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An Open Letter To President George W. Bush / Putting An End To The Cold War Between The States

Dear Mr.. President,

Several months ago at a Town Hall Meeting in the State Capitol of Raleigh, North Carolina , as you delivered your speech on your proposed social security program , I climbed out onto the railing of the second floor balcony and asked you to read and accept a copy of a letter dated November 8, 2004 of which I had mailed to you. At that time you promised that you would read it when you were in flight aboard Air Force 1 . Several months later as I prepared to leave for the burial of the Honorable Senator Strom Thurmond where I would march in his funeral procession adorned in the uniform of the Southern soldier , while brandishing his glorious banner ; I would receive from the White House a letter from a young lady who professed to represent you. Her reply to my letter was that you were too busy to speak or meet with me about the contents of said letter. I had requested a meeting with you to discuss ways of achieving social justice for the millions of my Southern family who find themselves victims of prejudice, discrimination, murder, folks fired from their jobs, forced evictions from their homes, our babies institutionally bullied , intimidated , and stripped of their limited 1st Amendment Rights at the schoolhouse doors, and all this for trying to express their pride in who they are ; Southern !

The irony here for me is that as I listen and watch you, probably the greatest and most courageous President that America ever had, with the exception of the President who served the Confederate States, and members of your Administration talk about the problems of the people of the middle east , while trying to broker an end to the sectional and sectarian violence that has plagued them for far too long ; that you would not muster the same courage , see and understand the parallels that exist in our very own country as the Cold War Between the States rages on, and help bring it to an honorable end.

I expressed to you at that town hall meeting that I was a loyal Republican , and one who had voted not only twice for you , but also your dad, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Last week the Executive Committee of the Asheville Buncombe County, North Carolina Republican Party ask that I join them to discuss a move by our Democratic majority City Council that returned our local elections to a partisan mode ; an effort that most as I do , see as an attempt to grasp and retain power . At this meeting our Chairman called upon one of the precinct chairs to give the invocation. He began his prayer by praising Abraham Lincoln and stating that we were all not slaves now because of Lincoln and the Republican Party that we all now served. I vehemently protested this rhetoric and later told all present that they were headed in the wrong direction, especially if they wanted to secure the Black vote and Black members to this Party , and furthermore needed to be educated to those ends , and needed badly an education committee. I got just what I was asking for ; the committee, and appointment as it's Chair. Several folks present volunteered to serve on the committee. As of yet I have not convened , but shall right after I deliver a speech to the Republican Women's Action Committee on Thursday evening, July 19, 2007. Part of what I shall say to these ladies whose main focus appears to be attracting Black folks to this Party is ; this is not the Radical Republican Party of Lincoln , and that one of the reasons and probably the main reason that Black people stay away from this Party is because far too many believe that it is the Party of Lincoln , and that they remember the stories told by their ancestors of those Radical Republicans who during the period of so called Reconstruction , terrorized them with the Union League, bribed unscrupulous Blacks, or forced their families to vote for those Radical Republicans while doing any and everything to separate them from the Southern White man , and after they had gendered up so much hate , left them high and dry after they made a deal during the Rutherford B. Hayes election .

The tragedy for those of us who wear the skin of the Southern Black is that we have been systematically stripped from the historical place of honor that we earned alongside that man who we called Master , and he has had to endure the burdens of evil of the world wide complicity in the economic institution of slavery ; all because he lost his honorable stand against his brother who now controls the media, government, and public school systems that he established in 1865 to cover up his unlawful and unconstitutional activities against my homeland , the Southland of America.

On October 14, 2006, as I had done on October 14, 2002, on an historic journey where I would march some 1,600 miles adorned in the uniform of the Southern soldier, carrying the Southern Cross to the State Capitol of Texas seeking justice for my Southern family and a return in the Supreme Court building of the Southern plaques that had been removed in dishonor, I began with my baby brother a March across the great State of Virginia, to the White House with the same plea found in my letter to you of 2004. I shall continue that March in late September some 89 miles from the White House, just outside Charlottesville in hopes that you will not turn your back on the peace delegation from the South that I bring with me, who only want to be treated like all loyal and patriotic Americans. My only hope is that when I leave the boundaries of the White House to began my re-union March Across Dixie on October 14, 2007 , that this time when I enter Austin that it will not be in a state of manqué , but will carry a message from my President that the glorious banner that I carry is truly a venerated symbol as declared by the United States Congress . As a Black man whose national origin is one of a Confederate Southern American , and truly a Patriotic American who served this country honorably as a Vietnam era Veteran, may God bless you, America, and Dixie the Southland of America ; my homeland.

Yours Faithfully,
H.K. Edgerton