I'm not a reactionary neo-Confederate freaking fringe nut, or feel any fondness whatsoever for the old Confederate South, or for any of its relics and symbols; with the exception of Robert E. Lee who I greatly respect (see below) I care nothing about its other leaders who I know little about. What I am, however, is a historical purist and opposed to destroying or removing any and all historical statues and monuments from public spaces. I don't care what the monument is or who it may offend, or who rallies around it for whatever cause good or bad; I want all of them to stay put and that goes for Confederate monuments that are currently under attack by left-wing fanatics as part of a cultural, social and economic revolution to transform America into a socialist state - a centralized, totalitarian society with a command and control economy that is many times worse and more oppressive than was the Confederacy. In fact, I'd  rather be a black slave in the Confederate South then live in a one party socialist state like existed in Russia under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev, and in Germany under Hitler. But that's a subject for another day.  
Indeed, apart from the overarching socialist agenda of the radical left there are moral, historical and national reasons grounded in common sense to oppose their war of purgation against Confederate monuments; reasons, it appears, that are intuitively understood by the vast majority of Americans as the interesting PBS poll cited above clearly shows.
For when I or any normal American (with no more than a basic education in American history) sees a statue of Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson or Robert E. Lee  what quickly comes to mind is the Civil War, the reasons why it was fought and its great, noble, historic outcome, and lessons for posterity. These venerable, old, beautiful works of stone and metal evoke in normal Americans patriotic pride: positive, uplifting, ennobling thoughts, feelings and memories of this epic conflict - the most horrific war we ever fought; we recall that Union soldiers (young men outraged at southern treachery) sacrificed life and limb by the hundreds and thousands fighting bravely and victoriously against Davis, Jackson and Lee for a moral principle; we recall that good, justice and the Judeo-Christian tradition (the inspiration for the Abolition Movement) triumphed over slavery, treason, division and the perversion of religion; we recall that we were healed, united and made whole again, one nation under a good, just and merciful God, on course to become (by His will) the greatest nation in human history - a force for justice, peace and liberty like no other, that defeated enemies far worse than the Confederacy.
Indeed, when normal Americans see Confederate statues or even flags not only do they see the defeat of slavery and man's inhumanity to man, they also see a powerful warning to other potential traitors and enemies within: NEVER ATTEMPT SECESSION AGAIN. Indeed, Confederate monuments signify completely and compellingly that future treasonous Davises, Jacksons and Lees, who'd want some part of America to secede (like some Democrats today want California) will not be tolerated in the least; and whatever be the cost in lives and treasure they will meet with defeat and total disaster like the Rebel South.
This is what I, one of 62% of Americans (Republicans, Democrats and Independents), feel about Confederate statues, monuments and flags; and why we oppose destroying them or moving them from public squares because few, very few (a mere 27%) are deeply offended and driven into moral insanity by them. 
Indeed, when a sick, abnormal, racially obsessed leftist (who hates America and its industrial-capitalist system) sees the same lifeless Confederate relics we normal citizens see they (losing their minds) feel repulsion, rage and annihilating hate as if their existence were a Nazi-like crime; and that the Confederacy and heritage of slavery are still alive staining our country, national honor and poisoning our minds.
When Liberalism is in trouble it's time to tear down statues.
Indeed, just as these loons believe in a living, breathing Constitution (a lifeless piece of paper), and a Lady Liberty that weeps for illegal immigrants (another senseless statue), so do they imbue the images of Davis, Jackson and Lee with a terrible life as if it were the 1860s and they were Union soldiers fighting Johnny Reb to the death.  It's a morality play they replay over and over again in their heads to make them feel they're on a lofty moral plane and mission of redemption to save America from racism; to bring to an end the unfinished Civil War and Jim Crow once and for all; for as long as Confederate statues are in public places, and buildings, bridges and highways bear the names of rebel leaders, the evil Confederacy, for them, still lives oppressing blacks and robbing them of dignity. For them in a sense the Emancipation Proclamation and Appomattox haven't happened yet. Indeed, until the Confederacy is erased, wiped out, and buried it's as if Lee hasn't surrendered to Grant but is still fighting to save the Confederacy from "Union tyranny." That's how crazy these leftists are.
Reconstruction by akartes
Indeed, these anti-monument loons react anachronistically to these relics with the anger, moral outrage and intolerance of the Radical Republicans of yore: this was a large and influential pitiless faction within the post-war Republican Party that rejected Lincoln's clemency (God's mercy) for the South as too soft, weak and lenient - not doing the work of justice and retribution. Unmoved by the South's economic and social devastation caused by the war the Radicals wanted to worsen it and passed legislation (that was vetoed) requiring the confiscation of former-Confederate property and lands as reparations for former slaves. If these extremists weren't stopped they would have created terrible bitterness, humiliation and resentment in the South making reconciliation and peace impossible. Indeed, just as a second world war followed the first because of France's and England's humiliation of Germany at Versailles, so if the Radical Republicans had their way in punishing the South it could have caused a second Civil War more destructive than the first - as all trust would have been lost. 
Indeed, this is how radical, implacable and unforgiving these anti-monument wingnuts are; if they're not stopped in their tracks they'll carry their mindless jihad against our racist and slave past all the way back to the 18th century targeting statues of Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry. For them the sin of slavery is ineradicable that no degree of cleansing, penance and remorse can appease. Even reparations wouldn't work as trillions spent on welfare prove.
Indeed, assurances from these radical fools that they have no grievance with the slave-owning Founders because unlike the Confederates they weren't traitors, is bullcrap. For the reason for their treason was slavery - to keep the evil system alive for all time to come. In other words, NO SLAVERY NO CONFEDERACY, it's that simple. Indeed, for them Washington, Jefferson and the slave-owning Founders were guilty men - setting the stage for the rebellion of the Confederate States - the equals of Davis, Jackson and Lee in racial injustice and moral depravity. And when this PC crusade against the South is won and Confederate statues and relics are purged from the public sphere, the slave-owning Founders (followed by every slave-owning President) will be next; they'll be subject to the same campaign of demonization and delegitimization -  until their monuments are effaced, disgraced and erased. That is a certainty.
But I digress. The grievance of treason is not a good reason for the destruction and removal of Confederate statues. For the crime of treason to keep slavery in place shortened its existence by many decades. For if the Southern States had trusted Lincoln when he promised not to interfere with slavery if they stayed in the Union the system would have endured for many generations -  surviving, possibly, into the early 20th century.
In short, as Jefferson said, "God brings good out of the evil men do;" and from the evil of Confederate treason sprung the greater good of advancing the cause of justice and liberty - of shortening by 40 years the inevitable demise of slavery. And the statues of Davis, Jackson, Lee and other Confederate chiefs are symbolic of this treason that worked out for the best as if by the Hand of Almighty Providence.
In the final analysis, Confederate statues, relics and flags, symbols of oppression and treason crushed and defeated, are as much monuments to God and His plan for this nation as they are to Lincoln and the Union and the sacrifices they made to end an evil institution - and make America a More Perfect Democratic Union.
This is the magnificent Robert E. Lee memorial that President Roosevelt in June 1936 traveled 1300 miles to dedicate, saying:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
72 - Remarks at the Unveiling of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Statue, Dallas, Texas.
June 12, 1936
"I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee. All over the United States we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen."

In other words, as far as FDR was concerned, Robert E. Lee was his equal as a Christian, gentleman and human being. That is to say, he was an exemplary American.

And one of FDR's greatest generals, who was leading the war against the Nazis in World War II, a man who became President, held Lee in the same high esteem. His name was Dwight Eisenhower who as President had a picture of Lee (one of four great Americans) in the Oval Office. The following is a letter from an outraged citizen criticizing Ike for the picture and demanding and explanation why he esteems Lee so highly (see):  

August 1, 1960
Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower
White House
Washington, D.C. 

Dear Mr. President: 


At the Republication Convention I heard you mention that you have the pictures of four (4) great Americans in your office, and that included in these is a picture of Robert E. Lee. 


I do not understand how any American can include Robert E. Lee as a person to be emulated, and why the President of the United States of America should do so is certainly beyond me. 


The most outstanding thing that Robert E. Lee did, was to devote his best efforts to the destruction of the United States Government, and I am sure that you do not say that a person who tries to destroy our Government is worthy of being held as one of our heroes. 

Will you please tell me just why you hold him in such high esteem? 


Sincerely yours,

Leon W. Scott   


Of the tens and thousands of letters Ike must have received from citizens that went unread this one in particular found its way to his desk. And he felt that defending himself and Robert E. Lee was of such importance that he took the time out to respond writing this:


August 9, 1960 

Dear Dr. Scott: 


Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War between the States the issue of secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted. 


General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history. 


From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained. 


Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. 



Dwight D. Eisenhower 


 Now because of Ike's high regard for Lee as a military leader and human being would anyone dare accuse him of racism, white supremacism, neo-Confederatism or insensitivity to blacks? Only a fool would do that. For this is the same Dwight Eisenhower that championed and signed into law two civil rights bills in 1957 and again in 1960 protecting the voting and civil rights of blacks. These were the first two pieces of civil rights legislation aimed at black Americans since 1875 five years after Lee died (see and see).  
 Now I like President Eisenhower and FDR honor and esteem Robert E. Lee above all else for surrendering to Grant and ending the war and Confederacy at Appomattox - when he could have escaped into the Appaliacian Mountains where he was greatly loved rebuilt his army and continued the war for perhaps another year. With good reason Grant let Lee keep his sword; for his unnecessary surrender saved tens and thousands of lives.   
Morover, Lee renounced the Confederacy and the institution of slavery as unGodly, unjust and evil. And after the war he worked tirelessly to reintegrate the South into the Union; this makes his statues and monuments symbols of anti-Confederatism and reconcilation. Indeed, if Lee were alive today he'd denounce in the strongest terms neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis and the KKK. Indeed, how can a man who died an anti-Confederate working to unify the nation be a symbol of  divisive, treasonous, Confederate scum? It's prejudice, slander, revisionism and unreasoning hate to say that Lee's statues represent the very evils he renounced and put behind him when he surrendered at Appomattox. 
FDR and Ike were absolutely  right: Lee is to be honored and esteemed as a very good, great, exemplary soldier, leader, American and human being.


  1. US Constitution was written by slave owners. We should probably get rid of it, right?

    But on the bright side, Karl Marx never owned a slave and his Communist Manifesto is a fine blueprint for the 21st century.

    1. Karl Marx never owned a slave
      He did, however, have a servant whom he treated abominably.

      Besides treating this servant as if she were a slave, Marx impregnated her. A son who was born to the servant was shunned by Marx, and he lived in poverty.

  2. I heard the Rats are demanding the.US withdraw support from South Korea because they have so many generals named General Lee!! Look it up!!

  3. Today it is “remove symbols of the Confederacy”, tomorrow it will be “ remove symbols of Christianity”………..already happening actually.

  4. Forget the statues….Remove the Democrat Party as it is the party of slavery, the KKK and suppression of civil rights. It is the party of the Old South that created the Civil War to continue keeping Blacks as slaves.

    1. Remove the Democrat Party as it is the party of slavery, the KKK and suppression of civil rights. It is the party of the Old South that created the Civil War to continue keeping Blacks as slaves.

      That is the answer. Every time the media or anybody else asks publicly for the removal of this or that your argument for the removal of the Democrat party should be brought up emphasizing the reasons why.

      But who will do this when asked? Certainly not elected members of the Republican party since they collectively do not possess a nanogram of testosterone.


  5. One death in Charlottesville and they are gutting our history and culture because the monuments are supposedly inciting violence. Damn lies, this is simply a pretext to exercise power by the cultural Marxists.

    By this standard, what if anything should be done about the mosques?

  6. Confederate statues were not an issue until someone *made* them an issue.
    Take a look at the people committing the violence, not the excuse they use this week.
    Next week it will be something else, no matter how many imagined offensive things we eliminate, the violence will continue until we deal with the root cause; some people are deliberately out there to generate unrest.

  7. Jeh Johnson said:

    “I salute those in cities and states who are taking down a lot of these monuments for reasons of public safety and security. And that’s not a a matter of political correctness. That’s a matter of public safety and homeland security and doing what’s right.”

    So statues are attacking people? That makes them almost as heinous as SUVs, except that SUVs are mobile and statues are not. [/s]

    1. His boss Obozo was president for 8 years and these statues were no problem.

      Now, 6 months later, they are a threat to national security.

      Yeah ok.

  8. Agreed. I too would rather be a negro slave in Confederate America than a cog in the machinery of a totalitarian socialist state. The Confederacy was a limited democracy where blacks could become freemen. But no one is free in a socialist state except members of the ruling elite.

  9. With practically 2/3rds of the voting public opposed to the Confed statue purge it’s a losing issue for Democrats. Hope they keep at it.

  10. The Judeo-Christian Tradition created the Abolition Movement. And yes, the Confederacy perverted this tradition to theologically justify slavery. Shameful.

  11. Thank you Apollo for an inspirational article

    I have always believed that most Americans are good people!

    I still believe that, and further, believe that this “sturm and drang” of extremist LIEberal misbehavior will give way to a TOTAL REJECTION of the LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist/Fascist/Communist/Democrat approach to “fundamental change” in our society.

    Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    LIEberals are insane, and their continued insane attacks on our American society and values CANNOT and MUST NOT survive!



    We may need to use some of our gold, silver and lead to do so, but WE WILL OVERCOME!

    And, the LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist/Fascist/Communist/Democrat approach to public “service” WILL DIE!

    1. Just so.

      I believe that Good will overcome Evil.

      I believe that there are more Good people in the USA than Evil people in the USA.

      HST, the Good Guys ‘n Gals(that would be us!) can no longer afford to let the Evil Guys ‘n Gals have their way with us.

      That is why we elected Donald J. Trump POTUS!


  12. Didn’t know that FDR and Eisenhower were such big fans of Lee. Think I’ll read up on the man. Which is the best bio laying out the good and bad?

  13. We should respect our history and learn from it. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Our history is flawed. We need to be reminded of our errors that so we don’t repeat the same mistakes. Don’t destroy your history warts and all by covering it up as if it never happened. I’m with Apollo. All public monuments should be preserved so that we all know our history both good and bad.

  14. If a nearly 100 yr old statue is offending the citizens in this day and age, I say remove it with community support, gently and easily not violently. Preserving American history is not as important as preserving peace among the American people.

  15. Ever been to Berlin? They don’t have monuments to racist Nazi losers, the WW2 monument is to Soviet soldiers who came and killed the Nazis. How bout replace all those Lee and Davis statues with Grant and Lincoln, why we have statues at all to Civil War traitor losers is beyond me.

    1. “How bout replace all those Lee and Davis statues with Grant and Lincoln”

      Why do you want a statue of Lincoln?:

      “A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation but as an immediate separation is impossible the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas. That is at least one self-evident truth. A few free colored persons may get into the free States, in any event; but their number is too insignificant to amount to much in the way of mixing blood.” -Abraham Lincoln, Speech on the Dred Scott Decision (June 26, 1857)

      1. Lincoln said:

        There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races … A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas …

        In the language of Mr. Jefferson, uttered many years ago, “It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation, and deportation, peaceably, and in such slow degrees, as that the evil will wear off insensibly; and in their places be, pari passu [on an equal basis], filled up by free white laborers.

        I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so

        I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.

        Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.

  16. The Aztecs, Maya and Inca performed human and child sacrifice. Lets destroy every historical pyramid and structure they ever built.

    All brutal and offensive history needs to be destroyed.

  17. Very good thought provoking post Apollo. A lot of men lost there lives in the civil war. Those confederate statues are no different than any other statues of soldiers. Its a disgrace what those kids did to that statue kicking it and spitting on it. Not all confederate soldiers believed in slavery. Not all Union soldiers wanted to stop slavery. In fact the civil war was not at all about slavery.

    1. “civil war was NOT about slavery”

      Yes, I remember going through that whole phase of “the Civil War was all about succession and states rights”, and then I did real actual research….

      It was entirely about slavery and the fact that it contradicted the primary principles in our Constitution and Declaration.

  18. So should we burn all paintings and historical art work depicting the civil war and anything that has a southern officer or general??

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