On Wednesday, July 23, the House approved HR 7573 removing from the Capitol facilities a number of statues … overall, the vote was strongly bipartisan … with the notable exception of the old Confederate States … but even in those States some Republicans voted YES ( AR02 French Hill, FL11 Daniel Webster, FL12 Gus Bilirakis, FL16 Vern Buchanan, FL25 Mario Diaz-Balart, LA01 Steve Scalise, and NC05 Virginia Foxx) but the majority of representatives of southern states voted NO.
There was only ONE member of the Minnesota delegation to vote NO — Minnesota’s First District “Representative” Jim Hagedorn.
If you have seen the press releases from Jim Hagedorn there is frequent mention of his father, Tom and proclaims that “His formative years were spent on a 160-acre grain and livestock farm outside of Truman”. Hmmm … “formative” … WHY would seven members of the Minnesota delegation vote to remove these statues but not Jim Hagedorn ? Maybe because his “formative” years were in Virginia since from the age of 12 he was “schooled” in Virginia including graduating from Langley High School and George Mason University.
The intent of HR 7573 is to return to the States statues of individuals whose words or actions supported the Confederate States of America.
So who are some of the people that Jim Hagedorn wants to protect ?
Jefferson Davis, who swore an oath to US Constitution when elected to Congress but was later charged with treason after being appointed as president of the Confederacy.
Alexander Hamilton Stephens who served as vice president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. In his Cornerstone Speech in 1861, Stephens said the Confederacy was founded “upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”
James Zachariah George, a member of the Mississippi Secession Convention, campaigned to disenfranchise African Americans as a member of the Senate from 1881 until his death in 1897.
Wade Hampton III served as a general in the Confederate cavalry and was elected governor of South Carolina in 1876, supported by a paramilitary group that violently attacked black and Republican voters.
John Caldwell Calhoun who gave a speech on the Senate floor in 1837, in which he called the institution of slavery a “positive good”.
James Paul Clarke, a Senator from Arkansas whose 1894 campaign theme was “to preserve the white standards of civilization.”
And last but not least, Charles Aycock’s whose 1900 campaign pledge was “When we say that the Negro is unfit to rule we carry it one step further and convey the correct idea when we declare that he is unfit to vote.”
So when you read a FACEBOOK post from Jim Hagedorn in which he warns of a “war” over “our beliefs and western culture” and that “We must stand up and defend our country [or county] our nation’s identity, our Judeo-Christian values, and our American way of life” that these are the people and values that he is defending.
And a side note, earlier this week, the House passed on a bipartisan basis H R 6395 William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act which funds the military operations for the next fiscal year. “Representative” Hagedorn, who likes to proclaim himself as “strong on defense/peace through strength” voted NO. WHY ? Well, President Trump issued a threat to veto the funding bill because it contained provisions to rename military bases that had been named for Confederate military men.
Voters will have a choice on November 3rd, do they want Jim Hagedorn who has proven to be defender of the Confederacy … or Dan Feehan who has served on the front lines ?