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Robert Duvall in Gods and Generals: An Offer Declined

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Robert E. Lee on slavery

I was much pleased the with President's message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed. The consequences of their plans and purposes are also clearly set forth. These people must be aware that their object is both unlawful and foreign to them and to their duty, and that this institution, for which they are irresponsible and non-accountable, can only be changed by them through the agency of a civil and servile war.


"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

"No greater duty than to my home..."

Lee spent nearly half of his adult life prior to the war in New York.
Makes "home" pretty vague and arbitrary.


Not really. He was born and raised in Virginia, as part of one of the oldest and most historic families in the country. His heritage stretched back hundreds of years. The fact that he went to West Point in New York does not really make a difference in where his loyalties laid.

Cultural inheritance is far deeper than where we live, or even where our parents or grandparents lived. In the Northern, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern states, for instance, local culture is still heavily based on the native cultures of the original settlers of those regions, despite being separated by centuries of history. Malcolm Gladwell has an enlightening chapter on the power of heritage in "Outliers." Even if Lee spent his whole life away from Virginia (which he did not, but that is beside the point), his heritage was still as a Lee of Old Virginia, and thus took precedence to the abstract, contrived, and self-serving concept of an "indissoluble Union."

"Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors, but today we kneel only to truth." - Kahlil Gibran

Never heard of this film...

How old is it? Was this an HBO thing or in theaters? Perhaps I need to find the time to watch it! I love me some Robert Duval!

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

It was in the theater

But didnt do that well, though it was well done. I think people didn't like it cause it was long, no car chases or zombies, and it wasnt historically PC like people are use to.

I post this scene to my

I post this scene to my facebook every Spring around that time. Great scene.

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA