The Truth About Robert E. Lee That the Left Doesn’t Want You to Know


Baish| We’re all aware of the horrible incident that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, but the mainstream media has failed to go into detail as to why the attack happened.

The removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was the breaking point for White Supremacists, which brought them to Charlottesville. Most Americans, however, don’t know enough about the Confederate general to make their own judgement about what he stood for.

Editor of Conservative HQ, George Rasley, explained that most Americans are still in the dark when it comes to certain historical figures like Lee. It’s hard to get around the fact that White Supremacist groups use General Lee as a symbol for their cause. Liberals want to completely erase General Lee from history. 

Conservative Tribune reported:

In a Conservative HQ n op-ed titled “Misusing Robert E. Lee,” Rasley argues that both sides in the debate over Lee’s legacy miss that he opposed slavery and helped end the Civil War before it turned into a bloody guerrilla war.

Knowing Lee’s place in history is important, particularly as the left seeks to use him as a symbol of division. Progressives know that Lee has many defenders — and they also know that conservatives who stand up for Lee’s memory can be falsely painted as apologists for slavery and the old order of the Confederacy.

Yet, few involved in the debate actually know Lee’s complicated history.

Offered a position as the commander of the Union forces, Rasley points out, “Lee refused the command on the grounds that he was a Virginian and owed his first allegiance to the state he believed was a sovereign entity with the right to stay in or leave the Union as it saw fit. He would, he said, not make war on the Union, but he would defend the state of his birth.”

However, when Virginia seceded, the general felt his sympathies residing with his home state. “I shall never bear arms against the Union, but it may be necessary for me to carry a musket in the defense of my native state, Virginia, in which case I shall not prove recreant to my duty,” he said.

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As for his feelings on slavery, Rasley notes that “(w)hile Lee espused the paternalistic attitudes many Nineteenth Century Americans felt toward Africans, it certainly wasn’t because he believed slavery was just.” In fact, what Lee said about slavery may surprise a number of people who aren’t familiar with Lee’s views on the matter.

“There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil,” Lee wrote back in 1856, in a letter written in response to a speech given by then-President Franklin Pierce.

Although General Lee’s views on race aren’t the same as the ones we generally have today, he is still part of the emancipation efforts. As Rasley explained, Lee fought for the South because he believed that the United States was “an association of sovereign states that could, if they chose, leave it or dissolve it.” The Declaration of Independence even states, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government.” In Lee’s eyes, the south was just following the Declaration of Independence.

Rasley also argues that “it isn’t what Lee did before and during the Civil War that makes him such an important figure in American history- and one that should be honored- it is what he did after the Civil War that earned him the memorials erected to his memory and a place in history that should be honored by all. When Lee surrendered at Appomattox he also signed a parole document swearing upon his honor not to bear arms against the United States or to ‘tender aid to its enemies.’ Lee’s surrender and his immediate parole were essential in preventing the Civil War from continuing as a destructive guerrilla war that would have continued to rend the country indefinitely.”

Lee actually spent all of his retirement as acting president of Washington College in Virginia, which was later renamed Washington & Lee. He also encouraged reconciliation between the North and the South to unite us all. His public letters explained that “all should unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war and to restore the blessings of peace.”

After hearing all these things about Robert E. Lee, it doesn’t seem like he was the cold-hearted person that the Left wants us to believe he was. He doesn’t sound like some aggressive white nationalist that Democrats want to claim he was. Lee would have been disgraced by what happened in Charlottesville last weekend, and to blame him just isn’t fair.

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