Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:58
Some people have concluded that recent efforts to erase the history of the country are unreasoning acts of hysteria. Personally, I think it's more likely the case that folks have gotten lazy and are tired of having to learn from history, so they've decided to erase its artifacts from the public square. The most convenient excuse for doing so is the claim that someone or some thing was a sign of or a support for racism. Given that most of our so-called founding fathers owned slaves (but who remembers that?!!), we should destroy all the documents they produced, like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (And who remembers the Articles of Confederation? And, if you are one of these paragons of historical memory, you probably know about the Alien and Sedition Acts.) In fact, if we're really, really lazy, we don't even have to learn the names of our presidents. We can just call the next one Big Brother. But, you may object, what if the next president is a woman? O.k., then, we can ask her if it's o.k. to call her Big Brother. And if she doesn't care for that appellation, we can forget what she says she prefers, because we'll be too lazy to remember it. Besides, gender doesn't matter, does it? Or, maybe we can all just rely on short term memory. If someone is offended by our use of language, we can ask them how we should refer to it in the future. Then, if we forget what we promised to say, or if someone else is offended by the new language, we can just ask them the same thing. Except, uh, wait. None of these suggestions can possibly work, because we'd have to remember them, and we can't do that because we've become too lazy. Never mind!