Guest lecturer

BEFORE WE introduce today’s guest lecturer, the Unseen Moon’s first, let me preface with a few words.

I oppose the phenomenon of political correctness — a somewhat cute term for a cultural cancer — and everything connected to it. Its source is the political left, and its party in the United States is the Democratic. Barry’s people.

And Hillary’s and Bernie’s people too.

I don’t write about it much anymore because I view its opposition as an exercise in futility. Its damage is done. America and Europe are spiraling down. The crash into the mountainside is imminent. Brace yourself.

But I happened upon the following column that focuses on one element of the cancer, that of renaming things, which smells of Stalin’s having opponents airbrushed from photographs.

After he’s murdered them.

And I liked the column. I want to share.

Changing history is a longtime tool of tyrants. What’s going on now is not changing history so much as it’s altering how we should view it, nearly as bad. It is elevating ignorance.

With no further ado, let’s give a big Moon welcome to Bill O’Reilly who needs no introduction.

Know that armed guards wait in the lobby to show the exit door to any of you who try to shout him down.

This is not Yale or Mizzou.

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bill“As you may know, some students at Princeton University are requesting – demanding! – that Woodrow Wilson’s name be obliterated from campus buildings.

Not only did Wilson graduate from Princeton, he was president of the school, governor of New Jersey and an impeccably ‘progressive’ president of the United States. So what’s the beef?

Well, our 28th president was a dyed-in-the-wool racist who re-segregated the federal bureaucracy.

His retrograde racial views have long been known to anyone who has taken the time to read about Wilson, and this latest campus dustup raises a question:

Why stop with Woodrow Wilson?

The town of Princeton and the university itself are named after William III, Prince of Orange, whose family was deeply involved in the slave trade. Princeton has streets and buildings honoring native son Paul Robeson, the singer, athlete, actor, and unapologetic Stalinist.

Robeson, undeniably a remarkable and talented man, clung to his affection for communism and the USSR even after being told that the Soviets were persecuting Jews. Perhaps his name should be vanished, Soviet-style, from the town square.

To the north in Connecticut, Wesleyan University got its name from John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

A couple of centuries before San Bernardino, Paris, ISIS, and all the other Islamic-related mayhem, Wesley described Muslims as ‘destroyers of human kind.’ So shouldn’t the trustees consider re-naming their ultra-liberal university?

Not to be outdone, Winston Churchill, whose name adorns numerous American schools, wrote that ‘no stronger retrograde force exists in the world’ than Islam.

And let’s not overlook President John Quincy Adams, who warned that the Koran advises ‘perpetual war’ against infidels. Yes, JQA was an Islamophobe, but don’t mention it to the good folks of Quincy, Massachusetts.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a saint in the church of liberalism, had some serious issues with homosexuality. As secretary of the navy, FDR went on a crusade to find and weed out ‘sexual perversion’ in the Navy.

The Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln opined that the white race must always retain ‘the superior position.’

Think of all those ‘Lincoln Elementary Schools’ and “Roosevelt High Schools’ across the USA and the big payday in store for stone masons.

In West Virginia, pretty much everything not nailed down is named after long-serving Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, whose career included a stint as Exalted Cyclops in the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. If there are calls to have his name sandblasted from all those edifices, we have not heard them.

Most towns, probably yours included, have streets named after slaveholders Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Yes, a stroll on Madison Avenue in New York City may require a ‘trigger warning’ for some of today’s more delicate college students.

The point of all this is not to say that everything should be renamed, but rather that nothing should be renamed. Unless, that is, some horrible new disclosure comes to light.

Anyone with a pulse and curiosity could have known that Woodrow Wilson was a stone-cold racist, that Honest Abe honestly felt blacks were lesser beings, and that Churchill loathed Islam.

These were men of their times expressing views that were common then, but which we now consider repugnant. They should be judged by the standards of the eras in which they lived, not by our notions of what is acceptable.

Demonizing FDR for his views of homosexuality makes as much sense as criticizing his fondness for cigarettes.

However, if we suddenly discover that Wilson was, say, a pedophile, or that Lincoln was a serial killer in his spare time, a re-examination will be in order.

Short of that, how about we just leave things the way they are? Sorry to all you bricklayers out there.

As an aside, back in 1964 Shirley Ellis had a runaway hit with ‘The Name Game.’ If you’re of a certain age, you can still recite her unique lyrics — ‘Lincoln, Lincoln, bo Bincoln, Bonanana fanna fo Fincoln.’ It was a light song infused with fun and joy.

But today’s Name Game is one of bitterness, usually played by left-wingers who revel in feeling ‘oppressed.’ And if they really want to start down the slippery slope of erasing past leaders from public streets and buildings, why not go all the way?

Out with Washington and Lincoln and Roosevelt, down with Churchill and Wilson and Madison. Let the re-naming begin!”

24 thoughts on “Guest lecturer”

  1. Today, the city of New Orleans will celebrate with a holiday parade. Where does this parade start and end? Lee Circle, which in recent years, is a spot where much of the renaissance of the city is very noticeable. We have gentrified neighborhoods nearby, a world-famous WW2 museum close to the circle, etc. However, the mayor and his cronies are determined to pull Lee down and rename the iconic traffic circle. Robert E. Lee was fighting for the losing side in the Civil War. Most of us, black or white, in the New Orleans area, would prefer time spent on fighting crime, improving neighborhoods, and helping business and tourism. Leave Lee alone!

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    1. Laurie: Pulling down the general, eh? Not a surprise, of course, and pathetic to boot. My sister went to Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. I wonder if the barricades have been stormed, and the school renamed Rosa Parks or Reverend Al.

      All of this is beyond moronic.

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  2. OK, here’s a tall flash for ya: everyone, I repeat — everyone — I know (lefties all) agrees with this particular Bill O. point of view. It is ludicrous to start mass name-changing of streets, schools, lakes, parks, airports — whatever — to reflect today’s standards. This is not a lefty/righty thing, it’s a find-something-better-to-do-with-your-time thing.

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    1. Loulou: If you think the kind of people who support the name-changing are not 100 percent on the left end of the political spectrum, then there ain’t no hope fer ye. No conservative anywhere would come up with this idiocy, which is based on the rampant “racism” narrative of, yet again, the left — Obama people. Bernie people, Hillary people, the folks who rally round Liz “Heap Big Squaw” Warren.

      Now I’m not saying that everybody who likes Barry is on board with the nuttiness. That is not so. You are living proof of it. I commend you, really. But everybody who does support it is on the left.

      E-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y!

      They are almost exclusively young, loud, university snowflakes and blacks riding the Victim Train. And those folks who want to look good to those sorts of silly people.

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    1. Loulou: Dashes and hyphens are useful tools. You done good, and you gain extra points and a Gold Star on your permanent record for the correctly hyphenated compound adjective in your last sentence of the first comment. So few do that correctly.

      There is one thing, however, since you brought this up. It’s a common error that has to do with the keyboard. A dash is wider than a hyphen. If you want a dash you have to hit the hyphen key twice. It initially shows up on your screen as two hyphens, but when you hit the Reply/Publish/Whatever button it morphs into a dash like magic.

      I fixed it in your first comment. See the difference? No charge. I am here to serve.

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  3. Felipe:

    In past postings you have indicated that you don’t believe that Obama is Muslim. For your consideration, I found this article online that puts it all together and thought it may enlighten you:

    “Keep in mind that if you walk like a duck and quack like a duck there is a very good chance you’re a duck!

    Mike Gallagher is one of the most recognized talk radio personalities in the country. He compiled and wrote the following essay entitled, “Obama: It was You.”

    President Obama:
    This is why you didn’t go to France to show solidarity against the Muslim terrorists:
    • It was you who spoke these words at an Islamic dinner -“I am one of you.”
    • It was you who on ABC News referenced -“My Muslim faith .”
    • It was you who gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
    • It was you who wrote that in the event of a conflict-“I will stand with the Muslims .”
    • It was you who assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that -“I am a Muslim .”
    • It was you who bowed in submission before the Saudi King.
    • It was you who sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.
    • It was you who exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.
    • It was you who purposefully omitted – “endowed by our Creator ” – from your recitation of The Declaration Of Independence.
    • It was you who mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the ‘HOLY’ Qur’an.
    • It was you who traveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States Of America.
    • It was you who instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center .
    • It was you who refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House.
    • It was you who ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested that the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.
    • It was you who appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.
    • It was you who appointed rabid Islamists to Homeland Security.
    • It was you who said that NASA’s “foremost mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.
    • It was you who as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.
    • It was you who were the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House,and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the WH tree.
    • It was you who curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.
    • It was you who refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.
    • It is you who has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.
    • It was you who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.
    • It was you who funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.
    • It was you who ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.
    • It was you who directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community.
    • It was you who funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.
    • It is you who follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.
    • It is you who departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal WH religious events.
    • It was you who was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt ‘s Hosni Mubarak, formerly America ‘s strongest ally in North Africa ; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.
    • It was you who appointed your chief adviser,Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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    1. Jeff: Interesting list. I know that some of it is true, but I don’t know if all is true. I kind of doubt it.

      I do not think Barry is a Muslim. I think he is — as are many on the left — a sympathizer in that he thinks the U.S. has treated them badly, poor babies, that the U.S. is at fault for many of the world’s current difficulties. He subscribes to the silly notion that all cultures deserve respect. Barry, to some extent, maybe a great extent, is one of those who dislikes America. I think he has a broad streak of anti-Americanism. Michelle has come right out and stated that regarding herself.

      But a practicing Muslim, nah. And he was born in Hawaii. And the Holocaust happened. I believe all that.

      Barry is simply poorly educated, an amateur president (even after seven years), and he still thinks like a radical undergrad.

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  4. Wilson was a real skunk of a president. Being a racist was only one of his many sins. Under President Wilson, the United States sent troops to bomb and occupy Veracruz. Wilson only recognized the government of Venustiano Carranza in 1915, which allowed arms from the U.S. to flow to Carranza’s forces.

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    1. Jeff: For future reference, if you put a video URL on a separate line, the video will actually appear in the comment, not just the link. It’s better. FYI.

      And, of course. Dr. Jeffress is correct. I am not a Christian, and I’ve never read the Bible, but I agree with his conclusions.

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  5. Uh oh! Loretta Lynch says that the Justice Department will prosecute those criticizing Islam. This guy may have a problem. Free speech is only free if you say what you are supposed to say. Don’t confuse us with facts; the truth does not matter.

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    1. That’s not true. What she said was that the Justice Department would prosecute those threatening Muslims with violence. There’s an ocean of difference between what you wrote and what I wrote above.

      In these tendentious times, respect for the truth is more important than ever.

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      1. Kim: Sometimes what one reads and believes depends on where one gets the information. Anti-Mohammedan speech can be interpreted as a threat even when one does not intend an actual threat. There is wiggle room. Free speech in many quarters of America is being questioned these days (by the left, naturally, your side), and while no one to my knowledge has been jailed or prosecuted in some manner for simply stating extreme dislike for someone or some group, it may have happened. Europe does not have the American free-speech protections, and you will be arrested in many nations over there for what you say. Many people think England has the same free speech that Americans have. It does not.

        In Lynch’s heart, I am convinced she would love to jail people who speak out against “victims” of the day. Barry too. As in all things, I could be mistaken.

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        1. There are well-established legal criteria about inciting violence, and I believe that that is what Loretta Lynch is referencing. I fully support anyone’s right to rail against Islam, but I don’t support threats of violence, nor incitement to violence. I firmly believe the pen is mightier than the sword, and that open, peaceable debate is the best way to make progress in a democracy. And I also believe that we all have a duty to be truthful in such important matters, no matter how much we might dislike that truth.

          And what we really do not want here on American soil is some kind of violent Christian-Muslim battle of religions. To me that would be the worst possible outcome of what’s going on in the world today.

          And if people start inciting violence against Muslims, then such a religious war is high-probability outcome, and I think we can both agree that that would be a bad thing.

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        1. I think the government needs to make it perfectly clear that sectarian violence in the USA will not be tolerated, no matter who is doing it. And I think that’s what Loretta Lynch is doing.

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  6. I’m not much of a fan of Bill O’Reilly, but I agree with what he wrote. Harvard Law School is now in a kerfuffle about continued use of its crest, which apparently contains part of the family seal of a family of former slave-owners.

    Really, I think it would be much more instructive to preserve all these symbols of a past replete with horrors such as racism, slavery, homophobia, whatever, and remember those evils so that we don’t repeat them, rather than erase history we find unpleasant or distasteful and thus perhaps let people forget about the genuine progress our society has made.

    Frankly, this country was not built by a bunch of goody two-shoes, and we shouldn’t pretend otherwise. Great people often harbor great flaws; to pretend otherwise is to deny human nature.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we find it odd that the young focus on such trivialities when there are so many much-bigger problems deserving of their rage.

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