How should we decide when it’s appropriate to remove a statue or monument to some person from a public place of honor? I argue for a two-part test: (1) Was that person honored for unworthy or indecent behavior? (2) Is that person known today primarily for unworthy or indecent behavior? When the answer to both is no, the statue or monument should stay.
By that test, every memorial that glorifies leaders and generals of the Confederacy should be hauled away. The cause for which they struggled was the vilest cause in American history: the perpetuation of African slavery. They were extolled because they went to war in defense of human bondage.
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With all due respect to a great columnist (IMHO), I disagree.
The War of Northern Aggression was not a “civil war” (i.e., a fight between two factions to control the “country”).
It also was not about slavery. It was about tariffs being imposed to benefit the Northern States at the expense of the Southern States.
At a deeper philosophical level, it was about “American nationalism” as opposed to the American republic.
Sorry but this war was a “Second American Revolution” that was the end of the American republic.
So sad that we are on the road to ruin that we were put on when George Washington and the first Congress violated the Constitution as it was “sold” to the various People of the States. If they had been smarter, the Dead Old White Guys would have never approved the Constitution.