It is high time we stop honoring traitors who committed treason against the greatest and most democratic nation on the face of the Earth. These traitors fielded an army of rebellion, led by a slave owner, against a democratically elected government. All statues and monuments to these traitors should and must be pulled down, as their very existence is an affront to our conscience.

We have their names, all 56 of them. Their statues and monuments must come down. Their flags of rebellion must be consigned to museums as relics of a time long ago, red, white and blue banners of 13 stars raised by traitors in support of their treason.

Not many years after this despicable act of treason, a politician rose up to declare:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. — This is a most valuable — a most sacred right — a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. — Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. — Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit. — More than this, a majority of any portion of such people may revolutionize, putting down a minority, intermingled with, or near about them, who may oppose their movement. …”

Deluded Southerners, you may call them patriots, when, in fact, they were traitors.

The 56 traitors are the signers of a declaration of independence written by a slave owner from Virginia, Thomas Jefferson; their general was a slave owner from Virginia, George Washington. The speech defending such actions was given on Jan. 12, 1848, by Congressman Abraham Lincoln.

And lest there be any confusion, when the Battle of Baton Rouge was fought in 1862, there was no Emancipation Proclamation, and the boys in blue were definitely NOT there to free the slaves. In fact, this famous war measure, effective Jan. 1, 1863, specifically excluded slaves in south Louisiana. But let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story.

Ed Ernewein

retired railroad employee