Of all the political takes about removing Confederate statues, this is by far the worst.
“To me, it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that,” [Maine Gov. Paul] LePage told WGAN news radio.
In his normal daily verbal excretions, Maine Gov. Paul LePage makes Donald Trump look like Edmund Burke. He makes Anthony Scaramucci look like William F. Buckley. You get the idea here.
But this one is so over the top, and demonstrates such an insurmountable summit of ignorance, that LePage should be labeled as mentally disabled and removed from office for uttering it.
I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll start with the 32nd governor of Maine. His name was Joshua Chamberlain. Prior to his election to that office, Chamberlain served in the U.S. Army, where he led the 20th Maine Infantry.
You might have heard of them (or seen the movie “Gettysburg” where the part of Chamberlain was played by Jeff Daniels). They successfully defended Little Round Top, charging down the hill–a charge that inspired the book “The Killer Angels.”
Chamberlain was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action on Little Round Top. I don’t think he would have much to say about equating Confederate statues with memorializing the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history.
I do know Chamberlain, along with 68 previous governors of Maine who have descended into their tombs, are rolling furiously in their graves. I can’t imagine the living former governors, who include sitting Sen. Angus King, would have a whole lot of good things to say either.
Oh, and another thing: There are no Confederate monuments in Maine.
LePage is an utter idiot.