Will the real Bill Haslam please stand up?


by Eric Holcombe

Rocky Top Politics has reminded us that July 13 is Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee. It’s required by state law TCA 15-2-101:

Additional special observance days.

  Each year it is the duty of the governor of this state to proclaim the following as days of special observance: January 19, “Robert E. Lee Day”; February 12, “Abraham Lincoln Day”; March 15, “Andrew Jackson Day”; June 3, “Memorial Day” or “Confederate Decoration Day”; July 13, “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day”; and November 11, “Veterans’ Day.” The governor shall invite the people of this state to observe the days in schools, churches, and other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies expressive of the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of such dates.

RTP pointed out that Achieve Inc. board member Haslam has signed such a proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day the last four years running and wondered in light of his recent, new-found distaste for certain statues if Achieve Inc. board member Haslam would break the state law this year. However, that question has been answered already: Achieve Inc. board member Haslam signed the proclamation declaring July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day back on June 2.


So to recap:

Achieve Inc. board member Haslam on June 2, 2015: “I….do hereby proclaim July 13, 2015 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.


A mere three weeks later:

Achieve Inc. board member Haslam on June 23, 2015:  “If I’m choosing the Tennesseans that I’m going to honor, and we’re only going to honor a few in the State Capitol, I don’t think I’d pick Nathan Bedford Forrest,”.

4 thoughts on “Will the real Bill Haslam please stand up?

  1. An OPEN LETTER to Governor Haslam & the Tennessee Legislature

    Dear Honorable Governor Bill Haslam,

    I am writing to request that your legislature, as well as those at the federal level, review the factual history regarding Nathan Forrest. He did not start the KKK, it is actually a fact that Nathan Forrest rode with county sheriffs in our state to disband the KKK when the group became so hateful and vile.

    Forrest was a brilliant and well respected leader. Black men guarded and protected him, willingly fighting with him.
    He did not have slaves, he had paid servants and 45 of the 46 who had worked for him before the war chose to go with him to fight. Rommel studied Forest’s tactics in WWII, his tactics were taught at West Point. Even Norman Schwartzkoff studied and appreciated that wonderful leader, Nathan Forrest.

    WHY is there such a pervasive move to destroy our American History and the leaders we have had?

    It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to allow the insanity within one young man’s mind in South Carolina to set forth this ridiculous movement to destroy the Confederate flag, which was for freedom and liberty and it has never stood for slavery and hate!

    Our entire southern heritage is apparently under assault. Our school graduates are alarmingly ignorant of our true American history and our heroic leaders of the past generations.

    There is even ridiculous effort afoot to destroy the FICTIONAL “Gone with the Wind”, Margaret Mitchell, Pulitzer Prize winning movie. This movie funded Morehouse College in Atlanta and enabled many young black doctors to go through medical and dental school free of charge. They never knew who their benefactor actually was. People who do not know the truth are easily misled. In reality, only the truth sets men free.

    I strongly encourage our legislature in Tennessee as well as WDC to GET OFF of the Political Correctness Band Wagon and honor our heritage! Are the far left liberal progressives/radicals not doing enough of that to disgust us already?

    Never in our history have we had a president who stirred up more unfounded racial strife than has Obama. No leader who deliberately goes about doing such deserves the respect of citizens no matter their race or political party preference.

    Our elected public servants are not powerless unless choosing to be thus. Please continue to use your personal influence among them to reverse this destructive “Total Transformation of America”.

    Having been a strong admirer of yours, I sincerely believe you should reevaluate your position on the Confederate Flag removal from your capitol.

    I would appreciate hearing your assessment and insights on this crucially important matter.


    Barbara (Susie Myers) Bowman
    1060 Vera Drive
    Alcoa, TN 37701

    July 12, 2015

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