The left em­braces re­vi­sion­ist his­tory

The Columbus Dispatch - - Letters To The Editor -

Dur­ing the Soviet era in Rus­sia, peo­ple who had fallen out of fa­vor with the Com­mu­nist Party hacks were sim­ply writ­ten out of his­tory books. Pho­tos were re­touched to re­move peo­ple who no longer met the party hacks’ ide­ol­ogy.

The Soviet era ended 27 years ago in Rus­sia, but its meth­ods are rapidly be­ing re­vived by the left in the United States. For many months now, we are wit­ness­ing how the left is hard at work to re­write his­tory by re­mov­ing mon­u­ments of his­tor­i­cal fig­ures from pub­lic squares in city af­ter city. The stat­ues have been part of cities for more than a hun­dred years. They have en­dured world wars, hur­ri­canes, floods and other catas­tro­phes.

Af­ter mon­u­ments, street names, town squares and pub­lic build­ings from the Civil War era, the his­tory rewrit­ers have now set their sights on Christo­pher Colum­bus, the 15th cen­tury ex­plorer who is cred­ited with dis­cov­er­ing a new con­ti­nent. For hun­dreds of years, he was hon­ored for this dis­cov­ery and is now be­ing made a vil­lain.

Watch out, Amer­ica! In a few months, the coun­try will cel­e­brate the birth­day of one of its founders and first pres­i­dent, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton. We can ex­pect that the left will start vil­i­fy­ing Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton. Af­ter all, he was a white slave­holder and his name must be erased from our mem­ory. His pic­ture graces the dol­lar bill, our cap­i­tal, one of our states and thou­sands of streets, schools and build­ings are named af­ter him. The left will de­mand that his name and likeness will be re­moved.

Erik Meyer Wester­ville

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