The War against the Confederacy is a War against America. The War against the Confederacy is a war on American history. The War against the Confederacy is a war against all of us and a war on America’s institutions.
This essay comes at a time when New Orleans is in the midst of attempting to remove four monuments pertaining to the Confederacy, in the heart of town. One, which has already been removed, was not directly representing the Confederacy itself; it commemorated a post-War Between the States conflict between Louisianians and a government which they perceived as being beholden to the “scalawags and carpet-baggers” that were busy kicking the South while she was down.
The other three, however, commemorate President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and General P.G.T. Beauregard. Were it not for the efforts of a dedicated band of defenders, these statues would probably also have been dismantled and carted away by now. They may yet be. Yet as this article makes clear, that would be a grievous error, an action more suited to ISIS, Stalin’s goons, or jack-booted storm-troopers than the supposedly freedom-loving United States.
For a long time, after the War Between the States (erroneously called the “Civil War” – a civil war is contention between two or more factions for the control of the central government, which this emphatically was not), what some have called the “Great Truce” or “Great Compromise” was in effect.
Unspoken, unwritten, but held rigorously as long as its terms were met, this maintained that the citizens of the former Confederacy, and their descendants, would loyally serve, honor, and defend the United States of America – so long as they were allowed to continue to honor, respect, and venerate the historical figures and icons of their Confederate past.
That this truce has been honored on the Confederate side is more than amply demonstrated by number of Southerners who have served (and in many cases, died or been wounded) in the military service of the United States, from the Spanish-American War to the latest conflicts in what is euphemistically called “the Sandbox,” not to mention the profusion of patriotic songs, art, and other iconography to come out of the South.
No one could be more proudly red-white-and-blue than Southerners! Even today, American flags are being waved by defenders of the monuments in New Orleans. Sadly, when it comes to the political, media, and academic elites whose political loyalties lie on the left side of the aisle, the Great Compromise has been too-often honored only in the breach.
And as this essay points out, since a deranged teenager – who happened to own a Confederate flag, and took pictures of himself with it – despicably murdered multiple African-American church members in Charleston, North Carolina, in 2015, this left-wing “elite” been all but salivating at the thought of accomplishing what Reconstruction could not: erasing all physical traces of the Confederacy from American soil.
“In every corner of the New South, the history of the Old South is being destroyed to placate the wishes of people who are motivated by the 21st Century version of fascism known as political correctness.”
This attack against the history and heritage of the South does not exist in a vacuum, however:
“There is a dangerous trend infesting this country like malignant cancer cells. Anyone on the left who feels triggered or psychologically injured by a book, a speaker, a statue, a monument, a flag or a song, can claim some kind of special candyass status and demand that the speaker – or in the case of the Confederacy, the flags, the statues and the monuments – are destroyed.”
The argument is made that because the South had slaves (so did four states, plus the District of Columbia, that remained in the Union; so did every single one of the British Colonies that became the original Thirteen States), and because some racists have (mis)used the Confederate Battle Flag to promote their causes, that gives the left-wing zealots the right to remove and/or destroy every vestige of the Confederacy.
As this essay notes, “You can’t eradicate history simply by removing statues, but that won’t stop the radical left.” The core of the problem is this: they are insisting upon the right to interpret symbols, and the history and heritage behind them, in a particular way – theirs – and using that as justification for the destruction of those symbols. But aren’t these the same people, in many if not all cases, who insist – loudly and stridently – upon the right of any person to “self-identify” as any “gender” (or even species) he, she, or it desires, and to be treated as such?
Logically, rationally, intelligently, you can’t have it both ways: insisting upon the right of certain people to tell their own story, construct their own narrative, however fantastical, and then seek to deny the right of others to continue to tell the history of their own people, and to revere the iconography that embodies that history. To quote this essay again,
“who has the right to tell [Southerners and supporters of Confederate history and heritage] how to interpret history? When others order you to remove symbols of history, or to think a certain way that is simply fascism; nothing more and nothing less.”
I would prefer the word, “totalitarianism,” because the same belief, and its bitter fruits, were equally evident in Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, North Korea, and many other places, at many other times, in many other points on the political spectrum, over the last century or so. Nonetheless, the point is all too valid. What we are seeing appears to be the beginning of a slow-motion “Kristallnacht” against things related to Confederate history and heritage.
True, not many have been killed – yet. But many supporters of Southern history and its iconography have been assaulted, and at least one, Anthony Hervey, a Black supporter of the Confederate heritage, was run off the road by other “people of color,” who saw him as an “Uncle Tom.” He died in the resulting accident. If things continue as they are, I fear additional deaths may be coming.
And there have certainly been riots, there has certainly been vandalism – a lot of it. The statue that was removed from NOLA was removed by order of the City Council… but it was done at night, by people wearing face-masks to conceal their identity, and it was done on the vote of six individuals, after denying petitions to put the matter to a referendum. If that’s not totalitarian, it’s hard to imagine what is.
To quote the linked essay once more:
“Don’t think for a moment that it will stop with Lee and Davis. There is no end to the militant fascism raging among left wing snowflakes…
“Don’t think it will just be flags and statues. Next, there will be book burnings and destruction of private property belonging to people deemed enemies of the state.
“It won’t stop until Americans put their feet down and say enough is enough. Frankly these people who try and tell us how to interpret our own history are nothing more than tyrants.
“The War against the Confederacy is a war on freedom itself.”
Amen. It is indeed.