(Tea Party PAC) – One of the hysterical left’s causes du jour this week is targeting Confederate monuments as well as military bases named after confederate figures.
This is, of course, part of a full-scale psychological operation on the part of the left to, yet again, paint the United States as a racist dystopia in which the only thing standing between us and complete Trumpian fascism is pink-haired anarchists and Black Lives Matter protesters.
As our cities have erupted into chaos and destruction, some of these historically-ignorant protesters have been targeting not only Confederate statues but monuments to black Civil War soldiers who fought for the Union and lifelong abolitionists who dedicated their lives to ending slavery.
This renewed animosity towards anything Confederate began before George Floyd’s death, however.
You may recall that, over Memorial Day weekend, just days before Floyd would be cruelly killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been fired and charged with Floyd’s murder, The New York Times ran an op-ed slandering the entire US military as white supremacists because of a few bases named for Confederate leaders.
And here we are again.
It’s 2017 all over again.
During the early days of the Trump presidency, anti-Confederate-statue fervor was high, in some twisted attempt to push back against 45’s “racism,” or something.
Now that he’s up for re-election, it appears to have been revived.
One can’t help but notice, however, that while Obama was president, no one seemed as upset by the existence of sites and monuments named for Confederate leaders.
As Newsmax reports, the Obama Administration was actually presented with the opportunity to change the names of some of these bases…and declined.
The Pentagon during the Obama Administration declined to change its policy for naming military bases, some of which are named for Confederate leaders, saying “these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies.”
A Pentagon spokesperson at the time, Col. Steve Warren, said in July 2015 that “as of now, there is no discussion of adjusting the naming policy,” according to CNN.
“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history,” added the Pentagon’s chief of public affairs at the time, Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost. “Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.”
The Pentagon also noted that each military service decides how to name their own bases.
The Associated Press also reported that the military’s official policy on naming military forts and posts began with War Department General Order Number 11 from 1832, which states: “All new posts which may be hereafter established, will receive their names from the War Department, and be announced in General Orders from the Headquarters of the Army.”