American Elephants

Revolution and Mayhem, Strange Times Indeed! by The Elephant's Child

What a strange time this seems to be becoming. Things seemed to be normal and unusual only with the advent of the Chinese COVID-19 virus and the resulting pandemic. And suddenly we are in the midst of some sort of revolution. Protests, riots, looting, secession (here in Seattle, but over) Mass attacks on statues! Everything is racism. Our whole society is racist and we have to go back and eliminate the Confederacy all over again. Also to be eliminated is any sign of racism, like wearing blackface at any point in one’s history, and of course we have to remove all funding for the police across the country, and allow any criminals to do whatever it is they wish to do, because police are suddenly the bad guys.

The murder rates in Chicago continue to rage on the weekends, and Mr. DeBlasio, intending to demonstrate, I guess, how ‘woke’ he is, reduced the funding for the police and “surprisingly” the murder rate in New Your City has climbed significantly. Everything offends. American is no longer the shining city on the hill, but the evil nation that once had slavery instead of being the nation that had a major war to get rid of it.

The fact that it is an election year does not help matters. Accusations of ‘racism’ are, one presumes, designed to help or hinder as the case may be.  But even as everyone comments or protests, everyone seems to recognize that something is more than a little off kilter. Here’s Matt Taibbi with “Year Zero:”

It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.

Much of America has watched in quizzical silence in recent weeks as crowds declared war on an increasingly incoherent succession of historical symbols. Maybe you nodded as Confederate general Albert Pike was toppled or even when Christopher Columbus was beheaded, but it got a little weird when George Washington was emblazoned with “Fuck Cops” and set on fire, or when they went after Ulysses S. Grant, abolitionist Colonel Hans Christian Heg, “Forward,” (a seven-foot-tall female figure meant to symbolize progress), the Portland, Oregon “Elk statue,” or my personal favorite, the former slave Miguel de Cervantes, whose cheerful creations Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were apparently mistaken for reals and had their eyes lashed red in San Francisco.

One could point out that what this all points to is the failure of our schools, who seem not to have taught our young people much of anything. Whether they decide to open the schools or not, you’d better stock up on history books and do some major home schooling.

As far as that goes, the media seems to need some major home schooling as well. I am really enjoying Kayleigh McEnany and her ability to take on the inane Capitol press.

If memory serves, there is supposedly an ancient Chinese curse, that says something like “May you live in interesting times.” I suspect we have been cursed.

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