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Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned Friday that “healthy societies do not destroy their own history” by vandalizing or tearing down statues, renaming historical artifacts and desecrating graves.
He delivered the remarks in response to a growing movement to erase from the public sphere those aspects of American history that are demonstrably negative.
During the segment Friday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson specifically focused on a GOP-backed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren that calls for renaming all military assets named after Confederate figures.
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“[T]here are 10 military installations named after former Confederate generals. … Warren’s proposal would require name changes for such bases within three years,” Boston.com reported Thursday. “According to a source familiar with the legislation, the requirement would also apply to any facility, street, aircraft, ship, weapon, piece of equipment, or property owned or controlled by the Department of Defense.”
“It also wouldn’t only apply to names the names of Confederate generals; symbols and displays honoring the slave-holding Confederacy would also have to be removed within three years.”
According to Carlson, the amendment would also allegedly force the graves of deceased Civil War figures to be desecrated.
“Warren’s amendment goes further than just renaming bases,” he claimed. “Warren would also require the desecration of war graves.”
This alleged “desecration” shouldn’t be allowed to occur, he added, because it would belie the spirit of unity that helped America recover from the horrors of the Civil War.
“This country is filled with national cemeteries that honor Americans who fought and died in our wars, and many of those cemeteries hold Civil War soldiers from both sides and contain monuments to their sacrifice,” he said. “Those soldiers, blue and gray, Confederate and Union, are buried alongside one another and they are for a reason.”
Though “[o]ne side in that conflict was right, the Union side, and the other was wrong, the Confederate side,” he continued, “when it was over they were all Americans again, and allowing them to lie in the same cemeteries next to each other allowed this country to heal its deepest fissure.”
In fact, Memorial Day was established only three years after the end of the Civil War for this very reason:
Memorial Day was first established in 1868 as Decoration Day, a day to decorate the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. pic.twitter.com/oG0a1rLDVV
— RealTexasRodeoQueen (@reltxrodeoqueen) May 26, 2020
But this sort of healing is exactly what Warren and other grievance mongers like her in the Democrat Party seek to avoid, Carlson argued.
“She has no time for healing,” he said. “Warren profits from hatred and division, particularly racial division, no matter how mindless. Exactly how many dead Confederate soldiers owned slaves or even supported slavery? Elizabeth Warren doesn’t know. She doesn’t care. She wants to humiliate them 150 years after they died.”
“This is vandalism, obviously, but it’s worse and deeper than that. Healthy societies do not destroy their own history. A country is the sum total of what has happened within it, good and bad. Without history, you have no country; you just have a collection of banks and check-cashing outlets and retail stores.”
He added, “It’s obvious.”
To hear conservative commentator Michelle Malkin tell it, this move to eradicate history is also pointless, for what is the real goal? It’s to push back on the racism allegedly afflicting contemporary American society and stick it to the white man.
After all, why was the statue of Philadelphia abolitionist Matthias Baldwin defaced this week? Because he’s white. That’s it.
Ok, so why was the statue of Matthias Baldwin defaced like this? He was an abolitionist who funded schools for black children out of pocket. No genocide there. pic.twitter.com/ACqq1iSS16
— Eric Ernerstedt (@ericernerstedt) June 11, 2020
“In the name of social justice, we are witnessing the systematic eradication of history. Edifice vigilantes will not rest until all monuments of Western civilization fall,” Malkin wrote in a column this week.
“It matters not whether the targets were guilty of the tired old charges of patriarchal oppression and institutional racism. It only matters that marble and granite tributes to dead white men be replaced with garish ‘Black Lives Matter’ street murals and St. George Floyd altars.”
Yet it’s done nothing to stop the alleged racism haunting America. Nor has any other plan that’s been pushed and implemented by Democrats.
“Trillions of tax dollars have been spent on America’s War on Poverty,” Malkin continued. “We’ve had four decades of affirmative action. A black president held the White House for eight years, with a black first lady, black attorney general, black homeland security secretary, black transportation secretary, black education secretary, black U.N. ambassador, top black senior advisers, and more than 400 black presidential appointees. It’s never enough.”
Indeed. So who’s to say that vandalizing or tearing down statues, renaming historical artifacts, desecrating graves and erasing American history will be enough?
Of course, this isn’t to say that either she or Carlson are fans of the Confederacy.
“[W]e are not defending the southern Confederacy; we abhor it,” Carlson said later during Friday’s segment. “Few Americans would defend the southern Confederacy and again, we certainly wouldn’t. The Confederacy declared war on the United States, we’re grateful they lost and that their cause was discredited forever by losing.”
“And it was discredited, but that’s the whole point, the Civil War was the turning point in American history. It shaped who we are now. Eliminating the past leaves us unable to say who we are. And that’s the point of eliminating it. It’s exactly why they’re doing it.”
Listen to the rest of the segment below:
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