Here’s the Background Story:
In the wake of the riots and civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd, the Progressive Liberals are accelerating their ongoing attempts to rewrite American history. Statues of prominent figures of the Confederate States of America (CSA) and the Founding Fathers are being toppled or removed. Sales of flags that represent the South are being banned, and historical texts are being altered.
Groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) use slogans aimed at inciting the masses into actions they might not otherwise take. And while this might appease their momentary anger, as justified as it is, the question remains: is it what’s best for America’s future?
Is the Push to Erase the Past Good For America’s Future?
In Europe, places like Auschwitz and other concentration camps were left standing after World War II, as a reminder of the pure evil of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution.” It’s a painful reminder, especially to Jews, that 6 million of their people lost their lives to the monster.
There’s a quote, which over time has become paraphrased, but the acknowledged gist of it goes something like this: “those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.”
- One example of history being rewritten surrounds President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation where schoolchildren are taught that he officially ended slavery. In truth, the document only addresses the southern states that were “in rebellion.” It left the institution in place in the Union states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri and exempted West Virginia and the District of Columbia itself.
- One of the main targets for vandalism and removal are monuments to CSA Gen. Robert E Lee, the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee is a man who many, if not most, people see as the military leader of the Confederacy. The problem with vilifying him is that up until lately, most biographers and historians viewed him as a man of honor and integrity, and vilifying him essentially dehumanizes all Southerners of that time.
- In 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of Matal v. Tam, in a unanimous decision, once again reaffirmed that so-called “hate speech” is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a concurring opinion, wrote, “… [the issue before the court] singled out a subset of messages that the government determined to be offensive and prohibits them, which was plainly unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.” And yet, Sacramento, California, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Mobile, Alabama have seen the governments removing what they deemed offensive statues and monuments.
Poll: Does Removing Historical Statues Help Today’s Issues?
1% Voted Yes
99% Voted No
What Do You Think?
One of America’s founding principles is the free exchange of ideas. While the people who established this principle had flaws, the basic idea is sound. If the voices and opinions on one side are squelched and the histories doctored-up, future generations won’t know the truth. Which brings us back to the issue in question: is the effort to erase the past truly good for the future of America?
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