President Donald Trump has announced that he would never change the names of military bases named for Confederate generals because they are “a part of a Great American Heritage, a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.” Not surprisingly, it looks like our fearless leader skipped a few history classes.
These men for whom the bases are named had nothing to do with American greatness. They were traitors — although they were fortunate enough to not be subjected to the normal punishment for treason — who led armies that tried to tear America apart, not make it greater. They weren’t winners or victors. The South lost. And, they fought for laws and policies that would continue the enslavement of millions of people. Their efforts were the complete opposite of freedom.
No, Trump’s announcement had nothing to do with greatness or victory or freedom. It is, instead, part of the continuing pattern of racist pandering that he uses to define his Republican Party. Given the lack of courage and opposition to him on the part of elected Republicans, it looks like he’s been successful in doing so. Lincoln must be shedding copious tears.