I have more irate thoughts about the ‘American icons’ chosen to be commemorated in this ‘National Garden’: a blog commenter called our attention to the fact that Trump chose from a list of NON-Confederate origin. Confederates or anyone associated with the Confederacy was apparently eliminated in advance. I have a feeling Trump will eventually cave and remove the names of Confederate officers from the military bases, though he left it alone — for now. He is not favorably disposed towards the Confederacy though generations of people both North and South believed in reconciliation and in burying the hatchet as it were. That policy seems to have died the death, curiously on Trump’s watch. Why did it happen just now? Why did things suddenly change so that
our the government was so anti-South and anti-Confederacy?
I also have questions about why some of these ‘icons’ were chosen. Amelia Earhart? A nod to feminists? What did she do to earn her fame except disappear? Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain? I had to look him up; I honestly never heard the man’s name though he was evidently a Union army hero. I guess a lot of books will have to be rewritten to make him eclipse Gen. Lee, who was considered a great soldier and military strategist who was admired by (unbiased) people North and South. My English acquaintances hold General Lee in high esteem, while America is now going to remember him, if at all, as a “slave-owner” and “racist” and probably literally Hitler.
So Dolley Madison is now an icon, because married to James Madison. Another nod to the ladies.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: author of the maudlin ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’. Lincoln himself reputedly said of Miss Stowe, “So this is the little lady that started the War.’‘ He was right; her fantasy-based book led to the deaths of over half a million.
Miss Stowe never set foot in the South; her book was based on lurid hearsay and fantasy, though the schools make her out to be heroic.
The whole list is a civic nationalist’s dream list; appropriately ‘diverse’, people who are famous for being famous, and the usual Political Correct ideas of what constitutes a ‘hero’ or an icon. This list alone makes me see how the U.S. is mired in PC and cannot extricate itself. Until we can find our way out of this dead end philosophy of the ‘rainbow’ egalitarian society we will sink slowly into the quicksand and not even know how we got there.
I have to quote Solzhenitsyn again, with his famous admonition: Live not by lies. That’s the trouble with our country now; lies are part and parcel of the American hagiolatry, with ‘heroes and icons’ like these.
Postscript: Reuters reports a large number of armed black ‘protesters’ marched through Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. Is this meant to be intimidation, or a prelude to destroying the carved images of the CSA heroes on the Mountain? What next?