by Communist individuals and front groups. The other understood that anything granted by a government can be withdrawn by that same government, but anything given to us by our Creator cannot be taken by government because it precedes and supersedes government—the exact opposite of Communist philosophy.
One publicly advocated non-violence but privately encouraged violent acts. Everywhere he went, violence erupted. Many of his “nonviolent” appearances were in reality carefully crafted public image appearances that were usually accompanied by violent acts of his followers. The other said that it was a good thing that war was so terrible; for fear that we might grow to like it.
One is a thoroughly despicable hypocrite, a violent and immoral degenerate, a worthless charlatan, and a Marxist, a plastic icon whose life our society has chosen to celebrate with a national holiday. The other has had textbook writers forced to reword their references to him and, in many cases, delete any mention of him at all. He has had cities remove his portrait and other memorabilia as a result of politicos who have not gone to the trouble to learn the facts about this most honorable of gentlemen. He has had his portraits and plaques slashed and burned, and his statutes spray-painted with obscenities.
Robert Edward Lee was born in Westmorland City, VA on January 19, 1807. Happy Birthday, General!