Once again, the Democrats are trying to erase history where no controversy existed, expect in the annals of political correctness. The City of Dallas City Council voted 13-1 to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, with a Confederate soldier, at Lee Park, which is in the Turtle Creek neighborhood. By luck, a judge issued a stay on its removal as crews were preparing to remove it. Actually, if the stay would have come thirty minutes later, the statue probably would have already loaded on the flatbed.
One of the councilman who voted for this flagrant disregard of history states.
"We do not need a task force to tell us right from wrong," councilmember Philip Kingston told Fox 4 News. "These monuments represent a false telling of history."
What false telling of history is he referring to? Perhaps he thinks the statue represents the South won the war? Maybe he believes all those “deplorables” that voted for Trump are going to let the South rise again? Or maybe it’s that Lee stands for oppression? On all three counts, he would be seriously wrong. He, like many of the rabid anti-fa activists and their supporters need to bone up on history, and fast! One: the South didn’t win the war. Two: Better check out the Electoral College Voting and the popular vote when it comes to states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. Yeah, those are Yankee states. Three, the last thing Robert E. Lee stands for is oppression and the Civil War. He did not want the war and hoped Jefferson Davis and others would come to an amicable agreement to avoid the bloodshed he knew would come.
When the die was cast and succession became a reality, he was torn between a country he loved and defended, and his home state of Virginia. He could not see himself warring against his own statesmen and friends. He, like many, that were officers in the United States Army had to make a choice and they chose to honor and serve with their fellow brothers. They were driven by a sense of duty and honor that is seriously lacking today.
General Lee was highly regarded as a great tactician and gentlemen, before, during and after the Civil War, even by his Northern brothers. He was asked countless times for his opinions on how the North was governing after the capitulation. In his letters, he showed he wasn’t pleased but that it was the duty of the defeated to weather the storm and unite the country. At any time, he could have spoken out against Lincoln, Johnson and Grant. He wouldn’t do it. The country had bled enough and it was time to reconcile, rebuild and heal.
The irony I find in today’s debate is that Lee was a traitor and committed treason against the United States, thus, all his statues should come down. Okay. But before you jump on that bandwagon, you better hold “Hanoi Jane” Fonda to the same standard. Like Lee, she aided and abetted the enemy during the Vietnam War. Yet I hear no outcry from the left. Why? Because it would subvert their narrative on righteousness. The same goes for the thugs that support anti-fa. They are no better than the Brown Shirts of the 30’s. They have been given a license to destroy and attack those they don’t agree with. And yet the press praises them as liberators and activists for a just cause. What cause? The undermining of the United States government? Exactly. Why aren’t they being rounded up and imprisoned? Again, it would defeat the current narrative of the press and the left and that can’t happen.
If Lee would have kept up the good fight and spoken out against the victors, our country could have endured a guerilla war that could have lasted decades. Instead, he took the high road and remined his followers that they had fought a good fight, but it was time to lay down arms and begin working on the peace. Resistance would only prolong the inevitable and achieve nothing more than more destroyed property and lives.
Lee never wrote a biography despite receiving many offers to do so. The closest we have for historical analysis is the book his son, General Robert Edward Lee, published. It provides an excellent insight into this great man and his love for his fellow man; a lesson we can all learn from, it we take the time.
So, if you want to eradicate him from the history books and vilify him, that’s your choice, but in the end, the only action being perpetuated is the smearing of great American patriot.