Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jefferson- A book Report

Architect of Liberty By; John Boles History has been very much on my mind. I had the opportunity to give a talk in my home town of Lockport, N.Y. I was given recognition as a Distinguished Graduate. I took the occasion to pay tribute to the educational system in Lockport and all across America in the 30’s and 40’s. We were taught to appreciate our heritage and were grateful to be American citizens. That obviously is no longer the norm. The Millennial Generation in particular doesn’t agree. The movement to destroy Civil War Monuments and change the name of buildings, Streets, etc. is reaching a crescendo. I don’t believe it will end until all of our history is erased from view. We will pretend our history never happened. The condemnation of great men because of slavery is unconscionable. Slavery was a fact of life before we became a country. Many realized it was wrong but for many reasons it remained until ended by the Civil War. Even then, for the next 100 years blacks were treated poorly, particularly in the South but the North was just as guilty. I recently purchased a book entitled Slavery and the Founders. It was a short book but after reading I had a better understanding of how ingrained slavery was at our beginning. You are probably aware of the 3/5 rule that granted a larger count of citizens in the South by including black men in the count at the 3/5 ratio. The debates as our Constitution was written included many sessions where slavery was discussed. My contention after reading is that there never would have been a new country formed if the North had insisted of ending slavery. In fact I was amazed to realize that slavery existed in every State not just the South. Gradually over the years one State after another phased it out. George Washington upon his death granted freedom to all of his slaves. While he was alive he didn’t purchase or sell any and treated them kindly. Thomas Jefferson on the other hand kept his slaves even though on many occasions during his life he proposed ending the practice. Upon his death only five were granted freedom. They were relatives of Sally Hemmings. Supposedly when they were living in Paris he promised he would if she returned. Had she stayed she would have been free by French Law. His problem was one of money. When he left Washington after serving eight years as President he was deep in debt. No matter what he attempted during the years after, he was still deep in debt when he died. One of the reasons was his support of all of his family but also his desire to make Monticello a great home. He too was kind to his slaves and treated them well. At his death they were all sold as well as the property. It was years later that the debts were finally settled. Putting the above subject aside there can be no question that Jefferson was a great man and accomplished much good for our Country. He is highly regarded as the most intelligent of all the Presidents. He never stopped learning. It was a passion to him. He did after all author The Declaration of Independence that started it all. He fought for and obtained freedom of religion in his State on Virginia and the United States as well. He founded the University of Virginia. It was while he was President that the Louisiana Purchase occurred more than doubling the size of our Country. Of great importance was his strong belief in the Constitution. His Republican Party included the people. The Federalist Party favored the British Parliamentary System with a House of Lords. The reason Jefferson stayed on for a second term was to assure our Constitution remained as written. In this he was successful. He had a remarkable life. He was kind and generous and a Patriot thru and thru. He did everything possible to nurture the new country during its infancy. We owe a deep debt of gratitude that he lived and accomplished what he did. I found this book at the Tucson Library. I recommend reading to anyone interested in our history. Jack B. Walters September 16, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

President Trump changes course

President Trump has reached out to the Democratic leadership in an effort to speed up the legislation he pledged to accomplish during the campaign. The Republicans do not possess his zeal in moving these projects forward. Senator McCain proudly gave a thumb down gesture as he cast his vote to defeat the Republican effort to rectify the worst of Obama Care. I have no idea if this should have been passed or not. I am fully aware that Obama Care as enacted is tremendously expensive and is inadequate to accomplish the goal of providing health care to all of our citizens. McCain’s dramatic return from surgery supposedly to give the final vote necessary to assure passage was a cruel joke. I believe this was the tipping point for Trump. Unable to get the Republican Party to push through legislation he has turned to the Democratic Party to see if enough of them can be brought on board. I heard Senator Schumer on the floor of the Senate speaking derisively to the end that he would only co-operate if Trump gives him what he wants. This will not suffice. The Republican Party didn’t win the last election, Trump did. We also voted Republican assuming that party would jump at the chance to prove capable. Instead it has been business as usual with continuing to promise but keep delaying. Senator McConnell stated that Trump is inexperienced and doesn’t understand how things are done. Trump does understand but will not accept business as usual. Those of us who voted for him want things done and done now. The time for oration is past. The Congress took the whole month of August off. What a waste. They should be working overtime not diddling. I heard that in a study it was found that 91% of editorials were negative to Trump. He ignores that and keeps plowing ahead. We are watching and are still supportive of the President Jack B. Walters September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mr. Hansen

I couldn't agree more. I quit attending Arizona games two years ago. Getting home at midnight was not my idea of having a good time. Also, just as our team was moving the ball a very long TV commercial timeout was called. I was incensed every time. My other issue so far does not relate to college, at least as far as I know. That is not standing erect during the playing of our National Anthem. I am 89 and a member of the generation considered great by some. I quit watching Pro games last year as well. I can live without it. I still have my season basketball tickets but I anxiously scan the player lines. The first time I detect disrespect and I will give up sports altogether. There are so few of us left it probably won't matter except to us. Sincerely yours, Jack B. Walters

Friday, August 18, 2017

Chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia

The vast majority of writers, politicians and public are missing the most important point and that is the push to pretend that our history never happened. Taken to its ultimate conclusion then any statue, portrait or writing of those who lived on plantations should be deleted including Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Huston and other of our early leaders. Slavery was a fact 240 years ago and 2,000 years ago. It still exists. No decent human being living today accepts slavery. We recognize it is evil. I see a parallel between what is happening in America today and the vile antics of adherents to ISIS beliefs where they systematically destroy artifacts in the Middle East that have existed for thousands of years since they don’t conform to their belief system. Get past the universal hatred of our current President and think about the consequences as these events continue to escalate. Jack B. Walters August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mr. Tim Steller

I am writing this in response to your article today about the tragic happening in Charlottesville, Virginia. You and the vast majority of writers, politicians and public are missing the most important point and that is the push to pretend that our history never happened. Taken to its ultimate conclusion then any statue, portrait or writing of those who lived on plantations should be deleted. George Washington will no longer to be revered as the father of our country, Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of independence, Andrew Jackson didn’t defeat the British in the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, and Sam Huston didn’t avenge the slaughter of the brave men who died in defense of the Alamo and freed the territory of Texas from Santa Anna. Slavery was a fact 240 years ago and 2,000 years ago. It still exists. No decent human being living today accepts slavery. We recognize it is evil and always has been. Passages in the Bible state that “slaves should obey their masters”. Religious people today just ignore those edicts accepting that was the norm of those days and was wrong. Finally, I see a parallel between what is happening in America today and the vile antics of adherents to ISIS beliefs where they systematically destroy artifacts in the Middle East that have exited for thousands of years since they don’t conform to their belief system. Get past the universal hatred of our current President by those who were thwarted in their desire to have Hillary Clinton as their President and think about the consequences as these events continue to occur. Jack B. Walters August 16, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dunkirk-the movie

There are very few of us still alive who lived during the war years of the 30’s and 40’s. I encouraged friends and family to see this movie. A great opportunity was squandered to educate our people on those critical times when the fate of civilization was in jeopardy. Instead we follow two cowards as they use a wounded soldier as a ruse to move to the front of the line to escape to England. Director Christopher Nolan stated he avoided Churchill as he didn’t want to get bogged down in politics. There is a great little book “Five Days in London May 1940” by John Lukacs. The cabinet was considering negotiating with Germany for peace. Had Churchill not been Prime Minister they would have capitulated. This was during the evacuation from France. To tell this dramatic story would have thrilled audiences knowing how desperate the situation was. Jack B. Walters July 24, 2017 j

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Education of American children is failing to install respect for our country

When I attended grade and high school education in the thirties and forties the education we received in American and World history filled us with pride in our country. Those great men who created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were heroic figures to us. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. They were followed by others like James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Daniel Webster and Sam Houston. Through their leadership over time the United States of America was created from sea to shining sea. Some of the above lived on plantations with blacks as slaves. There can be no dispute that slavery is wrong. It was wrong in Bible days and it is wrong today. It is my conviction that the children in our schools today are being given negative impressions of these pioneers. It is playing out every day on college campuses where names are being taken off of buildings, monuments are being taken down and there is a movement to take Jackson’s picture off of the twenty dollar bill. I recently heard a derogatory comment from a teenager condemning some as powerful men who took advantage of black women. My belief is that the education I received was directly responsible for the creation of what is referred to as “The Greatest Generation”. We were willing to fight to preserve our way of life. It is my contention that if the education continues as it is today there will never be another greatest generation. Jack B. Walters July 20, 2017