Statues important to history
I am quite appalled at Ben Douglas’s lack of historical comprehension of the Confederate States’ leaders, and more so, his lack thereof as an excuse to erase this state’s history. To claim that the leaders of the Confederacy were "shamelessly immoral" is somewhat ironic considering Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
What a racist. Should we remove the Lincoln Memorial from the National Mall too? Slavery was one of many issues that preceded the Civil War, but it seems that no one today wants to ask "why?" The overlying cause of the Civil War, was an overbearing federal government versus those in the South who opposed such tyranny. It was the same tyranny that encouraged the original American patriots to drive the English out of the country almost a century before.
To trivialize the Civil War with such catch phrases as "the Civil War was fought over slavery", and "Lincoln freed the slaves" is just a testament to the perceived importance of sounding politically correct rather than actually learning about the history of our nation. Not everything in this country’s history is noteworthy, but that doesn’t mean we should start tearing down statues in an attempt to forget our past.
After all, someone else famous once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." "I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them," said Robert E. Lee.
Seems to me that you could learn a thing or two from our past, huh? The statues should stay, and you, Mr. Douglas, should read more history books instead of burning them.