The people who are tearing down statues of Confederates in the South are barbarians, not notably different from the Taliban fanatics who blow up Buddhas and other historical monuments. Many have noted that if the barbarians want to erase Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis today, it is only a matter of time before they come for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
We can add Abraham Lincoln to that list. Last night, a bust of Lincoln in Chicago was vandalized, apparently as a political act:
Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments.
Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid.
Alderman Lopez called on residents to contact the police with any information about the vandalism. His request did not meet with universal approval:
“F- Abe Lincoln,” responded Quintin Mitchell, whose comment was “liked” or deemed “funny” by 160 others.
These are not good people. There is, of course, no coherent theory on which the Left should try to erase Lincoln from our history, but so what? From a Communist’s point of view (or a nihilist’s) there is no important difference among Jefferson Davis, John Calhoun, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Our civilization is under siege, and meanwhile, many conservative intellectuals can’t think about anything other than new ways to attack President Trump.