In case you missed the news, the City of Richmond, Virginia has removed the statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill, and disinterred his remains buried beneath for re-burrial at another location.
Social media has used this as opportunity to shit on the South, pick open old wounds, and show their utter ignorant contempt for history.
Just chuckling at them wheeling away his bones and some cloth on a stretcher pic.twitter.com/4xPQoSw5zF
— Jon Simkins (@jon_simkins) December 13, 2022
And yet they were still treasonous and killed actual U.S. soldiers, but go off
— Jon Simkins (@jon_simkins) December 15, 2022
Like the Tweet above says, this is the editor for Military Times.
One would think he would know military history.
Obviously, he doesn’t.
Perhaps the most important words on the topic of the Confederacy after the Civil War came from President 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 a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
Lincoln knew that for the Union to succeed after thr war had ended, the former Confederacy must be embraced as equal Americans.
Confederate Generals were treated with respect.
Not one Confederate soldier was prosecuted for treason.
President Andrew Johnson, in his final act in official, issued “unconditionally, and without reservation” a full pardon of all Confederates, putting the issue of treason to rest forever.
It was understood at the time that if the defeated Confederacy were treaded as vanquished foes, subjugated second class citizens, branded with the sin of traitors forever, it would create a lasting resentment that would ultimately re-fracture the country.
The outcome of the Civil War is one of the greatest examples of American Exceptionalism.
Our nation suffered a bloody civil war that lasted for five years and when it was over, we were one country agsin, there were no mass executions, no significant change to our style of government or constitution. Our nation carried on stronger than before.
The civil wars of Europe always ended with the destruction of governments, populations, and major upheavals.
The American Civil War, like the American Revolution thar birthed our nation, did not give rise to am American Robespierre and Reign of Terror or War of the Roses, or any of the other great terrors of precedent from European history.
But for the Woke Left, every year is Year Zero.
And in the words of George Orwell:
“Always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.”
There is no enemy more helpless than one that’s been dead for over 150 years.
These people are experiencing the thrill of victory of trampling a helpless enemy on social media, an enemy they expended no blood or effort to defeat.
But in doing so, they feel virtuous, as though they themselves defeated slavery.
But they fail to understand that this undoes all the work done by greater men to put this country back together after the Civil War.
They pick at old wounds and insult those alive today, and in doing so create the resentment and cultural fracture that Lincoln and subsequent leaders sought to avoid.
The only thing I don’t know is if this is the result of ignorance or malice.
Do they not understand why what was done after the Civil War was done or are they intent on the balkanization of America?
Either way, the outcome is the same, it reverses the exceptionalism of American Reconstruction and further drives this country apart.