(September 21, 2021) Today’s America is self-absorbed with relative trivialities compared to the objective evils in some other parts of the World. During recent years while China has been putting a million or more Muslim residents in so-called re-education camps, America has been unable to look outward. Our only goal seems to be to teach our students to hate our country until it achieves so-called Diversity.
But being diverse is not a job. If you put together an organization that is diverse, it merely sits there. It doesn’t accomplish anything. Today America absurdly thinks it is turning Diversity into a job. . . And a high-paying one at that.
Meanwhile we abandon traditional values. We replace them with safe spaces, cancel culture, chaos, and cultural genocide in the South. We dismantle our academically best high schools, lowering admission standards in the name of Diversity. Schools that are supposed to challenge America’s brightest students to the highest accomplishments are being weighed down by excessive Affirmative Action enrollees. We destroy testing systems that enable the best-suited students get into college. Oregon has even abolished all academic requirements for graduating high school, thereby making the diplomas meaningless. Our corporations, government institutions, and military organizations waste 100s of millions of dollars on Diversity propaganda and so-called Anti-Racist training.
Chief among such institutions is the military. Only three months ago the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of staff, Army General Mark Milley, testified that he wanted to learn more about so-called white rage, as if it were a significant internal threat to America. In the name of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion his Army disparages Confederate Memory and will be replacing the names of all bases that have long been namesakes for Confederate generals. While distracted by such trivial obsessions, Milley failed in Afghanistan. He and his boss, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, have dodged responsibility for the debacle. Both refuse the honorable option of resigning so that better leaders can replace them even as they denounced Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller for criticizing them and thereby losing his job.
Given the wimpy performance of “woke” leaders Milley and Austin, America’s military should once again consider the potential inspiration that respect for Confederate veterans might provide. Their descendants carried Confederate symbols into battle to signify a fighting tradition to be witnessed in all of America’s major wars after 1865. Failures like Milley and Austin show us that Americans should be wary of tearing down century-old Confederate statues. Dishonoring them implicitly demeans later generations of American warriors who were inspired by the Confederate soldier.
During World War II, the first American flag to fly over the captured Japanese fortress at Okinawa was a Confederate Battle Flag. It was put there by a group of marines to honor their company commander, a South Carolinian who had suffered a paralyzing wound during the fight. Some of the tank crews that freed prisoners from German concentration camps also flew the Confederate Battle Flag. Finally, postbellum Southerners consistently came to our nation’s defense more readily than did other Americans. Even presently, 44% of American military personnel are from the South even though the region represents just 36% of the nation’s population.
If the Afghan collapse teaches us anything it should be that a country taught to hate itself cannot succeed. It is going to put incompetents obsessed with trivialities, like Milley and Austin, in control. In contrast, when General Robert E. Lee lost at Gettysburg, he rode out to meet the soldiers returning from Pickett’s failed charge. Unlike Milley and Austin, he immediately took responsibility in the presence of soldiers of every rank. After he got his army safely back to Virginia he sent his resignation to President Jefferson Davis, but Davis declined it. Lee never thereafter blamed anyone else for defeat at Gettysburg. His leadership was the kind that might have inspired today’s army leaders to better results in Afghanistan. But they must first end their obsession with demonizing the Confederate soldier and distracting themselves with the self-hatred generated by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion propaganda.