Thursday, August 17, 2017

Toppling Statues

I am in two minds over the issue of the removal of Confederate statues. The Confederacy was founded on the preservation of the evil that was slavery and that is reason enough not to honour it in any way, but on the other hand the destruction of historical statues smacks more than a little of the historical revisionism of 1984.

The toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina

The problem is, where do we draw the line? It is a slippery slope and we are already hearing calls to remove statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson because they were slave owners. Some people are even saying statues of Martin Luther King should be removed because he opposed gay rights. And as someone more reasonably pointed out, where are the protests against the statue of the murderous Lenin in a Seattle park?

I think we should distinguish between the political leaders of the evil systems of the past and those who served their nation in good conscience. I do not have a problem with the statue of Erwin Rommel in Heidenheim in Germany because I think he was the closest thing to an honourable military man in the Nazi regime (and he did try to rid his country of Hitler), and for similar reasons I think statues of General Robert E Lee should remain standing. However, just as I would find a statue of any Nazi political leader offensive (fortunately none exist to the best of my knowledge), I think statues of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his close political cohorts should come down.

2 comments:

Lolita brother said...


paul scott
To be in >two minds< about these fascist destroyers in USA is to be an equivocator prevaricator a pontificator and collaborator in the making ..

First Lincoln
reality quotes
>>"My policy sought only to collect the Revenue (a 40 percent federal sales tax on imports to Southern States under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861)." reads paragraph 5 of Lincoln's First Message to the U.S. Congress, penned July 4, 1861.
"I have no purpose, directly or in-directly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so," Lincoln said it his first inaugural on March 4 of the same year.
There is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring the war was fought to abolish slavery, and without such an official statement, the war-over-slavery teaching remains a complete lie and offensive hate speech that divides Americans, as is being done now by the media and politicians regarding the Confederate flag in South Carolina.
Slavery was NOT abolished; just the name was changed to sharecropper with over 5 million Southern whites and 3 million Southern blacks working on land stolen by Wall Street bankers.
Elsewhere Lincoln re-iterated his policy
>“I would prosecute this war even if not one single slave were freed, and if only some slaves were freed, and if all slaves were freed” <

Next reality of the Antifa organized violence

The so called Antifa USA dress in black, carry a black and red flag which is similar to a he Nazi flag, and weapons.
They demand subjection of all people to the authority of their progressive revisionery history and refusal of the entire United States, on behalf of the totalitarian left, diversity and mumbo jumbo.
The Police attend ad stand by on orders to do nothing unless the alt- right gain the upper hand.

Next Its no wonder you are confused witty one

A writer, nearly a century ago, wrote about his experiences with what became later known as the "heckler's veto".
<">We could not count on official protection. On the contrary, experience had shown that when officials intervene, it never benefits anyone except those causing the disturbance. The police would bring the meeting to an end after any disturbance, and an end to the meeting was the goal of the hostile intruders.
...
This means the determined gangster has the power, at any time, to make the decent person’s political activities impossible. In the name of peace and good order, the governmental authority bows to the gangster and asks the other party not to provoke him. " <
That writer was Adolf Hitler

Next brutal ending to thinkers
…..
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
The collaborators said nothing
Then they came for the family men
they came for me, I was of two minds too late,
and the people on the street looked away


Kiwiwit said...

I commend you to read my earlier blog post, in which I speak of personal experience of reading Lincoln's early letters: http://kiwiwit.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/lincoln-was-truly-heroic.html. Whatever pragmatic statements he made have made to the electorate, Lincoln primary political objective was always to abolish slavery. Also watch the video on this recent post form NotPC: http://pc.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/q-was-american-civil-war-really-about.html, which talks about how all the other issues over which that the Civil War was supposedly fought were secondary to slavery.