VITAL QUESTIONS ON THE BANNING OF AMERICAN HISTORIC SYMBOLS AND MEMORIAL MONUMENTS FROM PUBLIC PLACES

INTOLERANCE AND HATE
HAVE NO BOUNDS.

EXTREMISM AND IGNORANCE
HAVE NO LIMITS.

{Adopted by the Florida Democratic League, Friday, May 5, 2017}

Lee, Robert E. Dallas, TX

MEMORIAL MONUMENT TO GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE IN DALLAS, TEXAS

WHEN MISGUIDED EXTREMISTS push us, as a people, to go along with the un-American banning and desecration of historic national symbols and memorial monuments, the Florida Democratic League, our state’s leading minority-led, Democratic voters’ civil rights and social justice advocacy organization, believes it’s time to publicly call out these extremists and demand forthright, honest answers to critical questions on this important issue.

>> VITAL QUESTIONS DEMAND HONEST ANSWERS

FIRST, how are banning and desecrating our nation’s historic symbols and memorial monuments any different from book burnings, censoring speech, persecuting minorities, or outlawing political, religious or philosophical ideas or symbols?

SECOND, how will banning and desecrating our nation’s historic symbols and memorial monuments promote ethnic or racial tolerance, goodwill, and understanding?

THIRD, what right does anyone have to ban from our public spaces historic national symbols and memorial monuments representing political, philosophical or religious views they hate or dislike?

FOURTH, how are banning and desecrating our nation’s historic symbols and memorial monuments not ignorant, hate-filled acts of bigotry, intolerance, and violence against our democratic principles, constitutional freedoms, and our historical past as a nation?

FIFTH, regardless of why a historic memorial monument was erected by prior American generations, shouldn’t respect for those Americans, their lives and contributions, their civil rights and dignity demand respect for their historic symbols and memorial monuments as well?

SIXTH, how are our nation’s freedoms, civil rights and civic values upheld or strengthened by banning or desecrating our nation’s historic symbols and memorial monuments?

FINALLY, if the extremists pushing this ban had any respect for themselves, democracy and the Rule of Law, why don’t they put the issue to a vote of the people?

What isn’t clear about the fact that banning and desecrating our historic national symbols and memorial monuments is, at best, misguided extremism and, at worse, the naked abuse of political power and totalitarian misuse of government violence and force?

Doesn’t true love of country impose on us the duty to remember and respect the fact that all Americans, regardless of what side of the Civil War they were on, sacrificed, with courage and patriotism, to defend and uphold values and principles they believed, in good conscience, were true and worth fighting and dying for?

>> WHAT IS REALLY AT STAKE HERE?

Isn’t it a sad spectacle for New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu to attempt to justify tearing down his City’s historical memorial monuments by arrogantly condemning fellow Americans defeated in the Civil War for falling “on the wrong side of history”? Would Landrieu ever have expressed the same opinion had the Confederates won? What does which side of history our fellow Americans landed in, have to do with respect for their rights, their dignity or their roots?

Renowned Russian intellectual, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, imprisoned and tortured by the totalitarian Soviet regime and praised everywhere as the great “Conscience of the West,” once wrote that “to destroy a people you must first sever them from their roots.” How does Mayor Landrieu’s ban differ from the destructive severing of roots Solzhenitsyn warned about?

Isn’t American history replete with instances of U.S. government crimes, injustices and corruption that are both painful and shameful to most, if not all, fair-minded, patriotic Americans? Will we ban the American flag? Why not take this issue to its logical conclusion, Mr. Landrieu? Are you ready to ban all historic national symbols, memorial monuments and public references of all former slave-owning Americans, our Founding Fathers included? And, while you are at it, would you agree to ban all former slave-holding states from the Union as well?

Stop the divisive demagoguery! Stop the hateful theatrics! Stop the ignorant, destructive attacks on American national symbols and memorial monuments!

Respect Historic Symbols and Monuments.
Respect Freedom. Respect America.

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