Governor Northam’s henchmen have finally located the time capsule buried in the Memorial erected to Confederate Gen. Robert Edward Lee in Richmond, Virginia. How shameful and hypocritical that today the Virginia Department of Historic Resources shows so much interest in opening and disgorging the contents of the time capsule in light of their insipid defense of this monument and others throughout the Commonwealth over the last six years. Governor Northam no doubt is salivating at the thought of this final desecration, disgrace, and slander of General Lee and the Confederacy.
In the state-sponsored and promoted removal of Gen. Lee’s Memorial, Virginians have not seen such vile hedonism and disrespect since the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, or ISIS tore down the statuary of Ashurbanipal and ravaged the artistry of Palmyra! Americans, only a few years ago, saw and reviled these actions as barbarity and criminality of the worst order and criticized them universally as the destruction of world-historical patrimony and cultural evolution. Virginian’s government and its agencies are now showing the civilized world that Americans and Virginians at the highest levels are just as capable of barbarism and mindless hedonism as the most depraved order of our species. Sadder yet is the vast majority of Virginians who have sat by and said or done nothing to resist the slander, historical revisionism, cancel-culture, and the rioting, and looting in our cities, driven by the runaway horse of a false premise of political correctness, for power, with racist motivation.
The tearing down of cultural, heroic, and veterans memorials and monuments is what a people’s worst enemies do upon conquest for the purposes of subjugation. The eradication of monuments is the jackboot of a tyrant upon the neck of a conquered people meant to demoralize and symbolize complete control.
Virginia’s Confederate Memorials were erected to honor our veterans and were respected by our conquerors just as we respected those of their dead patriots of the North. Monuments North and South were erected largely during the same long stretch of years during a period of national reconciliation, in the spirit of remembrance for the dead and their leaders. The South lost a far greater number, of its men and boys, relative to the size of the Northern population. We were financially devastated by the rape and destruction of our land and property by men such as Sherman, Sheridan, Crow, and Grant for decades, our Veterans were restricted from voting or holding political or high social positions, denied our state representation in Congress, and compelled by extortion, we had to pay the Northern war debt and the pensions of Yankee Veterans, and were subjected to seven years of military occupation controlled by the Freemens Bureau and had to live with the violent terror of the Union League. We were not allowed to display any symbols of our conquered nation. Yet, when Reconstruction was lifted we erected a greater number of monuments to our veterans than Northerners that their memories and our fight for liberty would never be forgotten.
Like all Confederate Monuments and Memorials all across Dixie, the capital to erect these important pieces of American history came out of the impoverished pockets of citizens, businesses, and school children with lesser amounts coming from the government. It took years to raise the capital to pay for these works of art. These private efforts were led principally by various women’s organizations to remember their boys, husbands, brothers, and fathers. When the Memorial to Lee in Richmond was erected, tens of thousands of people attended, both black and white, to honor this great man. Men and children were honored to pull the long ropes that guided the great statue up the hill to its resting place. The monument was erected to honor the leader of Virginia’s Army that fought for four long years against an invader and ravager of our land and as a reminder to the Veterans, and loved ones of lost Veterans, of the nobility of their cause and that we may have lost a war and had been conquered, but yet we could and would remain a people of character, civility, honor, and courage, which is the backbone of Virginia. These noble characteristics were embodied in Robert E. Lee and countless luminaries – literary, political, and military have consistently echoed this until only recently.
All the world recognizes the Confederate Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia as a universal symbol of liberty against tyranny and foreign invasion, and as an inspiration to those that believe in just causes, to stand up to the Goliaths of the world, no matter the consequences, and to fight the good fight against all odds. Southern Confederate Veterans are under Federal Law given the same honors, respect, and regard as Union forces they fought against. Yet our Veterans have been slandered in our own state by those seeking political power, in and out of government. This has been done by the promotion of racial division and confrontation, and even riot and looting, under the guise of historical revisionism, political correctness, and cancel-culture.
The eager interest of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to open the Lee Monument time-capsule just found should smack us all as an image of grave robbers rubbing their hands in glee as they envision momentary fame or pecuniary riches. That their discoveries end up in a museum does not wash away their sin of desecration of the memories of those long-forgotten peoples and particularly leaders once honored, followed, or revered. The fact that the loot of the criminals ends up in the marble halls of museums does not overshadow or obviate the vile deeds of criminals who destroyed the magnificent tomb to pilfer the jewelry.
Who can say that the contents of the Lee Monument time capsule will not be burned and destroyed in the name of expunging the “Lost Cause” slander that has been developed to propagandize the population of America to renounce all symbols of the Confederacy and define it as “racist”? This is indeed the agenda of the NAACP in their “Take ’em Down Movement”. It has been so for 50+ years! This is what would be expected of Governor Northam based on his history! He is operating at full speed today to vaporize the Lee Memorial from the memories of Virginians before Governor Youngkin takes office on January 15th, 2022! Why would anyone not be concerned that the contents time-capsule will find not the same fate as the equestrian monument to Lee in Charlottesville, where their City Council has given away this wonderful and important piece of American sculptural excellence and historic importance to a racist hate group whose agenda is to melt down the statuary into ingots as quick as possible? Ask yourself is this not worse than the deeds of the Taliban and ISIS, because of the fact that America is the preeminent world power and we pride ourselves on our advanced civilization and leadership? The fact is that the Virginia Department of Historic Resources should have been standing up for Virginia’s history, heritage, and resources in its patriotic duty to the Commonwealth, and the people – its sovereigns. They should be speaking out yet today with a clarion voice for the protection of our patrimony, but it has been beyond lax in its duties and responsibilities to Virginia, to America, and our history in protecting our patrimony and cultural heritage!