Sandblast it?

Sandblast it?

This episode’s topics were chosen by listener feedback. You do have a voice on the podcast!

Mike was wondering about whether history is going to be erased after (what amounts to) a “Robert E. Lee slept here” plaque was removed because it was allegedly a Confederate “symbol”.

And Barb weighed in with her opinion of whether or not Whataburger can choose who it serves. Can they decide that they won’t let in anyone openly carrying a gun?

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Show transcript

One of the many links I posted on the Consider This Facebook and Google+ pages was a news story that Confederate “symbols” were being taken down from the Bexar County Courthouse near San Antonio, Texas. This was very soon after South Carolina removed its official display of the Confederate flag. But the “symbols” in Texas included this.

The symbols that were ordered to be removed included a plaque adjacent to the courthouse of the Confederate flag and a reference to the Jefferson Davis Highway that was never approved or built by the federal government.

The other symbol is a plaque outside the former Federal Reserve Building that the county recently purchased, and marks the site where the Vance House once stood.

According to the plaque, Gen. Robert E. Lee stayed at the Vance House during his visits to San Antonio in the mid-1800s.

OK, the flag and a reference to a non-existent highway I get. But an historical plaque that basically says, “Robert E. Lee slept here”, is a Confederate “symbol”? Well, listener Michael McGee had this to say, “The history is still true right? Did they vote to go back in time and banish Lee from Texas?”

The only politically correct thing I could reply was, “Who is this Lee you speak of?” But this is indeed a case of overreach that I’m concerned about. The NAACP chapter in Atlanta officially called for the sand-blasting of the figures of Generals Robert E. Lee, and “Stonewall” Jackson, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the side of Stone Mountain. You may not have heard of it – I know I hadn’t before moving here in 1985 – but it’s called the largest high-relief sculpture in the world.

Just an interesting aside; the guy who started the Stone Mountain carving had disagreements with the managers of the project after carving only Lee’s head. After he left, he later did the carving on Mount Rushmore. True story.

Anyway, I don’t think sand-blasting is ever going to happen. Stone Mountain is a Georgia state park that is a huge tourist attraction, so they aren’t going to do anything to threaten that. Besides, others who have called for the removal of Confederate flags have said that they should only be seen in a museum, and even Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, one of the most liberal you’ll find, was a voice of reason in that dispute.

And that’s saying something, since he once expressed concern that the island of Guam would tip over and capsize if too many military personnel were stationed there. So yeah, when he’s the voice of reason, you need to rethink your position. I will note that his district includes Stone Mountain, so make of that what you will.

The NAACP did say that they would accept a “compromise” of adding other figures to the mountain to give a bigger picture, so to speak, of the historical events. Some have suggested Martin Luther King, Jr, though I’d suggest someone more contemporary to the time, like Harriet Tubman.

But the fact that we’re having to compromise to avoid the literal sand-blasting of history should give us all pause. Allow me to appropriate a famous quote for this situation; Those who delete the past are condemned to repeat it.


I asked a question on the Facebook page and in my Twitter feed, but I screwed it up. I need to do these things after my Mountain Dew. Yes, most people prefer coffee, but Dew is my caffeine delivery system.

Anyway, I asked, with regard to one of the topics in the last episode, “Do you think Whataburger should be allowed to refuse concealed-carry customers?” Of course, if you were paying attention, as I’m sure you all were, the Texas franchise started refusing open-carry customers, as a nod to those not comfortable with visible guns in a restaurant. Concealed-carry customers are still permitted. This foul-up was caught by my brother-in-law Doug. (Yes, that’s his name, and yes, it has been the source of confusion and hilarity.)

Listener Barb responded to the tweet, and her answer, though it was to the wrongly-worded question, pretty much answers it either way. She said, “Yes — any business should have the right to dictate what its terms & conditions of doing business will be. If someone doesn’t like it — don’t let the door hit you on your way out!”

Yup, as I said, that is their right. Your right is to decide who gets your burger money. And these two rights don’t make a wrong. Nobody’s rights have to be taken away so someone else can have their rights. Well, except Christians, of course. Totally different situation. Somehow.

Oh, and Barb also noted she has a concealed-carry permit. Bad guys, beware.

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