The National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA) recently determined that America's founding
documents may be "harmful or difficult" for some users to view since
they reflect "outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions."
Therefore, it posted a “Harmful language alert” above its online catalog of the
documents. You know, offensive documents like the Declaration of Independence,
the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
When users click the alert
link, they are redirected to NARA's "Statement on Potentially Harmful
Content,” where the agency dutifully and dolefully explains that it is
"[their] charge to preserve and make available these historical
records." Just doing our job, repulsive as it is, doggone it.
NARA then helpfully includes
a lengthy and specific list of the types of "harmful or difficult"
content that may be encountered when one reads through the documents. It notes
that some items may:
racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions
discriminatory toward or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender,
religion, and more;
graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical
procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.
Below the online catalog of
the heinous freedom-inducing documents, NARA solemnly vows to work "in
conjunction with diverse communities" so as to “balance the preservation
of [America's] history with sensitivity to how these materials are presented to
and perceived by users."
Earlier this year, NARA’s
Task Force on Racism asserted that the rotunda in NARA’s own flagship building
is an example of “structural racism” because it “lauds wealthy white men in the
nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC, women, and other communities.” The
Task Force’s report recommended that "trigger warnings" be put in
place with historical content to "forewarn audiences of content that may
cause intense physiological and psychological symptoms." The report
states: "Providing an advisory notice to users gives us an opportunity to
mitigate harm and contextualize the records. It creates a space to share with
the public our ultimate goals for reparative description, demonstrate our
commitment to the process, and address any barriers that we may face in
achieving these goals."
Whew. Where to start? “Harmful
language alert?” For our founding documents?! Listen to many rap music songs
and you’ll hear potentially harmful language. The lies emanating from the mainstream media and the mouths
of many of our ruling elites can truly be considered harmful language. Should
the Founders not have spoken of taxation without representation and resisting
arbitrary and odious British rule? Apparently, NARA considers “When, in the course of human
events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands
which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of
nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires
that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation” harmful language.
“Reparative description” is naught
but a euphemism for
altering history to suit one’s needs, for obfuscating, selectively
highlighting, inventing… lying. Those of a leftist bent are enraged that the
Founders didn’t specifically mention, say, the non-binary or the LGBTQ
community? In the 1700s? Guess what? The unacknowledged truth is they didn’t
have to. They did something far better and more profound. They proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.”
It is impossible to be more
inclusive than “all men are created equal” and are “endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness.” (Don’t give me the “but they only
meant ‘men’ crap.” “Men” simply meant “human beings.”)
That declaration was
unprecedented, radical, shocking to much of the world, and more inclusive than anything
ever uttered before, indicative of a society that would be more inclusive than
any other society ever was.
That was the whole point.
And that inclusiveness, and those
rights, were guaranteed! Not by a man or a government made up of imperfect,
fallible humans. But by our Creator. So they should never—could never—legitimately
be taken from any of us.
The Founders knew that pure
democracy had always led to chaos and the abridging of minority rights by the
majority. That’s why they birthed a representative republic. They
disdained monarchy and detested tyranny and dictatorship. Yet today,
Democratic-Socialists, big government champions, the Deep State-- and their
lying media lapdogs-- think nothing of trying to strip us of our rights. They
are bringing the country ever closer to the tyranny the Founders so detested.
Democrats and progressives
can literally say anything, no matter how vile and demonstrably false, and get
away with it. Yet many of these “woke” charlatans label our Founding documents
as “harmful language?!”
NARA thinks these documents
may somehow be “difficult” to view?
The opposite should be the
case. They inspired a nation. And much of the world. They gave hope to
countless souls. If anything, they should resonate more strongly today than at
any time since the Civil War.
“Difficult?” Each of us
should commit to doing the “difficult” things, like pushing back and telling
the truth. No matter how great the cost may be.
Let us vow to rescue and resuscitate the nation
the Founders created.
Let us vow never to
surrender. It is fitting that we do this on 9/11.