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Making a “Big Deal” Over CSA Confederate Symbols Is More Sinister Than It Appears

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It is human nature to do the opposite of what is supposed to be our best interests, especially when we are told that government and a few people “in-the-know” know best.

One the things which artificially divides America the most, and not by happenstance, is the never-ending debate over Civil War monuments and whose version of history counts the most. At present the mainstream media is trying to make a “big deal” out of the number of Tennesseans who are displaying memorial plates for their ancestors, who may have fought in the Civil War and happened to have been on the losing side. No question is asked whether some of these may be civil libertarians who are making a statement by saying that a person has the right to make a political statement in support of freedom of speech for those who want to make a statement via the plate or bumper sticker they have on their car.

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, 3,273 of the offending license plates, sold to benefit the Sons of Confederate Veterans, were active at the end of the 2018 fiscal year, and there has been a 72 percent increase in this index since the end of the 2015 fiscal year, when the national debate on the display of Confederate flags reached fever pitch following the massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Tennessee division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans received around $57,700 in revenue from the plates in the 2018 fiscal year, according to the state's revenue department. Those funds help fund the chapter's ongoing legal fight against the city of Memphis over the removal of Confederate statues, as its division commander James Patterson is quoted in the regional news.

History is the most biased of subjects because the winners write the official histories. Few today know of the war crimes committed in the name of the Union, such as the burning of the Shenandoah Valley. I know of them from the stories passed down from my great-grandmother and later read in a few articles found, not in high school history books.

One sided histories are only too convenient, and the rewriting of history is not peculiar to America. Assad is evil because he is his fathers’ son, or Saddam was an evil dictator because he used the weapons the US gave him to fight the Ayatollah, including the gas. Nobody is mentioning that Assad is also good because he protects certain Christian groups, while the born-again Christians in the Bible Belt and Washington fund the Islamic terrorists who murder them, etcetera.

Anyone below the Mason Dixon Line can tell you that the Civil War was mostly forgotten, at least until now. It is not that it wasn’t important, a turning point in the clash of systems and value systems. As Henry Kamens an author for NEO, New Eastern Outlook, best describes …  it is forgotten for the most part “not because it never happened, or has nothing to teach us. It has been forgotten because it gets in the way of the standard US narrative, just like Saddam, Assad, and other less desirable figures of history who also had good sides.”

Hopefully the violence in the US will make Americans themselves wake up and see that the world they live in is not the reality most people have to endure each day of their lives. I can recall from my own family history the crimes the Union soldiers committed, and how one Yankee Officer entered the homeplace in Virginia to loot it and my great-great grandmother sent him to his maker, burying his corpse in the garden. They were not slave holders or supporters of slavery, just people protecting their property and family from what they saw as aggressors, robbers and rapists.

The Confederacy’s crimes having been extensively catalogued since the war of secession. But we never hear much about General Sherman and what he did in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and in the deep South, Georgia and South Carolina – some of the worst war crimes in history.

The corollary of this diatribe is that all reasonable people must agree with the winning side, and automatically accept what it did. If they don’t, they too are bad people. Just like the millions of Syrians who support Assad, or the millions who continue supporting the US as it commits crimes all over the world under the banner of spreading democracy.

Let’s not forget Robert E. Lee freed his slaves, unlike Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s excuse for keeping his was that “good help is too hard to find.” This is the sort of attitude now condemned by the official US, and used as a reason for destroying American and Southern heritage, which is better represented by Lee, not Grant.

As few want to remember today, the United States is made up of independent States who have every right to secede, and this right is guaranteed by the US Constitution. It is there because all the US states were theoretically independent countries which chose, either voluntarily or via coercion, to join this union of states in the same way the cantons of Switzerland and the separate states occupying the geographical regions known as “Germany” and “Italy” once did.

We have a situation at present in which many citizens and state governments are at odds with the President of the United States and the Federal Government. Why should they not be allowed to secede? It is no longer a matter of grand concepts but individual liberties - let’s call it., in modern parlance, self-determination. Trump can be the justification, and not only because many of his comments can be interpreted any way you want. He is anti-female, racists and is destroying the two-party system under the guise of making America Great Again.

Sherman, Sheridan and Grant were all war criminals, but it is politically expedient to support them. Nonetheless, we must all accept the same history, the dumbed down version provided us by programs such as no child left behind, and common core, and whatever the text book manufacturers want to feed our children. All the while school boards ban classics like the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain, because it was written in vernacular English and uses the “N” word to bring home the horrors and contradictions of slavery.

Method in Madness

The US media and political elites are determined to stamp out the heritage of millions of its own citizens, and rewrite its history under the name of political correctness. There is method in its madness, and the very same historic divides may become the fault lines of a new Civil War, as people are fed up with being told by those who don’t know their own histories what they can remember or not, and how they should go about respecting that history, real or imagined.

Those who focus on gender issues, religious and cultural issues and suchlike are usually accused of only being interested in such matters for narrow personal gain, regardless of the wider benefits their suggested actions might bring. Trump, Obama and Hillary have all played the same game, some with more success than others. Therefore, it is again in vogue in the US to be white and male, working class, and fear “them there” foreigners.

Lots of monuments to even more distasteful men than Confederate war heroes can be found in America. One only needs to look at the faces on the US currency. Jackson routinely called Indians “savages” and people of mixed heritage “half-breeds,” and was prepared to remove them all, alive or dead, to get at their prime lands, despite treaties.

Author: Jeffrey Silverman