Is it not a little odd that people today are getting praise and profit from declaring themselves against slavery, which ended more than a century and a half and five or six generations ago? Such people, of course, use “slavery” as a weaponised word. They have no knowledge, understanding, or interest in what life was actually like for black and white Americans in past times.
Heaven knows, Donald Trump has his defects, but he is at least a recognisable American man. Joe Biden is---and always has been---a mannikin without any intellectual or moral substance. Americans, lifelong victims of advertising, have only an adolescent aptitude for judging the character of potential leaders. Else Biden would never have risen beyond city council.
Speaking of character, if Americans had any judgment Anthony Fauci would never have become a celebrity and a guru. Just a little observation reveals that he is a bad man, the kind of corrupt and self-serving official that historically always appears in degenerating governments. Americans and our press never ask obvious questions. What did this man ever do to deserve his high position? Why is he still exercising power 15 years after retirement age?
Am I the only one who sees the futility of protesting the ongoing destruction of American history we are experiencing? That is the history of a declining people. A new people needs a new history to justify their rule. We have had a President for eight years who had a foreign father. We have a Vice-President with two foreign parents and many top people today have similar backgrounds. Why should they care about the history of old Americans? Their only use for history, since they have no memorable accomplishments of their own, is as a weapon against the former ruling people because of their alleged past evils. The America of Washington and Adams, even of Eisenhower and Reagan, no longer exists and its history is alien to our present rulers.
11/26/2021 07:12:38 am
Dr. Wilson, have you read Antony Esolen's latest piece over at crisis magazine website in which he states that slavery was a sin and Lincoln was right when he said the Union can't be half slave and half free?
11/27/2021 06:42:28 am
Yes, the same "conservative" also just wrote in Chronicles a really stupid piece about how Southern elites pushed around, oppressed, and persecuted poor Southern white people. He know absolutely nothing about American history. These late arrivals also think being good Yankees makes them good Americans
11/27/2021 07:10:49 am
That's a pity because I really admire a lot of Mr. Esolen writes.
11/27/2021 07:24:21 am
Also, Mr. Esolen condemns ideological diversity, feminism, the so called sex revolution, egalitarianism. But I just finds it strange that he would attack the old south for slavery and praise "Honest Abe".
12/1/2021 09:46:26 pm
Perhaps there is some confusion between Anthony Esolen and Alexander Riley. I believe the latter wrote the Chronicles article mentioned by Dr. Wilson.
11/27/2021 08:48:07 am
I have often hoped that White Southerners would come to their senses an see that conservatives are the loyal opposition to progressives. Slavery is the beloved wipping boy of men who do not know Holly Scripture. Most of these people are cultural christians or other haters of God. Can't people see politics won't save us.
11/30/2021 01:34:35 am
EQUITY is the mandate these days. Therefore, those with a heritage must be repudiated for the sake of equity with those who have none, even to the point where those who know their own father are to be branded as "elitists." The results are writ large in government, where the Statesmen of old are replaced by what Thomas Carlyle in his Latter-Day Pamphlets called "carcasses of drowned asses floating nowhither upon the mud-deluge."
12/2/2021 06:42:32 am
And let us not forget Mark David Hall's silly pieces in Chronicles which glorifies the pilgrim/puritan voyage to America and absurdly attacks the ante bellum south for slavery. Is there any wonder why the left triumphs today.
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Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews