You can’t fix stupid, as they say.
Or ignorant. Or ungrateful. Or obsessed.
In the document below, the product of The District of Columbia Facilities, and Commemorative Expressions Working Group, appointed I really don’t care when by Mayor Muriel Bowser, an arrogant and juvenile committee recommends the “cancelling” of, among others, in our nation’s Capital, by removing all mention of their names, as well as their statues and memorials,
- Christopher Columbus
- Benjamin Franklin
- Francis Scott Key
- Alexander Graham Bell
- George Mason
- President Andrew Jackson
- President Thomas Jefferson
- President James Monroe
- President Woodrow Wilson
- President William Henry Harrison
- George Mason
- President John Tyler
- President Zachary Taylor, and, of course,
George Washington, after whom the city itself is named, and without whom the nation would not exist.
I’m not going to bore myself and regular readers here by repeating what I have already written about as frequently as any other ethics topic on this 20-year-old blog. The tags here, here, here, here and here will lead you to almost all of those articles and the discussions of them. If there are any readers or regular visitors who are in favor of refusing to honor Founders and others whose contributions to the nation, its success and its culture, they have been remarkably silent, perhaps because the argument for historical airbrushing and statue-toppling is embarrassingly weak, or because there are no valid arguments for any nation or organization refusing to recognize in perpetuity the individuals responsible for their existence.
I like to think the absence of dissent on this topic here is that stupid and ignorant people don’t read Ethics Alarms. Good. Still, I would love to have a bold and articulate defender of eliminating honors to Franklin, Jefferson and Washington weigh in here.
I should not have to explain what is so unethical about the conclusions of Mayor Bowser’s group, which, like the Mayor herself, appears to think they live in the Capitol of the Black Live Matter States of America. They don’t. The District has an obligation to represent the nation itself, and there is, and has always been, much more to the United States than slavery. I have no respect for the people who would recommend that men—notably Ben Franklin, Jefferson and Washington, as well as George Mason, Christoper Columbus, and Alexander Graham Bell—who every citizen of this nation, yes, the descendants of slaves too, owes a debt of gratitude to that can never be repaid sufficiently, be dishonored. They are fools, and life is too short to spend it arguing with fools, or explaining why fools should be recognized as such.
The report below is res ipsa loquitur. It demonstrates without further elaboration the failure of our schools and national leadership to nurture indispensable public understanding of American’s history and culture, the incursion of Marxist tactics into our politics, and the engineered estrangement of large segments of the black community with their own country.
Now watch, read, listen and heed which Americans declare this movement by the District government to be what it is: an insult, a disgrace, and a symptom of intellectual, political and ethical rot.
[Oh…There is one important point to make before I leave you to the ugly and infuriating task of reading the report. Mayor Bowser’s group invalidates its legitimacy by proving incapable of displaying integrity even in its own wrongheadedness. If the idea, as stated in the fatuous mission statement with a quote from Mayor Bowser, is that all should be able to “live, work and play” in the District without fear of “violence and discrimination” and that those words are to be interpreted metaphorically, since it is highly unlikely that Thomas Jefferson’s statue is going to discriminate against anyone, then how does the group explain leaving intact the memorials to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who imprisoned citizens for the crime of being Japanese, or those to sexual predators Jack Kennedy and Martin Luther King? Well, they don’t have to explain, do they? The group placed partisanship and bias over their assignment. Of course they did. It is an excersize in hypocrisy as well as stupidity.]