The abrupt changes to our culture — the toppling of statues, the renaming of streets and buildings, and the banning of classic American films and literature — have little to do with correcting racial injustices.
The rioting, the looting and destruction of businesses, the arson and demands to defund the police, are only casually related to the apparent murder of George Floyd by a rogue Minneapolis cop.
The events more likely have everything to do with permanently and fundamentally transforming the country from the consumer-driven capitalist republic that made the United States the economic miracle it became into something unrecognizable.
Elizabeth Rogliani, a New York-based actress born in Venezuela, said she’s seen it all before and is now afraid for her adopted county.
"Why do I even worry about some silly little statues coming down or some silly little street names changing? Why do I care?" she asked her viewers in a Tik Tok video released Monday.
"It is because the last time I didn't care about this, I was a teenager. I have already lived through this thing when I was living in Venezuela," Rogliani continued. "Statues came down — Chavez didn't want that history displayed. And then he changed the street names. Then came the [school curricula]. Then some movies couldn't be shown, then certain TV channels, and so on and so forth."
First it was statues of Confederate heroes. Then it was slave-holding Founders including George Washington, who led the colonists into battle to gain our freedom, and Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence.
After that came Christopher Columbus, Ulysses S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, Theodore Roosevelt and even Abraham Lincoln.
Classic literature and films like Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind" have been removed from book and video libraries.
The changes have invaded the advertising world, where Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, and even "Snap, Crackle and Pop" are sent to the chopping block as racist symbols.
Nike honored a mediocre former NFL quarterback for disrespecting Old Glory and the national anthem, while Gillette took a break from hawking razor blades to warn men against being too masculine, lest they become "toxic."
Most recently rioters attempted to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square across the street from the White House. Police eventually broke it up and arrested a few of the rioters.
Those that remained are trying to set up an autonomous zone in and around the park called BHAZ, for Black House Autonomous Zone.
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld believed that authorities should have taken a stronger stand.
He tweeted that such protesters "succeed cuz no one wants to hurt them. We are like people who would rather take the spider outside than crush it."
President Trump is perhaps one adult in the room with both authority and moxie to do more than "take the spider outside."
"There will never be an 'Autonomous Zone' in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President," he tweeted. "If they try they will be met with serious force!"
Twitter, however, took exception to it.
It believed that the president went too far with his "serious force" threat.
In a statement released Tuesday, Twitter said, "We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group."
In other words, Twitter is a social media platform where everyone is free to express his thoughts, feelings and beliefs — as long as Twitter agrees with them, making it not such a free and open platform after all.
But that’s just social media. Certainly the very foundations of our governmental and economic systems couldn’t be affected. The Venezuelan-born actress disagrees.
"You guys think this can't happen to you, I've heard it so many times. But always be on guard. Never believe something can't happen to you. You've got to defend your country and your society or it will be destroyed," Rogliani warned, and recalled that she had received similar warnings herself.
"We didn't believe it could happen to us. Most Venezuelans — Cubans warned us — and we were like, 'This is Venezuela, we know about freedom. That's not going to happen here.' Yet it happened. And there are literally a lot of people wanting to destroy the U.S."
We’d received a similar warning 71 years ago by the late British author George Orwell in his dystopian novel "1984."
"Every book has been rewritten," Orwell wrote, "every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered . . . History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
Orwell’s 1984 prediction is starting to take place now — just 36 years late — giving added importance to November’s election.
What will we vote for: Freedom or servitude? The red pill or the blue pill?
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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