|Old Joe (via AmRen.com)|
In Florida, “Old Joe” has been standing on the grounds of the Alachua County Administration building in Gainesville since 1904. The statue of the Confederate soldier is now facing removal and perhaps donation to a local history museum.
As one activist said, “It’s a symbol of slavery.”
Perhaps to him it is, but to others it’s a symbol of the sacrifices of ancestors who fought to defend hearth and home. The overwhelming majority of the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy did not own slaves. Why does one perception of a symbol get to override another? Why are we all so offended all of the time?
And in perhaps the lamest argument ever proffered against a monument, there’s this:
David Gold of Gainesville, an Army veteran who was an infantry soldier during the Vietnam War, said Confederate sympathizers should not be allowed to have a statue in downtown Gainesville. "You Confederates lost the war, and you don't get to have a statue in the middle of our small downtown," Gold said.
Jazz Shaw at Hot Air also noted the resurrection of the Confederate battle flag in Walhalla, South Carolina, on a memorial that is located on private property.
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(Photo of Old Joe from AmRen.com)
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