It is with a heavy heart and an almost all consuming anger that I watch the history of this country being rewritten, monuments desecrated and torn down, and the principles that made this country great, flushed down the toilet because people find them offensive.
Who gets to say what is and what isn’t offensive these days, the mob? Is that what America has become, a country where a group of crybabies can get together and whine about something they don’t like and demand that it be removed from their sight? Has America become so sensitive to the feelings of the mob that we are willing to sit back and watch our entire history and our heritage erased by a bunch of ignorant fools who couldn’t name the first 5 Presidents of the United States, or how many rights are listed in the 1st Amendment?
Honestly, if this is what America has become, I’m ashamed to call myself an American; and you should be too.
You see, it’s not just the taking down of Confederate Flags, the removal of statues that upsets me, although that plays a big part in it, it is the fact that this is a full on attack upon the freedom of speech by people who allow their feelings and emotions to dictate what others can say, do, or display. Once you open that Pandora’s Box there is no end to this kind of censorship of things that offend people.
In front of the BBC, (the British Broadcasting Company), stands a statue of author George Orwell. Behind the statue, engraved in the wall are the following words: If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Orwell was almost prophetic in his predictions, or warnings, if you will, of society in his novel 1984; but I’m guessing those who are behind this movement to erase history and reshape this country into some Utopian dreamland have never read Orwell. If they had, they would most likely have come across the following, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” (Source: 1984, Part 2, Section 5)
What these people fail to realize is that while they may be able to take down images they don’t like, ban or burn books they don’t like, the history remains. You cannot erase history, you can only erase people’s memory of it but there will always be those who seek to pass it on from generation to generation.
The problem is not so much that history, along with our entire belief systems, are being erased; it is that so few actually care. When history is erased, or rewritten, people lose their sense of self; what it once meant to be an American; and that is the real tragedy.
History is not always pretty, and it is not always comfortable; but the one thing you can count on is that it is honest. That isn’t the case when it is rewritten or erased to fit a politically correct agenda; and if you lack concern for the truth when telling the history of your country, then you yourself cannot be trusted because your belief systems are built upon lies.
Almost daily now the news reports on another piece of history being taken down because someone, somewhere, found it offensive; and it is not limited to images or statues depicting those who served in the Confederacy anymore; Founding Fathers statues are being defaced and vandalized, and just the other day they took down the statue of John Sutter which had stood outside the hospital named after him in Sacramento, California.
When will this madness end; when there are no statues and monuments recognizing those who lived in the past left standing? Why stop there? Why not abolish the flag; for it flew over a country that recognized slavery as a legal institution for 75 years prior to the Civil War? Why not tear down the White House and U.S. Capital buildings; for they were built with slave labor? Why not burn the Constitution and Declaration of Independence; for they were written by men who owned slaves?
See where I’m going with this?
Are we going to sit back and watch as our history, our culture, and our belief systems are plowed under by angry mobs that, probably, don’t have the faintest understanding of the history of the country they are tearing down? Their ignorance is such that they fail to realize that one of the principles this country was founded upon is the people’s right to say, or display, things that others might find offensive. You throw that away and you throw away what it means to be free.
Good or bad, history is what made us who and what we are, and when we lose that sense of self, of what it once meant to be an American, then you deserve what happens if you let that happen.
-To those who are caving into the pressure of these mobs I have but one thing to say; SHAME ON YOU!
-To those who are spreading lies and calling it truth, SHAME ON YOU AS WELL!
-And to those whose precious feelings might be hurt by gazing upon images that offend you, I would like for you to try and let the following words sink in to your pathetic skulls:
It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.
(Stephen Fry, Published in The Guardian, June 5, 200