On Thursday, the Georgia House passed a bill protecting historical monuments of all kinds, but democrats and liberal outlets are screaming it is designed to make it harder to remove confederate history from the public.
The bill passed 100-71, making penalties much stiffer for vandals who deface the state’s public and private monuments, and it makes it more difficult for local jurisdictions to destroy American history through the removal of any marker.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Jeff Mullis, has said he proposed Senate Bill 77 “to protect all monuments.”
And, that’s exactly what it does.
The legislation now heads back to the Senate, which will have to approve changes that were made in the House, and one democrat had previously voted from it when it was approved on a party-line vote earlier this month.
During the debate, state Rep. Alan Powell demonstrated the rise in hate of historical monuments by playing a slideshow, which demonstrated damaged memorials from World War I, cemeteries and the Peace Monument in Piedmont Park.
“This bill is about inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” he explained. “This isn’t about Confederate monuments, it’s about all monuments.”
Powell said vandalizing monuments has become the “chic” thing to do.
“It’s not civil disobedience — it’s a crime,” he said.
Moreover, it seeks to erase portions of American history and the honor bestowed on countless people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
Most of the vandals have never sacrificed a single thing, nor do they have any honor… they have grown up being told that their feelings are the most important thing and coddled with participation trophies and other communist ideals by liberal educators.
Under current law, if a vandal is caught and charged with a crime, a judge gets to determine the retribution, including repair or replacement of the damaged memorial.
The new law will arbitrarily require that vandals pay up to three times the cost of the damage, along with legal fees.
Measures that tried to allow local governments the ability to tear down history have been defeated over the past years.
Democrats in Georgia are not happy.
They are fighting to destroy history and whitewash America so that people’s ‘feelings’ aren’t offended by something that happened nearly 150 years ago.
“SB 77 is disguised as the bill to protect all historical monuments in Georgia,” said democrat Rep. Angelika Kausche. “It’s not lost on anyone that its purpose is to silence the debate surrounding Confederate monuments in Georgia.”
The legislation will also require that any removal of memorials are placed in a “site of similar prominence.”
For the past few years, DeKalb officials have been trying to relocate the 30-foot-tall obelisk praising Confederate soldiers in downtown Decatur.
The monument was erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.Many liberals take exception to the fact that the monument both honors the dead, and the ‘lost cause’ of states’ rights, and want to at least have a notice saying that slavery was the cause of the War Between the States.
For now, the memorial stone is staying, and if the bill passes, it could become very difficult for liberals to scrub history.