Sunday, June 28, 2015

God bless Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee is a personal hero of mine. Besides being a great general, he was a great Christian and gentleman. So naturally, he must be made a non-person. Brooks mentions in passing that Abraham Lincoln did not believe that blacks were capable of equality with whites. His administration considered several plans to help blacks settle in foreign colonies. By 21st century standards, Lincoln was a white supremacist.

If we are going to strip Robert E. Lee's name off of public facilities because he was a slave holding traitor, then it follows we must do the same with George Washington who was a slave holding traitor who took up arms against his King. The man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was also a slave holding traitor whom Doctor Johnson famously called out:
We are told, that the subjection of Americans may tend to the diminution of our own liberties; an event, which none but very perspicacious politicians are able to foresee. If slavery be thus fatally contagious, how is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?
Brooks claims that this isn't about rewriting history but about shaping culture going forward, as if the one didn't imply the other. A people without a history is a people made up of emasculated liars, and emasculated liars are easy to control.

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