Monday, July 3, 2017

Patriotism is the Refuge of Stooges

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: if we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.

― Carl Sagan

Hundreds of gun-toting "patriots" arrived this weekend at Gettysburg, to protect the national military park's Confederate monuments from desecration by leftists.

Although the leftists never materialized, blood was shed. One patriot accidentally
shot himself in the foot.

The perfect metaphor, if there ever were one.

Patriotism is the refuge of stooges.

My plea to patriots this July 4th: read a freakin' history book (preferably not one published in Texas).

You might try Apostles of Disunion.

Illustrating the "real history" of the Civil War, the book recounts how a group of state-appointed commissioners from the Deep South traveled the upper Confederacy in 1860 spreading the secessionists' message: Lincoln, they said, would emancipate the slaves, and plunge the South into a racial nightmare.

During the next five years, 620,000 Americans would die, to settle the emancipation question.
The "fake history" took root after Appomattox, when disgruntled Confederate veterans began retailing the myth of the "Lost Cause" at their yearly reunions.

The war, they said, was never about slavery: it was waged only to defend the antebellum South, a moonlit magnolia paradise peopled by happy hoedowning slaves and their affectionate white masters.

These same propagandists made sure to regulate the history textbooks used in every school, while their dutiful daughters would later make sure to hype movies like D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” David O. Selznick's “Gone with the Wind'” and Walt Disney’s “Song of the South.”
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