The left hates America. It sounds crude and outlandish to offer such a broad generalization, but it’s empirically evident. They the capitalism, the economic engine that has lifted millions from economic caste systems and which has provided opportunities. They hate our traditions. But most of all, they hate our history. To them, we are not a flawed nation who has made mistakes along the way but are, instead, a racist, bigoted nation and in an effort to demonstrate their hatred for America, the left continues on crusade to ban and degrade our cultural symbols and vestiges of our history and heritage.
As the left crusaded against the Confederate flag, many conservative commentator (myself included) protested and noted that caving on this issue will only embolden the left to target American icons in the future.
Just months after the Confederate flag debate reached a ludicrous hysterical crescendo, the anti-American crowd has begun taking aim at our national anthem.
In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, author Marc Ferris blasted the Star-Spangled Banner and questioned if it should be removed as our national anthem, in keeping with the cultural jihad witnessed when targeting Confederate history.
Ferris, the author of a book about the history of the Star-Spangled Banner, wrote,
“As the backlash against Confederate symbols continues to embroil flags, statues and the names of roads, icons related to slavery are becoming fair game for censure and removal. Perhaps the country should consider also replacing the national anthem because poet Francis Scott Key owned up to 20 other human beings.”
He also claims that the anthem is a militarist tune that has been used to support American imperialism. Ferris said that the song “seems to glorify militarism and is the most controversial song in American history.”
“In the 1890’s, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ accompanied the United States Navy on what can be interpreted as imperialistic exploits, from taking over Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the adventures of the Great White Fleet in the early 1900s,” Ferris wrote.
“Now, with a growing movement to tear down symbols associated with slavery, the status of Francis Scott Key’s composition — with its famous contradictory line about the ‘land of the free’ — warrants scrutiny,” he stated. “Perhaps it is time to revisit the long standing debate about replacing the song that Americans love to complain about.”
This is all-too typical. The left postures on this preposterous moral highground and insists that America must continually and forever apologize profusely and purge our national history of anything related to a person who was a slaveholder.
Without condoning the behaviors, of course, Americans have found great value in some of the efforts and thoughts of slaveholders. Thomas Jefferson was no saint and while he did not apply his enlightenment attitude equitably, we have our Declaration of Independence today because of his efforts.
We also have much of the U.S. thanks to his purchase of the Louisiana territory.
No, history books should not whitewash this glaring inconsistency; however, the left’s cultural purge is not rooted in creating a more harmonious society, a fairer society, but is rooted in an effort to tear-down our cultural pillars.
As I said in the beginning: the left hates America. And they are showing their contempt more and more with each passing day.