A warning from George Orwell on the ‘monument wars’

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

In the new Civil War, I’m with George — as in George Washington. It’s one thing to start dismantling monuments of Civil War generals. It would be another to go after the most famous founding father.

Washington’s name was raised Tuesday by President Trump. He wheeled on reporters and tried — yet again — to suggest an equivalence between the alt-right and alt-left at Charlottesville.
Trump was getting his head handed to him when he noted that there were people there “to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue.”

The president was referring to Robert E. Lee, hero of the Confederacy. Charlottesville had long since made its decision to remove its statue of Lee. It acted through its city council, the democratic way.

On Monday, though, protesters in Durham, N.C., took matters into their own hands. They slung a rope around the neck of the statue of a Confederate soldier and pulled it down.

“So will George Washington now lose his status?” the president asked on Tuesday. “Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?”

It’s a good question — no doubt the question for many Americans. It’s not that the alt-left has already got its noose around statues of Washington, but the leftist-outrage industry does move fast.

Even in New York.

Mayor de Blasio tweeted Wednesday, “New York City will conduct a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property.”

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