*Various iconoclasts have made a list of several hundred Confederate memorials to be trashed. Does that include the statue at the courthouse in Palmyra, Missouri, that honours the 13 civilians brutally and illegally massacred by Union soldiers? Or the monument in Front Royal, Virginia, to Mosby’s men who were illegally executed? Or the monument at New Market, Virginia, to two soldiers who were murdered in June, 1865, by Union soldiers after they had surrendered?
*After 9/11 we had to have passenger searches at airports. Because of protests by Mideasterners and Arabs against “profiling,” everybody has to be searched, including little old ladies in wheel chairs who are 10th generation Americans. Now it has always seemed to me that if these Muslims are really loyal American citizens, they would patriotically volunteer for profiling as an efficient measure to help save the lives of their fellow Americans. That would be a natural and expected act of real patriotism that would greatly please our Founding Fathers.
*Whatever happened to shame? Homosexuals may or may not be responsible for their condition. But what could possibly make somebody parade and proclaim this in the streets? Did they not have mothers to tell them how to behave in public and what should be kept private? Apparently mothers like that now only exist among Southerners and traditional Christians.
*American history is being attacked and shredded in a multitude of ways and places. A national history reflects the people whose history it is. Maybe the problem is that American people are now something other than what they used to be. Why should somebody whose people landed at Ellis Island in 1938, much less the new “American” from Mexico or Somalia care anything about Valley Forge, Gettysburg, or Iwo Jima?
*Many pointless and needless atrocities have been inflicted on the Islamic world by the U.S. government, especially since 9/11. The blowback from these ignorant and incompetent actions of our rulers will never cease and will threaten your and my grandchildren.
*Another atrocity is the brain drain inflicted upon Asia, and particularly India. Such a country desperately needs all of its educated people. But we find our President glorifying taking such people from their countries to benefit American “excellence.” At a time when Europe was a stratified society with insufficient opportunities for the talented, we did the world and ourselves a favour by taking in such people. That is no longer the case. Besides, what kind of “American” patriotism can we expect from people who abandoned their own country for a few dollars more. The false and dangerous ideas of the Melting Pot and “America as an idea” are wreaking havoc to our society, with more to come.
*Nothing is more indicative of historical ignorance and the diseased state of our public discourse than the campaign for “reparations.” Let’s save that for another day.
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