The Confederate flag was retired from the South Carolina Capitol following the murder of prayer group attendees at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylan Roof in June 2015. Not to be outdone in knee-jerk reactions, the New Orleans, Louisiana city council voted later that year to “take down statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place will also go.”
What began with vehement protests on both sides of the issue of Civil War history, ended with barely a whimper as the last of the “offensive” monuments were dismantled in New Orleans on May 20, 2017. The statues will be replaced by public art and the U.S. flag until these items are deemed offensive, one may presume.
In today’s news, “A noose was found Wednesday in a public gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture museum, the second such incident on Smithsonian grounds in less than a week, officials said.” Obviously, it wasn’t part of the exhibit, because it reveals the truth of racism!
The politically correct sanitation of American history justifies Orwellian prophecies regarding a “Ministry of Truth” in his novel, 1984. History has become a blank page for a reimagined narrative designed to frame the past to fit the present propaganda.
Removing monuments to unpleasant episodes in our nation’s history sets a dangerous precedent on numerous levels. For starters, this juvenile response literally “whitewashes” the era of slavery. By hiding the evidence, we might someday make the claim that the scourge of human ownership never even existed! How will we learn from our mistakes if we don’t acknowledge and remember them?
What’s next? With the advent of digital media, it’s just too easy to rewrite history to soothe our fragile collective consciousness. Slavery? We won’t speak of it again. Too upsetting. We can just pretend it never happened.
But, the founding document of our Republic (lately misidentified as a Democracy) mentions slavery! In fact, our founders specifically stated that a slave would be counted as only 3/5 of a person! This, too, should be expunged from our collective memory! Where’s the Wite-Out?
Nevermind the facts. Just as the Civil War was fought to rid our nation of slavery, the 3/5 Compromise was designed to legislate the natural death of human exploitation. This compromise was meant to prevent Southern states from “gaming the system” by buying more slaves to be represented by pro-slavery Congressmen. While mathematically viable, the trajectory of the plan failed to satisfy the righteous indignation of the free states. Under the first Republican President, a war was fought to end slavery in our nation once and for all.
But that’s irrelevant in this current era of victimhood. Because “feelings”. It offends the sensibilities of those who care little for the context of history to see the words “3/5 of a person” in reference to African-Americans, so the truth must be sacrificed.
Why stop there?
As President Obama lamented, the Constitution is “a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.” He shares the opinion of those who propose changes to our rule of law that would promote “redistributive change”.
Motivated by a misunderstanding of the General Welfare Clause, Progressives enjoy the feeling of meeting the needs and desires of Americans using other people’s money, especially when it “empowers” the victim class.
Why have a balance of powers between three equal branches of government? The President, elected by the people in our “Democracy” should have the power to make all decisions that benefit those who identify as victims. Why limit the President to two terms? Let’s crown him our King!
Why do we need 2/3 of the Congress or the states to amend the Constitution? Let’s just take an online poll!
The Constitution is old. It’s outdated and some of it offends the uneducated! How dare our nation’s Capital display it in the Rotunda of the National Archives building! It has to go!
And it will unless We the People stand up to this nonsense and refuse to submit to an Orwellian dystopia where the whims of man supersede the Rule of Law in the context of recorded history. Governor Kay Ivey recently displayed a glimmer of hope by signing a bill approving the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017.
Martin Luther King, Jr. knew the true impact of history. He said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Yes, even the ugly painful parts of our history define our path forward. It’s how we determine to repair and refocus the future narrative that matters.
Perhaps George Orwell will be proved correct when in 1943 he stated his fear that the Spanish War would be remembered more for its propaganda than the historical events he experienced first-hand. “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”
These lies are not harmless. In this politically correct age of denial, they will be fashioned into the very shackles of a reconstituted enslavement under new tyrants.
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