by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Both cultural Marxists and Neo-Marxists are noted for their attempted rewriting of our history. In this “noble” endeavor they end up besmirching the reputations of men whose boots they are not fit to bend down and lick. That’s about the most charitable thing I can say for Marxists in general, of whatever stripe they may be. They seek to turn history upside down by trashing the names of good and decent men and then trying to elevate the basest among us as replacements.
There was a brief article on World Net Daily for February 7th in which they quoted CNN. The CNN article noted (and you have to take it with a grain of salt) that “This week, the Virginia House voted to strike Lee-Jackson Day from the list of state holidays…Both men owned slaves and fought to preserve slavery in the US.” What tripe! Neither one fought to preserve slavery. No comments about Stonewall Jackson and the black Sunday School class he taught for several years, a class out of which, in later years, emerged several black pastors. No mention of the fact that Lee considered slavery a great moral evil, and no mention of the fact that neither Lee nor Jackson fought to preserve slavery. They both fought for their state because they felt it was the right thing for them to do as Christians–and Virginia did not secede from the Yankee Empire so she could keep her slaves–she seceded when Lincoln threatened to invade the South with Yankee troops and wanted some of those troops to be Virginians, which Virginia would not allow.
How low Virginia has fallen since then!
Southern patriot Mike Scruggs noted, in a letter to the Tribune Newspapers that “Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam is pushing a bill in the Virginia Legislature to replace Robert E. Lee’s statue in the U.S. Capitol. Each state has two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Virginia’s two statues are of George Washington and Robert E. Lee.” If they manage to get rid of the statue of Lee one can only wonder how long it will take them to also get rid of the statue of Washington, because, after all, he was a slaveholder too. For these people slavery was the ultimate human sin, provided it was Southern slavery. The Marxists never seem to have much stomach for criticizing Northern slavery. I guess, to paraphrase Orwell’s commentary “all the slaveowners in this country were equal, but some were just more equal than others.”
These Marxists, in their ignorance of our history, (and they hope for our ignorance also) tell us the North fought to free the slaves. If that was so, then why were there still four slaveholding states that were still in the Union during the War? The so-called Emancipation Proclamation freed none of them. Nor did it free any slaves in the South where the Union had regained control of the territory. I have asked this question over and over in recent years and have yet to get an answer from anyone who claims the North fought to free the slaves. They just ignore the question and go merrily on their way propagating the myth that the noble North fought only to free Southern slaves. Apparently the North did not fight to free Northern slaves.
In Virginia two U.S House Representatives Jennifer Wexton and Donald McEachin, pushed to get Lee’s stature removed. They said: “As Virginians we have a responsibility not only to learn from but also confront our history. As part of this responsibility, we must strive for a more complete telling of history by raising up the voices, stories and memories of minorities and people of color.” You know what this sound like to me? It sounds like, in Virginia, when it comes to the state’s history, then no whites need apply because we are going to tell everybody’s history but yours and we don’t want to hear yours–in fact we are working to get rid of it!
If they get rid of the statues of Lee and Washington, I wonder who they will replace them with? Possibly Nat Turner and W.E.B. DuBois!
Mike Scruggs noted in his comments that: “The areas of Virginia close to the centers for Federal Government have undergone tremendous demographic change. This change is not only from recent foreign immigrants most of whom have little interest or appreciation for Virginia’s history and culture, but also from hundreds of thousands of domestic immigrants, too many of whom have a version of the American dream that is to live off and manage an even larger more powerful and controlling progressive federal government.”
Mike observes what he labels as the “fundamental Neo-Marxist transformation of America.” I can’t disagree with him. Mike noted “Three American billionaires–George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg threw immense and often decisive funds into electing progressive Democrats. When the smoke cleared the Democrats and their dominating out-of-state donors and Super PACs had won the day, not only was Virginia Democrat but radical.”
These are the Marxist entities that are out to destroy the reputations of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. These are the Marxist entities that plan to rewrite our history and replace Lee and Jackson with Marxist aberrations like John Brown and Nat Turner.
And yet another reason for destroying the reputations of Lee and Jackson is that these men were humble Bible-believing Christian men. Remember in a recent article that I said part of the reason for going after the South and its leaders is that its leaders were mainly Christian men and those wanting to destroy them often had underlying theological motives. Look at the backgrounds of some of those who attack the South and its heroes and you will begin to grasp my meaning.
Socialists and Marxists of all types are anti-Christ and need to be resisted, not just ignored, but resisted, because their agendas are evil and more Christians need to wake up and smell the theological coffee in this regard.