There’s a revisionist movement going on here in the USA and I don’t like it one little bit. As usual, it’s the leftniks who are driving things.
This time, it started in Charlottesville, Virginia, a place that used to be pleasant enough but that is hardly the center of the known universe. A conservative group duly applied for and received a permit to hold a public demonstration, nominally against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The fact that it attracted far-right groups is incidental, given that the demonstration was overall well planned and intended to be orderly. What actually happened was that the demonstrators were attacked by a large number of masked (why?) leftist types. (Doubters are referred to news footage.)
For once, the Only President We’ve Got was assailed not for something he said but rather for something he didn’t say. Refusing to say what the loud lefties wanted to hear, that everything was the fault of the right-wingers, he stuck to his guns and said that each of the two sides was partly to blame.
There’s a movement afoot to eliminate all traces of the Confederacy, chiefly involving removal of statues of Civil War heroes. In one of the latest incidents – the one that has lodged itself so far up my nostrils – the city of Bellingham, WA, located about as far from the Civil War as one can get, removed signs identifying the Pickett Bridge as such. They also removed directional signs pointing the way to the privately owned Pickett House, which remains on the National Register of Historic Places. The question is: why did the City Council and the Mayor consider this necessary? Only, one fears, because of George Pickett’s association with the “wrong side” during the American Civil War and because of their own fear that the lefties may also attack here (or at least vote them out of office).
Best remembered these days for leading the ill-fated “Pickett’s charge” at the Battle of Gettysburg, George Pickett was above all a professional soldier, a West Point graduate who served with distinction in the Mexican War and was later assigned to the Washington Territory. He did his job well, commanding the construction of Fort Bellingham and of a bridge (not the current one, which is a modern structure). He defended San Juan Island in the “Pig War,” an escalation of a conflict between an American farmer and the Hudson’s Bay Company. When he later joined the CSA, he did so only out of loyalty to his home state of Virginia.
Although the loud left like to claim that anyone associated with the Confederacy must have been a while supremacist, they conveniently overlook the fact that, far from being a racist, Pickett married a Native American woman of the Haida tribe. They no doubt have never troubled themselves to learn that he was well known to be opposed to slavery. A genuine human being with a waggish sense of humor, Pickett remained haunted to the end of his days by the deaths of those under his command at Gettysburg.
Does this make him a “bad guy,” deserving to be stricken from recognition and memory? Of whom are the Bellingham City Council more afraid, the Rabid Right or the Lunatic Left? For whatever it’s worth (probably nothing at today’s exchange rates), it’s nearly always the leftniks who are worse behaved. The KKK are to a considerable degree a spent force and no longer burn watermelons on front lawns. The various “Neo-Nazi” groups may be taken for what they’re worth and safely ignored so long as they keep to themselves. But the lefties – ah, the lefties – are usually the ones who start riots, break things and demand to have everything said and done their own way. Sorry, but that’s not the way things should work in a real democracy.
Good Charioteers, please help me out here. Although rarely at a loss for words, I need a phrase to counter “political correctness,” something saying that it is not necessarily correct. So far, the best I’ve been able to do on my own is, “moral cowardice.”