- - Sunday, August 27, 2017


It is painfully clear from the events in Charlottesville and their aftermath that we are neither binding up the nation’s wounds nor doing all that we can to achieve a just and lasting peace. On the contrary, those who call for the removal of Confederate monuments reek of malice and hatred toward the defeated Confederacy and its leaders and heroes, and they are tearing open the wounds of the war. They are playing into the hands of white supremacists and neo-Nazis by giving them a just cause to support.

I was born in New York and served in the U.S. Army and Air Force. I am a Yankee, born and bred. But I am not a white supremacist or a neo-Nazi. Nor do I believe that the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee will improve the lives of blacks. Those who stir up malice and hatred toward the long-dead Confederacy are progressive demagogues who claim to be the champions of black Americans. But they have been wrecking the black family (and the white family) by subsidizing single mothers and creating an underclass of welfare-dependent Americans.

It is appalling to see supposedly sensible, moderate men such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, the CEOs who resigned from the president’s councils, and top military brass all being swept away by the vicious nonsense these demagogues have been spouting.

I did not vote for President Trump, and I am frequently critical of him. But I respect him for seeing that hatred of Lee and Confederate monuments is not going to make America great again.


Missoula, Mont.

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