(November 28, 2018) Academic historians are rewriting American history because the true story does not fit their agenda. Ninety-four percent of those admitting to a political affiliation are Democrats. Consequently, they envision an ever-stronger central government as the inevitable path to future public prosperity. Confident that the arc of history bends toward their ideology, their conception of the future is certain. Instead it is the past that they are always changing.
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The life of any historical figure that was out-of-step with today’s dominant academic interpretation must have his story rewritten. If commoners refuse to accept the new narrative, the professors try to erase the subject from history altogether by urging that the applicable memorials and statues be torn down. George Orwell presciently described such madness in the form of a political Party controlled by a fictional society’s elite in his novel, 1984:
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street, and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
There could hardly be a better depiction of the growing hostility toward Southern Heritage, particularly the Confederacy and her icons. In the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction, consider the number of history books rewritten, paintings removed, statues destroyed or defaced, flags retired, symbols banned, songs censored and street and school names changed over the last thirty years.
Finally, academia prohibits contrary viewpoints. The academic presses generally will not consider manuscripts providing favorable interpretations of Confederate leaders and soldiers—or unflattering ones of sacred Yankee cows. To the contrary, they increasingly seek compositions that discuss incremental reasons for condemning Southerners or elevating Northerners. Among academics, for example, Ulysses Grant is now ranked as the best commander of the Civil War while Lee’s reputation is hammered continuously with “new” disclosures attacking his character or military competence. Some even go so far as to blame Lee for Grant’s failure to promptly rescue his fallen between-the-lines Union soldiers under a truce flag after failed attacks on Rebel entrenchments at Vicksburg and Cold Harbor.
All of the above impacts our culture. The mainstream press and Hollywood pick it up. They constantly attack Southern culture with extremes. For example, recent press reports implied that the Mississippi’s Republican senatorial candidate was racist merely because she once donned a replica Confederate infantryman cap to promote the state’s Jefferson Davis tourist site. Apparently they believe that Davis is among the past figures who should be erased from history and should therefore be denied a memorial site. Similarly, they took the opportunity to suggest that President Trump was racist merely for suggesting that Robert E. Lee was a good military commander.
Excuse me while I go prep for a colonoscopy.