Ben Jones Takes Charge of the SCV’s Image

As all eyes turn to Lexington, Virginia, for tomorrow’s protest against the decision of Washington and Lee University concerning the display of Confederate flags in the Lee Chapel and Crypt, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has moved quickly to repair a serious image problem. The national organization would prefer to have the experienced Ben Jones speak for the organization over the rather mercurial Brandon Dorsey.

Here’s Jones’s first message concerning the events on Saturday:

Ben Jones Takes OverSimply put, this is heads and shoulders above this:

Dorsey WhinesUnderstanding that his initial statement opened the SCV to ridicule, Dorsey attempted to modify his statement, with scant success:
Dorsey Strike TwoIt’s a safe bet that the SCV’s national leadership realizes how Dorsey’s proclamations offer ample opportunity to ridicule the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Jones will make no such mistake. Still, as Jones, a political veteran, knows, if the function of his new job is to put lipstick on a pig, it will not take long for people to figure that out. After all, you don’t want this to be the face of Saturday’s meeting:

Jennings Flags WLU I wish Ben Jones the best of luck. He has his work cut out for him.




12 thoughts on “Ben Jones Takes Charge of the SCV’s Image

  1. Sandi Saunders July 25, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    He still felt the need to remind them they needed to be “Southern gentlemen”. Shouldn’t that go without saying if he really believed it of them all?

  2. Mark July 25, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    >> The national organization would prefer to have the experienced Ben Jones speak for the organization …

    Perhaps they thought he might bring along Catherine Bach who played Daisy Duke. Admit it, some of you were thinking it too.

    • Rosemary Kubera July 25, 2014 / 6:09 pm

      Mark and other dreamers out there: Ms Bach ain’t 20 anymore. If older means more beautiful than ever but also means wiser, would she really be welcome?

        • Reader July 25, 2014 / 7:47 pm

          Why do I see so many “chubby” gals that compensate by bleaching their hair??

          • Brooks D. Simpson July 25, 2014 / 7:53 pm

            Because you have your eyes open? Because of where you look?

            Is this some sort of trick question?

          • Reader July 25, 2014 / 9:44 pm

            No, just that her appearance has changed so much — some naturally, and some not so naturally.

          • Rosemary Kubera July 26, 2014 / 12:41 am

            Um guys, the maxim is “older but wiser”… I was thinking the lady, should she show up, might, as mature women are wont to do, speak her mind….with hearing the speaking being harder to take than the seeing of a natural woman….

  3. Thelibertylamp July 25, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    Does anyone else notice that the college has to close the chapel is closed due to threats and Jones then blames and insults the college for taking precautions for these threats?

    Sort of like blaming the rape victim…wait…where have we seen this mentality before?

  4. Rosemary Kubera July 25, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Probably the university got many (mostly) anonymous threats…. this probably is the case because the outraged didn’t leave their names and contact info … Why is the Sons group so sure W&L blames Sons members for the threats? W&L statement did not single out any one person or group for blame. Is the Sons group protesting because members know members are guilty? If not guilty, why aren’t the Sons thanking W&L for protecting the chapel?
    In a related matter, I hope the FBI shows up at the gathering to search for the kidnapped girl whose mom hangs with flaggers.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 25, 2014 / 6:53 pm

      Jones pandered to those who embrace a martyr complex about Confederate heritage. That was disappointing.

      • Mark July 25, 2014 / 10:01 pm

        Great summation of the root problem. Promoting yourself as a victim and defending your rights are quite different, though the differences may appear subtle. But there is a clear difference in fact.

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