ELDER PATRIOT – Burning books, stifling dissent, and removing all vestiges of a nation’s cultural history are the tools used by authoritarian movements to eradicate its political opponents.
For them, laws mean nothing. Common decency that should protect monuments and graves are ignored and broken under the pretense that they glorify those who the insurgents claim offend their modern sensibilities when in fact our history stands to remind and to stimulate discussion and debate.
Under this pretense let’s dispense with Colin Kaepernick because he offends a large portion of America.
Such is it with Antifa’s assault on monuments they claim offend them. Whether they like it or not soldiers who served in the Confederate army have been recognized by Congress as full-fledged legal veterans.
Confederate Soldiers are legal veterans… By Public Law 85-425, May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358) 72 Statute 133 states – “(3) (e) for the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.”
As a result of this law the last surviving Confederate Veteran received a U.S. Military pension until his death in 1959, and from that day until present, descendants of Confederate veterans have been able to receive military monuments to place on graves from the Veteran’s Administration for their ancestors. A Confederate Veteran should therefore be treated with the same honor and dignity of any other American veteran.
Can you say hypocrisy? The same Antifa that supports California’s exit from the Union now wants destroy all vestiges of a different group of secessionists from a different time in history.
Here’s a screenshot of the 1958 law conferring full military recognition on Confederate soldiers that can be found in PDF format (because of its date of publication) on the Government Publishing Office website.
This act of Congress came 60 years after President William McKinley, the last American president to have served in the Civil War said this:
” Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war [sic] is a tribute to American valor… And the time has now come… when in the spirit of fraternity we should share in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers… and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of those heroic dead.” …President William McKinley, 14 December 1898.
McKinley’s was not a lone voice in the wilderness.
There was the:
Congressional Act of 9 March 1906
We Honor Our Fallen Ancestors
(P.L. 38, 59th Congress, Chap. 631-34 Stat. 56)
This authorized the furnishing of headstones for the graves of Confederates who died, primarily in Union prison camps and were buried in Federal cemeteries.
Remarks: This act formally reaffirmed Confederate soldiers as military combatants with legal standing. It granted recognition to deceased Confederate soldiers commensurate with the status of deceased Union soldiers. Code 38 was the crown of Reconciliation, a gesture of good will based on the service and sacrifice of the Southern people.
U.S. Public Law 810
Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929
(45 Stat 1307 – Currently on the books as 38 U.S. Code, Sec. 2306)
This law, passed by the U.S. Congress, authorized the “Secretary of War to erect headstones over the graves of soldiers who served in the Confederate Army and to direct him to preserve in the records of the War Department the names and places of burial of all soldiers for whom such headstones shall have been erected.”
Remarks: This act broadened the scope of recognition further for all Confederate soldiers to receive burial benefits equivalent to Union soldiers. It authorized the use of U.S. government (public) funds to mark Confederate graves and record their locations.
The destruction or defacing of monuments, regardless of who may be offended by them should never be tolerated. If we are ever to truly respect each other we must respect the things that are important to others.
In this case, it is not only a violation of federal and local law, the destruction of monuments – that people at once thought important enough to erect – is a show of disrespect for our history and for our fellow Americans that cannot be tolerated if we are sincere in our journey to find the “truth.”
It’s simply unfathomable that any person alive today can claim to be more offended than were the families who lost loved ones in the Civil War and still agreed to the erection of these monuments.
When a leftist “artist” presented a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art the sensibilities of millions of Christian were greatly offended. They didn’t destroy it. Instead, Christians made their argument in open public forums, an argument that became one more block in the Trump ascendancy.
If the Left truly believes that destroying monuments simply because they claim to disapprove of it for a personal reason is an appropriate strategy then why not bring it to the courts where they bring everything else?