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Fact -When the Civil War started, Lincoln asked Robert E Lee to lead all Union troops

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  1. trapdoor

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    That would be a matter of concern to the people in that square, wouldn't it? And those determinations were made long enough ago that reversing them now seems petty at best.
     
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    People who live in that state...so explain the right wingers from around the country, whom you seem to support, having a say.

    When those statues were raised there was no safety for those who spoke against them...
     
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    Rommel was fighting for Germany, not the Nazis or the murder of millions of Jews.

    So?
     
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    So Rommel's followers didn't have control of the German government 40 years after the war, and in the interim the country passed laws forbidding any memorial to the former Nazis. America has a broader notion of free speech, and still has individual states that can memorialize (publicly) howsoever they desire. Roughly 40 years after the Civil War, they desired to erect these statues, statues which now have a history of their own of more than a century.
    You keep ducking the central question. Lee fought for slavery neither more nor less than Washington -- so when is the Washington Monument coming down.
     
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    When did Washington fight to destroy the country. Lee did from 1861 to 1865.
     
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    Washington voted to destroy A country, the British Empire. In winning, he extended the lifetime of slavery on the North American Continent by 32 years.
     
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    1. He fought to end a colonial relationship. I don't suppose you'd see any statues to George in the UK. Do ya think?

    2. You act as if the colonials should have known that 60 years after the revolution that Britain would have abolished slavery and therefore continued as colonies....pretty bizarre argument there, Trap.
     
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    Colonies were considered part of the Empire. By your lights he fought to end the Empire. In so doing, he extended slavery for 32 years as the British Empire outlawed the practice 32 years before it ended in the U.S.

    You act as though the CSA knew that people would disagree with it violently 150 years after it had ceased to exist. You evaluate Lee, Davis, and other CSA leaders based on 21st, not 19th, century morality. Pretty bizarre argument there, Mid.
     
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    Are you kidding? The people responsible for secession certainly did know there would be a war. Some even welcomed it. By the time Lee signed up for the Confederate army the war had already begun.

    George Washington, by any stretch of the imagination, could not be accused of fighting a war to avoid the abolition of slavery 60 years later. Your arguments are getting loony.
     
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    You normally read better than this. What I wrote was, "You act as though the CSA knew that people would disagree with it violently 150 years after it had ceased to exist." (Emphasis added).

    George Washington could easily be accused, on a much shorter timeline, of fighting a war to extend slavery. England banned slavery in 1833 -- plenty of Revolutionary War veterans were still alive at that point. Slavery in the U.S. didn't end until 1865 (well, 1867, but it's a legal quibble). Washington owned slaves and participated fully in the slave-based economy -- more fully actually than Lee, as the only slaves Lee ever owned he inherited, and he was working to free them when the war began. So tell me again when we start tearing down the Washington memorials.
     
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    Silly question repeated over and over again doesn't make it less silly.

    It isn't about who owned slaves. It is about who fought to tear the country apart. Did Washington damage the British Empire? Yup. So now go find a statue of any of the colonial founding fathers on British soil.
     
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    OK, then the racial component doesn't matter, as you said it did earlier, and what maters is "did they fight to destroy the Union?" the answer to which is, "no."

    As for a statue? No, but there's this: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/

    And yes, in the 1750s, Franklin owned and dealt in slaves.
     

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