By Scott Powell, The Patriot Post
It is a sad chapter in American history when the secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, takes naked action that is an affront to Congress and the separation of powers by running roughshod over Amendment 364 of the Fiscal Year 2024 Department of Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds for the removal of any monument in Arlington National Cemetery.
The specific monument being threatened with removal — the Reconciliation Monument crafted by the Jewish sculptor Moses Ezekiel — is not only one of the most beautiful sculptures of its era, it is also one monument in Arlington that is aligned with the spirit of “e pluribus unum” — the one people out of many — that makes America unique and strong among all the world’s nations.
Some people have called the Reconciliation Monument masterpiece the Christmas monument because of the reconciliation that God achieved when He sent Christ into the world to reconcile sinners with Him and to reconcile people with each other.
The inspiration for the Reconciliation Monument started with President William McKinley, the 25th president. McKinley had served on the Union side in the Civil War and was forlorn in seeing and experiencing the lingering division between the North and the South for decades after the Civil War.
But when he was president at the time of the Spanish-American War in 1898, he witnessed the impressive contribution that enlistees and officers from the South made, who fought bravely side by side with soldiers from the North, enabling a surprisingly swift victory in less than four months.
So it was that McKinley conceived the Reconciliation Monument as a way of celebrating the success of a reunified nation that emerged at the end of that war — an event that also proved the United States had arrived as a leading power in the world.
This theme of respect and reconciliation between the northern and southern states was also supported by the next three presidents — Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, who unveiled the monument in 1914.
Not only did they believe in the importance of reconciliation, but every president thereafter — Democrat and Republican — through the first year of the Obama administration agreed and continued the tradition by laying a wreath at the foot of the monument every Memorial Day.
But that all changed with the Woke Revolution of 2020. After the urban riots and massive property destruction that swept across U.S. cities coast to coast after the unfortunate death of George Floyd, the U.S. Congress felt the need “to do something.”
So it formed a “Naming Commission” to “remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate Confederate states [or Confederate Generals] of America.”
Its main task was the renaming of military bases in the South that had been named after Confederate generals, like Fort Bragg and Fort Benning.
Although the Reconciliation Monument was neither conceived to commemorate nor pay tribute to the Confederacy, but rather to honor and celebrate the spirit of reunification and reconciliation of the North and the South, the Democrat-dominated Naming Commission decided to ensnare the Reconciliation Monument in its crusade to remove all vestiges of anything related to the Confederate heritage. In so doing, it chose to break the law and ignore the explicit prohibition of desecrating grave sites.
The Woke Revolution, which was and is a Marxist cultural revolution, seeks to divide and destroy — targeting the destruction of the traditional family, traditional Judaism and Christianity, and America’s history and borders. So, naturally, the Reconciliation Monument had to go.
Patriots from all regions of America weren’t going to take this lying down, so they joined together and formed Defend Arlington (www.defendarlington.org) to educate the broader public and raise funds to take legal action against the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army, which oversee and manage Arlington Cemetery and have been pushing for the monument’s removal.
The Reconciliation Monument was to be the last major work of the sculptor, who also chose his future burial site to be at the foot of the monument.
Thus, the monument is the gravestone of Moses Ezekial. Secretary of Defense Austin Lloyd may think there will be no consequences for running roughshod over a cease-and-desist demand letter from the U.S. Congress, but he may find that supporting the desecration of a Jewish gravesite is a bridge too far.
Let’s hope that he comes to his senses and makes the choice to avoid legal action and the fate of being remembered as an anti-Semite.
As of this writing, the crane has entered Arlington Cemetery and is positioned by the Reconciliation Monument. At the same time, an emergency injunction is filed and is being considered by an Eastern Virginia court.
Stay tuned, pray, and please give your support to the legal fund of www.defendarlington.org.
Also see by Scott Powell:
Removing Monuments Becoming Last Straw for Americans
The American people are turning the tables regarding the removal of the Reconciliation Monument.
Confederate Memorial to Be Removed in Coming Days from Arlington National Cemetery (Military.com, 17 DEC 23)
A Confederate memorial is to be removed from Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia in the coming days, part of the push to remove symbols that commemorate the Confederacy from military-related facilities, a cemetery official said Saturday. The decision ignores a recent demand from more than 40 Republican congressmen that the Pentagon suspend efforts to dismantle and remove the monument from Arlington cemetery. . . . .
Judge Halts Dismantling of Confederate Memorial at Arlington Just as Removal Work Begins (Military.com, 18 DEC 23)
A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order to halt the removal of the Confederate memorial at Arlington National Cemetery the same day workers started the process to dismantle the monument. Judge Rossie Alston, a Trump appointee in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, issued the temporary restraining order blocking “any acts to deconstruct, tear down, remove, or alter the object of this case.”
Half of US Grant’s pallbearers were Union generals. The other half were Confederate generals. This was great symbolism. https://t.co/UHyeQcn9of
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