There’s been a very concentrated effort by the Left to re-write our history, especially those parts that don’t fit the current narrative or just aren’t “convenient” enough for the PC crowd.
Before going into specific examples, it’s important to understand that such efforts are not new, especially with authoritarian, totalitarian forms of political movements and governments.
History offers a lot of examples. The desire to erase the bad stuff from your country’s history goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. More than one Pharaoh who fell out of favor with the people had their statues and other likenesses defaced. Rather than admit they had a bad ruler, the people tried to completely erase the historical record. It might have worked for a bit during that time period, but thanks to dedicated archeologists throughout the years, the memory of bad rulers eventually will surface.
The French Revolution of the early 1800’s was no exception. When even the leaders of the revolution fell out of favor, they too were erased. Only during that time, the erasure was done with the guillotine.
Moving into the 20th century, Stalinist Russia is perhaps the best example of the rewriting of history. Anyone who has even done a cursory study of that period has come across the photographic evidence of how Stalin would “erase” the memory of people who fell out of favor. Well before photoshop and digital photography existed, the Soviets were experts at removing the recently purged members of Stalin’s inner circle from the existing photo archives. Piss off Uncle Joe, and you were gone…and so were your likenesses in any “official” record.
Now granted, we’re not entirely blameless here. There’s a lot about our dealing with Native Americans and slaves that sometimes has been swept under the proverbial rug. But we’re a far more open society and we’ve pretty much made the effort to keep our failures public. It’s not always been complete, but for a good part of the latter portion of the last century, we were willing to discuss these problems within the historical context of their time.
But, that has changed. And it has changed because the Left is now in almost total control of the media and national education system. Political correctness is now more important than historical correctness. Whatever advances the anti-American narrative of the progressive/Democrat/communist agenda becomes the new “truth”.
This is being accomplished in several different ways. One of the best examples currently is the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in Lee Circle, as well as four other Confederate statues, is being removed. I guess this part of our history is so offensive a simple statue will “trigger” a snowflake into complete meltdown. Historical accuracy and truth be damned…. we just can’t have anyone be offended by their own country’s history.
A good example of changing the narrative while not necessarily changing history, is the current situation in New York City involving the Puerto Rican Day Parade, scheduled for Sunday, June 11. Oscar Lopez Rivera, a former F.A.L.N. member who was convicted for his role in several bombings by this terrorist group, will be marching in the parade. He was pardoned by Obama after serving 35 years of a 70-year sentence. Needless to say, this has caused an uproar with the NYPD and other groups. But, thanks to Comrade/Mayor DiBlasio, it’s cool to have a convicted terrorist help celebrate the Puerto Rican community’s civic pride. To do otherwise wouldn’t show proper “inclusiveness”, or “diversity”, or whateverness. Forget the fact that Rivera’s actions caused people to die. Doesn’t matter. Let’s re-write the narrative even as we speak.
And this, unfortunately, brings us up to the current situation caused by Islam in Manchester, England. Yet another bombing at the hands of Islam, this time at an Ariana Grande concert, that took the lives of 22 people (the youngest 8 years old) and injured over 100. Of course, all the anti-American, celebrity scum has temporarily escaped their gated safe spaces to display a public hard-on for Islam. Let’s all have open borders and show love for every immigrant, even as that “immigrant” is trying to cut your head off. Let’s completely ignore the 1400-year long blood lust that is Islam.
I’m personally sickened to even hear about Islam, especially here in the U. S. It has no place in western civilization.
It’s a lie that it’s a religion “of peace”.
It’s a lie to destroy or cover up parts of our own history that might not be too pleasant.
It’s a lie to believe that our government is the solution to our problems.
And it’s a lie for Christians to buy into the notion that we have to be “sheep to the slaughter” and not fight back.
It’s a lie to hide the truth, no matter how unpleasant.
Christ Himself dealt with this in Matthew 16:21-23. To paraphrase this portion of scripture, what He’s talking about here is this: In this passage Christ was starting to prepare his disciples for the coming events of his crucifixion. He had told them he had to go up to Jerusalem, there to suffer, be killed and then rise on the third day. Peter, however, freaked out and actually rebuked the Lord and told Him that it would not be, it couldn’t happen.
Christ’s response? “Get behind me Satan; thou art an offense unto me…”
Notice here that Christ didn’t address Peter but Satan. Why? Because the truth of what Christ had to do, as unpleasant as it appeared, was part of “the things of God.” Satan didn’t want the truth told, being the father of lies.
Ignoring the truth is to lie. No matter how unpleasant, or unfortunate, or politically incorrect.
It is completely of the Devil and un-Christian to ignore the truth. And it can get you killed.