Let’s stop with the statue attacks already.
Here’s an idea for the brainwashed and unwashed meat puppets launching the destructive treatment of these monuments that can’t fight back: You need to fold up your tents and go back home. Either re-enroll in school and try to learn something about our republic’s history and how to make things better rationally and without violence, or get jobs that will keep you off the streets and put food on your irresponsible tables.
As for the protagonists behind all these despicable events, you know who you are. You need to fold up your sheets, put your swastikas back in mothballs, and bury your racist attitudes, never to be heard from again.
The vandalism of the statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore was the last straw. Columbus undertook a challenge 525 years ago that most of us today wouldn’t even want to think about, given the obstacles he faced. His memory and reminders of his achievements do not deserve a vandal’s misplaced recrimination.
The second-last straw came at the hand of a 25-year-old airhead in Houston who tried to use homemade devices to destroy a Confederate statue.
But the worst of the fallout occurred Monday in the wake of the over-reaction earlier this month to the white-supremacist nonsense in Charlottesville, Va., that claimed the life of Heather D. Heyer. A major meltdown all but derailed Monday night’s meeting of the Charlottesville City Council.
If a local government decides that Confederate statues on public property don’t belong there, then local officials ought to vote to remove them and place them in a more appropriate environment — that is, in a less conspicuous place. Or, embattled communities can follow the lead of Kentucky historian Gerry Fischer. When Louisville officials decided to remove a 121-year-old memorial obelisk dedicated to Kentucky’s fallen Confederate soldiers, Fischer launched a bid to have the memorial moved to a riverfront park in history-friendly Brandenburg, and he succeeded.
“You study your history to learn from it,” Fischer told Reuters news service. “The bad parts, too.”
At the same time, local governments need to exercise better responsibility and stop issuing parade permits to groups that promote violence and degradation of fellow citizens who oppose the very existence of such groups. Let these hate groups rent a farm in the remote countryside to trumpet their sadistic views, far away from the powder kegs inherent to population centers where racism is illegal but nevertheless present just below the surface.
On a broader scale, it would help a lot toward keeping the republic on an even keel if public schools would start teaching history and civics again. And if parents would encourage their children to learn about U.S. history, if for no other reason than to satisfy the old bromide – you can’t know where you’re going until you know (and understand) where you’ve been.
Charlottesville was simply a poorly executed repeat of the protests and violence that characterized the 1960s, and we got through that era all right. Well, except for a few assassinations and assassination attempts that wound up making us stronger as a nation. The message many came away with from that tumultuous time was that despite our Christian roots, some people and their diabolical ways just need to be prosecuted and executed.
Moreover, the mass media continue to blow everything out of context in attempts to brainwash viewers into thinking the way the media owners and producers think. Their strategy works, because we are surrounded by sheep, who believe that everything they see and hear on TV and Facebook is true.
It’s up to us who can see the bigger picture to restore the sanity and the proper context that are missing from the often overblown and sensational audio-visuals of TV “news” and advertising. That same context too often is missing from what is presented by our liberal-thinking print and online opinion-makers. Take the picture that accompanied a recent National Review article, for example. It zeroed in on six people (and one of them was just a kid) holding a sign trumpeting some mindless message. The photo would lead you to believe that these protesters were part of a massive rally. But if the cameraman had backed off 150 feet, we likely would have seen that the entire protest might have involved fewer than two-dozen others.
Context. It’s more often missing than not. And before we draw conclusions about anything, we’ve got to remember that. To do so might even have a chilling effect on the rage consuming our streets.
In the end, the only ones genuinely hurt by all this statue desecration and removal are the pigeons. They’ll either have to migrate with the statues, or find new places to poop.