We are now in the midst of trying times when every one must be for or against his country, and show his colors too, by his very act. Having been educated for such an emergency, at the expense of the Government, I feel that it has upon me superior claims, such claims as no ordinary motives of self-interest can surmount. I do not wish to act hastily or unadvisedly in the matter, and, as there are more than enough to respond to the first call of the President, I have not yet offered myself. I have promised and am giving all the assistance I can in organizing the Company whose services have been accepted from this place. I have promised further to go with them to the state Capital and if I can be of service to the Governor in organizing his state troops, to do so.
Whatever may have been my political opinions before, I have but one sentiment now. That is we have a Government, and laws and a flag and they must all be sustained. There are but two parties now, Traitor & Patriots and I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter and, I trust, the stronger party.
U.S. Grant writing to his father in April 1861.
Red’s dearest hope is that come November there will be no need for anyone to heed the advice of Grant and stand with the patriots. If Trump loses and refuses to leave office those who support him are traitors and no matter who stands with Trump – friend, family or colleague – Red will never speak to them again. This is a line that cannot be crossed. If that day comes, Red knows he stands with Grant – one of the greatest Americans.