Travel hangover today: I’ll do the best I can…
1. Thank you, loyal commenters, for a yeoman job in yesterday’s Open Forum.
2. Confederate Statuary Ethics Train Wreck update. Now the historical airbrushers (all from Progressiveland, just in case you couldn’t guess) are going after Civil War recreations and commemorative events. The head of the Lake County Forest Preserve in Illinois declared that there would be no more annual Civil War Days event after next month’s edition, if he gets his way. He doesn’t think Confederate flags should ever be displayed, even in battle recreations. Besides, he wants the event to be retooled so that instead of commemorating the single most important period and struggle in U.S. history, it advances an understanding of climate change.
(Who are these people? How did they get this way? What do we do about them so the cultural damage they inflict is contained?)
The home-grown historical censor also said,
“This has nothing we want, nor should celebrate, nor re-enact. When southern states are being made to tear down every statute representing this racist, murdering chapter of our history, I can’t believe here in Lake County our own forest preserve is preserving and celebrating it every year, and with our tax dollars.”
This deliberately brain-dead approach to U.S. history is working (aided greatly by the atrocious neglect of American history in our schools), and by working I mean promoting ignorance so citizens can be more easily misled. The Wall Street Journal reported that visits to Civil War national battlefields are falling off. Over 10 million Americans visited Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, Chickamauga/Chattanooga, and Vicksburg in 1970. They only had 3.1 million visitors last year.
That’s about as many tourists as visited the “Cheers” bar in Boston.