John Bowden, The Hill, December 11, 2018
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Tuesday called for a plaque honoring the Confederacy to be removed from Texas’s state Capitol.
Bush, the eldest child of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, wrote on Twitter that the “time has come” for Texas to remove the monument, which bears text asserting that the true cause of the Civil War was not to defend the practice of slavery.
“The war between the states was not a rebellion,” the plaque, which was erected in 1959, reads in part. “Nor was it’s underlying cause to sustain slavery.”
Texas lawmakers have fought to have the plaque removed from the Capitol, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has argued that removing the plaque is not within his authority.
“This plaque was put up at a vote by the Texas Legislature. It’s the Texas Legislature with the responsibility to take it down,” he said earlier this year according to the Texas Tribune. “Should they take it down because of the factual inaccuracy? Absolutely.”