As conservatives continue to point out the absurdity of those who would erase history by asking, as President Trump did, if we must do away with memorializing great but flawed figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, some liberals are attempting to draw the distinction between those men and Confederate heroes like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
On Wednesday, liberal Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed historian Jon Meacham, who had just written an op-ed on the subject.
Surprisingly, Matthews began the segment by expressing that he does “understand the feeling” of some in the South for the sense of losing their heritage and history, recalling living in Chapel Hill he said, “It was so complex… The sign off on the local TV station [in North Carolina] was a very slow rendering of Dixie. It’s about loss, regional loss.”
“Nobody is going after Teddy Roosevelt and the idea of going after slave owners,” Matthews said. “You’d have to basically take away our history because the first six presidents or so had slaves. You’d have to go after people like Washington and of course all the southern guys, the ones who followed him, Madison and Monroe and the rest and of course Old Hickory because there was Indian fighting and Indian killing. Where do we stop at saying we’re going to recognize our history, accept it for what it was and move on? And when are we going to say, no, someone has to be de-celebrated, taken away from our site?”
However, Meacham’s solution was to “draw the line at public veneration with those who were ultimately devoted to the journey toward a more perfect union versus those who wanted to end that journey, and the Confederate hierarchy was explicitly about ending that journey and beginning their own Balkanized country with a different understanding of human liberty.”
As a historian, Meacham undoubtedly knows that attitudes about race were just as backwards, by 2017 standards, in the North as well as the South.
Matthews, Meacham, and others can try to draw a distinction, but when it comes to erasing history, Leftists, just like their ISIS counterparts in the Middle East, will NEVER truly stop – not until every monument is destroyed and every real and imagined enemy is dead.
— Uncle Sam's Children (@UncleSamsChild) August 15, 2017
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