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August 17, 2017

Lessons from Capitulations

Harry M. Covert

It is amazing how fast the politicians on federal, state and local scales capitulate. Now these actions of the past few days aren't the result of hungry people, growing military warfare, fixing roadways, airport runways or better schools.


The surrender en masse is nothing short of getting votes. The politicians in all quarters have sold their souls.


The American society is undergoing a stark change in ideas.


I reiterate comments in a previous column, personal hating and animus toward others of any sort is obscene and w-r-o-n-g. That's not hard to say or think. Honestly I don't know of any school classroom that teaches or instructs hatred. Maybe there are, but not in all of my days have I found such academic foolishness.


The Charlottesville rioting has been all the rage, as it should be. Tragic and for no reason with the exception of ignorance and hostility. No genius is required to know what happened in Thomas Jefferson's town.


President Donald Trump wasn't the reason or cause of the fighting despite that politicians of all sides were quick to blame him – the whipping boy. Charlottesville vice mayor jumped on Mr. Trump with all kinds of vitriol. On Wednesday the vice mayor had to resign his leadership role and was suspended as a high school teacher. Why? He was the author of social media stories of his hate of women, nasty words of the president plus vulgarity too profane to list. His racist comments are appalling.


Since the fateful weekend so-called offended protesters have been destroying publicly-owned statues of Robert E. Lee, defaced the Lincoln Memorial with red paint and Baltimore's mayor had the city's Lee statue and other Confederate memorials removed in the darkness after midnight.


Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan, who is up for re-election, flip-flopped and says the statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney must be taken away from the capitol grounds.


It must be emphasized that General Lee never wanted his presence to be displayed as a statue all over. He said, according to historians, that only tombstones of confederate veterans be displayed.


Hopefully the civil unrest of the late Sixties won't rear its ugliness anytime soon. There are many more important things that need to be fixed than spend time and public funds to tear down memorials or rename public streets. History is history.


This entire matter must be controlled and handled without bloodshed, injuries and more destroyed feelings.


To be straight, too many people in public office, media profiteers, and others want to take advantage of the protest convocations. Shame on them all.


There is no need for historic fights akin the Hatfields and McCoys, or a rerun of the War Between the States.


Unless leaders figure a way to solve the current problem, society as we know it will be subject to more terrorism, local criminal actions and the invaders won't be uniformed in Blue and Gray marching to the Battle Hymn of the Republic or Dixie.


Have the words to The Star Spangled Banner been forgotten?


Think about it.


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