Texans overwhelmingly oppose the removal of historical monuments, according the a new survey.
In its newest scientific poll of 1,000 Texans conducted by Gravis, 57 percent-to-27 percent of Texans want Confederate monuments to stay. And schools named after General Robert E. Lee? Those can stay too, if 66 percent of those surveyed have their way. Only 22 percent opposed confederate-inspired school names remaining unchanged.
Christopher Ekstrom, the Conservative Response Team’s national chairman, welcomed the survey results:
Texans, including many Democrats, oppose removing Confederate monuments and renaming schools — actions that would be prohibited under legislation currently in the Texas House and Senate.
The issue is one that currently animates the Texas political landscape. A new TV and radio ad makes an appeal to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to fight the mounting effort by Democrats to systematically tear down Texas history, saying that he “needs to make this happen … now,”
Land Commissioner George P. Bush signed an Alamo redesign plan that includes dismantling and relocating the Cenotaph — memorial to the men who died for Texas liberty.
“Carefully disassemble the structure and conserve all the marble sections in a controlled environment,” the plan reads. “Provide a new structure [non – corrosive assembly instead of reinforced concrete],” it continues.
It’s always best to respect a monument by tearing it apart and moving it somewhere else.
“Several potential locations were considered. The proposed location … will provide appropriate context and symbolism for the structure.”
Other demographics in the Gravis survey were not as solidly behind protecting Texas history — but margins favoring removal in these groups are still lower than may be expected. Gravis found that African-Americans just 55 percent of African-Americans favor monument removal, with 22 percent opposed. Only 53 percent of African-Americans support renaming schools, while 30 percent oppose that idea.
By strong margins, Hispanics favor historical preservation. A mere 35 percent of Hispanics support monument removal, with 51 percent opposed. 27 percent of Hispanics favor renaming schools, with 68 percent opposed.
And by political affiliation?
Republicans solidly oppose monument removal (8 percent in favor, 84 percent against) while Democrats favor removal by just 44 to 36.
In January, a survey conducted by Atlantic Research found very similar results.
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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