American politics has devolved into emotivism. “I feel” has replaced “I think,” particularly for the ideologues on the Left, the fascists, communists, and socialists. They thrive on emotion, which is why they pick issues that will elicit an emotional response. But that is not who we are. The people I know who support monuments and symbols–across the United States–do so because they have a tangible connection to those things. This is hearth and home, kith and kin. We don’t tear down fences before asking why or who put the fence there and why it was important. Tradition matters, and we need to better express our interest in tradition.