Oates commanded the 15th Alabama Regiment when it made five unsuccessful charges July 2, 1863 up against the slopes of the Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. The 20th Maine Regiment, commanded by Col. Joshua Chamberlain held the position even as the Maine men ran out of ammunition and followed Chamberlain in a bayonet charge against the Oates and his Alabamians.
Despite the loss, Oates and his men became legendary in the South for their devotion to their cause, as the unit suffered 138 casualties out of the roughly 400 soldiers who marched 25 miles in 11 hours in order to join the fight that day. One of the dead was Oates’ brother John, who was wounded and died in a Union field hospital.
Jones released the ad at a time when there is a national debate about whether Confederate soldiers should be memorialized at all.
Cities like New Orleans and Baltimore have removed Confederate memorials, and monuments and statues to the Southern soldiers have been vandalized and the focus of protests.
In the Jones ad, the Democrat draws on that conflict between Oates and Chamberlain to make a greater point about political discourse today.
“What brought those two brave men, one from Alabama and one from Maine, together was war—two sides believing so strongly in their cause that they were willing to die for it,” he said.
“Those times are past, long ago, and our country is better for it. But now we fight too often over other matters,” he said.
“It seems as if we’re coming apart. I want to go to Washington and meet the representatives from Maine and those from every other state not on a battlefield, but to find common ground, because there’s honor in compromise and civility,” he said.
“To pull together as a people and get things done for Alabama.”
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Petition to Expel Maxine Waters from Congress Reaches 100,000 Signatures
A petition on the official White House government website to expel Congresswoman Maxine Waters from the House of Representatives reached 100,000 signatures on Thursday. The petition, hosted through the ‘We the People’ function of the White House’s website established in 2011, reached the necessary amount of signatures required to receive an official response from the Executive Branch under the loosely-followed rules of the platform.
The petition made it clear that those who signed were appropriately calling upon Congress to act, as expulsion from the House of Representatives would require a 2/3rds majority of U.S Representatives to vote for it. The White House potentially could call upon Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to allow a vote on the expulsion.
The petition made its case for expulsion on the basis of Waters’ “calling for attacks and violence against all Trump officials,” in reference to Waters’ remarks at an open borders rally, when she told progressive agitators that “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Ironically enough, Waters’ demand that her followers badger and harass Trump administration personnel backfired badly, finding herself in turn overwhelmed with armies of conservative patriots demanding her impeachment during town halls held in her Los Angeles congressional district. Waters had also been confronted by Big League Politics’ Laura Loomer, and refused to retract her demands for the harassment of Trump supporters.
The President himself could be interested in calling for expulsion proceedings for Waters, based upon his own statements in regards to her history of aggressive, belligerent calls for personal attacks against her political opponents. In his most recent Montana rally, the President described Waters as being a “low IQ individual,” speculating that her IQ was probably somewhere around the mid-60’s. It’s even possible that some Congressional Democrats would find themselves relieved to be rid of one of the most deranged, insane, and hateful Members of Congress ever to serve in the House, allowing a vote on Water’s expulsion to reach a wide bipartisan majority.
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