We See Their Lies

Former Lee statue in Charlottesville.

by Phil Leigh

Confederate Heritage defenders see the truth. Statue destruction is not about a racial reckoning promoted by justice-seeking blacks and their awakened white allies among the social elite. It is all about Southern cultural genocide.

Consider the recent vote by Charlottesville City Council to donate an equestrian bronze statue of Robert E. Lee to a black group that will melt it down to create a new “racial reckoning” sculpture. By giving the statue away, the city is probably foregoing over a million dollars that it could have received by putting the statue up for auction. A similar statue in Dallas was sold for $1.4 million.

By forfeiting such funds, councilmen are deliberately trying to anger anyone who wishes to honor the memory of General Lee. Foregoing the auction opportunity is merely another form of looting taxpayers like the looting in the summer of 2020 or the flash looting more recently on the West Coast. Given the civic responsibilities of the councilors, their looting is even more immoral than that of the thugs I saw going from store-to-store on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue last year.
Charlottesville’s councilmen are a part of the awakened elite. They are each the heroes of their own movie. The dominance of Identity Victimhood has given them enough power to arrogantly believe the public cannot see the truth. But we can and we do. Jussie Smollet exemplifies the same arrogance. He felt he could use Identity Victimology to get away with lying about his two-year-old hoaxed hate crime in Chicago . . . so-called Maga Country! In his movie he is forever the victim. Even after being convicted of five felonies, he believes that racial reckoning and Identity Politics will enable him to put together an acting performance that will fool everybody. Instead, the jury saw the reality that he denies.

Similarly, White history professors and authors who originally suggested that artistic Confederate statues, like those of Lee in Richmond and Charlottesville, might remain standing but augmented with “contextual plaques” have failed to object to the melting down of Lee’s Charlottesville statue. Even though their hypocrisy is as conspicuous as cow patties on a snowbank, they don’t think we can see it. They think if their lying is not printed in The Washington Post or New York Times, nobody will see it. But we do see it.

When Washington and Lee University removes the General’s name from Lee Chapel and silences free speech within the student body, the faculty and administration don’t think that the alumni can see that the goal is to strip out the Lee name completely. But the graduates do indeed see the goal. Similarly, Virginia governor Ralph Northam doesn’t think that voters can see his attack on VMI traditions is merely an attempt to cover up his use of racist costumes at a medical school frat party. But they can. Like Smollet, the deluded Northam needs a mirror.

Virginia’s November vote replacing Northam with a Republican governor signifies that Identity Victimhood is increasingly seen as phony. I see what you see, and we see the truth. Smollet’s conviction shows that ordinary citizens are not being fooled.

This column has been republished with permission from Phil Leigh’s Civil War Chat blog.

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24 responses to “We See Their Lies”

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      Thought I’d beat Nancy to one.

      I am truly sick of this. The political winds of the day put up the statues, and the political winds of the day have them now coming down. For politicians to bow to the political wind is not news. If you think our next Governor is going to put them back, dream on. These are — and should be — local decisions. You are free to disagree. The legislature controlled the Lee statue in Richmond and ordered it down, with a court’s approval. Sorry it keeps you up at night.

      Yes, they are going after everybody else next but then I’ll be right there in line with you calling them Taliban. But I can’t defend honoring people who killed some of their fellow Americans to keep others in slavery. An abomination unto God. From the start I’ve been comfortable with local governing bodies deciding (but NOT with vandalism.) I’m also fine with the counties that put it to a vote and are keeping the statue there.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Agreed… (and thanks for that ear worm!!)

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        It’d take a really strong wind to put one back up, and I don’t believe anyone could survive an EF10.

        BTW, you were advantaged. Had an appointment.

        1. Jim Loving Avatar

          Yeah, me too, I was stuck on Hitler autobahn after landing at the Frankfurt Hitler airport…. oh wait.

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Uh yep, but there are no roadside historical markers, now are there?

      3. Good choice of songs.

        Here is a comment about “Southern Man” from Neil Young’s 2012 Autobiography “Waging Peace”: “I don’t like my words when I listen to it. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue.

      4. Donald Smith Avatar
        Donald Smith

        Well, if you’re sick of this, then I’d get a prescription for some medicine. A bunch of us are not dropping this subject. No one is deliberately trying to make you sick. But, we’re not going to stop. Lots of important issues are involved here.

    2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      An appropriate rebuttal.
      Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
      Well, I heard ol’ Neil put her down
      Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
      A southern man don’t need him around anyhow

      Sweet home Virginia! Mr. Haner!

      1. Donald Smith Avatar
        Donald Smith

        Well said. I’m surprised by how many Virginians seem to crave the approval of snobs from the Northeast. It’s as if they want to be a colony of New Jersey.

  1. DJRippert Avatar

    Had Charlottesville or Richmond memorialized the Civil War I’d be a lot more understanding. But they didn’t. They memorialized the Confederacy. A one sided tribute to the rebels who, arguably at least, were treasonous.

    Steve H is right. This should be a local decision.

    However, Phil Leigh also has a point in that giving up $1+m through an auction of the statue was fiscally irresponsible.

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      Yet…..but the political move to keep the crowd in the room quiet. What Leigh and the others need to understand is their screams of pain and complaint have the Mob motivated. Giving him a bad time and putting all Republicans in a political box is now a big reason for all this, the Left wants the division and resentment because they come out ahead on this one. As I recall, the Lee chapel and the mausoleum are still there, right? The board didn’t change the name? Tiptoe forward….shhhhhh.

  2. tmtfairfax Avatar

    Who cares whether or not Charlottesville melts down a statue? This is not part of the historical remembrance at a battlefield, a marker at a cemetery or a museum piece.

    And I agree with Steve that there is a big difference between an elected body making a decision to remove an object from a government-controlled park and vandalism.

    How bright are the council members for possibly giving up a $1 M plus is debatable.

    1. Packer Fan Avatar

      I think six (?) City Managers in three years tells us how bright the Charlottesville City Council is. And how bright those six city managers are! And it’s not just the top administrators who are leaving in bunches.

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        Being more dysfunctional than Richmond takes work!

        1. Not having a publicly elected Mayor is the root of the problem; more like a Politburo than anything else, but that’s their choice.

      2. Charlottesville City Council is a sh!t show inside a dumpster fire in the basement of an asylum for bipolar clowns.

        1. John Harvie Avatar
          John Harvie

          Love that phraseology!

  3. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    Charlottesville has every right to do this. It is their statue. But, it is a shameful action. It is deliberate disrespect to a great Virginia and American hero. A petty action by people of weak character.

    Charlottesville not only deserves to be shamed and pilloried for it—it needs to be. Otherwise, people might conclude that no one cares about our state’s heritage and culture, and acting honorably.

    For those who dismiss Confederates as simply rebels, ask yourself—-if you’d been a Virginia resident in 1861, having been raised with the attitudes and beliefs prevalent at the time, what would YOU have done? Moved North?

    Judging people from the past by today’s standards really isn’t fair.

    1. Donald Smith Avatar
      Donald Smith

      And, if someone really needs a Lee statue, I can think of two that aren’t being used right now: the one that was in the U.S. Capitol, and the one that was in the Virginia State Capitol. I don’t think we have a shortage of Lee statues in Virginia. So, if the dorkwads of Charlottesville think that melting the statue down will make them feel like actual men and women…then I’ll bet that Lee, if he were here now, would take pity on them and tell them to go ahead and melt down his statue.

      Of course, the mortals in the General Assembly are free to conclude that Charlottesville must have money to burn, and adjust state appropriations for the city accordingly.

    2. General Lee took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and instead he took up arms against it. He wanted to destroy the country to keep people enslaved. He may have sincerely believed that it was the right thing to do but that does not mean that he should be memorialized for it.

      1. YellowstoneBound1948 Avatar

        The South wanted to leave the Union, not overthrow the government. Do you see the difference? Lee looked at the Union as a compact of states that formed a federation. When it was no longer beneficial to Virginia to be a member of that federation, Virginia left, but not before Lincoln ordered the militia to march through Virginia to wage war on Americans.

        This is the way it was taught at West Point. Texts from that era support that view.

        The idea that Lee wanted to “keep people enslaved” is absurd. When did he want to do that? When he was dodging cannon fire in Mexico? When he was commanding the U.S. Second Cavalry in Southwest Texas? When he was Superintendent at West Point? When he was serving as executor of his father-in-law’s estate and had responsibility for freeing hundreds of slaves, one at a time?

        Here’s a suggestion: I recommend that everyone here who despises the Confederacy read Senator John C. Calhoun’s last speech to the Congress. (He was so sick that it had to be read by Senator Mason.) John C. Calhoun???? You’ve got to be kidding!!! Just read it.

  4. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    If you approve of the statue melting, you are either woefully or willfully ignorant.
    If woefully ignorant, maybe you will end up in a better circle of Hell.
    If you are willfully ignorant, blithely pretending the destroyers will leave you alone, and it is OK to melt the Lee statue because of slavery, you are a pathetic, relativistic, judgmental coward.
    The Civil War was much more complicated than slavery. And the destroyers don’t care one whit about erasing Confederate history, they want to erase Western Civilization and establish their Marxist Utopia, come Hell or high water. Somehow statues stood for over 100 years…and people survived! Why, my last semester at UVA Law it was named Withers Hall. Oh, the horror!
    All the people casting aspersions at Robert E. Lee are pretenders, not qualified to sniff his jock. (And I do not claim moral equivalence to judge him either. I just know I would compare unfavorably.) He graduated West Point without a demerit. He was 2nd in his class. He was a great leader. The Union soldiers and leaders admired him. He had more honor and dignity in his pinky than all of you modern day kangaroo court judges combined. He acted to restore the union after the war.
    I have ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. I have a number of ancestors who fought the British in the American Revolution. In searching all of the lines, I conspicuously find a number of them from that time period who do not appear to have Revolutionary War service. You mean…the people of that time period, who were on different sides, …married…and had kids…and lived amongst each other…and didn’t hate each other? What percentage of me is required to hate what percentage of me?
    All people sin.
    Slavery is evil.
    Abortion is evil.
    Medical experimentation on unwilling subjects is evil.
    A doctor performing transgender surgery is evil.
    Pedophilia (homo and hetero) is evil.
    Encouraging homosexuality is evil.
    Spending trillions of dollars we don’t have and burying our descendants in debt is evil.
    Lying is evil.
    Cowardice in the face of evil is evil.
    Crying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace so you will be accepted at CCV or other polite society is not doing your duty to yourself, your family and God.
    And I am not sorry if I have offended you. Faithful are the wounds of a friend…

    1. YellowstoneBound1948 Avatar

      The Left knows that the North had been “talking down” to the South for decades, and finally the South had had enough. That is going on now all across the nation and especially in the Congress.

      It was only last year that New York’s Cooper Union removed the busts of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee from its Hall of Great Americans. Would these two men have EVER been elected by this bastion of liberalism had they been associated with slavery? No, of course not. But now they are scared. Everyone is, so great is the “need” to be “right” on this issue.

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