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Publisher’s Ink: Is Mount Rushmore next?

By From page A3 | September 27, 2017

Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy was referred to as “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Those demanding the removal of statues because they find them offensive are demonstrating the “Speak loudly and carry a big stick” domestic policy.

Gazing up at Mount Rushmore gives one a sense of national pride. It’s serene, yet powerful and majestic with four past presidents looking out over the Black Hills of South Dakota. My wife and I recently visited the monument. It was on my bucket list.

Now I’m trying to imagine what will become of this national treasure when the snowflakes and miscreants turn their attention to its destruction. Will they sand blast it or use dynamite? It’s going to be difficult to find a cloth large enough to cover it until a decision is reached.

Calling for Washington State to change its name was once considered a joke. The state after all is named for a founding father who owned slaves during his lifetime. The Antifa and radical left are sure to make this demand heard.

And who would have believed statues of Christopher Columbus would be targeted? It was just a matter of time. Once all the Confederate statues are located and leveled, attention will turn to additional offensive subjects. All this hatred and destruction is reminiscent of what the Taliban did in Afghanistan in its quest to snuff out history.

Mount Rushmore must certainly be next. George Washington owned slaves. He has to go! Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence and another founding father, also owned slaves. Erase him from history. Lincoln was fine leaving slavery intact at the beginning of the Civil War and actually suggested deporting all slaves back to their homeland. And then we have Teddy Roosevelt. His mother hailed from Georgia and secretly sent provisions through enemy lines during the Civil War to support her family members, who were pro-slavery.

Now is the time to book your vacation to Mount Rushmore, while it’s still there. It may be on the short list of statue removal or, in this case, monument desecration.

However, due to its isolation in western South Dakota other prominent national monuments in the heart of the nation’s capital could be first up on the chopping block: The Jefferson Memorial. How dare we memorialize a former slave owner. The Washington Monument wouldn’t need to come down. Just change the name to the Bill Clinton Monument in recognition of his sexual prowess. Then we could remove Abraham Lincoln, currently seated inside the Lincoln Memorial, and convert the building into a homeless shelter.

Stay tuned as the crazed snowflakes persist in tearing down more statues they disagree with and then turn their sights on cities named after our forefathers. Cities like Columbus, Ohio; Lincoln Neb.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Madison, Wisc; Monroe, La.; and, of course, Washington, D.C.

Standing up to these thugs can be difficult. Just ask the owner of the Washington Redskins when they tried forcing the professional football team’s owner to change the name of his franchise. There’s hope. During the University of Alabama v. Florida State Seminole college football game earlier this moth fans could be seen doing the “tomahawk chop.” Oh, those racists kids. They obviously didn’t get the Progressive’s memo.

Radicals on the left are hell-bent on erasing history, especially those with links to southern heritage. Freedom of speech is fine until you say something they disagree with. And whatever you do, don’t declare yourself a nationalist. Loving and respecting your country doesn’t fit with their global agenda.

With the statues removed all we’ll have left are the pedestals. And I dare say as history is erased so is our country.

Richard Esposito is publisher of Village Life and the Mountain Democrat.

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