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house Bill H.R. 3658

Should Military Bases Named After Members of the Confederacy be Renamed?

Argument in favor

The disgraced names of men who fought against the U.S. to preserve slavery shouldn’t be commemorated as the name of a U.S. military base or other defense-related property. There are plenty of meritorious members of the armed forces who are more deserving of that honor.

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09/15/2017
Confederates were literally treasonous and did not want to be a part of this country. I fail to see why that should be honored...History needs to be taught so that it doesn't repeat itself but there is no need to emulate bad/painful history or put it on a pedestal
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Aaron's Opinion
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09/15/2017
The confederacy was a treasonous organization against the USA and should not be commemorated!
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Brendan's Opinion
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09/15/2017
Why do we commemorate institutions fighting for democracy and freedom by naming them after individuals who lacked understanding of the meaning of freedom?
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Argument opposed

This bill is a superficial attempt to erase history and it will be surprisingly costly to rename military bases. It also ignores the fact that many of the Confederate generals military bases are named after served in the U.S. military prior to the Civil War.

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09/15/2017
These historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.
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Andrea's Opinion
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09/15/2017
Where does it end? Changing names and taking down monuments doesn't change history. The only difference between the Confederates in question and people like George Washington is Washington won. Washington was a slave owner who was a traitor to his own country, England, which was the ruling government of this land until the American Revolution.
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Tom's Opinion
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09/15/2017
No. This is history. Erased history will be forgotten and repeated. History is not for the sensitive nor the faint of heart.
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      Committee on Armed Services
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    IntroducedAugust 18th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3658?

This bill would require the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to change the name of any military installation or other property that’s currently named after an individual who joined the Confederacy and took up arms against the U.S. during the American Civil War within one year. The DOD would provide the armed services committees in Congress with an implementation report within 30 days of the bill’s enactment that includes a list of all installations or property in need of a name change and an estimate of the cost for new signs, maps, documents, and other materials.

Impact

Military installations and DOD property that would be renamed; the DOD; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3658

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) to require that military installations and other DOD property currently named after Confederates who fought against the U.S. in the Civil War are renamed within one year:

“The time has come for the Army to remove from Fort Hamilton and other military installations the disgraced names of men who waged war against the United States to preserve the evil institution of slavery. Monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders have always represented white supremacy and a continuing attempt to deny the basic human rights of African Americans. As recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have made perfectly clear, these monuments are nothing more than symbols of white supremacy and a pretext for the violent imposition of an evil ideology that should never have persisted into the Twenty-First Century.”

This legislation has the support of 29 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Of NoteAmong the U.S. military bases named after members of the Confederacy are:

  • Fort Benning, Georgia: Home of the Army’s infantry and armor schools.

  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina: Home of the Army’s airborne school and special operations command.

  • Fort Hood, Texas: The most populous U.S. military installation in the world.

  • Fort Lee, Virginia: Home of the Army’s quartermaster and ordnance schools.

  • Fort Pickett, Virginia: Home of the Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center.

  • Fort Polk, Louisiana: Home to the Joint Readiness Training Center.

  • Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia: An arms training and maneuver center.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Chmiel / iStock)

AKA

Honoring Real Patriots Act of 2017

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Defense to change the name of any military installation or other property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense that is currently named after any individual who took up arms against the United States during the American Civil War or any individual or entity that supported such efforts.

    Why name military bases after traitors?
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    These historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.
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    Confederates were literally treasonous and did not want to be a part of this country. I fail to see why that should be honored...History needs to be taught so that it doesn't repeat itself but there is no need to emulate bad/painful history or put it on a pedestal
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    Where does it end? Changing names and taking down monuments doesn't change history. The only difference between the Confederates in question and people like George Washington is Washington won. Washington was a slave owner who was a traitor to his own country, England, which was the ruling government of this land until the American Revolution.
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    The confederacy was a treasonous organization against the USA and should not be commemorated!
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    No. This is history. Erased history will be forgotten and repeated. History is not for the sensitive nor the faint of heart.
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    Why do we commemorate institutions fighting for democracy and freedom by naming them after individuals who lacked understanding of the meaning of freedom?
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    They are part of America's military history!!!!
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    Absolutely not! The generals that served in the War of the Southern Succession were also generals who served in some capacity in the Mexican-American War and were pardoned by President Abraham Lincoln under the terms of surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Their names are only being tainted by a select few voices who believe they can rewrite our history and destroy those who believe in the power of state's rights, and the ability to hold the Federal Government account for their overreach.
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    This is a difficult one for me. I believe that confederate monuments belong in museums, not in the public square, and I think the whole "erasing history" argument is a red herring attempting to distract from the fact that we still need to deal with the ever present argument of racism in this country, and removing a confederate monument from the very place slaves were bought and sold seems like a no-brainer to me. However, as a military person I also understand that there is a difference between removing monuments and renaming military posts. The cost of this would be way more than I personally would find acceptable, considering how often our troops go without certain things; yes I know it all falls under the military industrial complex, and may come from two different pots of money, but it seems to me that policies within the armed forces regarding race and gender equality are far more important that whether or not they are serving on Fort Benning, Fort Bragg or Fort Rucker, all posts named after confederate generals.
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    Yes...Why is this even a question?
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    Everyone has a right to their own opinion and for it to be respected. With that said it should be said that not all southerners were Pro-Slavery. Robert E Lee who commanded the southern army was not a racist, but in fact took up the fight to defend his home. It should also be noted, Abraham Lincoln and the northern armies primary intention was to bring the south back into the union, not to free slaves. It wasn't until several years later that slavery was slowly being dissolved even in the north. When the civil war started there were still a recorded 450,000 slaves in the union. Food for thought.
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    Enough is enough! This is completely ridiculous!
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    Why in the world would we have military bases named after the LOSERS? These people committed treason, and were willing to die to keep other people chains. They don't deserve to have a chicken coop named after them.
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    No they should not be renamed. There is so much happening in our world today it is nothing but idiocy to immerse ourselves in the civil war. Those generals were incredible in their military skills and should be respected for that. Period. Stop looking for more ways to divide this country we're overloaded with that as it is.
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    History is what makes all of us who we are whether we agreed with what happened or not.
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    The Confederacy is dead, lets leave the treason of our country behind us.
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    Yes, they lost. Why name anything for losers.....
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    Yes!
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    This is ridiculous and has gotten out of control. It's a part of our history. Get over it
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