If you want to put the brakes on the public’s willingness to tear down Confederate monuments there’s no faster way than this, expanding the scope of “problematic” figures from secessionists who fought against the United States to the Founding Fathers who created it. If Robert E. Lee and George farking Washington are a package deal, guess how most Americans are going to feel about the package.

I’m sympathetic to moving CSA memorials from public squares to historical battlefields and museums but that sympathy ends as the idol-smashing impulse expands to genuine American heroes.