If suddenly “outraged” leftists want to mimic ISIS and tear down cultural monuments and iconography, they should at least properly channel their vitriol into properly targeting these artifacts. If we’re going to take the mother of all erasers to American history, it should be done fairly and completely. If Robert E. Lee’s likenesses are to be relegated to some third-rate museum when not outright destroyed in ecstatic, orgiastic frenzies, then, certainly, the bust of Margaret Sanger should be promptly banished from the Smithsonian. If we are worried about the rise of neo-Nazis, display of this proud eugenicist on American soil should be permanently verboten.
In fact, if this was the standard, the entire Democratic Party should be banned from the fruited plain, as it is inextricably linked with slavery and the oppression of black people. For well over a century, it was one giant ball and chain on the collective ankles of African-Americans. Democrats voted against the 14th and 15th Amendments, granting blacks citizenship and the right to vote.
And any depiction of the Democratic Party’s donkey symbol should be summarily eviscerated.
If we have license to topple or ban any symbol or visible representation that we personally detest and find offensive, anarchists will revel in the destruction and chaos. I think the Wilson, Lyndon Johnson, Carter, and Clinton libraries should be razed. Any photo containing the image of Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Harry Reid, Bill de Blasio, etc., etc., must be shredded or burned.
Imagine how many streets, schools, airports, and cities will have to be renamed if we continue on our present rapid pace of rabid revisionism. Who gets to decide what is too offensive to be allowed to exist and what isn’t? Or can we all just go out and trash whatever the hell we want to, thereby toppling the rule of law, as well?
I am inclined to believe that what’s currently transpiring is, in part, a loosely orchestrated campaign. As Fox News’ Jesse Waters stated recently: “Maybe the left wants to tear down these statues so the country forgets that the Democratic Party enslaved black people.” Many idiots, college students among them, simply want to appear “cool,” tolerant, and enlightened. And anarchists, obviously, never can satisfy their appetite for destruction.
George Washington once said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” So, all you sheeple, go ahead and say “baaa, baaa,” when your masters demand it. Then be quiet and go where they tell you to. Who knows, maybe they’ll come for you last. I won’t cotton to them.
I guess, in the context of today’s world, I’m a black sheep.
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” Does any part of this passage ring true today? Does it sound familiar? It is from George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Orwell, again: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
Western moderates and conservatives have ceded control of the past…because, remarkably, they have (voluntarily) ceded control of the present. Therefore they- and their countries- have no future.
In an astoundingly misguided and pathos-laden effort to appear welcoming and tolerant, Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia have essentially signed off on their own demise. Mark Steyn noted in his typically brilliant post today (SteynOnline), regarding the “non-terror” attack in Melbourne in which a citizen of Afghan descent injured 19 people: “That's the scene in Melbourne. At street level, the area is cordoned off. Thousands of law-abiding citizens are disrupted in their daily business by an Australian citizen ‘of Afghan descent and mentally ill.’ At the far corner, that's St Paul's Cathedral. Can you see the banner they're displaying three days before Christmas? Anything about Jesus? Christianity? No. Instead:
He added, “In that post-Christian void - the shell of a church with faith in everything but itself - a very merry Muslim Christmas makes a perverted kind of sense,” before launching into an inspired remake of A Holly, Jolly Christmas. Steyn has rightly called the demographic transformation of the western world “the biggest story of our time,” one that will determine all the others.
It is logically impossible to believe, at the present time, that this will end well for the formerly competent- and confidant- West.