Of Statues & American History
Dateline: Santa Clara, CA (1:22 pm PDT) — Former U.S. President Geo. W. Bush was once quoted in saying, “a great nation does not hide its history. It faces it’s flaws and corrects them.” In terms of removing monuments of the now defunct Confederate States of America, of which was a rebellion against the current United States of America, is an issue that shall remain a controversy for many years to come. However, it is clear and given the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, these monuments are now a rallying point or opportunity for radical domestic terrorist organizations such as the Klu Klux Klan, White Supremacists, neo-Nazis and the new organization (sic) the “Alt Right.” It is to this point as to whether or not the weight of allowing these monuments to stand weighs more than reasons why to remove them.
The monuments now being removed are part of, or exhibit American history. They are in fact symbols and representative of a group of states, the Confederate States of America, from the U.S. that wanted to secede from the Union but failed in a war that lasted over four years ..and waged beyond that epoch in American history.
It must be noted that the majority of these monuments and symbols of defeated were erected in during the time of Jim Crow laws, and in 1950s and 1960s. And during the middle 20th century there was the Civil Rights movements which swept America during this epoch. It also must be noted and ever since that period not much attention or little was given to these statues until the latter part of the 20th century and to-date with the emergence of racist hate groups, now deemed terrorist, and for places that they may hold their assemblies and rallies.
Therefore it is here where the weight in the Preamble of the United States Constitution, and where the emphasis upon the 1st Amendment stands:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…“
Where nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it mention, cite or refer to the
former Confederate States of America, nor certain principles and edicts of that constitution. Nor where it declares that monuments and statues representing and in exhibition, for the sake of history, shall be preserved.
Currently, and from extreme and moderate sectors of the political conservative-Right there is opposition to removing these statues, whereby this must be learned, understood and respected. However, and at this time there are factions of the extreme, or violent Right seeking to use, and aiming to exploit. Moreover, and from the press, media and other means of mass communications comes a myriad of false equivalences and logical fallacies in opposition to the removal of these statues.
However, one point is perfectly clear; this is not about anything political or that of “correctness,” but of something written in a sacred document, in the insuring of domestic tranquility, and in the promotion of the general welfare — safety of & for the citizens of the United States of America.
Whereas, to keep these monuments in place shall and will provide places for the exploitation of evil and illegal intent by those who are oblivious (willfully, or unwittingly) to that for which these monuments once stood for: A history that will remain in the past, but will always now, and forever be remembered as a scar, for benefit in the future of freedom and democracy.
- Posted in: American Politics