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Friday Ramblings with Robert

February 11, 2011
tags: Butch Brown, Dick Hall, Dixie National Rodeo, license plates, Mike Tagert, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Transportation Commission
by Robert

Just Asking For Trouble

The news that the Sons of Confederate Veterans planned on updating their specialty license plate with a series of plates has been out there for a couple weeks now, but the national media has just now caught on to the groups plan to have a plate honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans have every right to produce a specialty license plate as they see fit just like every other group in this state has the right to.  The plate raises money for their group and if people are willing to buy it then so be it.  The problem is that choosing someone who is probably more known for his Ku Klux Klan dealings opens up a whole new can of worms, especially in a state like Mississippi.  The SCV did a good job with their other 4 plates, which include: Beauvoir, Battle of Corinth, Siege of Vicksburg and tribute to Confederate Veterans, but I find the Forrest plate to be in extremely poor taste and just asking for trouble.  Spare me the talk that he changed his life after getting out of the Klan because it’s the same as trying to honor history while erasing it at the same time.  He was what he was and there is no way to sugarcoat it or gloss over it and I find it hard to believe that the SCV can not come up with someone or something better to honor than a controversial man from Tennessee.

Bye Bye Butch

Dick Hall and Mike Tagert did not waste any time in teaming up to have Butch Brown removed as the Executive Director of MDOT.  Everyone knew this vote would come down to a party line vote and Dick Hall finally got the majority he needed to take out his chief rival.  There was no sense in Brown hanging around until June anyway as a lame duck and delaying the inevitable.  Butch needs to see to his medical care anyway, as he is being treated for cancer, so this works out to his benefit as well.  The commission will now be able to seek new leadership and move on with their business.

Get Out To The Rodeo

The Dixie National Rodeo is in Jackson through next Wednesday and provides a great deal of entertainment for the whole family.  This is a big event for our state and the Department of Agriculture and Commerce once again has put together a great program this year, so if you are looking for a good way to support your state and have fun at the same time then I highly suggest a trip to the Mississippi Coliseum to take in some of the action and entertainment.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2011 11:11 am

    I think Robert E. Lee would have been a better, less controversial, choice.

    • February 11, 2011 12:52 pm

      What does Robert E. Lee have to do with Mississippi?

      • February 11, 2011 2:35 pm

        I would say since Lee is the most well known figure from the Confederacy, with a great deal of nostalgia about him, he would be a good choice even if he is from Virginia. I think an NBF tag just asked for trouble that isn’t needed.

  2. keith permalink
    February 11, 2011 1:08 pm

    Now, the KKK has been honor. Will Missourians honor Hitler next?

  3. Sonny permalink
    February 11, 2011 2:43 pm

    General Stephen D. Lee, first President of Mississippi A & M, one of the founders of the SCV, and a gentleman planter who lived at Columbus, MS would be a better choice.

  4. rubradog permalink
    February 11, 2011 3:49 pm

    SCV members really live that stuff and know all about Forrest. In Forrest’s last speech he was presented a basket of flowers by a black lady and his speech was about racial reconciliation and equality of opportunity. He was proof that people could change. The SCV guys do not understand why others cannot accept that Forrest changed. What they are failing to see is that many others see this tag issue as an opportunity to keep the image some have of Mississippi being mired in the KKK era and exploit that for their own political goals. Sonny is right. S. D. Lee would be a much better choice.

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