As I observe politicians of low reputation and others attack the memory and legacy of a man like Robert E. Lee, I can’t help but be reminded of a quote by Will Durant:
“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.”
I’m also reminded of something I once heard Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. say:“Robert E. Lee never existed [in the minds of some] because we don’t have a Robert E. Lee today.”Beyond the destruction of historical memory and heritage for agenda-driven political purposes, much of what we’re currently witnessing also carries, in my opinion, strong elements of virtue signalling and self-aggrandizing. What is so ironic is that in the attempt to elevate themselves, these same men actually reveal themselves for the small men they are. They can’t hold a candle to men like Lee. History will, eventually, judge them accordingly.
Happy Lee-Jackson Day.