Comment on: “Tom Watson’s mean streak maligned his political foes”

W L Watkins
W L Watkins

This is in response to a Gainesville Times column y Johnny Vardeman that appeared in the October 27, 2013 issue.

Mr. Vardeman’s column may be read here: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/101/article/90744/

Statues of individuals in the environs of governing are put there not just to tell history but to celebrate the individual. “Mean streak indeed!” It is hard to find any tyrant in history that has not done some good for some people and certainly does not excuse the evil. Anyone who has read extensively the history and especially the words of Tom Watson understand what a travesty it has been to celebrate this man with statues or words. Looking at Georgia history, perhaps it would be just as well if more statues did start to fall like flies.

The blood on the hands of our deep south forebeares who committed and sustained a system of profound evils toward fellow humans is passed to the hands of the descendants and will not be washed away as long as we continue to declare solidarity with “heritage of that nature.”

Sadly until remorse for the sins of the fathers is experienced and expressed this region will continue to be seen as pariah by many in the rest of the nation and the world. The people who hold on also continue to suffer through being inhibited in reaching full promise because, deservedly or not, they are judged on actions and opinions coming from the region and deprived of easy access to many of the opportunities this nation provides.

The sins of the fathers are destiny only for those who let them be. Looking at the corruption (and just plain meanness in depriving large numbers of our poor of health care) by Nathan Deal, the man with the silver tongue who was promised great achievement by his political forebearers, one wonders.

Mr. Vardeman’s column may be read here: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/101/article/90744/

 

 

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