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The Times' Dan Ruth's column today was about 'poppycock wrapped in balderdash enshrouded in piffle'

This monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park honors Confederate troops.

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This monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park honors Confederate troops.



The topic? The Olustee dustup. Here's some of what the Pulitzer winner had to say:

Revisionist history? If anyone has more egregiously twisted the facts of time, it has been the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who would have you believe the Civil War was all about defending the rights to have juleps on the verandah.

On its website the group argues the Confederacy "personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution."

And if you believe that poppycock wrapped in balderdash enshrouded in piffle, you probably also buy into the notion the nearly 4 million people owned as chattel by their slave owners at the start of the Civil War happily wiled away their hours, gleefully toting those barges and lifting those bails with their only care in the world centered around how to invest their 401k plans.

The Civil War wasn't about honor. It wasn't about tradition. It wasn't about some obtuse romantic notion of strolling under the kudzu. It was about slavery. It was about economics. It was about the South's desire to maintain a cheap means of agricultural production.

The Sons of Selective Memory are a presence here in Tampa Bay with their massive Confederate flag flying at the intersection of I-75 and I-4. About the only thing missing is a giant neon sign blinking, "Welcome To Gooberville."

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