As a loyal unionist, I certainly don't want traitors to the United States to be admired or praised. But Abraham Lincoln wanted these confederates pardoned so the country could join back together after more than 600,000 American lay dead. America's debt was paid in blood. Context is everything. When were the monuments created and why? Sadly, these career democratic politicians are pushing this virtue signaling in an election year in a cynical ploy for votes. Until the Democrats are fully willing to admit the out-sized role that their party has played in perpetuating slavery and racism for most of American history, they should stop libeling Republicans for comparably minimal mistakes in this area.