In light of all of the ways Confederate symbols in the U.S offends BLM and other race-oriented organizations, the Democrats in the House Appropriations Committee have advanced a new bill that includes a provision to target Confederate symbols in national parks across the country.
House Democrats voted along party lines to pass the fiscal 2021 bill for the Interior Department. The bill requires the National Park Service to take action against Confederate monuments, statues, and plaques.
“The bill includes language directing the architect of the Capitol to remove statues or busts on the U.S. Capitol that represent figures who participated in Confederate army, as well as the statues of individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). “They have no place in the greatest legislative institution in the world.”
In addition, the bill would ban the National Park Service from using funds to purchase or display the Confederate flag, unless it is being used in a historical way. If that is not bad enough, the legislation would also require that the Interior secretary submit an inventory list to Congress of all of the assets that have Confederate names.
“We must recognize and confront the horror of institutional slavery and those who fought to preserve it,” stated Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). “These painful symbols of support insinuate slavery, treason and racism, and have no place in our country.”
President Donald Trump has openly criticized the removal of monuments around the country. In fact, he has recommended 10 years in prison for anyone who defaces any of our national monuments – Confederate or not. The president also promised that no military bases named after Confederate generals would be renamed.
“I just think it is freedom of speech,” said the president. “Whether it is the Confederate flag, Black Lives Matter, or anything else you want to talk about: it’s freedom of speech.”
Democrats have been attempting to remove Confederate symbols for many years now. In 2015, there was a similar amendment drafted to ban Confederate flags from national cemeteries. The Republican-controlled House did not agree and stopped the legislation.
It is not surprising that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team is heading the call for the removal of Confederate portraits in the Capitol and Confederate statues displayed in the Capitol complex. It is the agenda of the Left to divide the country as best as they can.
The bill is currently awaiting a vote on the House floor next week. Although the Democrats have the majority, the Republican-led Senate will likely call for revisions and may actually speak out against the monument provision.