Statue top­pling is a form of eth­nic cleans­ing

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Mary Broad­hurst, Cal­i­for­nia

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.

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