Leftist New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered four Confederate monuments removed, claiming they do not represent “the diversity and future” of the city. It’s amusing how liberals only celebrate history which doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable.
The tense and often divisive removal of four Confederate-era monuments from prominent displays around New Orleans came to an end Friday as a crowd estimated at about 1,000 people watched while workers took down the iconic statue of General Robert E. Lee from atop a 60-foot column at Lee Circle.
The removal ended 133 years for the statue at the piece of land that connects New Orleans’ Uptown and Garden District areas with the CBD and French Quarter.
People have lost their goddamned minds. Robert E. Lee was a hero and a patriot long before the Civil War. The man served with honor, but will now disappear from the public view because a few snowflakes got a case of teh sadz.
“These men did not fight for the United States of America, they fought against it,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Really? Lee fought for the U.S. in the Mexican-American War, and spent thirty-two years in the U.S. Army; including a stint as the Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point. P.G.T. Beauregard also fought in the Mexican-American War and spent twenty-three years in the U.S. Army. Jefferson Davis served in the American Indian Wars and the Mexican-American War and spent a dozen years serving in the U.S. Army. I guess Landrieu hides facts as well as monuments.
The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history. It was a horrible event which pitted brother against brother, and worse still, was completely unavoidable. (I lay much of the blame at the feet of President James Buchanan.) That said, suppressing the facts of the war does a disservice to those ignorant of the war’s horrors. History is ugly, but “protecting” people from it does more harm than good.
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today.” – Robert E. Lee