Mazzuca: No shortage of hypocrites when attacking historical markers (column)
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In their sanctimonious effort to rid America of white supremacists, fascists and Nazis, the left seems not to have engaged in self-examination of its own history. (As an aside, anyone using the term “Nazis” when referring to anything but the Third Reich in its historical context exhibits not only their bias, but also their ignorance.)
Did you know the current targets of the left’s bile — i.e., P. G. T. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee — were all Democrats? And that it was Birmingham, Alabama’s Democratic commissioner of public safety, Eugene “Bull” Connor, who deployed dogs against civil-rights activists in May 1963?
Did you know, too, that Hillary Clinton headlined the Virginia Democrats’ 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner honoring former President Thomas Jefferson, a slave-owner, and former President Andrew Jackson, also a slave-owner — hmmm?
Hundreds of women cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton on Election Day and afterward covered Susan B. Anthony’s tombstone with “I voted” stickers. However, Anthony’s fervent support for suffrage only extended to white women; as she once said, “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the negro …”
She also said, “an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured,” and “If intelligence, justice, and morality are to have precedence in the government, let the question of the woman be brought up first and that of the negro last.”
Have the masked Antifa thugs suggested removing Susan B. Anthony’s bust from the Portrait Monument in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda or removing her visage from the one-dollar coin?
Democratic president Woodrow Wilson (a raving bigot) once said, “Segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit.” It was Wilson who re-segregated the bathrooms in the in the State, War, and Navy Departments in Washington, D.C. Why, then, has Wilson’s name not been removed from Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Bridge?
Another democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, imprisoned 120,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry solely due to their heritage — but I guess that wasn’t hateful or racist because he was a democrat.
The Russell Senate Office Building is named after segregationist Sen. Richard Brevard Russell who once said: “I am willing to go as far and make as great a sacrifice to preserve and insure white supremacy in the social, economic, and political life of our state as any man who lives within her borders.” Has anyone seen or heard of calls to rename the building? I didn’t think so.
And speaking of senate buildings, the Dirksen Senate Office Building is named after Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Illinois Republican who rallied Republican senators and stymied a Democratic filibuster and clinched passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — so why does the left never mention that without southern Republican Senators, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Bill would not have become law.
Meanwhile, former president Bill Clinton praised Sen. William Fulbright as “the heir to Jefferson in our time.” Clinton added: “It gave us tremendous hope to know that we had a senator in Washington who could double the IQ of any room he walked into.” Evidently, Clinton forgot that Fulbright edited and signed the segregationist Southern Manifesto, battled key civil-rights legislation, and decried “Jewish influence” in Congress in 1973.
And why does former democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, with some 55 bridges, highways, dams and statues honoring him, not invoke the ire of the left?
There are two sides to every story — unfortunately, our media chooses to cover only one.
Quote of the day: “One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.” — John Lennon