There have been several incidents of vandalism of Confederate monuments here in Virginia in recent months. Predictably, some of the comments on various WBTS blogs have applauded these cowardly, criminal acts. Those defacing public monuments are, in my opinion, intolerant extremists. I can't help but be reminded of what the Taliban did to the ancient Buddhist sculptures in Afghanistan. To be consistent, those who favor this kind of base, uncivilized conduct would have no problem with others doing the same thing to a statue of Lincoln or FDR, or placing their own "interpretative plaques" in order to make a political statement. If the monuments of Lee and other Confederate heroes should be "moved to a museum" (how utterly stupid), then the exact same argument could be made for ALL monuments to ALL our Founding Fathers. Hmmm . . . now just where are we going to put the Washington monument? What about any future monuments to President Obama? Will it be acceptable for his political opponents to paint "Marxist" on some future monument?
This whole debate reveals an attitude most commonly found in juvenile delinquents. Vandalism is a tool of cowards and poorly trained children. Grow up.