After decades of collecting pigeon excrement, and over 140 years after the Civil War, some folks have decided it’s time to remove statues of Confederate soldiers. So, in acts of cowardice, cities too broke to maintain their streets, have been paying to remove various Confederate statues from their perches during the night, much like a thief operates, so as not to have another Charlottesville on their hands. Or they allow others to remove them on their own with no more than a slap on the wrist. Most of these removals have been done without the benefit of debate with the people who don’t mind the statues, which encompasses a majority of the country.
Now, the Daily Journal editorializes that the monikers of military bases named after Confederate officers should also be renamed, principally Forts Hood and Bragg. They reason that since Generals Hood and Bragg fought against the United States, and were rather incompetent commanders, they should not be honored with their name on a military base either. On its face, this is not an unreasonable thought.
However, it should be pointed out that both men had distinguished military careers for the United States before the Civil War, and their failures were at the hands of larger Northern forces led by arguably superior military minds. Therefore, their implied ineptness in the Civil War should not be a determining factor for renaming military bases. Isn’t it a good thing they lost?
Of greater importance though are the questions of why now and what’s next? Personally, I suspect the removal of the statues has nothing to do with racial injustice and everything to do with today’s politicians and political correctness, poor excuses to do anything. Otherwise, should we rename Columbus Ohio, which was named after Christopher Columbus, a man who unintentionally reached America on the way to the West Indies and spread death and disease among the then-current habitants. What should we do about the Memorial statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was an admitted Socialist, and an assumed adulterer? I personally find anything Socialist or adulterous repugnant, but would never advocate the removal of the MLK statue. Or what about noted Indian fighter “Buffalo Bill” Cody, should we rescind his Medal of Honor award…again, and write him out of children’s books? Do we really want to blow slave owners’ Thomas Jefferson and George Washington’s faces off Mt. Rushmore and replace them with what…bleeding hearts like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer? (I’m being absurd on purpose, folks.)
There is an old saying about not throwing the baby out with the bath water. What would this country be like had any of those men named above, or innumerable others men and women like them, never existed? No part of “We the People,” including past great Americans who built this country into what it is now, is without fault. That is what makes us human. Let’s call this what it is - because there is a loud angry liberal mob who cannot accept that Donald J. Trump is our president is no reason for appeasement with an act of erasing our history or removal of anything one group of people might find offensive. To acquiesce to people with nothing more than Trump-derangement syndrome borders on insanity. Our past, warts and all, is what it is and has shaped us to be the greatest country in the history of Earth.
Leave our history alone!