Private Edwin Francis Jemison, whose image became one of the most famous portraits of the young soldiers of the war. (from here)

Sometimes people do the wrong thing for the wrong reason, but they manage to convince themselves they are doing the right thing. Consider the options presented in the follow table.

WRONG WRONG Stealing from a neighbor.
RIGHT WRONG Obeying the law because a of the fear of punishment
WRONG RIGHT Stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
RIGHT RIGHT Giving to those in need.

The table shows four options.

  • If we do something wrong for the wrong reason, we have done something evil. When greed motivates us to steal from a neighbor, for example, that is a wholly evil act.
  • If we do the right thing for the wrong reason, society notices no wrong, but God knows the nature of our intent.  Unless we learn to love our neighbors as we love ourself, only the fear of punishment stops us from abusing each other.
  • If we do the wrong thing for the right reason, we corrupt our good intentions. We act in the belief that the end justifies the means.
  • If we do the right thing for the right reason, then we act in accordance with the Golden Rule.

(from here)

When we are young, we are quite gullible. So we can be convinced we are doing the right thing for the right reason, but if it is against the law, we should know better. That is, after all, a pretty big clue. Unfortunately, that did not stop a large crowd of young vigilantes from rendering justice on a poor defenseless statue that had stood where it was since 1924.  Hence we have these stories.

Overall, the execution of the statue seems to have been a very calm operation that met with the tacit approval of the local authorities. Durham, NC is, like Charlottesville, VA, a university town with a Democrat for a mayor, Bill Bell. Here is what Bell had to say.

It’s unfortunate, but not surprising, given the environment we’re in. Fortunately, something inanimate was damaged, rather than any person being hurt,” said Mayor Bill Bell in response to the incident. “County and city officials will work together to protect each other’s property. We all have to consider the environment in our area. I don’t believe any other property is endangered. I believe the protestors accomplished what they wished to accomplish. But, most importantly, I’m grateful no one was hurt. (from here)

The statue was fair game, but other property might not be. It seems these folks well understand the law exists only to confine the behavior the foolish, the crazy, and the dumb; that is, the people who disagree with them.

What exactly did the “courageous” statue vigilantes tear down? Here is a picture of the Confederate Soldiers Monument at Old Durham County Courthouse, 200 E. Main St., Durham NC. As this article, The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down, indicates, the statue was a memorial to the soldiers who wore gray. That includes the hundred of thousands who died, like that young man pictured above.

Unlike the “courageous” statue vigilantes, the soldiers who wore gray did the right thing, only for the wrong reason. The soldiers who wore gray fought to defend their families, friends, and neighbors from invaders, but there was a problem. Because the primary reason the South seceded from Union was over the issue of slavery, the South was in the wrong. Because the South attacked the Union army first (at Fort Sumter, SC), the South was in the wrong. Still, if we try, we can understand why men might fight valiantly to defend their homeland from other men they regarded as invaders. It is just that condemnation comes so easily.

Here we have a List of monuments and memorials of the Confederate States of America. Since the list has already been updated to reflect the destruction of the Confederate Soldiers Monument at Old Durham County Courthouse, I suppose the vigilantes destruction of the Confederate Soldiers Monument is only the start. If so, the “courageous” statue vigilantes may wish to consult ISIS. It seems they have lots of experience in this area.


  1. https://hardtimesministries.wordpress.com/

    The price for a derisive conflict was 600,000 lives. Perhaps for today’s discussion, stating the war has been over for in excess of 150 years would be fine if it were not for the introduction of Jim Crow. While the Civil Rights Acts stamped out the legal endorsement of Jim Crow but the effects were felt for years afterward and to a lesser effect even to this day.
    The Civil War Memorials and Statues have been constant reminders of an era that represented Group-ism. Group-ism today is a practice that severs only to divide people, separating one group from another. It may be that the separation is for a good cause on the surface but the effects are generally counterproductive.
    For those who believe the Confederate Statues represent a history, we might also argue that Nazism also represented a history: a history I would rather choose to forget. And though the finger pointing towards Nazism is often miscast in debates, there are parallels to the Confederacy and Nazism. I don’t believe anyone would fail to understand a Jew being offended if a historical ‘swastika’ and stature were elected of Hilter were erected with other high command leaders.
    WWII is over and we moved on. The Civil War is over and it’s past due to move on. The same can be said of Jim Crow.
    I believe at this juncture of our nation’s history we should be drifting back to the melting pot where citizens reflect upon themselves simply as Americans. Stressing the uniqueness of a group is good as long as we are also stressing common ground. In this sense we should be striving to unite a common people as opposed to highlighting differences.
    At some point we also have to address where this is all going to end. Are we willing to rename all our streets, buildings, colleges, etc.? There must be a logic attached to our goals. Are we willing even to rename all of Jacksonville simply because Andrew Jackson held slaves and was hostile toward Native Americans? What about the other forefathers? Are we also going to bleach their names and contributions because they had negative traits associated with our history?
    For the blatant aspect of statues that stare you down in the face, all traces of those should be removed where practical. Too, common sense must define what is history and what is offensive reminders.
    The important virtue here is to unite Americans, not encourage disparity and a sense of victimhood. In short, where deliberate intent was to make defiant statements against a civil conflict that was lost by the South—those edifices should be rid of to make way for the future. However, our end purpose is to come together as a collective group identifying themselves as Americans.

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    1. I don’t disagree with your goals necessarily, but I am uncertain of what exactly you propose to do to get there.

      One thing we forget about government is that it is a nasty, awkward tool. We give the people who rule us power, and we hope that they will do the right thing the right way without abusing their power. More often than not, we get unintended, disastrous results.

      Expecting a moderate solution from Democrats is simply not realistic. The news media too often drives these people. Their idea of heroism and genius is “pushing the envelope”. Isn’t that how this silliness got its start?

      Slavery, Jim Crow, and all those monument scattered around the country represent uses and abuses of government power, Democratic Party led government power. Without the abuse of government power, none of these things would have happened. Unless government power is abused, no group can be enslaved to another; it is against the law. Even Jim Crow does not work. If nothing else, it hurts the profits of the businesses who would otherwise support it too much. Without the abuse of government power, many of the Confederate Monuments would exist, but they would exist on private property. They would not be “our” problem.

      So what do we do with those monuments? The vast majority of them are memorials to the bravery and perseverance of decent men, not monuments to slavery. That raises a question. Which if us is fit to cast the first stone, to cast a stone at the reputations of the men for whom these monuments were built? I don’t consider myself a better man than Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson. Do you?

      My suggestion is to leave the monuments alone. Just maintain them as reminders of a bloody lesson of the past. Brave and decent men gave their lives in support of an evil institution. Slavery is a bad thing, and we need to remember that. Using to the government to harm our neighbor is a bad thing. Using the government to tell other people (especially their children) what to think may even worse, and that is what this fuss is about. If we want to keep our Constitution, then we need to stop these modern day iconoclasts from using slavery as an excuse to attack the reputations of the men who wrote the Constitution. As you suggest, that is where they are headed.

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  2. I’ve yet to collect my thoughts good enough to write about any of this but I am so upset and mad and disgusted in our youth and some older ones as well that have nothing better to do, such as work or care for others, than to destroy, kick and act childish in an expensive and dangerous temper tantrum

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    1. I listened to a bit of the Mark Levin Show today. He pointed out the ultimate goal of this attack on Confederate Monuments is to undermine the Constitution. As Trump observed, many of the framers of the Constitution owned slaves, there are people already calling for the demolition of the monuments to those men.

      I think we need to start writing our public officials and demand they put a stop to this idiocy. None of them are fit to cast the first stone. If they had been in the shoes of common men who gray during the Civil War, they would done no better. Instead, it is likely that those who pander to the news media would have done worst.

      Anyway, I suspect that is where my next post is headed.

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    2. Julie,

      Everyone has to make a living.

      All the rioting is bought and paid for with sumptuous amounts of cold cash.

      Back in the day, Josef Stalin used to rob banks to sumptuously fund the insurgency Vladimir Lenin was running against the Russian society of that time.

      The Bolsheviks (Lenin marauders) did a great job of seizing iron fisted control of Russia, Asia and Eastern Europe.

      And over the next 70 years they completely destroyed the economies and societies under their control.

      The same is happening here except that all those knuckleheaded evangelical Christians are having one heck of a time taking their brainwashing seriously.

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      1. Well yes and no….
        but I guess we might consider things like governmental subsidies as making a living for some— as that is their income…that being governmental housing, food stamps, medicaid and welfare with its programs like ebt cards, wic…..
        as in some aren’t exactly “working” for the income….
        But I digress.

        And yes history once again teaches about the rise and fall of Marxism, communism, socialism….with very few pupils paying attention. Not only are they not paying attention to our own history of our own Civil War and of what that entails, which is a great deal more than just slavery, but they aren’t paying attention to the history of the late 1800’s, the Crimean war, WWI, the Treaty of Versailles, the vacuum that was in turn created in Germany, opening the way to the rise of Nazism, eugenics, race perfection and race eradication…on and on ad infinitum.

        Instead the pupils are playing dumb by running on the’ he said, she said’ notion of innuendo and paranoia.
        They are allowing emotion and prejudice to override intellect.
        While also failing to admit that they are not greater than…merely created, as equal, in the eyes of an Omnipotent God…

        So I feel we best watch our name calling when referring to our brethren…whether we agree doctrinally or not, they are our brethren…be they Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant or other….
        and the bottom line here is that we, the faithful” are to keenly discern and hear the words of Christ of Jesus…
        “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. ”
        For Paul reminds us…”What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”

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  3. “Fortunately, something inanimate was damaged, rather than any person being hurt,”

    Bad rational here. Buildings are inanimate. Using his logic, it would be okay to damage them if they are empty, since no people would be harmed.

    It is/was an act of vandalism. Those people caught on camera need to be charged.

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    1. Agreed, but don’t hold your breath. The governor of NC is a Democrat. The Confederate monument are now nothing more than a tool to stir up racial divisions and beat up Conservatives as racists. The news media don’t want to talk about anything else.

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  4. A fundamental technique used by fascists and communists to destroy and then take ironfisted control of a society is to keep it in constant turmoil.

    As the left (which includes the fascists) assaults Western society it’s just one thing after another.

    …ever notice that?

    Fast efficient brainwashing takes place when people are angry.

    Teachers have been using this technique on students for decades and it only takes a few seconds.

    And with the left’s almost total control of the media, the constant pounding of lies and propaganda people who are immersed in mass media can’t help but have their minds completely washed of any rationality.

    As we watch our society takes its daily pounding, I recommend that people come to understand that the pounding is expertly planned, ruthlessly and ceaselessly executed…

    …and fully funded with oceans of cash.

    This is not a conspiracy theory, this is the theory and execution of leftist-fascist insurgency.

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    1. @silenceofmind

      Conspiracy or not we need to focus on what is important. Elected officials who refused to do their jobs and enforce the law are useless. The same people who won’t protect a statue from a mob engaged in wanton destruction also refuse to enforce our immigration laws. If a politician won’t even protect our borders, of what use is he or she to the security of the nation?


      1. I know one thing that it’s gotten to the point that I don’t watch the news. I’ll skim a website to avoid their opinions, but heck they’re trying to tell me what to believe in the headlines anymore.

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      2. Citizen,

        Civilized Americans do their damage against tyranny at the ballot box.

        It takes a long time, but it is peaceful and affects change organically over a just the right period of time.

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  5. I really liked your table presenting the right/wrong options we all face and hopefully more often than not choose wisely. It really put things in stark perspective.

    People have lost their minds over this. I was having a “discussion” on line with a woman who I can only describe as rabid in her belief that the Lee statue had to come down and had to come down now. Of course she personally doesn’t condone vandalism, but the cause was too important to be hampered by that.

    We are not in a good place in this country. It’s bad enough so many people don’t know their history and have no understanding of context, but even what they/we do know is being blindly erased by a raving mob while local authorities bow to anarchy.

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    1. @Tricia
      No. We are not in a good place.
      I have this quote on my Words From The Past Page.

      While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government. — John Adams, Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798, in Revolutionary Services and Civil Life of General William Hull (New York, 1848), pp 265-6. There are some differences in the version that appeared in The Works of John Adams (Boston, 1854), vol. 9, pp. 228-9, most notably the words “or gallantry” instead of “and licentiousness”.

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