Should military bases honoring Confederates be renamed?

- In the wake of violence in Virginia and the escalating mass removal of monuments to the Confederacy there's a movement among members of Congress to rename American military bases currently honoring soldiers who fought for the slave holding South.

Among those supporting such a measure, Houston Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

"Do you understand the Confederacy was an insurrection? It was to destroy America. It was to divide the nation, so there is a question about honoring that whether its a (military) base or a school or a confederate statue," said Jackson Lee

The effort to strip Confederate names from military installations is seen by most in the GOP as misguided.

"We should remember what happened to our nation. Not be happy or proud about it, but remember it, because once we forget it, it could happen again," Rep. Pete Olson, a Texas Republican.

"Taking our heritage and our history and pulling them down in a manner that is disrespectful and simply used as an excuse to divide us is inexcusable," added Rep. Brian Babin, also a Texas Republican.

Democrat Congressman Gene Green views the emotional effort to erase every vestige of the Confederacy as a distraction, more likely to disrupt than to heal.

"We are using so much of our time and energy on changing names or moving statues. There are so many other things that our country needs to be doing," said Green.

This week Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked by two dozen Democratic lawmakers to consider stripping Confederate names from 10 American defense installations, including the world's largest military base Ft. Hood in Central Texas.

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