To What End or The End?
Recent events have brought to the forefront, yet again, the battle over the true meaning of our past and history. Rising Antifa violence against free speech across the country and just this past weekend, a Black Lives Matter protest in West Virginia’s own capital city. While we at Responsible Citizens of West Virginia, much like the III% and Militia groups that showed up in Charleston, defend their right to assemble and protest, like all Americans under the Constitution, we have had a few thoughts and questions for everyone to ponder.
Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected as president in 1860. His views on government and slavery caused seven southern states to secede from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. Upon the first shots being fired four more states joined the Confederacy. In 1854, the U.S. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which essentially legalized slavery by asserting the rule of popular sovereignty over congressional edict. This in a nut shell means that the federal government was leaving the issue of slavery up to the states to decide. So this war was about more than slavery it was about states’ rights.
For good or for ill, our collective history is the very foundation of freedom espoused by the Founding Fathers when this great nation was conceived. Not without flaws, like all human beings, they looked to a future and laid the foundation for what would, and has, become the greatest nation ever created. As the battle begins to rewrite and even erase not just the people but also the documents, ideas and beliefs that have propelled us to greatness in the face of tyrannical oppression, invading forces, Civil War, Nazism, Communism and modern day threats from outside and within the country, we have been contemplating and considering some queries we would like to propose for public consumption and input. There is an inherent inconsistency that is intriguing with regard to the removal of relics and remnants of our collective history, the very mile markers that illustrate indelibly the growth we have made collectively.
With that in mind, we wonder, what is the end game?
With affirmative action, reparations and entitlements all resting on the ideas of oppression in the past, how does a group like Black Lives Matter seek to benefit from the very history that has allowed such benefits to be bestowed on minorities and people of color?
What purpose could it serve? Who benefits?
While the fervor is fomenting and violence escalating we ask…to what end?
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