Abraham Lincoln and the SJWs

Well, is anybody surprised? I’m not, it was a logical procession. Confederate statues are kind of an easy target, even if they were erected by Democrats to celebrate other Democrats, and now torn down by still more Democrats. But Lincoln is sort of an obvious target, one, he was not a radical (on either side), two, he saw through the radicals of his time and shows us how to in ours. From American Spectator by Kevin Portteus.

The Associated Students of Madison has called for a plaque to be placed on the statue, acknowledging what ASM’s Katrina Morrison called Lincoln’s “brutality toward indigenous peoples.” The alleged “brutality” involves Lincoln’s role in the suppression of an uprising by Sioux Indians in Minnesota in the summer and fall of 1862. In the aftermath of the uprising, a military tribunal issued 303 death sentences to Sioux men.

In the aftermath, Lincoln ordered a careful investigation of the tribunals, and found massive irregularities. He also carefully distinguished between those Sioux who had engaged in battles against soldiers and militia, and those who had perpetrated massacres against unarmed civilians or had committed rape. Despite enormous public pressure, Lincoln commuted 264 of the sentences, and then pardoned one of the others at the last minute. It was the largest mass execution in American history, but it was also one of the nation’s greatest acts of clemency.

These facts were acknowledged by UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank in her statement refusing to acquiesce in ASM’s demands, but they are unlikely to satisfy the SJWs. Thus, one is presented with the spectacle of activists against the Confederacy turning on the man who did more to fight that regime and erase the injustice upon which it was founded than any other man in American history. He paid for it with his life.

All very true, what Indian campaigns took place during the Civil War were horrendous, this one in southern Minnesota and another even worse in Colorado, leading to a quote on letting Indian babies live, “Nits grow into lice”. A lot of the problem was that these were militia campaigns, essentially military style posses, without the leavening of Regular officers, who were often quite understanding of the Indian’s problems. More so, it was to prove in later years, than the civilians appointed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Why? I think a lot of it was that the soldiers, treated the Indians as warriors, giving them the same respect as they would any other army, and being treated so, the Indians reciprocated. Where the BIA treated them (and still does) as children who haven’t the sense to come in out of the rain. The tyranny of low expectations.

But, about Lincoln and the SJWs…

In Lincoln’s time, these were the radical abolitionists. They condemned slaveholders in the vilest language. They burned copies of the Constitution. They publicly declared their desire to rend the Union to escape the taint of association with slavery and slaveholders. (How this would improve the lot of slaves or reform slaveholders is unclear). They refused to participate in politics, denying to themselves the very weapon that could effect meaningful change, because they did not want to take part in a system they believed to be hopelessly corrupt, lest it corrupt them.

In our own time, these are the leftist social justice warriors. They are supremely confident in their own moral superiority, and denounce everything and everyone around them with a now-familiar litany of sins: racism, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and more. They declare that, by definition, all Americans of European ancestry are guilty of all these sins. They demand a total purification of society from all these sins, and to this end are willing to harass, intimidate, threaten, or physically harm anyone who resists them.

With this kind of radicalism there is no discussion and no reasoning. Unconditional submission of the “impure” to the rule of the “pure” is the only acceptable outcome. There is a massive danger in this kind of reformism, because a tyrannical impulse lurks beneath it. The great monsters of modern history — Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim, and Khomeini — have all possessed the kind of reforming spirit Lincoln describes. Each sought to remake man and the world in his own image, free from what each perceived as the impurities around him. Each was utterly ruthless and relentless, indifferent to the suffering of others in pursuit of his goal.

And that is why, increasingly, I see no point in attempting to engage with them, they simply need to be destroyed, at least for another generation or two.


Cleaning up after those who protest

ap_17048660485335-640x492Interesting isn’t it that the very people who insist that the Dakota Access pipeline may pollute the Missouri River (it is most unlikely to) are a very real threat the Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps will spend more than $1 million to clean up the mess left behind by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The protesters — who succeeded in temporarily shutting down pipeline construction under orders from President Barack Obama — were evicted after President Donald Trump put the pipeline project back online.

“The corps’ contract with a Florida-based company to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup includes the main Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side,” the Bismarck Tribune reported on Friday. “Both are on corps’-owned property.”

Despite efforts by the tribe to clean up the protest sites, the land was littered with garbage, and even cars and motor homes had to be removed.

“About 240 rollout dumpsters have been hauled out, each brimming with debris of old food stores, structures, tents, building materials and personal belongings, much of it buried under winter blizzards or simply left behind,” the Tribune reported. “Officials are estimating it will require another equal number of loads to get the job done.”

The article said special consideration would be given to some items, such as teepees, that could have cultural significance and toxic materials.

Logan Thompson, owner of Prairie View equipment contractor, said his company got instructions on handling human waste and waste compost from health officials.

In January, Stand Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II spoke out about the clean up after the protest, which was staged because the tribe and others believed a pipeline spill could contaminate the Missouri River and a reservoir, the Tribune reported.

“Because of this risk of flood, we’re worried about what’s going to be left at the camp,” Archambault said. “What we want to do is make sure none of that waste gets into the Missouri River .… We’re water protectors, but we’re the ones that are going to start contaminating the water.”

via Taxpayers Foot $1M Bill to Clean Up Dakota Pipeline Protest Area – Breitbart

And that’s the thing, the grasslands in Dakota are a fragile ecosystem. That’s why the ranchers are careful in their stewardship of the land, and it’s why the Theodore Roosevelt National Park was founded. This part of the country is where TR became the TR that we all love, as he enjoyed ‘the Strenuous Life’. It made quite the change in a sickly young man. For me it’s personal, it’s also where I restarted my life, when I moved west.

I love that country, its sparseness, its beauty, its open spaces, and yes, its people, both Sioux and Caucasian. As good as any I’ve met. To have this holocaust visited on them by the wastrels of the left, protesting thing they don’t understand, makes me heartsick. To see the wreckage they left behind in this beautiful land, enrages me beyond measure.

I don’t have the answer, I guess, as to what should be done (it must be cleaned up though, and quickly, the spring thaw is coming). But a good start would be making these fools clean up after themselves, their mom’s must be really proud of them.

It’s heartbreaking to see land so abused, and for no real purpose.

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