What is the subject of this post? A commenter asked me about this propaganda video.
Everyone has their “truth”.
How do we know when someone thinks they actually believe the truth? They are not afraid of a little competition in the marketplace of ideas.
How do we know when someone is a fascist? They try to paint their opposition as vile and demonic, shut them up, and erase them from the face of the earth.
We all need to study the history of the Civil War. To understand what we are going through today, we all need to try to put ourselves in the shoes of the people who lived before the war, during the war, and after the war. The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), an organization that the producers of this video obviously detests, are part of history, the history of the aftermath of the Civil War.
Look at monuments like the World War II Memorial (nps.gov) and the Monument to President Franklin Roosevelt (nps.gov). Just as most of the monuments to the veterans of the Civil War were built as those veterans were finally fading from our existence so were the great monuments to the veterans of World War II. And who built them? Those who remembered the graying warriors most fondly. The children of the heroes.
The United States is a free country. So, the North left the people of the South free to believe what the people of the South wanted to believe about the Civil War. The children of the Confederate soldiers appreciated the tremendous sacrifice of those who had battled, lost, and suffered defeat. They honored those who had buried innumerable dead, returned to homes that had often been burned down, and cared for families in want even though they themselves were tired and spent. Lost cause or not, right or wrong, the soldiers of the South had fought honorably and bravely, and they had paid an awful price.
The members of the UDC were the children of the generations who had fought the Civil War. Because they were human, they had some beliefs we now find detestable, but who knows what our descendants will think of us, especially nonsense like that idiotic t-shirt.
So do the producers of that video have a good point? Do we want people exercising political influence and stuffing propaganda into the public schools? No? Then maybe we ought to try school choice and let parents decide what their children ought to learn. Is that what the producers of that video want? Not likely, but Liberal Democrats do seem to lack any sense of irony.
What brought out a special chuckle was this line.
You can still get glimmers of this lost cause memory of the war from people who will always choose to see it through the personal.
Try debating a Democrat. Is there any issue they don’t personalize?
- What about all those statues and even portraits Democrats want torn down? Ninety percent of the men the statues honor were Democrats. Moreover, the statues were put up by Democrats, including that one they mention in the film that was located in Arlington Cemetery that Democrat President Woodrow Wilson honored.
- The Lost Cause curriculum was installed in schools run by states controlled by the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was racist then, and it is still obsess with race.
The point here is simple and straightforward. If we don’t like what the Democratic Party was doing to our schools using propaganda promoted by the UDC, then we should not allow any political party to run our schools and propagandize our children.