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Silent Sam’s vandals emulate dictators’ mobs

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If you were watching The History Channel last week, the events in Chapel Hill looked eerily like the events used to bring Lenin, Stalin and Hitler to power.

Reminiscent of the KKK, law enforcement and the chancellor appear intimidated by the drunken mob that tumbled the Civil War memorial erected in 1913 by granddaughters of loved ones lost on both sides of that war apparently because neo-abolitionists were offended by its presence.

The blessings of liberty have come at great cost, not only at Gettysburg, but also Normandy. The carnage on the south side of Chicago serves as a reminder that those blessings of liberty have not been secured for everyone. For those offended by the destruction of this memorial, “shutting out the light to expose the shadows” only serves those who celebrate the Divided States of America.

Joe Exum

Snow Hill

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