03 September 2015

Jeb Stuart is the Latest Casualty of Political Correctness


Some will understandably come to the conclusion that a judge in Stuart, Virginia has apparently allowed PC pubic pressure (originating from activist historians and the media) to influence his court by removing a portrait of local hero and favorite son, Jeb Stuart from the courtroom in Stuart, Virginia. According to the news report linked above, there have been no complaints nor demands to remove the portrait. So one could reasonably surmise that the judge acted of his own accord. Yes, this is perfectly within his authority, but these things just don't come about without some impetus. We will now hear calls to rename the town. Stand by. As I've predicted, the feeding frenzy over the CBF was just the beginning. Monuments, portraits, names - anything public or private related to the Confederacy must go. Just be patient and watch. And watch as the activist historians go after the Founding Fathers when they're done with the Confederacy. It's already happening. If they're going to be consistent, they have to.

But what is just as amazing is to read some of these activist historians suggest that the motivation for most of these "renaming and removing" efforts (or, as some have characterized them, "cultural cleansing") is organic and coming from within the communities themselves. That's bull and we all know it's bull - at least the honest among us know it's bull. Accepting such an absurd premise would require one to believe that all the incessant criticisms, impugning and moralizing from activist historians, academia and media types over Confederate imagery over the last 30 years has had no influence on some in these communities. Again, that's absurd on its face. This has been the goal all along. Now they want to act like innocent bystanders and suggest that,
 

"See, these folks are reasonable just like us. Only the crazies still support Confederate monuments and icons - in ANY shape, manner or form."

Rather than failing to take credit, these activist historians should be celebrating and congratulating each other. This is what they've been striving for for years. Victory should be declared.

Using the judge's flawed logic, NO ONE should have their portrait in a courtroom or government building. Can we talk about the moral failings of FDR? How about JFK? Would a person of Japanese heritage want to deal with a government representative in a building named after FDR or one which has his portrait in it? The same logic applies to portraits of Washington, Jefferson - even Lincoln - hanging in the White House and other government buildings. Which is why there will be calls to remove them as well. I'd also be quite interested to know what other portraits hang in this Stuart, Virginia courthouse and what moral failings they may be guilty of. 


Are there any judge's portraits hanging in the courtroom who were sitting on the bench during Virginia's "massive resistance" days? If so, did they make public statements about that policy or did they make any rulings on that topic?

It's rather simple to see through all this PC nonsense. It's simply much easier to go with the flow than to stand against the tide. That's nothing new when it comes to human nature. Intellectual laziness seems to be rampant these days, even among the "educated." Of course, most of the "cultural cleansers" will only go so far. After all, some "heroes" and icons are off limits.

31 August 2015

The Appalachian Trail & America's Changing Culture

Pocosin Cabin, along the AT in Shenandoah National Park
As most readers likely know, the Appalachian Trail runs through Virginia and is also very close to my home near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though I've never hiked the complete trail, I have hiked many miles of it here in my native state of Virginia. So it was with great interest (and disgust) that I read the following:
the culture and attitude of the people using the footpath is changing.

Jensen Bissell, director of the park, said in a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy late last year that AT hikers are "open and deliberate in their desire for freedom from all rules and regulations." He warns that the trail may need to end somewhere besides Katahdin if something doesn't change soon. . . . Some say there appears to be a growing sense of entitlement among thru-hikers, many of whom are just out of college or have enough money to leave work for months at a time.
I am disgusted, but given the change in our culture, not all that surprised. No editorial commentary necessary.

Complete story here.

29 August 2015

The PC Police Are Taking Some Hits

Update: A new poll shows just how out of touch many of the PC crowd in academia are. It also shows how the deniers are making fools of themselves.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults think political correctness is a problem in America today, while only 18% disagree. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (Source.)
I suppose the deniers are part of a new "Lost Cause Myth." When will they face reality?

End of update.

There are a couple of Civil War bloggers who have, time and time again, scoffed at the notion of political correctness. I believe they've done so because they are up to their necks in it and are either:

a. Complicit

b. Afraid of the consequences of being critical

In other words, frauds. But the absolute absurdity of the PC police is becoming more and more evident with each passing day. An increasing number of comedians are making fun of PC's implications which, in a broader cultural sense, signals the fact that average Americans outside of the PC tribunal of academia, the media and government have little regard for the stupidity of the control freak bubble dwellers.

26 August 2015

The Park Service Celebrated Its 99th Anniversary Yesterday - But There's Always a Back Story

Yesterday marked the 99th birthday of the National Park Service. No one appreciates the beauty of our landscape and National Parks more than I do, but there's a dark side; particularly for some of my ancestors and others who once owned what is now NPS land:

From a piece titled, Eminent domain and the Shenandoah National Park:
John Mace had sold water that he bottled from a spring on his property within park boundaries. When he refused to leave his property, the police piled all of his furniture and his belongings in his yard and then burned his house down in front of him to let him know there was no chance of return. Lizzie Jenkins was five months pregnant when the police dragged her from her home, piled her belongings in horse-drawn wagons, and pulled her chimney down so that she would have no source of heat for the upcoming winter.
I've written about this before:
My wife and I (who share the same great-great grandfather-I'll pause here for the jokes) have ancestors--Coffeys--who experienced similar treatment when the Blue Ridge Parkway was built. The Parkway connects to the Skyline Drive (which runs through the SNP) just a few miles from my home. Much of the land where Route 664 intersects with the Parkway was once owned by our folks. As a matter of fact, when you leave Sherando, Virginia and go up Rt. 664 to Love Mountain, you will pass a house on the left that was moved by the feds. That house was once owned by some of our kinfolk. Also, there is still an old log cabin (restored) that is owned by a distant cousin, right off the parkway. And, near that same place, there is still an old family cemetery. It is in that cemetery that our great-great grandfather--Morris Coffey-- who fought with the 51st Virginia Infantry, is buried.
The photo below was one I recently took with 2 of my grandsons kneeling in front of Private Coffey's headstone, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near my home. Our time together also provided a wonderful opportunity to enlighten them about a few misconceptions they had about the "late unpleasantness." They are both very bright young men.

 Also, for a very interesting and moving clip from a documentary about the SNP and the Skyline Drive and the impact of eminent domain, I'd recommend the following:


More Civil Disobedience in the South



Not everyone is going to bow to the education control freaks in academia and government.
“That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee,” Reeves added.

So when the district learned that Brandon High School’s marching band was planning to play the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” during halftime at Friday night’s football season opener, it was decided that was too close to the judge’s ban and the performance was cancelled.

But that didn’t stop dozens of parents and students and fans from performing ‘How Great Thou Art” on their own:“It bothers me because you look at the schools and all of the school shootings and all the bad things that are happening, and wonder why,” parent Kimberly Moore told WLBT. “It’s because we’re allowing evil to step in.”

“I don’t fault our school district because I know they are trying to do what’s right as a community and for the school,” Moore added. “But … in another I’m like we gotta take a stand on behalf of Christ.”
Text source. So, will the Judge put all the fans in jail? Perhaps the Judge will order the hymnals burned.

23 August 2015

Quote of the Day

"When the ladies operate within a protective penumbra of political correctness in a highly feminized culture of girly men, it is pretty easy to win intellectual pillow fights." ~ Kent G. Bailey, Ph.D., professor emeritus of clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Source.

21 August 2015

Why the Taliban Destroyed Buddhist Monuments

First, Buddhism is an easy target for fundamentalist Muslims. 

Second . . .  How could the Taliban better humiliate the locals than to destroy their heritage

I fear archaeological terrorism — this ultimatum of "give us what we want or we will destroy our enemies' (and the world's) heritage."
More here.

18 August 2015

Good News For Learning - Bad News For Control Freak "Education Experts"


From a recent article in the City Journal:
Not so long ago, homeschooling was considered a radical educational alternative—the province of a small number of devout Iowa evangelicals and countercultural Mendocino hippies. No more. Today, as many as 2 million—or 2.5 percent—of the nation’s 77 million school-age children are educated at home, and increasing numbers of them live in cities. More urban parents are turning their backs on the compulsory-education model and embracing the interactive, online educational future that policy entrepreneurs have *predicted for years would revolutionize pedagogy and transform brick-and-mortar schooling. And their kids are not only keeping pace with their traditionally schooled peers; they are also, in many cases, doing better, getting into top-ranked colleges and graduating at higher rates. In cities across the country, homeschooling is becoming just one educational option among many.
*I've been predicting the same for years as well.

And then there's the "critics", i.e. control freaks in academia who want to use the heavy hand of government to protect their turf, suppress freedom of choice and continue to indoctrinate future group-thinkers..
Critics of homeschooling have support in academia. Stanford University political scientist Rob Reich has argued for tighter regulation of homeschooling to ensure that “children are exposed to and engaged with ideas, values, and beliefs that are different from those of the parents.”
In other words, we want to indoctrinate your children with values that are in opposition to what you want them taught. Arrogance, elitism and narcissism on parade.

And . . .

Georgetown Law School professor Robin L. West laments the “virtually unfettered authority” that state laws afford homeschoolers. She worries that homeschooled children grow up to become right-wing political “soldiers,” eager to “undermine, limit, or destroy state functions.”
Ahh, I see, it's all about politics and indoctrination, not education. Forget that homeschoolers, as a group, are light-years ahead of their public (and private) school peers. Funny, isn't it, that this professor is ignoring the elephant in the room - the nutty leftism and indoctrination taking place on many college campuses today.
She, too, would like to see homeschooling more tightly regulated and homeschoolers subjected to mandatory testing and periodic home visits—“to give the state a window into the quality of home life, and a way to monitor signs of abuse.”
"Signs of abuse"? That's laughable. Public schools now have metal detectors and armed police officers patrolling the halls and she's worried about abuse by homeschoolers? Her time might be better invested worrying about what CBS news has called the "silent epidemic of teacher abuse" in public schools.

As the article mentions a persistent "concern" about homeschoolers suffering from a lack of "socialization", it's hard for me to believe that myth still persists. I've dealt with it before. And, in the linked article, someone who works in the admissions department of an Ivy League school notes what I've pointed out numerous times before as well:
An alumnus who does admissions interviews for another Ivy League institution confirms Cammarata’s experience. He finds the homeschooled kids he interviews more self-assured than their peers from traditional schools. “They are much better at interacting with me as an adult,” he tells me. “They know who they are—much more so than the prep school kids.”
Why is that? There are a number of factors, but one major one is that homeschooled kids spend much of their day with adults and interacting with those adults, rather than their peers and trying to impress and mimic those peers. Also, many homeschoolers are taught to ask questions and to be non-conformists - the opposite of what many of the "experts" want. Moreover, homeschooled kids have a much wider array of experiences and activities than do their public and private school peers. This encourages self-confidence and curiosity. Both traits are essential to learning and exploring. The modern classroom model is, in many ways, a failed one. It's amazing the "experts" continue to embrace it. But, that's what happens when you become close-minded and seek, at all costs, to protect your territory.

The article quoted is a fair and honest look at urban homeschoolers and appears in the City Journal. I recommend it and you can read the complete article here.

As always, I acknowledge that there are good teachers doing the best they can in a system that often works against them. 

17 August 2015

Wackydemia & Hating the South

The latest from the witch hunting control freaks in Wackydemia:
When administrators at the University of Georgia declared a ban on hoop skirts in the spring, I could only think, what took you so long? . . .

[Although] donning a hoop skirt on occasion may not constitute a hate crime[,] whether it is a crime of fashion is another matter…
"May not"? Wow. Maybe it's just a manure problem. I used to say, "you just can't make this stuff up." But now, I believe you can. You  can make up the next strangest, seemingly far-fetched possibility of silly politically correct nonsense and then, within days, it's a news item. And all coming mostly from the Wizards of Smart in Wackydemia.

So this trend against all things Southern is rolling on. From "contextualizing monuments" to suggesting any traditional Southern fashion design is "manure" and banning it, the truth of Professor Forrest McDonald's observation becomes more evident with each passing day:
I believe that somewhere, deep in the innermost recesses of their atrophied souls, *Yankees know that they truly have botched things, and truly are plagued with guilt. That, I think, is the bottom line: the Yankee hates himself, and he hates his heritage. And why does he hate us? Because we do not hate ourselves and we treasure ours. ~ Forrest McDonald
Story source.

*Again, just to be clear. This is not just "Yankees", but many a self-hating Southerner as well. As a matter of fact, many of my good Yankee friends are as disgusted over all this as I am.

13 August 2015

Scholars Concerned About The Teaching of American History


The opening paragraph of the linked Washington Post pretty much sums up much of what has been discussed here over the last 10 years:
Dozens of academics, calling themselves “Scholars Concerned About Advanced Placement History” have published an open letter opposing the College Board’s new framework for the AP U.S. History course, saying that it presents “a grave new risk” to the study of America’s past, in large part because it ignores American exceptionalism. . . . The letter was signed by historians and others from a wide range of schools including Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Princeton universities, as well Lynne Cheney,  former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the wife of former vice president Dick Cheney.
And my friend and historian, Kent Masterson Brown, was a signatory to the letter. I have to admit, it is quite gratifying to see your own assertions regarding American Exceptionalism (and the current Southern heritage debate) and how the teaching of American history has been politicized heavily to the left, affirmed more and more each day after so many years of being lampooned by the bubble dwellers and the complicit. Let's consider a couple of quotes from the WAPO piece and open letter:
Critics complained that the framework does not mention important American historical figures, such as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King Jr., but focuses on some of the darker episodes in American history. [Kinda like what Jerry Springer does. The operative word here is focus.]
See, I TOLD you that Confederate icons are just the low-hanging fruit. It's open season on the more glorious episodes of American history. That part of our history doesn't fit the agenda of the "enemies of American Exceptionalism" and the "activist historians."

The critical letter opens with:
We wish to express our opposition to these modifications. The College Board’s 2014 Advanced Placement Examination shortchanges students by imposing on them an arid, fragmentary, and misleading account of American history.
And this:
the new 2014 framework, the College Board has put forward a lengthy 134-page document which repudiates that earlier approach, centralizes control, deemphasizes content, and promotes a particular interpretation of American history. This interpretation downplays American citizenship and American world leadership in favor of a more global and transnational perspective.
Call it a "we are the world" perspective. Patriotism is so passe, don't you know? Can't you just see these intellectual elites turning their noses up in the faculty lounge as they discuss the more traditional aspects of the study of American history.
The new framework is organized around such abstractions as “identity,” “peopling,” “work, exchange, and technology,” and “human geography” while downplaying essential subjects, such as the sources, meaning, and development of America’s ideals and political institutions, notably the Constitution. Elections, wars, diplomacy, inventions, discoveries—all these formerly central subjects tend to dissolve into the vagaries of identity-group conflict.
Of course - identity/group politics is all the rage these days. This confirms EXACTLY what Professor Gordon S. Wood has said:
The new framework scrubs away all traces of what used to be the chief glory of historical writing—vivid and compelling narrative—and reduces history to an bloodless interplay of abstract and impersonal forces. Gone is the idea that history should provide a fund of compelling stories about exemplary people and events. No longer will students hear about America as a dynamic and exemplary nation, flawed in many respects, but whose citizens have striven through the years toward the more perfect realization of its professed ideals. The new version of the test will effectively marginalize important ways of teaching about the American past, and force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a perspective that self-consciously seeks to de-center American history and subordinate it to a global and heavily social-scientific perspective.
Wow. I may have to check to see if the authors have pulled quotes from my blog - they may owe me some attribution. 
There are notable political or ideological biases inherent in the 2014 framework, and certain structural innovations that will inevitably result in imbalance in the test, and bias in the course. 
Well of course. That is the intent. There is a palpable anti-American bias throughout modern American historiography already. This just codifies it. So much for the (lying or ignorant?) academics who used to come here and say such charges were absurd. Will we see a mea culpa? No, the deniers are on board with all this. They're cheering it. It advances their agenda.
the new framework is so populated with examples of American history as the conflict between social groups, and so inattentive to the sources of national unity and cohesion, that it is hard to see how students will gain any coherent idea of what those sources might be. This does them, and us, an immense disservice.
Of course it does a disservice. This is the goal. This is social justice, not history. They want conflict and chaos. Look around you today. No surprise here.

You can read the complete WAPO piece here, along with the full content of the open letter.  

I don't know about you, but I'll take the analysis of *historians like Gordon Wood, Eugene Genovese, Forrest McDonald, Kent Brown and Steven Woodworth (for starters) over the Jerry Springer historians of the blogosphere any day. 

*Woodworth and Brown were the only ones mentioned here that signed the letter, but the other historians referred to have made similar observations and criticisms in recent  years.
 

12 August 2015

Another Battle of Waynesboro Tour

I recently had the privilege of conducting a tour of the Battle of Waynesboro (VA) for a local church group. We had a great crowd (about 20 or so) and I got a lot of positive feedback, as well as a request for another tour. These images are of yours truly and the group standing in the back yard of the Plumb House.





11 August 2015

Suspicious of "Yankee Social Engineers"

A few years ago, author Colin Woodard wrote a book titled American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.

Here is how a recent article in Business Insider about Woodard's book describes my region, Appalachia:
Colonized by settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands, Greater Appalachia is stereotyped as the land of hillbillies and rednecks. Woodard says Appalachia values personal sovereignty and individual liberty and is "intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers alike." It sides with the Deep South to counter the influence of federal government. Within Greater Appalachia are parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, [and, I would add, western Virginia] Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas. [Emphasis mine.]
The BI article further states this about "Yankeedom":
Woodard notes that Yankees have a "Utopian streak."
Is that ever an understatement. I would add, as evidenced by many "Yankeedom" influenced Civil War blogs, that they also have a "Puritanical streak" which motivates them to force their vision on Utopia on the rest of us. Moreover, they love to use government power to accomplish their Utopia. These folks do not value personal liberty and sovereignty to the extent their competing regions do. That's really not arguable.

While Woodard's "regions" could be further dissected and nuanced, I believe his overall characterization as described in the BI article is quite accurate [I've not read the book]. You can look at the impact these various regions and worldviews have had on American history going all the way back to the colonial period. 

It is part of the cause for the War Between the States. Though slavery was certainly central to that conflict, the underlying fact that the Deep South and Appalachia were, and still are, "intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers" cannot be ignored as a major contributing factor. Those that continue to suggest that the WBTS was ALL about slavery make a very shallow and simplified argument. Some do so out of ignorance, others to advance an agenda. Even progressive, anti-Confederate historian David Blight has noted that "the Confederacy is to this day the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history". 

So, if this region remains "the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history" then it stands to reason that it's rebellion and anti-authoritarian bent was and is rooted in something much deeper that a desire to maintain chattel slavery.
You can also listen to an interview with the author here, at NPR. I'm going to attempt to address this topic more in an upcoming post. I find it a fascinating subject.

In the South

“In the South, history clings to you like a wet blanket. Outside your door the past awaits in Indian mounds, plantation ruins, heaving sidewalks and homestead graveyards; each slowly reclaimed by the kudzu of time.” ~ Tim Heaton

10 August 2015

Lest We Forget

As I read the ongoing nonsense taking place on so many so-called "Civil War blogs", I keep coming back to recent comments (and some not so recent) regarding the current, faddish (and rather juvenile) trends in academia and historiography. I know I've posted these quotes a number of times, but they are worth repeating a number of times.

These "Civil War" blogs have become so obsessed and pop-culture-like that I refer to them as the Jerry Springers and Al Sharptons of the CW blogosphere. They've become quite ridiculous. Anyway, back to those comments which I find so timely and appropriate and, thankfully, remind me that there are still a few adults left in the room:
. . . academics have given up trying to recover an honest picture of the past and have decided that their history-writing should become simply an instrument of moral hand-wringing. . . . this obsession has seriously affected the writing of American history. The inequalities of race and gender now permeate much of academic history-writing, so much so that the general reading public that wants to learn about the whole of our nation’s past has had to turn to history books written by nonacademics who have no Ph.D.s and are not involved in the incestuous conversations of the academic scholars. These historians see themselves as moral critics obligated to denounce the values of the past in order to somehow reform our present. ~ Professor Gordon S. Wood
And more from Wood:
All of this, of course, should be obvious to any student of the subject, and the consequences of politicizing history are evident for all to see: a growing ignorance about American origins, hostility to learning about them, and the reflexive habit of judging the behavior of people in the distant past by contemporary standards. This has had the effect not only of distorting our understanding of American history, but of alienating students from an appreciation of their country’s rich heritage.
And one more:
The belief in these certain things—life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, equality. All of the great notions that are part of the American Dream or American ideology come out of the Revolution. These are our highest aspirations, our noblest ideals. That’s why the Revolution is the most important event in our history. It’s too bad it’s not being taught everywhere. The people who came out of the ‘60s are currently in control of the profession and it’s has become essentially race-class-gender issues.
And the recent piece by Professor Victor Davis Hanson affirms the points Wood has now made on several recent occasions:
There are lots of strange paradoxes in the current frenzied liberal dissection of past sins. One, a historic figure must be near perfect in all dimensions of his or her complex life to now pass progressive muster. That Jefferson is responsible for helping to establish many of the cherished human rights now enshrined in American life apparently cannot offset the transgression of having owned slaves. Two, today’s moral standards are always considered superior to those of the past. Ethical sense supposedly always improves with time. 
And then this quote by Professor Eugene Genovese:
We are witnessing a cultural and political atrocity--an increasingly successful campaign the media and academic elite to strip white southerners, and arguably black southerners as well, of their heritage, and, therefore, their identity. They are being taught to forget their forebears or to remember them with shame.
And, finally, I would include Professor Forrest McDonald's quote:
I believe that somewhere, deep in the innermost recesses of their atrophied souls, *Yankees know that they truly have botched things, and truly are plagued with guilt. That, I think, is the bottom line: the Yankee hates himself, and he hates his heritage. And why does he hate us? Because we do not hate ourselves and we treasure ours. ~ Forrest McDonald
*I don't think this is unique to "yankees." I know a good number of folks from the north who detest what is going on. I think Genovese better identifies these folks as the "media and academic elite."

Relic Hunting Post #131 - Need Help Cataloging Your Collection?

For my fellow relic hunters and collectors - just came across this site for organizing and cataloging your finds:

RelicRecord.com



Personally, I prefer keeping my records private, but this might work for some folks and certain types of finds.

08 August 2015

Black Pastors Demand Removal of Bust From Smithsonian


No, not Jeff Davis or Thomas Jefferson. We would be talking about the offending bust of Margaret Senger, founder of Planned Parenthood. How timely this news came shortly after my last post about the hypocrisy of many historians moral reformers.
A band of black pastors is calling for the removal of a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
Ten pastors with Ministers Taking a Stand — a nonprofit that promotes educational choice, family principles and entrepreneurship — signed onto a letter Friday arguing that Sanger was not really a “champion of justice” and thus her bust should be removed from the Smithsonian’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which honors “great achievements…striking down long-standing segregationist practices and discrimination in American society.” [Source.]
This is known as reaping the whirlwind. While Dylan Roof's callous murder of 9 African-Americans at a church in Charleston, SC and his association with the Confederate battle flag spurred a national conversation and movement against all Confederate icons, Sanger's "baggage" is far more damning than Confederate icons as her "legacy" is far more lasting and impacting in real ways than anything associated with the Confederacy. And the pastors are pulling no punches:
How can a person like Sanger, who found common cause with the racial agenda of the Ku Klux Klan (“KKK”), be ranked among true champions of “justice?” She was a purveyor of grave injustice against the most vulnerable.

Planned Parenthood continues to suppress the growth of minority populations by locating 70% of its abortion facilities within in or near black and Latino communities. The Life Issues Institute has an interactive map showing this at: http://www.protectingblacklife.org/pp_targets.

This explains why elective abortion remains the number one cause of death among black Americans, higher than all other causes combined. We will not remain silent while the National Portrait Gallery venerates someone who sought to eradicate our very existence. Ms. Sanger was a racist, elitist, and her beliefs led to massive destruction of unborn human life. She was no hero. [Source.]
So what about all the politicians who have praised Planned Parenthood and taken donations from that group? Will we see demands for retractions and apologies? Will we see demands they return the funds? Will they be hounded from office? Will we see historians moral reformers jump on the band wagon and post "TAKE IT DOWN" on their blogs and twitter feeds? (And let's not forget, this is a government building.)

Cue the crickets.