, your historical past is being erased: Why destroying the Robert E. Lee statue is an insult to the nation

34, your historical past is being erased: Why destroying the Robert E. Lee statue is an insult to the nation

The dramatic melting down of the historic monument appears designed to anger the proper

The US political left is not content material with canceling ideas and phrases however has taken its Orwellian sword to the annals of historical past as nicely. What’s going to turn into of a nation that seeks to eradicate all vestiges of its previous?

This was one battle that Robert E. Lee by no means stood an opportunity of successful. Whereas the wily Accomplice basic might have outfoxed the US authorities on quite a few events in the course of the Civil Struggle, like on the Battle of Chancellorsville and the First Battle of Bull Run, nothing might have ready him for the formidable adversary generally known as the American progressive. Underneath the auspices of the ‘Swords into Plowshares’ initiative, the Charlottesville, Virginia monument to the Southern chief, one of many final within the nation, now sits inside a foundry, chopped into quite a few items, ready to be solid into some new public works mission that doesn’t offend trendy sensitivities. And good luck with that.

Footage from the foundry depicts a statue with eyes that seem like crying, molten bronze rivulets streaming down the army chief’s face. However who’s Lee shedding these sizzling tears for – himself or the American individuals? Whereas the left proclaims that destroying the century-old Lee statue will result in a nationwide “therapeutic,” the reality is that they’ve torn open previous wounds by slicing off the individuals from their historical past. It might be probably the most overused cliché of all, but it surely’s all the time price repeating: those that neglect historical past are doomed to repeat it. And contemplating that the Civil Struggle was the deadliest ever fought on the North American continent, it will do nicely to maintain apace of that historical past. As a substitute, the immature United States of America, whose transient historical past is only a flash within the pan in comparison with many different nations, would slightly tempt destiny.

And talking of tempting destiny, the way in which the monument’s destruction was staged appears to be a really deliberate effort to mock and taunt the political proper. Within the Washington Publish’s video of the dismemberment of the Lee statue, we’re first proven two foundry staff who’re unwrapping the decapitated bronze head, which, for no matter motive, seems to have been positioned within an Indian scarf. Subsequent, one of many staff proceeds to make use of a blowtorch to chop away Lee’s face from the remainder of his head, creating what might greatest be described as a ‘dying masks.’  Why on Earth was that needed? Lastly, as if this weren’t dramatic sufficient, we’re proven the cutaway of the face standing upright on the furnace, which causes the face to glow vibrant orange, thus inflicting the spooky tearing impact – and simply in time for Halloween.

“Effectively, they will’t put Humpty Dumpty again collectively once more,” cackled Andrea Douglas, government director of Charlottesville’s African American Heritage Heart, one of many invited friends to the Lee roast. “There can be no tape for that.”

Now attempt to think about the uproar that will have occurred had the statue been of, say Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, and the attendees had been white of us cracking equally inane jokes.

For all of the speak of “therapeutic” and righting historic wrongs, all of this seems to be a deliberate provocation and present of power directed on the American proper. In August 2017, Charlottesville became a pitched battle between ‘white nationalist’ teams and ‘Antifa’ over the choice to take away the Lee statue. That call was made by town council earlier that yr, as a result of the monument’s presence “disrespected” elements of town’s neighborhood. The protest rallies culminated in a vehicle-ramming assault by a white supremacist through which one individual was killed and 35 injured.

Seeing how simply town council stamp provoked passions on the political proper, one can’t assist however query the choice not simply to destroy the statue, however to point out it off in a method that quantities to borderline desecration. With one other presidential election season already upon us, the timing for bringing Lee out of the closet seems very suspect. May this be an try and incite MAGA supporters to prepare one other tiki torch parade within the city sq., thus rekindling previous fears about “white supremacism”? Then once more, it’s simply as probably a easy case of the left, perpetually able to be “triggered” by a perceived offense, failing (or intentionally refusing) to contemplate the “triggers” of their political opponents.

This leads us to the $50,000 query: what is going to the 6,000 kilos (about 2,721.55 kg) of bronze that was Robert E. Lee and his horse be became? All issues thought-about, it’s a lot simpler to say what it won’t be, and that’s some white dude, both dwelling or lifeless, except ‘they’ had been born a organic feminine and pledge allegiance to the rainbow-colored flag and the 57 totally different genders. Nonetheless, we are able to make some wild guesses. How a couple of 300-foot bronze flagpole from the place the nice individuals of Charlottesville can hoist the multi-colored flag for the annual LGBTQ+ Delight Month? Or perhaps a large bronze throne from the place Drag Queen Story Hours can happen, that includes cross-dressing wonders like Trixie Mattel, Alaska Thunderf*ck, and Sasha Velour, who will enlighten children on the most recent sexually charged studying materials.

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