- 1The crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.
‘they were convicted of treason’
Robert E. Lee was the leader of an armed force that attempted the overthrow of the government of the United States. Why should there be a statue of him or any other traitor on public property at taxpayers’ expense? The terrorist attack in Charlottesville, resulting in death and serious injury in defense of this statue is the latest lynch mob action in this country. It is the predictable repeat of the Greensboro massacre of 1979. However lynch mobs are not endemic to the South as the Eric Garner case demonstrates.
At the end of the Civil War had the criminal ringleaders of the so-called Confederacy received the punishment reserved for traitors we wouldn't have this problem today. The true character of these criminals is best exemplified by their chieftain Jefferson Davis who told Northern peace commissioners that the only choices for the so called Confederacy were "Independence or extermination". Extermination for who? Certainly not old Jeff who died in his bed in his eighties. It was extermination for the dupes who were killed defending the indefensible and tragically those who gave their lives defending the highest vales of this country. A whole section of this country has been allowed to worship such duplicitous frauds with statues and incorporate them into their “heritage” which is nothing more than a home grown Nazism. This type of thing will continue and escalate until racism, slavery and/or extermination of entire people is opposed and condemned at least as much as communism is.