I took time to check out the national news today and watched people cheering as workers removed another statue of Gen Robert E. Lee and it was announced that a more appropriate replacement would be developed. I can’t help but remember a college reading assignment portraying the perfect utopia. Needless to say it’s characters hadn’t: individuality, imagination, intimacy nor character. They were a sad and pathetic example of humanity. We The People…a strong statement sent to a tyrant. How do you suggest proud Americans stand up against wiping the slate clean the “educated” few want?
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered." —George Orwell 1984
It wouldn’t surprise me if I went to the library tomorrow to check out that book only to find it had been moved from the Fiction section to Current Events.
The argument I hear all the time is ‘we don’t build statues for losers or enemies’, why should we have one for Confederate soldiers’?
Without getting too deep into a North vs South argument, what most people fail to realize is although the South tried to secede; they ultimately surrendered. Meaning Robert E Lee and everyone else from the south all the way to New York were just Americans again (even though when Lee died he was not an American citizen but was granted citizenship by Congress in 1975). Confederate soldiers are still considered veterans and above all, are Americans whether you agree with their politics or not.
The purpose of studying history is so that we don’t make the same mistakes again. History doesn’t always repeat itself but it always rhymes. A house divided against itself will not stand. Left vs right, rich vs poor, black vs white, straight vs LGBTQRSV, vaccinated vs unvaccinated, if the division continues on this trajectory, this nation will not stand. Ole George O. knew what he was talking about when he wrote about a future “utopia” in which truth, facts, science and history were decided by the ruling class and descent was not allowed. The only problem was he was about 20 years off on the title.
As far as fixing it goes, it’s kind of like having a $500 car that needs a new set of tires, transmission, and the engine rebuilt. Even after fixing all those things you still have a $500 car. You’d be better off junking it and buying a new one. It’s gonna cost you though.
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