If you’re not familiar with the details of the Galactic Civil War (from the Star Wars series), let me fill you in.
What was once a “Republic” slowly became an “Empire” after the Clone Wars–as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine started getting too big for his britches. (He told citizens he only wanted to make the realm safer, as he amassed more and more power for himself.)
Pretty soon, instead of Chancellor, Palpatine was officially an “Emporer.”
And he would have gotten away with it, too!
…If it weren’t for the courage of a band of Rebels, who fought for the freedom of the people to govern themselves rather than be ruled by an all-powerful, centralized power.
They were under-equipped and grossly outnumbered. But… (*spoiler alert*) The Rebels won!
Why am I telling you this?
Well, it easily could have been the story of the American Civil War–except the Rebels in that story surrendered.
And that’s why Americans–one hundred and fifty years later–are doing THIS with Rebel statues:
If history is written by the victors, then the North’s version of What Happened is the one we know today. But what if The Rebels had won? (HBO’s TV series “Confederate” imagines this scenario…) Would we be tearing down statues of Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln?
What actually happened was, the Rebels were unable to rally and conquer, as they were in Star Wars. So, Robert E. Lee decided the extreme loss of life wasn’t worth resisting the top-down rule of Federal government any longer. He wanted his soldiers to return to civilian life–as united Americans–rather than be wiped out entirely.
And the rest of the Confederate Generals soon followed…submitting to the Empire…and trading some freedom for some peace…
Perhaps things would have been different, and the Rebels would have fought to the bitter end, if Abraham Lincoln had destroyed an entire planet with a Death Star, just to make a point.
Anyway–what I want to ask the people tearing down Confederate monuments is this: why do you hate Luke Skywalker?
Are you sure you know which are the Good Guys and which are Bad? (Is there even such a thing, in war?)
I’ve noticed the anti-war types like to humanize both armies, when talking about a foreign war that’s currently going on…
Remember this video that went viral sometime last year?
A CIA agent declares the “everybody thinks they’re the good guys” and believes Americans need to quit oversimplifying the conflict in the Middle East.
Everybody cheered! Yes, ISIS seems like it’s doing some bad stuff. But they don’t believe it’s bad! They think they’re defending their families and countrymen from The Enemies…
So, I’m just wondering, why don’t we give the same benefit of the doubt to our perceived “enemies” in American history?
Everyone thinks they’re the good guys.
Everybody thinks they’re Luke Skywalker.
As the CIA agent in the video puts it:
“You ask anyone [in Iraq or Syria] and ask anybody why America dropped bombs, you’ll get, ‘They were waging war on Islam.’ And you walk in America and ask, ‘Why were we attacked on 9/11?’ and you get: ‘They hate us because we’re free.’
[But] those are stories manufactured by a really small number of people amassing a great deal of power and wealth by convincing the rest of us to keep killing each other.”
Again–keep in mind that this woman was praised for her balanced perspective and wisdom 12 months ago. But something tells me she has lost some fans, now that the war is in our own back yard.
Can the KKK and BLM/Antifa appreciate this advice TODAY, which they probably were sharing with their Conservative friends, to defend Islam, back in 2016?
“The only way to disarm your enemies is to listen to them. If you hear them out, if you’re really brave enough to listen to their story, you can see that, more often than not, you might have made some of the same choices if you lived their life instead of yours.”
Hmmm… we disarm our enemies with empathy and reasonableness?
…not with pepper spray and pee-filled balloons?
…not by tearing down the monuments of their heroes?
There are a lot of similarities between what the Freedom Fighters of today are saying, and what Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederacy) said years ago:
“I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.”
Violence is necessary, for a good cause.
It’s just a little hiccup that everyone thinks the good cause is theirs…
All of us are encouraged by the rally cry of Bail Organa, when he declared rebellion toward the Galactic Empire:
“We agree that the time for diplomacy and politics has passed. It is now time for action… Therefore let this be an official declaration of rebellion! Today, we all vow to change the galaxy, and one day the galaxy will indeed be free!”
It’s inspiring isn’t it! We Rebels, standing for the Truth!
I believe the divisions between Good Guy and Bad Guy are pretty obvious, and that my perspective on history is the right one.
But that’s not really surprising, is it?
Everyone thinks they’re Luke Skywalker…even as they tear down Skywalkers of the past.
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