By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A year ago, according to James S. Robbins, a Pentagon official during George W. Bush’s administration and author of the book “Erasing America,” quoted POTUS Donald Trump opining that the American Left would never be satisfied with simply pulling down Confederate monuments.
No, the president said in 2017, Leftists would eventually adopt overt efforts to actually memory hole our founders, our traditions and our culture.
“Is it George Washington next week” he said, “and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Noted Robbins: “Liberal historians tut-tutted at the president for even suggesting such an absurdity.”
Well, it turns out that our president, once again, was exactly right.
Despite all of the contributions to and sacrifices for our country made by Thomas Jefferson, the city of Charlottesville, Va., and Americans in general — including the drafting of the Declaration of Independent, founding one of the world’s foremost academic institutions, the University of Virginia, and eventually becoming secretary of state, vice president and president, the city government voted Monday to unrecognize his birthday as a holiday.
According to NBC 29, “councilors voted late Monday, July 1, to remove April 13 from the city’s holiday schedule.” So that government officials can still have a paid day off, however,, the city has added March 3 as “Liberation and Freedom Day” to “commemorate the day U.S. troops officially emancipated enslaved people in Charlottesville following the end of the Civil War.”
Supporters of the decision like Ben Doherty say that the decision “will be a big step towards more accurately presenting the history of Charlottesville and recognizing the importance and value of the lives of the black residents who made up the majority of the population in the city and county at the time of the Civil War.”
Critics have a far different view, of course.
“He [Jefferson] was the nation’s first secretary of state, he was the second vice president of the United States, he was the third president of the United States,” Scott Warner said in a statement. “With all of these incredible accomplishments it’s inconceivable for our area not to honor his birthday as a holiday.”
Robbins reminds us:
Much of the self-flagellation over these issues has arisen because Democrats are at war with their own history. Southern slavery, Jim Crow and segregation were Democratic institutions. Democrats elevated Confederate memory, and now they are erasing it. The statue of Robert E. Lee that the city of Dallas took down in 2017 was unveiled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, who said at the time that “all over the United States” Lee was recognized as “one of our greatest American Christiansand one of our greatest American gentlemen.” If a Democrat said that today they would be given a beat-down in the name of tolerance.
The ‘original sin’ of slavery has long been vanquished — by war and by constitutional amendment. Other societal ills and mistakes like voting rights and equality have also been addressed by the very manner in which men like Jefferson betrothed to us via the genius of our Constitution.
But to the American Left, none of our history or societal ailments can ever be ‘fixed,’ so instead must be torn from its founding and reimagined instead.
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