Statue toppling is a form of ethnic cleansing
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D) proposed to remove the 1872 monument to former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (17771864) from the grounds of the State House in Annapolis. Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (D) and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) have agreed.
A native of Calvert County, Taney served in both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, and in the federal government as acting secretary of war, attorney general, secretary of the treasury and chief justice. Taney was a Democrat appointed by President Andrew Jackson.
The removal of the statue is a shameless act of political correctness and pandering. The Democratic Party is engaged in a form of ethnic cleansing, much like the Taliban, in which people and actions of the past are examined, and anything that offends their present day sensibilities is condemned and banished. In the case of Taney, it is the Dred Scott decision in 1857, which, consistent with the laws and standards of that time, supported slavery and white supremacy.
How far are they prepared to go in the furtherance of censoring anything that offends someone? I predict that they will next abolish the Maryland state song “Maryland,
My Maryland,” written by James Ryder Randall in April 1861, which articulates Confederate sympathies. Surely, it is too offensive and will be replaced. When will Baltimore’s Washington Monument be torn down, because George Washington was a slave owner?
In my opinion, Gov. Hogan has shown extremely poor judgment in this decision. I expected better of him.
What is more offensive, a statue of a historic Marylander or a political doctrine that threatens freedom of speech and opinions? Political correctness is a “form of tyranny over the mind of man,” as forewarned by Thomas Jefferson.