How then shall we perform it?–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the great hate affair that most of the Left has long had with America:
Yes, Virginia, the cat is out of the bag. It has been for some time. Most Americans, Christians, and people of sound mind could tell that the radical revolutionaries emerging in the 20th century, and especially the later half of the 20th century, loved Bolshevism, but hated America.
They denied it of course. In fact, for the longest time, the only real evil was to suggest that those who seemed to hate America in fact hated America.
But those days are gone. It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that the Left, or most who so identity, think of America with all the affection that Nazis reckoned Jews, or the KKK feels about Blacks. They hate it. Some, like Antifa, wear the proclamation as a badge of honor.
To them, from the moment that great villain Columbus came to slaughter and enslave, through the next several centuries, this fledgling civilization all but redefined evil and terror in the world. Name a sin, and nowhere was it worse than America. Other countries had their problems, of course. If they couldn’t be linked to America (or, in deference to the yet to be discovered New World, the Christian West), then it was downplayed, dismissed, or even excused on ‘cultural’ grounds.
But once the first Europeans begin settling east of the Mississippi, true darkness covered the lands, and continued to until the mid-20th century.
So we have this story, told purely from that angle. It is not a story of a man whose family fled his own country in order to achieve success here, who had to overcome prejudices while becoming one of the most beloved artists of the 20th century that nobody ever heard of (note: most don’t know Disney artists by name other than Uncle Walt).
No, read the tag:
The late Tyrus Wong, whose paintings formed the basis of Disney’s iconic film, is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. Seventy-five years after “Bambi,” Wong is the subject of an “American Masters” film on PBS, a documentary portrait that reveals how he overcame a harrowing immigration process and years of racism in the United States to become one of the most prolific artists in recent memory.
I’ve read stories about Jews fleeing the Nazis that sounded less harrowing. Nothing positive except his own praiseworthy accomplishments. It’s as if he did this all despite the unparalleled evils of America, rather than because he came to America.
This is important. First, to define the entire history of the US as one of history’s great evils, it justifies throwing down everything that was identified with the historic US. That includes, but is not limited to, a Christian moral framework, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or any artifact from that era of perpetual midnight. Continue Reading