Tag: Revisionism

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Pardon the length of this, and don’t read if you prefer an immediate events focus. Anyone answering may have to project forward 50 or even 300 years to speculate and answer. Clearly there is a political force convinced that human activity adds significantly enough to global warming to justify enacting new realms of governmental action […]

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President Obama announced today that he would use his executive powers to apply the Big Eraser(tm) to Mount McKinley, re-naming it “Denali,” which is how Native Americans in Alaska had traditionally referred to the 20,000-foot mountain. I’m not sure why this bugs me so much. I don’t think it’s the unilateral nature of the move, […]

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The Urge to Purge

 

HoopSkirtAs I’ve said before, the primitive desire to purge our society of anything that makes us feel bad, particularly things that relate to history (no matter how far removed we are from the events in question) will continue, unabated, until people stand up and say “enough.”

Consider this opinion piece in the Washington Post, headlined “Remove the Southern belle from her inglorious perch.” The author, Elizabeth Boyd, makes the case for banning the hoop skirt. Yes, you read that correctly: The hoop skirt must be banned. But that’s not all.

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It’s a long-settled question that the Washington Post doesn’t care for the Washington Redskins. The editorial board has already formally announced that the paper will never use the team nickname, except in the sports section. Over and above that, now-departed columnist Mike Wise spent much of the latter part of his tenure at the Post railing against […]

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Down and down the memory hole we go. Where we stop, nobody knows. I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Despite growing up in the capital of the Confederacy, and later attending Washington & Lee (as in “Robert E.”) University, I have never owned, flown, or worn a Confederate flag, nor have I ever desired […]

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