The situation in America is more than a little disconcerting and the handwriting is on the wall if we do not rectify the direction of the country immediately if not sooner. It was bad enough that we have been forced to endure what could only be called a house arrest for months. Now we are subjected to an intensified push to rewrite and sanitize our American history. The lunacy and historic illiteracy involved will not affect only this aspect of our American system of government and way of life. It will touch everything, and everything will be damaged if not destroyed in the process.
Sanitizing and rewriting history will not change the reality of what transpired it will only serve to eliminate the needed understanding of the errors and prevent us from avoiding them in the future. I’m not sure who can be credited with the quote, “History is not there for you to like or dislike. It is there for you to learn from it. And if it offends you, even better. Because then you are less likely to repeat it. It’s not yours to erase. It belongs to all of us!” I shout, AMEN!
Edmund Burke is credited with saying, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana’s original quote was most likely, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill paraphrased it, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” All apropos and germane to the current Sanitization Effort by the Left, BLM, ANTIFA, and the Politically Correct Activists operating prolifically in today’s climate.
Removing a statue, a memorial, a name from a public building or a sports team does not change the past. I will not argue that it is never appropriate or acceptable to rename something. However, to completely sanitize history and attempt to remove all reminders of our past is to engage in historic illiteracy that will produce a society ignorant of history and give us not teaching tools to avoid the errors of our past. Most of us learn by trial and error. We do not learn everything through that pathway, but we learn many things that way.
I learned not to touch live electric wires by accidentally or stupidly touching one. I learned not to touch a hot stove by touching one, even with my mother warning me not to do so. I learned not to ignore wet paint signs and resist the temptation to touch the object by doing just that. I learned to keep my mouth shut after opening it and having it shut for me a time or two. I have learned many things that have proven to be positive reinforcements in my life through trial and error. I try to remember the bad as a warning and remember the good as an encouragement to pursue the benefits of the lesson learned.
It seems that the ‘woke crowd’, the ‘millennials’, ‘BLM’ and ‘ANTIFA’ along with an almost endless list of other groups believe that it is their responsibility to eliminate everything they deem offensive from history and the public square. We are witnessing the fruit of about three decades of modern educational historic sanitization.
Too many in modern academia are participants in the leftists’ attacks of everything about our history, our founding, our founders, and our system of government. The image many of the products of modern education are taught is that America was founded as a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, and immoral society. They argue that it was built on the backs of slaves and through the aristocracy stealing from the poor workers.
Those wanting to remove all traces of historical memory of the Civil War and Slavery have made it their mission in life to remove all memorials, statues, pictures, and plaques of anyone and anything connected to that era. They began with Robert E. Lee and other generals and reminders of the Old South, but it did not stop there. They have targeted Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, Winston Churchill, and the list continues to grow.
The Democrats, in power, have forgotten that those Southern Leaders were Democrats and even the more modern history that in 1964 the Democrats engaged in the longest filibuster in American history, attempting to defeat the Civil Rights Bill. A bloc of Senators led by Richard Russell (D-GA), Richard Byrd (D-WV), and Strom Thurmond (D-SC) pulled off a filibuster that lasted 60 days.
Democrats like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton think those men were virtual gods in the Democratic Party. Imagine that, the party that is the home of a majority of those wanting to Sanitize history were attempting to perpetuate discrimination. How ignorant can we be in America? Don’t take that as a challenge but a rhetorical statement.
The Sanitizers defaced the memorial of the first all-volunteer black regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. It was exactly 123 years to the date that it was dedicated that they defaced it. That is beyond lunacy and reveals that these riots and many of the protests have nothing to do with George Floyd or any claimed abuse by the police. It is about destruction and when those who know no history are allowed to roam free unimpeded and not held accountable, destruction occurs.
They have defaced the statue of Cervantes, a slave himself, captured by the Barbary Pirates and enslaved in Algiers for five years before being ransomed. He was enslaved by African pirates. I suggest that this kind of mindless destruction is a prime example of the absence of literacy in far too many today.
I believe that it can be traced to several things. The home with the absence of proper guidance by a father and mother is a key element in our failure. The failure of our educational system that seeks to rewrite and sanitize history is a significant part of the problem. America’s decline in our moral fiber is an undeniable element. I believe that when we kicked God out of the school and sought to ban Him from all things public and government we moved in the wrong direction and escalated our decline.
There are the demands that Universities cease singing their school songs, charging them with being racist. Sports teams are being forced to change their names and drop mascots because they are offensive to some. The Texas Rangers baseball team is under the gun because the ‘woke crowd’ deems the Texas Rangers (law enforcement) racists in its formulation and practice. Where does it end? IT DOESN’T unless we regain control of our society, restore Law and Order, and realize that the Sanitization of History only creates problems of the same type and worse than what our real history is.
I do not support slavery, and do not want racial injustice toward anyone to be experienced. I desire an America where the vision, dream and expressed desire of our founders is realized. I desire an America where we recognize that all are created equal and have been given certain inalienable rights by our creator including the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. I want an America that is One Nation, Unified, Indivisible, and affords Liberty and Justice for everyone regardless of their social standing, ethnicity, or religion. I want an America that can truly be called a Christian nation where our moral moorings are restored.
I do not want a history taught that has been Sanitized and opens the door to a virtual guarantee that we will repeat the mistakes of the past and go beyond them negatively. I want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly of our past so that we can build an America that reaches the highest potential we can and returns to being, a Light of Hope for the world. The insanity of the Sanitization of History and the agenda of the Democrats demands that I vote against them in every election and I will do so in November. I hope you join me and prevent the advancement of historic illiteracy to continue and keep America the Free Constitutional Republic she was founded to be.
God bless you and God bless America!