“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….”
So begins the Declaration of Independence, and one of my favorite documents. It ought to be familiar to every American but I fear few have read it and fewer still have studied it.
The last five years we have seen monuments being taken down. When this first started it was all monuments involving the Confederacy but I said at the time these enemies of liberty would not stop there.
Few believed me.
But here we are.
Monuments to men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other heroes from the Revolutionary War era have been destroyed as well as monuments to men like Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, and other heroes of the Confederate States of America.
Monuments don’t threaten tyrants, or mobs. Monuments are stone and marble. So why the big deal? The threat is what these monuments represent and what people are reminded of when they see these great monuments from the past. Men like Washington, Lee, Jackson and others inspire.
Each of these men – the Patriots of 1776. and the so-called Rebels of 1860s were living out the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. They were fighting tyranny. Dictators hate that and will do anything in their power to discredit, or even erase these men from history.
The good people of this country made the mistake of sending their kids to government run schools where there has been a great centralization and Marxist takeover in curriculum. Now, not only is Nathan Forrest, Robert Lee, and Stonewall Jackson made to be seen as villains but so is George Washington, and the whole of the founding generation.
In fact, historical ignorance explains why the mobs are outraged at Confederate and Union monuments. Watch them as they ignorantly destroy the monuments to the slave owner and abolitionist too. It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious.
We’ll see where this all leads. But even if all the monuments get taken down, I refuse to forget and I will continue to teach the truth of who these men were. They were not evil men, but they were heroes. May God raise up more men like them to lead this generation.