It is hardly surprising that State Senator Ellis would be pandering to the current Perception Control (PC) campaign to bury the memory of the Civil War. This is the same Senator Ellis who introduced several anti-gun bills in the last Legislative session. To be anti-gun in Texas is to be anti-Texan, and Senator Ellis is following that same anti-Texan perspective in his bid to rid the Lone Star State of its historical monuments to their past.
New flash to Senator Ellis: The Civil War occurred. It really did, Senator! And you can’t hide that fact by destroying the monuments erected to the brave men who fought in that war. The Civil War was a time that tried the soul of America and defined its path for the future. It was a time when fortunes and lives were sacrificed for ideals. And it was a time when ordinary men displayed extraordinary courage.
We must not bury that struggle and the results of that struggle from future generations in order to impel current political objectives. And we demean ourselves if we demean the heroism of men who gave all in that struggle by destroying the monuments to their memory. In doing so, we lower ourselves to the depths of Islam, which destroys everything with which it does not agree.
Yes, the Civil War was fought over ideas that were prevalent in the 1860s that are no longer prevalent in America today. But that’s the point of history – to make sure that you know that those ideas once existed in America and that they were challenged and changed by the Civil War. It’s important to know that because those same ideas are very prevalent in other parts of the world today. And those ideas represent a far greater threat to the American way of life than a statue of Albert Sidney Johnson!
We must never suppress history. History, in the final analysis, is the totality of our knowledge. Everything we know has already happened. Without history, we know nothing – and we have no compass to guide us into the future. It is extremely important that we be aware of our history not only to better understand ourselves, but to prevent our making the same mistakes over and over. To try to cover up our past is historical revisionism a la Winston Smith’s Ministry of Truth.
History was not written to support your current Perception Control (PC) fantasies, Senator Ellis. It was written to instruct. It was written to educate us in the successes and failures of our past. It was written to guide us to new successes and to keep us from repeating and re-repeating the same failures. Hiding our past away in a museum is equivalent to holocaust denial.
We know why Muslims want to deny the holocaust – so you won’t remember the last one and stop them from doing it again.
Why, Senator Ellis, do you want to deny the Civil War?