What do today’s ‘woke’ movement and authoritarian regimes have in common? Aside from everything else is the wiping clean of all historical memory so they can rewrite it with something different.
With their latest vote in the house, the Democrats have set the stage for the official erasure of history to continue marching forward. In this particular instance, it provoked a brief accidental moment of genuine moral clarity.
All of the people being canceled for being racial bigots had something in common… their party affiliation.
The House of Representatives voted 285-120 in favor of a bill that would remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
…Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana insisted that statues of former President George Washington would be targeted next.
“Unfortunately, Democrats, animated by the Critical Race Theory concepts of structural racism, microaggressions, and a United States based solely on white supremacy, have chosen to remove statues that underscore the failures of our pre-1861 Constitution,” Rosendale said in a statement. “Make no mistake, those who won the West and George Washington are next.”
A similar resolution passed in the House last year but did not advance in the Senate, which was controlled by Republicans at the time. McCarthy voted in favor of both measures but on Tuesday noted that the statues that would be removed under the legislation were of people who had been members of the Democratic Party. He then accused modern Democrats of racism.
“All of the statues being removed by this bill are statutes of Democrats,” McCarthy said from the House floor. “Today, the Democratic Party has doubled down on what I consider this shameful history by replacing the racism of the past with the racism of the critical race theory.”
…Besides requiring the removal of any statues of people who fought for the Confederacy, the legislation also mandates the removal of several other statues associated with white supremacy. The replacement of a bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that found Black people were not American citizens, is a key provision. —NewsWeek
While replacing the bust of the guy who gave us the Dred Scott decision with the first black judge to serve on the Supreme Court isn’t by itself going to make anyone lose sleep, there is another issue involved that could make an interested observer raise concerns. That other issue has nothing to do with names like Taney or Marshall, and everything to do with the modern manifestation of ‘cancel culture’ that serves as the engine driving the erasure of our more unpleasant aspects of history.
The practice of nullifying history in general has always been a bad one because it robs people of their actual history, replaces it with whichever more acceptable propaganda the current regime finds useful for its political ambitions.
This same practice was, in fact, one of the critical plot points in Orwell’s famous novel ‘1984’ and the dangerous precedent that thinking sets can be very succinctly summed up in this historical image:
An anti-censorship site further explains:
The murder of rivals and former comrades was very often followed the removal of these “counter-revolutionaries” from photographs with scalpel and airbrush. At the same time, ordinary citizens, fearful of being in possession of banned material, defaced their copies books and photographs with scissors and India ink. King’s book offers a contrast between the original photographs alongside their doctored counterparts, for a chilling look into one of darkest periods in history.
…“Propaganda did not work just on what was shown; it worked also on what was omitted. Stalin was a master of this. Long before the advent of Photoshop, technicians in Russia manipulated photos so much that they became outright lies. David King, in The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia, wrote that during the Great Purges, in the 1930s, ‘a new form of falsification emerged. The physical eradication of Stalin’s political opponents at the hands of the secret police was swiftly followed by their obliteration from all forms of pictorial existence’. The book highlights classic cases of ‘now you see me, now you don’t’. It includes series of images featuring the same backdrops but with rotating casts, depending on who was or wasn’t in favour at the time.” —IndexOnCensorship
It’s all well and good for elected Republicans to get their digs in on those racist Democats, ha ha ha, but in so doing are we setting precedents that will be hard to oppose when their history-nullification movement hits full stride and tries to take a cue from their genuine historical mentors like Stalin and Mao?
As the saying goes, be careful what you ask for.
You might just get it. Or can none of them really see how this ‘virtuous’ story fits with this one: WTF? National Archives’ Racism Task Force Calls Artwork In Rotunda ‘Structural Racism’
Their team thinks in terms of the long game, and until our team does the same, we’ll keep giving up ground and wondering why we’re losing.
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by Doug Giles
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