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November 4, 2013 - 7:06 pm

KEYE-TV news in Austin, TX may have a personnel issue on its hands. One of its news producers went on a crazy little rant on Twitter during work hours today. That news producer is Caleb Pritchard, aka C. Alan Pritchardo on Twitter.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, running for lieutenant governor, recently produced an ad praising his grandfather’s military service. Patterson’s grandfather, like literally a million or more southern men of his era, fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War.

Most American family trees that go back that far include ancestors on both sides of that war. It was brother against brother and all that. My own family tree includes soldiers who fought for the North and the South.

The fact that Patterson’s ancestor fought for the South in the Civil War sparked this series of bizarre tweets during work hours by the local news producer who unearthed the very unburied not-so family secret, Caleb Pritchard of KEYE-TV.

I’m not sure whether Patterson really gave Pritchard that answer, or Pritchard made it up. I’m hoping that it’s real, because it’s awesome in a Most Interesting Man In The World sort of way.

That’s a ridiculous, spastic attack on Patterson, who is a former Marine who volunteered to fight in Vietnam. He’s hardly someone who deserves assault from KEYE’s self-described “agnostofascist” news producer. By the way, KEYE, did y’all know that there’s a fascist running loose in your building? While y’all have your “eye on Austin,” you want to keep on eye on that guy too. Fascists are trouble.

If newsman Pritchard really wants to stir the pot in Texas politics, he should call up the Texas Democratic Party and ask them two questions. 1 — Which side was their party on during the Civil War? 2 — What are these “white primaries” that some people keep talking about?

Update: On Twitter, Pritchard says that Patterson’s response above is real. That should earn him a point or two in the polls.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why doesn't he post about how the African Natives were the ones selling other Africans to the slave traders? Then, there is the fact that the Dems were the ones in favor of slavery. Oh, and don't forget, the majority of the land owners took very good care of their workers. It didn't do any good to have workers that couldn't work. Many of the slaves, after the war, continued to work for their landowners, who actually set up communities for their now freed slaves. Houses, food, education, medical...all provided in these small communities, because the freedmen and the landowners had a relationship that was more than just slave owner. These people like Pritchard really make me sick, trying to keep that slavery pot stirred up to further their own cause. I had family on both sides of the war. I had family that died on both sides. Do I favor one over the other? No. The ones who died, the soldiers on the front line, weren't fighting for anything more than their belief in what their superiors were telling them was right. Pritchard, you're an idiot!
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...But they don't question the fact that all of America's slave owners during the 1860s were Democrats.
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Ahem.....

US General, and later US President, Ulysses S. Grant owned slaves.

He was also a Republican.

I'd advise being very careful of overlaying modern political sensibilities over issues from 150 years ago.
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It is true, however, that the people in the North who sympathized with the Confederacy were Democrats.
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It's also true that there were people in the South, who actually fought for the Confederacy, who freed slaves even as the war was being conducted.

Confederate General Lee comes to mind.....

As I said, I'd be very careful of overlaying modern political viewpoints of the current political parties over 19th century politics.
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My wife's Tennessee roots are one of the few pockets of pro-Union sentiment in a seceded state. All generalizations have exceptions (including the one I just made).
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Copperheads.
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Attacking the honor of Confederate ancestors of a Southerner - and a Texan to boot - yeah........ someone might want to tell this guy that ain't a good idea.
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While Pritchardo is worried about somebody's grandfather in the 1860s, has anyone bothered to ask HIM with which branch HE served? Austin, Texas wants to know.
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