The War is Over

Exhibit in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Photo, taken by Daderot, released into the public domain.

Confederate flag exhibit in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Photo, taken by Daderot, released into the public domain.

Little known historical fact: the American Civil War, aka the War Between the States, is over.  It ended in 1865.

I say that because it appears many people are still trying to fight that war.

I remember years ago visiting the capitol of Alabama in Montgomery.  I was astonished to see both the flag of the United States of America, and the flag of the Confederate States of America, flying above the capitol building.

It was not that I had anything against the flag of the Confederacy being at the capitol.  It is a part of Alabama’s history.  Many brave and noble people lost their properties and their lives fighting for their homes, for Alabama, and for their view of America.  The war, in many ways the most costly in American history, should not be forgotten.  The Confederacy should not be forgotten, nor should its flags.  I would have been perfectly happy seeing the flag openly displayed inside the capitol building.

But Alabama has not been part of the Confederacy since 1865.  Neither has Texas.  Texas has been under the flags of six different nations, including itself.  Those fly over Six Flags amusement parks, as well they should.  But not over the capitol, any more than the capitol of California should fly the flag of Mexico.  Nor should Washington D.C. proclaim allegiance to the Nacotchtank.  They inhabited the land long before Captain John Smith discovered them at the beginning of the 17th century, and even longer before it became the capital of America.  But the flag that flies over the center of government should represent that government and its allegiance, not allegiance to another nation.

We’re now having a battle over statues of the Confederacy.  Again, I have no problem with the statutes themselves, even after I learned there were more erected during the assertion of Jim Crow laws over “negros” than at any other time.

But if they’re displayed, they should be displayed as a symbol of American history.  They should not be a sign of its allegiance.

An opinion of an individual member or associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the entire family.

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
This entry was posted in Crime and Punishment, Education and Learning, Media and News, Politics and War and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to The War is Over

  1. Pet Girl says:

    I don’t understand why people are fighting over statues. What’s the point?

    • Miley Spears says:

      It’s not the statues, it’s what they stand for. Like the America flag is just cloth, but it stands for America. Same with a cross or crucifix. It stands for something more.

  2. Pet Girl says:

    Is a statue really worth fighting over?

  3. Rev. Bootie says:

    Simple solution. Take the protestors on both side, and cast them in bronze. They can fight their battles as statues.

  4. Dharma says:

    Haven’t posted here in forever!

    You’re totally right. History is history. Let’s stop trying to make it the present.

  5. Michael Lemming says:

    Tear the statues down! Don’t honor war!

  6. Miley Spears says:

    This happened at my Alma Mater. It’s not that they had the statues that was the problem. It’s what they stand for and where they were displayed. Displaying them in the history section is fine. It’s history.

  7. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    History belongs in history books. We should not be glorying war and slaver on college campuses and in our capitols. But don’t take them down violently. Do it in peace.

  8. Tom T. Trucker says:

    I agree that flying six flags over the Texas capitol would be wrong. But statues honoring Texas war heroes and heroes of the War Between the States is completely different. We need honor our heroes.

  9. Pope Hilde says:

    The very fact that people are fighting and even killing each other over these statues is reason enough to take them down. Don’t destroy them, but put them in the history section where they belong. They are a part of the past we must never forget.

  10. Frank Hertz says:

    Donald Trump is bringing a NEW ERA! Get rid of these ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and foreigners from America. GIVE AMERCA BACK TO AMERICANS!


  11. Elena Dent says:

    You wrote an excellent post on this subject – I appreciate it.

  12. Stuart Smallville says:

    Oh, that war is so over. Get over it.

Comments are closed.