June 24, 2020
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the statue mobs:
“Two weeks ago, I argued that the civilian speech in America must face a crossroads.
“A major newspaper has come under pressure from a social media crowd. They apologized profusely for publishing a political topic from a United States senator and made changes to the staff to demonstrate their penance.
“I said that we can start our reasoned debate tradition all over again or let angry mobs manage our culture.
"Well, the last few days have reminded us that it's not just our debates today that far-left radicals want to overwhelm. They also want to rewrite our past.
"In 2017, when people wondered if the far left was satisfied with understandable conversations about Confederate statues, the major newspapers and media figures literally mocked this concern. They said there were obvious differences between the rebel generals and the founders of our nation. The mobs would never come for them.
“Well, the far left has missed the reminder.
“A few days ago, in Portland, Oregon, a crowd scratched a statue of our first president, pulled it down and burned an American flag over his head. This is George Washington.
“Another Washington statue has been defaced in Baltimore.
“A statue of Thomas Jefferson was also demolished in Portland.
“This is the general and first president who built our nation and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Brilliant statesmen who helped start this great experiment that brought freedom to hundreds of millions and saved the world a few times for good measure.
“Yet a crazy fringe is treating their monuments like vanity statues of tin tyrants. Our founding fathers are grounded as if they were Saddam Hussein.
“The list goes on.
“San Junipero Serra – the missionary settler that Pope Francis celebrated here in Washington a few years ago, to applaud bipartisan. He sided with the natives over the soldiers.
“Ulysses S. Grant – the general who crushed the Confederacy. The president who used federal force to fight the Klan.
“They too have been placed on the historic hit list for this new Red Guard that no one has elected. Other monuments fell up and down the west coast.
“There could be no clearer sign that these far-left radicals severed any connection with the just cause of racial justice. They literally tried to succeed where Robert E. Lee failed and bring General Grant to the ground.
“Now, like any Cultural Revolution, this far-left anger is sparing some of its heroes. I understand that in Seattle, a large statue of Vladimir Lenin has not been touched.
“Apparently, people say with a serious face that this communist statue survived because it is – wait – on private property!
“So the founding father of the Soviet Union kills en masse on the streets of Seattle, but our founding fathers are dragged into the dirt.
“A small slice of our national elite has spent years developing high-level theories to justify the lower and lower forms of anti-Americanism. The absurd claim that America's deepest founding principle is bigotry has escaped the ivory tower and has begun to penetrate society.
“The United States of America can and should have nuanced conversations about our complex past. We can and should have discussions about our future. We can and should have peaceful protests.
“But this illegality is useless. It's just an alliance of convenience between angry criminals who think it's fun to wreak havoc … and a slice of elite society that earns by saying that our country is evil and deserves abuse.
“The vast majority of Americans know very well that imperfect heroes are still heroes; that our imperfect union is still the largest nation in world history.
“The Americans know that our imperfect framers have built our nation on moral truths that have fueled improvement beyond anything their generation could have built.
“The American people know it. And they also know that we cannot allow angry mobs carrying the rope to act outside the rule of law.
“It was critical to the 14th amendment and the civil rights movement that law enforcement agencies and local authorities could not selectively do their job.
"If" equal protection of laws "means something, it means that mayors and governors cannot selectively repress because they would prefer not to pay the political price to address a particular crowd.
"But that's exactly what we're seeing in Democratic-run cities across the country.
“In Seattle, for weeks now, a mayor has allowed gangs of people to ban police from several square blocks. People have been affected. A teenager died.
“But apparently, stopping this madness was deemed less politically correct than letting it continue.
“Night after night, governors and mayors got up and saw the criminals paint the churches and topple the statues. Public order is now entirely optional and depends on the policy of offenders.
“Here in Washington last night, local police protected a monument from a memorial hunting crowd near the White House.
“The time has passed to replicate that courage in every city, every night, until the Americans have the peace and the rule of law that every citizen deserves.
"It is not surprising that people who want to say that our country is intrinsically evil are so frantic as to erase history that they break the law to do it.
“Clearing the story is the only way their claims could carry water.
“Americans know that an imperfect nation built by imperfect heroes is still the most perfect union the world has ever seen.
“We are proud to build statues of the geniuses who fought to found this country.
"We are proud to build statues of the leaders who have preserved it.
“We are proud to build statues of prophetic civil rights leaders who have forced the country to face serious injustices.
“We thank God that all kinds of imperfect people have made us a more perfect union.
“And when the dust settles, it is never the mobs or bullies that we honor. They are the brave leaders who face them. "
June 24, 2020