America’s identity is in danger of being destroyed before our very eyes.
Alt-left activists on the streets, in academia, the media, and government wantonly assault the physical touch stones supporting our nation’s civic culture. There is no turning back from chaos if the connective fabric of our society vanishes.
America is unique. It is a country based upon ideas. It is not a nation based on geography, language, or tribe. Our historic sites and markers ground us in who we are, and why we are.
History is about collective memory and frames of reference. Statues and historic sites are there to commemorate and remind — not to celebrate. Knowing and discussing our origins is fundamental to a civic culture where shared values hold us together. Civil dialogue with those we disagree is the structure allowing our institutions, our communities, and ourselves to exist.
The U.S. Constitution is about forming "a more perfect union." This means America is always a work in progress. The Constitution itself is the greatest "rules of engagement" for collective action that has ever been written. Looking beyond ourselves reaffirms our nation and our individual and collective roles in it.
Recent actions erasing history are unraveling our civic fabric. For one group to anoint itself as morally entitled to determine what should be saved and what should be destroyed is the very essence of tyranny and fanaticism.
Humans have attempted to alter collective memory since competing Pharaohs chiseled away Cartouches and defaced hieroglyphs. Carthage was destroyed, Rome was sacked.
Mongol hordes obliterated cities along the Silk Road. Islamic hordes burned the Library of Alexandria. Vikings ravaged monasteries and burned centuries old manuscripts.
Cromwell’s Puritan army smashed stained glass windows in countless churches.
World history has been saved by those who transcended their immediate impulse for destruction. Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella calmed their Christian fervor when they saw the wonder of the Alhambra. Napoleon’s armies avoided destroying European cities and towns during nearly 20 years of war.
The 20th century saw a disturbing shift in how history was viewed. The rise of Communism and Nazism led to intentionally obliterating history on a strategic scale.
Worse, the followers of these dogmas made fabricating history a priority. Destroying reality and then faking an alternative became one of the greatest threats to civilization. Cultural treasures were lost to the ages as the Nazi’s raped Europe, the Soviets raped Eastern Europe, and Mao’s minions unleashed their Cultural Revolution.
The 21st century has brought a new wave of Islamic hordes whose primary mission is to destroy anything, and anyone, not sufficiently promoting their fanaticism. From the Taliban blowing up thousand year old Buddhist statues, to ISIS smashing the Tomb of Abraham and leveling Palmyra; erasure of irreplaceable historic sites and artifacts has known no bounds.
Alt-left vandalism against statues they deem offensive is now threatening America. The chorus of alt-left commentators from the media, academia, and politics has woven a tapestry of excuses justifying official and unofficial destruction and desecration.
America’s Civil War was complex and controversial in its genesis, conduct, and aftermath.
Our Civil War tore apart families, friends, communities, and the nation. It killed 2.5 percent of the U.S. population and impacted all who lived during the war. Its ramifications ripple through America to this day. The nuances of 21st century American voting patterns, politics, law, culture, and language are better understood, the more one delves into Civil War history.
Arrogance and ignorance are fueling the current wave of mayhem. The alt-left's clarion call for ridding America of racist southern symbols becomes indecipherable babble when people torch a bust of Abraham Lincoln, spray paint the Lincoln Memorial, attack a Joan of Arc statue, and deface statues of Catholic saints.
There is clearly more going on.
Fanaticism is all about intolerance and silencing opponents. It is all about indoctrination and erasing individualism. Fanatics are not satisfied until they completely destroy independent thought. Their dream is a "hive mind" — thinking and acting as one.
Like Bumble bees, alt-left, Islamic Terrorists, and Communists want to anoint one leader who is all powerful, surrounded by blind devotion. Their goal is the end of civilization, the end of humankind as we know it.
The alt-left and its supporters, have this bigger goal in mind.
George Orwell, in "1984," a socialist who grew to understand the threat of tyranny, sent us a timeless warning, "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
Scot Faulkner is the best-selling author of: "Naked Em perors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution." He also served as the first chief administrative officer of the U.S. House, and was director of personnel for the Reagan campaign and went on to serve in the presidential transition team and on the White House staff. During the Reagan administration, he held executive positions at the FAA, the GSA, and the Peace Corps. Read more of Scot Faulker, Go Here Now.
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