Like the character from Nineteen Eighty-four‡, they want to alter history to reflect the party line. Today is Robert E. Lee’s birthday. (Actually, it was a few days ago.)
Lee was born on January 19, 1807 the son of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III and Ann Hill Carter.
But if we are kept ignorant of history… Well, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.
On April 18th, with Civil War now a reality, on April 18 a presidential advisor offered Lee a “major command in defense of the U.S. Capitol.” Lee said that he could not raise his sword against his native Virginia.
Lee did this in spite of the fact that he disagreed with slavery, but states came first.
Shelby Foote described it best, in Ken Burns’ The Civil War. We are used to thinking of the United States as a single entity, but prior to The Civil War, people thought of it as a collection of Entities. “United States” is plural (in a strictly 8th Grade Grammar context), after all. That is one of the things that the Civil War did; it welded the collection of states into a single nation.
The Left is busy tearing down all remnants of the Civil War. Next I suppose they will start paving over Confederate graveyards. I’m not sure why they don’t want to look at the past and learn from it.