Jon Meacham – The New York Times:
To me, the answer to Mr. Trump’s question begins with a straightforward test: Was the person to whom a monument is erected on public property devoted to the American experiment in liberty and self-government? Washington and Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were. Each owned slaves; each was largely a creature of his time and place on matters of race. Yet each also believed in the transcendent significance of the nation, and each was committed to the journey toward “a more perfect Union.”
By definition, the Confederate hierarchy fails that test.
I share an opinion with the man who wrote biographies of Jefferson and Jackson. Confederate “heroes” go. American heroes stay.