If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?

By Pat Buchanan

 James Alex Fields Car Attack
A Dodge Charger driven by 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters.
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.

Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue of whether Robert E. Lee's statue should be removed from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park.

With Heyer's death, the brawl was elevated to a moral issue. And President Donald Trump's initial failure to denounce the neo-Nazi and Klan presence was declared a moral failure.

How did we get here, and where are we going?

In June of 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof gunned down nine Christians at an evening Bible study in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. A review of Roof's selfies and website showed him posing with the Confederate battle flag.

Gov. Nikki Haley, five years in office, instantly pivoted and called for removal of the battle flag from the Confederate war memorial on the State House grounds, as a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past.”

This ignited a national clamor to purge all statues that lionize Confederate soldiers and statesmen.

In Maryland, demands have come for removing statues and busts of Chief Justice Roger Taney, the author of the Dred Scott decision. Statues of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson, President Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee have been pulled down in New Orleans.

After Charlottesville, pressure is building for removal of the statues of Lee, Jackson, Davis and Gen. “Jeb” Stuart from historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, capital of the Confederacy.

Many Southern towns, including Alexandria, Virginia, have statues of Confederate soldiers looking to the South. Shall we pull them all down?

And once all the Southern Civil War monuments are gone, should we go after the statues of the slave owners whom we Americans have heroized?

Gen. George Washington and his subordinate, “Light Horse Harry” Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, were slave owners, as was Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and Andrew Jackson. Five of our first seven presidents owned slaves, as did James K. Polk, who invaded and annexed the northern half of Mexico, including California.

Jefferson, with his exploitation of Sally Hemings and neglect of their children, presents a particular problem. While he wrote in the Declaration of Independence of his belief that “all men are created equal,” his life and his depiction of Indians in that document belie this.

And Jefferson is both on the face of Mount Rushmore and has a memorial in the U.S. capital.

Another term applied to the “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville is that they are “white supremacists,” a mortal sin to modernity. But here we encounter an even greater problem.

Looking back over the history of a Western Civilization, which we call great, were not the explorers who came out of Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and England all white supremacists?

They conquered in the name of the mother countries all the lands they discovered, imposed their rule upon the indigenous peoples, and vanquished and eradicated the native-born who stood in their way.

Who, during the centuries-long discovery and conquest of the New World, really believed that the lives of the indigenous peoples were of equal worth with those of the colonizers?

They believed European Man had the right to rule the world.

Beginning in the 16th century, Western imperialists ruled much of what was called the civilized world. Was not the British Empire, one of the great civilizing forces in human history, a manifestation of British racial superiority?

And if being a segregationist disqualifies one from being venerated in our brave new world, what do we do with Woodrow Wilson, who thought “Birth of a Nation” a splendid film and who re-segregated the U.S. government?

In 1955, Prime Minister Churchill, imperialist to the core, urged his Cabinet to consider the slogan, “Keep England White.”

Nor is a belief in the superiority of one's race, religion, tribe and culture unique to the West. What is unique, what is an experiment without precedent, is what we are about today.

We have condemned and renounced the scarlet sins of the men who made America and embraced diversity, inclusivity and equality.

Our new America is to be a land where all races, tribes, creeds and cultures congregate, all are treated equally, and all move ever closer to an equality of results through the regular redistribution of opportunity, wealth and power.

We are going to become “the first universal nation.”

“All men are created equal” is an ideological statement. Where is the scientific or historic proof for it? Are we building our utopia on a sandpile of ideology and hope?

Nevertheless, on to Richmond!

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 51 thoughts on “If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?

    1. Question… While they are tearing down all of the statues , what about the name Robert Byrd ? His name is plastered on everything. He was the biggest persecutors of the black race there was. He was a high ranking member of the KKK.
      Shouldn’t his name be stripped off of everything?

    2. They were traitors to America and the Constitution. There is nothing they did to memorialize. They fraught to preserve the bondage of others based on there race and to disband what our Founding Fathers put together. Can you name any other country that has memorials to the losing side of a war? Should we also erect monuments to General Santa Anna for his role in the Mexican American War? How about a monument to Ho Chi Minh? If your answer is, “Of course not!” then why have monuments to these traitors?

      A decedent of a Confederate Solder.

      1. Speaking as an Arlington resident who has been to Arlington house many times. Arlington Cemetery was created as a GIANT F U to Lee. They wanted him to pay for turning his back on the Union so they seized his home and started burying Union Solders on the grounds so he would never return.

        1. Tomcat 14 you have a right to your opinion and we have a right to our opinion. I was born and raised in the midwest so I was not a southerner. I now live in the south and am very glad I made that change twenty some years ago. I will not change my position that those statues are part of our history and were put up during historical times. You can not bleach bit our history even though liberals won’t teach our history because it may hurt some snowflake’s feelings. It is our history and wiping it out won’t change it. Get over it and leave well enough alone. It is not worth spilling more blood over.

          1. Slavery was an abomination. It is long passed. The Civil War or War Between The States ended a long time ago also, for those who hadn’t noticed, and perhaps would like to see Round 2 thereof, no doubt fought by others, others being anyone but themselves.

            The destruction of statues or monuments, whichever you prefer, such as has been recently seen, is a criminal act and should be treated as such. You can put as much lipstick on a pig as you like, it remains a pig.

            Governing bodies that ignore this fact are, respecting the compensation they receive, no better than common thieves , which by the way, is what they are, just possibly better dressed.

            At this point, enough said, thanks for your attention.

          2. They are not a part of our history. They were installed by raciest to repress African Americans. They were instaled during Jim Crow. Lee wanted there to be no memorials so why have them? And If we are preserving all of this “history” Where are the monuments to all the slaves that were brutalized in the south? Or the Native Americans that fought to keep there land? When those statues go up. The Confederate ones can stay.

            A decedent of a Confederate Solder.

    3. It is not about changing thought or rewriting history. Many want to rewrite history e.g. that the Holocaust did not occur or that people were killed in fewer numbers, etc. Removing Civil War statutes and changing park names (most of which were created during the era of Jim Crow) will not (and should no) do that. Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis are historical figures just as Stalin, Lenin and Hitler. These individuals should be taught about in schools and museums. Indeed, I would be upset if they were not taught about. I am simply saying that I do not feel the need to memorialize and glorify these individuals at the expense of my fellow Americans with statutes, parks, etc. any more than I would expect Germans to memorialize Hitler with a statute or to name a school or park after him. Put there likeness in a text book and his statute in a museum where it belongs so that we never forget our history. This isn’t a Democratic or Republican sentiment. The South lost the war. Whether they were pro states rights or pro slavery or a little of both, their ideology was defeated because it was wrong – certainly wrong by modern standards. Time for the rest of us to grow up and move on.

      1. Using this logic, it is a very short step to rationalizing plowing up cemeteries all across America where white Americans are at rest … by default, racist white Americans. We see no similar condemnation of black racists, like Louis Farrakhan or Maxine Waters. You can try all day to have it both ways, but you fail.

        1. Do you see statutes or or schools or parks named for Farrakhan or Maxine Waters? Neither do I. I suspect many would be up in arms if this occurred. That does that mean we should write them out of the history books? Of course not. I just do not believe we should be celebrating Civil War “heroes” who fought against the winning side of that conflict. And NCKen, if is not a “short step” from plowing up cemeteries where (I assume you mean) soldiers from the Confederacy are buried.

      2. When those were put up with private funds on State grounds they became property of those states. I don’t care if you’re butt hurt looking at a statue of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson – this is America and you have the freedom to look the other way, or better yet go to some other park. Yes the South lost that war, but some of the principles they fought for were, and are valid today – such as government over reach, and other states telling them how to live when they are at home. You cannot look at what they did through today’s views, you have to go back to that time and study up on what was lawful and not lawful. It is NOT time for us to forget our history (warts and all ) but rather time for you and your type to pick up a few history books and research it for yourselves, not just believe what some educator told you just because they were either forced to by the curriculum, or because you thought they were “cool” and therefore must be right.

        1. VE Vet, very good as stated. Many people agree with you. Look at the number of people that attend Trump’s gatherings.They are proof. The other side is George Orwell’s 1984 or current Latin America. We must keep that from happening here and we are capable if necessary. My oath from 1962 has not expired.

      3. It is thought control in action. You have to think according to the leftist scenario, and it is ok to commit violent acts and destroy what ever is in your path to get that way. If the target’s white, violence is alright.
        Politicians want to get elected so they don’t let the police prevent ongoing crime. Soon you will see politicians at the scene leading the chanting, with a hand on the rope pulling down statutes.
        The battle will be won and lost at the primary elections.

      4. @David s, It is all about changing thought. Do you see them tearing down statues of Fredrick Douglas? Someone is pushing the notion that violence agains white people is ok. And the destruction of white people’s property is ok. And a nation designed by white people should be destroyed. There is no use denying it, you can see it on TV every day.
        Oh, and the South lost due to logistical shortfall, not because their ideology was wrong. Time for the rest of us to defend ourselves.

        1. I went to Law School with Hugo Black’s great grandson in Tallahassee. Nice guy. I suspect his politics differ from those of his family member. I sure hope so. Your comment that people are trying to destroy a nation “designed by white people” shows that I am attempting to have.a logical conversation with bigots and racists. Are you afraid that the big black boogy man is going to take away your white privilege because they seek the same benefits and rights that you have. Poor little snowflake. Blame others for your perceived inequality. I sincerely hope that you and those who share your views figure it out one day.

    4. The real issue is if this is today’s actions by some -WHAT is next on their list of items to be removed from public places or history books!?!? History is not something that should be rewritten.its what happened and should be remembered. If these factions are after one thing today -doing this will only embolden them in further actions to influence what we are ALLOWED to see or read! Wrongheaded thinking I can judge for myself whether I think it’s good or bad! I don’t Need anyone forcing their views on me!!

    5. If you publically express a desire to preserve American history and all it’s symbols those on the ‘Left’ want to put you in a “Basket of Deplorables” containing racists, supremacists, Nazis and whatever else they want to label you.

    6. The difference that you seem to miss is that by maintaining Nazi death camps for people to see and visit, we are remembering the past so as not to repeat it. It is no different than displaying Nazi (or for that matter Civil War) memorabilia in a museum. I don’t think anyone (left or right) is suggesting that a museum should not display these objects in order to educate or remember out history. The difference between an educational display and what we are seeing now is that the statutes and parks at which people are protesting are meant to honor and celebrate Confederate “heroes” of the Civil War. Sorry, but Robert E. Lee is no hero. He led the loosing side in our Civil War and as such he should not be honored. Where else do we see the looser in a war get to celebrate its leaders with statutes, parks, schools and flags of the loosing side? If the South had won the war do you think those in the North should be permitted to do the same? The only reason that these people were honored is because following the civil war we (the winning side) allowed it to occur along with Jim Crow. It was not until the 1960’s that we as a nation began to enact legislation to end racial discrimination. Pat Buchanan is correct about one thing, white Europeans and their descendants did and to a large extent still do rule the world – economically, and politically. Are “we” to fall back upon this legacy now as an excuse for our continued celebration of Confederate War “heroes” in the South where many (most?) of its citizens view the celebration of these “heroes” as giving credence to their defeated ideology? Sorry, the South lost the Civil War over 150 years ago. Time to get over it.
      BTW-It is fine to have memorials to the sons and brothers who died in battle in the same way one can honor the sacrifice of German troops who died for that disgraceful cause, just not their leaders, military or political.

      1. @Dave S, Well… you can think that way if you want, but I choose to believe differently, and try as you might to change history and control thought, there is nothing that you can do about it.

        1. How is this trying to change history or control thought? Should the Germans have left a street named Adolph Hitler Strasse in Berlin after WWII? How about leaving the City of St, Petersburg named Stalingrad or Leningrad? Its just history after all. If you don’t like it, just turn away or ignore it. It’s just part of history. B.S. Confederate statutes need to be moved to museums and out of places of honor. It used to be ok to call someone a Ni—-. Well it isn’t any more. Just ignore it if you don’t like it. Tell that to a black man or woman. Times change. People (black and white) have the right to live in a society that does not honor those who fought for the loosing side of war in which the South, had it won, would have kept them as property. All those here who post that we are (I am) trying to “change history” or “control thought” or “take away my heritage” are just wrong. I say never forget the history. Teach it in school. Learn from it. The last thing I want is to forget it. I just do not think we should honor those who fought to disband our Union any more..

      2. David S,
        I apologize that it has taken me a while to respond to your posts.
        If you actually look back at history, you will find that the government and many parts of our society had started to become integrated in the years following the Civil War until Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, by the way, was elected President in 1912. He took office in 1913. As an Elitist, he absolutely hated the Constitution because he felt that it stood in the way of him governing the way he wanted. He was also an extreme racist and re-segregated the military and the government bureaucracy. He screened the movie “Birth of A Nation” which glorified the KKK in the White House.
        In actuality, having lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia, I don’t remember ever being attacked by a statue of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, P. G. T. Beauregard or any of the philosophies of the Confederacy although I heartily agree with States Rights as embodied in the Constitution of the United States.
        Also, if you look back in history, you will find that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 DID NOT cover the slaves in non-seceding states. Slaves were immediately set free in areas controlled by the Union Armies but even when the war ended early 1865, Northern slaves were not set free until the 13th Amendment was ratified in late 1865. ,
        If you do not believe that slavery cannot exist in the US today, you need not look any farther than the Democrat’s “Great Society” programs of the 1960s that completely destroyed the Black Middle Class and drove many Blacks into ghettos and poverty of the inner cities today.
        All Americans should be required to read the history of the United States because the is a lot of good AND a lot of bad. BUT, no matter the warts and hiccups, I do not see huge lines of people heading for the exits for other countries say, Russia, North Korea, any of the countries of Africa or the Middle East, Central or South America.

        1. Funny about your last .I hadn’t noticed an long lines of people seeking to leave the U.S., with all it’s warts. Matter of fact, there are long lines of people wanting to come here. Of course, there all those illegal entrants, visa overstays and such, all for some odd reason or reasons desirous of coming in or staying here. Funny, also spelled strange, isn’t it.

    7. The difference that you seem to miss is that by maintaining Nazi death camps for people to see and visit, we are remembering the past so as not to repeat it. It is no different than displaying Nazi (or for that matter Civil War) memorabilia in a museum. I don’t think anyone (left or right) is suggesting that a museum should not display these objects in order to educate or remember out history. The difference between an educational display and what we are seeing now is that the statutes and parks at which people are protesting are meant to honor and celebrate Confederate “heroes” of the Civil War. Sorry, but Robert E. Lee is no hero. He led the loosing side in our Civil War and as such he should not be honored. Where else do we see the looser in a war get to celebrate its leaders with statutes, parks, schools and flags of the loosing side? If the South had won the war do you think those in the North should be permitted to do the same? The only reason that these people were honored is because following the civil war we (the winning side) allowed it to occur along with Jim Crow. It was not until the 1960’s that we as a nation began to enact legislation to end racial discrimination. Pat Buchanan is correct about one thing, white Europeans and their descendants did and to a large extent still do rule the world – economically, and politically. Are “we” to fall back upon this legacy now as an excuse for our continued celebration of Confederate War “heroes” in the South where many (most?) of its citizens view the celebration of these “heroes” as giving credence to their defeated ideology? Sorry, the South lost the Civil War over 150 years ago. Time to get over it.
      BTW-It is fine to have memorials to the sons and brothers who died in battle in the same way one can honor the sacrifice of German troops who died for that disgraceful cause, just not their leaders, military or political.

    8. “Our new America is to be a land where all races, tribes, creeds and cultures congregate, all are treated equally, and all move ever closer to an equality of results through the regular redistribution of opportunity, wealth and power.”

      I disagree with this statement. The left’s, and many on the right wish to redistribute opportunity and wealth in a manner that will keep a bureaucracy the left’s leaders control in power.

    9. Don’t these cities have veteran’s parks? Veteran parks could and should have veterans from all wars where U S Grant could be next to Robert E Lee and the marines raising the flag. We have markers for Unknown as well.

    10. What is next – Statues of Martin Luther King? Jefferson Memorial? World War 1 or 2 statues or memorials – Vietnam Memorial? Gravestones? People – it is HISTORY!

      1. No its memorializing traitors and they should be torn down. History is in books, museums and at the battlefields that will remain sacred places. Memorials are commemoration. Memorials to traitors have no place here and should be torn down with all haste.

    11. They are trying to make the deathtoll look larger and caused by the alt right protestors if you watch the video. They say 3 dead including 2 state police like they were killed in the protestor clash or by the guy running everyone over. They fail to clarify that they died in a helicopter crash and the only thing about it related to the protests was that they were flying around during it.. so one person died in the protest violence and others were injured.. good old fact twisting media for you..

    12. It seems noteworthy to look at the phrase ‘ All men are created equal.’ All men ARE CREATED EQUAL. Beyond that
      moment of creation, each individual develops into their own unique person, unequal in many respects, equal only in some.
      If the writers of the constitution believed everyone was equal, I believe they would not have included the term ‘created’
      or owned slaves. While we are to expect to be treated equally under the laws of this great nation, all we have to do is to look around our communities to see that only sometimes that is true and too often it is not.

    13. Jay Dee is spot on, these SJWs just have relegate to socialism through Historical irradication…This is what our Educational system has produced. Empty Poisoned minds…

    14. The Leftists in this Nation and other Nations are attempting to eradicate our Western history in order to subjugate the United States and Europe to the “One World, Global Government” gang of elitists. China will most likely be next.
      History must be viewed through the eyes of those who lived in that particular time gone by and not from the safety of 241 years plus in the future.
      Are we going to completely destroy the history of the Aztecs, Incas and Toltecs who practiced slavery and human sacrifice?
      Are we going to completely ignore the history of many nations who did, and still do, practice slavery and abuse (sexual and otherwise) of those slaves?
      Winston Churchill said “Those who ignore history, are condemned to repeat it!”
      Where are we on the spectrum of the historical and political trash heap? Do we burrow in and bury our heads or do we use the combined human experience throughout the ages to make a better place for all men and women?

    15. Let see if the Jewish groups want to tear down the death camps that Hitler and the real nazis used, or do you think they would want to keep them as they are, to remember that terrible time for them in history, to remind everyone what can happen when a psychopath is in power. Maybe we should tear down the pyramids in Egypt because they were built on white slave labor. Let’s all take a look at ancient slave trades and see who was the slave and who was the master like the Barbary slave trade where black Arabs where enslaving whites.

      1. There are no statues of Hitler, Gobles or Ramal outside of Auschwitz, do you know why? THEY HAVE NO PLACE THERE!

        Signed the decedent of a Jewish Confederate solder.

    16. If no one speaks out against historical revisionism – the Socialists win. Had they have not shown up and started their dirty tricks to provoke reaction, it might’ve been a peaceful march. But you also have McAuliffe who is a died in the wool Socialist Democrat in power there, so it was okay for anything that made their side look aggrieved to happen. That way he could show those d*mn White Supremacists who is in charge. Break out the National Guard and put down anyone who speaks out against it. I have heard that the White Power people had applied and gotten a permit to march, and that the leftists didn’t (which made them the illegal people there), not that it matters as they now have their moral high ground. How can anyone say “Civil War Part Two” is not very close to being a reality?

    17. Actually, tearing down Civil War memorials allows contemporary Democrats to discreetly ignore the fact that the were the Confederacy. They were the party of slavery. The Klu Klux Klan was formed by the Democratic Party and the Democratic party was the source of Jim Crow laws. Today’s Democrats don’t want their useful idiots to realize that they are;
      1. Bringing back Jim Crow laws under the auspices of gun control and war on drugs.
      2. Bringing back segregation under the guise of identity politics.
      3. Bringing back the Klan but call them ANTIFA.
      4. Bringing back slavery under the guise of punishing student loans and heavy taxes to benefit the slave holding elite.
      The names and faces have changed. The game is still the same.

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