Rewriting History

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

Rewriting History

Author George Orwell (1984) once penned "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past." Now, I will readily admit that the first time I ever read those words, it was akin to listening to my Mom telling me to do or not do something. I was aware that she was speaking. I could hear the sound. However, I wasn't collecting the data, comprehending it and therefore determining what I should or should not do with it. Oh, what a difference a few decades will make (for me at least - not to include you more intelligent types out there).

Never before have I ever witnessed such overt acts in the direction of rewriting history. 

I daresay that by the time the next generation is middle-aged, there will be no living soul who will be able to willingly produce (without fear of being arrested) a Confederate Flag. There are movements right now, to have the venerable old banner removed from the tops of southern capitol buildings and from displaying it in public at any and all events. In other words, remove it from memory and history.

And surely everyone knows about the effort to remove God. I mean, I can recall as early as the sixties of hearing rumblings, if you will, that God was offensive. Now, for the most part, He is out of public schools and the effort to have him removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as U.S. currency, is solidly underway. In fact, just try and erect a cross on a public right-of-way and see if you don't get served with a lawsuit by the ACLU. I'm still waiting for the latter to file their first-ever action against a Muslim. However, if it's all the same to you, I won't hold my breath waiting for that to take place.

I won't run this into the ground even though there are many more cases out there, where history is taking a backseat to the truth. At what point do we say enough is enough? Will the complete removal of the Confederate Flag remove the fact that the Civil War took place? And the idea that such a historical artifact is offensive to some. Personally, I would think those who are perceived to find it offensive, would be the most diligent in seeing that it's not removed. After all, it's a stark reminder of days that we do not wish to repeat.

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