A quick look at events in the recent days will tell you these events are not driven by offended people.
No, they are driven by people filled with hate — on both sides of the argument. Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan without a doubt are driven by pure hate. At the same time, when we look at the far-left movement Antifa, they equally driven by hate. They are enlarged by paid mercenaries — check out ads widely and strategically placed, offering anywhere from $25 to $50 per hour plus expenses to augment the equally hateful Antifa gatherings.
I say equally hateful because they show up all dressed in black, masks on, carrying bare-nail laden bats, urine filled condoms, chains, mace and other implements of “peace and serenity.”
I would like to take these actions and requests to their logical conclusion. It is painfully obvious any slaveholder and anyone supporting slavery cannot be recognized, acknowledged or given any credit for the good they may have done.
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In fact, it appears we have to completely sanitize history by removing every statue, plaque, and marker. Let’s remove Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Lincoln, because they owned slaves.
At the same time, we need to remove Woodrow Wilson, an avowed segregationist and alleged KKK member/official.
We need to remove Robert Byrd because he was a high ranking official in the KKK.
We need to remove anything and everything African from our lexicon, because it was African tribes that sold other African tribes into slavery.
We need to deport every Mexican because, as descendants of Spanish-Mexican peoples, they owned slaves.
Every black person needs to be deported to Africa because their forefathers were engaged in tribal practices that all involved slavery.
Descendants of the original pilgrims need to be deported because they, too, owned slaves.
We will not allow anyone with surnames of Lee, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, or Lincoln. A list of every slaveowner will be produced and anyone with those surnames will be stripped of all belongings and deported.
Then the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution need to be thrown out, because they are the products of evil racists.
What we will be left with are the pure — of mind and soul — indigenous American Indian tribes, certain refugees who can show they have absolutely no ties to slavery, racism, or hateful ideologies. There will no trace of the awful, hateful, and racist actions American citizens have been involved with these past 300 years.
What we will have is a safe, sane, and sanitized society. I doubt it will be any better than our current society.
Yes, one look at these protesters and you realize you are looking at a combination Marxist, socialist, fascist, and anarchist. Their heads have been filled with all sorts of drivel instead of teaching them to read, write, and do basic arithmetic manipulations.
I do believe we are dangerously close to never coming back from this precipice but there is still time to turn back from the madness.
Arie Klapholz retired to Ocean Pines after 33 years of civil service in construction management and 40 years in newspaper production services.
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