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Today’s blacklisted Americans: Lincoln and Washington, by Chicago’s Democratic mayor

Lincoln banned as evil by Chicago politicians
Chicago Democrats to ban Lincoln.

Blacklists are back and the Democrats got ’em: Lori Lightfoot, the Democratic Party mayor of Chicago, has begun the formal process for removing forty historical monuments in Chicago, including statues of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Her reasons for throwing these fundamental Americans into the scrap heap of history? Well, she created a committee to review 500 monuments in Chicago and ended up deciding that 40 should go. It has said this:

Reasons for making the list include promoting narratives of white supremacy; presenting an inaccurate or demeaning portrayal of Native Americans; celebrating people with connections to slavery, genocide or racist acts; or “presenting selective, over-simplified, one-sided views of history.”

…Besides five statutes of Lincoln, others on the list include the General John Logan Monument in Grant Park; the General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive; a statue of Benjamin Franklin in Lincoln Park; the Haymarket Riot Monument/ Police Memorial at 1300 W. Jackson Blvd; the Italo Balbo Monument in Burnham Park; and the Jean Baptiste Beaubien plaque at the Chicago Cultural Center. [emphasis mine]

You can see the full list of monuments here. It also includes monuments to George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and numerous other significant artistic works that also memorialized important historic events in the founding of America and Chicago.

This effort is nothing more than an attempt to slander and cancel all American history. No one should learn anything about it, and if they do, the only components that matter are the bad ones.

Fortunately, there appear to be some members of Chicago’s city council who don’t wish to go along with this effort, at least not without their say. Yesterday one councilman introduced an ordinance that will prohibit the removal of any monument without council approval.

This ordinance however has not yet passed, and even if it does, the Democrats control Chicago’s city council fully, and have for decades. I guarantee that this council will rubber stamp most of the recommendations of Lightfoot’s committee, allowing the destruction of many monuments while saving a handful as a face-saving gesture.

The end result will be that future generations will either be ignorant of American history, or will believe a cartoon version which claims American was entirely made up of evil people whose only goal was to enslave and oppress minorities. And if you don’t believe me consider this: When asked, a majority of freshman college students falsely believe that slavery was invented by the United States, rather than the truth that it was this country that created the abolitionist movement to end slavery.

Often, more students connected Thomas Jefferson to slavery than could identify him as president, according to Pesta. On one quiz, 29 out of 32 students responding knew that Jefferson owned slaves, but only three out of the 32 correctly identified him as president. Interestingly, more students— six of 32—actually believed Ben Franklin had been president.

Pesta said he believes these students were given an overwhelmingly negative view of American history in high school, perpetuated by scholars such as Howard Zinn in “A People’s History of the United States,” a frequently assigned textbook.

What’s more, he began to observe a shift in his students’ quiz responses in the early 2000s. Before that time, Pesta described his students as “often historically ignorant, but not politicized.” Since the early 2000s, Pesta has found that “many students come to college preprogrammed in certain ways.”

“They cannot tell you many historical facts or relate anything meaningful about historical biographies, but they are, however, stridently vocal about the corrupt nature of the Republic, about the wickedness of the founding fathers, and about the evils of free markets,” Pesta said. “Most alarmingly, they know nothing about the fraught history of Marxist ideology and communist governments over the last century, but often reductively define socialism as ‘fairness.’”

Chicago’s leftist politicians really have no problem with this anti-American perspective. They simply need their face-saving ordinance to dress it up, for now, in case some people with actual knowledge about the past challenge them.

But then, these are only monuments. Who cares? It isn’t as if they are going about blackballing real people, is it?

But then, these Democratic Party leftists are doing exactly that, aren’t there? Blacklists and censorship are the rage in Democratic Party circles, and no one is safe from them.

And they have this terrible power to destroy because ordinary Americans have re-elected them, over and over again, even though they have been signaling this intolerance blatantly for decades. They are now ready to make the last moves so that no future elections can ever remove them, out of an intolerant bigoted desire to cancel and destroy whatever they don’t like, human or historical, now and forever.

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  • Skunk Bucket

    Well, if going to Sunday School as a child gave me nothing else, I came away from it knowing that slavery has been around for a long, long time and wasn’t just confined to America and people of color. But how many kids even go to church on Sunday anymore, much less rigorously study world history?

  • Col Beausabre

    Well, let’s see from an old soldier’s perspective

    1) Lincoln served as a captain in the militia in the Blackhawk War, so that oppression of “native Americans” cancels the Emancipation Proclamation

    2) Grant served in the US Army during the Mexican War so he oppressed “people of color”, never mind that he masterminded the crushing of the Confederacy

    3) Logan – You tell me. His record seems to have been exemplary

    “ a (shudder) a patriotic organization – never mind that the GAR was integrated and had black members

    Maybe it was the fact that he was head of a(shudder) PATRIOTIC organization – ins spite of the fact that the GAR embraced integration

    4) Sheridan was Commanding General of the Army during a large portion of the Indian Wars -(that he ever said “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” is probably a lie)

    Which wipes out his splendid service as CG of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac and the brilliant execution of his orders to destroy Lee’s source of food in the Shenandoah Valley. When I attended the Armor Officer Basic and Career Courses, he was held out to us as an ideal of what we should aspire to as inheritors of the history and traditions of the US Cavalry. But now,

  • Burton M

    Yet another reason I can’t get out of this state fast enough.

  • Jeff Wright

    I want the statues removed to spare them from the vandals hand. Elon puts them on the moon.

  • ” . . . celebrating people with connections to slavery, genocide or racist acts; or “presenting selective, over-simplified, one-sided views of history.”

    You know, people like Lori Lightfoot.

  • Cotour

    “Reparations” in Chicago? :

    “EVANSTON, Ill. — Using tax money from the sale of recreational marijuana, the Chicago suburb of Evanston has become the first U.S. city to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.”

    The city of Evanston is using tax money from the sale of marijuana to fund their version of “Reparations”.

    Now you think for a few moments about who will actually be supplying the majority of the tax money derived from the sale of marijuana for this “Reparation” fund. Just like everything any Democrat government elected official or Democrat party leadership proposes for the “Good” of the population under their hand, IT IS A FRAUD AND A LIE.

    And if they can they will steal from whom ever they think they can get away with stealing from and call it good. Its all a perception, politics is all about perception and no real substance.

  • wayne

    haymarket square riot 1886

  • wayne


    Marijuana Growers Union
    An SNL Parody

  • Cotour

    “Of the state revenue pulled in by the new taxes, 40 per cent would go toward a new fund for social and economic equity programs while another 40 per cent would be for the state education fund. The remaining 20 per cent would be for drug treatment, prevention and education programs.”

    Its a thing, its a movement within government. Unionization? Possible, very possible, especially within NYS, for sure within NYC.

    40 percent to: “social and economic equity programs”. Political slush funds in other words? What exactly does that mean?

    “40 per cent would be for the state education fund”. I know exactly what that means though. Anything that is titled for “Education” is just a black hole of spending that produces NOTHING other than the enrichment and rewarding of the problems that plague the city, and the Democrats.

    And they will throw 20 percent to those who abuse the substance. In other words another black hole of probably useless spending to make the first two recipients good about their wind fall.

  • Hi ya!

    Traditional Whites have got to see that out country has been lost. No matter, start a new one. Just noncivil rights this time, ok!?

  • Cotour

    What exactly are “Traditional whites”? (Unless you are being sarcastic, I can not tell)

    I am talking about Americans and America, and I include white people, black people and every other kind of person that lives and is a citizen of this country. Mutual respect for them all and not this constant scam that is proposed by people who want and need there to be division, hatred between reasonable and good rational Americans. And they want retribution to boot.

    In promoting / selling division, hatred and retribution there is a strategy of promoting and selling division, hatred and retribution. It is a vicious cycle with a strategic purpose.

    And without that argument what do they have? Nothing. There is no positive rational result potential, only a strategic choice. It verges on / is a military operation.

    The Constitution is designed to evolve and adjust itself over time, but it is not meant to be used as a weapon against itself in order to destroy itself. Unless you can get a super majority to agree with you that is.

    And so that is what they are committed to push, pure S.O.M.

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