No surprises here:
It’s the old-school politics of ‘I scratch your back, you scratch my back.’As I observe politicians of low reputation and others attack the memory and legacy of a man like Robert E. Lee, I can't help but be reminded of a quote by Will Durant:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans has been pushing for the removal of monuments in the city since June and he seems to finally be getting his way.
With that, there is a definite pattern of Landrieu’s clan of well-connected monument removal supporters all being given comfortable committee seats on the city’s Tricentennial Commission and its subcommittees which fall under its control. [Source.]
"To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves."
I'm also reminded of something I once heard Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. say:
"Robert E. Lee never existed [in the minds of some] because we don't have a Robert E. Lee today."
Beyond the destruction of historical memory and heritage for agenda-driven political purposes, much of what we're currently witnessing also carries, in my opinion, strong elements of virtue signalling and self-aggrandizing. What is so ironic is that in the attempt to elevate themselves, these same men actually reveal themselves for the small men they are. They can't hold a candle to men like Lee. History will, eventually, judge them accordingly.
Happy Lee-Jackson Day.