The events in Charlottesville this past weekend raise some critical questions, and to me the most important is, “Who Are We?”
The issues in this southern town represent those trying to revise who we are as a people and a nation by abandoning the signs and symbols of our past, and by doing so, think we will be a better nation. They seem to forget the 620,000 people who died fighting for a cause of freedom. In most cases the statues they take down, trample, and spit upon were erected in memory of the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives. I wonder what restitution they will feel when they see the icons tumble to the ground?
I also wonder what the Left will want next when they find taking down statues isn’t satisfying enough? Tear down the Jefferson Memorial? Change the name of the capital city? Washington and Jefferson both owned slaves. Should they be castigated today for what happened over 150 years ago? America concluded that slavery was wrong and took the steps to outlaw it, and as a result changed the way we treated minorities, all minorities. The process was not as fast as many would like, but the nation is nothing like it was during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War.
The riots of last weekend were, in my opinion, not left nor right, but clashes between many different groups. As always the news media picked their favorites to support and they categorized the balance of the people present and fighting as Right wing. The American Nazi Party, for one, is neither right wing or left wing. Their fascism doctrine finds fault with elements of both the left and the right. This opinion piece is not meant in any way to show support for the hate groups. However, the country is in turmoil because an outsider was elected president and when President Trump said the violence was the responsibility of both sides, he spoke the truth. The Left believe that he is not one of the elites and doesn’t deserve to be president.
Michael Savage, the national talk show host, says that a nation is defined by its, “Borders, Language, and Its Culture.” I agree with Mr. Savage, for as we tear down the symbols of our past, we have no definition as to our origins, and if we don’t know from where we came, how can we figure out where we are going as a nation? As I look at our nation’s history, I see people from all over the world wanting to come to America. In the past in order to become a citizen, one had to learn the English language, our laws, and our history. It normally took at least five years to do this. In the past this process was called assimilation. We seem to have very little assimilation going on in America today.
You have to ask the protesters this question: what did the 620,000 people die for in the Civil War? When the war was over, many of the soldiers and generals came together to move the united country forward, including Robert E. Lee. Today such cities like Charlottesville and other areas such as Chicago and Baltimore show us we are a fractured nation. If we live long enough and take down all the effigies of the American Civil War, will the impact of the war, which changed us and defined us as a nation, disappear? Should we not only in trying to eradicate the impact of the Civil war also close all the cemeteries, change all the college and university’s names, and all the high schools named after Civil War leaders, no matter on which side they fought, and then what about all the street signs?
If we abandon our laws and we rewrite our history to fit today’s narrative, then new immigrants will find this is not the America they thought it would be for them. If we live long enough and take down all the effigies of the American Civil War, will that impact the outcome of the war? Can we change the minds of people in just not seeing a flag or a statue as representing who we are?
What concerns me the most is that in order to rewrite the past; we must rewrite the American history book? Will our schools be forbidden to teach the Civil War in American history class? What will we use to replace this important time in the history of our nation? Should the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., which started in the late 18th century and lasted for at least a century, become the focal point of this period, especially during Reconstruction, forgetting the sacrifices made during the Civil War that defined who we are today and last the images on our money?
Dan Perkins is an author of both thrillers and children’s books. He appears on over 1,100 radio stations. Mr. Perkins appears regularly on international TV talk shows, he is current events commentator for seven blogs, and a philanthropist with his foundation for American veterans, Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc. More information about him, his writings, and other works are available on his website, DanPerkins.guru. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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