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America Votes On Whether To Keep Or Take Down Confederate Statues Do You Agree With The Results?

Craig Bennett

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Getting an objective, unbiased view of history has never been an easy project. At least when dealing with the history of people groups, nations, religious movements, economic crises, and wars. There is simply too much of a temptation to skew the story to fit the agenda of those doing the writing. Hence, there is some truth to the saying that “it’s the victors of wars who write the history.”

The War Between the States is a particular problem because of the injection of slavery into the story. Hence the whole thing becomes incredibly emotionally-charged. Issues not relating to slavery or race, such as economic, social, and political differences between the North and the South tend to get buried. An example of the tension can be seen in the name just used to describe the conflict. Not calling it “The Civil War” is presumed to be making a political or social statement. Imagine the reaction to those who call it the “War of Northern Aggression.” We should be able to agree that when we have a war with such emotionally and politically charged elements that we cannot even agree on a name for it, we’ve got a problem.

The horrible tragedy in Charlottesville has focused the nation’s attention once again on memorials to Confederate leaders, and the desire by some to have them torn down. Contrary to what the liberal media would like us to believe, the majority of Americans want the memorials and statutes left in place.


“There has been a recently renewed vigor in the debate regarding whether monuments and statues commemorating the Confederacy have any business being in the public sphere, as some people find them offensive and others view them as historical relics.

“While the left — with help from the media — would have you believe that virtually everybody in the country wants to see the Confederate statues taken down, or at least moved to a museum or some other site, a recent poll from Marist, NPR and PBS NewsHour and would seem to suggest otherwise.

“The August 2017 Marist poll asked ‘Do you think statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should: Remain as a historical symbol, Be removed because they are offensive, or are Unsure.’

“Far from the impression that media has provided, 62 percent of adults think the statues should remain, while only 27 percent think they should be removed and 11 percent remained unsure on the topic.”

The Charlottesville tragedy has become a tool of the left to push its agenda of identity politics. To demonstrate the stupidity and inconsistency of their agenda, we’ll go on a brief trip.

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George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. Many of those who were leaders of the Confederacy were and many were not. So, what’s to be done?

Clearly, we cannot have our nation’s capital named after a slave owner. And by the way, isn’t there a state named after this man as well. Change them. While you’re at it, Mt. Vernon and Monticello must be bulldozed as well. And don’t forget that goofy-looking Washington Monument, located in the nation’s capital as well as the Jefferson Memorial. We cannot have monuments dedicated to slave owners in our nation’s capital of all places. Down they come.