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Letter to the editor: Thomas wrong

August 27, 2017

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To the editor:

Cal Thomas is wrong. In his column, he misunderstands, or intentionally misunderstands, the reasons for taking down Confederate monuments.

Yes, some of these monuments should be placed in museums that explain the truth about the Civil War. However, Thomas says that they should remain in place so that “the conversation” continues. He says that taking them down amounts to censorship. That’s wrong. “The conversation” would be handled more intelligently in a museum where teaching can explain what happened better than any monument can.

Thomas decides to ignore the original intention of these monuments. They were built and placed in locations of honor (like town centers) to glorify the person and the cause. I would argue that their existence did nothing but lengthen the time it has taken for generation after generation to understand that slavery was wrong and that racism is not a positive attribute.

Then Thomas says that “the left” taking down monuments is tantamount to rewriting history and even compares this to the Nazis’ public burning of books in 1933. Wow. What a wonderful spin from a writer for conservatives.

I do agree that “the conversation” needs to continue. But Cal Thomas, if you truly want “the conversation” to continue, one way would be to stop the inflammatory language and name-calling. It doesn’t make you look smarter or help make your misguided argument.

Comments

Bob Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I'm thinking that most of the "inflammatory language" and "name-calling" is coming from the pack comprised of disappointed progressives and violent leftists. If you think otherwise, read some of the threads on this site.

Brock Masters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just look at some of the post here. Fred has accused Trum of being a KKK member. Inflammatory and false.

Many accuse him of being a white supremacist with no evidence to support it. He has condemned the KKK and the nazis, but that isn't good enough.

No doubt KKK members voted for him but so what? That makes him no more of a white supremacist than Obama being a black supremacist because members of black supremacist organizations voted for him.

Trump scares people because he is turning back much of what Obama did to force us to be a collective and to be more of individuals where we can achieve success or failure. People fear the idea that not everyone will achieve the same outcomes and that is just the way it is.

It is not the governments role to ensure equal outcomes. The role of government is only to protect our rights, not to distribute wealth to help those that fail. Safety nets for the public good are necessary but taking my property and giving it to another is theft.

Taxes must be used for the public good. Roads, libraries, shelters for anyone who needs them, food distribution centers for anyone who needs food, etc, but not taking my money to give to someone else,

Public good means accessible to all without any limitations. Anyone can choose to use our roads, our libraries, etc. and this is the model for any public good paid for by taxes.

Gary Stussie 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I bet Orwell's 1984 is not required reading in college any longer ...

One of the issues raised in 1984 is the idea that history is mutable or changeable, that truth is what the Party deems it to be, and that the truths found in history are the bases of the principles of the future. Some Fascist German leaders of the time boasted that if you tell a lie loud enough and often enough, people will accept it as truth. The Stalinists perfected this modus operandi by re-writing people and events in and out of history or distorting historical facts to suit the Party's purposes. "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," runs the Party slogan in 1984.

Orwell was concerned that the concept of truth was fading out of the world. After all, in the arena of human intercourse of which politics is a part, what is believed is much more powerful than what is actual. If the leaders of nations are the people dictating the what, where, when, who, and how of history, there can be little question that lies find their way into the history books, that those lies are taught to school children, and that they eventually become historical fact.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So you guys love honoring Confederate traitors? Why? I think every Southern state should have a statue of Lincoln. If he hadn't been assassinated, he was promoting the idea of rebuilding the South and welcoming them back into the Union. That finally happened, but some Union states want to and did do some punishing. Instead you want to honor the failures who brought the South down to begin with, by succeeding. Wow. I can't believe anyone in the south would honor these guys, any more than I could believe that Germany would ever want to honor Hitler who brought their country to ruin.They learn about Hitler in Germany, but they don't honor him and those people who helped carry out the destruction of their country. Why do you want to honor failures? I thought you guys liked successful people?

Richard Aronoff 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Dorothy: Your knowledge of the country before the Civil War is abysmal. When Lee declined Lincoln's offer to command the Union army, he was returning to Virginia to defend his country.

Before the Civil War you would hear the phrase "the Unites States are." After the Civil War that became "the United States is." Are you capable of understanding that!?

These monuments are important because as George Santayana said: people who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it.

If the Democrat party continues to push its strategy of identity politics / tribalism, things could get very, very bad.

Sam Crow 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The Richard B. Russell Senate office building is in Washington DC. It houses one third of the senators, their staffs, and numerous committees and sub committees.

It honors Richard B. Russell who was a democrat senator for 40 years until his death in 1971. He also has a statue in the building.

Richard B. Russell was a self-avowed white supremacist. He wrote the “Declaration of Constitutional Principles”, aka “Southern Manifesto” in 1956. That, in response to Brown v. Topeka. The Declaration opposed racial integration of public places. Of course, that was 91 years after the civil war had ended.

The document was signed by 99 democrat US Senators and congressmen, along with 2 Republicans.

Russell voted against every piece of civil rights legislation.

“I am willing to go as far and make as great a sacrifice to preserve and insure white supremacy in the social, economic, and political life of our state as any man who lives within her borders.”

He also has a statue at the Georgia Capitol. Other places named after him in Georgia includes, but is not limited to: A university dorm and library, an airport, another federal building, a dam, a lake, and a state park, along with multiple schools.

So where is antifa, in their masks and carrying clubs and homemade blowtorches? Why aren’t they at any of these places?

Meanwhile, the liberals are telling us the mascot horse of University of Southern California is racist.

Liberals are full of hypocrisy.

Richard Aronoff 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Wait! It gets better! There's a petition in New York City to change the name of Roosevelt Island because he was a racist who rounded up Japanese-Americans and put them into internment camps. I guess they'll be adding the FDR Drive in New York City and the FDR bridge across the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie. Oh, and let's not forget Roosevelt University -- gotta shut that down.

And speaking of the swinging of the pendulum, there's a petition to remove the rainbow flag from a school room in Alabama. If some people can be triggered by a statue why can't some people be triggered by a rainbow flag?

What do you think, Dorothy? Want to throw this man into the trash bin of history because he reacted to a major crisis in his time?

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