What Once United Our Na­tion Now Di­vides

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Pa­trick Buchanan

In north­west D.C. in the 1950s, “meet you at Peace Cross” was an of­ten-heard com­ment among high school­ers headed for Ocean City.

The Peace Cross, in Bladens­burg, Mary­land, was a 40feet con­crete me­mo­rial to the 49 sons of Prince Ge­orge’s County lost in the Great War. Paid for by county fam­i­lies and the Amer­i­can Le­gion, it had stood since 1925.

Be­fore the Belt­way was built, Peace Cross, at the junc­tion of U.S. Route 1 and Mary­land Route 450, was a land­mark to us all.

Last month, two fed­eral judges from the 4th Cir­cuit ruled that Peace Cross “ex­ces­sively en­tan­gles the gov­ern­ment and re­li­gion” and must come down. A sug­gested com­pro­mise was to saw the arms off, so the monu- ment ceases to be an of­fen­sive cross.

One won­ders: At what moment did Peace Cross be­gin to vi­o­late the Con­sti­tu­tion?

An­swer: Never. No al­ter­ation has been made to the cross in a cen­tury. The change has come in the minds of in­tol­er­ant judges and alien­ated elites where the dirty creek of anti-Chris­tian big­otry now of anti-Amer­i­can­ism.

Both are man­i­fest in the ram­page to rip down memo­ri­als to the men who brought Western Civ­i­liza­tion to the New World and made Amer­ica the great and good coun­try we were blessed to in­herit.

Last week, on Laura In­gra­ham’s Fox News show, White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly called Robert E. Lee “an hon­or­able man,” who chose to de­fend the peo­ple among whom he had been raised.

“It was al­ways loy­alty to Kelly, when asked his view on Alexan­dria’s Epis­co­pal Church tak­ing down plaques to its great­est parish­ioners, Lee and Ge­orge Washington.

An explosion of out­rage greeted Kelly’s de­fense of Lee.

Yet, what has changed in half a cen­tury? As In­gra­ham noted, Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt, an icon of lib­er­al­ism, re­ferred to Lee as “one of our great­est Amer­i­can Chris­tians and one of our great­est Amer­i­can gen­tle­men.”

Asked i n 1960 how he could keep a por­trait of a man who tried to “de­stroy our gov­ern­ment” in his Oval wrote his critic back:

“Gen. Robert E. Lee was one of the supremely gifted men pro­duced by our Na­tion. He be­lieved unswerv­ingly in the Con­sti­tu­tional va­lid­ity of his cause, which, un­til 1865 was still an ar­guable ques­tion in Amer­ica; he was a poised and in­spir­ing leader, true to the high trust re­posed in him by mil­lions of his fel­low cit­i­zens; he was thought­ful yet

White House chief of staff John Kelly lis­tens as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks dur­ing a meet­ing on tax pol­icy with busi­ness lead­ers in the Roo­sevelt Room of the White House Oct. 31. Kelly has come un­der fire re­cently for com­ments about the Civil War and Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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