Pelosi wants Confederate statues banished, but remains mum on her father’s appreciation for the rebels
The woke mob’s demonstrations across the country over the past couple of weeks have opened a new front — in the Civil War.
In city after city, particularly in the South and supposedly in the name of George Floyd, the black Minneapolis man who died in police custody last month, statues dedicated to Confederates who fought in the War Between the States have been vandalized, destroyed, or targeted for removal.
The monuments include those dedicated to prominent Confederate leaders — such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis — as well as to some lesser lights, such as Charles Linn, a little-known captain in the Confederate navy.
NASCAR, born on the sands of Daytona Beach, has joined the fray, banning any displays of the Confederate battle flag at all of its events. Speaker Nancy Pelosi also has weighed in. Last week the leader of the House Democratic majority said she wants all 11 statues dedicated to former rebels removed from the Capitol.
Pelosi made the same demand in August 2017 after the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killed a woman who was a counter-demonstrator.
According to The Washington Times, Pelosi declared the men honored by the monuments guilty of “violent bigotry.”
“The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” she wrote in a letter to the House Administration Committee. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals.”
Whether Pelosi gets what she wants is iffy. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has maintained that Congress granted states the authority to determine which statues appear in Statuary Hall, meaning those choosing Confederates, some of which were approved more than a century ago, will decide whether they remain.
But here’s something you may not be hearing much about as we revisit the Civil War 155 years after it ended.
Pelosi’s father, when he was the mayor of Baltimore, helped dedicate a monument to two of the South’s favorite sons, Gens. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Breitbart News recently reported that Baltimore’s then-Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. oversaw the dedication of the Lee-Jackson monument in his city in 1948.
During the occasion, D’Alesandro called for Americans to emulate Jackson’s example and “stand like a stone wall against aggression in any form that would seek to destroy the liberty of the world.”
“World Wars I and II found the North and South fighting for a common cause, and the generalship and military science displayed by these two great men in the war between the states lived on and were applied in the military plans of our nation in Europe and the Pacific areas,” D’Alesandro said 72 years ago.
He added, “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 … remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations.”
Pelosi has declined to comment so far. But the actor James Woods, arguably the leading conservative voice in Hollywood, had a retort, tweeting “#Awkward.”
Baltimore’s City Council ordered the statue removed in 2017. Still, all of us should look forward to Pelosi disavowing and disowning her father when Cancel Culture comes for him.
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