HISTORY…

SOMEONE HAS SAID, “IF WE DON’T LEARN FROM THE PAST, WE WILL RELIVE IT IN THE FUTURE.”  It really bothers me to hear of tearing down historical statues, whether we agree with them or not.
They are reminders of our past history and we ought to allow them to remind us of those events.  Removal of historical statues may just be the beginning of dismantling of our America heritage.

I was not born in the South.  I wanted to be near my mother at birth so I was born in Owosso, Michigan.  I guess that makes me a Yankee by birth. But, I am a converted Southern and that is the best kind because those who were born in the South can’t help it.  The Mason Dixie line ought not divide us.  We are AMERICANS.

There is talk of tearing down the statue of ROBERT E. LEE.  This should never be done.  Perhaps a little history lesson concerning Lee would help.

Robert E. Lee was married to George Washington’s granddaughter.  He worked with Grant during the Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero defending this country.  He believed slavery was a great evil and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to read and write.  After the civil war he worked with Andrew Johnson’s program of Reconstruction.  He became very popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West Point were named in his honor in 1962.  He was a great man who served this country his entire life in some form or other.  Lee was very torn about the prospect of the South leaving the Union. His wife’s grandfather, George Washington, was a big influence on him.  He believed that ultimately, State’s Rights trumped the federal government and that is why he chose to lead the Southern army. He really agonized over this decision.

This is an interesting situation in Lee’s life.  His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC was his home and while away fighting the war, the federal government demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person.  He sent his wife but the money was not accepted from a woman.  When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land.  The government is still burying people there today.  It is now called Arlington National Cemetery.  Would some want to tear that up too?

It is sheer madness to destroy the statues and works of the past.  You burn my books and I’ll burn your books.  Where does that get us?   Nowhere… There are great lessons to be learned from the past.

I found this quotation from Rick Warren that may help us sum things up.  “Our culture has accepted two huge lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle you must fear or hate them.
The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense.  You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

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