Tackling the Statue Issue

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 August 25, 2017|
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In my youth, I played football at Catholic Central High School. I played both the offensive and defensive line.  As a defensive lineman, the goal was to search, destroy, and sack the quarterback; as an offensive lineman, the goal was to be bloodied and battered so the quarterback could garner laurels and girls.  Now, as then, it remains more fun to sack than to protect.

Just ask the Left who, with all the selective outrage and deft intellectual subtlety of Robespierre on a burgundy bender, have turned American public squares into Paris in the Terror.  Ironically, given the impassioned grievances proffered to defend their claim that “mobocracy in the pursuit of statuary is no vice,” they sure seem to be enjoying themselves as they chant and chisel.

Conservatives, not so much.  Like offensive lineman, the Right lines up to protect history and tradition and gets bloodied and battered by the onrushing mob of Leftists sacking statues with an efficiency that would make Alaric envious.  Though aware a definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same action in the same circumstances and expecting a different result, conservatives persist in their Sisyphean task of defending Western Civilization from itself.  Where’s the fun in that?

This predictable and stolid defense of “the permanent things” by conservatives is not entirely surprising, even if it is unimaginative.  After all, a “conservative” Congress has shown a decided disinclination to dismantle Obama Care—let alone the administrative state; moreover, this generation of conservatives reveres a president so opposed to vandalism that he told Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”  Regardless of the reason, conservatives’ current position during the Left’s statue flap is aptly summarized by Iggy Pop:  “No fun to hang around feelin’ that same old way; no fun to hang around freaked out for another day.”

So, how should conservatives tackle the statue issue?

Some conservatives have sought to emulate the Left’s tactics by demanding statues of communists and those who supported this murderous pretext for human bondage to an omnipotent state be removed from public grounds.  While sympathetic to this argument and offended by these bronzed homages to Leftist butchers, I am equally content to know somewhere a bust of Lenin is having history’s verdict rendered upon him by pigeons and an occasional hobo.  

No, it is time conservatives remembered the best defense is a good offense.  It’s time to move the ball up the field and affirm the primacy of liberty by erecting monuments to champions of American and all human freedom.  (And, yes, fiscal hawks, the emphasis should be on privately funded statues in public places.)

Thus, while the Left retroactively rants for the purpose of dragging us back to Rousseau’s primitive state of nature, the Right should proactively celebrate those who’ve ensured our present and future pursuit of happiness in our free republic and world.   

The benefits of this approach are manifold.  If a monument exists to memorialize what is right about America and her sovereign citizens—such as the virtues inherent in faith, family, community, and country—let people see it by erecting statues to those who have truly and timelessly exemplified it.  For a constructive and, frankly, necessary change, conservatives should best the Left not by emulating destruction, but by initiating construction—of say, on a college campus a statue of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass shaking hands.  “Here comes my friend Douglass,” indeed.

Confounded, the Left would fumble about to fan faux outrage over this statute of two Republicans, and all other such testaments to humanity’s undying love of liberty.  Yet silently speaking louder than the mob can shout, these monuments would endure to inspire generations unborn.

Now that, my fellow conservatives, is how to have fun.

 

About the Author:

Thaddeus G. McCotter
The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, and author of Nain Rouge Blues.
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11 Comments

  1. St Reformed August 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    It’s inevitable, friends. The Liberal Fascists will soon target George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for slander and statuary dismemberment. The Jefferson Memorial will be rededicated as a Marxist Pantheon, to commemorate Marx, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Che and Maxine Waters.
    The Washington Monument to be renamed The (Bill) Clinton Monument—an imposing phallic symbol.

  2. NutherGuy August 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    What an excellent idea! But why not cause the Democrats heads to totally explode? Fund and erect statues of brilliant conservative black people in public places frequented by the left! A statue of Thomas Sowell in front of most schools of Economics, a statue of Ben Carson at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine …

    The individuals honored would have to be contemporary because nobody on the left has the least knowledge of anything that happened more than ten years ago.

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  3. USInfidelPorkEater August 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Nah! I think the way to end this idiocy is to use it as a bludgeoning tool. We should demand that all statues and monuments be removed from public. Including those of MLK,Jr. All schools & roads names of the prominent individuals should be changed, as well.

  4. I'm me August 25, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Just call them Zero Year fascists and have done with it. Play their label game on them. If enough people call them that enough times, the legacy media will have to report on it. And normals will have a name to call them as they discuss statues being removed while talking with their friends on FB.

  5. JamesDrouin August 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    “Tackling the Statue Issue”

    Well, forget about that until there’s a cure for the mental disease known as “liberalism”.

  6. conservative_302 August 26, 2017 at 4:01 am

    This childish mostly white antifa group is in the same class as the white supremists. News flash dumb heads, if you don’t see statues representative of your twisted view steal from your parents cookie jar money since you are probably jobless and living With Your Parents And Build New Ones.

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  7. ek ErilaR August 26, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I think it is better to realized that there is nothing holding the US together now but habit. The US has traveled the arc from revolutionary republic, to empire and finally to an oligarchy with democratic features. We’re in the same straights as the English were in 1640; the Austro-Hungarians and Ottomans in the 19th C. and the USSR in the 1990s. The page has been turned and the narrative that got the US from 1620 to now is no longer useful; the are far too many internal contradictions and no one believes it any more.

    We must start writing the next chapter of history by ourselves. I think the choices are that either we become real small “r” republicans and create a new cultural narrative and attempt to preserve a constitutional democratic republic under the old constitution or we acquiesce in the imposition of a totalitarian oligarchy of wealth and status.

  8. David Frisk August 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Mr. McCotter’s suggestion seems really naive.

    • D4x August 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      naïve, and, unsuccessful as humor.

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