Doesn't it seem strange that we built monuments to traitors and war-losers?
The worn-out defense which poses the Southern States fighting for their traditional interests against the unfair interests of the nation is a straw-man argument.
The real objection to taking down Confederate monuments is that this effort is perceived as an attack on confederate racial attitudes. And, maybe that's what it is. And, maybe it's about time, more than 160 years after the issue came to a head.
Let me be clear, this is not a matter of racism. Those who are tearing down the monuments make it a matter of racism, and a matter of treason. The South seceded when they thought the government was prodding into there personal lives, taxing all the crops grown down towards the South, and favored Northern industries and political figures. They fought for there homes, there families, there state and what they thought was there rights. Many of them could not bear to see there home state being invaded by an army sent out by the federal government. Yes, they lost the war. Yes, they seceded from the union. Yes, even a few of them approved of slavery. But here is the key factor: They were Americans. Right or wrong, they were Americans none the less.
As for national interest, many, many, many people don't want to see these monuments go. Those who are calling for there removal protest in the streets as if these statues were alive, and waging war. The protests sometimes get violent and for what? A bronze stationary statue? With that being said, these are monuments to someones relatives. 3x great grandfathers, uncles, cousins... These are monuments to history, monuments to American men, monuments to an old, dead cause... You can't just change that.
The issue is much broader than what folks want to admit. Those wanting to tear down the statues want to erase history. You can't do that! If you erase something, what replaces it? You could put anything in its place!
These are my opinions, and I mean no malice towards others of different opinions. I am just tired of seeing blind hate run rampant.