Pat Buchanan Asks "If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?"

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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!


Jim in MN order66 Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:36 Permalink

Pat leaves out the critical fact that in this future socialist gulag of Futopia, the Masters will still be multi-billionaires. Wholly exempt from this 'equality of results'.......nonsense.  That's for little folk like us. Let's keep the horrific corruption firmly in the forefront--because all of this budding Tyranny is really only to serve the corrupt overlords.  Progressives being the saddest, most hypocritical and deluded of all our new tribes.

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SafelyGraze Jim in MN Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:10 Permalink

get rid of the washingon monument and all the jefferson and lincoln stuffreplace them allwith statues of kingsenglish kingsspanish kingsportuguese kingsand queensall those treasonous colonists who rebelled against their loving monarchs should be purged from historyKing Charles MonumentKing George Memorialetchugs,the royal society of loving monarchs 

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Giant Meteor tmosley Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:48 Permalink

Strange, I don't recall Pat saying this was the only moral issue  ...Shit, he is simply offering yet another opinion, on the events at hand. God knows's, not much of that going on ..See, from my vantage point, the way I see it, for better or worse, I've got no dog in this hunt ..Fuck - Them-  AllAgi prop doesn't need my assistance ..What that means is, to my way of thinking,  .. there is no room, no need for, additional passionate, self righteous emotionalism, which frankly, is driving the present bus .. into the ground (or off the cliff if you prefer)And from what I can only surmise, based upon historical, empiracle evidence, passionate emotionalism, as always, isn't gonna win the day ..whatever the shit that might mean .. (ruling /winning the day that is )

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oncefired Giant Meteor Wed, 08/16/2017 - 01:09 Permalink

Don't think these Antifa assholes aren't embolden since they have complete protection from the MSM and Stand Down Orders for the Police in any Lib City. The only person I have really seen call them out was trump himself in today's news conference. My County in a Suburb of Philly used to be overwhelmingly Red, now it has switched to all out Progressive Lib! These locusts only care about building bike trails & parks and hiring municipal workers at exorbitant wages & fat pensions to take care of all this shit.....which translates to my property taxes going through the roof! I've already sold most of my rentals and bought houses down in Collier County Florida - one more kid to get through high school and I'm gone. If these dickheads decide to come here before I leave, there isn't going to be fucking around with their clubs, pepper spray and homemade shields - these fuckers are going to be saying hello to my 9mm, 40, 410 or my 380 (carry, will work till I get to the others). PA has the Castle Doctrine and I intend to use it. They had best think if their $15 an hour from Soros is worth running across me!

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Teja Giant Meteor Wed, 08/16/2017 - 02:58 Permalink

Well, there is a difference between destroying religious statues of ancient history and monuments of politicians and generals of more current adversaries. Did you complain when Saddam Hussein's statue was destroyed in Iraq? Would you think that the Stalin and other Soviet monuments in Eastern Europe, reminders of occupation, should be kept? And would you like Hitler statues and Nazi flags still decorating buildings in Nuremberg or Berlin?

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drendebe10 Beam Me Up Scotty Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:51 Permalink

All of this mean nasty divisive behavior was enabled & fomented by the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker but thats old news so no one will ascribe the fudgepacker as the root cause of the divisions in the country. The traitorous lying turd needs its skin snd papered off then buried in salt. Or have the turd look @t medusa, turned into stone then topple the basturd

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SoDamnMad Beam Me Up Scotty Wed, 08/16/2017 - 03:40 Permalink

Very good scotty. And consider everyone in "free" Europe is wanting to tear down Russian monuments to WWII. We in the US never had tank battles fight across the plains of Illinois. Never had dog fights above Atlanta. Never had 3 year seiges of Memphis. For those who don't read history, Russia was on our side and the brutal battles like The Battle of Kirsk shifted German forces from the Eastern wall to the Russian front allowing the successful landing at Normandy. They didn't have the material force of the US but they bled like hell to push the Germans back. If they are so anxious to rip out war memorials so that a new shopping mall can be built in it's place, perhaps we should rethink why so many US - NATO soldiers should die in such a place.

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Teja SoDamnMad Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:36 Permalink

The Eastern Europeans most fervently removing Soviet monuments are the Baltic states. If YOU did read history, you would know that those states were occupied by the Soviet Union right at the beginning of WW II, together with the eastern parts of Poland, after the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact marked the zones of "influence" between Germany and the Soviet Union. The "liberation" from the Nazis of those countries came much later. The original occupation was quite harsh, lots of people deported.So why should the Baltics love their Soviet monuments, tell me? 

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Chupacabra-322 HRClinton Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Historically, thats exactly what every Country that has ever fallen under the rule of Communism have in common.

Every regime attempted to irradiate that Countires Culture to Indoctrinate future Generations in their new Image.

Communist achieved Genocide by Marginalizing segments of Society by ostracizing their Identity to impose their own Ideology of Communism.

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Chupacabra-322 waspwench Tue, 08/15/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

Thanks. Didn't proof read plus the iShit pad auto spells.

Final draft with revisions:

Historically, that's exactly what every Country that has ever fallen under the rule of Communism have in common.

Every regime attempted to eradicate that Countires Culture to Indoctrinate future Generations in their new Image.

Communist achieved Genocide by Marginalizing Individuals within segments of Society by ostracizing their Identities to impose their own Ideology of Communism.

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historian40 hxc Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:06 Permalink

So, making it popular to say "neo-conservative" instead of "jew" is a cause of celebration, especially when it's a lying label.  There was, and is, nothing new about those people, and they're certainly not conservative?  One more label, one more branch away from the root. 

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Giant Meteor historian40 Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:33 Permalink

You will know them by their fruit, labels be damned ..I don't need any labels, to know evil ..Tower of Babel Rules apply, in force  ..Many lying labels. Hell, that's almost the entirety of the game .. or at the least, the premier toolOf control , division, and comfoundmentAIPAC / Neo Cons ..  Council on Foreign Relations ..That'll do donkey .. that'll do 

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Giant Meteor Jim in MN Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:01 Permalink

In a partial answer, to your question Mr. Buchanan ..Try the piece, presently right beneath your own .."We now have an understanding that opioids are big business in the hood. You’re not allowed to know about this, because only a select few in our society are allowed to prosper from it. It’s unfortunate that drug trade is the most prevalent type of good flowing around low income areas across the United States. We wouldn’t expect nothing else after 50-years of deindustrialization and the bottom 90% of Americans left to rot."And that's just for openers ..See, all this moral decay, this cultural rot, is wholly interlinked , has common root ..Many an empire has been taken down, much the same way ..Hopelessness, and the great despair of the common man, a symptom, as is the cynicism of still other's ."I know not why any one but a school-boy in his declamation should whine over the Commonwealth of Rome, which grew great only by the misery of the rest of mankind. The Romans, like others, as soon as they grew rich, grew corrupt; and in their corruption sold the lives and freedoms of themselves, and of one another. [...] A people, who while they were poor robbed mankind; and as soon as they became rich, robbed one another."Samuel Johnson: Review of Thomas Blackwell's "Memoirs of the Court of Augustus" 

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Give Me Some Truth Jim in MN Wed, 08/16/2017 - 03:16 Permalink

Can we tear down, or physically move, the Washington Monument?  Probably not.So I guess we're going to have to re-name the thing. We could sell the naming rights.  Or: Make it a billboard. It's white. Dark-colored paint should show up very well.Possible advertising prospects ...Trial lawyers (they have the money): "Better Call Saul!"Cell phone companies (which also need tower space): "Can you hear me now?""Got milk?" (probably shouldn't use white lettering though)"Fly Delta" Viagra would be a no-brainer prospect ...Potential Messages to the world? Sent with affection from the capitol of the free world ..."Don't fuck with us.""We'll invade your country faster than you can say, 'Oh shit.' "Another "no-brainer" and perhaps my favorite.  At the top of the monument, a powerful and seering image of an eyeball (or perhaps simply an image of Uncle Sam). Underneath in large, bold text (with a commanding font), the words:"Big Brother is Watching."Anyway, the possibilities are endless. The point is the government needs the money and Washington did own slaves. I'm sure any advertising proceeds would "benefit the children." This includes the great, great, great, great, great grandchildren of President Washington's own slaves. I'm sure he would approve.

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Dilluminati Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:32 Permalink

Taliban.. blow up all the history.. if we are so intolerant of iconographyThe left intolerance is fueled by low self-esteem where I'm so indignant ergo so self important.Disgusting, I hope bad shit and instant karma is visited on the far left and far right and feel sorry for none of them that get injured attending riots.But bacon soaked taliban must be fucking laughing in hell at the sight of Americans destroying statues.

Giant Meteor Umh Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:13 Permalink

Wiping away one's history, swept away to never see the light of day (so it may be hoped), is an ancient, primitive tactic ..For those witnessing, suffering the assault, is the unkindest, most brutal cut of all ..Slave masters, oppressors, know this well ..Better to be killed outright in the physical, on your feet, then have one's very heritage, ones own spirit, murdered ..Rise up, Rise and Shine 

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