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.
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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.
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