One of the big generals recently affirmed that “Robert E. Lee was a traitor.” I forget which one, but one of the top generals that Trump stupidly appointed who then jumped on him with both feet. Where did he learn that business about “treason”? At West Point? I hope not. But any body who has such a simple-minded view of great issues of history and of human affairs is very certainly not qualified to command an army. What if Churchill or Eisenhower and their lieutenants had been that ignorant? We would all be goose-stepping, which is probably what this general would prefer anyway.
Mr. President, isn’t there a disconnect between urging law- abiding citizens to be vaccinated and wear masks and admitting hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated illegal immigrants and dispersing them into the population?
Mr. President, there is a lot of talk these days about Critical Race Theory. I am sure a lot of people, maybe most Americans, do not understand what this is. Could you give us your definition of Critical Race Theory and why it is being required.
Mr. President, should a war break out with Iran, as many seem to expect or want, what do you see as the result? Will it help democracy in the Middle East?
Mr. President, you have said the events of January 6 were as big a threat to democracy as the Civil War. Setting aside that the Confederacy did not want to take over or destroy the U.S. but only wanted to be let alone, how can citizens walking through the Capitol that belongs to the People, be such a terrible threat?
Mr. President, millions of Americans believe that you were not legitimately elected. Why do they think this? What can you say to them?
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews