how’s your Hope comin’ along…

Is this what we’re down to?

The government removes History in the dead of night because it fears The People.

Crews removed [four*] Baltimore’s Confederate statues early Wednesday

“There’s enough grandstanding, speeches being made. Get it done,” [Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D)] recalled thinking as they were removed. “With the climate of this nation, I think it’s very important we move very quickly and quietly.”

…she defended skipping those steps as necessary for keeping the community safe.

…She didn’t have an estimate for how much the statue removal would cost taxpayers.

Perhaps if the Mayor had declared that any Political Violence from any Individual would be met with police response, arrest, and conviction, she could have avoided serving The People with a nice, steaming, expensive cuppa STFU.

But, apparently, public demonstrations of …well, anything are now limited to those who are willing and able to commit Political Violence. The rest of us — the vast majority — have too much sense and too much to lose to risk that kind of street brawling.

There’s a Change.

*Confederate Women of Maryland
Jackson-Lee Monument [Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson]
Roger B. Taney, the former chief justice who authored the Dred Scott decision

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  1. DougM (flawed chap)
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 11:06 am |

    It ain’t about the friggin’ graven images, Mayor!

    All symbols of Western Civilization are at risk:.
    University names and building names, school names, sports team names/mascots, a 9-11 memorial site.
    HOAs have banned US flags due to a “complaint.”
    What’ll you do when the Icommieclasts™ demand that all American flags be removed from gov’t and public spaces?

    To them, the US-Mexico fence (or even the border) is also a symbol of oppression.

    Any statue having anything remotely to do with slavery is at risk.
    Are Washington and Jefferson next?
    Can’t wait until they take-up the Indian Wars thing.
    Buh-bye Andy Jackson statues.

    Kripes, these lunatics even defaced the Lincoln Memorial the other day. Frikkin’ Lincoln !
    I mean, geeze, up ’til now, they’ve just been trashing statues of Democrats.

    These people aren’t so much trying to erase history but to reflect the erased history they were taught.
    (see also: Memory Hole)

    (What? Yeah, can’t wait to hear how they address the FDR and MLK statues.)
    (What? Nah, the Statue of Liberty is safe, it’s a woman and pro-immigration.)

    Officials should be called on their blatant, immoral cowardice.
    Officials do not have the authority to condemn us to repeating historical errors by destroying the symbols of historical heroes and villains. They are our memories, our lessons, good and bad.

  2. DougM (flawed chap)
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm |

    Well, there is some good news
    as well as some inane jackassery.

  3. Posted August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm |

    Nathan Bedford Forrest was not the founder of the KKK. The founders came to him after the war and asked him to be the head of the organization. Within a relatively short time (year or so) he resigned because he did not like the violent direction this new organization was taking. BTW, if there was ever a Haint that I wouldn’t want to mess with, it would be Forrest.

  4. Scott
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm |

    Anyone remember mayor Daley removing Meigs Field?


    Also happened in the dark of night…

  5. OldFert
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm |

    Doing things surreptitiously under cover of nightfall is traditional in Baltimore, if I remember correctly…
    Isn’t that how the Colts covertly departed in ’83 or so?

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm |

    Will any remember that Lincoln wanted to send the slaves back to Africa?

    Will any remember that the KKK was a Democrat outfit?

    Will any lobby riot to take rip the name of a KKK Grand Poobah off the 56 buildings and such in WV?

  7. JimO
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 4:21 am |

    When do the statues of Martin Luther King come down as he should be considered a homophobe due to his stand against gay marriage? When will the left drop Nelson Mandellla as a hero as he should be considered a racist due to his strong support of voter ID?

  8. Yarbouti
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 4:39 am |

    Is it the general consensus, then, that the statues are the central point of what happened in Charlottesville?

    It seems (I could well be wrong about that, of course) that Confederate monuments had not, until recently, been rallying points for neo-Nazis and people who carry the Stars and Bars around outside reenactments, presumably endorsing the ideas it stood for.

    Since the Nazis appear to have come out from under the bed (one does wonder why…) the removal of potential shrines where they might gather and provoke retaliatory violence is a reasonable thing for a mayor to consider.

    History is indeed not about the graven images. I can think of quite a few toppled statues around the world that went unmourned by most champions of Clio.

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 7:05 am |

    Since the Nazis appear to have come out from under the bed (one does wonder why…)

    One does. The only thing I can discern is that they were invited out by over a year’s worth of unopposed BLM/BAMN/ Anteeefa street brawling. That says to any group that times have changed and Political Violence is now okie-dokie. well… at least accepted and unchallenged.

    the removal of potential shrines where they might gather and provoke retaliatory violence is a reasonable thing for a mayor to consider.

    Not so sure that’s a useful tactic. “oh, they took down our statue so we won’t show up” — not so likely. Groups intent on street riots will rally around a random fountain or an open space. Seems like it might be more inflammatory to go around removing things some groups value than not to.