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You Need To See What Gen. Kelly Said About Confederate Statues

by Bradley Matthews

Gen. Kelly has weighed in on the side of common sense in the debate over Confederate statues! In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s TV show, Kelly said “Well, history’s history. I think we make a mistake, though, and as a society, and certainly as individuals, when we take what is today accepted as right and wrong and go back 100, 200, 300 years or more and say, ‘What Christopher Columbus did was wrong.’

You know, 500 years later, it’s inconceivable to me that you would take what we think now and apply it back then. I think it’s just very, very dangerous. I think it shows you just how much of a lack of appreciation of history and what history is.”

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  1. Ron Arrington

    No brained

    Statue = Honor

    Who do you honor?

    November 9, 2017,12:21 am

  2. Shelly


    Lee could have been outstanding in many ways but when you fight FOR slavery – that should not be honored. Replacing the statue with an informative plaque will suffice.

    Morally corrupt or morally wrong leaders should never have statues. That does not mean they are erased from history!
    Yes let’s discuss those people factually and you secretly love and worship Lee in your own homes- if you are racist. Put him next to your Hitler and Sadaam statue. Do put pictures up of family members who have horribly wronged another family member?
    Not hard to do the right thing here. To most white people Slavery is just something that happened in History but if you truly study Black History in the United Stated and truly understand it you would have nothing but compassion and complete understanding for what Blacks went through to current day. It time to land on the right side of that moral issue and take down any statue honoring people who fought to keep slavery.

    Not rocket science here.

    November 3, 2017,4:47 pm

  3. Dr Gerald Hoffmyer

    Clarification, we don’t honor those who fought for slavery as most were racists to some extent or another in that period.

    November 2, 2017,6:44 pm

  4. Dr Gerald Hoffmyer

    You can be a gentleman, you can be honest, you can be a good strategist- if you don’t have morals it is all for not.

    I agree, a statue is an honor. We don’t honor racists.

    This is not hard.

    November 2, 2017,6:41 pm

  5. Mercedes Waggoner

    Another observation … To fill in others idea that statues are historic mementos … until recent millenniums they were larger than life visualizations of participants not captured by recent technology. As for Corporal Hitler, he was not an American, only a few of us carry his DNA and he had a far more than fair share of photo and video coverage … His Olympic humiliation in ’36 by our unbelievable track champion Jesse Owens was one of the 20th Century’s best recorded events.

    November 2, 2017,5:50 pm

  6. Ty James Holmberg

    And this is why Christopher Columbus Day is controversial. Let’s remember history. But let’s also be respectful of how honoring someone with a statue makes someone feel when their ancestors were property, beaten , killed and not allowed to have family. That was a dark time and the plight of the Black person was horrific as they clawed their way to civil rights. Hence- black lives matter….because for hundreds of years they did not.

    No one would want a statue of Hitler or even Stalin who killed millions – they caused largescale genocide. A leader can be strong, educated, strategic and well read and be on the wrong side of morality. Being on the wrong side of morality negates a statue. Put up an educational photo and descriptive plaque . The plaque can state his talent but it must also state the Confederate was morally wrong to fight for slavery.

    Let’s do both, let’s keep history accurate and honor true hero’s – let’s not honor the wrong people.

    November 2, 2017,1:42 pm

  7. Samantha Blantyre

    The point is Lee was on the Wrong side of morality. The Confederate Side was in the wrong- slavery was mortally WRONG. We don’t honor the leaders on the wrong side- we can acknowledge their strength as a leader or person but we do not honor. Statues honor. Let’s remember with objective facts, but no statues .

    Tracy your auto correct spelled statute not statue.

    If we keep statues like Lee we need to ensure the wording acknowledges somehow he fought for the wrong side at that time in history.

    Morally corrupt leaders don’t need or deserve statues – even IF they were effective leaders – it’s what it symbolizes. Let’s not honor the wrong side, let’s remember- just remember and learn.

    November 2, 2017,3:04 am

  8. Tracy Layton

    Every country has a history of events and people that were and are not represented of current times and values.

    Let’s not erase history.

    However, is s statue really appropriate? A Statute is an honor. Should Germany have or keep a statue of Hitler?

    Let’s keep historical facts front and center by let’s put them in the appropriate place morally.

    A statute is an honor, some historical figures should not have that type of remembrance.

    There lies the problem- should Lee be honored? I say no. Good “leader “ or not, he was on the wrong moral side.

    Use common sense AND don’t forget historical facts . We can do both A plaque describing Lee at a famous battle at a battle site is fine. But a statute ? Nah. Let’s not honor people who fought to keep human beings as slaves. We are just better than that.

    Hitler was a influential Leader look how he got millions to follow- he was just on the WRONG side of morality- no statute needed there either,

    So let’s review
    Obie won Konibe? Yes Statute
    Darth Vador? No
    Yoda? Yes
    Darth Mal ? No

    November 2, 2017,12:31 am

  9. Roberson

    Thank you so much for commenting, it is lovely and really makes my day! the impossible game

    November 1, 2017,11:12 pm

  10. Mercedes Waggoner

    The Confederacy’s heroes were also Americans in a war where brother fought brother because of their personal commitment to their differing belief in a state’s right to secede from the Union over slavery. A brutal bloody war with too many souls lost on both sides. Slaves were people of color, lighter than me. Some were some ‘freemen’ on both sides.

    People of color also fought on both sides but why for the Confederacy? My studies found many slave owners held slaves as an economic necessity and some; unlike others, housed, fed and cared for their ‘extended’ family of workers … having said that, slavery is never like freedom … even to the almighty dollar … like some jobs.

    November 1, 2017,7:43 pm

  11. James Hennighan

    Bravo General Kelly…!

    General Lee was both a gentleman and a fine military strategist, although like many military leaders throughout history he made mistakes. Any proper and objective reading of his record shows that he readily acknowledged these, when they occurred.

    Above all, General Lee was an individual of the highest personal integrity. He valued the men and women of the Confederacy and held in high regard those on the Union side who opposed him.

    Attempts to remove statues and memorials commemorating General Lee and the Confederacy do us all, including future generations, a disservice. One does not change history by seeking to remove those features in society that commemorate and remind us of historical facts.

    The Agit-Prop, Black Lives Matter, Social Media Groupies, plus their fellow travellers……..AND……….those others, these days, all too readily and easily queuing up to find something to be offended at, are as guilty of the revision of history as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was in the decades it was in power.

    …….and my, my, didn’t we rightly condemn their regimes for such actions..!

    James Hennighan
    Yorkshire, England

    November 1, 2017,7:27 am

  12. Allen Evans

    General Kelly was ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Naturally, the Liberals will explode over this fact but then THEY never bother researching the REAL TRUTH of an event or of a person. Even before the War of Northern Invasion into the South, Lee had freed the few slaves he had working his farm and was not for slavery, he was for his home Commonwealth, Virginia.

    October 31, 2017,9:54 pm

  13. Karl Burkhalter

    Lee was far more honest and forthright than his modern day critics. Even by our standards he was true gentleman, supporting black education before during and after war. Black people loved him and called him Marse Robert out of genuine affection..

    October 31, 2017,7:14 pm

  14. Suzanne Wood

    General Kelly gives credence to what I’ve been saying over and over. Statues and other memorabilia that tell of days gone by are a part of our great American history. You can’t tear the statues down or erase the memorabilia just because it doesn’t fit into today’s world or you don’t like what it represents. History is history. While you may not like what certain statues and memorabilia represent, they play an important part in reminding of us of another time and the events that were going on then.

    October 31, 2017,4:26 pm

  15. James Higginbotham

    i will back the good general.
    he is right.

    October 31, 2017,4:13 pm

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