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Political Correctness and Revisionism

The pragmatism of fools.

by Michael H. Thomson
January 10, 2007

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Political Correctness and Revisionism

There is a general trend among the intelligentsia in this country to make Americans ashamed of certain acts and characters in our history. It is if these same fools could go back in time, rewrite events, and create people who met their fluid standards of political correctness. One such attempt that still reverberates even in 2007 is the vilification of Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus has been held responsible by the politically correct crowd for slavery, racism, genocide and the destruction of the environment.   The truth is, although the politically correct cannot accept it, that Christopher Columbus was a product of his time. There can be no rewriting of that, it just is. If someone else had landed in the West Indies in 1492 results and methods would have been roughly the same. Unsuspecting natives would have been forced into Christianity and slavery, and Western European values would have dominated the primitives.

Another character vilified unmercifully by the politically correct, and stupid, is Andrew Jackson. Jackson is condemned for moving the Indian population (notice I didn't say Native American) from the southern Appalachians and southern Indian territories to Oklahoma. Again, I ask, can this be rewritten? It happened, just as the internment of American born Japanese during World War II happened.

Just recently on National People's Radio, as I prefer to call National Public Radio, humorist Garrison Keillor made note of the January 8, 1815 victory of Andrew Jackson over the British in New Orleans at Chalmette Plantation. Keillor tried to defuse the impact of Jackson 's victory by reminding the listening audience that the British and Americans had signed the Treaty of Ghent – which effectively ended the war – two weeks earlier. Given the British's history with the early colonies, do you suppose, if they had won the battle instead of Jackson , that they would have honored the treaty? I think not.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently held a conference in Tehran where the conferees gathered for one purpose – the denial of the Holocaust. A Jewish hoax they say. This is the ultimate of political correctness/revisionism.

If I hear one more comparison of the Iraq War to World War II, I think I will puke. There is no comparison. In World War II, we had  millions of citizens under arms. There was a national commitment to winning. Almost everyone had a close relative wearing a uniform. The American people knew that if we didn't win the war that either, Hitler or Hideki Tojo or possibly both, would eventually have our kids learning mandatory German or Japanese.  Al Qaeda and radical Islam are a serious threat, no doubt, but as threats go, they pale in comparison to other outside threats this nation faces - or has faced in the past.

Unchecked illegal immigration is already threatening our culture. The ongoing invasion of millions of illegals will have longer lasting effect on our government and institutions than any threat posed by Islamists. Then there is China...

Our government and administrations, which include two Bush's and a Clinton, have appeased the economic invasion of the Chinese. They have flooded our markets, bought up our treasury notes, and contributed their own number to the illegal immigrant invasion that is ongoing.

It is time for American's and our representative politicians to start looking at the world as it really is and to focus our efforts in effectively dealing with problems that if ignored could hasten the demise of the American Dream. Historical Revisionism and political correctness will eventually turn that dream into a nightmare. 



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Brooks Gardner from Mebane, NC writes:
January 19, 2007
Much of the time your comment are right on target, but this article was not. I don’t know why. However, I do know that your comments are unfounded. I conscience teaches me to hate the sin, but love the sinner. Therefore, I will continue to look open mindedly at our history and make judgments based on my belief system.

Your use of the word fools is insensitive and callous. I never let my children, Boy Scouts, or students use the word. Your comment about the fools who set their fluid standards of political correctness troubles me much because it appears that you are calling historians fools. It seems to me that when studying history that we must equate historical figures against some standard that we equate to. I don’t see that this is attempting to rewrite history. It seems that it is merely a study of an historical figure of some significance and bears study.

You also condemn those who believe that Jackson was wrong in his political choice of removal of indigenous Americans to the west. You fail to see the history of these tribes and their efforts to be apart of the American scene and their educated attempt to settle differences. You also see that it was an economic decision when gold was discovered on there lands. You fail to note that the Cherokees of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina had a very sophisticated form of government and road system. No, this history cannot be rewritten but it can be studied. Just because it happened, doesn’t make it right. The internment of Japanese-American people during WWII was also wrong, but no comparison with the Trail of Tears.

You comment about Garrison Keillor was out of place, just because it seems that your desire to put Mr. Keillor down was more important. I heard his comment about Jackson’s victory two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed. I didn’t see it as an attempt to defuse the impact of Jackson’s victory. I saw it as an attempt to poke fun at our past and the difficulty of communication at the time. Would Jackson have fought the British, if he had known of the Treat of Ghent, I don’t think so.

I think you should be ashamed of this column, Michael.

Michael H. Thomson from Paeonian Springs, Va writes:
January 19, 2007
It seems I always get harsh criticism when I attack liberal philosophies and liberal icons. I've criticized George W. Bush and the neo-cons much harsher than my opinions expressed in this article. I confess, Brooks, my words bite, but I'm not going to change them...Call the Liberal complaint department!

D. Mazdahi from Oakland, California writes:
January 22, 2007
Your article is absolutely on target. I think our historians (depending on where they received their graduate degrees) are the worst revisionists of all. They've certainly got it wrong on Middle Eastern history!

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