“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” — George Orwell in “Nineteen Eight-Four.”
Like ISIS and the old Soviet Union but using unionized city workers, Madison erases history when it cannot be rewritten.
Mayor Paul Soglin’s unilateral decision to tear down a plaque at Forest Hill Cemetery memorializing the Confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war, far from home so long ago, is being hailed in all the Left-thinking places as a courageous gesture –comparable to Rosa Parks on that Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. But much more cheaply. Next to go is a larger stone naming the deceased, “erected in loving memory” by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Bring on the jack hammers!
The free speech hecklers at our universities have nothing on Mayor Soglin.
Soglin is “a leader who has taken the high ground,” exults Comrade John Nichols, in his full dress uniform as Party Historical Revisionist.
Actually, it was folks like General Vilas and Colonel Hegg who took the high ground in the Civil War. Mayor Soglin has done nothing more than desecrate the burial ground of the mostly low-ranking grunts from the southern states who shivered and died a miserable death at Camp Randall. All for easy brownie points.
Is it not instructive that the Union soldiers who fought, captured, and guarded them chose to give these 140 boys and men a proper burial?
Their small and simple grave stones are a magnitude lesser than a statute, say, of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy and a slave owner. Or even of General Lee, riding high on Traveller.
Yes, the plaque that Soglin is trying to send down the memory hole describes these dead as “valiant” — but so did General Grant. O.K., “unsung heroes” may be a little over the top, but the monument contained no defense of slavery, no brief for oppression, no mandate for tyranny. Read the “hateful inscription” in full.
Flowers marked where the explanatory plaque once stood in the photo at left.
The large stone at front center (left photo) is next to go. It merely explains the
provenance of the memorial: the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Flowers adorned each southern boy’s gravestone
on Sunday (8-20-17) four days after Soglin’s desecration.
Madison’s monument to Communism
Tyranny and Oppression? That describes the memorial stone standing at James Madison Park, just off E. Gorham Street. It is a monument to the slavery of Communism, erected on City of Madison property. It is dedicated to the International Brigades, volunteers who fought on the side of Communism during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-39.
Madison Mayor Soglin, if you seek freedom, if you seek justice for the people of Madison, if you seek emancipation, come here to this park. Mr. Soglin, go to James Madison Park. Mr. Soglin, tear down this monument! Tell it to Mayor Soglin.
Nichols and his fellow revisionists are never so candid as to call it a monument to Big C Communism. They always refer to the International Brigades as having fought against fascism.
Indeed, Comrade Nichols celebrated one of those Communist partisans as a “premature anti-fascist”, after the death eight years ago of a superannuated Bolshie by the name of Clarence Kailin. The linked article pictures Kailin laying red roses at Madison’s Monument to Communism. The old guy died a committed Stalinist, never having recanted his devotion to totalitarianism.
Let’s understand the Spanish civil war. In his Wall Street Journal book review of a life of Franco, historian Michael Seidman records that the leftist government that took power in 1936, before Franco’s intervention, “unleashed … church burnings, looting, the collectivization of private property, and the physical harassment of rightists and Catholics.”
I’ll rely on Wikipedia here: “The International Brigades represented Comintern and Joseph Stalin’s commitment to provide assistance to the Spanish Republican cause (with arms, logistics, military advisers and the NKVD). Republican volunteers who were opposed to “Stalinism” did not join the Brigades but formed the separate Trotskyist faction POUM, which was a mix of Spaniards and foreign volunteers. Historians and veterans of the battalion estimate that between 50 and 80% of the battalion were actively communist.”
Volunteers poured into Spain to defend the Republic, among them the writer George Orwell, who fought with the anti-Stalinist POUM. From his experiences, Orwell wrote Homage to Catalonia, which sits on the Stately Manor bookshelf.
The historian historian Raymond Carr writes:
The Spanish Civil war produced a spate of bad literature. Homage to Catalonia is one of the few exceptions and the reason is simple. Orwell was determined to set down the truth as he saw it. This was something that many writers of the Left in 1936–39 could not bring themselves to do. Orwell comes back time and time again in his writings on Spain to those political conditions in the late thirties which fostered intellectual dishonesty: the subservience of the intellectuals of the European Left to the Communist ‘line’, especially in the case of the Popular Front in Spain where, in his view, the party line could not conceivably be supported by an honest man.
Orwell himself wrote of the Communist crackdown, “No one who was in Barcelona then … will forget the horrible atmosphere produced by fear, suspicion, hatred, censored newspapers, crammed jails, enormous food queues, and prowling gangs ….” Again, not Franco, but the Soviet-led and NKVD-monitored International Brigades, of which, Kailin’s so-called Abraham Lincoln Brigade (surely, a screaming example of Communist expropriation) was a member unit.
Orwell’s experience with big C Communism in Spain led to his withering rebuke of totalitarianism in Animal Farm (1944) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (written in 1949).
For further study: Chicago Tribune writer John Kass suggests “While we’re toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party?”
“You can’t say the Democratic Party wasn’t the slavery party. It’s historical fact.”
Consider also that Franklin Roosevelt interned Japanese-American citizens. Woodrow Wilson was a notorious racist; a fan of Birth of a Nation, which celebrated the newly revived Ku Klux Klan.