The Amazon series “The Man in The High Castle” is about an alternate universe where the Axis won World War II. Germany occupies the Eastern United States and Japan the West.
The nightmarish series isn’t easy to watch, especially the last episode of Season 3, where the Nazis decide that to truly wield power, they must eradicate U.S. history.
The Statue of Liberty is blown up in New York Harbor and the Liberty Bell melted down and recast as a giant swastika. In New York City, mobs of torch-bearing youth roam the streets chanting “Blood and Soil,” and attacking passersby.
The Nazis announce that this is Jahr Null (Year Zero), when American history begins. Nothing will be acknowledged which preceded it. There will be no memory of what America once was.
Back in our universe, Year Zero is happening now.
The leftist Southern Poverty Law Center said that as of early June, 110 monuments to Confederate figures (including depraved characters like Robert E. Lee – the most beloved general on either side of the Civil War) have been removed. Thousands more await demolition.
At Virginia’s Washington and Lee University, portraits of the father of our country and the leader of the Army of Northern Virginia will still grace the chapel, but no longer in uniform. Perhaps they’ll rename the school for Booker T. Washington and Spike Lee.
Antifa and its allies started with soft targets, those they’d convinced a gullible public are symbols of racism.
Soon, they’ll move on to bigger things, like Mount Rushmore, with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – two slave-owners, a president who said preserving the Union was more important than freeing the slaves, and the quintessential jingoist – hardly fitting heroes for the new age of enlightenment.
In the meantime, the Antifa mob controls parts of Portland, Oregon, courtesy of Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler. Instead of “Blood and Soil,” the chants are “No Fascist USA” and “Fight White Supremacy” – as defined by them, of course.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was accosted in a Louisville restaurant by a Dem mob. One thug slammed his fist on the table where the Senator and his wife were sitting, making dishes rattle.
On October 19, Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi was arrested for phoning death threats to two Senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh – messages that had something to do with “a nine-millimeter” and “the side of your (expletive) skull.” Hillary’s 2016 running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, says his party should “fight in the courts,” “fight at the ballot box” and “fight in the streets.” And would you like that shirt in brown, Senator?
How can ordinary Americans be expected to resist this insanity when their history is as alien to them as flora at the foothills of the Himalayas? A 2014 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found only 18% of U.S. high school students are proficient in American history.
In 2008, one of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind, involving more than 2,500 Americans, young and old, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, found:
• Only 21% recognized the phrase “Of the people, by the people, for the people” from the Gettysburg Address.
• Less than half could name the three branches of government.
• 47% didn’t know that only Congress has the power to declare war.
• 73% didn’t know that the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from establishing a national religion.
• Fewer than one in five knew that the phrase “wall of separation” isn’t in the Constitution, but was taken from Jefferson’s private correspondence.
• Based on another survey, only 28% of respondents could name three of the original 13 colonies; just 24% could name one thing for which Benjamin Franklin is famous (37% thought he invented the light bulb); 12% identified Dwight Eisenhower as a Civil War general; and a majority didn’t know who we fought in World War II.
History is as alien to our schools as hygiene is to a punk concert.
A staggering 88% of elementary school teachers consider teaching history a low priority. The Pilgrims, Puritans, pioneers, Grand Army of the Republic and Doughboys might as well be craters on a map of the moon.
The educrats who design public school curricula intentionally avoid U.S. history, which they view as a lamentable saga of subjugation, extermination and exploitation. Instead of teaching our history, schools teach victimology: This is what we did to American Indians. This is what we did during the eras of slavery and segregation. This is what we did to Chinese railroad workers and Japanese-Americans during World War II, etc., etc.
Who cares if we demolish statues of presidents and generals. The coming New Order will give us memorials to Herbert Marcuse, Malcolm X and Saul Alinsky.
The left plans on taking from us everything that binds us as a people – symbols and struggles, heroism and optimism, faith and freedom.
Camille Paglia, the author and academic, warns: “What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and hot water comes out. … They know nothing!”
These are empty vessels waiting to be filled with leftist slogans: “It’s the 99% versus the 1%,” “Tax cuts for the rich,” “The system is broken,” “Socialism means we care about the poor,” “Level the playing field,” “Western Civilization is about dead, white males,” “The patriarchy encourages violence against women,” “Cops target young, black men,” “Borders violate human rights” and so on.
We live in a materially-rich, spiritually-impoverished country. Not only does hot water flow from faucets and orange juice magically appear in supermarkets, but we have homes with heat and air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, personal computers, and well-stocked refrigerators.
If that weren’t enough, we can choose our leaders every two and four years, speak our minds without fear of retaliation (except in Portland, Ore.), practice our faith, work where we want, and have leisure time that previous generations couldn’t even imagine. But there are always barbarians prowling on the fringes of civilization, and savages within – Huns and Mongols, Ottoman armies, Cossacks, Bolsheviks, Nazis and jihadists, and (in our streets) anarchists, nihilists and racial lynch mobs.
Without reference to history, how do we know where rights come from? How can we begin to comprehend how precious and rare freedom is, and what our forebears and forefathers had to sacrifice to get us here?
Civilization depends on the choices we make every hour of every day. But how can we choose wisely when the past is lost in a fog — a tale told by a Democrat, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
That’s from the Gettysburg Address.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.
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