“Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it.”
If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it 1,000 times.
However, for some reason, nobody seems to think that it’s true—but if you look around our world right now, you can see that history is DEFINITELY repeating itself.
Most people don’t know who coined that phrase.
The original incarnation of the adage is attributed to George Santayana, who, in his work The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, said, “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.”
Different words, same meaning.
Again, looking around, it’s hard not to see a very familiar scenario playing out, with the actions of the Left mirroring those of the Nazis during the rise of Adolph Hitler.
The silencing of political opponents…the demonization of the leaders of the alternative political party…the move to disarm all opponents…and, most shockingly, the removal of statues and monuments that represent a past they want to erase.
They Have NO Idea What They’re Doing
During the BLM riots of 2020, we saw a lot of statues and monuments vandalized and destroyed by people that didn’t have a clue about who or what their target stood for.
For instance, we saw BLM fight hard to get the Emancipation Monument, which depicts a former slave on his knees with Lincoln standing above him, removed from a park square in Boston.
Of course, that statue was actually commissioned by freed slaves, and it doesn’t show a black man kneeling before Lincoln. It shows him RISING after being unshackled with Lincoln offering him a helping hand.
Here, listen to this biased news report on the removal. See how they use words like “kneeling” and “shackled” instead of “freed” and “rising”:
People can be clueless…
Staying in Boston, there was something else that happened over the summer that should have everybody scratching their heads over what could be the most tone-deaf act of protest we’ve seen in years.
A bronze statue of Robert Shaw that sits at the center of the Shaw 54th Memorial (a monument honoring the Massachusetts 54th regiment) was removed last year after it was vandalized by BLM protestors. A few days ago, it was returned to its place after undergoing a $3 million renovation and restoration.
Of course, those that defaced the statue and the memorial probably had no idea of who Robert Shaw was or what the Massachusetts 54th regiment accomplished. They simply saw a white man at the center of a Civil War monument and responded with outrage.
However, had they chosen to pull out their smartphones and just check the facts for a moment, they would have seen that the 54th was one of the first Union regiments of Black soldiers to see major combat in the Civil War.
The regiment went on to lead an assault on Fort Wagner in South Carolina, where almost half of the entire unit, including Shaw, were killed.
So, to put it plainly, roughly 40% of this 600-man regiment were killed, wounded, or missing in action while fighting for the freedom of Black Americans held in chains—and BLM decided to dishonor their memory by vandalizing the memorial.
Talk about class…
This is what you get when you’re uneducated; you destroy the legacy of those that died giving you the opportunity to speak freely.
Look what they did to this piece of American history:
It’s absolutely disgusting.
The worst part is that there seems to be absolutely nothing we can do.
Our words and our warnings are falling on deaf ears. The social justice movement can’t see the forest for the trees; they only see what they want to see, which is something offensive that must be removed.
They WANT to be offended.
That’s the part that nobody is really understanding. These people are LOOKING for something to be offended by –n order to get those ever-elusive virtual-signaling points.
Let’s hope they learned their lesson with this one.
Let’s hope that they understand that not everything old is offensive.
Not every Civil War-era memorial is a monument to white supremacy or slavery.
Let’s hope they learn that our history IS important and that removing it doesn’t erase it, it just makes us forget that it happened…
And that’s not good for anybody.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou