Sure, Tear Down All the Confederate Monuments. Then What? [VIDEO]

Sure, Tear Down All the Confederate Monuments. Then What? [VIDEO]

Sure, Tear Down All the Confederate Monuments. Then What? [VIDEO]

On Monday night, our Nina told us how a manic mob tore down a Confederate memorial in Durham, N.C. And the frenzy won’t end soon, either. Across the nation, in states such as Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and yes, even the proud state of Texas, these monuments are coming down.

National Review’s Rich Lowry thinks it’s a good thing. He says it’s time to “mothball” the monuments and place them in museums and cemeteries. Moreover, he cites none other than the mythic southern general Robert E. Lee:

Lee himself opposed building Confederate monuments in the immediate aftermath of the war. “I think it wiser,” he said, “not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered.” After Charlottesville, it’s time to revisit his advice.

I respect Lowry’s voice. He’s a traditional conservative, and his reasoning is thoughtful. Besides, his words are considerate, and not a knee-jerk response that appeals to tribalism.

However, I ask this: just how far would this go?

For example, take Robert E. Lee himself. Lowry gives us the traditional view of Lee as the Man of Honor.  “An honorable soldier, Lee is an apt symbol for the Confederate rank and file whose sacrifices in the war’s charnel house shouldn’t be flushed down the memory hole,” writes Lowry.

The embattled Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA.

However, a writer for The Atlantic calls the “kindly” General Lee legend something “based in the fiction of a person who never existed.” And Lee, of course, is long dead, so he’s not available for interviews.

So who gets to decide? The traditionalists or the revisionists?

But such discussion doesn’t appeal to the Tear ‘Em All Down crowd. If it’s a Civil War monument, and standing south of the Mason-Dixon line, it’s got to go.

Even if it’s Joan of Arc. In New Orleans in May of this year, some ignoramus spray painted a statue of the Maid of Orleans with the words, “Tear It Down!” Yes, that happened. Never mind that Joan was a 15th century French warrior and martyr, and is now a beloved Catholic saint. To some ninny she was a symbol of the Old South, or something.

Credit: nola.com

But while Rich Lowry calls for careful discrimination in selection of which monuments to remove, do you think the power-mad Left will be as thoughtful? What’s next?

Will Gettysburg National Military Park be on the list? As of this writing, the park says there have been no complaints or demands. But I’m sure it won’t be long.

If the Left got their way, what would happen to the famous High Water Mark at Gettysburg? It commemorates the culmination of the battle, the place where Gen. George Pickett’s Confederate troops attempted to break through Union lines. They failed, and that event marks the beginning of the Confederate decline.

That’s history. That’s important to know. But will the Left demand that its monument come down? And the ‘copse of trees’ which the Confederate soldiers sighted on their march across the field — do they want to dig those up, too?

High Water Mark, Gettysburg.

But of course it wouldn’t stop with Civil War monuments, either. Will they also want to close Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson? After all, he owned slaves, and they worked there.

How about Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina? It’s a lovely place, and a popular tourist site.

Credit: Traveler of Charleston.

And Boone Hall Plantation doesn’t downplay the slavery issue, either. Rather, it maintains the slave cabins, and tells the story of the African-American Gullah culture of South Carolina’s Low Country.

Slave cabins at Boone Hall.

But will the Left want it closed? Because it’s history they don’t like?

Overall, I kind of agree with Rich Lowry. But then again, I’m a Northern girl, having been raised near Chicago. So I don’t understand the Southern impetus to maintain all those monuments. It’s a cultural thing, I guess. Yet I also know that if you give radicals an inch, they’ll take that proverbial mile, and then some.

But if the Left wants a dialogue about the removal of monuments, maybe they can start with this statue of Lenin standing in Seattle.

Credit: see-seattle.com

How about if we get to tear this down? Then maybe we can talk.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

4 Comments
  • GWB says:

    I respect Lowry’s voice. He’s a traditional conservative

    Sorry, I disagree. He is a Republican, and always has been – not a conservative, imo. It’s why I stopped reading National Review several years ago, as they seemed to become big business establishment Republicans, and drop any pretense of being true Federalist conservatives.

    a writer for The Atlantic calls the the Lee legend “is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.”

    And this writer doesn’t have an ulterior motive, I’m sure. And is really well-read on the topic, I bet. Riiiiight. This is The Atlantic.

    Alexandria, VA has voted to rename Jefferson Davis Highway as it runs through their town. The fun part is they’re taking suggestions for what to rename it. You can put your suggestions in here.
    I’ve suggested “Stalin Highway” in honor of the most famous person to write people out of history. And “Yezhov Highway” in honor of the most famous un-person that Stalin edited out of pictures after his falling-out. Get your suggestions in! The one with the most suggestions will supposedly get the honor! (Dang! I forgot ones named for 1984 characters! I’ll have to put those in from home.)

  • GWB says:

    And, the comment is in moderation for two links. *grumble* *harrumph*

  • GWB says:

    I have a radical idea….
    Sparked by this. (heh)

    How about we actually *do* produce electricity with giant hamsters on wheels? After all, 94% of the Antifa movement is unemployed, and the white supremacists aren’t any better (admittedly, more of them are unemployed than before Charlottesville). They can have all the kibble they can eat while running, they get 10 minute breaks every hour, $12/hour (better than Soros is paying, I bet), and the whip is applied very lightly when they begin whining.

    I see this as a growth industry, and it’s better than midnight basketball at keeping them off the streets! (Who has the strength for rioting when you’ve been in a giant habitrail all day?) What do you think?

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