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To Unbind The Nation’s Wounds

15 August 2017 @ 21:52

At the end of the American Civil War, this country entered a new and unstable age where all Americans had to work-out just how a nation torn so wretchedly asunder would achieve reconciliation so that it could resume moving on towards that bright future, the seeds of which were planted by The Founders.

The Unionists and the Confederates had to make peace with each other.  As the losers of the War, the latter had to reconcile themselves to the main triumph the former achieved: the end of Slavery.  The Unionists had to accept their prodigal brethren back into the family.

To accomplish these goals, these former foes had to find a way to establish a concord that would prevent them from wallowing in the deep resentments produced by a civil war.

In other words: enough Americans had to resolve to allow this wounded nation the necessary atmosphere and conditions to heal.

The patient had been so horribly injured in so many areas that the healing process took a long, long time to reach.  His condition suffered many setbacks along the way thanks to people on both sides who refused to reconcile, but, with every passing year, the situation was most definitely improving.

One of the most effective treatments applied to the wounded body of America was the unwritten agreement between both sides to honor those who had fought as soldiers, sailors, and marines.  It has long been a tradition in Human History to remember the gallantry and heroics of our enemies, as long as they conducted themselves in an Honorable fashion on the battlefield.  The incentive to apply this tradition to those who fought in The Civil War was made more appealing by the fact that doing so would clearly aid in the Reconciliation of Unionists and Confederates.

So began the tradition of erecting statues to the Military Heroes of The Civil War.(1)

Doing so was part of the Noble Call To Duty sounded by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

What the Left is seeking to achieve by the removal [and, now, in some cases the destruction] of these statues is to unbind the nation’s wounds, to cause the resentments and hatreds to fester and reopen.  The Left seeks nothing less than to cause American Society to suppurate — to ulcerate and inflame to the point that it become gangrenous.  They also desire to Delegitimize the Noble, the Virtuous, in the hope that we will revert to the Tribal, the Primitive in our Souls

As Daniel Horowitz wrote recently over at Conservative Review:

Make no mistake, whether you care about history or monuments or not, this effort is not coming from a good place and is not headed in a safe direction. Let’s not forgot this is the same crowd that is tearing down the Ten Commandments and removing separate-gender bathrooms. All of this is part and parcel of a de-civilization agenda that desecrates every bit of our history, traditions, and commonsense values. It is truly regressive at its core.

The only thing this agenda will accomplish is rejuvenating the dark forces that were thankfully dormant until recently and turn a once innocuous and even inspirational heritage of reconciliation into a flashpoint for the worst elements on all sides of the political and social spectrum.

This effort is clearly in keeping with the desire of the Left In America to sow Chaos here — a ripping apart of the American Fabric that will aid them in their plan to utterly destroy America and everything we hold dear.

On this issue — as with so many others — we must



  1. I in no way mean to imply that people on both sides, especially in the South, did not abuse this practice for political and unreconstructed ends from time to time.  As with everything in a Representative Republic, our Freedoms will be taken advantage of by those of little Virtue.  You can try to stop such abuses, but it is very hard given the Nature of a Society built on Freedom and Ordered Liberty.
  1. 16 August 2017 @ 13:06 13:06

    The funny thing is, (not in a ha ha way), a lot of these statues were erected by Democrats during the Jim Crow era. Some were erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy. At the time most of these monuments were put up, there were still living veterans of the War between the States.

    Be that as it may, there is no reason except for stupidity to be destroying these historic relics.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      16 August 2017 @ 18:02 18:02

      You may be certain there are reasons for taking down these monuments, all of them nefarious. There is a master agenda here and confederate monuments are merely the beginning.

      • 16 August 2017 @ 20:29 20:29

        Exactly. In this day and age, the Confederate Monuments are easy targets.

        • jumpstart11 permalink
          17 August 2017 @ 10:18 10:18

          I suppose mount rushmore is next. This is all meant to push buttons and force irrational behavior all round. Praying the middle does not choose to die on this hill.

  2. 17 August 2017 @ 10:46 10:46

    Reply to jumpstart11

    The Bolshes are really into this statue-takedown thing for the foreseeable future, methinks, so next in the strike zone: Union men [like Lincoln] who ‘weren’t anti-Slavery enough, man!’, followed by The Founders — or may be people between The Founding and The Civil War. But, they’ll eventually get to The Founders — we can bet on it [some hack preacher in Chicago, I believe, already is rumbling about T. Jefferson].

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      17 August 2017 @ 18:11 18:11

      They’ve already started on the founders who owned slaves. Next will be the founders who didn’t own slaves but worked with slave owners establishing our country and writing the founding documents. After that will be all of the post-founding generations who didn’t do enough to abolish slavery. Lincoln’s probably OK, getting shot and all. Next comes all the leaders who didn’t pass the voting rights act in 1865 or 75 etc.

      • 17 August 2017 @ 21:00 21:00

        Molasses to rum to slaves, oh what a beautiful waltz
        You dance with us, we dance with you
        Molasses and rum and slaves

        Who sails the ships out of Boston
        Ladened with bibles and rum?
        Who drinks a toast to the Ivory Coast?
        Hail Africa, the slavers have come
        New England with bibles and rum…eh?

        • Adobe_Walls permalink
          18 August 2017 @ 14:16 14:16

          Haven’t seen that in a while.

  3. 17 August 2017 @ 11:04 11:04

    I have always thought that our second Civil War would be like Northern Ireland. But I’ve changed my mind. The Second Civil War (which has already started) will be more like Spain’s Civil War, with all the attendant savagery and atrocities As for war, as Clemenza said in the Godfather, “. These things gotta happen……Helps to get rid of the bad blood.”

    • 17 August 2017 @ 21:01 21:01

      You may, sadly, be right, Old Friend.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      18 August 2017 @ 14:18 14:18

      That’s ”War of Liberal Aggression” sir.

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