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One can’t live in Richmond Virginia and not understand the historic relevance of this city, particularly its past notoriety associated with it being the Capitol of the Confederacy during a painful and sad chapter of American history. Tens of thousands from all across the nation visit the Richmond area each year , some out of curiosity for the historical element, some have a fascination with the Civil War and all it represented during that time  The greater Richmond area is surrounded by reminders of Richmond’s role and the various markers and monuments stretching along the routes that the wars path took .

On an economic basis alone these visitors pour tens of millions into the local economy, hospitality interests alone will be seriously harmed, jobs will be lost and Richmond will be denied the benefits of those that visit regardless as to the reason why. It befuddles me as to why this element of the discussion doesn’t seem to warrant the consideration it rightly deserves. It is not going to impact a banker or a stock broker, but the people employed in these industries mentioned that will be harmed by this effort to remove these monuments and statues. I know of no one who will gloat over a “ moral victory” when they can’t pay their rent or feed their families. I just wish this would be taken into account by these moral preeners who seem to have failed in understanding an old economic adage “to every action there is a reaction”.

There is however another very important element to this issue that is also being overlooked, particularly by the folks who are determined to erase a chapter of American history.

Instead of seeing the Statues and Monuments in a negative light, and I understand why some do, perhaps another point of view might be considered.

I look at these statues and monuments as a testament to America’s ultimate victory of right over wrong, of justice prevailing over evil. It may have taken a very bloody and horrible war to finally correct what is a national stain on our otherwise proud history, but when it was over our national course was corrected, America did the right thing. I also am not ignoring it would be another 100 or more years until laws were instituted to correct the lingering effects of Jim Crow, but I acknowledge proudly that in time the U.S made good on its promise that  “ all men are created equal”   .

Taking these statues down does not erase what happened, nothing can do that. Leaving them could indeed serve as a reminder of this nation’s true character, when it mattered America corrected what it had allowed to occur, it doesn’t excuse it or make it right, but taking down a concrete and steel monument does not change anything that did indeed happen.

Bob Shannon  King William

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.


  1. Ralph C. says:

    The person of interest at the center of this monument controversy is Hanover County Republican Delegate Christopher K. Peace.

    He operates inside Hanover County’s Historical Society as the second coming of Patrick Henry.

    Yet he donated to the campaign of Governor McAuliffe’s hand picked Black Mayor of Richmond Levar Stoney who was up to his gills in the GreenTech visas for Sale Scam in Mississippi and was rewarded by McAuliffe with the appointment as Secretary of the Commonwealth which Stoney then parlayed into his job at the Mayor’s office.

    Now Stoney, McAuliffe, Ralph Northam and the Black Lives Matter Communists and Anarchists are calling for the removal of the Confederate Statues from Virginia’s War Memorials, government buildings, cemetaries and parks.

    Voters should demand Chris Peace go on the record as to where he stands on the monument issue before the elections in November. He can’t play on both teams any longer and get away with it. He’s an Anti Trump liberal RINO and the voters in his district know it.

  2. when it was over our national course was corrected (No. Our Federal course was changed at the point of a Yankee gun to a National course), America did the right thing. I also am not ignoring it would be another 100 or more years until laws were instituted to correct the lingering effects of Jim Crow (True. Laws passed by Yankee Reconstruction laws), but I acknowledge proudly that in time the U.S made good on its promise that “ all men are created equal” (This wasn’t a promise. An abbreviation of The Virginia Declaration of Rights–The concept of men being created equal might be a belief held by some, but certainly not a Christian concept) .

    • Sweet Tea and Jesus says:

      Only Democrats would be stupid enough to start a Civil War over Monuments from the last Civil War.

    • Not Richmond Public School says:

      It seems a lot of people do not know US history concerning the Civil War.
      Many people think the Civil War of 1860-1865 was fought over one issue alone, slavery. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. The War Between the States began because the South demanded States’ rights and were not getting them.

      The Congress at that time heavily favored the industrialized northern states to the point of demanding that the South sell is cotton and other raw materials only to the factories in the north, rather than to other countries. The Congress also taxed the finished materials that the northern industries produced heavily, making finished products that the South wanted, unaffordable. The Civil War should not have occurred. If the Northern States and their representatives in Congress had only listened to the problems of the South, and stopped these practices that were almost like the taxation without representation of Great Britain, then the Southern states would not have seceded and the war would not have occurred.

      I know for many years, we have been taught that the Civil War was all about the abolition of slavery, but this truly did not become a major issue, with the exception of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, until after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, when Abraham Lincoln decided to free the slaves in the Confederate States in order to punish those states for continuing the war effort. The war had been in progress for two years by that time.

      Most southerners did not even own slaves nor did they own plantations. Most of them were small farmers who worked their farms with their families. They were fighting for their rights. They were fighting to maintain their lifestyle and their independence the way they wanted to without the United States Government dictating to them how they should behave.

      Why are we frequently taught then, that the Civil War, War of Northern Aggression, War Between the States, or whatever you want to call it, was solely about slavery? That is because the history books are usually written by the winners of a war and this war was won by the Union. the Civil War was about much more than abolishing the institution of slavery.

      It was more about preserving the United States and protecting the rights of the individual, the very tenets upon which this country was founded. I personally think that the people who profess that the Civil War was only fought about slavery have not read their history books. I really am glad that slavery was abolished, but I don’t think it should be glorified as being the sole reason the Civil War was fought. There are so many more issues that people were intensely passionate about at the time. Slavery was one of them, but it was not the primary cause of the war. The primary causes of the war were economics and states’ rights.

      • Grayson Jennings says:

        True….it’s always “Follow the money”.Lincoln was put on a pedestal to cover for his own racist beliefs.His plan was to recolonize the blacks to Africa.Slavery was LEGAL for 80 plus years in the US.and the Confederates provided the perfect scapegoat to cast blame on the institution.

  3. Bob Shannon

    I was only trying to illustrate 2 points that don’t seem to be included in the rather narrow discussion of the topic, namely the removal of statues and monuments that seem to be at the heart of peoples attention, and the severe economic harm that will come to the areas economy, the law of unintended consequences.

    I know of and am well aware of the economic factors that played into the Civil War, that was however not why I wrote what I wrote.
    I am also aware of the diminished 10th Amendment resulting from the federal governments decision to go to war over the variety of issues that led to and or contributed to the ultimate bloodshed. It is hard to separate the discussion of the 10th Amendments vital importance to Federalism without running head first into the arguments opponents always immediately launch, reminding us that many racists and those who were comfortable with slavery attempted to use the ” states rights” defense in the cause of maintaining slavery. It is most unfortunate that a rational discussion of the importance of the 10th Amendment can not be had without this injection that the 10th Amendment has no other value–which it certainly does.

    Good luck on getting a straight answer from Del Peace on the issue.
    Bob Shannon

  4. Lawrence Wood says:

    What is the actual political agenda here for these growing far left radical, violence prone groups, well funded (by the way a MAJOR issue in and or itself as they border more and more on open violent insurrectional acts) and conveniently present at orchestrated “to tear down or not tear down” events? 

    The main stream media has developed their collectively shared talking points to explain it all to the uninformed  – that these long dead “racists” supposedly represent a beloved expression of modern hate reflected in the form of concrete statues representing individuals that most of the clueless, young protesting thugs of the 21st century are largely completely unknowledgable about.  As George Orwell, who is rather quickly becoming the political prophet of modern American political events, stated almost a hundred years ago  “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Could this be the real agenda at play by the puppet masters funding the puppets?

    One thing I believe we can be confident of is once this type of mob insanity starts it’s notoriously difficult to correct or halt and historically it often results in bloodshed. Since the Democratic Party to date is one of it’s chief legitimizers and American business and cultural institutions are beginning to eagerly choose sides in a no win situation this needs to be calmed down immediately before things truly get out of hand. 

    So far this is small cliques of the violent radical fringe on both the left and right seizing the stage with the main stream media stroking the fires without the least regard for national responsibility. Anyone that believes this is all about President Trump doesn’t remotely understand what is actually going on here. Time to shut down the fringe on BOTH sides and start a reasonable dialogue otherwise the consequences will be potentially dire.

    Unfortunately, so far it appears to me most appear totally oblivious to what is actually going on with the left and it’s supporting media enablers.  The current American Republican Party including the conservative movement is content to sit quietly by, huddled in a corner, when not openly assisting the effort by contributing to undercutting a duly and fairly elected US administration and trembling in fear at being called “bad names” by radical left wing agitators that want to remove the current administration by any means possible and willingly use name calling like M&Ms. This traditional politically elected opposition is so pitiful and politically useless today that they can’t bring themselves to even defend themselves , forget about them defending the American citizen. We may be in some trouble here and it’s not about statues.

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