The events in Charlottesville re-opened the debate over Confederate monuments in a big way.
Similar to the other times that the debate has popped up, not much progress is being made.
In a nutshell, our nation has a complex history. While some folks are incredibly upset and want the monument issue addressed once and for all, others are concerned that wiping away the blemishes opens up the possibilities for more problems.
If we remove these monuments, where do we draw the line for other complex figures in our nation’s history?
There’s no simple answer to that. As such, the debate rages on, and it continues to be a popular talking point for Democrats.
Conservative Tribune shares an example of that.
“The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi said last week, according to The New York Times. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”
Of course, between January of 2007 and January of 2011, Nancy Pelosi was in the position that Speaker Ryan is in — and yet curiously, even though the statues “have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi made no move to have them taken down. Nor, in fact, did she do anything during the entire eight years of the Obama administration or the first few months of the Trump administration. It was only when Charlottesville allowed the Democrats to turn tragedy into political hay did Pelosi suddenly start caring.
There’s another sign that Pelosi is using this as nothing more than a popular talking point, and this sign is of the shocking variety.
Between 1947 and 1959, her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as mayor of Baltimore. During that time, he dedicated some statues.
One featured Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
“Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” D’Alesandro said at the 1948 dedication, according to Townhall.
Curiously, even though said statues “have always been reprehensible” to her, Pelosi hasn’t singled out her dad for any particular scorn. And, unlike those who defend the statues today, he didn’t argue that Jackson and Lee were a complicated but vital part of our history. Instead, D’Alesandro used the typical Dixiecrat dog-whistle of saying that “subversive groups and propaganda which (seek) to destroy our national unity” are keeping them from “preserving our sacred institutions.”
Hmmm. So if they “have always been reprehensible,” then…never mind, you get the gist.
While this certainly doesn’t suggest that Pelosi secretly condones Confederate monuments, it does point out the hypocrisy of her whole argument.
Nations evolve. Ours has. Society evolves. Ours has done that as well. Despite the evolution, that doesn’t mean the sins of the past don’t exist.
They do, and they simply can’t be wiped away.
Using the line of reasoning of Pelosi and others, should she now condemn her own father, who may have had a viewpoint she wouldn’t be so crazy about?
Not necessarily, but she can learn from that and evolve. Just like our nation and society has.
Removing the past does little to help folks come to terms with it. Addressing it head on, understanding it, and learning from it does.
That’s what our nation and society has always done, and those that insist monuments are standing in their way may want to consider that bit of wisdom.
Source: Conservative Tribune