No, We Shouldn’t Remove Confederate Memorials From The Public Square

“The future is fixed. The past is always changing.”

Will Ricciardella writes:


What I’m having a hard time understanding is the left’s desire to scrub everything they find unseemly from the history books.  As a history major, I was always under the impression that we should learn from history rather than delete it.  And yet, everywhere you turn, the left is trying to pretend the Civil War never happened.

I keep seeing really smart people who I admire deeply like Rich Lowry saying that it’s time to listen to liberals and relegate all the Confederate memorials to museums.  I couldn’t disagree more with that if for no other reason than not being able to answer the question of where does it end? If we start scrubbing things we don’t like from our history who will decide when it stops? Antifa? MSNBC?

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington owned slaves.  Do we remove those names and statues? Tear down the Washington Monument? Democrats elected racist presidents in the 20th century like Woodrow Wilson and LBJ.  Are we scrubbing them from history?  FDR threw American citizens in prison camps simply because of their skin color.  Do we remove him from the history books?  The war in Vietnam wasn’t a good idea. Should we delete every politician involved in that? It was very mean to let all those people die after all.  The Democrat Party created and sponsored the KKK for decades.  Are we really going to let children attend a high school named after a Democrat? Tear it down!


Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson weren’t foreign crusaders from the other side of the world.  They were born in America, studied at West Point, and the generals that survived the war were Americans when they returned home.  In the case of Robert E. Lee, he was arguably one of the most brilliant military strategists in history and he personally detested the idea of slavery.  And we are worried about his statue at a park because what? Slavery hurts our feelings?

It seems like a much better solution to always remember how far we have come since those days and make sure that in 100 years, no one ever forgets the sacrifices made on both sides that ultimately ended slavery in this country.

Really, 1984 is not supposed to be an instruction book.

Neither is Fahrenheit 451.