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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Across the United States, statues of Confederate figures are finally being removed from public spaces. Considering that these statues embody a shameful heritage of racism " and the majority of Americans want them gone " taking them down would seem pretty open-and-shut, not to mention long overdue. (And I, for one, would be happy to relocate all of them to the bottom of a river.) But opponents claim to be worried about one issue in particular: "Those statues represent our history. If we remove them, we run the risk of forgetting an important chapter of our past." Assuming that this concern is genuine, I have some great news: Hungary came up with a solution for this problem decades ago.

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After the fall of communism, Eastern Europeans did not wait long to remove those statues; most were torn down within weeks, or even days, and tossed onto the trash heap of history. And I can promise you: More than 30 years later, nobody is in danger of "forgetting" the dark days of communism.

In Budapest, however, they took a slightly different approach. Some entrepreneur gathered some the city's rejected statuary to display in a big field on the outskirts of town. And today Memento Park still welcomes visitors.

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Melt them down, make Obama peace coins out of them just to "own" the (R)tards.

#1 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-06-20 04:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Put them some place they will all fit... up Trump's butt.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-21 12:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are laws against displaying socialist artifacts in many parts of Europe.

Why not sell them to whomever wants to buy them. Whether you agree with them or not, they are part of history. And many are actually very well constructed.

#3 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-06-21 01:46 PM | Reply

Why ban them? Because of what they represent. See Also: Child Pornography.

"Whether you agree with them or not, they are part of history."

That's a dumb thing to say. Every material object man has ever created is by definition a part of history. Child pornography is part of history too. So let's market it!

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-21 02:40 PM | Reply

Put them some place they will all fit... up Trump's butt.

#2 | POSTED BY CORKY

Would require a Hugh ---------. Have you calculated the requirements for such an operation?

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-21 03:37 PM | Reply

Yes and it's a mathematical possibility, lol.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-21 03:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"That's a dumb thing to say. Every material object man has ever created is by definition a part of history. Child pornography is part of history too. So let's market it!"

So...if there is a memorial to child pornography, I'm not aware.

There is a statue of Lenin in Seattle though. Should that be torn down? Lenin was far more a monster than any American who has been immortalized.

And let's not forget FDR and his imprisonment of Americans during WWII. What should we do with him, Snoofster?

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-06-22 04:11 PM | Reply

You're spamming the statue of Lenin on two threads now?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-22 04:12 PM | Reply

"There is a statue of Lenin in Seattle though. Should that be torn down?"

It was torn down. That's how it got from Russia to Fremont.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-22 04:12 PM | Reply

"And let's not forget FDR and his imprisonment of Americans during WWII."

Was the statue put up to remind Japanese American they aren't welcome here?
You know, like statues of Confederate generals were put up to oppose the Civil Rights movement.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-22 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Take em down and form the most bad-ass over-sized Civil War chess set evar!

#11 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2020-06-22 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Was the statue put up to remind Japanese American they aren't welcome here?"

Uh, yeah. Actually.

There is, in fact, and entire FDR memorial in Washington D.C.

With two statues, as well as a bunch of other stuff. Plenty of stuff to destroy.

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-06-22 04:35 PM | Reply

"Take em down and form the most bad-ass over-sized Civil War chess set evar!"

Nice work...that's some serious lemonade!

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-06-22 04:35 PM | Reply

"Was the statue put up to remind Japanese American they aren't welcome here?"
Uh, yeah. Actually.

It's been a while since I've seen it:
Which part of the FDR memorial makes that statement?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-22 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is a statue of Lenin in Seattle though.

It's privately owned and on private property.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2020-06-22 08:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's privately owned and on private property.

#15 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2020-06-22 08:10 PM

Does that make it okay with you that a statute of the progenitor of the Red Terror stays up in a US city when statues of Grant and Washington are being pulled down, even on private property?

#16 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-22 09:48 PM | Reply

Pretty sure there are museums to most of these guys. It actually might be interesting if the road to Gettysburg was lined with statues of generals from both sides.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2020-06-23 12:45 AM | Reply

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