"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." — C.S. Lewis
It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth. Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another. We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority. We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.” This is merely suppression of opposing ideas. I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one. People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents. Hostility is projected, received and internalized. With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.
What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly. What are you doing to prepare?
The City of New Orleans is busy purging itself of Confederate statues, since these offend the tender sensibilities of today’s historically illiterate crybullies. But if they’re determined to remove all vestiges of monuments to people who ever held racist sentiments, there’s work waiting for them in Washington, D.C.:
It’s true Lincoln desired the limitation and eventual extinction of slavery, but it was not for this reason he went to war on his fellow Americans in 1861. He made this very clear:
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. – Letter to Horace Greeley, 1862
Yes, that previously voluntary Union that was becoming compulsory with no escape during Lincoln’s reign. “Reign” is too exaggerated, you say? Look closely again at the monument built to his memory. Look at the front of the armrests. They very closely resemble this, the Roman fasces — a symbol of authority in ancient Rome later adopted by Benito Mussolini and his flock of blackshirts… known as the fascists. All they lack is the axe, but that does not diminish in any way the power unleashed by Lincoln in his War Against the States. (It’s worth noting the Speaker of the House is flanked by the same imagery — with the axes as well.) Certainly, today’s America more closely resembles the Imperial Rome of Caligula than the Republic that was swallowed up by Julius Caesar.
So if we’re going to demolish any memory of white supremacy or unConstitutional exercises of power, the Lincoln memorial has to go as well.
Of course, I know better than to hold my breath, waiting for consistency from these little minds that have nothing better to do than tilt at Confederate windmills.