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We’re facing internal crisis

To the editor:

As the large, bronze statue of the commander of the military for the Confederate States of America, Gen. Robert E. Lee, was removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Va., which served as the capital city of the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865), it continued the recent trend to remove symbols of honor of numerous Confederate generals and heroes, who decided to form their own nation and wage all-out war on our great nation, the United States of America.

Also, the process is well under way to remove the names of Confederate icons from public buildings of which had been dedicated in their honor in order to properly honor those heroic Americans who have served to protect and defend our wonderful country, and not to incredibly pay homage to those who have placed our civilization and way of life in jeopardy through military insurrection.

Prior to Lee’s resignation from the U.S. military in order to lead Confederate troops against those of whom he had previously served and commanded, he served our nation heroically during the Mexican War, was promoted for bravery on three occasions, also later served as superintendent of the West Point Military Academy and was asked to lead the Union Army, but chose to wage war against it instead.

However, it is as if his later actions against our nation, for which he had pledged an oath of loyalty, far overshadows the unquestioned great things he had done for our country earlier, and must not be summarily dismissed, overlooked or ignored.

The honoring of Confederate heroes actually began in earnest in the late 19th century, in an attempt to further promote racial separation and discrimination in a more subtle approach.

In addition, there have reportedly been 10 Army bases named after Confederate generals, primarily in the 11 states that in 1861 seceded from the Union to form the Confederacy, whose names were proposed to be removed, but such plans were temporarily thwarted by then-President Donald J. Trump, who apparently lacks proper respect for the sanctity of our nation, but was achieved by current President Joe Biden.

Such actions by the former president are, sadly, not surprising, as he has personally inspired an attempted coup on our government (on Jan. 6) and continued to use inflammatory delusional and self-serving rhetoric to put our status as a democratic form of government in jeopardy in order to satisfy his already disturbingly unhealthy ego, with the perceived intentions to replace our democratic form of government with authoritarianism or fascism.

We, as a nation, I fear, are facing an internal crisis the likes of which we have not experienced since the Civil War, 160 years ago.

I sincerely hope that we, as a nation, successfully repel this challenge, and soon emerge all the stronger when victorious.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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