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Why Confederate monuments are not evil

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History is the Remembered Past. These are the words John Lukacs, perhaps the finest historical thinker of the last century.

The past informs our present. Or, to be more precise, our understanding of the past informs our present.

We keep the past fresh in memory by memorializing it. We fill our capital with monuments to Presidents, we name parks after local worthies. And the South is no different from any other place. They have countless places named, and statues and monuments erected, to honor their men who fell in the Civil War.

 Now radicals are calling for the destruction of every monument which honors leaders of the Southern Confederacy. Not only radicals, but conservatives as well. Writers on The Federalist and Ben Shapiro have expressed sympathy for attempts to remove all confederate monuments.

There are now plans to tear down Confederate statues across the US, from Baltimore to Virginia. In Georgia, a gubernatorial candidate has called for the Stone Mountain relief to be destroyed. This is following the destruction of Confederate memorials in New Orleans last month.

Everyone seems to be treating these monuments as if they represent three things which are taken to be evil. Racism, Slavery, and Secession.

First let’s talk about racism. In the 19th century, virtually all white Americans were racists. Full stop. Virtually everyone we know of was a racist. Southern Democrats and Northern Republicans said vile things about blacks.. North and South held vile views of blacks. Illinois passed an amendment to their constitution barring free blacks from settling there. Leading Republicans wanted to restrict the Western lands for the settlement of white men alone. Tocqueville noted during his travels that the South was more welcoming to blacks than was the North. Nowhere in America in 1861 or prior were black Americans treated as human persons. That stain belongs to the entire Union, not the South alone.

The accusation of racism as an unspeakable moral evil, while true, is a point of politics for the Left, and not morals. If they truly cared about racsim, they would care about the fact that Korea has been quietly expelling black English teachers from their country. They would care about the racism of many Japanese against Miss Japan, because she is half-black, and not pure Japanese. They would care about the mistreatment of Asians in African nations, at the hands of African governments. That they do not says that they do not care for the morality of racism, which is evil. What they care for is the political power the term racism gives them.

Our world has lost almost all its moral vocabulary. We cannot speak anymore of vice and virtue, or of sin and righteousness, or of cowardice and courage. Old verities are now replaced by new ones. Instead of fornication as an evil, it is evil to restrict a woman’s ‘right to her own body.’ Racism, as one of the few moral certainties of a confused generation, must be extirpated everywhere that it is convenient to destroy it. One of these places is the American South

But why the American South? The South is unique in the United States, having its own culture and even civilization which no other part of the Union can match. It’s literature, statesmen, soldiers, and writers rank as among the finest, and perhaps the finest, we have ever seen. Beside the humane literature of Flannery O Connor or William Faulkner, where does the silly frippery of Emerson stand? How can the crony capitalists of the early Republican Party match up to the greatness of Jefferson or Calhoun?  The South also stands on the cultural periphery, and so is an easy target for the Left’s need to destroy things.

So much for the racism charge.

Slavery is also taken to be a great sin by the South. And is true that slavery is a great moral evil. Just as it is also true that slavery existed in the North during the Civil War. 4 slave states jointed the Union, but never did Lincoln threaten their peculiar institution, only that of the states which seceded. Further, it is also true that slavery has been universal to all societies, in all times. The first step towards abolition came in 1688, according to historian David Brion Davis. To condemn the South for slavery is to condemn every society in history.

If Confederate monuments are built to honor slavery, and therefore must be torn down, then the list of things to destroy will get rather long. The Coliseum, the Pyramids, Kharnak Temple at Luxor, countless medieval cathedrals, were built using slave labor. Should we destroy them too?

Slavery was by no means the sole cause of war. In his For Cause and Comrades, James McPherson found that, for a most soldiers North and South, slavery was not their main reason for fighting. They fought for Union and for State, slavery was often an afterthought.

The final moral charge is that of destroying the Union, but why this this an evil? The States, through their conventions, created the Union in 1789. Union was the creature of the States, with no law or amendment ever passed to forbid leaving it. Instead there were endless debates over the exact language used in the Construction, whether it allowed secession or not. These debates were ended, not through compromise, but by force.

If none of these charges make sense, then why is the Left so determined to tear down these monuments?

By taking down Confederate monuments, today’s radicals are engaged upon a war against cultural and historical memory. If these monuments are taken down, because they do not match up to today’s moral standards, then it is a path to the general cultural destruction of our heritage. Trump, in his recent confusing press conference, perceptively asked when the statues of Washington and Jefferson might also be taken down. He is right. If today it is Lee and Davis, why not tomorrow Jefferson and Washington, and the day after that why not Churchill, FDR or Eisenhower?

If there can be no respect for our past, for those who left behind a legacy to us, then what hope is there for preserving it? And if the past must be destroyed because it is seen to be immoral, then how can anything from our past be called good? For all men have done evil.

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Here is the definitive timeline for the Covington Catholic run in at the Lincoln Memorial

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Glenn Beck put together the definitive video of what happened before the #MAGAkids incident.

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For those not of the Leftist Media who would like to get the full story of the #MAGAkids incident. Glenn Beck and his staff painstakingly went through all the available video to put together a timeline of what took place in the hours before the short, out of context video was recorded. It puts the controversy in perspective and answers the question of what happened.

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Roe vs. Wade 46 years later: Still the greatest liberties violation in US history

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Roe vs Wade 46 years later Still the greatest liberties violation in US history

Tuesday marked the 46th Anniversary of arguably the worst violation of individual liberties in American history.  It is truly amazing how people can argue that Roe vs. Wade was one of the greatest victories for women’s rights.

Let’s begin by looking at it from that perspective. Look at the number of abortions that occur in the United States today.  According to the statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were an average of 1,788 abortions performed each DAY in the United States in 2014. That is an average of one abortion occurring every 48 seconds. Now, if we use the laws of averages and say that on average half of those unborn children (as there are only TWO biological genders), that means on an average day in 2014, 894 unborn women were denied an entire litany of their “Women’s Rights”.

Their future right to vote was taken away.

Their future right to marry whoever they see fit was taken away.

Their future right to pay equality was taken away.

Their future right to worship whatever religion they see fit was taken away.

Their future right of Freedom of Speech was taken away.

But the greatest travesty of all, the single greatest women’s right that they were denied, was the individual liberty that is more important than any of those.  They were denied the right to exist!

Now, let’s widen the scope a little bit more.  Let us look at the other side of the gender coin, the male gender.  As I previously stated, there were an average of 1,788 abortions performed each DAY in the United States in 2014.  That means there were an average 894 unborn men denied the same litany of their individual liberties.

Now, I am sure there are a number of feminist extremists who are perfectly fine with knowing that little tidbit of information.  But, doesn’t that beg the question, “What were those 894 unborn men destined for in the scope of history?”  Could one of them grown up to become the next Chief Justice William O. Douglas (a self-identified Democrat and one of the seven Supreme Court Justices that voted in favor of Roe vs. Wade). But then, you would have many of your militant feminists contend, “Well, many of those ‘men’ will more than likely grow up to be male chauvinist Republicans. Douglas was clearly an exception to the rule!”

My response is, “If they grew up to be Republicans, would that necessarily be a bad thing?  After all, when Roe vs. Wade was decided upon on January 22, 1973 it was a seven to two decision.  Of the seven Supreme Court Justices who found in favor, only two of them were self-identified Democrats.  Yes, that is right, five of the seven Supreme Court Justices that found in favor of Roe (whose real name was Norma McCorvey) were self-identified Republicans. (Just a side note, of the two dissenting Supreme Court Justices, one of them, Justice Byron White was a self-identified Democrat who was nominated by President John F. Kennedy.)

They also want to look into “ending most first-class travel for federal officeholders.” I wonder who will be exempt from being included into that “most.” Will Nancy Pelosi being flying coach with the rest of her voting constituency?

Next, let’s look at the racial aspect of the abortion topic.  Non-Hispanic Black women accounted for approximately 36% of the abortions in 2014; that is 644 unborn non-Hispanic Black children a day.  Which of those children could have grown up to be the next Martin Luther King Jr. or the next Thurgood Marshall (the only other self-identified Democrat to vote in support of Roe and the first African-American Supreme Court Justice).  That’s not to imply that the majority of abortions are by African American women, the majority of American abortions are by White American women with 38%.  It begs the question. Which of these could have grown up to be the next Eleanor Roosevelt?

What other future icons has the world been denied because they were aborted? How can people not ponder which of these unborn women could have grown up to be the next titan of industry like CJ Walker or would bring forward the next great leap in the world of medicine like Marie Curie? How many innovators like Steve Jobs, Emmy Noether or Alexander Fleming has the world been denied? Of Course, some content that abortion is a good thing in cases where modern medical technology has determined that the unborn child has a severe birth defect or will have a limited life-span due to a genetic medical condition.

Well, if Frank and Isobel Hawking had been convinced of this notion in 1942 the world would have never known the ground-breaking genius of Stephen William Hawking (one of the foremost minds in theoretical physics). Another argument used as a suggested acceptable circumstance to allow abortion is in the event of a woman being a victim of rape.  So, they are saying 16 year old Helen Burns should have chosen to have an abortion in 1941 when she was raped by her 33 year old neighbor.  Or Annie Mae Keith (a woman of African American and Cherokee decent) should have had an abortion when she was raped in 1926 by a white man.  If Helen Burns followed this mindset, the world would have never known civil rights figure Jesse Jackson.  As well, Annie May Keith adhering to this train of thought would have deprived the world of the vocal magic of legendary singer Eartha Kitt.

Many pro-choice supporters like to point to the unborn child as nothing more than a “lump of tissue” that is not an actual person because it could not survive outside the woman’s body.  My response is, that means the unborn child is no different than the woman.  If you deprive the woman of basic care, food and water, the woman would not survive either.

The other main argument of abortion is it is a “Woman’s Choice” to do with her body as she sees fit, and no one should be able to force their will on her body.  I just pose one question to those women, if that is the case, how is you imposing your will on the unborn child any different?

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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

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As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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