Rush to Destroy the Past. [Scroll down] History is what happened. It isn't judgment, it is a
statement of fact (one hopes) about events that took place at a time and place, and participants in those events.
People decide, often later and in a different context, how to interpret those facts, if need be, and if they so desire, to
judge for themselves what the facts "mean." Denying them doesn't change the events; trying to erase or bury them
doesn't either. It simply means that other people no longer have access to the facts about those people, places, and
things that shaped the history that is examined by others at a later time (because once an event has occurred, every
examination of it happens later, and is colored by the perceptions of those who do the studying). Whatever might be
learned — good, bad or indifferent — is lost once references to the past are erased, and as Santayana
wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (often quoted in different forms, which is quite
ironic). The most repressive regimes in history like to destroy the past, so that people have no basis to refer back to
in order to see if history is repeating itself, for better or for worse. If you don't know any better —
because there isn't anything to remind you — then you are pretty much forced to play along with whatever the
current regime tells you.
Anti-Cultural Nihilism of the Left. The final battle lines for America are the history wars.
Conservatives are losing. There have already been two fundamental revolutions that have reshaped, reconstituted,
restructured American society. The first was Abraham Lincoln and the subjugation of the primacy of the states, Northern
and Southern alike, to the dictates of executive fiat and the federal government. The second was Franklin Roosevelt and
the subjugation of civil society to federal bureaucracy. The first was a political revolution, the second a social
revolution. The third revolution is the ongoing cultural revolution, a revolution that includes factors such as
immigration, the teaching and reception of European and North American history, and our own self-understanding as a people
with an inheritance and a future.
Republic's Norms. The Left isn't evolving and adapting without purpose. Engineering new financial
mechanisms and reframing socialist arguments are only the means that left-wing activists and politicians plan to use to push
policy change; their ends deserve similar scrutiny. Unfortunately, as the New Left's methods have developed, its policy
agendas have arguably devolved. With a newfound and ironic emphasis on populist policies — abolishing the
Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court — left-wing influencers and elected officials would fundamentally
remake the United States of America.
why it's so important to fight back in the war on American history. Andrew Jackson went from being a 13-year-old
orphan fighting in the Revolutionary War to being the winner of a victory so unthinkable it's still studied by military colleges
today. Despite being severely ill, he cobbled together a diverse army, uniting men of many creeds and colors, and turned
them into a fighting machine that took down the greatest army in the world. Thanks to him, it became safe for America to
spread from sea to shining sea. As I talked about these stories on the hardcover book tour, people often raised questions
about the unsavory aspects of Jackson's life. Yes, he had slaves. Yes, he fought Native Americans, and, yes, it's
true that he had a role in the Trail of Tears. I don't want to hide these facts; Jackson was a complex and flawed man,
and we should learn from his failures.
The Wages of Inversion. We live
in an age in which things are no longer what they are supposed to be. Words have come to denote the opposite of what they signify.
Cultural institutions on which we rely to serve our personal and national interests have morphed into caricatures of their original
intentions, working against their foundational purposes. Linguistic and institutional inversion is the time-dishonored strategy
of totalitarian systems and is generally associated with the theory and practice of the Left, which has infiltrated the culture and
polity of the free world, particularly in the areas of language use, the media, education, the arts and gender relations. The
democratic West is now at the mercy of its own reverse polarity.
Confederate statues were removed? A running list. More than 30 cities across the United States have
removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. After
a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia in August to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in
the death of a woman who was demonstrating against white supremacy, other cities have decided to remove Confederate
statues. Many of the controversial monuments were dedicated in the early twentieth century or during the height of the
Civil Rights Movement. Discussions are under way about the removal of monuments in Houston, Atlanta, Nashville,
Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Ideology of
Statue Smashing. The Confederate states fought the Civil War to preserve slavery, if not expand it. One
can certainly object to the state showcasing an icon that can be seen as inseparable from that evil institution. Yet
not all Confederate soldiers thought slavery was their own cause. In North Carolina, about 5 percent of the population,
or a quarter of family households, held slaves. The vast majority of the population did not. No doubt some of the
non-slaveholding citizenry opposed the idea of indentured servitude. Yet somehow, they squared the circle of fighting
for a bad cause by redefining it as protecting their ancestral homeland. In other words, some, or even many, Confederates,
like many German and Japanese soldiers in World War II, found themselves fighting for morally wrong causes they may not have
supported but saw little realistic alternative to avoiding service. Yet in today's frenzied ahistorical climate on
campuses, there is only melodrama or rather media-fueled psychodrama of the zealous, but otherwise mostly ignorant.
Few grasp the essence of tragedy in bravely fighting for a disreputable cause, sometimes one that is repugnant to one's
own sense of morality.
Timely news and commentary:
hard questions for the Democrats. [#1] Why are you opposing respected American traditions and Constitutional
freedoms? Why such anti-Americanism in your convention platform and in numerous acts and statements of policy?
Why opposition to the rights to assembly, to worship, to freedom of speech, to the right to bear arms, to the Electoral
College? Why support for open borders, for Medicare for illegal aliens, for abolishing ICE? Why support for "defunding
the police" and then support for violent rioting and looting? Why support for packing the Supreme Court and for minting
new "states" for political advantage? You Democrats are even endorsing the enormities of the "transgender" movement,
where people can supposedly change their sex by flipping a mental switch, and enter women's bathrooms or be transferred to
women's prisons at will.
set to tear down Confederate flag, Robert E. Lee — history. A large Confederate flag that's flown
the Interstate 95 skies in Stafford County, Virginia — and that's been the subject of much heated debate,
particularly in recent politically correct times — will finally be pulled from its post. Chalk this as
another historical symbol on the way out, deemed too offensive for public display. The banner was put up by Virginia
Flaggers in 2014. And it's flown high above the tree line along I-95 — irking those who've argued, or who've
tried to argue, that it's a symbol of hate and racism and has no place in today's society. "It's disgraceful," said one
woman opposing its presence, back in 2018. "It's right there and we have to pass it all the time." So goes private
property rights, right?
Pro-Black": Wisconsin Students Unanimously Vote To Remove Lincoln Statue As Racist. We previously discussed the
effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to have the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln removed as racist. The
student government has now voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that calls for the removal of the Abraham Lincoln
statue on campus. The students declared that the president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, advocated for the
13th Amendment, and led the war against the South and slavery was "not pro-Black" and a "remnant of White Supremacy."
That would likely have come as something of a surprise to John Wilkes Booth.
of Wisconsin-Madison Student Government Votes to Remove 'Racist' Abraham Lincoln Statue. The University of
Wisconsin-Madison student government recently approved a resolution that calls for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln
on campus. The resolution claims that the statue is a "racist remnant" of "white supremacy." According to a report
by Campus Reform, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently passed a resolution that calls on administrators
to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln. The resolution argues that the statue is a "racist remnant" of "white supremacy."
Mulls Changing 'Racist' School Names, Including Washington and Lincoln: Black Mayor Calls Timing
'Offensive'. The San Francisco Unified School District announced the names of 44 school names could be changed
because of alleged links to racism and "colonization," including those named after presidents George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) namesake is also on the list. The school district's School Names
Advisory Committee is considering the name changes and local news reports said a decision would be announced by
The Truth About Columbus.
Is this the last time we can celebrate Columbus Day? A wave of cities have decided to remove the holiday from the
calendar and replace it with "Indigenous Peoples' Day." Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer credited with
discovering America, and his legacy are under attack figuratively and, increasingly, literally. Several Columbus
monuments have been attacked and vandalized around the country. The towering Columbus statue at Columbus Circle in New
York City now needs 24-hour guards after Mayor Bill de Blasio put it on the list of a commission to review "offensive" memorials.
Mountain Indians" is the PC wokesters' latest scalp. Cheyenne Mountain High School near Cheyenne Mountain in
Colorado Springs where I grew up has a mascot, or did. Since, well, forever, they were the "Cheyenne Mountain Indians."
The mascot's depiction is a respectful image that could have come out of an Edward Curtis lithograph. It's not a caricature.
The wokerati recently demanded that the Indian mascot be changed and that the word "Indian" be canceled. They have not demanded
that the Indian tribe "Cheyenne" be canceled. Yet. Over the objections of at least 2,000 alumni and other petitioners who
asked that the Indian stay, the school board gave in to the bullies and expelled the Indian. They're changing the mascot.
Topple Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt Statues in Portland; Museum Windows Smashed. Rioters toppled statues of
Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday night — the latest attacks on
monuments in several months of left-wing unrest. [...] According to OregonLive.com, the statues in the South Park Block were
toppled during an "Indigenous Day of Rage." The nearby Oregon Historical Society Museum was also reportedly attacked.
protesters topple Lincoln, Roosevelt statues during 'Day of Rage'. Portland absorbed another night of violent
protests Sunday that resulted in the toppling of two statues in the city and reports of numerous buildings with their windows
smashed in, including the Oregon Historical Society. The unrest was reportedly tied to the "Day of Rage," on Columbus
Day eve. Andy Ngo, a journalist who has been documenting the unrest in the city, posted images of the destruction on
Twitter. The Oregonian reported that protesters managed to bring down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
but Imperfect Leaders. America has been blessed with some of the most dynamic and impressive leaders in world
history: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few. But none of them were perfect
people. Criticism of many of our past leaders has increased dramatically over the last few years, particularly our
Founding Fathers, and the driving force behind that criticism is the positions they held on slavery. While most of
today's militant left has diverted their attention from tearing down statues of historic leaders to burning down courthouses
and churches, they will surely be coming back for more. We must remember how absurd their actions had become, and
consider that in late-June they went so far as to bring down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant. Evidently the logic of
those rioters was to ignore the fact that Grant was largely responsible for winning the Civil War, thereby ending slavery.
Grant was a white man, and apparently that was the only justification the rioters needed.
Rushmore name change unlikely, despite proposal. One lawmaker is fighting attempts to change the name of the
Mount Rushmore National Memorial monument, after the U.S. Board on Geographic Names fielded at least one suggestion to do
so. A California resident has proposed changing the name of the monument to "Igmu Tanka Paha," which means "Cougar
Mountain," TribLIVE reported on Friday [9/25/2020]. It was a name given to the mountain by the Lakota people, who also
call it "Tunkasila Sakpe Paha," meaning Six Grandfathers Mountain.
Beheads Statue of Jesus in El Paso Cathedral for 'Wrong Skin Color'. Police have arrested a man suspected of
beheading and toppling a historic statue of Jesus in El Paso's Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Tuesday [9/15/2020]. The
suspect, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell, said that he destroyed the 90-year-old statue because Jesus's skin color was wrong and
should have been darker.
jailed in historic statue damage at St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso says Jesus' skin color 'wrong'.
Police on Wednesday [9/16/2020] identified the suspect arrested in the Jesus statue destruction at St. Patrick Cathedral
as 30-year old Isaiah Cantrell. Cantrell was charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. He was
being held Wednesday in the El Paso County Detention Facility on $20,500 bond. In a court affidavit obtained by
ABC-7, police said Cantrell told them the "skin color of the statue was the wrong color." Cantrell reportedly remarked
that "Jesus was Jewish and therefore should be a darker skin color."
Monument Benefactor Doubts Bowser's Proposal To Rename, Remove Monuments 'Will Be Taken Seriously'. The
benefactor of the Washington Monument's recent renovation told Fox News host Dana Perino on Tuesday [9/8/2020] that he doubts the
District's proposal to "remove, relocate, or contextualize" major monuments in Washington, D.C., will be "taken seriously."
Philanthropist and Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, who donated more than $10 million to repair the iconic obelisk
after it was damaged in a 2011 earthquake, told Perino, "There are many things I worry about, but removing the Washington Monument
is not something I worry about," according to Fox News.
of Rhode Island to Remove WWII Murals Due to Lack of Diversity. The University of Rhode Island recently
announced plans to remove two murals depicting the events of World War II due to their lack of diversity. The decision
was prompted after students complained that the mural was not compatible with the university's values of inclusivity.
According to the school's Vice President of Student Affairs, "Some of our students have even shared with us they didn't feel
comfortable sitting in that space." According to a local news report, the University of Rhode Island plans to remove two
70-year-old murals that depict World War II over concerns that they do not feature enough diversity.
Was Right, The Woke Mob Is Coming For The Washington Monument. Remember a few years ago, when the left scoffed
at President Donald Trump for suggesting that mobs tearing down Confederate statues wouldn't stop there? "This week
it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is George Washington next week,
and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself: 'Where does it stop?'" NPR even
did a "fact check" to prove Trump was nuts for saying that. Others blasted the president for comparing the nation's
founders to slave-loving traitors, suggesting that it was another example of Trump's racism. Well, a working group
appointed by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser released a report this week that called for removing or relocating (or
"contextualizing") the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial because Washington and Jefferson have been deemed
"persons of concern."
Soon to Our Nation's Capital: A Comprehensive Purge. Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia
created a D.C. Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group to review the hundreds of public buildings
and spaces in the District, and make recommendations as to whether they should be renamed. The Working Group has now
submitted its report; [...] These are the criteria that the Working Group says it used in recommending renaming of public
monuments, buildings and spaces: [...] ["] [#5] Violation of District human rights laws —
did research and evidence find the namesake committed a violation of the DC Human Right Act, in whole or part, including
discrimination against protected traits such as age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and natural origin?["]
The Editor says...
How can George Washington be held accountable for "human rights laws" that were written in the 20th century, if not later?
mayor moves to quell anger over statue proposals. The mayor of US capital Washington on Wednesday [9/2/2020]
asked a committee studying the fate of its monuments to figures linked to slavery and racism to focus on "contextualizing,
not removing" federal memorials, after the White House slammed its recommendations as "ludicrous." The "DC Faces" group
had recommended that seven monuments, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and a statue of Christopher
Columbus, should be "removed, renamed or contextualized."
House rips D.C. plan to remove Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial. The White House slammed Washington,
D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday night for a "ludicrous" plan to remove, relocate or "contextualize" the Washington
Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and other monuments in the nation's capital. "By publishing a plan that recommends
potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson
Memorial — among many other ludicrous recommendations — the radically liberal mayor of Washington,
D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our
great heritage," said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Mayor Muriel Bowser Considering Proposal To Remove Thomas Jefferson, Other American Icons From Public Spaces. A
commission created by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has recommended a slew of changes to public buildings in the
district that includes scrubbing Thomas Jefferson's name from schools and potentially removing the Washington Monument.
The District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) board submitted its recommendations to Bowser on
Monday, suggesting changes to monuments, memorials, and public spaces to better reflect "DC values." Bowser assembled the
committee in July to "review the legacy of namesakes of District assets."
The Editor says...
If there is a statue of Benedict Arnold anywhere, it's probably safe.
Today we see scenes of monuments which had stood for decades, now destroyed and defaced, as well as the forceful cancellation
of names from circulation. Smashing others' idols was, and remains, a staple of tribal warfare. The Old Testament
recalls the divine command to destroy idols, and the clashes between Christian and Muslim armies always aimed as much at
symbols as at people. [...] Destroying symbols, however, has had no place within Christian civilization. As the
equivalent of torturing dead men, it has always been the work of cowards likelier to run from living enemies. On the
other hand, war against statues, paintings, books, biographies, etc., has been a defining feature of civilization's
revolutionary enemies, consistent with their chosen identities as alien tribes.
Confederate statues [have been] removed since George Floyd died. As the Black Lives Matter movement gained
steam, so did the push to remove Confederate monuments, with more memorials having been taken down since George Floyd's death
than in the past three years combined. Across the U.S., 119 Confederate statues and monuments have been removed since
the end of May. In 2017, 55 were removed, while 34 were taken down in 2018 and 21 in 2019, according to a new
study. California has one Confederate monument left and has removed 91% of the offending memorials in the state,
according to an analysis by BeenVerified, a public records search service.
Schools in Chicago Fielding Wave of Calls After CPS Goes With Remote Learning Plan. Phones are seemingly
constantly ringing at private schools across Chicago after officials announced that all Chicago Public Schools will begin the
2020-21 school year with remote instruction. "We've had calls from people wanting their children to be engaged in
in-class instruction," Mahdi Dadrass, Director of the South Loop Montessori School, said. That school is just one of
many that are seeing an uptick in interest, as they'll offer in-person instruction in the fall. Dadrass says they are
willing to take on new students that are craving a return to the classroom.
The Statue Wars: Was Secession
Treason? When mobs are attacking statues of Ulysses S. Grant, it is difficult to have an intelligent discussion
about why some Confederate generals and officials deserve respect. No one today defends the role of slavery.
However, if belief in racial equality is the sole measure of the worth of Americans at the time, few people, including in the
North, would pass muster.
University's piece of Berlin Wall is vandalized. The piece of the Berlin Wall that sits at Chapman University's
campus in Orange was vandalized last week, officials said Monday [7/27/2020]. The 12-foot-high chunk of the historical
wall — which came to the Liberty Plaza near Memorial Hall in 1998 — was believed to have been vandalized
sometime between July 21 and 11 a.m. on July 22, university spokeswoman Amy Stevens said. The bottom portion
of each side of the wall was painted brown. University officials were working with restoration experts to develop a plan to
restore the artifact, she said. The university and Orange Police Department were working together on the investigation,
police Sgt. Phillip McMullin said. The motive for the vandalism was not known but some evidence has been collected,
Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Since late May, the United States has been convulsed by a cultural
revolution unlike any seen in its recent history. Statues have been toppled, often without any logic or consistent
grievance. Institutions have been renamed, again without coherent consistency. Christian iconography has been a
common target. Television shows have been taken off the air; particular corporations boycotted; professional sports
recalibrated into social activist spectacles. If there is any common denominator to this madness, it is apparently that
the past was toxic, and erasing it in the present will make for a more just and united future. For example, because of
the glorification of the imperialist and spoiler of native paradise Christopher Columbus, his statue in Chicago must be
removed nocturnally by the order of the mayor — in order to restore peace of mind, social justice, and calm.
That act of iconoclasm will rectify things in the present, and thus there will not be another 500 annual homicides in
Chicago. But once names are replaced and commemoration destroyed, what exactly follows the erased?
Mayor Surrenders to Mob Over Columbus Statues. Two statues of Christopher Columbus fell victim to the cancel
culture mob sweeping America early Friday morning after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered their removal, wrongly believing
it would ease tensions in the city. "This action was taken after consultation with various stakeholders," her office
said in a statement.
Columbus statue taken down hours after Lightfoot ordered its removal. The controversial Christopher Columbus
statue in Grant Park was taken down under cover of darkness early Friday [7/24/2020], hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot
ordered its removal. Two cranes pulled up to the statue just before 2 a.m. Friday, after protesters and
supporters of the statue argued and yelled at each other. Supporters included John Catanzara, president of the
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7. The decision to remove the statue came after violent clashes between police and
protesters broke out last week when activists tried but failed to take it down.
Acts of Vandalism, Desecration at Churches Across Nation. In France, police arrested a 39-year-old Rwandan
refugee after a cathedral was set on fire Saturday [7/18/2020] in the city of Nantes. Similar violence and vandalism in
the U.S. follow the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Since Floyd's death, vandals and
rioters across the nation have torn down or attempted to tear down dozens of statues and other monuments, including ones
dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and to Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant
(also a former Union general). Writer, activist, and Black Lives Matter supporter Shaun King tweeted June 22: "Yes,
I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy.
... Tear them down."
Are Using Racial Discontent to Promote a Marxist Agenda. All around us, the forces of socialism, Marxism, and
anarchy are waging a war against democracy and the moral legitimacy of the great American experiment. Radicals have
hijacked peaceful protests and are using the current racial unrest as a tool to attack the very foundation of our
nation. Violent mobs have defaced and torn down statues across the country in the name of "social justice," yet they've
gone beyond toppling the statues of slave owners and Confederates to toppling statues like that of former slave Frederick
Douglass, one of the nation's greatest abolitionists who dedicated his life to ending slavery and promoting justice for
African Americans. Memorials to Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and even the statues of Union
heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant — more than 150 statues and memorials nationwide —
have been destroyed, defaced, or taken down during the last month and a half of protests.
Bipartisan Vote, House Decides to Remove Confederate Statues From Capitol. A bill to remove statues of
Confederate leaders and figures who advocated for white supremacy from the Capitol passed the House on a bipartisan vote
Wednesday, The New York Times reported. The House voted 305-to-113 to remove the statues as part of a broad effort to
take symbols of racism out of public spaces, the Times reported. The legislation was introduced by House Majority
Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md. "These painful symbols of bigotry and racism — they have no place in our
society, and certainly should not be enshrined in the United States Capitol," Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., co-sponsor of
the bill, said, the Times reported. "It's past time that we end the glorification of men who committed treason against
the United States in a concerted effort to keep African Americans in chains."
The Editor says...
Oh, then I guess you'll have to remove all the statues of Lyndon B. Johnson, too. His multitrillion-dollar "Great Society"
"Affirmative Action" welfare state is keeping blacks chained to the Democratic Party.
America Held Hostage. Things we
thought were sacrosanct, the icons of our national identity, now are scorned. We can pretend that this doesn't
matter. They're just statues, after all. But they do matter. Not for the pleasure they give the rioters so
much as for the pain they inflict on patriots who love America. Nor has it stopped with the vandalism. We've gone
to the next level, with the looting and rioting. In the last month major cities have become unsafe, as rioters work out
the logic of what "resistance" means. American stores lost hundreds of millions of dollars, and merchants boarded up
their stores for protection. Nothing to see here, folks, said the liberal media, which gaslighted the looting and the
boarded-up storefronts, and portrayed the riots as peaceful protests against an illegitimate president. [...] We're in the
middle of a chicken game, where the Left tells us they'll let this go on as long as Trump is president. The liberal
media will ignore the riots, the liberal mayors will tell the local police to stand down, the liberal prosecutors will
promptly release anyone arrested. Try to defend yourself, and you'll find yourself prosecuted.
Monuments: The Problem With Politically Correct History. [Scroll down] Where does this viewing of
history through the prism of modern-day feelings end? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once gave advice to a gay young
man that today would be heresy. King suggested he battle his feelings, strongly implying that the young man needed
therapy and sexual reorientation. Today, that kind of advice gets one branded a Neanderthal. President
John F. Kennedy, frustrated with a high-profile Democrat who hadn't supported his election, threatened to banish him by
giving him an obscure ambassadorship to one of the, as Kennedy put it, "boogie republics" in Africa. Tell that to Black
Lives Matter. History is complicated. And history requires perspective and understanding, something sadly lacking
in those who seek to erase history by imposing today's standards of right and wrong.
About More Than Toppling Statues. It's About Toppling America. Violent mobs have defaced and torn down
statues across the country in the name of "social justice," yet they've gone beyond toppling the statues of slave owners and
Confederates to toppling statues like that of former slave Frederick Douglass, one of the nation's greatest abolitionists who
dedicated his life to ending slavery and promoting justice for African Americans. Memorials to Founding Fathers George
Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and even the statues of Union heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S.
Grant — more than 150 statues and memorials nationwide — have been destroyed, defaced, or taken down
during the last month and a half of protests. It has become clear that it matters little to the Marxists and anarchists
what a statue or monument represents. All that matters to them is that it represents America's past, and therefore, it
must come down.
Give The Mob An Inch: Nothing You Do Will Ever Be Enough, So Stop Trying To Appease Them. Frankly, most
Americans — of all political stripes — don't really care if we move statues of Confederates to
battlefields and cemeteries. If the war on statues was really just about removing monuments to men only known for
rebelling against the United States of America — then I think we could have built a pretty large national
consensus in short order and the statues could be lawfully moved. The truth is, however, that the left isn't looking
for a national consensus, which is why — moving forward — we shouldn't agree to give the mob even an
inch. Nothing we do will ever be enough, so it is time we stop appeasing them. Demands to remove Confederate
statues soon became demands to remove statues of Christopher Columbus. Those demands morphed into demands to take down
statues of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Mount Rushmore. Incredibly, even statues of Abraham Lincoln are now
Statue Found Beheaded Outside Catholic Church In Miami, Diocese Expects Hate Crime Investigation. A statue of
Jesus Christ was vandalized Wednesday outside a Catholic Church in Miami, an incident church leaders say they expect to be
investigated as a hate crime, WSVN reported. Less than a week after another incident targeting Catholics in Florida,
the statue of Jesus was found beheaded and knocked off its pedestal outside of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, WSVN reported.
of Jesus Decapitated at Catholic Church in Florida, Archbishop Requests It Be Investigated As Hate Crime. A
statue of Jesus Christ has been decapitated at a Florida church, as a wave of vandalism and arson at churches continues
across the nation. Archbishop Thomas Wenski is requesting that the vandalism be investigated as a hate crime.
The tragedy of
the San Gabriel Mission fire. As I write this the cause of the fire remains under investigation. While
large-scale fires are not exactly unknown in the Golden State, it is difficult to ignore the distinct possibility of
arson. San Gabriel was, after all, founded by St. Jun'pero Serra, the Franciscan missionary frequently styled the
"Apostle of California" who was canonized by Pope Francis in 2013. For absurd reasons that betray ignorance of history and
of this great saint's own virtuous conduct in particular, mobs have toppled or otherwise desecrated statues of Serra throughout
California in recent weeks. On the same day as the blaze at San Gabriel, a church in Florida was set on fire while
parishioners were inside awaiting the start of Mass, an act of anti-Catholic terrorism worthy of the worst days of the 19th
century. All of this comes amid the backdrop of stories of Catholic statues and landmarks being vandalized, which have
become increasingly commonplace while attracting virtually no attention from the mainstream secular media.
Cancel Culture: What About Buffalo Soldiers? he high priests of the cancel culture and their Black Lives
Matter acolytes seek to erase history. While their first targets were Confederate statues, recently their wrath has
targeted America's Founders, particularly George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, for owning slaves. Black Lives Matter
activists even defaced a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves, perhaps because his existence destroys
their narrative that all white Republicans hate black people (and serves as an uncomfortable reminder that Democrats founded
the Ku Klux Klan and enacted Jim Crow legislation). The logical endpoint of this Orwellian crusade is to make anyone
said to be on "the wrong side of history" an "unperson," removing any positive, or even neutral, references or
depictions. Some of the "allies" of this movement have extended the effort beyond the issue of slavery.
conservatives launch campaign to save statue of Lincoln, freed slave in D.C.. Black conservatives on Tuesday
kicked off a campaign to save the Emancipation Memorial, the statue of Abraham Lincoln and freed slave Archer Alexander now
under attack by Democrats and Black Lives Matter protesters in the District. Star Parker, founder of the nonprofit
UrbanCURE, held an "emancipation celebration" Tuesday [7/14/2020] at Lincoln Park, site of the now fenced-off bronze statue
on the Capitol Hill, to promote a petition drive urging Congress to "keep this statue alive, right here."
Target Monument for Those Evil Racist — Checks Notes — 9/11 Firefighters. First, it was
Confederate monuments. Then, vandals defaced and toppled monuments commemorating America's heroes, such as George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. Then came Mahatma Gandhi, Union General Ulysses S. Grant, black
Union soldiers, and freed slave Frederick Douglass. This week, vandals targeted a monument to five firefighters who
lost their lives trying to save lives in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Mary statue set on fire outside Boston church: Police. A Virgin Mary statue was set ablaze outside a
Boston church Saturday night [7/11/2020], said police who are investigating the arson incident. Officers at 10 p.m.
responded to a call for a fire in the area of 284 Bowdoin St. in Dorchester. On arrival at Saint Peter's Parish,
officers saw that a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary had been set on fire. A suspect had lit plastic flowers on fire,
which were in the hands of the Virgin Mary statue, according to members of the Boston Fire Department Fire Investigation
Unit. That caused the statue's face and upper body to get burned, according to officials.
of Virgin Mary vandalized outside Queens Catholic school. A statue of St. Mary was spray-painted with the
word "IDOL" early Friday [7/10/2020] outside Cathedral Prep School and Seminary in Queens. Staff of the Elmhurst
private high school discovered the vandalism when they showed up for work Friday morning. "Today, Cathedral Prep
endured an act of hatred," said Father James Kuroly, Cathedral Prep's rector and president. "We were victims of
vandalism against a beloved statue that is dear to generations of Cathedral students." Surveillance video shows
the vandalism occurred at 3:09 a.m.
to Year One — All Prior History Is Cancelled. In George Orwell's novel 1984, one of the
techniques of totalitarianism is the "memory hole." That's the place where inconvenient facts go to die — or so
Big Brother hopes. These days, Big Brother, Big Sister, and Big They have launched their campaign against just about
everything; one is reminded of the Red Guards of Maoist China, campaigning against the "Four Olds": Old Customs, Old Culture,
Old Habits, and Old Ideas. [...] Thus the American people — the normal American people, regular folks in both
parties — are going to have to stand up. Stand up, that is, for their public monuments, their
history, and quite possibly for their very lives. Yes, the stakes are that high.
Virginia Democrats Silent About Memorials To KKK-Supporting Colleague. While monuments and building names said
to be stained by racism are being erased across the country, one former Ku Klux Klan organizer remains virtually
untouchable. The late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat and Senate majority leader who organized a
Klan chapter in 1941 and filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is celebrated in the state, his name gracing over three
dozen public works projects, including two federal courthouses, a dam on the Ohio border, libraries, community centers,
roads, bridges, schools, and several university buildings throughout the state. Byrd's still-hallowed legacy came into
question this month when tiny Bethany College, in the state's narrow Northern Panhandle between Ohio and Pennsylvania,
removed Byrd's name from its health center.
activists seek to remove 'Stone Mountain', the 'granddaddy of Confederate monuments'. Stone Mountain
Confederate Memorial, often called "the granddaddy of all Confederate monuments," is once again at the center of an ongoing
debate over a symbol that some see as a shrine of southern American heritage, and others see as a depiction of white
supremacy etched into stone. The fight over the monument, which is located in Dekalb County, Georgia, is unfolding as
the U.S. grapples with civil unrest following the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Cities are being forced to reckon
with a dark history, facing growing pressure to confront the racist past of confederate leaders honored in monuments across
on Christopher Columbus Statue Torn Down by Mob: 'People Will Do What They Do'. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) responded to the Christopher Columbus statue that was torn down by a mob on the Fourth of July by saying Thursday,
"People will do what they do." In a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday [7/9/2020], a reporter asked Pelosi about the
removal of the statue, saying, "Shouldn't that be done by a commission or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the
night throwing it into the harbor?" Pelosi shrugged her shoulders and said, "People will do what they do. I do think
that from a safety standpoint it would be a good idea to have it taken down if the community doesn't want it."
Democrats Propose Budget Cuts to Park Police as Monuments Are Being Targeted by Mobs. House Democrats on the
Appropriations Committee proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Park Police as monuments and memorials are being targeted by mobs
and protests continue to occur in the streets in the Washington, D.C. area. [...] The Park Police has seen a lot of action as
protests became riots during the recent weeks of unrest the country has experienced in the aftermath of George Floyd's
death. The Department of Interior said at least 60 Park officers were injured during the riots in the nation's capital.
on Columbus monument removal: 'Well, I don't even have my grandmother's earrings'. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
gave a bizarre and convoluted answer to a question regarding her feelings over the removal of statues and monuments to
historical American figures, saying she doesn't "even have my grandmother's earrings." "In Baltimore, in Little Italy,
the statue of Christopher Columbus was removed or taken down. And I wonder if you have anything to share about that?" a
reporter asked. "Well, I don't even have my grandmother's earrings," Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in response
during a press conference.
Left and Borglum's Legacy. Though it has gained momentum in recent days, the campaign to degrade Mount Rushmore
has been in gear for some time now. One of the triggers was a thoroughly PC piece published in 2016 in no less than the
Smithsonian magazine. Just take a look at the subjects. Washington, we know, was a slaveowner.
Forget that the fact that he manumitted his slaves as soon as it was practicable. Forget that he trained them in trades
or provided pensions for them. Forget that he presided over the beginning of the largest abolition of slavery in human
history up to that point. None of that counts under Antifa law.
urges Missouri Gov. Mike Parson not to rename St. Louis. President Trump said Tuesday [7/7/2020] he
opposes a campaign to rename St. Louis. "You won't be changing the name St. Louis, will you?" Trump asked
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson at a White House event on reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic. "No, we
will not be doing that," the Republican governor replied. "Thank you. Thank you. That's very
important. Thank you very much," Trump said. St. Louis, a former industrial hub on the Mississippi River,
is named for French King Louis IX, who died in 1270 while on a crusade. A currently fringe effort to rename the city
notes that while Louis IX is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint, he also tried to stamp out other religions
during his 44-year reign.
Cotton on Warren's Amendment to Rename Military Bases: 'Radical' and 'Extreme'. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)'s amendment attached to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act is not simply an
effort to rename some military bases named after Confederate leaders but a push to erase American history. "It may be
portrayed in the media as Confederate named bases but it's far more radical," Cotton said on Monday [7/6/2020] [...].
"It's far more extreme. It would require a crane to go into to Arlington Cemetery and carry out the Memorial to war dead."
The current rage for tearing down statues and renaming things has reached a sort of reductio ad absurdum: the
city of Columbus, Ohio has removed the statue of Christopher Columbus from in front of its City Hall. [...] Those who want to
destroy the memory of Christopher Columbus do so because they think the discovery of the New World was a mistake, or a
tragedy. They have a vision, apparently, of a Stone Age culture continuing in perpetuity over which jets ferry
passengers from Europe to Asia. No United States — Columbus never set foot on what is now American
territory — no Canada, no Mexico, no Cuba, no Brazil, no Argentina. Leftists might dishonestly claim that
they object to Columbus not because of the discovery per se, but because of his personal failings.
Shockingly, the man who drove a motley collection of tough sailors — unimaginably tough, by our
standards — to and fro across the uncharted Atlantic, was not Mr. Rogers.
America Held Hostage. Reading
today's national media is like staring down a bottomless pit. Le vertige des grandes profondeurs, the French
call is. The vertigo from looking down a deep hole. And just when you thought we had reached bottom, there's
deeper level to the madness. It seems incomprehensible, and yet there's a simple explanation. America is being
held hostage. We began by re-fighting the Civil War. Until recently we had left that behind us, and non-racist
white southerners were permitted to retain some measure of dignity, in the memory of their battlefield heroes. But it
was never about the Confederate statues, and the proof is that we quickly moved on to refight the American Revolution.
A statue of Thomas Jefferson came down in Portland, Oregon, and Hofstra removed its statue of the author of the Declaration
of Independence. We're waiting to see what will happen to the Jefferson Memorial.
Baltimore Mayor Gives Up, Says City Will Support Rioters
After Columbus Statue Toppled. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young defended hoodlums who toppled a statue
of Christopher Columbus on Saturday and chucked it into the city's Inner Harbor like a piece of trash. Folks, this is
an elected official charged with protecting the city. If this were the military he would be court marshaled for dereliction
of duty. This is a shameful failure on the mayor's part to fulfill the obligations of his office. It is his duty to
enforce city laws, and he has not only failed to do so, but is contributing to the lawlessness by supporting the rioters.
town proclaims it will be a sanctuary city for statues removed from other locations. As cities around the
country allow anarchists and Left-wing groups like Black Lives Matter to desecrate and destroy monuments to historical
American figures, one town in Ohio is moving in a different direction. On Saturday, Newton Falls City Manager David
Lynch issued a "general amnesty" for historical figures, as well as declaring the town a "statuary sanctuary city." In
addition, the July 4 proclamation notes that the town, located about 60 miles east of Cleveland, will accept all
statues being taken down and removed, WKBN reported.
destroy Christopher Columbus statues over Fourth of July weekend. Protesters beheaded a Christopher Columbus
statue in Connecticut, tossed another into Baltimore's harbor and set fire to a "pioneer family" sculpture in Portland,
Oregon, over the Fourth of July weekend as clashes over controversial monuments continued to rage across the country.
"While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move
them to museums through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism and destruction of public property is completely
unacceptable," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a Facebook post on Sunday after the Columbus statue in Baltimore was
committed to the seas.
Douglass statue vandalized at Rochester park. Police are investigating an act of vandalism, after a statue of
Frederick Douglass was removed from its base at Maplewood Park during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Leaders from
Re-energize the legacy of Frederick Douglass are shocked a monument they worked so hard on will have to be replaced.
"This is all that is left at this particularly moment of a monument that we put so much work and thought and love and care
into," said Carvin Eison, Project director, re-energize the legacy of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass Bicentennial
Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore, thrown into harbor. Protesters tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus
and threw it the Inner Harbor Saturday in Baltimore. Video recorded by Louis Krauss/The Baltimore Brew shows a group of
people pulling the statue down and dumping it into the water.
Mob Takes Down Christopher Columbus Statue in Baltimore — No Police in Sight. An Antifa mob toppled
a statue of Christopher Columbus in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore Saturday night. No police were seen in
sight according to video of the mob attack by several hundred anti-American guerrillas. The mob dragged the toppled
statue over to the Inner Harbor and tossed it in the water.
Jefferson, Lincoln Are Left's True Targets. It goes without saying that Americans enjoy no constitutional right
to express their opinion by vandalizing and destroying public and private property and attacking their fellow Americans, but
that point seems to be lost on our next generation of Democrats. The Democrats in Richmond really have their pulse on
the problem, as they openly endorse defelonizing assaults on law enforcement officers, meaning one of the worst crimes
imaginable, a crime that undermines and threatens civil order, would become a misdemeanor. This has been a long time in
coming. [...] [I]t should be obvious to everyone by now that the Confederate generals aren't the principal target.
Robert E. Lee and Christopher Columbus are the warm-up act, to set the ground for bagging bigger game.
Columbus statue in Waterbury beheaded. Someone smashed the head off of the Christopher Columbus statue that has stood in front of Waterbury's city hall on Grand Street for many years. The decapitated statue was discovered Saturday morning [7/4/2020] and police are investigating. The Waterbury chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, said on its Facebook page Saturday it would offer a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for damaging the statue.
The Editor says...
Now is the time to set up high-definition cameras around all your city's statues; that is, unless you're in agreement with the anarchists.
Dusty Johnson on need to preserve US history: Dems forget how lucky they are to be in America. Democrats
and activists are so obsessed with America's "imperfections," they seem to forget how lucky they are to be here,
Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-SD, said Saturday [7/4/2020]. Johnson, appearing on "Fox & Friends Weekend," said the racial
justice activists tearing down statues and defacing monuments, many of them honoring confederate leaders, have no desire to
put the nation's imperfect history in context. "They want to erase it. They want to remove it," he said.
Last week, Johnson introduced the Mount Rushmore Protection Act. The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to
alter or destroy the enormous monument in any way.
'Ringleader' Behind Attack On Andrew Jackson Statue Arrested By Feds. Jason Charter, the ringleader behind the
antifa attack on the Andrew Jackson statue outside the White House has been arrested by federal law enforcement.
Charter, 25, was arrested on Thursday at his residence by the FBI and US Park Police as a joint task force investigates the
destruction of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square. Charter was "in a leadership role" on June 22nd when a
gang of antifa members attempted to tear the statue down. A federal law enforcement official said that the group was
"very organized," and that "Charter was on top of the statue and directing people," while the mob had "acid, chisels, straps
and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue."
arrest 'ringleader' in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House. Federal law enforcement officials on
Thursday arrested a man in Washington they call a "ringleader" in the recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in
Lafayette Square near the White House. Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that Jason Charter was arrested at his
residence Thursday morning, without incident, and charged with destruction of federal property. He was arrested by the
FBI and U.S. Park Police as part of a joint task force. These sources add that Charter has connections to Antifa and
was in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a large group of protesters tried to pull down the statue.
The Year of Stupid. In Washington, D.C., working
with the loud backing of leading public intellectuals who claim Abraham Lincoln and other Republicans did nothing to free the
slaves, a mob of the historically challenged gather around a statue commemorating emancipation that was universally
understood as a moving symbol of the liberation of black America until ten minutes ago, before the super-spreading of the
stupidity virus. Protesters at the Emancipation Memorial have for days threatened to give Lincoln and a freed slave the
Saddam Hussein treatment and drag them off the plinth they've shared for 144 years. Over the weekend, a young woman
yelling at a pitch that would cause a dog's eardrums to explode screeched, "Why are you protecting it?" The calm and
historically literate older black gentleman at whom the question was directed patiently asked, "Who paid for it?" The answer
to his question was, of course, "freed slaves." But she didn't know, so she hopped around as though suffering a full-body
case of Jimmy legs and screamed, "Why are you fighting me?" A black woman with a keen interest in local history, Marcia Cole,
pointed out on a local news program that the slave depicted in the statue "is not kneeling on two knees with his head
bowed. He is in the act of getting up. And his head is up, not bowed, because he's looking forward to a future of
freedom." Instead of looking up he'll soon be looking at the bottom of a river bed or a ditch if the mob gets its wish, as
today's mobs usually do.
Dubs Mount Rushmore as a 'Racist' 'Symbol of White Supremacy'. According to MSNBC's Katy Tur, President Trump's
July 3rd visit to Mount Rushmore is an example of racism and white supremacy. In a disgusting Wednesday afternoon
[7/1/2020] interview with Oglala Lakota tribe member Nick Tilsen, MSNBC gave a platform to someone who legitimately believes
the United States of America should give up this national monument in the name of racism.
Statue of an Elk
Burned Down by Portland Rioters, Proving They're Definitely the Good Guys. It was about Confederate generals
and bringing down statues dedicated to racism... for about five minutes. Then it quickly moved into basically burning
down any statue they came across no matter who it was dedicated to.
Statues of Junipero Serra Obscure A History Worth Remembering. Over the past month, mobs across the Golden
State hae torn down statues of a Junipero Serra, an eighteenth-century Spanish Franciscan friar. On June 20, protesters
in downtown Los Angeles toppled a Serra statue near Union Station. The mob labeled the statue a "commemoration of hate,
bigotry, and colonization." A day earlier, activists had brought down another statue of Serra in San Francisco.
Several statues dedicated to Serra and two other figures in San Pedro were defaced. The famous mission of San Juan
Capistrano preemptively removed their statue of Serra to protect it from possible destruction. The cities of Carmel and
Ventura took similar action. What could this long-dead priest have done to elicit such strong acrimony and
outrage? Serra was born in 1713 on the island of Mallorca off the Mediterranean coast of Spain. In 1730, he
entered the Franciscan order, known for its poverty, acts of charity, and missionary spirit. Serra landed in Veracruz,
on the Gulf Coast of New Spain (now Mexico) in 1749. He walked 250 miles from there to Mexico City.
statue under fire at Fresno State. Officials at California State University-Fresno are facing increasing
pressure to remove a statue on campus depicting the late Indian freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi. "How will the historian
teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the Black race and see that we are glorifying him by
erecting a statue on our campus?" asks a Change.org petition, which is nearing 5,000 signatures. "Gandhi was deeply
prejudiced against all minorities, from black Africans, Jews, to low-caste Hindus," it states. "He also demonstrated a
shocking lack of morality, from sleeping naked with young girls to employing nonviolence merely as a tool of political expediency."
Targets Mount Rushmore: Indigenous Land, KKK Ties, Slave Owner Presidents. The New York Times has
set its sights on Mount Rushmore as protesters demand the removal of historic monuments in the name of racial justice, citing
its location on "Indigenous land," the sculptor's purported ties to white supremacy, and two of its subjects' slave ownership.
Myth of Righteous Vandalism. Confederate monuments' location, imagery, inscriptions, dates, and materials of
construction, cost, and commission show what the communities who built them valued and what reasons they had for doing
so. In the past decade, Timothy Sedore, Thomas J. Brown, and Douglas J. Butler have catalogued and produced works
reliant on this evidence. Protesters (and observers) today glean Jim Crow-era historical insight while destroying its
sources, and they are the last ones who will ever be able to do so directly. The primary evidence they
offer — complementary to archival and secondary sources — of which there can never be enough, is
gone. Art historians would never argue that Myron's Discobolus is useless, even though plenty of documents illustrate
it and the cultural tradition it represents. Why are Confederate statues uniquely worthless?
senators propose replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth for fiscal reasons. A couple of Republican senators
rolled out a proposal Wednesday to cancel Columbus Day and replace it with Juneteenth, saying they don't want to just list
both dates as federal holidays because that would "put us further in debt." Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and
James Lankford of Oklahoma made the fiscally hawkish suggestion in an amendment to a bipartisan bill that would make
Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery without tinkering with Columbus Day. "We have offered a
counterproposal that does not put us further in debt," Johnson said in a statement. "We support celebrating
emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange."
Most Noble Experiment in Human History is on a Ventilator. I have watched in horror as statue after statue has
been torn down. This is our history! It is the good, the bad, and the ugly, and it is what made us what we are
today. The mob rule is reminiscent of the Nazi brown shirts in the 1930s. Groupthink has consumed major segments
of our population. One just scratches one's head in bewilderment when learning of U.S. Grant's statue being
defaced. Really? The general who ended the military part of the Civil War and dedicated the emancipation statue
in Washington D.C.? Yes, the statue with Abraham Lincoln; the one with a slave rising up and breaking his shackles to
symbolize his new-found freedom. Yes, the statue paid for by freed black slaves! Yes, the statue endorsed by
Frederick Douglass, the leading black abolitionist of the era. Yes, that statue. [...] Our history is being eradicated
on a scale never-before experienced. Rest assured, your grandchildren will not be learning about American
exceptionalism or manifest destiny in their social studies classes.
vandals to destroy statues is 'the end of civilization as we've known it,' Gingrich says. Former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich says allowing "vandals and barbarians" to get away with destroying public statues without consequence is "the
end of civilization as we've known it." "Most people agree that no one should have the right on their own to go and
destroy things. I mean, if you want to go through a political process, and say, you know, that particular statue should
be moved into a museum or whatever, that's one thing," Gingrich told Just the News in an interview Friday [6/26/2020].
"But to just go out on your own and say, 'I have decided, I will destroy this,' clearly is the end of civilization as we've
known it. I mean, these are vandals and barbarians," he added. Gingrich mentioned the Emancipation Memorial in
Lincoln Park, which was paid for by the wages of freed slaves. The statue shows former Republican President Abraham
Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, standing up while a freed slave is kneeling. Protestors are
reportedly planning to join together to attempt to tear it down.
men' clean war memorials vandalized by left-wing jerks. The contrast between those who built and those who
destroy could not have been more apparent in a recent scene in London, England. Taking their cue from radical left
protesters in America, a liberal mob in the U.K. defaced a statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph on the 76th
anniversary of D-Day. Daily Telegraph journalist Miranda Devine shared a video on Twitter showing what appears to be
off-duty soldiers cleaning the memorial. "These are real men," the conservative columnist tweeted. "Builders, not
wreckers. Protectors, not vandals. Workers, not slackers. Warriors, not wimps. They are the agents of
civilization through the ages."
accused of inciting violence for 'wanted' photos, 4 men arrested over attempted destruction of Andrew Jackson
statue. The Department of Justice charged four men with destruction of federal property after they tried to
tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House last week. The felony charge carries a
maximum jail sentence of 10 years. [...] It is believed that all four suspects are white. Mugshots have not been
released. In a statement, the Department of Justice said: "The United States Attorney's Office for the District
of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed."
tweets 15 flyers of suspects tied to Andrew Jackson monument vandalism. President Trump has appointed himself
Monuments Man — taking it upon himself to personally circulate images of suspects accused of vandalizing an Andrew
Jackson statue in the nation's capital earlier this week. Trump tweeted 15 flyers from the US Park Police Department
requesting the public's help to identify people accused of defacing the statue just outside of the White House Monday
night. Protesters spray-painted "killer" on the monument's base and attempted but failed to pull down the statue.
pass resolution, Mississippi state flag expected to come down. Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday took steps
toward changing the state flag and its Confederate battle emblem following weeks of mounting pressure. Legislation that
lays the groundwork for a new flag moved through the House early in the afternoon with a vote of 84-35. Hours later it
cleared the Senate, 36-14. Both chambers needed to pass House Resolution 79 to suspend legislative deadlines and file a bill
to change the flag. Debate on the bill itself is expected to occur Sunday [6/28/2020]. But Saturday's vote was
the biggest hurdle, and it was widely expected legislation formally removing the flag and its Confederate imagery would soon
The Toppling of the Statues.
The liberals are no longer toppling just Confederate General statues or slaveholder statues, they've taken to toppling a
statue of Ulysses Grant, who led the Union to victory over the Confederacy in 1865. I don't think this has anything to do
with slavery anymore. Perhaps what truly offends them about statues, is time itself. Think about it: Why do
we erect statues in the first place? It is so that we remember things throughout the generations; record for
posterity. What is the one thing that terrifies liberals? In their world, there is no time. There is the
dark sinful past; there is the present which is no different from the past, since we're all just so oppressed; there is the
glorious revolution that's always just around the corner. And then there is the bright shining future filled with
puppies, unicorns and rainbows. The last of these frightens them more than anything. It would nullify their sense
of purpose. They live out their entire lives, as liberals, on a hairpin turn. The revolution is always
tomorrow. If they happen to be doctrinaire liberals for seventy or eighty years, they spend all that time on the bend
of the paper clip, constantly waiting for their chains to be unshackled, tomorrow. It must be a terrible existence.
Makes Initial Arrest in Lafayette Square Monument Attacks — Identifies Three Additional Suspects. AG
Bill Barr previously highlighted the DOJ effort to coordinate with the National Parks Service to identify perpetrators who
were attempting to destroy national monuments on federal property. Accordingly, the DOJ has been searching for several
suspects identified in video coordinating their attacks. Today [6/27/2020] the DOJ announced first four suspects to be
charged. One is currently under arrest, the other three are on the run.
At University In Wisconsin Demand That Abraham Lincoln Statue Be Removed From Campus. If you're wondering where
all these radical leftists in America came from, look no further than the nearest college campus. Academia has been
spoon feeding a steady diet of leftism to American students for generations. Now they are beginning to see the fruits
of their labor. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students are now demanding the removal of a campus statue of
removes statue of Christopher Columbus. The city of Newark has removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from
Washington Park, Mayor Ras Baraka announced Friday in a series of tweets. "In keeping with the movement to remove
symbols of oppression and white supremacy, we have decided to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from Washington
Park," Baraka wrote. "We took it down with city work crews in a safe and orderly manner, to avoid the potential danger
of people taking it upon themselves to topple it."
demand Trenton statue of Christopher Columbus be removed. "Ancestors are watching today," Niambi Aaliyah McCoy
Thursday told the crowd of about 75 people who gathered in front of the statue of Christopher Columbus in a park in Trenton
that bears his name. The demonstrators were there to decry police violence, and call for the removal of the
statue. "This isn't a protest," McCoy said. "So if you came out here to just hold signs, and do chants, we are
not here for that. We are here to...educate and liberate."
Students Call For Abraham Lincoln Statue To Come Down: He Was 'Anti-Black'. Some students at the
University of Wisconsin are demanding a statue on campus of former President Abraham Lincoln be taken down. Nalah
McWhorter, the president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union said that just because Lincoln opposed slavery, doesn't mean he
supported equal rights for African Americans.
American activists are attacking an Olympic landmark in the Sierras. If you're from Northern California, you
might have spent time at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. It is one of America's
most beautiful mountain areas. Now, though, the leftists have Squaw Valley in their crosshairs, for they're claiming
that the word "squaw" is a pejorative that must be stricken from the English language. Not only is this out-of-control
cultural Marxism, it's factually wrong. As with so many things that leftists advocate, it comes from a place of ignorance.
signs executive order to protect American monuments, memorials and statues. President Trump announced Friday
that he signed an executive order to protect American monuments, memorials and statues and threatened those who try to pull
them down with "long prison time." "I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting
American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues — and combatting recent Criminal Violence," Trump tweeted.
"Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!"
destroyers back off after Trump posts FBI wanted poster of vandals' photos, signs strong Executive Order. A day
after Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned that President Donald Trump faces potential defeat in the upcoming 2020 presidential
race unless he starts fighting back, the president donned his boxing gloves and began throwing some punches. The first
punch came around 1:00 pm, when the president posted an FBI wanted poster that depicted the photos of 15 hooligans who're
wanted for vandalizing the statue of former President Andrew Jackson that lies in D.C.'s Lafayette Park.
Community Elders Shutdown And Shame Anti-Statue Protest. Blazing sun and high humidity met hundreds of
protesters, counter-protesters, neighborhood residents, police officers, and reporters Friday evening at Capitol Hill's
Lincoln Park. The protest, planned Tuesday, hoped to tear the monument of Abraham Lincoln with one hand on the
Emancipation Proclamation freeing a slave, modeled by freedman Archer Alexander. It was paid for by local black
residents and black Union veterans and dedicated by Frederick Douglass.
Americans Turn Out To Defend Lincoln Emancipation Memorial From Extremists. Black Americans showed up to defend
the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday [6/26/2020] to push back on extremists who want to tear the
statue down. The statue of former President Abraham Lincoln was purchased by slaves as a way to honor Lincoln, a
Republican, for freeing the slaves. The statue shows Lincoln standing over a slave who is rising to his knees while
holding a broken chain after being freed from slavery.
secretary says federal authorities will have 'all the tools they need' to protect monuments from criminals.
Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt said on Friday that the federal government will provide law enforcement the "manpower"
to crack down on historic monument vandals. "We are ensuring we have an opportunity to arrest individuals. We
were asking the Department of Justice to prosecute them to the full extent of the law," Bernhardt told "America's Newsroom."
Bernhardt said that there are severe punishments for criminals who deliberately destroy government property.
The Columbus Calumny.
Social Justice Warriors and their anarchist shock troops carrying out this wanton destruction are, as usual, utterly ignorant
of history. When they're not busy pulling down statues of Columbus, they've been attacking statues and monuments
honoring prominent abolitionists and black soldiers who fought with the Union Army to free blacks from slavery.
Clearly, nobody in the rage-stoked mob has the wit to Google the history of the public art that has become the Left's latest
target — or has the reading comprehension skills to understand words on the plaque explaining the commendatory
deeds of the person(s) honored. [...] The issue at hand is the mindless disrespect being shown to the Italian-American
community, because social justice warriors believe Columbus was a genocidal white supremacist way back in 1492. Following
this blinkered logic, of course, must mean Italians in the here and now are also genocidal white supremacists.
Lincoln's New Assassins.
Now the mob takes the role of John Wilkes Booth in removing perhaps the greatest of all Lincoln sculptures, the Emancipation
Memorial in Lincoln Park, located in northeast Washington, D.C. The preeminent Lincoln scholar of our or any other time,
Harry V. Jaffa, said many times that this sculpture, originally referred to as the Freedman's Memorial, rivaled Daniel
French's Lincoln Memorial creation. The statue was dedicated to honor Lincoln on the 100th anniversary of the
Declaration of Independence. Yet the furious mob blindly objects that the statue shows a kneeling slave before a
standing Lincoln. The mob is even more blinkered in its art appreciation than it is in its historical understanding, as
I will show in close-up views of the muscular freedman — no longer a slave! — and other details.
Begs to Differ. [T]he latest "anti-racist" campaign targeting statues for forcible erasure is being directed at
the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedmen's Memorial. This effort, announced publicly by a mob that intends
to tear down the monument tomorrow evening, is also being backed by D.C.'s non-voting congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton,
who has raised several ill-founded objections to the memorial's continued presence in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill. The
memorial, Holmes Norton avers, is no longer a fitting monument for our times because it failed to "take into account the
views of African Americans." The memorial, it is worth noting, was underwritten by freed slaves; this is, apparently,
insufficient evidence that African-American perspectives were consulted in its construction.
Iconoclasts Have It All Wrong. The Emancipation Memorial Shows A Man 'In The Act Of Getting Up' For 'His
Freedom'. Black Lives Matter Protesters have threatened to tear down the Emancipation Memorial in
Washington. District of Columbia Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton also called for the "problematic" statue's
removal from Lincoln Park, alleging the statue fails to note how enslaved African Americans pushed for their
emancipation. Norton said former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass "expressed his displeasure" at its
unveiling. In truth, Frederick Douglass predicted members of his race looking back at its dedication in the distant
future "will think of it and speak of it with a sense of manly pride." On April 14, 1876, the 11th anniversary of
Lincoln's assassination, Douglass delivered the keynote address at the unveiling of this memorial.
Publishes Column Calling for 'Blatantly Racist' National Anthem to Be Replaced. Yahoo has published a column
from their music editor Lyndsey Parker in which she argues that the Star Spangled Banner is "blatantly racist" and
needs to go. In the column, Parker points out that Francis Scott Key, the author of the national anthem, had ties to
anti-abolitionists and glorifies the criminal vandals who tore down a statue of him last week in San Francisco.
and journalists say the Star Spangled Banner should no longer be the National Anthem because it was written by slave owner
Francis Scott Key. There is growing outrage over calls by activists, historians and journalists to replace The
Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem because it was written by slave owner Francis Scott Key, and potentially replace
it with John Lennon's Imagine. Historian Daniel E. Walker and activist and journalist Kevin Powell made the remarks in
an article written by Yahoo Music Editor Lyndsey Parker titled 'Why it might be time to finally replace The Star-Spangled
Banner with a new national anthem'.
Historians Call for Preservation of Emancipation Memorial Funded by Freed Slaves. As leftist agitators have set
their sights on the Washington, DC, Emancipation Memorial depicting President Abraham Lincoln and a freed black man, a group
of black historians are calling for it to remain in the city park where it was placed in 1876. Despite threats to tear
it down, some are noting fundraising began for the memorial when Charlotte Scott "used the first $5 she earned in freedom to
kick off a fundraising campaign as a way of paying homage to Lincoln after he was assassinated in 1865," WJLA reported.
Sioux president calls for Mount Rushmore to be 'removed but not blown up'. The president of a South Dakota
tribe called for Mount Rushmore to be removed, so long as the removal does not harm the existing environment. Oglala
Sioux President Julian Bear Runner told the Argus Leader Thursday [6/25/2020] that he believed the massive carving
featuring Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson should be removed from the
area, which he considers to be part of the Sioux's Great Sioux Reservation. "I don't believe it should be blown up,
because it would cause more damage to the land," said Bear Runner. "Removed but not blown up."
The Editor says...
Damage to the land? It's a mountain of granite in the middle of nowhere. Was someone about to plant crops there?
Where were the Indians when the mountain was being dynamited and chiseled? Mount Rushmore is the best thing that ever happened
to their tourist industry, which is probably their only industry.
Canceling Yale. A few
years ago, Yale, in a fit of woke panic, decided to change the name of Calhoun College — named for John C.
Calhoun, Yale graduate and valedictorian — because his position on slavery was not consonant with the position
today advocated by Yale. Henceforth, the college formerly known as Calhoun would be known as Hopper, after Grace
Hopper, an early computer scientist and naval officer. I wrote about that incident at the time in the Wall Street
Journal and The New Criterion. As I noted then, no sentient observer of the American academic scene could
have been surprised by the move to ditch John C. Calhoun. On the contrary, the unspoken response was "What took
them so long?" Ever since Salovey announced in 2016 that he was convening a Committee to Establish Principles for Renaming
(yes, really), the handwriting had been on the wall for Calhoun, a distinguished Yale alumnus who served his country as a
congressman, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state, and vice president.
Approach to Leadership? Philadelphia Mayor Wants Threatened Christopher Columbus Statue Removed for 'Public
Safety'. On Wednesday [6/24/2020], Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued a decision on the threatened statue of
Christopher Columbus at the city's Marconi Plaza. To Jim, the monument — which was likely the first
publicly-funded tribute to the man often credited with discovering the New World — should come down.
Kenney's reason: "public safety."
Mayor Wants Columbus Statue Removed, Cites 'Public Safety'. On Wednesday, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney issued
a statement in which he championed the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia,
thought to be the first publicly-funded monument to Christopher Columbus in the United States, citing his concern for "public safety."
Lives Matter Destroys Statue of Immigrant Who Died Fighting Slavery. Protesters from the Black Lives Matter
movement vandalized and toppled a statue Tuesday night in Madison, Wisconsin, of Col. Hans Christian Heg, an immigrant
from Norway who died fighting for the Union against slavery.
Deface Statue of Brigham Young — at Brigham Young University. Vandals defaced a statue of Brigham
Young at Brigham Young University over the weekend. The vandals dumped red paint on the state and painted the word
"racist" on the base of the statue in large red letters. According to a report by Campus Reform, a statue of Brigham
Young on BYU's campus was vandalized over the weekend. Campus police officers discovered that the statue had been
covered in red paint on Monday morning.
monument remnants removed at North Carolina Capitol. Crews in North Carolina removed the largest remnants of a
75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) Confederate monument that sat near the grounds of the state Capitol for 125 years. The
granite pillar that had supported a statue of a Confederate soldier was pulled from its base in Raleigh to cheers from a
crowd of onlookers late Tuesday night [6/23/2020], news outlets reported. By about 7 a.m. Wednesday, after the
pedestal was also removed, all that remained was a low-lying part of the monument's base covered in a tarp, according to WNCN-TV.
Imagery of St Michael Defeating Satan Is 'Reminiscent of George Floyd'. The Guardian has promoted a
petition calling for British honours depicting the victory of St Michael the Archangel over Satan to be redesigned, as the
"offensive" imagery is "reminiscent of the recent murder of George Floyd". The Order of St Michael and St George
is bestowed at the pleasure of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and "recognises service in a foreign country, or in
relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs" — typically of a non-military nature — with members
holding the rank of Knight Grand Cross (GCMG), Knight Commander (KCMG), or Companion (CMG).
The Movement to Destroy
a Nation. Nation-wide protests weeks after George Floyd's murder turned into a movement to destroy a
nation. Parading as an attack on racial injustice, the movement has turned into an obliteration of history. This
week that devastation set its eyes on faith. Less than one week ago, protesters rekindled the call for removing
confederate statues. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in a show of solidarity with the protest mob, removed two
portraits of former House speakers who were part of the Confederacy. From there, the momentum quickly shifted to anyone
whose statue is seen as offensive, who may have held racist or politically incorrect views of another era, or who may (or may
not) have owned slaves or supported slavery at any time. Never mind that the qualifiers of what constitutes "offensive"
is blurred; the momentum of eradicating history is ruled by emotion, not reason.
the Emancipation Memorial Alone. In a quiet, tree-lined area about a mile from the U.S. Capitol building, a
statue has stood since 1876. Unveiled eleven years after Abraham Lincoln's death, it depicts the 16th president holding the
Emancipation Proclamation as a freed slave kneels below, his bonds being severed. Congress originally named the site of
the statue, called the Freedman's Memorial on the plaque affixed to it, Lincoln Square, making it "the first site to bear the
name of the martyred president," according to the National Park Service. It is also known as the Emancipation
Memorial. Lincoln Park's typical quiet was broken on Tuesday [6/23/2020] by an increasingly familiar sight: a crowd
seeking a statue to tear down. The more such groups deviate further from anything resembling legitimate protest against
the unjust death of George Floyd, the more one questions their historical literacy.
announce time and place they will tear down Abraham Lincoln statue in DC. Black Lives Matter extremists in the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are reportedly intent on tearing down a statue that was paid for by freed slaves.
Known as the Emancipation Memorial or as Freedman's Memorial, the statue depicting former President Abraham Lincoln and a
freed slave has sat in Lincoln Park since 1876. More notably, the monument was paid for almost entirely by freed
slaves. "The bronze statue, designed by sculptor Thomas Ball, was built almost entirely with funds donated by former
slaves and dedicated in 1876," D.C.'s official tourism site, Washington.org, notes. "The statue was unveiled on the
11th anniversary of Lincoln's death, with Frederick Douglass delivering the keynote address to President Ulysses S.
Grant and more than 25,000 people in attendance."
Trump Vows to Protect Statues of Jesus Christ from Leftist Mobs. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the
White House vowed to protect statues of Jesus Christ and statues of the Founding Fathers in the United States from leftist
mobs seeking their destruction. "They're looking at Jesus Christ. They're looking at George Washington.
They're looking Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen," Trump said. "Not going to happen as long
as I'm here."
on statues — Will only spheres and cylinders satisfy the mob? This dishonor is unworthy of the
Republican who invited Tuskegee Institute founder and "Up from Slavery" author Booker T. Washington to dine at the White
House. This made Washington the executive mansion's first black dinner guest. Also, TR launched the U.S. Forest
Service, among other conservationist initiatives. This normally earns applause, not cancellation, at a natural-history
museum. What's racist about this statue? A virile Roosevelt is on horseback, proudly and freely flanked by an
equally muscular Native American and a robust black man. Roosevelt is not whipping them. Nor is he auctioning
them off as property (unlikely, since slavery ended when TR was 6). So, what the hell is the problem? Those who
call this statue racist should check themselves for infantilizing the Indian and the black man therein.
Warns Americans: Statues Coming Down Is Where Revolutions Start. Elizabeth Rogliani, a Venezuelan actress
living in the U.S., told followers on Tik Tok why she is concerned to see statues being torn down and roads being renamed in America.
Are Conservative Leaders In This Moment? When I see the images from Lafayette Square last night or from the
weekend across the country of radical leftists and anarchists tearing down or defacing memorials to some of America's
greatest heroes, what I keep wondering is: where are the conservative leaders who have said so much and done
so little to defend our history?
Statues coming down is a 'healthy expression'. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said he supports
tearing down statues Tuesday, noting that it is a powerful statement about equality and anti-racism. "People are making
a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery. I think those are good statements,"
Cuomo said Tuesday [6/23/2020] on "Today." "It's a healthy expression of people saying, 'Let's get some priorities here,
and let's remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let's not celebrate it,'" he added.
Rushmore Is Doomed to the 1619 Riots. There is no way Mount Rushmore can survive the insurgency of left-wing
domestic terrorism currently unfolding in our country. [...] The modern left's goals, the modern media's goals, the goals of
the terrorists in Antifa and Black Lives Matter are immoral, are the authoritarian goals of tyrants who want to tell us how
to think and what to believe, what we can and cannot say. They want total control of our children by way of a failed
school system, they want total control of that which shapes our culture by way of an entertainment institution that
blacklists those who think different, they want total control of political speech by means of tech fascists, and they want
total control of our government by way of cheat-by-mail, removing the electoral college, killing the filibuster, and
expanding the Supreme Court. The left are now the Woke Taliban, and the Woke Taliban cannot achieve those goals through
non-violent protest and civil disobedience because those goals are monstrous. So they are forced, like the Bolsheviks
before them, to resort to gangsterism and violence, to terror and lies.
Island may change its official state name over slavery connotations. What's in a name? For the state of
Rhode Island, years of acrimony over an official designation with connotations of slavery. But change is brewing in the
union's smallest state, as Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday taking the "first steps" to
change the state's full name: "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." The "plantations" portion has
come under increased scrutiny following widespread protests after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Statues Are Torn Down By The Mob, History Promises People Are Next. For millennia, King Mob has targeted
societies' icons with varied goals and to varied ends, and few things are more foreboding than his desecration of civic
art. Just as the targets have ranged from rulers to clergy, from tyrants to helpless, and from the guilty to the
innocent, the outcomes have ranged from victory to defeat depending on the society's strength and will. The promise of
bloodshed coming alongside or following shortly after, however, is an historic certainty. The symbols of a people never
satisfy: People themselves must always come next.
warning about where the statue-toppling leads. Think it can't happen here? It can happen here.
That's the warning from a young woman from Venezuela, who has seen the statue-topplings before - and the street renamings,
(and the flag alterings, and the name changings) along the destruction of history, and knows exactly where it leads. [...]
Among many Venezuelans, there were stories about flight. There was terror about crime and lawlessness and criminals
being allowed to rampage to keep the population docile. There were conversations about whether it would be wise to
collaborate with the CIA. There were warnings about not talking too loudly, even in English, in restaurants. There was
resigned talk about stolen elections -- from the people who actually had them stolen from them. There was talk about
what families should do it someone were to be taken in a kidnapping. There were Cubans there, too, exiles who fled the
Castro regime and made a new life for themselves in Venezuela, who made the same warnings this young woman made, about where
the statue-toppling was going to lead.
Happens After All The Statues Come Down? The Chavez-ification Of America. he recent spate of statue
toppling is not just vandalism of the rabble gone wild. It's more than that, much more. So far in this current
cycle, the statues of Confederates, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, a Spanish missionary, U.S. Grant, a Texas
Ranger, and an Oregon pioneer, to name a few, have either been torn down by mobs or removed by officials who have surrendered
to the swarming Woke activists. It's not easy to decide who is more contemptible, the thugs pulling down the memorials
or the authorities who are allowing the crimes to occur.
Fight against Statues Is a Fight against Civilization. The movement to tear down statues or even just to deface
them was misconceived in its earliest stages and has now, like most aspects of the self-flagellating fever over "systemic
racism," evolved from just concerns about offending African-American sensibilities into an assault on the entire body of
achievement of Western civilization. This movement really began with the debate over whether to remove the statue of
General Robert E. Lee from a main square of Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Serious civic discussion on a legitimate
question quickly deteriorated into mob violence between Klansmen and neo-Nazis on one side and Antifa and the belligerent
faction of the now lionized Black Lives Matter (BLM) on the other.
Fascism From the Democrats. Now the mob is planning to tear down the statue of Theodore Roosevelt, and, may I
add, that TR was one of the original Progressives. Take a look in an American history book, if you can find one.
Teddy was an original Progressive. The mayor of the fated city of New York, Bill de Blasio has already approved Teddy's
removal. Au revoir, Teddy; you will soon rest in the dustbin of history along with George Washington and so many other
old white men of American history. [...] All the flag burners, statue smashers, and, dare I say it, book burners, are on the
left. In fact, Mayor de Blasio is one of them. Though he is careful to wear a suit and tie, when he appears on
television he always approves of the mob, and it is only a matter of time before he begins appearing in public wearing a
uniform with epaulets and perhaps a sword.
National Guard to handle 'savage' situation of toppling monuments, interior secretary says. Interior Secretary
David Bernhardt joined "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday night, where he addressed plans to protect monuments on federal property,
saying he has taken more measures to safeguard the artifacts. "This evening, I requested from the secretary of defense
that the National Guard be available to us to begin to redact additional monuments. Earlier today, I instructed the
erection of a fence at Lafayette Plaza as well as at St. John's Church. And we will protect these monuments and
we will do it with the dispatch and severity last night," Bernhardt said. "Our Park Police and the Metro D.C. Police,
as well as the U.S. Secret Service uniformed patrol, did an excellent job in addressing the issue and rapidly protecting the
statue. And those activities will continue."
In the case of Confederate monuments, controversy about their relationship to segregation is understandable. But that
calls for discrimination. The 'Appomattox' statue taken down in Alexandria, Virginia was far from a gesture of defiance
toward the victorious north. Not for nothing was the statue named for the court house at which the Army of Northern
Virginia surrendered. It showed an unarmed soldier, eyes downcast and arms crossed, his face somber — an
image of manly defeat, dedicated by veterans in 1889 to their fallen brothers. The statue was striking for showing a
side of America that otherwise remains hidden, a face that isn't the face of moral triumphalism and worldly success. It
was an image intended to trouble a civilization given to self-congratulation. It was a reminder that even Americans
know what it is like to lose a war.
Davis Hanson: Taking Down Statues Is About 'Humiliation And Power. Professor Victor Davis Hanson said
Monday that the wave of statue removal in the United States is "about humiliation and power." "They always have a minority
of a population that's not about the icon on the statue, it's about humiliation and power," Hanson told "Tucker Carlson
Tonight." "So if you're going to take down Teddy Roosevelt at the National Museum, why don't you go to Mount Rushmore
and blow Teddy Roosevelt up? You don't want to do that because the people in that area of the Dakotas might resist."
Hanson suggested that if people really want to get rid of "Robert E. Lee's head in Washington" they would also head to Stone
Mountain, Georgia and deface a bas relief monument with Lee's image on it. "They won't do that because they know a few
people will stand up and say, 'you're not going to do that.'"
Long Will the Vandals Run Amok? We erect statues to remember, revere and honor those whom we memorialize.
And what is the motivation of the people who tear them down and desecrate them? In a word, it is hate. A goodly
slice of America's young hates this country's history and the men who made it. It hates the discoverers and explorers
like Columbus, the conquistadores and colonists. It hates the Founding Fathers and the first 15 presidents, all of whom
either had slaves or coexisted with the injustice of slavery. But hating history and denying history and tearing down
the statues of the men who made that history does not change history.
Toppling Is Bringing Mob Rule to America. A debate over policing, race, and history has degenerated into
general lawlessness, as mobs have swarmed and destroyed statues in our biggest cities from coast to coast. And these
mobs have hardly been discriminating. [...] They've attacked people of a multitude of creeds, races, and religions: white,
black, and Hispanic; Catholic, Protestant, and Hindu. All in the name of purging, in the words of many activists,
"systematic racism," and various other sins inherent in our country's past, present, and future. Unfortunately, this
sort of mob justice is unlikely to bring us to a kind of post-racial utopia, a heaven on earth. More likely it will
bring us straight to perdition, where free government disintegrates and we become a nation of men and mobs, not the law.
So Few Arrests? Police Stand by as Vandals Tear Down Statues. It's not just Confederate statues being
pulled down anymore. Statues of historical figures that weren't part of the Confederacy — and in some cases
fought it — have been toppled in cities across the country, while police apparently did nothing to stop the
crimes. According to an Associated Press summary of weekend protests and vandalism, rioters tore down statues in San
Francisco; Portland, Oregon; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C. Only North Carolina police confirmed arrests
in connection with the vandalism and destruction of property.
real reason mobs across the country are tearing down American monuments. On Monday, a mob attempted to knock
down a statue of Andrew Jackson. They spray-painted the base, trying to knock the statue down. In large letters,
you can see it says "killer" at the bottom. Amazing. This is happening all over the country as you know and
there's a reason for it. Over the weekend, most recently — doubtless, you've heard of this — city
officials announced their plan to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt from outside New York's Museum of Natural
History. The bronze statue has stood there in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda facing Central Park since before the
Second World War. Soon it will be gone. People who erected that statue 80 years ago would be confused by this, no
doubt. They did not consider Teddy Roosevelt a controversial figure. In fact, Roosevelt was the most popular
president in American history. He was also the most American president. No other country could have produced
Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt's virtues mirrored the values of America. He was physically brave. He was
profoundly literate, highly self-disciplined and amazingly energetic. While still a college student, Roosevelt wrote a
two-volume history of the War of 1812 that is still in print today.
Ignorance. If you don't know much of anything, what right have you to instruct those who do know? Every
right, it would presently seem. In acknowledgement of which right — oh, boy! — you commission
instructive pieces of testimony like the San Francisco overthrow of a statue representing — are you
ready? — former President and Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant. U.S. Grant! Grant, who accepted, at
Appomattox courthouse in 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on the initiative of its commander, Robert E.
Lee! Thus writing "finis" to the Civil War/War Between the States. I have read that the rap on Grant, from the
standpoint of the San Francisco mob, was that for a year, he personally owned one slave — one — who he
freed a couple of years before the war. I doubt many find this explanation persuasive. I don't.
Secretary Of The Interior Respond To Left-Wing Rioters Destroying Statues: 'Justice Will Be Served'. President
Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt both responded to the latest spate of violent riots that have
resulted in the destruction of historical statues across the U.S. by saying that it would not be tolerated. The
statements from Trump and Bernhardt come after rioters have destroyed presidential statues in recent days across the country,
including statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses S. Grant. Violent rioters in Washington,
D.C., tried to destroy a statue of former President Andrew Jackson on Monday, which police were able to stop.
orders law enforcement to arrest memorial vandals under federal act with up to 10-year sentence. President
Trump said he has authorized federal law enforcement to arrest those caught vandalizing memorials and charge them under the
Veterans' Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act. "I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who
vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison,
per the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent," the president tweeted Tuesday morning
[6/23/2020]. "This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or
vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!" he added.
When the Madness Ends? For all the conservatives who virtue signaled that Confederate statues had to come down
now, the logical trajectory of their acquiesce was the toppling of Ulysses S. Grant, Columbus, and Father Junipero Serra, and
the defacements of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington. And it won't do to deplore the mob's insanity when it turns on
abolitionists, Cervantes, and black Civil War veterans. After all, from the time of the dismemberment of Cinna the
Roman poet, that's precisely what mobs do when appeased: turn on the innocent without apology.
NC governor orders Confederate
monuments removed at Capitol after statues toppled. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered three Confederate monuments
removed from the state Capitol grounds to protect public safety, he said in a statement, less than 24 hours after protesters
pulled down two bronze soldiers from the 75-foot Confederate monument at the Capitol. The monuments include memorials
that have stood at the State Capitol for more than a century: the remainder of the North Carolina Confederate monument, the
monument to the Women of the Confederacy and the Henry Wyatt Monument. Crews removed the Wyatt Monument and the Women
of the Confederacy statues Saturday morning.
Draws Support To Rename Columbus, Ohio, 'Flavortown' After City Removes Christopher Columbus Statue.
Flavortown. That's what thousands of people want to rename Columbus, Ohio, according to a new petition posted on
change.org. And the petition poster sounds serious. "Beloved Buckeyes one and all," wrote someone identifying
himself as Tyler Woodbridge. "Columbus is an amazing city, but one whose name is tarnished by the very name
itself. Its namesake, Christopher Columbus, is in The Bad Place because of all his raping, slave trading, and
genocide. That's not exactly a proud legacy." "Why not rename the city Flavortown? The new name is
twofold. For one, it honors Central Ohio's proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and one of the nation's largest test
markets for the food industry," Woodbridge added. "Secondly, chef-lebrity Guy Fieri was born in Columbus, so naming the
city in honor of him (he's such a good dude, really) would be superior to its current nomenclature."
The Editor says...
Obviously these are people who watch too much television, place too much emphasis on celebrity, have very shallow roots, and have no
comprehension of history beyond 1980. And they want to use riots and insurrection as the leverage to rename once-great cities.
The name of a city doesn't keep anyone from achieving whatever they want.
Museum of Natural History will remove its statue of Theodore Roosevelt. The American Museum of Natural History
will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial
expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday [6/21/2020]. The bronze statue that has stood at
the museum's Central Park West entrance since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African
man standing next to the horse.
Leaders to Remove Iconic Teddy Roosevelt Statue outside NYC Museum of Natural History. They won't stop til they
crush the system. In August 2017 far left protesters demanded the New York Museum of Natural History remove their
famous Teddy Roosevelt statue. [...] On Sunday [6/21/2020] The New York Times announced liberal leaders agreed to take down
the iconic Roosevelt statue outside the Museum of Natural History.
Protesters Topple Golden Gate Park Statues Of Junipero Serra, Francis Scott Key, U.S. Grant. The statues of
Junipero Serra, Francis Scott Key, U.S. Grant laid on the ground in the pre-dawn darkness of Golden Gate Park Saturday,
toppled, broken and defaced by a large crowd of Juneteenth protesters who gathered Friday night to demand an end to racial
injustice. San Francisco police said they received several calls around 8:15 p.m. Friday reporting an unruly
gathering in Golden Gate Park in the area of Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. and Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
York City parks to be renamed after Black Americans. New York City parks in each borough will be renamed to
honor Black Americans. The announcement was made Friday by Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in honor of Juneteenth,
which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. The holiday took on added meaning this year amid ongoing protests
calling for racial equality, and in that spirit, Silver said it is time to recognize and correct the inequities laid to bare
in the course of creating the city parks system.
Cowards Are To Blame For Falling Statues. There is no need to name names. The so-called conservatives who
have been coddling mindless calls to destroy public art know who they are, so do the rest of us. These are the
reasonable conservatives, the good ones, so ever careful no to be called racist. They had a compromise in mind because
they always do. Throw the Confederate statues under the bus and we can save the rest. Well. Friday night a
statue of Ulysses S. Grant was toppled. Also the statue of a Catholic saint. Do you know who is to blame?
It is not the hordes of progressives with ropes and chains; it is every conservative who thought those Jacobin lunatics could
be appeased by just tearing down certain statues. It is a metaphor for the fecklessness of an American right too cowed
to stand up for itself.
The Right Must
Defend Our Monuments. Life is tough for statues dedicated to dead white men. At the bare minimum, these
statues will be spray painted. Worse, and more common these days, an unlucky statue will be dragged across town and
dumped in the nearest body of water. Authorities seem not to mind the recent destruction. Police stand idly by as
mobs deface our heritage and disregard all rules and laws. Some authorities want to finish the mob's work and topple
the statues with taxpayer-funded services. Republicans and conservatives appear remarkably unconcerned with this war on
history. They're too busy repeating Black Lives Matter talking points to notice our monuments being defaced and our
Islamist and Far Left Activist Umar Lee Launches Petition to Rename St. Louis City. Radical St. Louis
Islamist Umar Lee was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri in September 2014. Umar Lee once threatened to behead his
critics and watch them squeal "like Daniel Pearl." Lee was cuffed and detained in September 2014 in Ferguson. Umar
Lee is now passing around a petition to remove the grand St. Louis Statue from Art Hill in Forest Park in St. Louis.
Twins remove statue of former owner Calvin Griffith from outside Target Field. By the time the Twins reached
out this week to several of their prominent former players, the decision already had been made. The statue of former
owner Calvin Griffith, the man who brought Major League Baseball to Minnesota in 1961, was being removed. In the early
hours of Friday morning [6/19/2020], just that occurred. The statue of the first team owner, standing in front of
Target Field since the ballpark opened in 2010, was hauled away by a construction crew.
Are Part of History. The removal of hundreds of Civil War monuments, including the recent removal of a statue
of Jefferson Davis and an attempt to remove the imposing image of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, are part of a similar attempt to
suppress an aspect of our history that some now see as offensive. It does little good to note that many southern
leaders before and at the time of the war, including Jefferson; Madison; Clay; and Robert E. Lee himself, who assisted slaves
moving to the free colony in Liberia and provided emancipation for his slaves in his will, had serious moral qualms about the
institution of slavery and hoped it would eventually be eliminated, regardless of the outcome of the war. Although they
owned slaves, Jefferson and Madison both spoke of slavery as an evil that must be abolished.
Nobody elected her to do anything.
McCray to decide fate of NYC statues of Washington, Jefferson. First lady Chirlane McCray will put statues and
structures honoring historic figures tainted by slavery — including George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson — under the microscope as part of a new "Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation," Mayor Bill de
Blasio announced Friday [6/19/2020]. Hizzoner's move comes a day after five city lawmakers — including City
Council Speaker Corey Johnson — sent a letter requesting the statue of Jefferson be removed from the council's
chamber, as leaders across the city and nation struggle to respond to weeks of protests over racism that followed the death
of George Floyd. "This is exactly the kind of thing that this new commissions needs to examine," de Blasio told
reporters during his morning briefing, announcing his wife's latest assignment.
United States of Appeasement. Once they see how easy it is to get what they want, their
list of demands only grows longer. [...] They want Confederate statues smashed into oblivion and military bases that
were named after Confederate generals to be renamed. However, these statues and military bases have been around a long
time — just like House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has served in Congress since 1987. Let's say Fort Benning,
named after Confederate brigadier general Henry L. Benning, is rechristened. However, it's located in Columbus,
Georgia. Would they want the city renamed, too? After all, they hate Christopher Columbus as much
as they hate Henry Benning.
vote to remove Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol fails. Calls to remove Confederate statues from the U.S.
Capitol were shot down in the Senate this week. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) brought a vote on the matter to a close
Thursday, voting against the removal of the statues. Blunt has said he'd "like to get the opinion of states who are
taking out similar statues" before voting. He further suggested holding a hearing on the matter.
Washington Statue Toppled by Antifa Black Lives Matter Mob in Portland. A statue of George Washington was
toppled by Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon Thursday night. The statue and its base were
spray-pained with anti-American slogans including the New York Times "1619" propaganda slur. American flags were burned
on Washington. No police were present until the statue was felled.
Jefferson statue should be removed from NYC Council chambers, lawmakers say. A statue of Thomas Jefferson
should be removed from the City Council chambers, say Speaker Corey Johnson and the leaders of the Council's Black, Latino
and Asian Caucus. "The statue of Thomas Jefferson in the City Council Chambers is inappropriate and serves as a
constant reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country. It must
be removed," Johnson, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams and Councilman I. Daneek Miller wrote Mayor de Blasio on Thursday.
Mechanics blasted for guide on 'how to topple a statue'. Popular Mechanics magazine has come under fire after
publishing a detailed guide on toppling monuments. "Bring that sucker down without anyone getting hurt," the article
posted Monday encourages readers, promising the best advice on "how to topple a statue using science." Author James Stout
says his article is inspired by the worldwide attacks on "problematic monuments" tied to the "legacy of racism" amid ongoing
protests. "Should you happen to find yourself near a statue that you decide you no longer like, we asked scientists for
the best, safest ways to bring it to the ground without anyone getting hurt — except, of course, for the inanimate
racist who's been dead for a century anyway," the article says. Mechanical engineer Scott Holland then advised
how — with about 70 strong friends — protesters could pull down most statues with 4x4 recovery straps
"around the head or the neck."
What's the name of the football team in Kansas City?
pushes to remove 'chief' from job titles, calling it offensive to indigenous people. City leaders are making a
push to remove the word "chief" from job titles, calling the term offensive to indigenous people. At a news conference
Wednesday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson implored City Council members to vote to approve the change next week "so that we have
more inclusive leadership and less language that is rooted in hurt and offensive, intentional marginalization." The
measure, slated to go before the council Monday night, would change Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman's title to
city administrator and Chief Financial Officer Wayne Parson's title to finance director.
Are the Heroes Whose Statues Black Lives Matter Has Attacked. The statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish
diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, stands at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly in Los Angeles.
When the racist mobs swept through the area, looting Jewish stores and defacing synagogues with "BLM" and "Free Palestine"
graffiti, the statue of a man who risked his life to resist fascism and bigotry was one of their targets. The racists
and leftists vandalizing statues across the world claim that they're fighting hate, but their targets have often been the men
and women who courageously stood up to racism and hatred.
Who Supports Statue Removal Reveals Live On-Air She Doesn't Know Who Winston Churchill Is. Left-wing activist
and chair of the Lambeth "independent" police advisory board Lorraine Jones revealed live on-air Saturday that she doesn't
know who late Prime Minister Winston Churchill was in an embarrassing exchange with Cathy Newman, telling the host, "I
haven't personally met him." Churchill led Britain during World War II in its battle against the Nazis and has been dead
American politicians cower before BLM, they get a lesson in courage from France. I am sick at heart that our
entire political leadership is cowering before mobs of vandals seeking to destroy our collective memory of the past.
But now, we see mob rule imitating the tactics of the Red Guards of China's Cultural Revolution, who destroyed that nation's
precious artistic and literary heritage in the name of revolutionary purity, and the Taliban in Afghanistan, who blew up
ancient Buddhist statues — to almost universal condemnation outside the Islamic world. [...] If the Republic
survives, this era will become an enduring blot of shame for the madness tolerated and even promoted by the commanding
heights of our political, corporate, academic, and media establishments — in other words, our entire institutional
Our Anti-American Education System Made Riots Inevitable. Even in the non-violent demonstrations, protesters
can be seen burning the American flag, an act that just 30 years ago engendered such outrage it spurred Congress to pass an
unconstitutional law, but doesn't even warrant coverage today. In broad daylight, protesters have defaced and toppled
statues dedicated to any and all figures of America's history. Lest anyone think the mob's Year Zero behavior stopped
with the slaveholding Confederacy, in Boston a monument to the 54th Massachusetts, an all-black Union regiment during the
Civil War, was among those vandalized. Matthias Baldwin, an early abolitionist, got the same treatment in Philadelphia,
as did the lesser-known Rotary Club founder Paul Harris, whose plaque in Washington D.C. was marked simply with an
ignorance-acknowledging "probably a racist." The monument to the author of the Emancipation Proclamation on the National
Mall was likely spared only because of the protection of the National Guard.
Has Problems. Tearing Down Statues Won't Solve Them. In the aftermath of the police killing of George
Floyd in Minneapolis, the widespread spirit of protest has expanded to a wide array of cultural symbols — ranging
from statues of Columbus to the movie Gone With The Wind. In Toronto, activists are demanding the renaming of a
major street because it happens to be named after a long-dead Scottish politician who opposed the abolition of the slave
trade. Some of these campaigns are questionable. But in the current environment, any claim or posture that's seen
as emanating from the Black Lives Matter movement, however indirectly, is taken as morally unassailable. In fact, this
trend already was well underway before Floyd's death. But it has accelerated over the last two weeks.
we want a civilization based on vandalism? When demonstrations triggered by the death of George Floyd spread to
Philadelphia, vandals defaced a statue outside City Hall of an old white man. They spray-painted the words "colonizer"
and "murderer" on it. But the statue was of Matthias Baldwin, a 19th-century businessman and abolitionist.
Baldwin was a vocal opponent of slavery decades before the Civil War. He founded a school for poor black children and
paid the teachers' salaries for years. He also advocated voting rights for blacks well before the enactment of the 15th
Amendment. None of this spared his likeness from today's Jacobins. Nor was the Baldwin episode an isolated case.
considers removing Abraham Lincoln statue with freed slave. Boston's mayor is in favor of taking down a local
statue of President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed black man, after a petition was launched for its removal, his
office says. Mayor Marty Walsh's office added that the pol wants a community discussion about its future and whether a
new statue commemorating the end of slavery should be commissioned to take its place, according to the Boston Globe.
The controversial statue, situated in the city's Park Square, is a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington and
shows Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling man with broken shackles on his wrists. The monument was intended
to show Lincoln freeing the man from slavery, but a new petition argues that it "instead represents us still beneath someone else.
Penny Lane, made famous
by The Beatles, 'in danger of being renamed' if alleged slavery link proven, official says. Penny Lane, the
road in Liverpool that gained worldwide recognition after The Beatles wrote a song about it, is now "in danger of being
renamed" if it can be proven that its title is linked to a slave trader, a local politician says. Steve Rotherham, the
mayor of the Liverpool city region, issued the warning to Sky News on Monday as a debate has emerged over the origins of the
name Penny Lane. One of the road's signs was defaced on Friday with the word "RACIST" spray-painted next to it in an
apparent reference to James Penny, a Liverpool-based slave trader whom the BBC says defended the practice during a
parliamentary inquiry in the late 1700s.
Jefferson statue toppled by protesters at Portland high school. Protesters toppled a statue of Thomas Jefferson
in front of a high school Sunday night during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Portland, Oregon. Demonstrators
gathered Sunday night outside Jefferson High School in Northeast Portland to protest the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed
black man whose police-custody death in Minneapolis sparked a wave of national unrest. According to The Oregonian, more
than 1,000 protesters marched to Alberta Park and a smaller group stayed behind and toppled the statue onto the ground.
statue-smashers won't stop there — unless we stop them now. From Boston to Bristol, England,
latter-day vandals are decapitating, spray-painting, smashing and throwing into the sea statues of fallen idols. In the
South, Confederate leaders are a target; in Britain, anyone to do with the slave trade. But Columbus is the commonest
trophy, largely due to his likeness' ubiquity in town squares. The most famous, in Columbus Circle (or just plain
Circle?), now has a heavy round-the-clock police guard. To be clear: We should continue to reconsider who gets
pride of place in public spaces. When I lived in New Orleans 25 years ago, I thought it was strange to ride down
highways named after Jeff Davis. All the monuments, though, had a double meaning: They were a reminder that the
legacy of slavery still oppressed the country. Sure, rename the highway, but don't erase history. Confederate
statues belong in museums, with explanation, not destroyed and graffitied.
police charge Camden man with vandalizing law enforcement officer memorial. A 42-year-old Camden man accused of
taking an ax to the back of a neck of a police officer memorial in Dover early Friday morning [6/12/2020] has been arrested,
Dover Police said. They arrested him after finding evidence at the scene and watching video surveillance, according to
police. Police said Kyle Bullock left his cell phone at the scene where they found an ax, a vandalized statue of an
officer kneeling, and two urine-soaked Delaware state flags. Shortly after 5:30 a.m. police discovered the damage to
the memorial located on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
down Winston Churchill's statue!' Black Lives Matter organiser calls for 'offensive' memorial of wartime leader to be removed
and put into a museum. Imarn Ayton, 29, a figurehead of the movement who has given speeches alongside Star Wars
actor John Boyega, said a monument to anyone who has made racist comments — including the wartime PM — is offensive
and belongs in a museum. But she urged campaigners to stay off the streets of London to prevent rallies exploding into
a 'race war' against the far-right, who are among those trooping to the capital and other cities across the UK to defend
of Statues at Work. Britain is now following the experience of the U.S. in removing or calling for removal of
statues or monuments of individuals associated with slavery, or racial discrimination, or those regarded as imperialists or
colonialists. No doubt the UK in the past pulled down statues and palaces of other civilizations. The question
now arises whether history is being erased or truly evaluated. [...] Is history to be made by the winners or current
protestors? The need is compelling for legitimate historical analysis to clarify the true history of personalities who
have been admired.
Is Coming. We can't resolve much of anything when we're kept in a constant state of suspicion, fear, agitation,
and anger. [...] There are probably quite a few Americans outraged by the sights of statues of Christopher Columbus or other
figures from history being beheaded or pulled down, or the defacing of statutes of abolitionists in the name of racial
equality. Whatever you think of Christopher Columbus or any other historical figure, we have a legal and democratic
process to remove statues from public squares when a sufficient portion of the public deems them no longer acceptable.
These communities have zoning boards and local elected officials who can make those choices and be held accountable to the
public through elections. Nobody elected those angry mobs to a damn thing. This is rule by force, the strongest
forcing their will upon those who are weaker than them. This will not end well for anyone.
are powerful things': New Orleans Council readies changes to Confederate street names. Statues of Robert E.
Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard were toppled in New Orleans three years ago. But their names, along with
those of a host of other Confederate officers and officials, still adorn the city's streets and parks. That could soon
change amid an upwelling of outrage over racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd. Jefferson Davis
Parkway, Robert E. Lee Blvd. and at least 20 other streets that honor leaders of the Confederacy are expected to be among
the first considered for removal by a new City Council advisory group.
Texas Football Players Demand School Rename Stadium, Eliminate 'Eyes of Texas'. Football players at the
University of Texas at Austin have released a lengthy list of demands, urging the university to change the name of buildings
on campus — including the stadium — and eliminate "The Eyes of Texas" as the school's song in the name
of inclusivity, claiming the racism that "has historically plagued" the campus. "The recent events across the country
regarding racial injustice have brought to light the systemic racism that has always been prevalent in our country as well as
the racism that has historically plagued our campus," Texas Longhorns players said in a statement released on Friday [6/13/2020].
launched to change 'racist' name of Lynchburg, Virginia — which was named after an abolitionist. A
resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, has launched a petition to rename the town, arguing that its name carries "racist and
horrifying connotations." But the founder of the town was actually an early supporter of emancipation in the U.S., and
his link to the term "lynching" involves another history lesson. Daisy Howard has launched a petition to the Lynchburg
City Council, writing that "if black lives truly matter to the city, then such a word defining the hanging of people of color
can and will be eliminated."
Orleans protesters pull down bust, throw it in river. Protesters Saturday [6/13/2020] tore down a bust of a
slave owner who left part of his fortune to New Orleans' schools and then took the remains to the Mississippi River and
rolled it down the banks into the water. The destruction is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the
Confederacy or with links to slavery as the country grapples with widespread protests against police brutality toward African
Americans. Police said in a statement Saturday that demonstrators at Duncan Plaza, which is directly across the street
from City Hall, dragged the bust into the streets, loaded it onto trucks and took it to the Mississippi River where they
threw it in.
State Of Texas Delivers A 'Simple' Message To Rioters Thinking About Trashing The Alamo. Texas land
commissioner George P. Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, delivered a simple message for rioters who
might be thinking about trashing The Alamo: "Don't mess with The Alamo." Bush released a statement on Saturday
evening after social media posts claimed that so-called "protesters" were wanting to take down The Alamo, which comes as
violent rioters have trashed inner cities across the country and have destroyed historical monuments and statues in recent days.
E. Lee opposed construction of Confederate monuments. Robert E. Lee, who led the Army of Northern Virginia
through the Civil War, opposed the construction of monuments commemorating the vanquished Confederacy. Within the past
week, NASCAR announced a ban on the Confederate flag, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi renewed calls to have Confederate
statues removed from the Capitol, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted anything named after Lee in his city "has to
go," and thousands of protesters across the country tore down Confederate monuments. After the Civil War, Lee
repeatedly voiced his objection to statues or monuments that honor the Confederacy. Lee's underlying rationale behind
opposing the monuments was Southern reconciliation with the Union, hoping to quell further sentiments of rebellion in the
aftermath of the Civil War.
historic pioneer statues torn down on University of Oregon campus. Two historic statues have been torn down on
the University of Oregon campus this weekend — the Pioneer Mother and the Pioneer outside Johnson Hall. The
Pioneer Statue has been dragged up the steps of Johnson Hall, while the Pioneer Mother was still laying next to her
mount. Statues of Confederate figures have come down during protests in the southern US, and protesters in England tore
down a statue of a slave trader and dumped it in a nearby river. Statues of Christopher Columbus have also been
Protesters just defaced a statue of one of the good guys. Defacing or vandalizing statues is a risky
business. We saw this earlier this week when a protester in Portsmouth, Va., was seriously injured after a Confederate
statue he was helping topple landed squarely on his head. Sometimes the risk is less serious, damaging only the ego,
though the pain of having done something hopelessly stupid can be just as real. Such is the case in Philadelphia, where
Black Lives Matter activists smeared red paint all over the face of a statue of Matthias Baldwin, scrawling colonizer on the
pedestal. So who was Matthias Baldwin? He was an industrialist, inventor (he perfected a stationary steam engine
for locomotives), and philanthropist who lived from 1795 to 1866. Not much there warranting a paint job. But there
is even less when you consider that Baldwin was also a resolute abolitionist.
Monuments Defaced By 'Anti Racism' Rioters Is What Teaching Fake History Gets America. The imagery couldn't be
more direct. Across the nation, rioting and unrest that has killed black Americans and destroyed black neighborhoods
has included the defacement of historic monuments, including those to abolitionists. The last wave of monument
destruction, in 2017, largely focused on Confederates and slave holders, erasing all the accomplishments of figures such as
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with a scarlet S, for slave-holder. This time, the ignorance has descended even
further. The rioters are now tearing down and defacing memorials wantonly, apparently assuming that if someone is being
celebrated that person is "probably a racist," as the image below says. [...]
A Plague of White
Submissiveness. On June 4, Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced that Richmond's largest Confederate statue
will be removed — one among the many statues in honor of the Confederacy that are being taken down in cities
across the U.S. For more and more, white people are submitting to the left, and evidencing a hostility to their own
heritage. Statues have already been removed in Alexandria and a slave auction block was removed in Fredericksburg, Va.,
on June 5. Early Monday, Louisville, Ky., officials removed a statue of John Breckinridge Castleman, a Confederate
officer. The city had been fighting the state for two years to remove the statue, and on Friday a Jefferson Circuit
Court judge sided with the city. In Nashville on Thursday, the Montgomery Bell Academy promised to remove a statue of
Sam Davis, a Confederate soldier, within a week after an alum of the school began a petition. Even NASCAR has banned
the Confederate flag at its events, [...]
of Christopher Columbus toppled, beheaded in Camden park. A statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded by
protesters on Thursday [6/11/2020] as the city tried to remove the monument from a park in Camden, New Jersey. The city
of Camden said the statue in Farnham Park has "long pained residents of the community" and attempted to remove the structure
on Thursday evening in advance of a planned protest at the site, according to Philadelphia's CBS3. But as city workers
tried to remove the monument, demonstrators lopped off its head and hoisted it into the air before placing it on the statue's base.
Cult Following. When statues are toppled it's because the topplers are making room for their own monuments.
Every revolution is driven not only by the desire to tear down but also to replace the old world with the new. 'Defunding
the police,' we are now told, does not mean defunding the police, but shifting the money to a new public safety agency, which
will almost certainly lead to a politicized if not a political police. Even banning Gone with the Wind is
preparatory to more. No political movement ever bans just one book. That coming new world will be inconceivably
different from anything familiar. It has to be in order to be transformative.
Pelosi Silent on Own Father Who Oversaw Dedication of Confederate Statue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
who on Wednesday demanded the removal of Confederate statues occupying the U.S. Capitol, has remained silent on her father's
role in overseeing the dedication of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument while serving as Baltimore's mayor in
1948. Pelosi this week formally requested the removal of Confederate statues occupying the U.S. Capitol, dismissing
them as "monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end." Her demand comes as
angry protesters across the nation take matters into their own hands, vandalizing — and in some cases,
beheading — statues and monuments memorializing the Civil War era and beyond.
happened to Sambo's in Cleveland? Last remaining restaurant changing its name. Remember Sambo's?
For decades, the infamously named restaurant was ubiquitous with more than 1,100 locations throughout the country. It's
down to one final restaurant, which announced it is changing its name in light of protests over the death of George
Floyd. The killing of Floyd, an African-American man in Minneapolis, by the hands of police, has spurred protests
across the country while sparking conversation and dialogue over race. And last week, the owners of the original
Sambo's in Santa Barbara, California, announced it would change the name of its restaurant, which opened almost exactly 63
Wasn't Pelosi Offended Over Confederate Statues During Last 30 years? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has
been in Congress for more than 30 years and yet, during this time, she apparently never called for the removal of Confederate
statues from the U.S. Capitol. But she did on Wednesday, which prompted conservative talk radio host Mark Levin to ask why
she didn't do it when Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or former KKK member Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) ran the Senate. On Wednesday,
June 10, Pelosi sent a letter to the Joint Committee on the Library, which oversees the statues in the Capitol. There
are 11 statues of Confederate figures in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
of Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell will be 'temporarily' removed. A statue of worldwide Boy Scouts
founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell will be "temporarily" removed in southern England amid topplings of controversial monuments,
officials said. Amid the surging worldwide anti-racism movement, Baden-Powell, who served in the British Army, founded
the Scouting movement in 1908 and died in 1941 at age 83, has been accused of racism, homophobia and support for Adolf
Hitler. Officials in the southern seaside town of Poole said the statue would be under 24-hour guard until it can be
transported to a secure location.
Pelosi: Confederate symbols 'have
to go' from Capitol, bases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday [6/11/2020] that it's time to remove symbols
honoring Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol building and military bases as the pandemic and racial unrest force a national
reckoning with racial discrimination. "These names have to go from these bases and these statues have to go from the Capitol,"
Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.
The Editor says...
Ms. Pelosi has been in the Congress for over 33 years. Why are these statues and base names suddenly objectionable?
Miami Protest Ends With Statues Vandalized, People Taken Into Police Custody. A Downtown Miami protest ended
with statues vandalized and several people taken away by Miami police officers Wednesday [6/10/2020]. Protesters became
heated while on Biscayne Boulevard. They tried to block an unmarked police car. Someone then slammed a skateboard
on the windshield of the unmarked car.
tears down Columbus statue outside Minnesota State Capitol. A group has made good on its promise to tear down
the statue of Christopher Columbus standing on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. Speaking earlier in the day,
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said troopers would try to speak with a group that wants
to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus on the state capitol grounds.
in Virginia behead Confederate monument statues. Protesters in Virginia beheaded four Confederate statues and
pulled down another with a tow rope on Wednesday night [6/10/2020]. Photos and videos posted on Twitter showed a
demonstrator taking a sledgehammer to the head of one of the statues on the Portsmouth Confederate monument, which was built
in the late 1800s and is said to sit at a site where slaves were whipped. The Portsmouth City Council had set a July 28
hearing to decide on the monument's fate following demands that it be moved, according to local outlet 13News Now.
to reassess future of Columbus statue beheaded in North End. Emotions ran high Wednesday evening [6/10/2020] in
front of the decapitated Christopher Columbus statue in the North End as demonstrators and residents debated the symbol Mayor
Martin Walsh said the city plans to reassess. The statue was beheaded overnight Tuesday, Boston Police say, and small
chunks of marble were still strewn on the ground in the center of Christopher Columbus Park. Walsh in a press
conference Wednesday at City Hall Plaza said the city would place the statue in storage to assess the damage.
Column among 60 statues Black Lives Matter protesters want torn down. Nelson's Column is the latest target of
anti-racism campaigners who want it torn down over links to the slave trade. The Royal Navy hero is included in a
hit-list of 78 statues on a "topple the racists" website listing memorials across the UK that activists say "celebrate
slavery and racism".
Davis statue torn down in Richmond, Virginia. Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson
Davis along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night [6/10/2020]. The statue in the former capital
of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m., news outlets reported. Richmond police were on the scene and
videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a crowd cheered.
Pelosi demands Republicans agree to remove 11 Confederate statues from Congress. Hours after President Trump
said he wouldn't be renaming military bases named for Confederate leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flaunted her opposition
by highlighting her work to get Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol removed. Pelosi sent out a copy of a letter she
had addressed to the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Library, which manages the National Statuary Hall collection -- the
100 statues contributed by states that are on display in Statuary Hall and other places around the U.S. Capitol
complex. Each U.S. state gets to contribute two statues and there are currently 11 Confederate figures on
display. Pelosi called for their removal.
stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples at Byrd Park where Columbus statue is torn down, thrown in lake.
About a thousand protesters gathered around the city's monument to Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park on Tuesday evening
[6/9/2020] to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples. Protests across the country have prompted national reckoning
with the historical injustices perpetuated against African Americans. At Tuesday's protest, activist and founder of
Marijuana Justice Chelsea Higgs-Wise reminded attendees that, amid these discussions, "We have to start where it all
began — we have to start with the people who stood first on this land."
Students Demand Removal of 'Racist' Thomas Jefferson Statue. Student protesters at the University of Missouri
have circulated a petition that calls on Mizzou officials to remove a "racist" Thomas Jefferson statue from campus
grounds. According to a report by Campus Reform, student protesters at the University of Missouri are calling for the
removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue from campus on the grounds that it is "racist."
to Texas Rangers Removed from Dallas Airport in Aftermath of Riots. A famous statue of a Texas Ranger at Dallas
Love Field was recently removed from the airport on June 4, 2020 in the aftermath of violent rioting on the Texas city's
streets. The statue, which was set up in 1963, was removed by city of Dallas workers. Officials claim the
decision was brought about by an excerpt from a book that will soon be published detailing the law enforcement agency's
history. There is a particular emphasis on police brutality and racism in the book.
Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: 'An absolute disgraceful act'. Abraham Lincoln has joined George
Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman
Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry the defacing of a statue representing the nation's 16th president in
the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and
ignited a flammable liquid. "What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected
by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned," Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported.
Ranger Statue at Love Field Removed Over Concerns About Racist History. A fixture at Dallas Love Field has been
hauled away to storage. Airport officials decided to remove the iconic statue of a Texas Ranger after a recently
published excerpt from an upcoming book and image of the Ranger depicted in the sculpture came to light. The decision
was made on Wednesday, according to airport spokesperson Chris Perry.
can be removed, but the history cannot. The Associated Press is reporting that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
(D) is set to announce the removal of a Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond. The monument was erected in 1890 and sits
at the center of a roundabout on Monument Avenue. It's the largest of the statues on the stretch of road. This is
not the first time that a monument to Lee has come under scrutiny in Virginia. In 2019, removal of a monument to Lee
was blocked by a judge due to a state historical statute. This statue was in Charlottesville. According to the AP
article, Northam wants to remove the statue from the pedestal and put it into storage until a new location can be identified.
governor to announce removal of Robert E. Lee statue. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce
plans Thursday [6/4/2020] for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's
prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The governor will direct the
statue to be moved off its massive pedestal and put into storage while his administration seeks input on a new location,
according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak before the
Tulane's Victory Bell is Removed Over Potential Connections to Slavery, Shouldn't the University Itself Be Shut Down?
Tulane University recently removed the McAlister Victory Bell. A bell used for decades as a part of university sporting
events. It is the university's version of a generic item used all across Western Civilization for centuries. [...] Recently,
though, someone raised the issue of bells being used on Southern farms where slaves worked. Although every media report
regarding the McAlister Victory Bell references its use for slavery, the only hard allegation offered toward that conclusion
appears to be the university President's claim that "archives confirmed the bell was made in 1825". Okay. So?
Other than that fact, there are lots of slippery-worded, but unsupported, allegations about how bells (generally speaking) were
used on farms (using the loaded word "plantation") and claiming blacks were denied clocks or watches so slave masters could better
control them. [...] There are no specific allegations about this bell being used in such a setting or for such a purpose
or with such motivations. Just that it could have been like that. But maybe not. Nobody knows.
Democrats reverse laws protecting Confederate monuments. Some of Virginia's scores of Confederate monuments
could soon be removed under legislation state lawmakers approved Sunday [3/8/2020]. The Democratic-led House and Senate
passed measures that would undo an existing state law that protects the monuments and instead let local governments decide
Peoples' Day to replace Christopher Columbus Day at Chicago Public Schools. Chicago Public Schools will no
longer observe Columbus Day. The Board of Education voted to change the name to Indigenous Peoples Day as other cities
and school districts have done. The board's vote on the issue was 5-2. The school holiday will be on Oct. 12
this year. CPS is working to develop new curriculum to more accurately tell the history of Native American cultures.
The Editor says...
Will the new curriculum be more accurate or more politically correct?
lawmakers pass bill ending Lee-Jackson holiday. Virginia lawmakers passed a bill Monday [2/24/2020] that scraps the
state's Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals and replaces it with one on Election Day. The House
approved legislation that had already cleared the Senate, advancing the measure to Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports it.
Rock, Other Pilgrim Monuments Vandalized. Plymouth Rock, the famous landmark where the pilgrims first set foot
on American soil in 1620, was vandalized Sunday night, alongside other iconic monuments to the pilgrims, as CNN
reports. On Monday morning, it was discovered that many monuments had been defaced by the same red graffiti, including
the iconic Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Maiden statue, and the National Monument to the Forefathers. Plymouth Town
Manager Melissa Arrighi condemned the vandalism on Twitter, saying that "we are saddened and sickened" by the actions, and
that they would "begin clean up as soon as possible," adding that "the police are investigating."
Rock vandalized, covered in graffiti. "Why? Why? Why would someone do this?" Gayle Manning asked as
she looked down at vandalized Plymouth Rock on Monday morning [2/17/2020]. She was one of many who traveled to the
Plymouth waterfront to express disgust over the overnight damage to the landmark and other waterfront monuments by vandals
wielding cans of spray paint. Police Chief Michael Botieri said Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Maiden statue, a memorial
granite bench and at least four of the Scallop Roll statues scattered about the waterfront by the Plymouth Area Chamber of
Commerce were tagged with paint.
to replace Kearny statue at U.S. Capitol passes N.J. Senate, angering residents. Gen. Philip Kearny has
watched over the U.S. Capitol for 132 years. Kearny, a New York-born cavalry officer, earned honors for his bravery
fighting in the Mexican-American War before his death fighting for the Union in the Civil War. The town of Kearny,
where he lived for a few years, was named in his honor. Since 1888, a bronze statue of the general, complete with
cavalry saber and soaring mustache, has stood in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall alongside 99 other historical figures
from across the country.
governor says cities, not state, should decide fate of Confederate statues. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam
called Thursday for letting municipalities within the commonwealth decide the fate of local Confederate war monuments and
memorials if desired. Mr. Northam, a Democrat, made the announcement during a press conference while outlining
what he called his "agenda to advance historic justice and equity in our Commonwealth." "I am proposing that we allow
localities to make their own decisions about the monuments and war memorials in their jurisdictions," Mr. Northam said
Lawmakers From Virginia Call for General Robert E. Lee Statue to be Removed From U.S. Capitol. Two Democrat
lawmakers from Virginia are calling for the state's statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to be removed from the US
Capitol. Reps. Jennifer Wexton and A. Donald McEachin have asked that the state's Democrat Governor Ralph
Northam, who was photographed wearing blackface and got a free pass, make removing the statue a priority in 2020.
New Nihilists: Political Nihilism and the Progressive Movement in America. In spite of [Obama's] efforts,
Hillary lost, and President Trump began unwinding Obama's legacy. In the end, Obama's above-the-fray, laissez-faire
approach to leadership was a mistake — a mistake that today's progressives will not repeat. They are the new
nihilists, activists openly calling for the destruction of America's existing social and political institutions so that new,
progressive ones can arise from the rubble. No more electoral college, no more borders, no more constitutional
restrictions is their cry, and all the Democratic Party's presidential hopefuls say amen.
and Lee U. Students Demand Removal of Washington and Lee Photos from Diplomas. Students and faculty at
Washington and Lee University in Lexington city, Virginia, are demanding that the school remove photos of George Washington
and Robert E. Lee from their diplomas. "We, the undersigned, call on the administration of Washington and Lee
University and President William Dudley to provide students with the option of removing the portraits of namesakes Robert E.
Lee and George Washington from their diplomas," proclaim the law students in their petition.
The Editor says...
Seems like the students would have been aware of the general appearance of their diplomas since the day they signed up
to attend the university. Get over it.
statue removed from historic North Carolina courthouse. A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue
from a historic courthouse early on Wednesday, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come
down in recent years despite a law protecting them. News outlets reported that a subdued crowd of several dozen people
watched as the statue of a soldier was taken down overnight outside the historic Chatham county courthouse, where it had
stood since 1907. By dawn, even the base was gone.
America's History One Icon at a Time. Americans were furious in 2001 when they saw that the Taliban had
destroyed Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan. The prevailing cultural zeitgeist at the time ran clearly against
toppling statues. Don't these third-world barbarians know that they are destroying world culture? It helped
elevate the Taliban's evil in the eyes of the world. Murderous Islamist thugs harboring terrorists? That's pretty
bad. Destroyers of world culture? Call in the Marines! Even the liberal American media were outraged.
Less than twenty years later, destroying monuments is becoming a national sport in America with little outcry and support
from the media. Leftists have become the Taliban, which is no surprise since the goals are similar. When attempting
to force a twisted worldview on society, overthrowing perceived enemies and any connection to a different past is essential.
It's Columbus Day,
Not Indigenous Peoples' Day. [Reason #5] [W]hatever the truth about Columbus, the Indigenous Peoples of history
are not worthy of public honor. [...] In a world that questions celebrating Washington or Jefferson or the Confederate
generals because they owned slaves or fought for slavery, why would anyone, indigenous or not, celebrate the ignominious
history of the indigenous peoples? Indigenous peoples in the Americas were engaged in constant warfare, torture,
kidnapping, slavery. They made extensive human sacrifices to their gods. The Aztecs sacrificed 30,000 to 50,000
innocents annually. During their ceremonies, Mayans and Aztecs would cut the hearts out of living persons. Mayans
would drown their sacrificed people in their Sacred Cenote. Mayans also played a ball game called pitz in which
the losers, like Roman gladiators, were executed.
Christopher Columbus. Why are we so eager to search out scapegoats for the injustices of history?
Whatever the reason, Christopher Columbus is now the fall guy for the sins of slavery, the exploitation of indigenous
peoples, the rape of natural resources and most of the legal, financial and territorial abuses that followed the first
European steps in the New World. His accusers want to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples
Day. Columbus is a 15th-century man in a 21st-century court, and the jury is stacked with self-righteous, injured
parties who have 20-20 hindsight. Vilifying him won't change the unfairness of history, but it will delegitimize the
outright and undeniable contributions of Western civilization. Tearing down statues to him won't undo the damage from
two worlds colliding, but it will mask the progress and achievements that emerged from two worlds converging.
Columbus Day Great Again. Christopher Columbus [...] became the whipping boy for progressives who want to
rewrite history to fit a PC diversity narrative. I always liked Columbus Day when I was a kid. [...] Now I'm supposed
to celebrate "Indigenous Peoples Day" which doesn't exactly roll off of the tongue and really lacks focus. The various
indigenous peoples from this part of the world aren't all the same, so it's really not clear what is being celebrated.
There is also the fact that many of them weren't any nicer than Columbus, so if we're canceling people for being awful,
they're as cancel-worthy as our intrepid Italian.
Canada to stop announcing 'ladies and gentlemen' in recognition of gender fluidity. Employees aboard Air Canada
flights will no longer greet guests by referring to them as "ladies and gentlemen" or "mesdames et messieurs," which has been
typical protocol for years, in an effort to be conscious of gender fluidity. Flight attendants and other staff will not
use the language in boarding announcements, and the company instead plans to replace the standard greetings with neutral
words, such as "everybody" or "tout le monde."
on History' Continues After DC City Council Abolishes Columbus Day. The Washington, D.C. city council held an
emergency session this week to address a growing problem plaguing our nation's capital. No, the council did not address
the increasing number of rats, homeless people, and shootings, but a more pressing issue 500 years in the making. The
council voted to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous People's Day. Townhall reached out to the Heritage
Foundation's Jarrett Stepman, the author of The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America's Past, for his
opinion on the "emergency" legislation. Stepman told Townhall that this bill is nothing more than the left's latest
attempt to demonize America and its ideals in order to accomplish their regressive goals.
commissioner: Replace male statues in Central Park with women. A member of the commission that oversees
art and architecture on city property suggested Monday that instead of simply adding statues of historical female figures to
Central Park, the panel yank out some of the male ones first. "There are what, five or six [male] statutes that I think
could easily be replaced by individual statues of each of these women," said Hank Willis Thomas, a painter who serves on the
Public Design Commission, at a hearing at City Hall. Thomas appeared to be specifically fingering statues including
that of Scottish poet Robert Burns, in the park's Literary Row, and the one of Christopher Columbus in the park, near the
famed second one of the explorer in Columbus Circle, for removal.
1619 Project is bad history. You cannot trace America's founding to Jamestown. It isn't that
simple. The United States began as 13 separate colonies, all with their own laws and cultures. You can compare
Jamestown, founded for monetary gain by the Virginia Company, and the Pilgrims who landed in Massachusetts seeking religious
liberty, but you can't claim they were the same thing. Further, 1619 was a very different time than 1776. As of 1619,
John Locke had not yet written his "Two Treatises on Government," nor had Montesquieu written "The Spirit of the Laws." Both
of these thinkers were greatly influential on the American Founders. While Montesquieu taught that republics are the best
form of government and that power must be separated to prevent tyranny, Locke's doctrines of religious toleration, consent of the
governed, private property, and the equality of all men are foundational to the ideals of 1776, ideals that had not yet been
fully espoused in 1619.
America, the Racist.
Writing in the December 1991 issue of Academic Questions, Fred Siegel, associate professor of history at Cooper Union
and a self-described liberal and Democrat, bemoaned a fashionable trend in history writing. The "New Historians," he
quipped, saw American life as "a story of defeat, despair, and domination. American history became a tragedy in three
acts: what we did to the Indians, what we did to the African-Americans, and what we did to everyone else." That's
a pretty fair description of A People's History of the United States.
Save Confederate Statues.
Although statue critics argue that the Confederate soldier fought for slavery, fewer than 30 percent of Southern families
owned slaves. According to historian William C. Davis, "The widespread Northern myth that Confederates went to the
battlefield to perpetuate slavery is just that, a myth. Their letters and diaries, in the tens of thousands, reveal
again and again that they fought because their Southern homeland was invaded." Some modern critics vilify Confederate
soldiers as traitors, even though Union veterans eventually regarded their former enemies as fellow Americans.
Moreover, the relative priorities of national-versus-state loyalties were unclear when the Civil War started in 1861.
the grievance brigade misunderstands about America. The ongoing crusade against America's civic rituals and
founding values picked up pace this summer. The city council of St. Louis Park, Minn., stopped reciting the
Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings, lest immigrants feel "uncomfortable." Nike junked a commemorative Fourth of July
shoe with an embroidered Revolutionary War flag on its heel because the flag could "offend and detract" from the national
holiday. The Charlottesville, Va., city council scrapped the city holiday celebrating Thomas Jefferson's birthday.
The San Francisco School Board voted to cover up a mural of George Washington. Colorado State University recommended
against using "America" or "American" to refer to the United States and its citizens since those words "erase" other cultures
in the Western hemisphere. Previously, monuments to American history have been shrouded, vandalized and removed; patriotic
ceremonies have been cancelled or renamed.
Life Matters. That's Why There Are Mass Shootings. Mass shootings are a special form of suicide.
The shooter never expects to survive. But the shooter combines self-hatred with group hatred. Hate becomes so
melded with the shooter's identity that he determines to take as many people as he can with him. They are of the same
order as the pilot who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the Alps in 2015. [...] They are individuals cut off from society,
destabilized by change and despairing of their own place in the world. Such monsters always have been among us.
But now we are cultivating such monsters by destroying the ties that bind us to each other, to our past and to our future.
Northam directive, Jefferson Davis' name is removed from archway at Fort Monroe. Letters spelling out "Jefferson
Davis Memorial Park" on an archway at Fort Monroe came down Friday [8/2/2019]as part of a directive from Gov. Ralph
Northam. Fort Monroe, which is in Hampton, sits on a peninsula called Old Point Comfort, where the first enslaved Africans
in English North America arrived in 1619. Events this month will commemorate the 400th anniversary of their landing.
Francisco liberals censor Life of George Washington and WPA art. Censorship is the first step toward liberal
tyranny. First, liberals came for the Confederate Flag. Then the statues of our Confederate leaders.
Classic literature is being censored. Now, like-minded liberal groups who defend Robert Mapplethorpe or Andres
Serrano's artistic images of the Christian Crucifix submerged in urine, want to destroy the Americana art of the
1940's. Victor Arnautoff is one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression. His
work of art The Life of George Washington is from the "New Deal" era. Its erasure is just the next step in historical
censorship designed to ignore, or rewrite, America's history.
The Fourth of July. After the monuments, the national anthem, and attacks on the Constitution replete with the
bent on censorship, it was only a matter of time until the left came for July 4th. President Trump's plans for a parade
in Washington, D.C. hastened the attacks.
and the culture jihadists are going to target Old Glory next. For the past year I have been researching the
relentless attacks on American traditions for my upcoming book, "Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a
Nation." The "culture jihadists" refer to a militant army made up of secularists, socialists and race agitators.
They are committed to finishing what President Barack Obama started when he promised to fundamentally change the nation.
They literally want to destroy the foundations of this great nation. They want to turn our traditions and our history
into a heaping pile of rubble.
drops Thomas Jefferson's birthday as holiday. Charlottesville, Virginia, will no longer celebrate Thomas
Jefferson's birthday as an official city holiday and instead will observe a day recognizing the emancipation of enslaved
Dewey's name stripped from top librarian award. American librarians have voted to remove the name of Melvil
Dewey, widely seen as the father of modern librarianship, from one of their top awards, citing his history of antisemitism,
racism and sexual harassment. The council of the American Library Association (ALA) passed a resolution this week to
rename its top professional award, the Melvil Dewey Medal. The resolution explains that Dewey did not permit Jewish
people, African Americans or other minorities admittance to the resort he owned, the Lake Placid Club. He also "made
numerous inappropriate physical advances toward women he worked with and wielded professional power over" and was ostracised
from the ALA after four women accused him of sexual impropriety, the resolution continues, declaring that "the behaviour
demonstrated for decades by Dewey does not represent the stated fundamental values of ALA in equity, diversity, and inclusion".
Washington High School to Erase 'Offensive' George Washington Mural. George Washington High School in San
Francisco, California, plans to remove an "offensive" mural of George Washington. At a school board meeting this week,
no board members spoke in defense of the historical art, which one speaker claims causes "visual offense."
statue called 'monument to violent white supremacy,' students, faculty demand its removal. In celebration of
Oregon's roots in pioneering, a statue of a pioneer, known simply as "The Pioneer," was erected a century ago at the
University of Oregon. And now, as the 100-year anniversary of the statue arrives, some in the campus community demand
it be removed. The Pioneer was the focus of a recent protest, at which dozens of students and faculty and others called
for its removal and circulated a petition demanding as much, NPR Oregon reported.
Dissing the Dead in Dallas.
During the walkup to Memorial Day, with its evocations of respect for fallen warriors, hyper-charged Dallas, Texas, found
time to stick out a very official tongue at, you see, the wrong kind of fallen warriors: the Confederate kind. The
business of establishment America, on the urging of the political left, has become that of saying, oh, 'scuse us for not
living up to ideals we didn't know were ideals 'til you kind progressives kindly wised us up. Dallas city
government — once fairly accused of patient commitment to reasoned dialogue — bellied up
enthusiastically: voting to sell, and bar (unconstitutionally) from display anywhere in the city, a distinguished
equestrian statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee and a symbolic aide, removed in 2017 from the city's Lee Park and hidden
away in a rented Air Force hangar due to... Ah. There's the question: due to what? How come we're spitting
and clawing, not just at each other but at folks long dead?
War on History Comes for George Washington. The perpetual war on history now has the father of our country in
its sights as the San Francisco Board of Education considers removing a mural of Washington from a local school. If the
board succeeds in politicizing Washington, whose legacy was once so secured and uniting that his home at Mount Vernon was
considered neutral ground during the Civil War, then we have clearly crossed the Rubicon of social division. Critics of
the mural point out that, in addition to Washington, it also depicts slaves and Native Americans — and one of the
Native Americans appears to be dead.
Buttigieg Now Taking Cues from Campus Leftists, Wants to Erase Thomas Jefferson. For the last few years campus
progressives, most notably at Hofstra University, have been trying to erase Thomas Jefferson from the public square.
Now 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg has joined the effort. Anyone who's familiar with the concept of Year Zero
knows what this is really about. Still, it's surprising to hear it coming from a presidential candidate.
Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. Vermont on Friday [5/10/2019] became the sixth state to eliminate
Columbus Day, replacing it with Indigenous People's Day. Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a bill designating the
second Monday in October a day honoring Native Americans rather than the 15th-century Italian explorer.
York City Council Considering Banning Fur. Lawmakers in New York City will hold a hearing Wednesday [5/15/2019] on a
measure that would ban the sale of nearly all new fur products. City council Speaker Corey Johnson sponsored the fur ban that
will be the centerpiece of a hearing at City Hall Wednesday afternoon. The bill bans the sale of all fur, except for sales of
used fur apparel and fur garments worn for religious reasons.
The Editor says...
Here's a sample of a "religious reason:" God created man and gave him
"dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth[.]" Dominion is
supreme authority and complete control. Thus, mankind has been given permission to manage the animals of the earth.
Part of that dominion is the decision-making authority to wear fur or leather when conditions warrant, or to sell such products
as supply and demand make it feasible. This activity went on for thousands of years without anyone objecting to it.
The prohibition of fur sales is just another facet of the wholesale destruction of cultural traditions by the left.
effort launches to democratically elect the vice president in 2020. There's a national push for voters to elect
the U.S. vice presidentseparately from the president. Vice.run, is a campaign that seeks to create a separate and independent
ballot line for the vice president in 2020. The group is trying to collect — from all 50 states — voter
signatures and pledges in support of the separate vice president election. "An independently-elected vice president would
give American voters a new level of direct control over who serves in the White House," Vice.run says on its website.
The Editor says...
Fractionalized governments are unstable. Maybe that's the point.
Francisco School May Destroy George Washington Murals For "Traumatizing" Students. Imagine having something on
the walls of your high school as fascinating as an original 13-panel history of George Washington's life painted by a
communist protege of Diego Rivera — and wanting to destroy it. The artist, Victor Arnautoff, was a respected
painter and professor, not some hack brought in to brighten up the kiddies' surroundings. He was commissioned to paint
the series in 1936 by FDR's Works Progress Administration, making the murals part of U.S. history in more than one way.
School Mulls Removing George Washington Murals Because They 'Traumatize' Students. A high school in Northern
California — George Washington High School, to be specific — is mulling over a push to remove two
83-year-old murals from its hallways. Critics advocating for their removal say they are offensive to Native Americans
and African-Americans. They say the pair of panels "traumatizes students and community members."
Must Go. Two types of people desire to impose politically correct locutions on the rest of us: those who
possess unlimited power and fear to lose it and those who aspire to unlimited power and need a means to attain it. And
there is, after all, no greater power than that of prescribing what others must say and what others must not think. The
Scottish Maritime Museum, dedicated to the history of the country's shipbuilding industry, has decided that it will no longer
use the words she and her to refer to ships, but rather it and its. This is in response to
feminists, who have defaced plaques referring to ships as she or her. This change would negate centuries
of tradition, during which the words traditionally used on launching a ship, "May God bless all who sail in her," carried no
connotation of insult or deprecation — rather the reverse.
of the White House Correspondents' Dinner Is Complete. Can you believe it's only been a year since alleged
comedian Michelle Wolf killed the White House Correspondents' Dinner? And I don't mean "killed" as in "performed really
well, in a stand-up comedy sense." I mean "killed" as in "destroyed a decades-old tradition." Wolf stunk up the
place so bad in 2018 that the White House Correspondents' Association decided not to have comedians host the event anymore.
Hysteria: Handshakes In The Workplace Could Be Next On Chopping Block. Employers seeking to avoid
lawsuits in the hypersensitive age of the #MeToo movement are looking to ban even the most innocuous professional courtesies,
including handshakes. Last week, Kate Palmer, associate director of advisory at human resources consultancy Peninsula
and an alleged "expert" on the matter, said that employers may soon seek to ban "all forms of physical contact to avoid
confusion about what kind of touch is appropriate," according to The Sun of Britain.
erases Christopher Columbus from calendar. Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Friday [4/26/2019] to abolish
Columbus Day. Maine will keep the day a state holiday but will now celebrate it as Indigenous Peoples' Day. "Our
history is by no means perfect. But, for too long, it has been written and presented in a way that fails to acknowledge
our shortcomings," Mills said in a statement. "There is power in a name and in who we choose to honor. Today, we
take another step in healing the divisions of the past," Mills said.
The Editor says...
One does not heal the divisions of the past by creating the divisions of the present.
calls for Jefferson Davis arch on Fort Monroe to come down. Gov. Ralph Northam has called for the removal
of the Jefferson Davis Memorial arch at Fort Monroe, saying its continued presence has an "adverse effect" on the historic
property and urged the authority's board of trustees to initiate steps to take it down. In a letter presented Thursday
to the Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees, Chief of Staff Clark Mercer relayed the governor's stance, asking an
eight-member panel and those ex-officio members present to take necessary steps to remove the arch and all references to the
Jefferson Davis Memorial Park, located at Bernard and Ruckman road intersection near a 500-yard terreplein.
Bless America? No, Please Don't! We live in a world that is almost too stupid for words. Here is
the latest: the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers have stopped playing Kate Smith's iconic recording of "God Bless
America." Why? Because Smith recorded a couple of other songs, during the 1930s, that some liberals now consider
objectionable. [...] What's the problem? Smith recorded a song in 1931 called "That's Why Darkies Were Born." Is
that a racist song? Apparently not, since the Communist black activist Paul Robeson also recorded it.
ban of Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' is a new PC low. The ridiculous excesses of political correctness have
now stretched all the way to Yankee Stadium and Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. Both the Yankees and the NHL Flyers
have banned Kate Smith's famed 1943 recording of Irving Berlin's classic "God Bless America." The Flyers —
for whom the recording has long been a good-luck charm (Smith herself sang it live during the 1974 Stanley Cup final) —
went even further: They've actually covered up a statue of the singer that stands outside the arena. The Yankees have
played the recording during the seventh-inning stretch ever since 9/11.
Smith should be allowed to keep blessing America. The most casual patriot melts when hearing Kate Smith sing
"God Bless America," which she introduced in 1943. Subsequent renditions have prompted then and modern stars to appreciate
how, per President Reagan when he presented her the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in 1982: "Kate always sang from her
heart, and we all listened with our hearts." [...] Social media commenters locally attacked Philly's "moronic idiots," who were
warned that the Rocky statue is next once they recall that Rocky beat up a black man.
ban Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over 'history of potential racism'. The New York Yankees' anti-racism
efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith singing
"God Bless America." Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other
racially insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era. The Yankees pulled Smith's "God Bless America" from
the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday [4/18/2019] —
"the Yankees were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."
ban Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over 'history of potential racism'. The New York Yankees' anti-racism
efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith singing
"God Bless America." Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other
racially insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era. The Yankees pulled Smith's "God Bless America" from
the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday — "the Yankees
were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."
The Editor says...
What is potential racism?
School District Votes To Change Name Amid Link To Slavery, Confederacy. After months of debate, the Dixie
School District in Marin County is changing its name after critics said it's linked to the Confederacy and slavery.
Is Dallas Council Hiding In their Frenzy Over Confederate Monuments? Neo-Marxist Mayor Mike Rawlings has been a
strong advocate for removing Confederate monuments, expressing concern their presence in Dallas will lead to violence like
that spearheaded by white supremacists over the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rawlings called the
Dallas monuments "dangerous totems" and "monuments of propaganda." Democrat Mayor Rawlings neglected to mention that the
Robert E. Lee statue was dedicated to the city in 1936 by Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Are Democrats
destroying historical monuments because they want to erase all evidence that they have been the party of slavery and racial
segregation and are to blame for the perpetuation of government dependency and poverty among blacks?
they want Thomas Jefferson banned. Breitbart News reported, "Students at Hofstra University in Long Island, New
York, demanded on Friday that the school remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson, arguing that it is not possible for the
university to have the statue on campus while also being an institution that 'prides itself on diversity and inclusion.'
Students also called on the university to train its faculty and professors to behave in a more politically correct manner."
If you believe in diversity and inclusion, you do not ban people. These punks are the foot soldiers for
oppressors. Their call to strip President Jefferson of his rightful place on Mount Rushmore is pure sanctimony.
They hate him not because he owned slaves but because he said all men are created equal. These programmed parrots just
say what their previously programmed professors repeat from their professors. Their hand-me-down thoughts are part of
the conformity necessary to install a totalitarian state.
Students Demand Removal Of Thomas Jefferson Statue Representing A 'Legacy Of Racism And Bigotry'. The good
folks over at Campus Reform report that leftist students at Hofstra University are demanding the college's administration
take down a statue of founding father Thomas Jefferson because the statue represents a "legacy of racism and bigotry on
college campuses." Campus Correspondent Sergei Kelley reports that Hofstra students held a second annual "Jefferson Has
Gotta Go!" event on Friday. In addition to demanding that Jefferson's statue be torn down due to his slave-holding
past, the group that gathered sought to "expose the culture of bias and discrimination" found on college campuses.
University Students Renew Effort to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue From Campus. Here we go again. The
school refused to do this last year, but the students aren't taking no for an answer.
Waging War Against the
Dead. In 2001, the primeval Taliban blew up two ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan on grounds that their
very existence was sacrilegious to Islam. In 2015, ISIS militants entered a museum in Mosul, Iraq, and destroyed
ancient, pre-Islamic statues and idols. Their mute crime? These artifacts predated the prophet Muhammad.
The West prides itself in the idea that liberal societies would never descend into such nihilism. Think again. In
the last two years there has been a rash of statue toppling throughout the American South, aimed at wiping out memorialization
of Confederate heroes. The pretense is that the Civil War can only be regarded as tragic in terms of the present oppression
of the descendants of Southern slaves — 154 years after the extinction of the Confederate states. There is
also a renewed crusade to erase the memory of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.
Confederate statue comes down, onlookers cheer — and criticize the move. A construction crew was
preparing to take down a Confederate statue in a North Carolina city Tuesday morning, a rare move in a state where such
monuments are largely protected by law.
only thing standing between us and the left's neo-Cultural Revolution is ... Trump. Want to know why we got
Trump? The answer can be found in a brilliant column by Peggy Noonan, who describes what happened in China during its
utterly vile Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, and compares the feel of it to the current behavior seen on the left around
the country. It's not just the Democratic maniacs in Congress fueling the phenomenon; it's politics of political
correctness in academia. It's the Twitter mob forcing publishers to pull books. It's in the destruction of
Confederate statues, the covering up of Columbus pictures, and the renaming of airports.
Exile for the Duke. For all the rhetoric from Enlightenment defenders, ours is not an age of tolerance and
acceptance. We live in the obverse: an age of unforgiveness. Twitter mobs wait at the ready to shame offenders
out of the public square; fans of young adult fiction initiate struggle sessions against racially insensitive authors; saucy
sexual comments made years, even decades, ago cost offenders their jobs. Good thing for Wayne, he's too dead and buried
to care what liberals in 2019 are saying about him.
Duke and the Unbearable Smugness of the History-Eaters. When a Twitter nobody "unearthed" an easily available
and well-known 48-year-old Playboy interview with long-dead actor John Wayne, the memory-erasers came out of the
woodwork. They screamed "racist" and "homophobe" and the generic catch-all "bigot." Calls to strip Wayne's name
from Orange County's eponymously named airport reached the op-ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. Like it or not, the
statues of Christopher Columbus, Gandhi, and Supreme Court justices are memorials and commemorations of our collective past
that recall both the wisdom and sins of our ancestors.
He Was Expendable.
Was John Wayne a racist? If he was, would it negate his monumental contributions to the movies, his role in establishing
Hollywood as Southern California's still-essential industry, and his stature as an icon of the cinematic American West? For
the Democrats who dominate the California State Assembly, the answers to these questions are You Betcha and [...] Yes.
Starts: LAT Columnist Argues For Removal Of John Wayne's Name From Airport. An LA Times column that
called for the removal of John Wayne's name from California's Orange County airport is stirring up a lot of debate on social
media. It all started after a 1971 interview the late actor did with Playboy magazine resurfaced earlier this week.
John Wayne: Public Enemy.
The Social Justice Warrior Left has dug up an old Playboy interview with John Wayne and discovered —
surprise! — that the Duke was not politically correct by the standards of 2019. [...] We used to think the sins
of the past should be buried with the dead. But now, in the age of "reparations," no man, no period of history, and no
aspect of Western culture is safe from the vengeful SJWs.
set fire to statue of World War II General Lee — not the Confederate leader. A war memorial poised
outside an old-fashioned North Carolina home honoring the founder of the U.S. Army Airborne has been the subject of
vandalism, likely because he shares a last name with controversial Confederate General Robert E Lee. The marble statue
of U.S. Army Gen. William C. Lee was doused with flammable liquid and set on fire around 10 p.m. last Thursday [2/14/2019],
leaving parts of it ashy and scorched. It's the latest, albeit most unlikely, piece to become roiled in the nationwide debate
regarding the removal of Confederate War memorials. Marc Johnson, Curator of the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum
in Dunn, was shocked to see the statue defaced.
Rejecting the Pledge of Allegiance, the Left Is Rejecting Nationhood. Devotion to and love of flag and country
is now considered hateful. At least that was the message given by Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees
President Robert Miller when, according to a report by Campus Reform, he sent an email calling the Pledge of Allegiance
"steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism" after the board announced it would stop saying it before
meetings. While a seemingly small matter at a small school in California, it is emblematic of a larger debate that
rages in America today.
of Respect for Our History Lies Behind Attack on Monuments. The vandalism of the Bomber Command Memorial in
Green Park, London this week was no random drunken act. It was a deliberate targeting of our history. The same
vile people went on to systematically attack the statue of Sir Winston Churchill with President Franklin D Roosevelt,
our closest wartime ally, and two other war memorials in central London on the same night.
Civil War statues are evil, but this is okay?
of the times: Satan gets a statue in Illinois. According to a recent NPR story, The Satanic Temple of
Chicago paid to have a statue installed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol. To accompany the traditional Christmas
Nativity scene and Jewish menorah for Hanukkah, there is now a statue of an arm with a snake coiled around it; in the hand is
an apple. An inscription on the front reads, "Knowledge Is the Greatest Gift."
high school could be renamed for interracial couple over Lee. A northern Virginia high school that is removing
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's name could be renamed for an interracial couple.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' Is Now Racist. Another holiday classic has been slapped with the label "racist" by
SJWs for supposedly marginalizing the token black character: "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." People on social
media have expressed outrage over the fact that the lone black character Franklin in "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" appears
seated differently juxtaposed to the white characters during the famous dinner scene where Charlie Brown serves popcorn and
toast to his hungry guests instead of turkey and stuffing.
the Denigration of American History. American history is everywhere under attack. The recent skirmishes
started with the campaign to remove Confederate statues, but it surely won't end there. As our betters in America's
universities want us to know, the whole of American history is suspect. In our media, in the popular culture, and in
our schools, we're subject to an unending drumbeat of how America was founded to promote imperialism, colonialism, racism,
sexism, and genocide — unimpeachable facts, we're told, for which all Americans must forever share the burden of
collective guilt and shame. For America to atone for her sins, her history must be denounced and then purged. [...] One
thing we should have learned is that the Left never stops; there is no end to their relentless pursuit of destructive
hate. There is no room for reasonable adjudication of their claims. We are hopelessly naïve if we believe
that once the Robert E. Lee statues come down, the Left will be satisfied. We all know what will follow; indeed
it has already started.
To Change Names Of Streets That Honored Confederacy. Atlanta is changing the names of three streets that echo
the city's Civil War past. Confederate Avenue will become United Avenue, East Confederate Avenue will become United
Avenue S.E. and Confederate Court will become Trestletree Court on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "For our community
to truly be One Atlanta, we must write a new chapter in our own history," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement
after signing a bill ordering the name changes. "The imagery and symbolism of these names and monuments represent
systematic injustice, persecution and cruelty. That is not who we are as a city."
The Editor says...
Do we ever get to vote on "who we are as a city?"
Push to Replace White Supremacist Statue Meets Dem Opposition. There is a push by Republicans in the Arkansas
legislature to replace the statues that have represented the state in the U.S. Capitol for the past century. But one of
the statues they want removed happens to be related to Arkansas Democrat Clarke Tucker, leading him to charge Republicans
pushing for its removal with "petty politics." Each state has two statues in the Capitol in Washingon, D.C., and
Arkansas has debated changing its statues since Congress began allowing for changes in 2000, according to the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette. The state is currently represented by Uriah Rose, founder of the Little Rock-based Rose Law Firm and,
more controversially, James Paul Clarke, a former governor and senator who fought for white supremacy to remain a the key
doctrine of the Democratic Party. Clarke is the great-great-grandfather of Democratic state lawmaker Clarke Tucker, who
first spoke out against removing the statue when it was proposed in 2014.
City of Somerville Scrapping Columbus Day In Favor of 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'. Somerville, Massachusetts is
the same city where a leftist recently urinated on American flags at a veterans' memorial cemetery. Now the city is
kicking Columbus Day to the curb over political correctness.
Mayor Says City Will Observe Indigenous Peoples' Day, Not Columbus Day. The city of Somerville is ditching
Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day, Mayor Joe Curtatone announced Thursday [9/13/2018]. Somerville joins Cambridge
and other places in New England like Portland, Maine and Durham, New Hampshire by choosing to recognize those who lived in
the Americas before European colonization instead of Christopher Columbus. "Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and
oversimplified version of history," Curtatone wrote in Facebook post. "We all know there's more to the story than a
remove controversial statue in San Francisco that activists called racist and demeaning. As drums beat and people
chanted, crews on Friday morning [9/14/2018] took down a controversial statue in San Francisco's Civic Center because critics and
Native Americans had long complained it harkened to the country's racist past. The removal comes after the San Francisco
Board of Appeals voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove the "Early Days" statue. It depicts a Native American at the
feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary. It had been in its location for 124 years.
The Editor says...
One wonders how the statue stood there for 124 years before suddenly becoming so offensive.
education board retreats on stripping 'heroic' Alamo defenders from curriculum. The Texas State Board of
Education appears to have decided the heroism of the Alamo is worth teaching to students after all. State politicians
erupted in protest this month after a volunteer team of educators, looking for ways to "streamline" the state's social
studies curriculum, recommended scrubbing references to "all the heroic defenders" at the Alamo from classroom teaching
plans. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, accused the panel of allowing the
dictates of political correctness to run wild and demanded that Texans call the board to complain.
Defenders Are Latest Target in Left's Attack on American Heritage. The inspiration of [William B.] Travis has
long been held to be the famous words of Patrick Henry on the eve of the American Revolution: "Give me liberty or give
me death." But Henry lived many more years after that Revolution — Travis did not. He died, along with the
180 or so Texian soldiers who valiantly defended the tiny Catholic mission located in present day San Antonio. Santa
Anna lost about a third of his force in what he later described in his diary as "a small affair." "Remember the Alamo!"
became the rallying cry of the Texas Revolution against the dictatorship of Santa Anna. It was the catalyst that
enabled General Sam Houston to raise the necessary troops that eventually defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Travis' letter was reprinted across Texas, and finally across America, and even around the world. Yet, an advisory group
that is reviewing the state curriculum standards for social studies in Texas has declared that the standard should not describe
the defenders of the Alamo as "heroic."
Texas prevent us from recognizing the heroes of the Alamo? Generations of Texans have rightly drawn inspiration
and strength from the heroes of the Alamo — the brave men who fought to the death to defend the battle-scarred
mission in San Antonio in 1836 in the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico. These freedom fighters are a symbol of
valor for all Americans. It is bizarre, then, that an advisory group recommended to the Texas Board of Education that
it remove the words "all the heroic defenders" from the state's social studies curriculum describing the men who gave their
lives at the Alamo. The Board of Education was holding a hearing in Austin on the proposal Tuesday. Fortunately,
according to the San Antonio Express-News, "the board appeared poised to keep the words in the curriculum" when it is
scheduled to discuss the issue Wednesday. A final decision is expected in November.
arrested in protest over toppled Confederate statue. Eight people were arrested Saturday [9/8/2018] following
another protest over the toppling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina.
topple Confederate statue in North Carolina. Protesters tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier on the
campus of the University of North Carolina on Monday night, reports said. Demonstrators targeted the "Silent Sam"
statue in Chapel Hill and covered it with banners and red paint before pulling it down with a rope at around 9:15 p.m.,
according to The News and Observer. The protest was intended to support UNC graduate student Maya Little, who faces
potential expulsion after pouring red paint on the statue in April.
topple Silent Sam statue at UNC-Chapel Hill. Protesters toppled the Silent Sam Confederate statue on the campus
of UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday night [8/20/2018]. The monument came down after 9:15 p.m. Earlier in the evening,
protesters covered the statue with gray banners, erecting "an alternative monument" that said, in part, "For a world without
Production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' Replaces Nazis with ICE Agents Hunting for 'LatinX' Illegals. A
modernized theatrical production of The Diary of Anne Frank in Los Angeles will re-imagine the Jewish Frank family
hiding from Nazis with Latino immigrants hiding from Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) officials, its directors
have revealed. The production, directed by former Roseanne writer Stan Zimmerman and scheduled to run throughout
September, "was inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a 'Safe House' for a Latina mother
and her two daughters after her husband was deported by ICE."
pleasant valley Sunday in the land of liberal silliness. First, changing names could confuse future suitors
looking to move their companies to Austin. They may move somewhere else in Texas, and left-wing Austin will lose tax
revenue and property taxes. Second, how out of touch with reality are these people? Have you ever met anyone in
Texas dwelling on what Stephen Austin said about Mexico in 1836? I have not, and I know a lot of Mexican-Americans.
In fact, most Mexicans that I've known in Mexico love Austin, Texas! So what do we have here? We have a frustrated
bunch of people who hate themselves and the country that they are super-fortunate to be living in.
PC Gone Wild: Austin, Texas, Considering Changing
Its Name. The city of Austin, Texas, is now considering changing its name. Austin's Equity Office
suggested renaming the city after discovering its namesake, Stephen F. Austin, "opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery
in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into 'vagabonds, a nuisance, and a menace,'" according to
the NY Post. Steven Austin is known as the "father of Texas" and drew the state's early borders. He was even the
Secretary of State for the short-lived independent Republic of Texas (Sam Houston was the President).
report on Confederate monuments raises idea of renaming Austin. Known as both the "father of Texas" and the
namesake of the state's capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.
He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into
"vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace." For that reason, the city of Austin's Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a
report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.
The Editor says...
 The residents of Austin are just now making this discovery?  Apparently Mr. Austin's peers
thought highly enough of him to name a city after him.  Yes, "vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace" is pretty strong.
I wouldn't wish a life of slavery upon anyone,
but... was he wrong?
philistines back at it, now censoring art of Flemish masters. Are the leftists running Facebook really that
stupid? According to the Flanders tourist authority, they're censoring images from Rubens paintings, unable to
distinguish art from pornography. Someone told them "nude, bad," and not a one of them had sufficient art education to
know that these painting represent the pinnacle of Western cultural achievement.
statue base vandalized with pro-migrant phrases. The vacant base of the General Beauregard statue at the entrance to City Park
has been vandalized again, this time with pro-migrant phrases. The pedestal has been the target of vandals several times since the
statue of the Confederate general was removed last year.
commission recommends removing Jefferson Davis monument, reinterpreting four other Confederate statues. A
statue honoring Jefferson Davis, the one-time President of the Confederacy, could soon be removed from Richmond, Va., the
city's mayor announced Monday [7/2/2018]. Following 11 months of public input, a 10-member commission convened by Mayor
Levar Stoney released a 115-page report recommending the removal of the Davis monument and the reinterpretation of four other
Confederate statues lining the city's Monument Avenue. "The Commission's report is unequivocal in its affirmation that
there is an overwhelming desire and belief they should not remain as they currently are," Stoney said in a statement.
city votes to remove Jefferson Davis' name from highway. After three years of discussion, the City Council in
Alexandria, Va., voted Saturday to remove the name of Jefferson Davis from a city highway. Jefferson Davis Highway,
named for the only president of the Confederacy, will be renamed Richmond Highway, council members decided in a
burn Mississippi flag, say it symbolizes racism. A group of about 30 demonstrators on Monday burned a
Mississippi state flag, saying it symbolizes the racism at the heart of the state's problems with poverty, education and
honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama. A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after
a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president.
war memorial to lose battle guns, drawing criticism even as city cites safety, costs. Seattle, citing safety
concerns, is set to move two historic boat guns from one of its war memorials to Chehalis. It's a decision that has
angered at least one veteran who spent more than a decade with the city providing services to his comrades. The city on
Tuesday will relocate two cannon-like weapons that were aboard the USS Concord during the Spanish-American War of 1898 from
the War Garden in Woodland Park to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, according to Chip Duncan, the museum's executive
director. It's the culmination of an effort that started about two years ago, when a member of the museum reported that
the relics were neglected and in disrepair.
campus attacks on Thomas Jefferson, Dave Brat sees decline of Judeo-Christian tradition. As an academic from
Virginia with a healthy admiration for the Founding Fathers, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is in good position to ponder Thomas
Jefferson's imperiled reputation at his state's flagship university. Jefferson is increasingly controversial at the
University of Virginia, a school he founded in 1819, where students have taken to protesting statues of him in recent
months. Asked about disputes over the statues in a Wednesday meeting with the Washington Examiner's editorial board,
Brat said the tributes to Jefferson should remain standing.
Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets JFK award for removing Confederate monuments. The former mayor of New Orleans
is being honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials in his city.
Bill Seeks to Replace Washington or Lincoln's Birthday Holidays with 'May Day'. A Democrat California
assemblyman introduced a bill seeking to make "May Day," or International Workers Day, a state holiday that would replace
President George Washington's or President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago's (D-Los Angeles)
legislation calls for consolidating the two presidents' birthdays to be observed on the third Monday in February as a single
"President's Day" holiday, but it also calls for the state to observe May 1 as "International Workers Day."
Democrats wage war on God, faith and American history. A bill in the Minnesota Senate that would allow schools
in the state to voluntarily display the national motto "In God We Trust" has state Democrats spiraling into fits of outrage,
because God offends them. By waging war on God, they are showing contempt for people of faith and disregard for the
history of our country.
in the Pews: Anti-Trump Activism is Reviving Protestant Churches — at a Cost. Christ Church in
Alexandria, Va., a historic Episcopal church, hasn't been a particularly political congregation. It has welcomed
Democratic and Republican presidents. George Washington and Robert E. Lee were members. Stone plaques
commemorating them adorn a wall. Then last year, Richard Spencer, the leader of a white nationalist organization,
rented office space in Alexandria. Several parishioners organized protests outside his office, which became bimonthly
events. The church released a written statement denouncing white supremacy, and later decided to remove the plaques
honoring Washington, who owned slaves, and Lee, who led the Confederate Army.
Washington U. Students Petition to Get Rid of 'Offensive' Colonials Mascot. More than 200 George Washington
University students have signed a petition calling for the school to adopt a new mascot and nickname because the current
moniker, Colonials, is "extremely offensive." "The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a
connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression," the petition reads. It suggests alternative
nicknames such as "Hippos" or "Riverhorses." The Colonials mascot was adopted in 1926 to honor the school's namesake,
George Washington, and is intended as a reference to colonial America and the Continental Army.
Student arrested for dousing Confederate statue
with red paint. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student was arrested Monday and charged with
vandalism for dousing a controversial Confederate statue with red paint. The "Silent Sam" statue has been a focal point
of controversy throughout the school year, and many students expressed outrage over Maya Little's arrest, even encouraging
others to follow her lead.
Liberal students admit to defacing Jefferson
statue at Hofstra. Several Hofstra University students have openly confessed to defacing a Thomas Jefferson
statue on campus with a "Black Lives Matter" sign, and one of the vandals is reportedly facing disciplinary action from the
university. The students strongly denied that their actions constituted "vandalism," insisting that all they did was
use university printers to create a BLM sign that they then affixed to the statue's face.
of President Andrew Jackson vandalized in Tennessee. Officials at Andrew Jackson's historic home in Tennessee
say the seventh president's tomb has been vandalized and marred by profanities [4/27/2018].
more than 100 years, the Stephen Foster statue in Oakland has been removed. A 118-year-old statue of "Oh!
Susanna" songwriter and Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster was removed by city workers on Thursday morning [4/26/2018]. The
statue, by sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, was unveiled in 1900 and moved to its location near Schenley Plaza in Oakland in 1940.
The statue has drawn controversy because it depicts Foster with a slave at his feet, strumming a banjo.
Alleges Dallas Violated Law Protecting Historic Confederate Monuments. The Dallas City Council was expected to
vote Wednesday on a resolution that called for demolishing one Confederate monument and auctioning off another.
Instead, they postponed making major decisions, voting 9-6 to review more options for a Confederate War Memorial. Then,
they voted 10-5, without discussion, not to sell a statue of General Robert E. Lee but did not indicate what the city would
do with it either.
loses $250,000 in Tennessee payback bill for removing Confederates statues. Tennessee's GOP-led House voted
Tuesday to strip $250,000 away from the city of Memphis after the city removed Confederate statues on a dark December night
through a legal loophole. The quarter-million was supposed to go to the city's bicentennial celebration next year, but
as a way of punishing the city for removing Confederate monuments, Tennessee's House appropriations passed a last-minute
retaliation amendment that triggered a lively floor debate with both sides slinging hyperbolic accusations, FOX 61
reported. Republican Andy Holt said taking statues down was erasing history, akin to "what ISIS does," but Democrat
Antonio Parkinson blasted the amendment as "vile" and "racist" before fellow lawmakers started to boo.
punishes Memphis for removing Confederate statues with $250,000 budget cut. House lawmakers on Tuesday [4/17/2018] approved
a last-minute amendment to remove $250,000 allocated to the city of Memphis as punishment for the removal of Confederate monuments.
The amendment, which was approved with a 56-31 vote, was introduced as a result of Memphis officials' decision to remove two controversial
statues on public property last year. After being denied a waiver by the state Historical Commission to remove the statues, Memphis
sold two public parks in December to a nonprofit, which then removed statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and
Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
commission unanimously approves statue's removal. It took the city's Public Design Commission only a half-hour
Monday to approve removal of a statue of a pioneering 19th century gynecologist who experimented on slaves. The
commission voted 7-0 to accept a recommendation by a mayoral-appointed panel to relocate a statue of Dr. J. Marion
Sims from Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street in East Harlem to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he is buried.
Founder's Day at U-Va., Jefferson's statue is defaced. The words "RACIST + RAPIST" were painted on a statue of
Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia on Friday [4/13/2018], the day the school commemorates its founder each
year. This year marks the 275th anniversary of his birth. Jefferson has become a fraught symbol as the university
delves more deeply into its own complicated history, and as broader cultural battles play out nationally and locally over
monuments and race.
push to erase history expands beyond Confederate generals and segregationists. A California town's effort to
remove a statue of former President William McKinley shows that the leftist bent for erasing politically incorrect figures
from the public square no longer is reserved for slave owners, Confederate generals and segregationists. On the heels
of the Confederate monument purge across the South, the town council of Arcata, California, voted to take down a statue of the
25th president, despite McKinley's sterling record on civil rights. Among other things, McKinley fought to abolish slavery
in the Civil War, resisted demands to fire Catholic state workers as governor of Ohio and appointed a record number of blacks to
federal positions as president.
annual Second World War re-enactment featuring actors wearing Nazi uniforms is scrapped after 25 years over fears it will cause
offence. A village's annual war-time re-enactment has been scrapped because organisers fear it will cause offence.
The event has run for 25 years in the village of Levisham as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway's event called Railway in
Wartime, which pulls in tourists in their thousands. Traditionally Levisham is transformed into 'Le Visham', a German-occupied
French village, featuring actors wearing Nazi uniforms. Past years have seen actors dressed as German soldiers patrolling the
platform at Levisham station outside the Cafe du Bois. But this year the railway's operators have pulled that part of the event
out of its schedule citing the Equalities Act and the need to consider 'diversity and possible offence.'
sentenced to jail for removing tarps covering Confederate statues in Charlottesville. Two men have been convicted of removing
multiple times the tarps that covered Confederate statues to mourn the counterprotester killed during last August's violent white nationalist
rally in Virginia.
activists want to remove Thomas Jefferson statue. Student activists at Hofstra University are demanding the removal of a statue
of Thomas Jefferson from campus. Ja'Loni Owens, a Hofstra student and Black Lives Matter activist, started a change.org petition that
warns it will discuss "slavery, rape, eugenics, anti-black racism" and claims the Founding Father's statue belongs in a museum with proper
context, "not displayed on a college campus, especially not in front of a hub of student life." Owens specifically addressed "white allies"
in their Facebook event for the Friday [3/23/2018] protest "Jefferson Has Gotta Go!" to be held at the statue in front of the student center.
The onslaught against the West's moral
codes. We are living in an era which extols reason, science and human rights. These are said to be
essential for progress, a civilised society and the betterment of humanity. Religion is said to be their antithesis,
the source instead of superstitious mumbo-jumbo, oppression and backward-thinking. Some of this hostility is being
driven by the perceived threat from Islamic terrorism and the Islamisation of Western culture. However, this animus
against religion has far deeper roots and can be traced back to what is considered the birthplace of Western reason, the
18th-century Enlightenment. Actually, it goes back specifically to the French Enlightenment. In England and
Scotland, the Enlightenment developed reason and political liberty within the framework of Biblical belief. In
France, by contrast, anti-clericalism morphed into fundamental hostility to Christianity and to religion itself.
Cultural Revolution. [Scroll down] In America and England, for example, historical relics and artifacts
are being destroyed as college activists radicalized by the Marxist professors who dominate Humanities departments clamor for
the removal of monuments to the "slave-owning" Founding Fathers, to "colonialist" giants like Cecil Rhodes, and to "mass
murderers" like Winston Churchill. What has been the West's response to such assaults on its cultural heritage?
For the most part, it too often has been self-censorship, naval-gazing self-loathing, and apologetic compliance. The
Left's loud denunciations of so-called white privilege, colonialist imperialism, and cishetero-normativity have resulted not
in pushback but increasingly in pre-emptive confessions of racial sin and gender intolerance.
Communist students vandalize WWI memorial at
UT-Austin. The "Revolutionary Student Front," an unofficial group of communist students at the University of
Texas at Austin, decided to mark International Women's Day by vandalizing a fountain on campus. The RSF recently had
its Twitter account suspended for "promoting violence," but has not toned down its rhetoric, stressing "the necessity of
organizing women for revolutionary violence" in its latest posts.
School Named After Andrew Jackson Renamed to Honor NASA Engineer. A Utah school board voted to change the name
of the oldest elementary school in its district from Andrew Jackson Elementary School to honor a NASA engineer with the same
last name. The Salt Lake City school board voted unanimously this week to change the school's name from Andrew Jackson
Elementary School to Mary Jackson Elementary School, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Park statue honoring national anthem is defaced, found sprayed with red paint. A statue paid for with pennies
contributed by Baltimore school children more than a century ago was found sprayed with red paint Monday morning [1/15/2018].
Jennifer Arndt Robinson, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, said the bronze statue of children holding a
scroll to commemorate the writing of the Star Spangled Banner had been damaged by paint. The words "Racist Anthem" were
sprayed on a sidewalk near the statue. "We were notified early this morning of the incident," Robinson said. "We
are working with appropriate city officials to make sure it is addressed as quickly as possible."
dedicated to Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore defaced with paint. A statue honoring the composition of "The
Star-Spangled Banner" has been defaced in Baltimore, according to our affilate WBFF. Red paint was sprayed on the statue
in Baltimore's Patterson Park. The words "Racist Anthem" were sprayed on a sidewalk leading up to the statue Monday
morning [1/15/2018]. The statue built in 1914 was paid for with pennies collected by Baltimore schoolchildren.
York City decides to move only one 'symbol of hate' statue, place markers on others. A task force created to
figure out what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property — described by the mayor
as "symbols of hate" — has recommended only one statue be moved from its current location. Among the statues
and monuments that came under scrutiny was the statue of Christopher Columbus that stands above Columbus Circle; a plaque in
lower Manhattan for Henri Philippe Petain, considered a Nazi collaborator; and a Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion
Sims, who operated on slave women to develop advances in gynecological surgery.
Weaponization of History and Journalism. Writing the truth is no way to succeed as an author. Only a small
percentage of readers are interested in the truth. Most want their biases or brainwashing vindicated. They want to
read what they already believe. It is comforting, reassuring. When their ignorance is confronted, they become angry.
The way to be successful as a writer is to pick a group and give them what they want. There is always a market for romance
novels and for histories that uphold a country's myths. On the Internet successful sites are those that play to one ideology
or another, to one emotion or the other, or to one interest group or another. The single rule for success is to confine truth
to what the readership group you serve believes.
Year's Resolutions for Leftists. [#2] Stop Wanting to Purify American History. Whether it was renaming
Civil War monuments or college buildings, this year the left's anguish about American history became more extreme than
ever. What an absurd waste of time! Although we inherit history, we are not responsible for the evils that
occurred before we got here. Leftist academics and intellectuals, by wanting to revise all history to suit their own
idea of "purity," do not evince the moral sophistication on which they pride themselves deep down. On the contrary,
they merely show that they are too weak for existence itself. Any symbol or reminder of "inequality," or of slavery, or
of genocide, or of whatever might cause one some sort of pain, must be purged from memory. But this anxious affair,
even if successful, would not alter the fundamental character of life itself, which is necessarily competitive. For the
left, the great scandal, at bottom, is simply life itself: No one can win, since that requires that some shall lose,
and to lose is painful, that is, "wrong." The leftist would benefit from replacing this unmanly sentimentalism with the
recognition that virtually all modern nations are founded on conquest, nor is the existence of slavery unique to America.
History, and life itself, may not be agreeable to one's feelings, but there is wisdom in accepting natural limits, though none
at all in the delusional project of making the world "pure."
Confederate statues were removed? A running list. More than 25 cities across the United States have removed or
relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. After a "Unite the Right"
rally in Virginia in August to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a woman who was
demonstrating against white supremacy, other cities have decided to remove Confederate statues. Many of the controversial mouments
were dedicated in the early twentieth century or during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Discussions are under way about
the removal of monuments in Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham,
Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
Davis Statues Whisked Away After Memphis Sells Public Parks. A Jim Crow-era statue of Confederate general
Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan and pre-war slave trader, was removed from a Memphis park tonight
under police guard immediately after the city council gave the go-ahead to sell the parkland. The city circumvented
state law, and the Tennessee Historical Commission's denial of the city's waiver request in October, by turning the public
property into private property. The council unanimously voted to sell Health Science Park, where the Forrest statue
sat, and Fourth Bluff Park, home to a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, to nonprofit Memphis Greenspace Inc.
for $1,000 each. That entity used its own private resources to remove the statues, while not removing the graves of
Forrest and his wife.
finds legal loophole to remove Confederate statues. The city of Memphis, Tennessee, took down Confederate
statues that stood in two public parks on Wednesday — after selling the spaces to a nonprofit organization in
order to avoid an arcane legal battle. Memphis mayor Jim Strickland explained the legal maneuver in a statement that
hailed the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues. "The statues no longer represent who we
are as a modern, diverse city with momentum," he said in a statement. "The Forrest statue was placed in 1904, as Jim
Crow segregation laws were enacted. The Davis statue was placed in 1964, as the Civil Rights Movement changed our country."
removes Confederate statues from Downtown parks. The city of Memphis sold two public parks containing
Confederate monuments to a nonprofit Wednesday in a massive, months-in-the-planning operation to take the statues down
overnight. The City Council unanimously approved the sale of Health Science Park, home of Confederate Gen. Nathan
Bedford Forrest, and its easement on Fourth Bluff Park, home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, for $1,000 each to
Memphis Greenspace Inc. Fourth Bluff, or Memphis Park, is owned by a group called The Overton Heirs. The
sale — which is almost certain to result in a lawsuit from statue supporters — allows Greenspace to
legally do what the city of Memphis cannot: Remove the statues from their visible perches in the parks, Chief Legal
Officer Bruce McMullen said. He said they would be stored in an undisclosed location for security reasons.
The Left Hates Thanksgiving. Why is it so hard for the left to be thankful? The answer is as easy as
pumpkin pie. The left is a movement built on resentment. And resentment and gratitude are opposing emotions.
That is why the left really hates Thanksgiving. The revisionist autopsies of American history and the guides to
sensitively calling your uncle a racist are about substituting resentment for thankfulness. Whether it's a family
getting together once a year, the Pilgrims and the Indian tribesmen breaking bread or the White House press corps being
asked to talk about the good things in their lives, a moment of thankfulness has to be ruined with resentment.
Resentment is the force that gives the left meaning.
Tells Clergy To Stop Referring To 'The Lord' And 'He' Because God Is Gender Neutral. In Sweden, Lutherans are
imploring their clergy to use gender-neutral terms in reference to God, and using terms like "the Lord" and "He" aren't going
to cut it anymore. [...] For those who are in the know, The Lord's Prayer commonly refers to God as "Our Father." Apparently,
Swedish Lutherans are being led away from such language, and are now encouraged to say "Our Parent who art in Heaven."
From One Frenzy to the Next.
America woke up one day and decided that century-old statues of Confederate generals or archetypical southern soldiers were proof of
pernicious racism. So they had to be removed — by the dead of night and by the mob if necessary. Once these iconic
impediments were gone, then social justice would be achieved, as if mute stones, not beating human hearts, explain deteriorating racial
California NAACP wants 'The Star-Spangled Banner' removed as the national anthem. The California NAACP is
seeking state lawmakers to support its campaign to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem, according to The
Sacramento Bee. The Bee on Tuesday reported that the California NAACP passed a resolution at its state conference last
month aimed at the song's removal. The resolution urges Congress to rescind "one of the most racist, pro-slavery,
anti-black songs in the American lexicon" in "The Star-Spangled Banner."
of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem, state's NAACP urges. When California lawmakers return to the
Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove "The Star-Spangled
Banner" as the national anthem. The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions
that passed at its state conference in October: one urging Congress to rescind "one of the most racist, pro-slavery,
anti-black songs in the American lexicon" as the national anthem, and another in support of former San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest movement against police brutality among professional athletes by
kneeling when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played before games. "We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick," California NAACP
President Alice Huffman said. "I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed."
Rep 'Sees Nothing Wrong' With Changing The Anthem. Illinois Democratic Rep. Danny Davis says he sees
'nothing wrong' with the California ACLU's effort to ban the Star Spangled Banner as the country's national anthem.
"Well, you know, one of the things about the Constitution that our forefathers wrote, and basically, there were none of our
foremothers that were there. There were none of our fore-sisters there. There are changes that can take place and
there is room to change," he told TheDC Thursday. Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the NAACP,
declared the anthem to be "racist" and that it "doesn't represent our community. It's anti-black people," SFGate.com,
reported Wednesday. The NAACP is hoping for lawmakers to change it.
Failure to assimilate:
Immigrant Sues Government For Having 'So Help Me God' in Citizenship Oath. Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo is a French
citizen who has lived in Scituate, Mass., since 2000. She says she has twice applied for U.S. citizenship and now she's ready
to become an American. There's just one problem. She doesn't want to say the last four words of the citizenship
oath. As an atheist, she objects to "So help me God," claiming that the phrase violates her right to religious
freedom. So she filed a lawsuit.
Becomes Slave Owner. Abraham Lincoln stands too tall in American history not to be denounced as a thought
criminal. As mentioned earlier, moonbats at University of Wisconsin — Madison have demanded that his statue
be desecrated with a plaque denouncing him for his supposed oppression of sacred victims of color. The plaque would be
a prelude to Lincoln following Robert E. Lee down the Memory Hole. One reason they want to erase Lincoln is that
he has recently become a slave owner.
Washington, Un-American. When George Washington's memory has been deemed "unacceptable" to Americans, will
America still exist? In the fundamental transformation of any nation, there will be a moment that stands as the
symbolic termination of that nation as anything recognizable, and the beginning of a completely new nation unrelated to the
old except in name. For example, you will know England is over when Shakespeare is no longer taught or studied, but has
been officially rejected as an elitist remnant of the nation's sexist, racist past. Likewise, America will be over when
she no longer recognizes George Washington as the prototypical national hero.
Washington's Church Removes Plaque Honoring Him. Another reminder, as if we needed one, that it's not going to
stop with Confederate generals. Or, for that matter, Virginians or slaveowners. Look at the history of the left
around the world. And look at where they drew the line and stopped. The answer is nowhere.
Washington's Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down. Leaders at the church that George
Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed. Christ
Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is
not acceptable to all worshipers. "The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,"
leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.
of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because 'He Owned Slaves'. There's a common quote,
frequently attributed to G.K. Chesterton: "Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up."
In our modern context, this should be rephrased a bit: "Don't try to pull down a statue if you have no idea who or what the
statue was really about."
America. Students at the University of Virginia want to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's
founder. Students at the University of Missouri also want Jefferson's statue gone. Why? He was a slave
owner. [...] What goes unappreciated is just why America's leftists' movement attacks the Founders. If they can
delegitimize the Founders themselves, it goes a long way toward their agenda of delegitimizing the founding principles of our
nation. If the leftists can convince the nation that men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
were good-for-nothing slave-owning racists, then their ideas can be more easily trashed. We find the greatest assaults
on our founding documents on the nation's college campuses.
1968 All Over Again. After the polarizing Obama presidency and the contested election of Donald Trump, the country
is once again split in two. But this time the divide is far deeper, both ideologically and geographically — and more
50/50, with the two liberal coasts pitted against red-state America in between. Century-old mute stone statues are torn
down in the dead of night, apparently on the theory that by attacking the Confederate dead, the lives of the living might improve.
All the old standbys of American life seem to be eroding.
Statue Vandalized with Red Paint, Obscenities. Residents of Providence, Rhode Island awoke on Monday, Columbus
Day, to find a statue of Christopher Columbus covered in red and black paint, as well as obscenities. ABC6 reported
that buckets of paint had been poured over the monument, located in Columbus Square, late Sunday night or early Monday
morning [10/9/2017]. This comes after similar incidents took place in New York and Connecticut as a means of protesting
statues — and a holiday — celebrating a man who is maligned by many as a figure of European colonialism
and destruction brought upon Native Americans.
Americans fight against movement to abolish Columbus Day. A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it
with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the US, with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city
yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism. Austin, Texas,
followed suit Thursday. It joined cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, which had previously booted
Columbus in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. But the gesture to recognize indigenous people rather than the man who
opened the Americas to European domination also has prompted howls of outrage from some Italian-Americans, who say
eliminating their festival of ethnic pride is culturally insensitive, too.
the West, and the Myth of the Noble Savage. For a few decades now, the 15th century European explorer's face
has been held up as that of Western civilization, i.e. the face of all that is evil in the world. Columbus is
the proverbial poster child for the White, Christian, Heterosexual Male, i.e. the contemporary left's version of
Public Enemy Number One. Columbus Day assumes a new significance this year, however, for monuments to Columbus are no
longer alone in being targeted for destruction by leftist agitators. They are now in the company of monuments to Robert E.
Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and, yes, even legendary Philadelphia mayor and Police Commissioner,
Frank Rizzo. It is now clear that the campaign against monuments to Columbus has always has been and remains a campaign
designed to subvert the Western world's historic identity as a predominantly European (white) and Christian civilization.
The New World's Oldest
Villain. To the best of my discernment, Indigenous Peoples Day exists for those who think it's a noble idea to
honor those who were too technologically backward to defend their own land. Perhaps its first emergence as a
counter-celebration to Columbus Day happened in South Dakota, which in 1990 decided to host Native American Day on the second
Monday of October. Two years later, the incurably Americaphobic city of Berkeley, CA swapped out Columbus Day for
Indigenous Peoples Day. Now a total of four states — South Dakota, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii —
refuse to celebrate Columbus Day. Major municipalities that have chosen to turn their backs on the renowned [Italian]
explorer include Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Austin, and, of course, Portland,
OR, which should be officially crowned as America's Whitest White-Hating Town. In schoolrooms across the nation,
Columbus is increasingly being depicted as a villain rather than a hero — someone who trampled on the gentle and
progressive natives just because he wanted to be [a contrarian] and impede their inevitable progress.
takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC. A radical Brooklyn lawmaker on Monday [10/9/2017] introduced a new state
bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day, and slammed the famed explorer as a "murderer." "This land that
all of us inhabit is stolen land — stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto
reservations," Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding that "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day."
Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people."
The Editor says...
The liberals just don't get it. This perpetual PC nonsense about Indigenous People's Day, perverts in the women's restrooms,
and same-sex wedding cakes, etc., is precisely the reason Donald Trump got elected, and will get re-elected.
Jackson monument vandalized at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The National Park Service is actively
working to remove paint that was poured and sprayed on the Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument at Manassas
National Battlefield Park. The vandalism happened overnight and was discovered at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday [10/4/2017]. "Vandals poured a large quantity of white paint on three of the four sides of the polished granite
base, and 'Dead!!!' was painted in gold spray paint," the federal agency said in a statement. "Preservation experts have
started to remove the paint from the monument, and are assessing the best methods to remove remaining paint, oils and residue."
Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries. One by one, Confederate monuments are coming down from
their perches in front of courthouses, in public squares, along city boulevards. Now opponents to the memorials are
looking through cemetery gates for more. Local officials and residents, outraged by the violence in Charlottesville,
Va., last month and determined to clear their cities of markers that glorify the Confederacy, are pushing for the removal of
Confederate monuments that have adorned the graves of soldiers for decades.
moves swiftly to postpone decision on Confederate monuments. The state commission considering the fate of
Confederate monuments on Capitol Square put off until April a decision on whether the statues should be moved to a Civil War
battlefield. The NC Historical Commission voted 9-1 Friday to postpone action on the request to move the monuments 46 miles
to Bentonfield Battlefield in Johnston County because members wanted more time to gather legal options on a 2015 monuments law and
issues related to relocation. The law requires approval from the Historical Commission to relocate monuments, but some have
described the law as vague.
The Racial Cliff. [Scroll down] This the force
behind the frenzy of statue toppling. It has nothing to do with the Civil War or symbols of past racism. [...] The
Progs are sure that in the final reckoning, all signs of race realism will disappear, including those in the past.
Therefore, they can bring this about by erasing the past! That's what is behind the mania that now includes erasing
guys like Ben Franklin and Sam Houston from our collective memories. The Progs are trying to erase the past to bring
about the rapture. This self-flagellation is not happening in isolation. One result of the rise of anti-white
politics, among whites, is that non-whites now feel free to drop the mask. Steve Sailer calls it the Late Obama Era
Collapse. He trots it out whenever some blacks go crazy and start shooting cops and making a nuisance of themselves.
Non-whites are now taking every chance they can to tell the world they hate white people.
Here is the FDR Quote about Robert
E. Lee That Liberals Never Wanted You to See. Robert E. Lee monuments are being vandalized and removed across
the country. After Charlottesville, the hate directed at Lee has reached an extreme level. If you don't want
these statues removed, you will be called a racist. One such statue that will likely be removed is in Dallas,
Texas. Activists believe it's a "sign of enduring legacy of white supremacy in the South and across America," according
to a local television network. [...] However, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, author of the New Deal, is a secular Saint for
liberals. But he attended the dedication of this same statue in Dallas back in 1936, and he said something
extraordinary about Lee.
the Mayflower. [Scroll down] Unfortunately, the idiots bringing down Columbus probably remember the story
different, a confirmation of their ignorance, not the validity of the story. They'd probably say that these "white
people" raped the land and brought disease. Indeed, some did. They also brought the freedom that allows these
clowns to take votes in city government or express themselves without the King, Moctezuma, or Geronimo hanging them for
treason. Long live the Mayflower. God save the U.S. from these fools who want to rewrite history rather than
talk about the lousy state of our Democrat-run inner cities or the public schools that Democrats like the Obamas did not send
their kids to.
Clinton Is the New David Duke. Franklin Roosevelt is the president who went out of his way to appoint a
lifetime member of the Ku Klux Klan — progressive Democrat and Alabama Senator Hugo Black — to the
United States Supreme Court. And why not? Progressives and racism were the peanut butter and jelly of Leftist
politics. As a sitting Justice it was Black who, leading the five other FDR Court appointees in the 1944 Korematsu
v. United States decision, wrote the opinion that gave a thumbs up to the internment of Japanese-Americans. A
decision based not on the Constitution but on race. Will the Trust for the National Mall add this interesting
information to the FDR memorial?
removes statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee removed from park named after him. Crews arranged by Dallas
officials removed a statue of Robert E Lee from a pedestal Thursday [9/14/2017] and carted it away from a park named for
the Confederate general.
Will They Blow Up Mount Rushmore? The Taliban and Islamic state blow up ancient statues. Cambodia's
communist Khmer Rouge aimed to erase the past and start history anew with their "Year Zero." As for our
"devolutionaries," when will they destroy Mt. Rushmore? Answer: when they have enough power. There's now
a mad rush to tear down Confederate monuments and statues, with General Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis,
and even rank-and-file Confederate soldiers being victims. This occurs despite a healthy majority of Americans —
including a plurality of blacks — believing the memorials should stand. Moreover, even more widely revered
American figures are now in the cross hairs, with proposals to remove monuments to Founders such as George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson. After all, they share the Confederates' unpardonable sin: having been slave owners.
Saint Statue Beheaded in California, Splashed with Red Paint. It seems no statue is off limits in the great
purging of American history. At the Old Santa Barbara Mission in California, a statue of St. Junipero Serra was
found decapitated this week and covered in dripping, red paint.
Left's Tidal Wave of Hate Keeps Flowing.
The massive wave of hatred that leftists have been expressing toward our heritage shows no sign of letting up. A statue
of Christopher Columbus — despised by liberals for bringing Western Civilization to the New World — was
just vandalized in New York's Central Park.
Council votes to remove 'Stonewall' Jackson statue. The city council in Charlottesville, Va., voted unanimously
Tuesday [9/5/2017] to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from Justice Park. The 5-0
vote came just weeks after last month's violent protests in the city, sparked in part by city officials' plans to remove a
statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Tuesday's vote also will expedite the relocation of the Lee statue.
National Cathedral to remove stained glass windows of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson. The Washington National
Cathedral will remove two stained glass windows featuring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the
church said Wednesday, joining a growing list of cities and institutions that have removed statues of Confederate figures in
the wake of last month's violence in Charlottesville, Va. The National Cathedral said the Cathedral Chapter, its
governing body, voted Tuesday [9/5/2017] to immediately take the windows down. Scaffolding was erected Wednesday
morning as crews began the process of removing the stained glass windows, according to the Washington Post.
School Sheds 'Robert E. Lee' for 'Student Safety'. A Texas high school cited "student safety" concerns as the
reason for shedding its nearly 60-year-old Confederate namesake, General Robert E. Lee. This marks the second time in a
week that public education officials in the Lone Star State used the rationale to strip a slice of history from a campus.
North East Independent School District trustees held a special meeting Tuesday night where they voted unanimously, 7-0, to change
the name of Robert E. Lee High. Last Thursday, Midland ISD administrators framed "student safety" to nix a few bars of the
southern favorite "Dixie" out of their school fight song.
Court asks Mississippi governor to defend Confederate emblem. The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi's
governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The court on Tuesday [8/29/2017] set a
Sept. 28 deadline for the filing. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem.
"Robert Lee" Incident [is] Only [the] Latest Example of PC Absurdity. By now, many people both in and out of
the sports world are familiar with the controversy surrounding broadcaster Robert Lee. In short, the recent rallies in
Charlottesville, VA have caused ESPN to pull Lee from working Virginia's game against William and Mary due to his name being
the same as the most famous general of the Confederacy. As surprising as this move may be to some, it is simply another
example of the rampant political correctness that accompanies both ESPN and most of the sports media. So let's take a
stroll through some (though certainly not all) recent events highlighting just how deep the plague of PC has infected the
sports culture in America.
Columbus deserves to stay in his rightful place. Christopher Columbus has been coming under fire for decades,
and lately Mayor de Blasio hasn't ruled out scrapping the iconic 1892 statue of the explorer, in Columbus Circle, as a
possible "symbol of hate." But if Columbus were to come back to today, he would be dumbfounded by both the acclaim and
condemnation he's received over time in a land he never knew existed. Despite everything, Columbus has a claim to
greatness. He was a peerless and fearless navigator, maybe the best ever, able to read the seas and skies with
near-perfect understanding, and to make the first documented ocean voyages from Europe to the new world and back. This
was at a time when sailing uncross the uncharted Atlantic was like going to the moon, only more dangerous.
wants Columbus statues for federal park if city takes them down. A Staten Island congressman wants an iconic
statue of Christopher Columbus relocated to federal park land in his borough if the city takes it down in Manhattan in a
frenzy of political correctness. "Christopher Columbus is a permanent fixture of our national history. Rarely can
we trace the wheels of progress over 500 years back to the actions of a single person," said Rep. Dan Donovan
(R-SI/Brooklyn). "If a radical group bent on sanitizing history doesn't want the statue at Columbus Circle anymore,
Staten Island will gladly accept it."
now rally to remove statue of Christopher Columbus from Manhattan. A rally was held in New York by those who
wish to see the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus from where it has stood since the 1800's. The statue is
currently under review by a special task force implemented by Mayor Bill de Blasio designed to remove 'symbols of hate' in
New York City. Friday night [8/25/2017], demonstrators took to Columbus Circle where the statue is prominently
displayed in a busy round-about at the base of Central Park, carrying signs that read: 'Columbus didn't discover
America he invaded it.'
Never-Ending Liberal Bait And Switch. Back in 2015, liberals demanded that Confederate flags be taken down
because Dylann Roof had a picture of one on his Facebook page. Most Republicans, even Southern Republicans, didn't care
all that much about the Confederate flag. So, in South Carolina for example, Republicans voluntarily removed the
Confederate flag. That's what liberals wanted, right? So, that was it? No, that was the start of the bait
and switch. The Dukes of Hazzard was taken off the air. Confederate flags were ripped down. There were
liberals who said that waving a Confederate flag should be considered a hate crime and Southerners in general were attacked
as racist. Then people who protested this stupidity were labeled as bigots. Next the Left moved on to statues.
activists target removal of Peter Stuyvesant monuments. Move over Christopher Columbus, it's Peter Stuyvesant's
turn to get scorched in the monuments war. A Jewish activist group is now demanding Mayor de Blasio scrub all traces of
the anti-Semitic Dutch governor from city property — even Stuyvesant High School — as part of his
campaign to rid the city of "symbols or hate." "Peter Stuyvesant was an extreme racist who targeted Jews and other
minorities including Catholics and energetically tried to prohibit them from settling in then New Amsterdam," said Nitsana
Darshan-Leitner, the head of the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center.
Catholic school removes Jesus and Mary statues: 'Alienating'. An independent Catholic school in San Anselmo, California, has
sparked the ire of some parents after officials removed and relocated a large number of religious statues, reportedly including those of
Jesus and Mary, in order not to alienate children of other faiths. Amy Skewes-Cox, who heads San Domenico School's board of trustees,
said at least 18 of the 180 religious icons still remain at the school as part of a plan approved unanimously by the board last year, the
Marin Independent Journal reported. Ms. Skewes-Cox said the timing of the statues' removals and the national statue debate
spurring from the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an unfortunate coincidence and have "absolutely no connection other than it is
change, and people have a hard time with change."
The Editor says...
Ri-i-i-ight. The statues are (or were) at a Catholic school. Nobody "children of other faiths" will ever get close enough
to see such statues, nor will they give them a second thought. The Catholics were proud to display their statues for centuries, and
now — at the moment in history when they're most likely to be vandalized by the far-left, the statues are being taken down.
And they want us to believe the timing is just "an unfortunate coincidence."
Progressive War Against the Dead. The wide liberal search for more enemies of the past may soon take progressives down
hypocritical pathways they would prefer not to walk. In the present climate of auditing the past, it is inevitable that Margaret
Sanger's Planned Parenthood will have to be disassociated from its founder. Sanger was an unapologetic racist and eugenicist who
pushed abortion to reduce the non-white population. Should we ask that Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court?
Even with the benefit of 21st-century moral sensitivity, Ginsburg still managed to echo Sanger in a racist reference to abortion ("growth
in populations that we don't want to have too many of"). Why did we ever mint a Susan B. Anthony dollar? The progressive
suffragist once said, "I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman."
Pelosi's Father Dedicated Confederate Statues to Robert E. Lee & 'Stonewall' Jackson. In recent days, House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi has publicly supported the removal of Confederate statues around the U.S. As it turns out, the Pelosi family
wasn't always against the statues. On Monday, Ron Meyer of Red Alert Politics dropped a little truth bomb on Fox News
viewers, revealing Nancy Pelosi's father helped dedicate Confederate statues to Robert E. Lee and 'Stonewall' Jackson.
Council gets rid of Columbus Day. With enthusiasm, the Oberlin City Council changed the second Monday in
October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The unanimous vote for the resolution was anticipated, though it
was not without opposition. Council voted about 8:15 p.m. Monday [8/21/2017] after nearly an hour of public
comment from people for and against replacing the federally recognized holiday.
ESPN Removes College Football Announcer From Game Because He's Named 'Robert Lee'. ESPN confirmed via emailed
statement that they did, indeed, take Robert Lee off the UVA game over the fact that his name was close to that of a
Exec on Robert Lee Controversy: 'No Biggie Until Someone Leaked it to Embarrass Us and Him'. ESPN is now in
full blown damage control mode over what would seem to be one of the more ridiculous self-made controversies in recent
times — the decision to pull a broadcaster from a University of Virginia football game telecast because his name
happens to be Robert Lee. With cable news and social media reaction nearly universal in their criticism of ESPN, the
Worldwide Leader is looking to calm the outcry from those on the left and the right over the decision.
War of the Classes.
Rewriting the past to help disinherit the powerless by demeaning their ancestors is an ancient practice currently growing in
popularity. For example, this summer in Madison and Boston, government officials have obliterated or covered up grave
markers commemorating prisoners of war who died in captivity. This is justified as punching up against white supremacy.
After all, who is more powerful than a dead POW? Why are politicians today going out of their way to disrespect Confederate
soldiers who died in Union prison camps more than 150 years ago? Because they can. Because this kind of vandalism
is a classic turf-marking exercise understood by even the dimmest juvenile delinquents. Because desecration of memorials to
the dead signifies that their living heirs are vulnerable to rapacity. Further, this ISIS-like destruction of monuments
can provoke individual losers in this struggle to overreact, which in turn is instantly used to justify more despoliation.
Hey Statue-Hating Snowflakes:
Barack Obama's Ancestors Owned Slaves. Former President Barack Obama will have a bronze statue of his likeness
revealed some time next month in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is one in a series of all former presidents mounted on
street corners throughout the city (one of which is the Bill Clinton one which his rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick has
demanded to be removed). But it looks as if there will be a problem with the statue of the 44th POTUS, especially in
today's hypersensitive racial climate. [...] In 2007, a genealogical researcher determined that ancestors on Obama's mother's
side were slave owners. And based on recent news you simply can't have that kind of history if you're going to have a
statue in this day and age.
Cooper Family Owned Slaves, Including Michelle Obama Relatives. CNN loves to push the white supremacist and
slave owning former presidents card. Funny they want to go down that road considering one of their fading "stars,"
Anderson Cooper and his Vanderbilt family were also slave owners. Not only were they slave owners, they owned slaves
that were relatives of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Cornelius Vanderbilt, the great great grandfather of Anderson
Cooper owned slaves, who picked cotton that would be sent north to New England.
shows majority of Americans think Confederate statues should remain. A majority of Americans think Confederate
monuments should be preserved in public spaces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, a view that is at odds with
efforts in many cities to remove them. The 18-21 August poll found that 54% of adults said Confederate monuments
"should remain in all public spaces", while 27% said they "should be removed from all public spaces".
War against Memory. Were the 60-70 percent of the Confederate population in most secessionist states who did
not own slaves complicit in the economics of slavery? Did they have good options to leave their ancestral homes when
the war started to escape the stain of perpetuating slavery? Do such questions even matter to the new arbiters of
ethics, who recently defiled the so-called peace monument in an Atlanta park — a depiction of a fallen Confederate
everyman, his trigger hand stilled by an angel? How did those obsessed with the past know so little of history?
The Broken Clock. The Cult that
rules over us has forever lectured against the past, claiming that it is what prevents us from reaching the glorious
future. The future is never defined, it is just assumed, but the past is full of a detailed list of monsters. The
rage-heads, running around defacing statues and demanding people named "Jefferson" change their names, are not making
detailed arguments about who should and should not be memorialized. These are not people with a sense of the
past. They are raging against the ideas of having a past. The proof of this is they quickly moved from rebel
flags to Confederate statuary to pretty much every white man who is now dead.
All in: The
left is through messing around. We have seen the recent drive to take down Confederate monuments that had been around for one
hundred years or more. Enraged by Trump's press conference, the left is now calling to erase the Founding Fathers. Trump was not
wrong in asking if it were to end with Washington and Jefferson — he just didn't go far enough. The left's goal is to eliminate the
Constitution. Every argument made against the Founders can also be made against their historic document. Whether the left achieves
this through elections or civil unrest, it has started the ball rolling, and it will be difficult to stop.
Calls on Paul Ryan to Immediately Remove 'Confederate Statues' from Capitol. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D.-Calif.) today [8/17/2017] called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) to immediately remove "Confederate statues" from the U.S.
Capitol. "If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to
remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately," Pelosi said in a statement. "There is no room for
celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in
places of honor across the country," Pelosi said.
Carved Upon the Landscape.
Why the ever-increasing hatred for America's past? You might think that, on the whole, American history is, relative to
world history, fairly impressive and heartening. But it's precisely American history's virtues, more than anything
else, that enrage so many people these days against the great men of the American past. While the Founding Fathers
might be nominally condemned for their misdeeds, they are largely resented for their accomplishments.
decry the KKK while forgetting legacy of one of their own. Because, of course, they want rule of law to reign,
a group of citizens began digging up the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis this week over his helping found the Ku
Klux Klan. They only got a few shovelfuls before giving up. But they vowed to return with a backhoe to dig the
rest of the man's grave up later.
A War Of Religion.
A brilliant friend who wishes to remain nameless reminds us why incidents like Charlottesville are all too inevitable in a
nation with a hard left high command, an army of portable paid thugs, and a vast population of sentimental liberals who
believe they stand only for truth and 'social justice.' "The left could care less about this issue (Confederate statuary),
as they could care less about any of their issues. "The issue is never the issue, the issue is always revolution". [...]
The left has no limits. It's vital to understand that. No battle they pick is over the stated issue. Each is
merely a step towards the goal of eradicating Western Civilization. They've set up a self reinforcing system of rewards,
whereby SJWs out bid each other to come up with new ways to be offended.
underway to strip Confederate names from military bases. Military leaders have hastened to denounce racism amid
the furor over President Donald Trump's defense of white supremacists who violently rallied last week around a statue of
Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. But they are also presiding over their own controversial symbols
of the Confederacy — including 10 Army bases named for generals who commanded armies of the slave-holding South
during the Civil War, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Rucker in Alabama.
Only one flag flies
over Six Flags theme park now. Ever since Six Flags opened in 1961, the six flags that have flown over Texas have been a
staple of the park. No more. As of Friday morning [8/18/2017], the five flags other than the United States flag —
representing Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the Confederacy — are being left to the history books.
The park received criticism following last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va., from TMZ, Fox News and others for flying the
Confederate states flag. As a result, Six Flags Over Texas decided to take down all but the U.S. flag.
The Editor says...
With this action, the management of Six Flags is showing an ignorance of Texas history, a disregard for our culture,
and a deplorable lack of fortitude. I think it's safe to say that I'll never visit Six Flags again, especially
because — compared to the last time I was there — it now costs twice as much to get into Six Flags
and four times as much to park the car.
62% of Americans Favor Keeping Confederate Statues. A new Marist poll finds that 62% of Americans believe statues of
Confederate leaders should be allowed to stand. What's more, a majority of self-identified "Soft Democrats" say Confederate
monuments should remain.
Left Adopts Taliban Tactics in Destruction of Historical Icons. As the American left targets historical icons
for removal and/or destruction, one is reminded of the way the Taliban destroyed centuries-old Buddhist statues and the
Islamic State's ongoing violence against Christian churches and landmarks. In short, the American left, the Taliban,
and the Islamic State (ISIS) hold two things in common. First, an inability to appreciate the whole of history as it
happened, which includes good times and bad. And secondly, a tendency to express this lack of appreciation via violence
Down the Statues of Robert Byrd. President Trump had it right when, during his press conference on infrastructure
he addressed the nonstop questions on Charlottesville, he asked if those obsessed with fears of white nationalism if they would
also remove statues and monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slaveowners, in addition to the statue of
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Trump's critics responded that while Washington and Jefferson were slaveowners,
they did not go to war to defend slavery. True enough, but also true is the fact that white nationalism had its roots in
the Democratic post-Civil War south and that the KKK was founded by Democrats to suppress blacks liberated by the Republican
administration of President Abraham Lincoln. The alt-left movement, which shares the blame along with arguably racist
groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, hate America so much that they want to erase all vestiges of American history
and throw them down an Orwellian memory hole to be supplanted by alt-left politically correct ideology.
a List of All the Confederate Monuments They're Attempting to Remove. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning
[8/16/2017], Baltimore removed its four Confederate monuments, including statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This action followed this weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va., when white
supremacists protested the removal of a Lee statue, and events this week, when protesters vandalized Confederate statues in
Durham, N.C., Louisville, Ky., and Gainesville, Fla. Activists and government leaders are calling for more removals,
while some counter protesters have organized to protect some monuments. Here is a brief summary of the monuments under
attack — and those that aren't.
Democrats Want Racism Removed There Are 12 Memorials That Need To Go — They Won't Like It. Robert
Byrd is perhaps the most notable example. The late senator from West Virginia was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, rising
to the rank of "exalted cyclops", and unsurprisingly filibustered the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He's honored throughout
West Virginia: [...] Yet no one is complaining about memorials to an actual Klansman who opposed the Civil Rights Act?
President Lyndon B. Johnson was also a reported racist, allegedly calling the Civil Rights Act the "n----- bill".
He is memorialized with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was
not only a socialist, but also ordered for Japanese-Americans to be held in internment camps, something almost universally
condemned today. He is honored at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC. Presidents Andrew
Johnson and Woodrow Wilson were also reportedly racist, yet both also have memorials standing in their name.
Whose Side Is He On? I wonder how
many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was. He was a major
hero of the Mexican-American War. He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time he did it, it was
not illegal. Slavery was — while 100 percent evil — completely protected by law as of 1861.
When Lee went to work to defend his native Virginia, he was not violating any law. In fact, at no time did the Supreme Court
rule that secession was unconstitutional. To the contrary, when the Supreme Court moved towards declaring secession lawful,
President Lincoln, in violation of every lawful principle, threatened to have Roger Taney, the Chief Justice, arrested and jailed.
about deleting history. My guess is that most of the people bringing down monuments are caught up in a rage
and have not thought through just exactly what they are doing. After all, why would anyone bring down a statue that honors
the Confederate soldier as just happened in Durham, North Carolina? We can disagree about the war, but can't we honor the
men who were drafted or volunteered to fight? Isn't that what The Vietnam Memorial is about?
Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of 'Racist' Theodore Roosevelt. Social justice warriors are
never satisfied. If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile. After demanding that southern states take down
statues of Confederate figures, the activist Left is now targeting an iconic American president featured on Mount Rushmore.
On Monday [8/14/2017], more than 200 SJW zealots held a protest inside the American Museum of Natural History in
New York City to take down the supposedly "racist" statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Erasure Of The Southern Heritage. Before the war between the states, the understanding that it was a war
"against the United States of America" presupposes the outcome of the war. Or in other words, membership is said states
was seen as the right of association, and secession was seen as the exercise of that right. Furthermore, no one I know
who really understands the war between the states thinks that it was fought over slavery. In order to understand the
thinking at the time, one must understand that slavery was on its way out, would not have lasted, and was effectively
obsolete given industrialization.
Everyone is Missing About Charlottesville. This all began because someone decided, as other elected officials
have across the country, to cave in to partisan political pressures and seek to erase American history. History is not
there for us to love or hate, but for us to learn from and seek to not repeat its mistakes. If there are those who
truly believe we protect ourselves by trying to revise history due to false emotions, then we miss out on who we are as a
nation, and our evolution. The statues of long since deceased leaders of the Confederate Army do not stand to remind
anyone of oppression. And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues.
Left Focuses On Tearing Down Statues When They Should Be Condemning Violence. In the aftermath of
Charlottesville, the Left has returned to one of its favorite pastimes: tearing down statues and defacing public
property. Instead of making a grown-up argument that Confederate war monuments shouldn't be funded by taxpayer dollars,
Leftists have simply determined that it's fine to tear down statues they don't like, without even engaging in a serious
historical or political debate.
Politician Calls for Removal of Stone Mountain's Giant Carving of Confederate Leaders. The politicians are
using our monuments to history as bargaining chips to gain votes. It's sickening to see the back and forth with the
cowardly bunch of lily livered sellouts who would rather win their seat than fight for what the people want.
Digging Protesters Start to Dig Up Confederate General's Grave. This happened in 2015 but is still relevant
today: A group of protesters decided to go digging to destroy a Confederate General's grave. No kidding!
Does anyone out there think this will do anything productive?
and intellectually intolerable. You only need to read a few recent news stories to get the gist of it, but what
drove me over the edge was a story from last week that three Portland, Oregon, elementary schools were having their names
changed because they "offended" some students and families. The schools were named after Patrick Lynch, a man who
generously had donated land to the local school district in the late 1800s and whose name had thus been memorialized in Lynch
Wood Elementary School, Lynch Meadows Elementary School and Lynch View Elementary School. So what was the problem?
Patrick Lynch's patronym happens to also be the word used for public executions by a mob, especially when done out of racial animus.
rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues. In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of
the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier's statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little
fanfare. In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she's ready to tear down all of her city's Confederate statues, and
the city council voted to have them destroyed.
on American-Islamic Relations: Tear Down Every Confederate Memorial. he Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil rights group, is calling on state and local governments all over the United
States to tear down all monuments and memorials commemorating Confederate leaders and the short-lived Confederate States of
America. CAIR joined several groups asking for the removal of Confederate memorials in the wake of a "Unite the Right"
white supremacist rally that turned violent over the weekend.
topple Confederate statue in North Carolina. Protesters toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, N.C. on
Monday night [8/14/2017]. Video posted to Twitter shows protestors surrounding the statue and chanting "No KKK! No
fascists! USA" as several protestors appear to pull down the statue with a rope. [Video clip]
Denies Dems' Demands to Rename 'Confederate' Streets on Historic Base. The U.S. Army denied requests from
several New York Democrats to rename streets on the city's Fort Hamilton military installation. The Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
property is a base for the New York Army National Guard and Reserves and was a key U.S. battery during the Revolution and
World War II. [...] Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) of Brooklyn was one of several city Democrats who demanded that streets on
the base like "General Lee Avenue" and "Stonewall Jackson Drive" be renamed.
Zinke: Activists Shouldn't 'Rewrite History' by Removing Confederate Monuments. U.S. Interior Secretary
Ryan Zinke told Breitbart News that "history is important" and it should not be rewritten when asked about those attempting
to destroy or remove Confederate monuments while touring Antietam National Battlefield on Wednesday [7/5/2017] in western
Maryland. Zinke explained the significance of history, gesturing to the area around him, "As an example, what did the
battle of Antietam bring us? One is that it was the deadliest battle in the history of our country. But also, one
could argue successfully, it also brought the Emancipation Proclamation."
to remove Confederate symbols spurs backlash. A revived campaign to remove Confederate statues and symbols from
government grounds has reignited an impassioned national debate pitting opponents against self-described "patriots" who argue
the monuments stand for heritage and not hate. These tensions were bared over the weekend when defenders of those
symbols traveled to Gettysburg, Pa., preparing to face off against rumored anti-Confederate protests.
History -- Assaulting Our American Heritage. Monuments honoring heroes of the Confederate States of America,
American heroes in fact, are being removed from the public square, due to a successful presentation of oversimplified
arguments and lies by the same progressive Leftist Democratic apparatus that seeks to fundamentally transform America.
These assaults on the Southern heritage by politically correct propagandists and arrogant activist ideologues are assaults on
our American culture and heritage, or "AmeriKKKa" as the Left calls America; and, it is nothing short of a cultural cleansing
campaign, a purging of the truth and history and a national disgrace.
Orleans Is Not New Orleans Anymore. The video of Robert E. Lee being taken off his pedestal —
literally — was stunning enough, since that 1884 statue by Alexander Doyle is sculpted in a Florentine
neoclassical style that just doesn't exist anymore. Even more shocking is where it happened. New Orleans?
This really went down in the Southern city most associated with tolerance, community, art, hospitality, jazz, street
celebrations, and a melting pot of black, white, mulatto, Creole, French, Spanish, Cajun, Native American, German, and
Haitian peoples sprouting from various historical periods and cultural traditions? The city of laissez les bon temps
rouler really singled out particular monuments from the city's multilayered history and targeted them for iconic
destruction, like the Taliban? But it gets stranger. The idol smashers also took down the equestrian statue of
General Beauregard, their own Creole hero, a man whose first language was French and who, in keeping with the loyalty
that Louisiana inspires, chose to remain in the hostile Reconstruction South after the war, working for universal black
voting rights, rather than accept lucrative offers to lead foreign armies.
Social Justice Warrior's Latest Tactic: Reshaping America by Targeting Its History. Social justice warriors seem to have hit a wall in
American politics. Perhaps sensing that their attempts to fundamentally transform America through top-down control have reached their limit, they are
doubling down on reshaping America from the ground up. Their new favorite target is American history, and they are starting with low-hanging fruit:
Confederate monuments. It may perhaps be enough to denounce the bulldozing of statues as an absurd erasure of history, but this is not the primary
problem with this drive to wipe out uncomfortable elements of our past from the public sphere. The more critical issue at stake is the loss of a
common purpose and the binding heritage that Americans of previous generations forged and shared.
Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans. For Frank B. Stewart Jr., a white New Orleans native,
the city government's plan to remove the statues — an idea championed by New Orleans's white mayor, Mitch
Landrieu — feels like an Orwellian attempt to erase history. This week, Mr. Stewart, 81, a businessman
and civic leader, argued as much in a letter he published as a two-page advertisement in The Advocate, a local
newspaper. "I ask you, Mitch, should the Pyramids in Egypt be destroyed since they were built entirely from slave
labor?" he wrote. Mr. Stewart added: "What about the Roman Coliseum? It was built by slaves, who lived
horrible lives under Roman oppression, but it still stands today and we learn so much from seeing it."
seek to erase history. The Washington Post has an interesting, fairly reported article on an old Confederate group's effort to stop this
postmodern move from the radical left. Like the Confederacy itself, it's probably a lost cause, but it's heartening to see some fight-back, because
the Confederacy deserves to be known and understood objectively, meaning neither romanticized nor demonized. Wiping out the evidence of its existence
deracinates New Orleans from its history and makes it just another generic U.S. city with nothing to speak for it other than crime and the other failures
of Democratic one-party rule.
of the first of four New Orleans Confederate monuments begins with Liberty Place. Efforts to remove four Confederate
monuments commenced early Monday morning (April 24), as crews and police gathered around the Battle of Liberty Place monument
downtown around 2 a.m. to begin dismantling the first of four statues eyed for removal by the city. Just before
1:30 a.m., and after a small group of protesters had departed, a wave of officers with the New Orleans Police Department
barricaded the entry points to the monument, which stands at the river end of Iberville Street outside the parking garage for
Canal Place. Snipers were stationed on the parking deck looking down at the monument.
New York Times Rewrites History To Tarnish Trump Speech. In a curtain raiser for President Trump's address to
Congress this week, the New York Times tried to compare Trump's bumpy start to President Obama's supposedly "impressive"
one. But in doing so, the Times wildly distorts what actually happened in Obama's first month in office.
Rampant Incivility of the Left. It has become increasingly a staple of left-wing political bombast to compare
one's adversaries to the primary villains of World War II. Today, about 5% of the U.S. population has any recollection of
those years. It has, therefore, become far too easy to demean and diminish the genesis and consequences of that fateful
period as the education establishment, dominated by the Left, deliberately avoids teaching the realities of that era.
Thus, opening the door for the demagogues to miscast those years for their own ends.
of Hatred. Hatred of Americas founding principles was pushed early on by Howard Zinn, the loony Marxist who now
controls the narrative of our history books. His writings were filled with partial truths, half-truths, and outright
lies about American history. He cleverly inserted himself into the lexicon of hate in the attempt to help the global
communist revolution come to America. He has become the most widely read historian today — and has taught an
entire generation, and an entire party, to hate their own country.
City Removes Nearly 100-Year-Old Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The City of Charlottesville, Virginia, has decided to
remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that has stood in a city park for nearly 100 years, reports say. In a three
to two vote, the Charlottesville City Council decided to eliminate the equestrian statue memorializing the Confederate hero that was first erected
93 years ago in the city's Lee park. After the vote, city leaders also vowed to erase Lee's name from the park, CBS reported.
of Columbus Day is the End of America. Columbus may have outfoxed the Spanish court and his rivals, but he is
falling victim to the court of political correctness. The explorer who discovered America has become controversial
because the very idea of America has become controversial. There are counter-historical claims put forward by Muslim
and Chinese scholars claiming that they discovered America first. And there are mobs of fake indigenous activists on
every campus to whom the old Italian is as much of a villain as the bearded Uncle Sam. Columbus Day parades are met
with protests and some have been minimized or eliminated. In a number of cities Columbus Day was transformed into
Indigenous People's Day, which sounds like a Marxist terrorist group's holiday.
cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Phoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare
the second Monday in October — the same day as Columbus Day — Indigenous Peoples' Day. The
Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.
cities, states ditch Columbus Day name for Indigenous Peoples' Day. A growing number of U.S. cities and states
moved to downplay Columbus Day — a federal holiday — in favor of the rebranded Indigenous Peoples' Day,
to honor what Vermont's governor called the "sacrifice and contributions of the First Peoples of this land." Gov. Peter
Shumlin wrote in a proclamation that the day provided an opportunity to celebrate "indigenous heritage and resiliency."
South Dakota has avoided the Columbus Day name for decades, reportedly declaring the second Monday in October as Native
Americans Day in 1990.
Geographic Wants to Indoctrinate Your Kids This Columbus Day. To celebrate Columbus Day this year, National
Geographic has joined the choir of faux liberal outrage at Christopher Columbus, continuing to drag the enterprising
explorer's legacy through the mud. NatGeo Education — "content that inspires students through their teachers
and educators" — posted a "reminder" on Twitter shaming those who would celebrate the attributed discoverer of America.
Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the
Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University [of Louisville] President James Ramsey and
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday [4/29/2016].
Symbolism Instead of
History. [Scroll down] Ignoring facts kills legitimate history. That's why symbolic history is about all the history
anybody learns these days. [...] This brings us to Harriet Tubman. There is no question she was a remarkable, brave woman.
She deserves her place in the history books, and everyone should learn about her. The problem is that the purveyors of identity
politics aren't satisfied with that recognition. They have to exclude their ideological enemies as much as include their friends,
inflate their chosen heroes as much as diminish their enemies'. As a result, they create a selective, incomplete history.
The simple fact is that as brave as Harriet Tubman was, she was not the main story in the Civil War or the abolition of slavery.
Carson: Harriet Tubman Would Be 'Turning Over in Her Grave' If She Knew She Was on $20. Former Republican
presidential candidate Ben Carson wrote an op-ed Tuesday reiterating his belief that Harriet Tubman should not be on $20
bill, arguing it was not a fitting tribute to her legacy. Carson claimed in an op-ed for IJ Review that he had been
"misconstrued" when first stating his opposition. "Harriet Tubman, one of America's truest and most revered freedom
fighters, deserves a far more fitting tribute than to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency by placing her on
the twenty dollar bill," he argued. "The effort to rush this through under the current Obama administration is nothing
short of national disgrace..."
wants to block $20 Tubman. An Iowa congressman has proposed legislation that would block Harriet Tubman from
replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Republican Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment to
bar the Treasury Department from spending any funds to redesign paper money or coin currency.
Correctness Is War By Other Means. [Scroll down] 2016 will be remembered as the year in which Progressives
forced their redefinition of American history upon one and all by re-facing America's currency with their favorite faces.
Obama took Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replaced it with a glowering image of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.
Jackson's victory at the 1815 battle of New Orleans ended the War of 1812 and removed doubt about America's independence by securing
America's possession of the Mississippi valley. But Progressives think it more important for Tubman to reproach us (not
themselves, for sure) every time we open our wallets.
constant meddling is killing us, America. We need leadership, not tinkering. I am incensed that
our government has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. I have nothing against this gun-toting abolitionist;
I have everything against President Obama's continued rattling of the nation's cage. I object to his ongoing
efforts to "transform" and "modernize" our country, authoring one divisive measure after another, at a time when he should be
restoring our confidence. [...] Obama's inflammatory and pesky interventions in matters great and small, from shoving
ObamaCare down the country's throat to renaming Mt. McKinley, from overturning our immigration laws to optimizing
transgender bathroom availability, have kept Americans on their heels, not knowing what will come next.
Tubman was a gun-toting Republican. There are some knee-jerk reactions to the seemingly "political correctness
run amok" move to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson. But the replacing of the
slave-owning founder of the Democratic Party with a gun-toting black Republican may spark a political debate worth having and
unearth historical truths worth learning. [...] Harriet Tubman's image should remind Americans that gun control was a
historical method to control and subjugate blacks.
Jackson's Reckoning. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's decision to replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill
with abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Tubman has been widely praised. It honors women's role in American
history and, indirectly, disparages slave-owner Jackson, who moves to the back of the $20 bill. But there is another
irony to Jackson's traditional place on the $20 bill: He was an ardent critic of paper money.
whitewash for Harriet Tubman. Sometimes the government does the right thing for the wrong reasons. Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew's decision to put Harriet Tubman's face on the nation's currency was the right thing to do, even if it was
done as a way to demote Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, to the back of the bill. Many liberals are unhappy
that Mr. Lew picked the wrong black woman. Harriet Tubman was a devout Christian and she armed herself, with both
pistols and long rifles. Choose your wrong reason.
Tubman is the next face of the $20 bill; $5 and $10 bills will also change. Harriet Tubman and President Andrew
Jackson lived on opposite sides of the American experience. Tubman, a black woman, escaped slavery to become a
conductor on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to lead slaves to freedom. Jackson, the son of Scots-Irish
immigrants and owner of slaves, was elected president as a war hero and became known for policies that led to the deaths of
countless Native Americans. Soon, though, the two will share prominent placement on a new $20 bill —
with Tubman, the former slave, getting top billing.
Another astroturf letter, ostensibly submitted spontaneously by a little girl with no political connections:
the 11-year-old girl whose letter to President Obama led to plans for the first woman on US currency in more than a
century. A woman will feature on US currency for the first time in more than 100 years — thanks to
the efforts of an 11-year-old girl. Sofia, from Cambridge in Massachusetts, had written to President Barack Obama
in 2014 after a school project on historic American heroes. 'I realized no women had their face on our currency, so
I went home and wrote the letter,' she told WCVB. The schoolgirl demanded to know why there were no women on US bills, as
'if there were no women, there wouldn't be men'.
Van Susteren: 'Stupid' to put Tubman on $20 bill. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren said the decision to replace
former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman was "stupid" and creating an "unnecessary
fight" in the country. [...] "You all know I'm a feminist, love to see women acknowledged for the great things they do to
contribute to our nation, and Harriet Tubman did, and she deserves it," Van Susteren said on "Off the Record." "But what
I don't get is this: Rather than dividing the country between those who happen to like the tradition of our currency
and want President Andrew Jackson to stay put and those who want to put a woman on a bill — it's so easy to make
everyone happy. Van Susteren said that while Tubman should be acknowledged for her "courage," the decision to put her
image on a bill doesn't need to "stir up the country."
Media Have It Wrong: Andrew Jackson's Legacy Was Fighting Crony Capitalism. After a relentless campaign
by conservatives, progressives, and Broadway musicals to keep Founding Father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, it appears
the Treasury Department will keep Hamilton. According to Politico, the agency will instead replace President Andrew
Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. It's a shame that progressives (and even conservatives) have been quick to
ditch Jackson. While it's true that Jackson is often remembered for his alleged reputation for violence, the Trail of Tears,
or perhaps even the 1959 Johnny Horton song, "Battle of New Orleans," his true legacy is much more important to America.
Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20. After years of complaining that America's paper money featured only dead
white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of
the twenty-dollar bill. You can practically hear them: "We didn't mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing
Republican black woman! We meant Angela Davis!"
Historically Black Attempt to Malign Mississippi. Last year, the first lady, Michelle Obama, gave a commencement speech at
Alabama's Tuskegee University that sounded more like she was paying homage to black activist W.E.B. DuBois than the school's founder
Booker T. Washington who, as an ex-slave, believed character and hard work were key to improving the plight of the black man.
Then again, Michelle is part of the illiterate gang who ousted evil slave owner Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill without researching
the philosophies escaped slave Harriet Tubman stood for. Wait until Obama, who misquoted MLK on his Oval Office rug, realizes
Underground Railroad conductor Tubman was a devout Christian whose pistol-packing ways mirror Sarah Palin, not Maxine Waters. [...]
Either way, Mrs. Obama is not unlike her Saul Alinsky-trained husband. The FLOTUS also 'sees the world not as it is but
as it should be' and feels it's her duty to set the non-compliant straight.
Pushes Back Against PC Purge In Public School Names. Imagine attending "Bleeding Heart Liberal Elementary" or
"Hypothetical Perfect Person Memorial Elementary. While that seems absurd, those are two of the choices the public
nominated to replace "Robert E. Lee Elementary" when the Austin, Texas, school decided it needed to remove the name
of the Confederate General from its façade.
emblem removed at U.S. Capitol. State flags, including the controversial Mississippi flag featuring the
Confederate battle emblem, will no longer hang in the tunnel at the U.S. Capitol where each had been displayed.
Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., said Thursday [4/21/2016] the flags, which had been removed during renovations, will instead be
replaced with prints of each state's commemorative coin. "Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to
install a new display," Miller, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement. "I am well aware of how
many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also
believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies."
Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce the changes on Wednesday
[4/20/2016] after receiving fierce blowback.
Check. Woman? Check. Old White Man Out? Check. Lew Announces New $20 Bill. Politico reported on
Wednesday [4/20/2016] that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew plans to announce a redesign of the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet
Tubman. [...] In its campaign to reinforce the left-wing view of women as an oppressed group of people relative to men across history — with
Hillary Clinton as scraping the contemporary phantom glass ceiling — Lew will further the Obama Administration's narrative by incorporating
"leaders of the women's suffrage movement" on the back of the $10 bill.
Do Not Weep for Andrew
Jackson. Politico reports that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to announce that Alexander Hamilton will get a reprieve
and remain on the $10 bill, while Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20, and Treasury will make other
changes including "putting leaders of the women's suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil-rights era
leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill" while relocating Jackson to less desirable real estate
(his own Trail of Tears, one might say) on the back of the $20.
replacing Jackson on the $20, Hamilton spared. "Today, I'm excited to announce that for the first time in more
than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note," Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon [4/20/2016]. Lew rolled out sweeping
changes that will put a new cast of historic figures onto various bills that have remained largely static for decades.
Leaders of the women's suffrage movement will make their way onto the back of the $10 bill, while civil rights era leaders
and other important moments in American history will be incorporated into the $5 bill. Jackson will be kicked to the
back of the $20 bill.
They Came for Andrew Jackson, Now They've Come for Woodrow Wilson, So Who's Next? One need not be a fan of Woodrow Wilson to be
appalled at the ease with which Princeton University sees fit to erase any association it has with the 28th President of the United States
because of a few bullies who have nothing constructive to do with their lives. Wilson, of course, was President of Princeton from 1902
to 1910. This is no different than the effort to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.
Senate removes Confederate flag from seal. Without a formal vote, the Florida Senate on Monday agreed to strip
the Confederate battle flag from its official seal, removing one of the few remaining vestiges of the infamous icon in state
government. After some hesitation when the change first came up, senators — back in Tallahassee for a redistricting
special session — agreed without objection to adopt a new rule removing the controversial emblem from the chamber's
insignia. Approving the change without objection avoided the need for even a voice vote on the emotional issue.
Let's Take Back Columbus Day.
More than a century ago, America celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage of discovery by hosting an
enormous worlds fair on the shores of Lake Michigan. This Worlds Columbian Exposition featured statues of the great explorer,
replicas of his three ships, and commemorative stamps and coins. Because Columbus Day was a patriotic holiday — it
marked the opening chapter in American history — the newly written Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in schools on
October 12, 1892. Nowadays, however, an embarrassed, guilty silence descends on the nation each Columbus Day. We[']ve
been taught that Columbus opened the way for rapacious European settlers to unleash a stream of horrors on a virgin continent:
slavery, racism, warfare, epidemic, and the cruel oppression of Indians. This modern view of Columbus represents an unjust
attack upon both our country and the civilization that made it possible.
Columbus, Hello Leftist Indigenous Peoples'. Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day all you comrades out there!
CBS NEWS announced that more cities are "recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day" to celebrate the contributions of
indigenous cultures. This is part of the leftist populist movement to recognize Native Americans and fake indigenous
peoples', and to change our culture. The movement is meant to take us out of traditional America and into the
hand-wringing world of the dreary left. The Italians and America's European ancestors are forgotten in all this.
students told to remove Confederate flag clothing. At least two students at a Maryland high school were asked
to change out of clothes displaying the Confederate symbol. School district spokesman Michael Doerrer says the students
at Brunswick High School wore the Confederate symbol Tuesday [10/13/2015]. [...] Doerrer says the school doesn't ban Confederate
symbols, but administrators can ask a symbol to be removed on a case-by-case basis if it proves disruptive.
drivers with Confederate plates resistant to switch. Roughly 9 in 10 drivers with Virginia's Confederate battle flag
license plates have refused so far to send their plates back to the state as part of a program to swap out a symbol that many consider
racist. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles mailed new plates without the emblem in early September to 1,600 members
of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who pay an annual $10 premium for the specialty plates but so far has received only 163
back. The DMV requires a copy of a current membership card to be eligible to buy the plates.
Now the POW/MIA Flag Is Under Fire — as a Symbol of 'Racist Hate'. Another day, another argument
that a flag must come down. Today's target is a bit surprising — the POW/MIA flag that flies from government
buildings, honoring the hundreds of Americans still missing and unaccounted for in Vietnam. Writing in the pages of
Newsweek, a very angry Rick Perlstein is simply not having it, declaring, "That d----- flag: It's a shroud.
It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam." In fact, he claims the entire emphasis on
American missing and POW's was nothing but a political trick designed to detract from alleged American deceptions and war
by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson. For nearly a century, Democrats have
honored two men as the founders of their party: Thomas Jefferson, for his visionary expression of the concept of equality,
and Andrew Jackson, for his populist spirit and elevation of the common man. Political candidates and activists across the
country have flocked to annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, where speeches are given, money is raised, and the party celebrates
its past and its future.
Get History Right, Democrats Would Erase It. [Scroll down] Perhaps the most ludicrous
example of this overcompensation came when television networks cancelled re-airings of the Dukes of Hazard
and the owner of the program's original prop car, the General Lee, revealed that the vehicle's famous rebel flag
roof art was to be painted over. It was then that some cautiously began to wonder if the well-meaning
decision to remove this historical artifact with all its negative baggage had gone too far. There was
clearly no limiting principle to this national effort to address historical grievances. Where would it
all end? Today, it is clear that, for some, the fight to make history conform to today's moral standards
has only just begun.
Effect: Left Moves To Ban Truth About Immigration. The Overton Window is a political
theory describing how ideas go from the margins to mainstream, from "unthinkable" to "policy." But
in today's anti-America, a Reverse Overton Window is visibly at work: existing law, policy, majority
opinion, legal terms like "illegal alien" and established traditions like flying the Confederate Battle Flag
are suddenly decreed to be beyond the pale for all good-thinkers.
A Digital Bible Less Holy? U.S. Officials Increasingly Sworn In On Tablets.
It was called the wave of the future — the recently tapped U.S. ambassador to Switzerland
was sworn in last month with her hand not on a paper Bible but on top of a Kindle. Techies called it
revolutionary and applauded Suzi Levine for making history. But she wasn't the only one who went
high-tech when she took the oath of office. A county executive from Long Island, N.Y., used the
Bible app on an iPad to be sworn in last year and a few months ago a group of firefighters from New
Jersey huddled around a Kindle Bible when they took their oath. But the movement has drawn
concern from some in the religious community who are reluctant to accept officials choosing tablets
over the printed Bible.
The Editor says...
A tablet, smart phone, or jump drive might contain the words of the Bible one minute, but not the
next. How would you know the difference? The same tablet that allegedly contains the Bible may also
contain the Koran, Mao's Little Red Book, pornography or any number of things. One could argue
that swearing out an oath with one hand on a Bible is a superstition, but it is also a public
agreement of the seriousness of testimony under oath. The abolition of books is just another
way "progressive" bureaucrats are incrementally chipping away at centuries-old traditions.
Council passes Indigenous People's Day
Resolution. The second Monday in October will now be referred to as "Indigenous People's Day,"
rather than Columbus Day, on all official city communications in Minneapolis following a unanimous City Council
vote on Friday morning [4/25/2014]. The resolution brought hundreds of people to City Hall to commemorate
the vote, which Native American activists have been seeking for many years.
From Greatness to
Whiteness. When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45, look at any of the iconic paintings
of America's Founders — the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the
Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the individual portraits the Founders —
what do they see? They see great men founding a great country. f you ask recent graduates of almost
any American university what they see when they look at these paintings, chances are that they see something
entirely different. They are apt to see rich, white males who are not great and who did not found a
great country. And for many, it is worse than that. These men are not only not great; they are
morally quite flawed in that they were slaveholders and/or founded a country that allowed slavery.
Council to vote on renaming 'Columbus
Day'. Minneapolis is preparing to strike "Columbus Day" from its calendar this October. The
City Council is expected to vote Friday on a resolution that would rename the federal holiday "Indigenous
People's Day" on all city communications. The vote follows a similar effort in Red Wing, where the
city mulled changing Columbus Day to "First People's Day" earlier this year. The Red Wing city council
has yet to act on the resolution.
Hallmark removes the
word 'gay' from Deck The Halls holiday ornament sparking fury from customers. Hallmark has provoked outrage and ridicule from its
customers after changing the words of a traditional Christmal carol on a festive ornament. [...] The original line — 'Don we now our
gay apparel' — has been altered by the Kansas-City based company for its new line of holiday merchandise. It now reads:
'Don we now our FUN apparel.'
The Editor says...
One thing that makes English hard to master is that many English words have multiple definitions. The homosexuals are attempting
to hijack words like gay and queer, and abolish those words' other definitions and legitimate uses.
Atheists Call 9-11 Memorial
Cross "Grossly Offensive". A Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a New Jersey 9-11 memorial is facing
stiff opposition from a group of atheists who called the religious image "grossly offensive." The American Atheists are threatening to sue
Princeton, NJ if they proceed with plans to erect the memorial. They took issue with a beam that was salvaged from the ruins of the World
Trade Center because a cross had been cut out of one side of the beam.
Cardinals remove religious symbols from pitcher's mound following fan's complaints. The St. Louis Cardinals have done away
with religion at Busch Stadium after a fan raised hell over Christian symbols on the pitching mound.
Separation of church and baseball — no doubt the courts
can find that in the Constitution, too.
Cross written in
sand not allowed to honor beloved player. Political correctness infected the world of sports recently, when the St.
Louis Cardinals' management put an end to the recent practice of etching a cross and the number 6 into the pitcher's mound to
honor a Cardinal great, the late Stan Musial. The number and cross only began appearing in recent weeks on the mound, just
behind the rubber.
House reconsiders pick of 'Founding Founders' over 'Founding Fathers'. Throughout United States history, the group of men who
assembled in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the nation's Constitution had been known as the "Founding Fathers," a moniker used even on
official government websites. But the use of the "fathers" may have been a step too far for the Obama administration. In
a Thursday [6/13/2013] post on the White House's blog, Keith Donohue, the communications director for the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission at the National Archives, announced that the papers of the "Founding Founders," otherwise known as the Founding
Fathers, are available online.
The Editor says...
You would think that the well-paid "communications director" could come up with something less insipid and redundant than
Christian Origins of Essential American Doctrines. Virtually
every important, original American idea is a product of Christianity. Further, had these doctrines never been developed, the US would
arguably not been nearly as productive, free or happy. These ideas involve property, liberty, and the rule of law.
Dept. of Transportation: 'Be Sure to Black Out the 'United States' and [the] Motto'. For three years, a private citizen
named Steve LeBard has led the effort to build a privately funded memorial in Orcutt, California — a tranquil small town
located on the Golden State's gorgeous Central Coast — to honor military veterans. And for the better part of those
three years, he has run into a toxic blend of political correctness, anti-Americanism, and bureaucratic senselessness. Today, the
memorial, which was to be built with private funds on a small piece of public land, remains unbuilt.
ACLU Loses Ten Commandments
Case. Thou shall not remove the Ten Commandments. That's the declaration from a federal district court — dismissing
a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against Dixie County, Fla. and ending a six-year legal battle. The ACLU sued
the county after they allowed a private citizen to erect a six-ton monument of the Ten Commandments atop the steps of the courthouse.
A 75-year-old North Carolina man, who happens to be an ACLU member, objected to the monument — which led to the lawsuit.
Cranston bans 'father-daughter' dances as
violation of state law. In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that
it is banning traditional "father-daughter" and "mother-son" activities, saying they violate state law. Supt. Judith Lundsten
said the move was triggered by a letter ifrom the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that
her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.
ACLU Gets Father-Daughter,
Mother-Son Activities Banned in RI. Was Title IX really intended to put government between parents and their children
during activities like picnics and dances? Or is the ACLU more than happy to misuse the courts to jam the state in as a wedge
blamed for Little Ice Age. By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and the other
explorers who followed may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe's climate for centuries.
The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land
untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist
at Stanford University.
Do Liberals Care if Third World
Illnesses Infect Americans? Calling it the "European Invasion," liberals believe that prior to Christopher Columbus' arrival American
Indians were virtually disease-free. Never mind that syphilis, which originated in the New World, was brought back to Europe, where spirochete
bacterium was not present until after Columbus and his fellow discoverers returned in 1493. The Columbian theory concludes that invaders from
across the sea brought to the Americas the scourge of bubonic and pneumonic plague, chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, influenza, measles, scarlet fever,
smallpox, typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough. Even though Indian tribes were slaughtering each other, lefties argue that their lack of
immunity was solely responsible for American Indians dying en masse after exposure to infectious diseases, and are persuaded that 80-90 percent
of the Native American population perished after Europeans landed in the New World.
The Revisionists' Red Glare.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting among
other organizations, the film is the work of Emmy-nominated documentarians Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey.
Despite that pedigree, The War of 1812 offers nothing particularly innovative or original.
Rather, it recycles many of the tired techniques that dominate the historical-documentary genre and
strikes all the appropriate politically correct notes along the way.
Little Pigs' Slaughtered by Leftists. I'm sure the Left would like to see rework most of
our cultural heritage to promote its agenda. But if they move too fast and reach too far, the people
will push back. As with all other leftist agenda, one small step at a time.
No BC and AD? That Spells
Culture War. If I write a date as 44 BC or 476 AD, you immediately know to
what years I am referring. I would guess that just about anyone junior high age or older in the U.S.,
Canada, or anywhere in Europe would also immediately recognize that one of those dates is 2055 years
ago, and the other is 1535 years ago.
to Change Policy Defining Religious Discrimination as Oppression by Christians. The
University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as
Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
The definition was listed in a document called, "The Principles of Community." It defined
"Religious/Spiritual Discrimination" as "The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the
dominant culture's religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward
those who are not Christian."
Davis removes Web wording that upset Christians. The University of California at Davis has
eliminated from its website a definition of religious discrimination that offended more than two dozen
to be Christian but banned from acting Christian. Christians, Orthodox Jews or anyone with
traditional views of sex and marriage should be barred from state university counseling programs unless
they agree to violate their beliefs. That's the gist of theamicus brief the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) filed Feb. 11 in a case in which a Christian student is challenging her dismissal from a
graduate counseling program at Eastern Michigan University in 2009.
The rot in values that is causing America's
decline. Thrift, hard work, close-knit families, a pioneering spirit, a love of adventure, a rejection
of indolence, faith-based ethics, a God-centric society, a belief in spreading freedom and democracy —
where did that all go? Science and math. Science and math. President Barack Obama's new
mantra is science and math.
Pop Culture Killing
Classic Traditions. What has been the most famous New Year's Eve tradition since 1907, the ball
dropping in Times Square, has been reduced to a display of tackiness and bad taste.
Is America Conquered
when the American Flag is 'Offensive'? Californians were recently confronted with a sobering
reality. Students at a large high school in the Morgan Hill district were told by school administrators
that American flag tee shirts and other patriotic paraphernalia were not allowed, citing Cinco de Mayo as
justification Few students at the school probably realize that America provided help to Mexico in
expelling the French, whose defeat at the Battle of Puebla is comemorated on May 5th.
Friday Holiday Did Not, Will Not Change. At Davenport City Hall, phones have been ringing
non-stop for the past few days. The calls are from people around the country, voicing their opinions
surrounding the city's observance of Good Friday. It all started last Friday, when the city manager
sent out a routine holiday closure notice to all city offices. The city manager says the notice
accidentally referred to Good Friday, April 2, as "Spring holiday," implying a name change for how the
city observes the Christian holiday.
How the Obama Revolution Came to
America: There are ten easy steps toward a progressive-socialist-Marxist civil society: change
the popular consensus; destroy Christianity, the traditional family, and existing social mores; transform the culture;
install a radical Left mind-control; attain political power; impose strict control of the military and law enforcement;
restrict freedom; socialize the economy; erase American sovereignty; and embrace a world without borders. ... This
requires a confrontation at all levels of society to undermine, weaken, and replace traditional American values in
the schools, media, family, and unions with Gramsci's socialist ideals.
Words associated with Christianity taken out of children's
dictionary. Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire"
and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity".
Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled. The publisher claims the changes have
been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.
The Editor says...
Is the dictionary a reflection of that society, or an effort to push society in that direction?
Why must older words be displaced by newer ones? Is the dictionary limited to a specific number of pages?
Founding Fathers and Slavery: Even though the issue of slavery is often raised
as a discrediting charge against the Founding Fathers, the historical fact is that slavery
was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced by, the Founding Fathers.
Historic Jamestown marks 400 years
since 'invasion'. Use of the word "celebration" is being banned at this year's special events
ordered by Congress to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of settlers in Jamestown, 13 years before
the Plymouth Pilgrims appeared on America's shores, because it was an "invasion" that resulted in
a "holocaust," organizers say.
New Test Asks: What
Does 'American' Mean? Patrick Henry and Francis Scott Key are out, but Susan B. Anthony
and Nancy Pelosi are in. The White House was cut, but New York and Sept. 11 made the list.
Federal immigration authorities yesterday [9/27/2007] unveiled 100 new questions immigrants will have to
study to pass a civics test to become naturalized American citizens.
When Worlds Collide:
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago has a new permanent exhibit of savagery and barbarism, "The Ancient Americas."
The ancient Americans themselves are not portrayed as savage or barbarous. (How surprising. Knock me over with a
feather.) The savages and barbarians are the museum's curators. They plunder history, ravage archaeology,
do violence to intelligence, and lay waste to wisdom, faith, and common sense.
from the Public Square: For quite some time in America, frank public discussions about candidates'
religious views have been deemed verboten. The trend began in 1960, when John F. Kennedy
found that his Catholic faith was proving to be a liability with Protestant voters.
Ballgame keepsake goes electronic.
The paper ticket might be on its way to joining AstroTurf and scheduled doubleheaders in the graveyard of sports
obsolescence. A host of professional teams, including the Washington Nationals, are introducing new systems
allowing fans to enter games using their cell phone, driver's license or similar means, potentially making paper
tickets a thing of the past.
The Da Vinci Code: A
Brilliantly Crafted Deception. Few things have done more to injure the witness of
the Church than attacks on the deity of Christ, the reliability of Scripture, and the rise of
feminist ideology. Now these three have been brilliantly combined into one profoundly evil
witness in Dan Brown's latest best-seller book, The Da Vinci Code.
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bill to ban male circumcision. A San Diego, California-based
group that calls itself a health and human rights organization recently submitted
a proposed bill to Congress called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill ("MGM
bill"). The bill, if adopted, would ban the practice of circumcising baby boys.
God? Let's see the proof. The unelected and still mostly liberal federal
judges continue their four-decades-old nasty habit of dismantling our institutions,
symbols and beliefs for the sake of a microscopic minority.
Judge kills death sentence because
jurors read the Bible. Although Robert Harlan was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a
25-year-old woman and shooting another woman passer-by who tried to help, leaving her paralyzed, a Colorado
judge overturned his death sentence because some jurors had read the Bible during their deliberations.
Are comic books no
longer for kids? So here we go with another delivery vehicle for children sacrificing innocence
at the altar of controversy, in the hopes of gaining notoriety — and press attention. In 2003,
Marvel went homosexual, trying to draw attention to itself by creating a gay superhero, the Rawhide Kid, but
the "Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather" comic books never sold well, despite the initial raft of publicity.
Going It Alone:
For the first time in history, unmarried people head the majority of U.S. households. A total of 100 million
adults, who make up 36.44 percent of the workforce, are single. Eighteen states and 300 cities now have
unmarried majorities, and single people account for $1.6 trillion in annual consumer spending. Countries
around the world are experiencing similar trends.
'Cotton wool kids' losing basic skills.
Panicky parents are breeding a generation of "cotton wool kids" too afraid to climb trees or ride their bikes,
NSW's most senior child guardian has warned. Mums and dads are so fixated on keeping their children safe
that children are growing into nervous adults without acquiring basic survival skills along the way.
[Apparently "cotton wool kids" is the Australian way to say "sissies".]
Clinton-Era Pregnancy Policies Must be
Reviewed and Revised. A 33 year-old female Marine gave birth to a healthy
7-pound baby boy on May 23, [2003,] while she was aboard the warship USS Boxer. The
amphibious vessel was deployed at the time in a war zone near Kuwait, where the unnamed staff
sergeant was assigned to a ground unit.
If it's something strange, something perverted, something counterproductive, or something that simply sets them
apart from American culture in general, then the multicultural idiots are all for it.
Congressman Challenges Courts' Moves to Eliminate
God, Bible from Public Forum: During the last several months, attacks on Christianity in the public arena
have gained considerable notoriety around the country. They include a legal effort to eliminate "under God" from
the Pledge of Allegiance, and challenges by the American Civil Liberties Union to remove Ten Commandments monuments from
public property in Alabama and Pennsylvania.
The Death of English Christendom:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has taken the concept of policy czar to uncharted territory with his appointment
of former Labour Party MP John Battle as "faith czar." What is of interest is that the British government
is, on the one hand, attempting to divest itself of the Church of England through the process of disestablishment.
On the other hand, Czar Battle will attempt to promote the "best of faith" over and against the "worst."
Pagans vs Christians: A civilization's calendar is reflective of its
values, its history, its beliefs, and its religion. Western Europe calculates its time
from the birth of Christ because it was a Christian civilization. The Founders knew all
of this. They were profound students of history. Their writings show an acquaintance
with the philosophies of government throughout history and around the world. They knew
they were Christians, and they knew that the nation they were building was founded upon
Christian, Biblical principles.
Quoting Scripture banned in
library community room. Quoting from the Bible has been banned in a community room at the public
library in Clermont County, Ohio, and now a couple who sought to use the facility for a financial planning
seminar have brought a court case. "What's next? Will the library board attempt to keep patrons
from checking out Bibles and reading them on government property?" asked Tim Chandler, a legal counsel with
the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on the case involving George and Cathy Vandergriff.
Feds fixing "Southern bias" at U.S.
parks: The National Park Service is looking to rid itself of what it calls Southern bias at major
Civil War battlefields and instead emphasize the horrors of slavery.
American way: The world of mid-twentieth century television was clean — safe
for viewing no matter what your age. Parents simply did not have to worry about what
their children were watching, or what messages they were receiving through their televisions. The 1950s,
however, are long over and modern Hollywood can't resist tampering with American icons. They want to
tear them down and rebuild them in their own image.
Bugs Bunny in
Blackface: Racially Charged Cartoons Removed From Retrospective.
Cartoon Network executives had planned a complete run of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, but decided
to omit 12 of the animated shorts because they were considered too racially charged.
Editor's Note: Besides
being an attempt to edit history, this is a sign of the times and a symptom of the Culture War. It
is now socially unacceptable to ridicule minorities, women, or people from distinctly identifiable foreign
cultures, but it's still okay to make fun of heterosexual white males. Especially if they
are from the
South. Almost every work of comedic fiction ever made contains something that is objectionable
to somebody somewhere (if it is humorous at all), whether it's a stereotype, excessive violence, characters
who stammer, characters who drink too much, etc. Numerous Warner Brothers cartoons produced during
World War II depicted the Japanese as ruthless nearsighted midgets, and they were no doubt
applauded at the time.
The "Little Rascals" films, in their original uncut form, were full of the same
kind of material. Many episodes of the "Little Rascals" are no longer shown for that
reason. Numerous TV shows, especially those made before 1970, were based on stereotypes. Examples
include The Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan's Heroes, Green Acres, and of course, Amos 'n Andy. Compare
those old cartoons and TV shows with the material that is acceptable on television today,
and it's easy to conclude that this branch of political correctness is a farce and a perfidious assault on
plain speaking and the traditions and institutions that made this country great. I'm not saying that
irrational stereotypes and derisive mockery made this country great; I'm saying that freedom of expression is
diminished and diluted when the P.C. Police denigrate creative works that aren't to their liking.
See also A Guide To Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
Some are still available on video.
Smoking cuts for classic
cartoons after complaint. Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera
cartoons, including old favourites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that
glamorise smoking. The review was triggered by a complaint to media regulator Ofcom by one viewer
who took offence to two episodes of Tom and Jerry shown on the Boomerang channel, part of Turner
Broadcasting which itself belongs to Time Warner Inc.
[In the story above, please note:
ONE VIEWER complained.
That's all it takes any more.]
our next hilarious episode, Tom and Jerry go to anger management. Thank you for commissioning
our firm to remove all the smoking scenes from episodes of Tom and Jerry. It has, however, come
to our attention that other aspects of these cartoons may not be in line with contemporary thinking.
and "slave" computer labels unacceptable, officials say. Los Angeles
officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the
terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable
Censorship Blamed on "Politically Correct White Mentality": Classic cartoons
originally produced between the 1930s and 1950s and a television staple for the baby boomer
generation, are being edited for offensive material today "because of a politically correct
white mentality," according to a cartoon historian.
Movie Channel Bans Charlie Chan Movies: The Fox Movie Channel abruptly cancelled its
planned Charlie Chan film festival last week after complaints from an Asian American group that the
character was "one of the most offensive Asian caricatures of America's cinematic past."
Political Correctness Imprisons Speedy
Gonzales: From Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, to Wile E. Coyote's Roadrunner-catching Acme
ingenuity, Warner Brothers' hilarious Looney Tunes have filled generations of Americans with innocent
childlike laughter. Unfortunately, political correctness run amok is depriving future generations of one
unforgettable toon. The Cartoon Network, a subsidiary of AOL-Time Warner, has shelved
all 40 six-minute Speedy Gonzales shorts.
Speedy Gonzales Caged by Cartoon
Network: The rapid rodent has been deemed an offensive ethnic stereotype of Mexicans,
and has been off the air since the cable network became the sole U.S. broadcaster of old Warner Brothers
cartoons in late 1999.
Note: "Speedy Gonzales" (1955) won an Academy Award leading to a series of
Gonzales cartoons. Speedy was usually paired with Sylvester and always came out on
top. Two other Speedy cartoons, "Tabasco Road" (1957) and "The Pied Piper of
Guadalupe" (1961), were nominated for Academy
By the way, the Turkish TV network is banning Winnie the Pooh, because they say
Piglet is offensive.
Joe is No Great American Hero, Group Says: The Lion & Lamb Project says military
action figures are "aggressive toys." However, a Hasbro spokesperson says, "G.I. Joe has
been a part of our culture for nearly 40 years and represents core American
values – patriotism, honor and bravery."
Service Says Jesus Can Stay. The U.S. Forest Service has reversed its decision to remove a
World War Two memorial from Montana's Big Mountain because it included a statue of Jesus. The Forest
Service said it will re-authorize a permit for the 57-year-old statue after facing a firestorm of outrage from
religious groups and local residents. The agency received more than 90,000 comments on the issue.
You may also be interested in the section about the NCAA's fight
incorrect mascot names.