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Yesterday, George W. Bush once again honored a past American president. But it was not one of his 42 predecessors. Bush sent a wreath to Arlington Cemetery to honor President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy, a gesture Bush reinstated in 2003 after his father discontinued the practice in 1990. Some GOP activists have likened Bush to Abraham Lincoln, however, yesterday, Bush honored Lincoln's arch foe. The commemoration of Davis's June 3 birthday was held in conjunction with Confederate Memorial Day. The Arlington ceremony annually honors Davis and Confederate war dead. Some 400 Confederate soldiers are buried at the site of the Confederate Memorial, held at the Confederate War Monument at Jackson Circle in Arlington. The memorial was dedicated in 1914 by Woodrow Wilson, an arch-segregationist who is also considered the original neo-conservative because of his desire to project American influence around the world after World War I.
United Daughters of the Confederacy spokesperson Vicki Heilig thanked George Bush for sending the wreath. Other sponsors of the ceremony were the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Children of the Confederacy, and Southern Relief Society. According to a past Confederate Memorial organizer, there are also unofficial sponsors of both the ceremony and the Confederate Memorial statue. Through a circuitous network of bank accounts in North Carolina and Maryland, support for the event and statue has come in the past from white supremacist, Aryan Nation, Southern secessionist, and neo-Nazi organizations, according to the source. Moreover, the money movements have been covered, in part, through assistance from the National Credit Union Administration and other federal agencies, reported the source.
Although neo-conservatives have put a lock hold on high-level positions within the Bush administration and GOP hierarchy in Washington, the other "neo-cons" -- neo-confederates -- have been more circumspect, choosing to take positions in mid-level, but no less influential positions, in agencies like the Department of Energy, Voice of America, Department of Defense, Superior Court for the District of Columbia, National Credit Union Administration, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Congress.
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