Some wisdom, from a few year ago about the sheer FOLLY of erasing history
Columnist Peggy Noonan’s recent tweets criticizing the Washington National Cathedral’s decision to remove the stained glass windows of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson might have landed her in hot water among Twitter’s reactionaries, but she was right and doesn’t deserve to be called a white supremacist simply for speaking the truth.
In response to scrubbing the church of Confederate symbols, she tweeted, “A shonda [Yiddish for shame]. They were figures in the greatest, most killing moral struggle in U.S. history. They didn’t tweet, they took to the field and died.”
“Then one side won,” she continued, “they reconciled, the American experiment continued and we learned through this history. Keep em. Let it be. They are us.”
Go read it all, and focus on these words They are us! This fight we are in right now over monuments, memorials, history is a war to save us. American history must, at all costs be preserved and taught. A nation cannot long survive once its history is erased. Sadly, our history has become a target of the left. They argue that America is, irredeemable because our founding was entirely about White supremacy. And, because of this America must fundamentally change, in short, America must die, and be recreated in order to ever be any good.
Sadly, there are too many Republicans willing to beg for mercy rather than truly defend our history. A few years ago, Republicans decided it was a smart strategy to lump the Confederacy in with today’s leftists. Are you listening Rep. Crenshaw? They added their voice to the Confederates were traitors only fighting for slavery chorus. Rather than fighting for facts, and actual study of the War Between the States, they went with those using the war to further demean America. As D.C. McAllister wrote back in 2017
Contrary to popular opinions today, Union soldiers did not primarily fight to free the slaves or to secure their equality. Most believed they fought to preserve the Union. Likewise, Confederate soldiers did not primarily fight for slavery. Most believed they fought to preserve the independence of the South from Northern invaders.
In saying this, I am not making the case that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery. It certainly was, but it wasn’t only—or even primarily—about slavery. This doesn’t diminish the integral role slavery played in the war, but there was much more to it, and our judgments need to be based on the words of those who actually fought in the war, not on tales spun by propagandists.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson, who wrote “What They Fought For,” researched hundreds of letters from both the North and South, and he found an intricate record of ideals and motivations among the soldiers. No side, no one person was all evil or all good. They were human beings, struggling with moral issues and perspectives shaped by beliefs, cultural biases and prejudices. Some of these were just, and others horribly unjust—there is no justification for the evil of slavery—but this doesn’t change the complexity of the individuals or their motivations.
McPherson is not a historian that is biased against the South, as some historians are. He did the actual research and wrote about what he found
Reading through these men’s letters, McPherson found that “themes of liberty and republicanism,” not slavery, “formed the ideological core of the cause for which Civil War soldiers fought, Confederate as well as Union.”
“Americans in both North and South believed themselves custodians of the legacy of 1776. The crisis of 1861 was the great test of whether they were worthy of the heritage of liberty bequeathed to them by the founding fathers. On their shoulders rode the fate of the great experiment in republican government launched in 1776. Both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis appealed to this intense consciousness of parallels between 1776 and 1861.”
Soldiers from both sides loved their country and wanted to honor their forebears who secured for them liberty and independence. Confederates fought for freedom “from what they regarded as a tyrannical government.” The unionists, on the other hand, “fought to preserve the nation created by the founders from dismemberment and destruction.”
This theme repeats itself throughout Confederate letters: “bursting the bonds of tyranny,” fighting for “those inestimable and priceless rights . . . . obtained by our forefathers and bequeathed to us,” and “fighting gloriously for the undying principles of Constitutional liberty and self-government.”
These men saw the South as their country and the North as having betrayed the legacy of its founders. An enlisted soldier who owned no slaves said he would joyfully go to war “as a means of repelling a dastardly, plundering, oppressive, and cowardly foe from our homes and borders.”
You really should read the whole Column it is masterful and factual. Most of all, you need to fight against what the left is doing. Especially you Republicans who care more about being patted on the head for being “reasonable”. The people taking down memorials and monuments are not reasonable, they are evil. They want to erase America. There is no “common ground” or appeasement with them, There is only victory or defeat, and defeat means this nation is finished. THAT is unacceptable