When I debate a Democrat Liberal about the riot in Charlottesville, VA the only thing that most of them want to talk about is how we must emphatically and unequivocally condemn the white supremacists and how awfully racist those Confederate Monuments are. It puzzles me that anyone who wants peace would project such a vast of amount of judgemental hostility.
Those freaking Nazis!
Those hood wearing, cross burning, hate spewing Nazis.
You can learn a lot from them.
“HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?”
“THOSE PEOPLE ARE RACIST SCUM!”
But they are SINCERE racist scum.
And you have something in common with the Nazis.
Sincere allegiance to your beliefs.
“BUT RACISM IS WRONG!”
“RACISM IS EVIL!”
Is there a reasonable solution/compromise for the “problem” with the Confederate Monuments that does not involve loudly and hostilely proclaiming the supposed treason of the South, refighting a bloody war that is supposed to be over? I think so. King Solomon, Pondering a Civil War Statue Solution by scatterwisdom suggests a simple suggestion that both honors the dead and reminds us all of the terrible price that we pay when we abuse each other. suggests that we place a plaque on every Civil War Statue (both Union and Confederate) for every onlooker to ponder. What are the words he suggests we put on the plaque?
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Lincoln spoke those words over the dead, over men buried in the battlefield in which they had fought. Where both the boys in blue and the boys in gray had died.
Lest we forget, almost every Civil War monument is a memorial to the dead, to those who died in the war and to those who carried the memories of its horrors until the day they died.
Not sure about the idea? Check out King Solomon, Pondering a Civil War Statue Solution by scatterwisdom. makes a good case. After all, if we still want to honor the dead, if we still want a government of the people, by the people, for the people, we still have work to do.