What a pleasure to see an article about the Democrats that does NOT use the term Democratic. They are far from being democratic, unless you agree with every thing they say.p>I am enjoying watching the Democrats open mouth, insert foot, and bite hard. br> — Elaine Kyle /p>
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a “founding member” of the KKK; those misworthies were 7 much lower-ranking Confederate veterans who met in Pulaski, TN (named after a foreign-born Revolutionary War hero, a fact which I hope galled the nativists). He did apparently become Grand Dragon of the organization, and at one point did thusly order its disbanding, but the general take of historians on Forrest’s Klan tenure is that he but nominally headed up a very loose-knit group indeed in Reconstruction America. Some idea of how loosely knit is that many “klaverns” throughout the South simply ignored Forrest’s call for disbandment and claimed embarrassment over his own former membership.p>Some further measure of Forrest as a man is given in a biography of him from about 10 years ago by Jack Hurst. Forrest there is described as actually publicly sorry for his racist deeds, and as in attendance by way of some penitence at various picnics and assemblies held by black church groups and political organizations, at which he supposedly even admitted to “so liking the ladies.” Not the sort of public atonement for his own past that one could ever expect from Senator Robert Byrd, now is it?