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The Great Compromise…..whatever happened to?

As one holiday period draws to a close, my memories of a trip to Texas are still strong. Having spent many years watching re-runs of The Alamo as a boy, suddenly I was there. Quite by chance I realised that the low walls on the way into the town centre were in fact the walls of the Mission. Passing to the entrance and there right in front of me was the most memorable , if heightened, iconic building in the whole world.  I had a lump in my throat as our guide ran through the events of the battle, despite the crowd containing a large number of nationalistic Mexicans. The assault on the Alamo was an obvious source of pride for these Mexicans.  My Jewish friends recount the Hollocaust, the battles of Israel against Islamo-Nazis, or even the escape from bondage in Egypt, as a source of pride. But Liberal America seems to have a problem with statues in memory of the Confederacy.

I must admit to mixed feelings at seeing the monuments in Austin. Weren’t these the slave owners? Weren’t these racists intent on propping up an evil system of oppression? Perhaps some Confederates were, perhaps some Northerners were evangelising angels intent on setting their brothers “free”. Rather most Southerners were, in their eyes, defending the Constitution, stopping its revision sixty one years after the revolution. Most Southerners weren’t slave owners and resented the extension of state control of private property. One thing is for sure, very few on either side marched off to war on the issue of slavery.

So, we have fanatical monument haters bravely attacking the monuments of a defeated Confederacy. Could it be that the U.S.A. appears  to have abandoned the “Great Compromise’? The Compromise that saw the South admit that the Union needed to be preserved and the North, for their part, admitted that the Confederacy fought bravely for a cause that they believed in. The Left don’t want to be reminded of the North’s victory because they also hate the Union too. It is reminiscent of the British police chasing Islamophobes on the net, as the Religion of Peace inspires yet another hideous physical attack on innocents. No one must question the ideology in case “offence” is caused, meanwhile the followers of the ideology must have some how misenterpreted the command to attack and enslave non-believers.

While the Left attacks statues, the indulged and ignorant ignore the impact of the most intolerant and persistent ideologies ever dreamt up. Perhaps those espousing socialism should be reminded just how Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin and Hitler dealt with dissent and how popular their brand of socialism was with the average Russian, Pole, Ukrainian or Jew. Hiding History will only lead to disaster for all of us, and re-writing it will leave the path open for even greater evils. Let’s not allow anymore statues to fall. 

Filed under: Acw, American civil war, despertaferres, Wargaming

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. giving realistic tactical advice in Fortnite games, and recreating great moments of military history using inch high toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in the Cardiff Dice Studz who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse), Trade Street, Cardiff, sunny Wales, U.K.


  1. Louen

    I fear, that history, despite our efforts, will keep repeating itself.

    If we can learn one thing from history, then it is that we haven’t learned from history.

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    • I was really quite shocked to see the scenes though- but I was also upset by Palmyra and Afghanistan ….and the removal of the Union Jack from Belfast Town hall!
      You are right though – burning books, smashing statues and vandalism usually ends up badly!

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