Today is an official Texas State Holiday – sort of. Texas state offices remain open but with minimal staffing. The holiday is observed on January 19 which is Robert E. Lee’s birthday and was the original name for the holiday. Red’s negative views on the Confederacy and secession are well known by now. And while it seems odd (at best) to celebrate a cause which was rooted in the defense of the institution of chattel slavery (spare Red the BS about states rights), Red does find it refreshing that the United States is one of the few countries in the world where the population is free to celebrate traitors.