For centuries, the statue has been the way nations memorialize people who contributed to or made a sacrifice leading to the growth and development of a country. Many of these remembrances were erected for presidents, military leaders, or prominent people who contributed to the country. America’s first historical monument was created close to the founding of our nation: on January 25, 1776 the Continental Congress in Philadelphia approved the construction of a monument to Major General Richard Montgomery. The Montgomery Memorial was erected in recognition of General Montgomery’s contribution to the Revolutionary War. He died in December 1775 at the age of 37, leading the charge against a more significant British force during the Battle of Québec. Our nation early on adopted the idea of recognizing significant contributions made by individuals at various stages of the country’s development. At the time the decision was made on General Montgomery, there was no discussion as to whether or not he was a racist and owned slaves. As a point of reference, of 51 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 41 owned slaves, while some signers were staunch abolitionists. As men and women fought for the independence of our nation, some people made significant contributions and may have paid with their lives. A grateful nation or a local community wanted to recognize such persons for their contribution or heroism by constructing memorial statues or other monuments.
Today statues all over the country are coming down because far-left protesters by themselves have determined that a given person is racist and does not deserve a place of honor. It is evident by the selection process that the jury doesn’t seem to have a good understanding of American history, nor that person’s role in the history of our nation. As an example, the president, Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves and eventually led to the right to vote for a nation of minorities, a man who told us a nation could not survive half-free and half-slave. His statues must come down.
We are told because of alleged transgressions in the past, determined by the left, that certain statues have to come down because the people being honored were racists and did not deserve the recognition. The American people never had a say in the decisions a few unelected protesters made for us. Will we apply the same standard for those who will want to erect a statue for the contributions George Floyd made to America? Let’s start on the day he died. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released autopsy results for George Floyd, ruling that he was killed while being restrained by police officers and that he had drugs in his system.
“Cause of death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” said the examiner’s report. “Manner of death: homicide.” The report also found that other significant factors included his underlying health conditions: Mr. Floyd suffered from heart disease — and he also exhibited “fentanyl intoxication” and “recent methamphetamine use.” Next, we will look at his criminal history.
Between 1997 and 2005, Floyd was sentenced to jail terms eight times on various charges, including drug possession, theft, and trespass. In 2009 he was sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and was paroled in January 2013. On the other front, the left wants us to believe that identified statues have to come down, based on what the person did in the past. Before the Civil War, a Confederate general may have owned slaves, but what he did after the war and the end of slavery is unimportant.
Should we look at Mr. Floyd the same way? Should we look away from his criminal record and drug abuse? The left and the news media have made George Floyd the poster child for the black lives matter movement. As much as the left would like to believe, I don’t think there will be significant movement toward the erecting of a statue in memory of George Floyd. I would like to think that the left doesn’t like the Idea that all lives matter; However, I think they really do and it is unfortunate that Mr. Floyd was killed, and I want to believe that all the policemen involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
One last thought; when there is a violent change, initially momentum will gravitate to one side, and then that momentum will cause a backlash from the other side, moving the momentum back. There has been significant momentum in support of the protests, riots, and looting around the country. However, many Americans are waking up as to how their country is being destroyed by the radical left and they’re starting to push back. The Democratic Party mayors and governors who have supported the protests, the riots, and the looting have come under severe pressure from the people opposed and they are demanding activity to stop. Perhaps a high water mark for the left was the establishment of CHOP in the city of Seattle. Equally so, the declining momentum came with the call for the destruction of CHOP by the mayor of Seattle.
I think Americans of all races are finally beginning to understand the protesting power the people have given to the Democratic Party in so many big cities across the United States. That power has been abused at the expense of all Americans. The granters of power, you the American people, have ultimately been the victims. Come this November, the American people will have to choose between freedom or anarchy. Which one will you want to be raised to a pedestal, or which one do you want to come down?
Dan Perkins is a published author of 4 novels on nuclear and biological terrorism against the United States and is a current events commentator for over 20+ news blogs. He recently has had commentaries posted on Medium and Conservative Truth, among others. He appears on radio and TV regularly many times a month. Dan’s newest show is called “America’s Cannabis Conversation,” on the W420radionetwork.com. His latest entrance in communications is his first Pod Cast called “What’s on My Mind?” This can be heard on SoundCloud; just look for the name of the show or Dan Perkins. More information on Perkins can be found on his web site: danperkins.guru