Déjà Vu All Over Again

By April 22, 2014Blog


It had to happen. It was as inevitable as the sunrise, death, taxes, politicians’ lies, and Massachusetts arrogance. The only thing surprising is that it took so long. “Students” (unnamed and unnumbered) at Washington and Lee University have demanded that the school apologise for “the dishonorable side” of General Robert E. Lee and his “participating in chattel slavery.” Further, they demand eradication of all “neo-Confederate” observance on the campus and official recognition of Dr. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (Perhaps rename the Lee Chapel the “King Chapel”? Certainly General Lee and his family must be disinterred from that place and hidden out of sight.)

One wonders why General Washington, who was also guilty of “participating in chattel slavery” has been exempted from the anathema? Washington, like a majority of the first fifteen Presidents of the U.S., was a slave-owner. Even those few Presidents who were not slave-owners did not criticize slavery while in office and only one (John Quincy Adams) did so after leaving office.

These things are tiresomely and tirelessly orchestrated, and they will never stop, enjoying as they do, an unbroken winning streak. Imagine the gall of these people to talk about “honor,” a concept and behaviour that they know even less about than they do about nuclear physics, history, or manners.

The use of the term “neo-Confederate” is a dead giveaway. It is a slander term without any meaning, employed to induce a scare in the unthinking, like “neo-Nazi.” It was invented several years ago in obedience to the maxim of V.I. Lenin that one must never debate enemies of the revolution, but always defame them until it sticks. Presumably the demand for suppression covers any recognition of Southern or Confederate heritage, something that was commonplace throughout the U.S. for a century.

Also completely inevitable is the response of the university president, someone named Ruscio, doubtless a scion of the Old Virginia Ruscios. The president instantaneously declared his eternal allegiance to “inclusiveness and diversity.” And he appointed a committee to consider the grievance of the suffering students. Anyone who ever spent a few weeks on a campus knows what that means. The last time a university president appointed a committee that was not hand-picked for a pre-ordained result was early in the first Eisenhower administration–and even that example is doubtful.

I have been accumulating evidence for some time now that will establish that university presidents are actually extra-terrestrials. Here are some of the indications. None of them have any loyalties–they move interchangeably from one empire-building post to another. They are all programmed to say exactly the same thing in every likely situation. None of them have or ever have had any human connection or experience with education, learning, or culture. For them these are just convenient terminology. They all simultaneously adopt whatever con game is considered the latest in educational fashions. They all have an unearthly capacity to program presumably intelligent businessmen who make up their trustees into obedient zombies.

This latest bit of ethnic cleansing is directed at a really substantial target. It will be interesting to see how much real opposition will come forward.

Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair at the Abbeville Institute. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews and is co-publisher of www.shotwellpublishing.com, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books.

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