We know better, perhaps we know everything today… we of the information age, with the world at our fingertips have all the answers. Science, literature, culture…even history can be changed by our definitive grasp of what is right, just, and true. Previous generations were naive, exploitative, and selfish. Now with the benefit of hindsight which grows from our superior comprehension of morality and intellectual prowess; we can right the wrongs, free the oppressed, and expunge the perpetrators from our collective memory. This kind of thinking will be the end of our republic if we allow it to permeate our society.
So, as pseudo-intellectuals Don Lemon and Ashleigh Banfield… openly discuss destroying the Jefferson memorial in front of millions of viewers, the seeds of our downfall are planted. Willingly equating the memory of Thomas Jefferson with the deranged ramblings of a homicidal maniac, Lemon used the worst kind of moral relativism to justify “that discussion.” Destroying our history is an acceptable remedy to those who know so little about it.
Jefferson is frustratingly complex and it is easier to… simplify his transgressions- he owned slaves, therefore he must be bad. We recognize the horrors of slavery today- but this doesn’t satisfy the new generation of moral police. Regardless of what Jefferson did for our country, he owned slaves and that was wrong. They believe America’s true greatness exists in spite Jefferson. Our Creed did not need articulated apparently- and the thousands of freedom fighters throughout history who have spat Jefferson’s words at tyrants- they would have found them on their own.
It may start with the Confederate flag… but this movement to radically alter our history will continue. Narrow minded academics like Paul Finkelman will fan the flames of discontent and dangerous media pundits will use tragedy to rally the uninformed to their nefarious cause.
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