A woman called into Rush Limbaugh’s show yesterday (8/16/17). She complimented Rush on his show, says she listens often but pointed out that the real issue regarding the monuments is slavery. People are upset about these statues and monuments because of the history of slavery.
Rush made the important point that slavery and race are being used as ideological wedges for a more sinister end. Every revolution begins with lofty concerns but most often ends in violence, bloodshed, loss of freedom, and long-term despotism — from the French Revolution to the Cuban Revolution and every revolution in between and since (China and Venezuela). David Chilton writes the following in Part One of his review summary of James H. Billington’s Fire in the Minds of Men:
In many ways, the French Revolution set precedents for those which were created in its image. Beginning ostensibly as a revolution for “democracy” in the name of “the People,” it soon revealed the irresistible drive toward centralization that is the hallmark of modern revolutions. The Reign of Terror, that eminently logical application of the Enlightenment, claimed 40,000 victims in 1793-94, but that was only to be the beginning. For, as the Revolution progressed, its leaders calmly calculated the number of citizens who would have to be exterminated, laying elaborate plans for the methodical liquidation of two-thirds of the population – more than sixteen million people (see Nesta Webster, The French Revolution: A Study inDemocracy, 1919, 423-429)…. The search for revolutionary simplicity required the destruction of the complex fabric of Christian civilization, the dissolution of the many estates into one unitary State, the substitution of slogans for thought. Tied to belief in a secular salvation, radical simplicity led to violence: a ritual of blood atonement, providing deliverance through destruction (cf. Otto Scott, Robespierre: The Voice of Virtue, 1974).
Democrats don’t really care about blacks. They need them as victims. If victims ever get rescued, then the power base of the Party disappears. That’s why programs have been developed by the Democrat Party to keep the majority of poor whites and blacks down economically. Republicans get sucked into the charade because they do not want to be perceived as “racist,” so they go along with these programs. But there’s always a new program developed in terms of “you’re a racist if you don’t vote for it.”
What has the Martin Luther King holiday or naming streets and schools after him ever done for blacks? I heard former UN Ambassador Andrew Young ask a similar question yesterday. Anyone who spoke against these symbolic efforts would immediately be labeled a racist. The Democrats know this, so they continue to bait conservatives with these meaningless gestures while growing the power and reach of government. Will removing any of these edifices of our nation’s past (including, it seems, Mount Rushmore and Stone Mountain) lead to the advance of a single black person in the United States? No, but it will embolden the social revolutionaries.