Monuments And Those Who Are Triggered
This may surprise some of the people who know me. With respect to monuments, I don’t have a dog in the fight.
So here is my take on the confederate monument controversy. The existence and maintenance of monuments requires that enough people are willing to devote adequate resources. Those resources are, as they have always been, Time, and Labor. Those familiar with economics will recall that Time + Labor = Capital (Money). Everything flows from this. We can argue over the details, but you can’t change the laws of economics.
If you want to build or keep a monument, then as with everything, enough people have to care.
The monument debate has become a question of our own values as well as the values to who such monuments are dedicated. What’s the criteria? Is there some formula, some Calculus function where were we can determine f(x) = worthy of a monument whereas f(y) = not worthy of a monument? Of course not, but will that matter to the Left and their constantly revolving standards? You know the answer to that one, too.
Should We Remove Monuments To Robert E. Lee?
Robert E. Lee invokes impassioned yet reasonable debate from both sides. He also invokes vitriol and derangement, usually from masked wearing dupes projecting their racism on the rest of us. Should statues to other confederate leaders be taken down?
I find myself indifferent as to whether or not statues of him should exist in the public square. I do however have an opinion on the man himself. Lee took up arms against the United States. This as defined by the U.S. Constitution was an act of treason.
One can’t simply drop the microphone, though. As a tactician, Lee earned the respect of the generals against whom he fought. He was a complicated figure, a paradox. He wrote of his misgivings with slavery yet did not give up his own slaves until forced to do so.
Concerning statues of Lee and other confederate monuments, my proposal is simple and consistent with the traditions of Liberal Democracy. Let those who are paying for their maintenance vote on their remaining or their removal. In other words, let the local taxpayers decide. I know, democracy – such a shocking solution.
Who Else Gets Removed?
Some of the most notable figures in history committed their share of atrocities.
King David, who God called “A Man After My Own Heart,” was a murderer and conspirator. Yet his Michelangelo’s original creation resides in the Accademia Gallery, Florence, while it’s replica stands in the Piazza della Signoria in since 1910.
Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan are responsible for de-populating entire districts. Yet monuments to them abound the world over. What’s the saying? Kill one person, and you’re a murderer. Kill millions, and you’re a legend. Something like that.
My issue with the perpetually offended is the same as always. The Left loves to pretend that they are offended. But faking offense has proved to be an effective weapon for a very long time and old habits are difficult to break. Expect more of this.
There’s no endgame, of course. The Left never arrives at its destination. Once every offending edifice is removed, the Social Justice Warriors and their masked wearing useful idiots will move onto something else. The enemies of the West will always find something over which to wring their hands.