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Lets go out and burn some books…. Revising American history

August 18, 2017

….Hitler burned books, ISIS destroyed statues and temples and here in America it looks like there is a growing sentiment to follow their example of destroying statues of people, events and history we do not like. I would like someone to explain to me how we can call what ISIS and Hitler did as an atrocity at the same time doing exactly what they did?

In almost every area ISIS has occupied it has destroyed statues and temples that represents any position other than what it espouses, and now it appears if there is a growing movement to do the same in our country. I have to ask is not our tearing down of statues and memorials commentating people and events from our nations history exactly the same as what ISIS has done?

The targeting of civil war statues however can be seen as only the first step in a revision of our countries history. We now have people defacing the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC and television personalities ridiculing our nations founding fathers, and calling out for someone to “blow up Mt Rushmore”. Is not the lessening of stature of the men that created this nation laying the groundwork to later amend how they appear in our history books, and better asked does not everyone calling for those changes have some blemish on their otherwise good lives?

We may as yet not be following in Hitler’s footsteps of burning any books but it does appear that we are headed towards some people trying to revise what is written in them. Yes we had a dark period in our nations history where slavery was commonplace but that time is now well into the past and we have learned from our mistakes. It has been said that ‘we must learn from our history or be doomed to repeat it‘, and as far as slavery is concerned we have learned, but it appears that though we are not ‘yet’ burning books we are definitely trying to change what is written in them.

Are these two pictures not the same?

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  1. john w8wej permalink
    August 18, 2017 6:26 pm

    you can not explain anything to people that do not listen, nor care to–we are reaping the “harvest of the wood stock generation” no structure, and consequence for their actions.

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  2. August 19, 2017 12:48 am

    By destroying these temples, sites, as well as books, they’re hoping to, erase the historical backgrounds of certain cultures, and, they won’t be successful, they may come really close to wiping out an entire culture, but, the particular culture that’s being suppressed, will somehow, rise up at the very end, it’s just, that the process of waiting for that much-needed uprising takes a long time to get to is all…

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  3. August 19, 2017 7:52 am

    I know one statue was destroyed by rioters, However were not the other one’s that have been removed by the states been preserved and I thought I read somewhere that at least one was going to be put into a museum?

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  4. August 19, 2017 12:28 pm

    We have become a nation of spineless sycophants who feel it is an inalienable right to not be offended…by anything! The statues being systematically removed and/or destroyed offend some people so our collective response is to remove them from our existence. As you pointed out, Pete; “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and we have an entire generation that is clueless regarding the lessons of our history. They only know the ‘deserve’ peace and harmony and should something upset their sensibilities then it must be destroyed. So sad but as John pointed out; there’s no reasoning with people who will not listen…

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    • August 19, 2017 3:33 pm

      Forever Alaskan. A very wise man said. ” The ONLY thing we learn from history is we have learnt nothing from history”
      We are always bound to repeat our mistakes.

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  5. unalaska permalink
    August 19, 2017 9:39 pm

    And you and I differ once again, Pete. I just have a few thoughts. For those self-appointed defenders of history and monuments as history, it amazes many of us how they are so silent on the fact that there are no monuments of slave ships, none to lynchings. None to the near genocide of the indigenous peoples of this land. This is truly lying by omission. Most of the monuments that are in question were put up nearly 2 decades after the Civil War ended. They were not put up because the whole of the United States was in reverence and awe of these people. They were put up to try to change the the remembered history of the outcome of the Civil War and to keep alive the “ideals” of a defeated Confederacy. The Confederate Army did not fight for the United States of America. They fought against it. These statues are not innocent remembrances of a benign history. They purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy. Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, said in a very public speech that “the cornerstone of the Confederacy rests upon the great truth; that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery – subordination to the superior race – is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”

    History is not changed by removing statues. The Civil War was won by the side on the right side of humanity. The Confederacy was on the wrong side…on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of humanity. The Confederacy’s purpose was to rip this nation apart and subjugate human beings to slavery. I hope that all the statues are taken off their pedestals. No need to destroy them. Simply put them off of public lands as we have no further use for them. Their power has been beaten and their presence is abhorrent.

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    • August 20, 2017 11:34 am

      You make a very sound point, but missed the idea I was trying to convey. It is (not) civil war statues that I think should not be torn down… but the fact that what they represent, (*an offensive terrible time in our nations history) should not be removed from our countries conciseness. Free speech by its very nature is almost always offensive (to someone) yet those that founded this nation knew everyone has the right to their opinion, as long as it is not forced on others.

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  6. Del permalink
    August 23, 2017 12:24 pm

    Good lord Pete the PC libs in this nation are nuts!!!!

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/08/23/hey-espn-robert-e-lee-was-not-asian-american.html

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  7. September 17, 2017 7:45 pm

    I think there is a bit of rational flaw here, Pete, in your post and in the comments that follow.

    A statue is not history. Statues are, for lack of a better word, propaganda. Statues are a selective celebration of history, but statues in themselves are not history. Destroying a statue does not erase the actual historical record.

    For example, when statues of Joseph Stalin or of Sadam Hussein were destroyed, this did not erase the historical record. This seems like an obvious point.

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