I have spoken extensively on the cultural and political repercussions of Progressive community agitators pursuing the removal of Confederate monuments, as well as pressuring the political class to have iconic street and institution names changed. My firm position has been and remains that we need to focus on explaining the truths-- both bitter and sweet, of our beautifully imperfect heritage while blazing a new path for future generations. After all, the truth will shine through to expose and eliminate the darkness.
Explaining the truth about our heritage and its products is not an attempt to be right or even an attempt to win something we want. Explaining the truth helps us learn from our past and use its lessons as tools to create a prosperous and fulfilling future.
Much of the discussion, or shouting, for that matter, about the monuments have been about their material symbology. The imagery that the rest of the nation sees through the visual interpretation the media deploys does not show the representation of our rich heritage. It shows distant onlookers the “struggle” between pro and anti- monument people.
Onlookers observe the class war being depicted in New Orleans as if they were peeking into a snow globe as people grasp onto the distant past, disgruntled people wave Confederate flags, while men dressed in Confederate garb look like a minority of a minority.
Outsiders are not seeing where the true battle lines are being drawn.
New Orleanians who favor the truth about our heritage and those who celebrate the perseverance of our diversity in New Orleans are being diverted from the necessary battle lines. We are being divided into different classes defined by race and income, instead of constructively discussing the challenges we truly face.
The battle lines currently drawn are really about whether or not we want the monuments removed. As someone who does not want to see the monuments removed, it's clear that the discussion needs to shift away from the protection or elimination of material items back to the one about our heritage and why New Orleans is suffering under the oppression of our current political and economic establishment.
The Battle for New Orleans
The discussion about our heritage and the failures of our current city leadership are very difficult to articulate without properly addressing the blemishes that exist in our current culture. Of course, those who attempt to do this are labeled as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or whatever type of antigen to a Progressive defined class structure that can be developed.
Monuments did not create the crime that we have in the city. This blight was created by unemployment and corrupt politicians as they blazed their trails through Louisiana.
The community agitators who are dividing us simply have to point to a statue of a man who was a part of the Confederate Army as proof that systemic racism exists. How intellectually shallow and utterly ignorant is that?
But, how do you win that war if you do not address it?
After all, how many people even knew who the hell P. G. T. Beauregard was, and the positive influence he had on New Orleans before his statue was slated for removal?
We have allowed the battle lines to be drawn at the foot of his horse. Let’s be honest; we are losing the war, only this time it is a “Class War.”
If you know anything about military warfare, having the higher ground is a key to victory. Class Warfare operates under the same strategies of engagement. The community agitators have successfully achieved the high ground because their position has been projected as a moral one.
Reminiscent of the allegory of Plato’s Cave, many among us are being made slaves to the manipulators of truth. The agitators flail around like “useful idiot” marionettes as their ideological puppet masters pull their strings. We have to get our community to snap out of it. All we have to do is get the disillusioned and misguided among us to turn around and see the light of history beyond the false production.
Stop Ignoring Slavery
Slavery was a horrible blemish on our nation. The monuments have been effectively projected as representations of people who fought on the side of the Civil War. The Left has effectively attacked our culture by creating imagery intended to forcefully rip off the scabs off our shame.
While we should be ashamed of this blemish on our heritage, most of us do a terrible job of explaining what the true nature of the culture of slavery was. The remnants of historical context to slave culture, as oppressive as it was, usually hover over the extremes.
When one person is owned by another it means that the master has the dominion over the slave. In other words, the master is “sovereign.” They are the supreme power or authority over the slave. For those knuckleheads protesting monuments because they think they represent oppression in our system, I ask: why would you seek to forfeit your own sovereignty to an all-powerful authoritarian government?
Moreover, these community Marxist-Leninists agitators desire an all-powerful centralized government that will confiscate wealth and redistribute it to those whom they believe deserve it. In essence, the government or the state is the sovereign or supreme power and we are all its slaves.
These idiots are fighting for the removal of monuments that they claim represent slavery that occurred over 150 years ago while pursuing a new system of slavery. Isn’t that ironic!
Right Side of History
You will often hear the leaders of the Marxist groups like “Take Em Down,” Black Lives Matter, The Workers World Party, and The New Orleans Workers Group speak of being on the “right side of history”.
History to these agitator leaders is not a proper fact-based representation of the past, but rather a dialectic of evolving half-truths used as a blunt weapon to hammer the narrative they wish to create in place. They understand that it is necessary for them to control the higher ground by projecting the enemy as being on the wrong side of history and viciously criticize them for it. This is typical of the racism debate. Although Progressive’s led the effort to “exterminate the Negro population” in America during the early 20th Century, they try to take the moral high ground on race relations.
The Progressive Negro Extermination Machine
The founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger wrote in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble on December 10th 1939 that,
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population...”
She also wrote in “Women and the New Race:”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives...”
Progressive champion, Hillary Clinton praised the products of Margaret Sanger. In some ways, they like to compare her to Thomas Jefferson’s “unrepentance” of slavery. This is historical revisionism of the highest order.
“Slavery is an abomination and must be loudly proclaimed as such, but I own that I nor any other man has any immediate solution to the problem.” Thomas Jefferson
I never read where Sanger rejected her evil views. I do not see drone-like Progressives fighting to remove the “symbol” of Planned Parenthood because of its racist roots. If there is any systemic racism in this country, Planned Parenthood would be its symbol. However, criticize or attack Planned Parenthood, and suddenly, you will be thrown into that “anti-women” thought prison.
Take the High Ground!
We have to take the high ground! This means that we must not retreat! I have seen many people using the hashtag #boycottnola. While I agree we should not spend our money in places that do not reflect our values, should we not spend our money in a city that holds our heritage? The idea of trying to punish the political powers by denying them our commerce or tax dollars may feel good, but doesn’t it simply punish the entire city? Of course, it does.
Boycotting New Orleans would be a retreat.
How do we win a figurative battle against our enemy if we are not even there? I would think that we should be investing in and pursuing businesses that support our effort. We should all search them out and share them with friends, family, and social media.
These Marxist agitators hate “capitalism.” Let us use the free enterprise system and our dollars as a ballot to support local businesses that support our heritage and values. Let New Orleans know with the loudest voice possible that there is a market for our business! Get into the culture and make a difference. We cannot just stand on the street corner waving flags and screaming at each other and expect to make a change. That is the agitator’s battlefield and they will win there every time. Let their dumb asses stand out there by themselves.
Is your flag and Confederate uniform really going to stop the force of City Police? Are you willing to take up arms and wage that war? If so… you are too late.
The battlefield is not a material one on some corner somewhere. It is a battlefield of ideas. The political left can never win on that battlefield because their ideas fail every time they are tried. Their only defense is that the wrong dictator was in power to make their failed ideas work, and that they know better than what history provides. We are on the right side of history because facts, logic, and reason do not have an agenda and reasonable people use facts, logic, and reason to progress civil society forward.
It is time for us to ignore the shadowy lies projected by these Marxist fools, stand up with broad and bold ideas, and go on the offensive. We have to work to let local businesses hear our voices, and that we are not a bunch of sore losers!
It feels good to rally around a monument that reflects our heritage, but that is not a winning strategy. It is a winning proposition to stand behind ideas that are time tested which developed our heritage, and more importantly, our prosperity.
Did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and our other founders change the world by fighting for monuments to themselves or representations of their heritage? NO! They stood on the highest peaks of intellectual brilliance and blazed a path for the heritage we now celebrate. They signed the Declaration of Independence that stated,
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to one another our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
We have to continue to blaze that path and the fire is lit by the truth. Are you willing to mutually pledge to your city and country a pledge of your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor?
I can, and do make that pledge!