Guest Post: "Functional Illiterates Trying To Erase History" by Jim Quinn

Wed, Aug 16, 2017 - 8:30pm

It what should come as no surprise, our old pal Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform has written an excellent and must read summary of the latest Left Wing Goon Squad Initiative to deface and destroy any monument they deem "offensive".

This issue particularly rankles me due to the utter historical ignorance of those attempting to push the narrative. Similar to the Goon Squads employed by the likes of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, today's easily-offended "snowflakes" are attempting to purge any historical reference that they consider offensive. They also employ the tactic of shouting down anyone with the nerve to confront them with facts and history.

This level of intimidation is usually only reserved for fascist dictators, a level of irony that is apparently lost on the demonstrators and "resistance" of today. But, whatever. I could go on and on but my personal commentary is not the subject of this post. Instead, please take time to read this brilliant piece by Jim Quinn. And when you're finished, please feel free to forward Jim's original link to anyone you feel may need a quick refresher on their American history.



“True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.” Robert E. Lee

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I consider myself a student of history. I’ve always been fascinated by the personalities who drove events throughout history. I probably would have been a history major in college if I didn’t feel the need to make enough money to support myself and my family. I chose a business major and decided studying history would be my hobby. Over the years I’ve taken a particular interest in the Civil War. You could even call me a Civil War buff.

I’ve probably read 60 books on the Civil War, from Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote and numerous other historians. I’ve visited the Gettysburg battlefield a half dozen times, as it is only 150 miles from my home. My basement office is decorated with six prints depicting various scenes from the Civil War. One depicts Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg, another depicts Jackson leading his troops through Richmond, another depicts Grant taking command of Union forces, another shows Chamberlain leading the charge down Little Round Top, another portrays Lee and Longstreet making the fateful decision to send Pickett’s men on their futile charge into history, and the last showing the slaughter during Pickett’s charge.

I’ve even taken an executive education course in leadership where the final day is a trip to Gettysburg where a park ranger guides you through the three day battle and the professor asks you to assess the leadership shown by officers on both sides during that tide turning battle. My fascination with the Civil War isn’t based on rooting for one side or the other. I wanted to understand the motivations of the main characters and understand why and how they fought that bloody war. There were so many fateful decisions, errors of judgement, acts of courage, acts of cowardice, brilliantly bold maneuvers, and just plain good and bad luck.

Robert E. Lee, before the outbreak of the war, was overwhelmingly regarded as the finest military mind in the U.S. army. Winfield Scott offered him command of all Union forces at the outbreak of hostilities. But he chose allegiance to his state of Virginia, rather than the Federal government. He didn’t fight for slavery. He freed his slaves. He was fighting for states’ rights. He was an honorable God fearing noble man. Stonewall Jackson was an extremely religious man who waged war with a passion, but also taught Sunday School to slaves. Lee and Jackson must be viewed in the context of the 19th century rather than being judged by the standards of the 21st century.

The vast majority of Confederate soldiers who did the fighting and dying during that war didn’t own slaves. They weren’t fighting to maintain slavery. They were fighting because a foreign army had invaded their land. In 1860 this nation was more an amalgamation of states than a centralized government. States still had a tremendous amount of power and leeway to run their states the way they chose. The ever increasing power of a central authority occurred during and after the Civil War. The South were not the bad guys. Their leaders, generals and soldiers were not evil. They were Americans.

The revisionist history now being peddled by the left wing media and their non-thinking acolytes lacks a factual basis, historical context and a true understanding of history. The Civil War was the climax of decades of tension between the North and the South over states’ rights, economic policies, slavery, and a myriad of other complex issues. Examined within the context of generational theory, it was a Fourth Turning that was unavoidable. It was a crucial important event in U.S. history. It wasn’t the shameful episode portrayed by the brain dead faux journalists babbling on CNN and MSNBC.

Illegally pulling down statues of Confederate soldiers and taking videos of “brave” unemployed liberal arts major social justice warriors kicking the Confederate soldier is what passes for activism in today’s warped society. Liberal mayors and city councils across the south are falling all over themselves wasting time and taxpayer money to remove statues of Confederate generals to appease the left and make a display of how anti-racist they can be. Meanwhile, their cities are bankrupt, their infrastructure is decaying, black crime is rampant and their education systems matriculate functionally illiterate deranged snowflakes into society.

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These courageous left wing politicians, like the mayor of New Orleans, have statues removed in the middle of the night to avoid protests by those who understand you cannot erase history by removing statues and names. In a hysterical development, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Monday said in a statement she intended to move forward in removing several city statutes, including those of Lee and Stonewall Jackson. I suppose the soaring murder rate, blacks rioting and burning down neighborhoods, crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, and white flight is due to a few Confederate statues. It’s good to see this diverse mayor has her priorities in order.

The ignorance and disregard for history knows no bounds for generations taught to feel rather think in our government run indoctrination centers known as public schools. The left wing media reinforces their ignorance with misinformation, fake news and government sanctioned propaganda. Snowflakes across the land melt at anything they are instructed to find offensive. Everything and everyone who doesn’t agree with their half baked views are declared racists.

Pointing out that leftist antifa thugs, without permits to protest, initiated the violence in Charlottesville is racist. The uproar against Trump’s truthful assessment of the situation by CNN, MSNBC and Fox proves there isn’t a wit of difference among these corporate media outlets. True colors are revealed. The ongoing coup attempt against Trump continues unabated.

Trump’s impromptu press conference and his push back of this false narrative was a thing of beauty. The hypocrisy of the left and their utter contempt for facts must be thrown back in their faces at every opportunity. Across the country, 718 Confederate monuments and statues remain, with nearly 300 of them in Georgia, Virginia or North Carolina. There are also 109 public schools named for Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis or other icons of the Civil War-era South. Will the left be satisfied when all 718 monuments are destroyed and all 109 schools are renamed Oprah Winfrey Middle School? No. They will find something else to be offended about, and violently attack again.

The funniest part about watching these social justice warriors wail and gnash their teeth about the racism of these monuments is knowing these unemployed functional illiterates couldn’t tell you when the Civil War occurred, name two major battles, name five generals, provide a death count within 250,000, or fill in the blank in the phrase Surrender at __________. They don’t know jack shit about history, the Civil War, Lincoln’s true feelings about blacks, or the fact the Democratic Party is the party which suppressed blacks for one hundred years following the Civil War. Only truly ignorant snowflakes think they can erase history by protesting it and trying to destroy monuments to those who fought and died for a cause they believed in.

Do these left wing zealots have any sense of awareness? Maybe they were too busy studying for their gender studies finals to see the reports of the Taliban destroying ancient Buddhist monuments in territory they had captured. Zealots, terrorists, and extremists attempt to destroy symbols that offend them as a way to prove their strength and power. In reality, they destroy what others have built in a feckless effort to boost their self-esteem. Intellectual lightweights attempt to bring others down because they realize their lack of intelligence and inability to get ahead in life has to be blamed on someone else.

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If these social justice warrior weaklings were transported back in time 154 years to the Gettysburg battlefield where real men displayed real courage and bravery, they would be covered in their own urine cowering behind a tree as Pickett’s charge commenced. Could you imagine any of the Soros paid professional antifa protestors charging across an open field towards certain death? Those pussies would be high tailing it south as fast as their fashion designer sneakers would take them.

Trump was absolutely correct in asking, “Where does it end?” Washington owned slaves. Do we get rid of all dollar bills and quarters? Do we change the name of our capital? Do we change the name of Washington & Lee University to Obama & Spike Lee University? Do we blow up the Washington Memorial? Jefferson owned slaves. Do we get rid of nickles? How about the Jefferson Memorial?

Why stop only in our country? The Egyptian pyramids were built by slaves. Should we tear those down? If these are symbols of hatred and racism that must be destroyed, why do we never hear calls from the left for the destruction of the Nazi death camps. Talk about symbols of hate. Why would we want to remember the holocaust? It couldn’t be that it doesn’t fit the left’s narrative.

This Confederate monument narrative is designed by the left to provoke a backlash from whites who are tired of being scorned, ridiculed, belittled and called racists, rednecks and deplorables by so called open minded progressives. It’s working. The cold race war is beginning to turn hot. The president has no intention of trying to bring the two sides together because it’s impossible at this point. That’s how Fourth Turnings roll. The mood of the country will continue to darken. Reactions to these types of events will intensify. More blood will be shed. It’s too bad these functional illiterates didn’t pay attention in history class or ever read a book. They are going to learn some harsh lessons over the next decade.

“We’re doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That’s what it is to be alive. It’s pretty dense kids who haven’t figured that out by the time they’re ten.”Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Aug 16, 2017 - 9:09pm


This is such an important article. I regularly send Jim Q articles to my three college age children.

Having the courage to think and speak your mind in the presence of intellectual bullies is going to be so important going forward. They don't think of them selves as bullies , but like the school yard bully they reveal their true selves when confronted.

It is no wonder the media miss the silent majority as most don't have the ability, desire or energy to confront a SJW and therefore are thought not to exist


Aug 16, 2017 - 9:36pm

2, 3 whatev...

...THIS cat always hits it out of the park and this article sums it all up most clearly...Great work!

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:43pm

My initial thought

when I learned of the destruction of memorial statues was that it was akin to the destruction ancient monuments by radical Islamists. US history is so recent that there are no truly ancient monuments to destroy but the mindset is similar. Religious intolerance/indoctrination vs. political intolerance/indoctrination.

Aug 17, 2017 - 1:13am

These infants won't stop breaking things

until they have secularized, sanitized and sterilized every thing in the park, much like the East Germans who scoured out every trace of their history while ushering in a gulag informant state the likes of which had never been seen.

These professional whiners are the shock troops of the 1984 movement

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:23am

I don't post much, but...

That is an outstanding article. The Civil War was primarily a States' rights conflict, with slavery being just one of many issues, that has since become the lens through which the intellectually lazy view the entire period of history. Lincoln did some good things during his administration, but he also suspended Habeus Corpus, and threatened to arrest Supreme Court Justices that did not support his policies in the court. There were no angels and no devils in that conflict. There were only men, choosing sides in favor of or opposed to strong federal authority over the States, based on conscience. Much of the American political landscape since the war, including creeping federal overreach and ever increasing oppression, is a direct result of the groundwork laid by the victorious Union. The idea that the United States is a collection of sovereign States with any ability to determine their own fate, was completely crushed by force of arms. Instead the USA has become a suicide pact between the States, with no hope of escape.

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:02am

Very thoughtful commentary on these events

I had the same conversation with my wife last night, whose parents were victims of Mao's cultural revolution. This is how Lenin/Trotsky, Mao, Pol Pot and every other genocidal maniac begins the purge. First you must reframe history and destroy its previous symbols, books, buildings, etc. Then you shame those who you believe are associated with those items. From there, you justify imprisoning and then killing anyone that dares stand in the way of your noble revolution. This is not an exaggeration - this is exactly what modern history has shown what leftists are capable of - hundreds of millions dead, and the rest impoverished and rudderless. As it pertains to Confederate symbols, the South has been presented as a caricature of merely racism and ignorance, without any recognition of its noble pursuit of self determination. The Civil War was not about slavery per se, but more simply a power struggle between an industrial North seeking to control and restructure an agrarian South. Lincoln was no abolitionist. In fact, he said on multiple occasions that he didn't mind slavery. His sole purpose was to enforce and expand federal control of the states. In fact, he actually started the war by sending troops to Ft. Sumpter knowing full well it would kick off hostilities. The flag, soldier monuments, etc. should be reminders of so many things, but at a basic level should be a reminder that wars are stupid and should be avoided at all costs. Indescribable levels of death occurred in this war and for what? The slaves could have been freed like every other western culture did it - pay the slaveowners and be done with it. This, however, was only a byproduct of power hungry small elite that was willing to see untold destruction in the name of power and control. And how hypocritical to not understand the essentially slave practices of the post war industrialized North that employed Irish and other immigrants for slave wages, literally broke up families and sent off children of these poor immigrants to midwest farmers to allow women the time to work (I kid you not, they sold off kids to other families with catastrophic results). Imagine being taken from your birth family and delivered to a farmer with the expectation that you are now their free labor. I know 1/10 of the author of this piece about the Civil War, but I've studied enough to know the real reasons for the war. It's always about power and control, gained through a combination of force and money. These SJWs have no clue how manipulated they are. Don't they realize they are slaves? They all have student debt that can under no circumstances be discharged! They can have their passports revoked if they default on these loans. It would be comical, if it weren't so sad and destructive, to note how willfully ignorant most people are today of their plight. Instead of destroying things that have nothing to do with your existence, how about focusing on the circumstances that currently affect our own society? How about starting with this ridiculous financial system and oppressive government?! Craig - thanks for sharing this editorial here.

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:10am


will use the symbols of our shared history as visual and cultural cudgels to beat us around the head and shoulders until we're bloody. But not cowed.

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Aug 17, 2017 - 10:55am

that was excellent

Sadly, your wife and her parents had a Maoist front row seat. Consider this the start of the American "Cultural Revolution".

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:09pm

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Aug 17, 2017 - 12:25pm

Thanks Craig - the stories from my in laws on China

during that time are horrifying, particularly for my father-in-law who was left behind with relatives when his KuoMinTang parents fled with his two older siblings to Taiwan and were unable to return. He was branded a traitor from three years old and his wife's family objected to their marriage. My mother-in-law actually took her parents chop (the way contracts were signed/authenticated) to indicate their approval as they were married on the doorsteps of the local government bureau.

I could go on and on about their trials, but suffice it to say that my father-in-law was forced to work hard labor in the countryside before he could return to the city and continue his studies. They literally robbed him of his youth. Fortunately, they were eventually able to reunite with his family from Taiwan and immigrate to the US where my wife grew up. Even then, it was a tough existence to rebuild your life in the U.S. already in their late 30s.

I get tired of the constant "Nazi" and "fascism" warnings thrown around when there is little ever said about the communists. Leftists are, on a death toll basis, worse than the fascists ever were. It seems that part of history is always omitted from the public consciousness.

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Aug 17, 2017 - 1:21pm

Just reaping what we sowed

Psalm 9:17 THe wicked and all nations shall be turned into hell that forget GOD. Just sayin.

Joseph Warren
Aug 17, 2017 - 2:46pm

The Dumbing Down . . .

The dumbing down process is accelerating. Young people aren't taught critical thinking skills. They aren't taught real history, only p.c. indoctrination. (The term 'politically correct' came out of the old USSR.) They aren't taught how to properly use the tools of thought including rhetoric and writing. An attorney recently lamented that the young law school graduates they hire are unable to write a decent paragraph. The society is being feminized - feelings/emotions are more important than facts & reason. These same people were told how great they are since they were toddlers. They have an overly inflated sense of the their skill, accomplishment, and opinions.

These fools are being manipulated and are completely unaware of it.

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:33pm

Statues of Confederate heroes

The statues of Robert E Lee and others are not history. They are a glorification of a past that may or may not have existed. Ulysses Grant refused to try Lee for treason, even though he was clearly guilty of it. Lee was a slaveowner and a particularly cruel one at that. He held freed slaves in the same disdain after the civil war was over. Try to imagine looking at these statues through the eyes of a black person living today. Slavery is wrong and the racism that uses these statues as a totem for their hatred is still a cancer in our society which should be condemned by all who seek justice..

Jihk2431 belacqua
Aug 17, 2017 - 4:41pm

Yes, that will cure racism...tearing down statues of historical

figures. How about focusing on actual, current day racist policies, namely the drug war! Look at our prison populations? Look at what CIA drug running has done to minority communities, and now also white people in middle America. The government continues to abuse all people, which ought to be the focus. Instead, they are distracting you with this crap that will cause us to fight with each other and allow them to continue to pillage.

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:59pm


All historical monuments are, by definition, history, and all history is "...a glorification of a past that may or may not have existed." Nothing is at all new about that. You present facts about Lee's relationship with slaves that are at odds with the author of this essay. I would definitely like to see that clarified one way or the other, if at all possible.

No one here would deny that slavery is wrong, but slavery is a more subtle construct than you appear to appreciate. Debt slavery for one, slavery to drugs, slavery to one's iPhone, to propaganda, ignorance, and so on. Does Plato's Cave ring a bell?

Metaphorical chains can be just as enslaving as real ones. Indeed, slavery to an ideology may be the most damaging in the long run. A 'hardening of the categories', so to speak.

At your behest, were I to look through the eyes of a black person today, I think what would be most evident to me, statistically speaking, is just how many black children have been abandoned by their fathers. I would see more black on black and black on white crime than white on black crime. I would see more blacks addicted to (enslaved by) drugs, and more blacks dependent upon the state, whether within or outside of prison walls.

You, with all respect sir, appear to concur with an 'equal outcomes' sense of social justice, rather than an 'equal rights and opportunity' sense of justice. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, this is really where the social justice debate should be engaged and resolved within any society worthy of the term 'civilized'.

Tearing down historical monuments? Erasing the past? "Where does it end?"

Please reread the above if you are in need of reminding...

Or just read Orwell's Animal Farm.

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:42pm

Infometron Your notes got me to thinking

I am sort of person of color, not that it's obvious, but that's in my ancestry as a person of the first nations. I've never experienced discrimination but it's been 100 years since a relative lived on a reservation. Yet that kind of treatment did resonate in my mother's side of the family. It chafed the family no end.

A few months ago I read an excerpt from a Frederick Douglass's treatise on slavery. In this epic writing, and I can only repeat in inadequate fashion what he wrote, his main topic was how could a man who, freed of slavery, as was Douglass, knew he was fully free of bondage or still enslaved to some degree or other. Douglass knew what it felt like to have the lash on his back. That has to stick with a person forever.

His experience was that of a slave; 100% a slave, and then a free man. Only when was he a freeman could he reflect on the varying degrees of slavery he found himself and others in, once the formal edicts were issued. He then assessed his situation and that of others who were slaves and then free.

It became very apparent to Douglass that his emancipation was not all that it was cracked up to be. He found that whenever he took work with a promised wage he was usually assessed some tax or fee levied by the employer and subject to work conditions not unlike those he suffered prior to his free status.

He began to formalize his thinking about real hard edged slavery, relative degrees and percentages of slavery that befell those who were either former slaves or even laborers who were subject to the edicts of their bosses

I shorten his dissertation for space purpose but it became abundantly clear that Frederick saw he was still a slave if his employer or some government took part of his labor or money in exchange for his hard labor or, in some cases, refused to pay him because he was still disenfranchised in spite of the Great Emancipation

This brings me to my thoughts about debt and taxes.

We just sold our High Sierra OPT today and just a few hours ago became free of 2 mortgages, extraneous debt, high property taxes (traded for a much smaller property tax), the onerous costs of living in a domicile subject to the rules and regulations imposed by our thuggish HOA, the local Stasi tree huggers, the ardently ferociously fondlers of forest fauna along with various other mini me authoritarians with their tiny mandarinates, demanding that we submit to their petty but absolute and draconian authorities or receive fines of $250 to $5,000. Serious as a heart attack. These people will mess you up if they catch you breaking their penny ante rules

We collapsed down our financial profile and personal overhead but still I knew that we were still under the thumb of other authoritarians. It got me to thinking about what you said regarding one form of slavery or the other and had me write something a little different about slavery

I spent many years as a field hand, N word, working and slaving in onerous conditions, paying 25% of my income to the masters in California and DC. It left me with little to show for my efforts but labor I did because I knew of no other way to work

Later I found that moving up to House (N word) was a much more comfortable life, with a nice place to live and extra money and better food. But now I found that 40% or more of my income was forcibly taken from me by the tax masters

Some years later I quite that day job and starter working for myself as a business owner. I thought that this would be my ultimate emancipation. Riiiight! Not exactly

I found myself several steps back because now there were all kinds of new masters who were telling me what to do and requiring me to pay them. More than 50% of my income was levied by these thuggish goon squad tax masters. I figured that was the price of success in business so I complied to those who would tell me what to do and how much to pay for the priviledge.

It came to my attention many years ago that the reality of our existence in this country is largely dictated by a whole host of masters relentlessly telling us what to do, what to say, what to think and then demanding that we pay them.

Douglass made it clear that a slave is a slave whether they pay 100%, 50% or even 3% of their income derived from hard labor to one master or another. The degree of slavery is largely determined not by the amount of labor that is taken by force from the laborer but if there anything taken from the laborer. Anything above zero is some form of slavery or another and frankly, I am getting pretty tired of paying to masters who neither represent me or respect me

On a happier note, I hired a couple of contractors to do work on my new home. In the course of agreeing on price I asked them if they liked to be paid in cash.

"Oh hell yes" they said, in their best S.L. Jackson voices, even volunteering to give me a cash discount. We also agreed to leave the governor out of our conversation and sales taxes would not be charged. That was music to my ears

I love it when a tax slave can stick it to the master

That's all for now. I'm off to do some errands and see a friend about some silver

belacqua infometron
Aug 17, 2017 - 10:49pm

monuments to slavery

Tearing down statues of confederate generals does not erase history. Robert E Lee should have been tried for treason, as well as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan; Nixon for scuttling the peace agreement that would have given Hubert Humphrey the edge in the election; similarly Reagan made a deal with Iran to delay the release of the hostages until after the election. In both cases, treason. That's history Infometron, not those motherfucking statues.

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:53pm



Joseph Warren
Aug 18, 2017 - 6:55am

Dangers of Trying to Erase History

IMO knocking down or moving long standing statues is the same as calling some people 'climate deniers' and claiming 'the science is settled'. This is an attempt to shut down all opposing opinion. - - Taking down or moving statues is carrying out the sentence, after the verdict is rendered that those depicted were 'completely evil' and none of their positions - on any subject - had any merit. Some call the Confederate soldiers 'traitors'. In fact, many of them thought themselves defenders of the original intent of the American Founders - a voluntary union of free & independent states who consented to empower a federal government in certain very limited areas, for their mutual benefit. A government based on the consent of the governed.

I could mention many topics for historical debate. Contrast the evils of slavery in America, to the fact that the Arab Muslim slave traders were the actual driving force of that trade for centuries. Those slave traders may be responsible for killing 100 million people over the centuries. Why no discussion of this on msm ? Why no protests in front of mosques ? (In fact, slavery wasn't the driving motivation of the war. If you had asked a Union soldier if he was fighting to end slavery, he would have answered No. If you had asked a Confederate soldier if he was fighting to defend slavery, he would also have answered No.)

Getting back to America - The Civil War would later strengthen the central government in D.C. in a way in which the kind of overseas entanglements warned about by (Virginians) Washington and Jefferson - was possible. By the 1890s, America engaged itself in territory grabs in Hawaii, Cuba, the Philippines, etc. Americans were fooled into entering WW1, a European conflict in which the vast majority of our population had no interests. If America had stayed out of the war, the exhausted European combatants would likely have agreed on peace with the borders pretty much restored to where they were back at the start of the war. The infusion of American money & troops lengthened WW1 and ultimately brought about the conditions that led to WW2 and the loss of millions of more lives and ultimately the thermonuclear age that we find ourselves in today. - And this doesn't even address the Big Brother surveillance Deep State which uses bribes & blackmail to control politicians and judges today. This Deep State could not exist without a strong central government. Would that have been possible if the North had not won the Civil War, - if states rights had been reaffirmed ? Would these wars have been possible without the money printing of a central bank, the Fed Reserve ? If states rights had been affirmed, the Fed would never have been enacted during the Christmas season of 1913.

The potential debate is infinite. Such debate is good and useful. There are lessons to be learned - (though human beings never seem to do so). No, all these issues have Not been settled.

We should also ask - why did this happen now ? What agenda is being advanced and by whom ? Such events are not usually spontaneous outbreaks. Who benefits from the turmoil & division ?

J Siefert
Aug 18, 2017 - 8:04am

Erasing History - As Prof. Cohen commented....

with respect to Russia that destroying statues is NOT a way of changing history. The Russians are at present in the process of returning removed statues to their rightful places. Meanwhile the U.S. is just starting down this ignoble road. Is this a sign of what what lies ahead for USA?

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:56am

Babe Ruth

So there is a statute of him im Baltimore. I know he was born there, but he played for the Boston Red Sox, The Boston Braves and the New York Yankees. Is it right that a statute is in Baltimore. And what about Roger Maris? He hit more home runs in a season than Ruth. Hank Aaron hit more lifetime home runs and has a statute in Atlanta but the Braves were also in Milwaukee. Or should both be moved to Boston since the Braves were there also. Maybe we should tear tbem all down.

SilverBelle Joseph Warren
Aug 18, 2017 - 9:24am

Re: Dangers of Trying to Erase History

Fantastic post, Joseph Warren! I'm sorry I could hat tip you only once.

Something to ponder regarding Confederate symbols:

Are they symbols of hate, or symbols of resistance to unlawful Establishment power?

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