In forward-looking America, history is sometimes regarded as a roadblock to progress, a nuisance. And that, as has been repeatedly proven, is a mistake.

Why look back when the future is so important? Well, because failure to do exactly that has consequences.

“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” Kelly said in an interview on Fox News. “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

Kelly, who already flunked empathy and credibility in his defense of Donald Trump’s call to a military widow and an attack on a sitting congresswoman, has definitely abdicated his role as the adult in the room.

Read more at Roll Call


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