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PostConfederate Monuments Removed at U Texas, Austin (Anthony J Candil, USA, 08/23/17 3:50 am)
No surprises here. After all, what is happening at the University of Texas is happening across the nation. The removal of Confederate statues was due to happen at any time.
In my view this is sad, because it is just history but it looks as though others don't see it as such.
Nevertheless, the statues will be moved to the Briscoe Center, within the University, as a tribute to history. It is a wise decision.
The statues were removed at night and without warning to avoid disruption and turmoil.
In the meanwhile nobody has stopped at what is written in stone at the Littlefield Fountain Memorial:
"To the men and women of the Confederacy, who fought with valor and suffered with fortitude that states' rights be maintained and who, not dismayed by defeat nor discouraged by misrule, builded from the ruins of a devastating war a greater South and to the men and women of the nation who gave of their possessions and of their lives [so] that free government be made secure to the peoples of the earth this memorial is dedicated."
What about this? Should it be removed as well?
Have we stopped at thinking that in 1860 there were no provisions at all within the Constitution for any state wanting to secede from the Union?
And beyond that, does anyone recall the inaugural speech of President-elect Lincoln on March 4, 1861?
"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
"In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect, and defend it.'
"I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
I confess that all these words are making me think all the time. What are we doing, here, today, in the year of the Lord, 2017?
JE comments: The University's president, Greg Fenves, said that the monuments had become symbols of "modern white supremacy and Neo-Nazism." Their hurried and clandestine removal prevented any informed discussion, but it was probably the best way to prevent UT from turning into another Charlottesville.