The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has caved in the latest skirmish to erase our Loudoun history. I'm surprised the vote was 9-0 to essentially remove the "Silent Sentinel" from the courthouse square. I had imagined at least one supervisor would have the backbone to fight for reason. Obviously not.
This decision panders to illogical, hateful or uninformed citizens that are being manipulated like lemmings by special interest groups and seditious organizations that wish to destroy not only our history, but our Constitution. This has to stop. Besides being a wonderful reminder of our shared history, The Silent Sentinel is a perfect tool for learning. A teachable moment for a family visiting downtown. Standing at its base, a parent can explain to a child what happened during the Civil War era and that brother fought brother over deeply divided ways of life that included slavery. Yes, history can be taught reasonably in the public square. Now that teachable moment will be gone. All because some people, who have never been enslaved by anyone, are beating their chests, burning buildings and the flag, looting businesses and whining about being "offended" by all manner of images, flags, statues, etc. that they say are racist, supporting supposed "white supremacy" and other nonsense. I for one am sick of it. People need to get a grip on reason and stop being offended at the drop of a hat.
Maybe we should take the removal of the "Silent Sentinel" a little further on the logic train. Let's rename Leesburg. Never mind that it wasn't named for Robert E. Lee, but it does have the name Lee in it, and the Confederate statue haters should be offended by that. It should remind them of oppression and slavery. Let's not stop with Leesburg, it's time to rename Virginia. After all, it was a bastion of the Confederate States of America. That should get the lemmings lathered up; living on the very ground of a commonwealth that fought to retain its way of life -- the right to keep slaves. Instead of Virginian, maybe they should be called Offendians, under the new Commonwealth of Offended Ones, with its capital of Absurdium, of course.