Updated: Jun 5, 2019
If progressives have their way American history will be sanitized to the point that it is no longer recognizable. American historical figures and heroes are being erased from our culture and vilified because they don’t fit the modern view of morality or political correctness. First came the general rumblings that our founding fathers were a group of rich white slave owners. Next came the movement to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Then came the removal of Confederate monuments and statues. Now progressives are going after George Washington. We all knew it would happen. The Wall Street Journal reports on April 26th, 2019 that the San Francisco Board of Education is considering removing a mural of George Washington. “Even George Washington May Be Erased From Our Past: A mural in San Francisco, which dates from 1936, is assailed because it ‘traumatizes students.’” No one has ever claimed that Columbus, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or any other historical figure was perfect. The fact remains that without these men our country would not exist, or at the very least, would not be the beacon of freedom that it is. History is not always the beautiful portrait that we might wish it to be. There are dark spots that we cannot forget lest they become destined to repeat. We must remember these remarkable men, flawed as they all are. Rather than argue the reasons that these men were all great or why each of them deserves a page in our history books, let us think about why progressives want their page erased. What can be gained by forgetting that one man lead a rag-tag militia against the most powerful nation in the world without taking pay? What reason can progressives have for tearing down statues of a brilliant strategist and consummate gentleman? Why forget that the first president voluntarily stepped aside after two terms? The answer could be right there within the questions. Eradicating the heroes of American history may be just one step of the march of progress toward socialism. The very concept of socialism goes against everything our republic was founded on. Individual liberty is the bedrock of America. Millions of brave men and women have fought and died to protect individual liberty throughout the world for over 200 years. That bedrock must crumble before socialists can prevail. The Orwellian Newspeak of Nineteen Eighty-Four is already pervasive in society. The Thought Police seek out every red hat they can find and constantly invent ways to strangle our first amendment rights. We are told that we are winning the very expensive and perpetual far off war. Now the Ministry of Truth is hard at work to “correct” history. Selfless voluntary individual service for the cause of freedom is contrary to the progressive socialist movement. The targets of these attacks are all symbols of freedom and ingenuity, two huge opponents to the very concept of socialism. The search to be offended by someone or something will not rest for long. Who will be the next target for sanitation? If George Washington isn’t safe in our history books then no one is safe from the march of progress. Our heroes must be destroyed so that we forget the value of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. We the People can’t be controlled if our children are still taught the value of freedom through the actions of these courageous men.