I am not the only person returning to the blogosphere. Dale Price has been writing up a storm at his excellent blog, Dyspeptic Mutterings. Today Dale perfectly echoes my own anger and disgust at the iconoclast movement turning its eyes towards a statue of Abraham Lincoln – a statue freed slaves paid for.
Here’s a taste:
I do not share citizenship in the same nation with the mobs. Yes, they are presumably composed of American citizens, but shared citizenship indicates devotion to common ideals no more than standing in the same line at a McDonald’s does. My enmity for them grows by the day.
There is a hellish spectre abroad in our land right now, and it has possessed countless mobs. That self-same mania is aided and abetted by the sympathy of countless political figures, or the cynical calculation, cowardice or fecklessness of the rest. The rage we are seeing was ably described by a wiser man than we currently possess as “the simple gratification of a hell-black spirit of revenge.” It is a hatred for our past and all that represents it, and no amount of explanation or context matters.
As the proverb goes, you cannot reason someone out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.
And what will happen when they run out of memorials to destroy? Communal violence gets nearer by the day.
As the saying goes, read the rest.