“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” – George Orwell, 1984

What could you do with 8 million dollars? Buy a new car? Make some home improvements? Pick up that cool watch you’ve had your eye on for some time? All of the above?

“The Party,” the government, sure knows what to do with it. They are altering history.

Eight million dollars is real money. Hell, the US purchased the entire land mass that is now the state of Alaska for less than that. Granted, that was a few years ago, but still.

Colonel John Wilcox, the incoming FT. Bragg garrison commander tells us that the name change will cost the US taxpayers around $8 million dollars. That’s eight million bucks we could be putting toward something else. For all we knew, we’re only 8 million bucks short of finding a cure for cancer. But I digress.

My point is that the name change is totally unnecessary and a massive waste of money. Yes, I’m a bit biased. I cut my Army chops at Fort Bragg, sleeping with my head up against trees in the piney woods and picking ticks off my body by the hundreds. Good times. It’s where I learned and honed the fine art of soldiering. The same is true for hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers over the years, be they SOF or conventional forces. Airborne or leg. Bragg will always be Bragg; I’m not calling it the “L” word.

And it’s not because I have any enormous love for the Confederate general it was named after.

A Bit of History

Way back in 1918, the current Fort Liberty (dammit, that didn’t last long) was named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg. Full disclosure: I did not know that until the whole “We better change the names of these bases” mess came about. Why? I didn’t care who it was named after. It doesn’t matter.