Mount Rushmore Will Not Be Cancelled
Mount Rushmore Will Not Be Cancelled
The cancel culture is feeling their power. Taking over cities, pulling down statues, cowing people into kneeling, they are feeling their oats. Two tribal leaders have called for the removal of Mount Rushmore ahead of President Donald Trump’s July 3, 2020 visit.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has invited the President to appear at the Independence Day celebration, which will feature the first fireworks at the National Memorial monument in eleven years. The National Park Service and the State of South Dakota teamed up to present this event. Tickets were drawn by lottery in June and the event will run from 4:00 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m. MT. This incredible celebration of our Declaration of Independence will be broadcast and live-streamed. Sounds incredible, right? Sounds like what John Adams had in mind when he wrote to his beloved wife, Abigail:
“I am apt to believe,” Adams said, “that Independence Day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
Nowhere in his missive did he say, “Unless there is a plague upon the land, a mope finds it too much fun, or a conquered people are offended.” And, the conquered people are offended. The Hill.com reported that two local tribal chiefs are unhappy with the Mount Rushmore celebration:
“Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty than the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore,” Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier said in a statement, according to USA Today.
Frazier also criticized President Trump’s and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) plans for a July 3 fireworks display at the monument, according to the newspaper.
“We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogance and fire hoping our sacred lands survive,” he said. “This brand on our flesh needs to be removed and I am willing to do it free of charge to the United States, by myself if I must.”
Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner has also called for the removal of the monument, which he called “a great sign of disrespect” last week.
Now, I know this isn’t politically correct, but defeated peoples don’t get to decide which monument is okay and which isn’t. Haven’t we learned that this year? The Confederacy was defeated and the people were traitors according to Marie Harf. There must be no sign that the Civil War ever happened.
Deanna wrote a great post about how ignorant Americans are a viral threat. Read it here.
Is Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier, who offered to remove Mount Rushmore himself, suggesting a Taliban-style removal? Remember the Bamiyan Buddhas blown up by the Taliban?
USA Today, ugh, is down with the struggle:
The presidents carved into the stone themselves are not without controversy, either — George Washington and Thomas Jefferson held slaves, Abraham Lincoln approved the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Minnesota after a conflict with white settlers, and Theodore Roosevelt is reported to have said “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every 10 are.”
“Visitors look upon the faces of those presidents and extol the virtues that they believe make America the country it is today,” Frazier said. “Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal.”
The story of World History is the story of victors and vanquished. As a matter of fact, the Sioux history is one of vanquishing others.
The Democrats, the party of “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” tweeted and deleted a claim that the Mount Rushmore celebration was glorifying white supremacy:
In the since deleted Tuesday morning tweet, the DNC took Trump to task for the series of grievances he has enacted against indigenous communities in the United States.
‘Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief,’ they said in the tweet.
They then turned their attention to Trump’s July 3rd visit to Mt. Rushmore in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he will host a massive rally that will include a firework display. Many Native American activists and protesters are planning on taking to the controversial monument to protest it and the president’s visit.
The Democrats are the party of division and hate. It was just five years ago that 21% of Democrats wanted President Barack Obama carved into Mount Rushmore. It would be nice if the Democrats didn’t have selective dementia.
Sean Hannity had South Dakota Governor Noem on his program last night to discuss the Mount Rushmore controversy:
I have not been to Mount Rushmore. I would love to hear from South Dakotans on what life is like there. It sounds cold in the winter.
Happy Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day! Thank you to all those who have fought and died so that I can live free.