A major component of leadership is not getting people to follow you; it’s actually about getting people to go along with you. That also means you can tell a lot about an organization by both the leaders it creates and the people who believe in those leaders.
Keeping that in mind, today’s news from the Hoosier state is decidedly not very good for the “tear down the statues” crowd.
Take a good look at this guy. His name is Anthony Ventura. While we are not able to confirm if he’s related to former Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura or westler-turned-governor Jesse Ventura, we do know his dinner tonight will be courtesy of the taxpayers of Marion County as he was arrested for vandalizing a Confederate monument in Indianapolis’ Garfield Park.
First of all, just by looking at that mugshot, I’m pretty sure we can pencil in “mental illness” as your underlying cause for pretty much anything related to this guy. I’m not a psychiatrist, but I’m going out on a limb and saying anybody with the “Charlie Manson Stare” probably doesn’t have both oars in the water.
Second of all, just look at this video.
Video of Confederate grave marker defacement Garfield Park, Indianapolis. I DO NOT condone this! pic.twitter.com/3z4lzRuhIH
— Mass Ave Curmudgeon (@mass_ave) August 19, 2017
I’ve got to wonder what the plan was here. If this guy really thought he was going to take down a 50-ton chunk of granite with a $7 hammer from Home Depot, then there’s no doubt the cheese slipped off his cracker.
But the best part of this story is that the monument he thought he could take down is actually dedicated to Confederate prisoners of war who died in a prison camp in Indiana. Now, if you don’t remember, Civil War prison camps weren’t exactly up to snuff as far as the Geneva Convention was concerned. In fact, they were dismal hell-holes somewhere in between the Turkish prison from “Midnight Express” and the Bataan Death March. In other words, this knucklehead was protesting the Confederacy by defacing a monument to an atrocity committed AGAINST the Confederacy.
So, there you have it. If you are the leadership of the “tear down the statues” movement, this is who you’re inspiring. Not only does your cause have zero chance at tangibly changing anything because it’s pure symbolism over substance, but you’re trying to build an army of social justice warriors from the ranks of the crazy, stupid, or both.