When I look at what just happened in Charlottesville on TV, I think of an Outer Limits episode opening. "You have lost complete control of your TV. You cannot adjust the vertical or the horizontal. You have entered into what may be called the Outer Limits and you are doomed to relive history."
The different militant factions that clashed in Charlottesville were, as President Trump said, "all at fault with plenty of blame to go around." The militant arm of the hijacked Black Lives Matter movement, the always militant Nazi movement and the Aryan Nation aka the KKK were just a number of the demonstrators but they carried the day with the hatred on both sides. Those that were there to peacefully protest the removal (or nonremoval) of the statue were blindsided by the hatred. It was just as in an Outer Limits episode -- you could almost see the Confederate soldier statue begin to fix his bayonet on his Tower musket, you could almost see the Union officer statue at Gettysburg begin to pull his sword from his scabbard and you could almost see the The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. statue begin to shake his head no and raise his hand to as if to say stop!
These statues were placed by our forefathers to remember what happened in this country not necessarily to glorify it.
When I travel the Old Emmittsburg Road through Gettysburg and see the open fields where 10,000 Confederate soldiers perished charging the Union Army lines, I think about how could this have happened in this country. How could Americans kill Americans? The monuments erected there are to make you realize, yes, this happened here and it should never happen again.
Just like the preserved concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau horrors happened there and shouldn't be bulldozed into oblivion. Or the "Dome" at Hiroshima Park shouldn't be torn down and forgotten but remembered. No, no, no, let the statues stand, mow the grass around them in the summer and clean the pigeon poop off of them occasionally, but let them stand in remembrance. It's a small price to pay so we don't have to go through this again to the Outer Limits.