The Reconciliation Monument, a great piece of American history and American art is gone. There were several votes but as best I can figure out, only about half or less of the “conservative” Republican majority in the House voted against the atrocity. And most of those who voted to preserve the monument were from what used to be Southern Democrat districts.
The erasure is partly because of the vast pseudo-historical nonsense that has become mainstream now in regard to the War for Southern Independence. Confederates were evil people and traitors who fought only to defend slavery and all trace of them must be removed. I do not believe that any majority of the American public wants this. It is essentially a Communist tactic.
It is announced the “false Confederate history” must be cut out of America. Of course, in any major historical event there are two sides to be looked at. Unlike Woke history that now dominates the government and the military, the Reconciliation monument is not phony. It represents a true and important event in American history that long had significant consequences. At least three Presidents supported that idea. Apparently the greatest objection to the monument is its depiction of a black nanny. Like Reconciliation, that is also a thing of real history, celebrated in document, song, and story.
The generals who have perpetrated the atrocity one might notice, are bureaucrats, not soldiers. They do not grasp the long lasting commitment of the South to the American military. They can’t grasp that Arlington contains the graves of many sons and grandsons of Confederate soldiers. They have trashed American history and a lot of the honour that adheres to the American military.
They are not at all aware of the descendants of Confederate soldiers who played a major role in World War II - Patton, Nimitz, Chesty Puller, Darby, Audie Murphy and a host of others as a result of the Reconciliation. They have a false, truncated, ideological view of American history.
Besides, I know of two Confederate generals who are buried at Arlington for service they did to the U.S. in the later 1800s. I won't say who they are less I provoke further desecration.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews