You can take all the monuments down but you can not rewrite history. The fact is you can’t erase history through ignorance. You know we are in a trouble as a country when the most ignorant and uneducated in the country drive the narrative because the educated are intimidated by them. That is where we are in this country now.
Those who don’t learn their history, are doomed to repeat it. History defines who we are…as a nation…love it, hate it…but learn from it.
The people that tore down the statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee don’t know enough about American history and they don’t care to learn. They must read what the man really stood for, not what they think he stands for.
Via Conservative Tribune: “In a Conservative HQ n op-ed titled “Misusing Robert E. Lee,” Rasley argues that both sides in the debate over Lee’s legacy miss that he opposed slavery and helped end the Civil War before it turned into a bloody guerrilla war.
Knowing Lee’s place in history is important, particularly as the left seeks to use him as a symbol of division. Progressives know that Lee has many defenders — and they also know that conservatives who stand up for Lee’s memory can be falsely painted as apologists for slavery and the old order of the Confederacy. Yet, few involved in the debate actually know Lee’s complicated history.
Offered a position as the commander of the Union forces, Rasley points out, “Lee refused the command on the grounds that he was a Virginian and owed his first allegiance to the state he believed was a sovereign entity with the right to stay in or leave the Union as it saw fit. He would, he said, not make war on the Union, but he would defend the state of his birth.”
However, when Virginia seceded, the general felt his sympathies residing with his home state. “I shall never bear arms against the Union, but it may be necessary for me to carry a musket in the defense of my native state, Virginia, in which case I shall not prove recreant to my duty,” he said.
As for his feelings on slavery, Rasley notes that “(w)hile Lee espused the paternalistic attitudes many Nineteenth Century Americans felt toward Africans, it certainly wasn’t because he believed slavery was just.” In fact, what Lee said about slavery may surprise a number of people who aren’t familiar with Lee’s views on the matter.
“There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil,” Lee wrote back in 1856, in a letter written in response to a speech given by then-President Franklin Pierce.”
Those on the left side of the room should probably read this and share it before speaking again about monuments. Being a Southern White man doesn’t make you a racist or a slave owner.
Robert E. Lee was a career soldier who graduated from West Point and fought valiantly for the United States during the Mexican War, and was a US colonel when he was commandant of West Point!
He was in fact offered command of the entire Federal army. In his bedroom in Arlington House, which was stolen from him, he agonized for hours as to what coarse he should take. Ultimately he could not raise his sword against his kinsman and native State of Virginia. He was a well known Christian gentleman. Any statue of him deserves to remain standing!
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Natalie D. is an American conservative writer! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington.She is a “constitutional conservative”.