WASHINGTON, September 5, 2017 — An NPR poll clearly demonstrates that most Americans want to keep existing statues of Confederate soldiers and generals in place. That is contrary to media suggestions that America has taken up arms again against the South.
The Civil War is a tragic piece of our national history. The Confederate statues in public places are a reminder of what happens when people of one region of the country or adherents of one political philosophy develop an undying, uncompromising hatred of others.
There are many parallels between the uprising of the South against the North and Antifa against their fellow Americans.
Last week, President Trump wondered aloud where the iconoclastic movement would end, asking, “Is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?” Right on cue, a Chicago pastor wants Washington’s name removed from a park, and Al Sharpton comes out against the Jefferson Memorial.
Sharpton is the focus of a November 2014, New York Times article, “As Sharpton Rose, So Did His Unpaid Taxes.” More than $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens had been taken out against the civil rights activist and his for-profit businesses when the article was written.
There is no report that he has paid that money back to the United States taxpayers.
We have experienced the ridiculous as the name of an ESPN reporter, Robert Lee, triggered fears of a protester backlash. The horse mascot at USC, Traveler, has to be renamed; it is just too close to the name of Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller.
According to Fox News, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ramped up calls to remove “reprehensible” Confederate statues from the halls of Congress, the same halls she has walked, unmolested by statues, for some three decades.
She has seemingly forgotten that her father, the late Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., helped dedicate Confederate statues to Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson during his tenure as Mayor of Baltimore. When she returns from recess, will she call for their removal as well?
Statues do not matter. We can move them into a museum or let them stand where they are, fully aware of who and what they represent. The claims of people like Al Sharpton that they are triggered by the image of Thomas Jefferson ring false. The whole issue is an abstract-distract employed by Democrat’s who want to stop President Trump’s agenda.
Democrats cannot accept that Republicans won. The hoopla is not over statues, but is their way to stop President Trump’s agenda.
The Democratic party has proven that they are dangerous to the success of our country. Whether the challenge or threat be foreign or domestic, they will stand in the way of progress.
And that obstruction has reached frightening heights. One Missouri Democrat said on social media that she hopes President Donald Trump is assassinated.
State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal acknowledged on Thursday that she wrote a post which read, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
That is hateful; it could also be illegal. Under the United States Code Title 18, Section 871, calling for the assassination of a President is a federal crime, not an exercise of protected speech.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a threat is knowingly made if the maker comprehends the meaning of his or her words. It is willingly made if the maker voluntarily and intentionally utters them as a declaration of apparent determination to carry them into execution. Most people who make such threats are mentally ill.
Chappelle-Nadal isn’t uniquely deranged. Hurricane Harvey is testing our will and fortitude as a country. It will take years before Houston and its citizens are made whole. Nothing can repair the deaths caused by the storm. The tragedy is vast and it is real, and there is little hope that politicians will refrain from politicizing everything about it, from the storm itself to packing pork into recovery bills.
We are now challenged as to whether we can survive long enough so that America can rise to the occasion as we have before. The first step is for Republicans and Democrats to find common ground in what is best for the people they represent. The second step is for the media to stop with stupid articles, like the overwhemingly ignorant concern over the First Lady’s shoes.
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