Arise ye workers from your slumbers. Arise ye prisoners of want, for reason in revolt now thunders, and at last ends the age of can’t. Away with all your superstitions. Servile masses arise, arise. We’ll change henceforth the old tradition, and spurn the dust to win the prize. So comrades, come rally, and the last fight let us face. The Internationale unites the human race. Thus begins the anthem of the Bolshevik Party, the The Anarchist movement, The Communist movement, The Socialist movement and The Democratic Socialist movement. Written in 1871 by Eugène Pottier and intended to be sung to the tune of La Marseillaise, the lyrics were set to a new melody by Pierre De Geyter in 1888. The inspiring tune has been the anthem of destruction and death for 150 years.
I grew up on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder. High above the doors of the library was the quote, Who Knows Only His Own Generation Remains Always a Child. This is attributed to Dr. George Norlin, former president of the University, and mirrors the famous quote by philosopher
George Santayana, who said, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Now, egged on by politicians, mobs of American children are attempting to destroy history in cities all across the United States. The mobs seem to be unorganized but they are being supported by so-called Democratic Socialists like Mayor Warren Wilhelm in New York, Mayor Jenny Durkin in Seattle, and even the Speaker of the House. They are pulling down and defacing statues and monuments throughout the country, not only of so-called racist Confederate generals and Christopher Columbus, but also of traditional American heroes like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and war veterans. They have even attacked Ghandi.
In fact, the anti-statue movement has become so extreme that even the far-left-leaning Washington Post recently ran an editorial titled, The anti-statue movement has taken a turn into absurdity.
Eliminating history is one of the tactics used by totalitarian politicians probably since the beginning of time. It probably began at the dawn of history, when victors in battle desecrated the bodies of those that they defeated. The Egyptian Pharaohs were not above chiseling the names of their predecessors from the sides of monuments, the Popes turned shrines to Roman gods into Churches, and the Ottomans turned Churches into Mosques.
Modern totalitarian leaders have taken the elimination of history to high art. In his Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao encouraged masses of young communists to destroy all of the things (and the people) in China that had any link to the West. Of course, these children also killed upwards of 20 million of their fellow citizens. In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge a communist movement that had its origins in a student group in Paris, executed as many as 1.8 million people in their attempt to reinvent society by destroying such things as, well family and writing. Socialist dictators in mid-20th century Germany encouraged the mob to burn the books of those who they wanted to eliminate from history, eventually burning down the state parliament building, and finally ended up murdering entire segments of the population. North Korea, well the Kim regime simply invented its own history.
More recently, the Taliban in Afghanistan have blown up giant statues of Buddha, and the ISIS caliphate destroyed centuries old roman temples in Syria.
It is amazing how Americans can be horrified by the Taliban destroying a statue, or the National Socialists desecrating a Jewish cemetery, but seem nonplussed by the same thing happening in their own town square.
Erasing history does not change it, and destroying monuments will only make future generations more ignorant of their past. After the National Socialists were defeated in Germany, the monuments to Hitler came down, but the concentrations camps remain as a reminder of the horrors of that nation’s history. In Cambodia, there are no monuments to the Khmer Rouge, but the killing fields are there for all of bear witness to. Of course, in China, Mao Tse Tung still looks over the Forbidden City and China continues to oppress millions.
And while American history is not untarnished in any sense of the word, we need to be reminded of the horrors of slavery, of eugenics, of our own concentration camps, and of the genocide of the Indian nations or history may just repeat itself.
Democracy is not a sure thing, and as recent elections have shown there is nothing to stop a so-called democratic socialist from being elected and placed in positions of power where they can lend backing to historical genocide. And when totalitarians gain power like they have in New York City and New York State, they will spur the children to change henceforth the old tradition, and spurn the dust to win the prize. I doubt that future generations will be pleased with the results.