The song Imagine was one of John Lennon’s most popular and continues to resonate with people of all ages today. It has a nice soothing tune and is relaxing and Lennon seems to be calling his listeners to a higher purpose. Lennon asks us to imagine a world where everyone lives in peace and harmony and there’s no more killing or strive. In short: Utopia.
Lennon does not factor in sin. In fact he asks us to imagine “no heaven, no hell” and by inference, no God. Sin will not allow the utopia he describes and longs for in his song.
Imagine is, at its core, anti-religion, anti-god & anti-authority. Is it any wonder that the generations that grew up listening to this soulful lament have become the political correctness police of our age?
The Confederacy was not our shining hour as a country; neither was slavery. However, the Civil War defined us and turned the United States from “the United States are” to “the United States is.” A subtle, but important difference. Without the Confederacy, there would have been no Civil War and as tragic as it was, that war defined us.
So, now the PC people are protesting and demanding that Confederate statues be removed. News alert: removing statues does not change history. Re-writing history textbooks does not change history. Some of these men were quite noble and deserve a place in our nation’s memory. For instance, Robert E. Lee in April 1865 took communion with an African-American—oh, but he was a racist.
Where does it stop? George Washington owned slaves, so let’s tear his statues and that monument down. Abraham Lincoln? Bi-polar by most accounts. Can’t have a mental illness honored, so down with his statues too. Oh, and get the jackhammers ready, as Rushmore will have to be altered. John F. Kennedy was a womanizer; we can’t honor him.
This side of heaven no one is perfect. We all have flaws and imperfections that we don’t want exposed. These Confederate soldiers and politicians fought for what they believed in and deserve a place in our history. Some were scoundrels but most were noble men. Imagine if we had lost the Revolutionary War? George Washington would not be a hero. He’d be a villain. Would he be any less noble? No.
Imagine no political correctness—we’d have history that would be transparent with no whitewashing the parts we don’t particularly like.