Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them. If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly. (Editorial)

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WASHINGTON DC- In his poignant piece comprised of experience and analysis, Joel Pollack of Breitbart News warns America of what may lie ahead if the current trend of erasing history continues.
 
Pollack, a Johannesburg native who was raised in his youth in Chicago, writes that his experience later living as an adult in Cape Town in the 2000’s initially showed promise for the nation as sanctions were lifted and “Reconciliation was the common theme.” 
 
Previous symbols related to the era of apartheid, such as the flag and the national anthem, were replaced.
 
However, he observed “deeply discouraging” events unfold, as then-president Thabo Mbeki, “who was supposed to lead South Africa’s economic revival, became obsessed with race instead, blaming white racism for Africa’s HIV/Aids pandemic and rejecting antiretroviral medicines.”
 
He asserts that the educational offerings for black students diminished as white teachers were offered early retirement in favor of diversity in the school workforce.  “Political patronage’ became the goal of the state-run electrical company, Eksom, and cheap electricity rates eventually turned into “regular electricity shortages, and [South Africa’s] once-promising economy barely hobbles along.”
 
Renaming streets and cities, and defacing statues, became popular in South Africa at that time.  The name of the town of Pretoria, named for Voortrekker Andries Pretorius, was changed after much debate to Tshwane.  Pretorius was Voortrekker leader and victor in a bloody battle of the Voortrekkers against the Zulus in 1838.
 
Not all targets of activists were rooted in erasing the history of white leaders.  After activists at the University of Cape Town defaced and later removed the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, considered a “perceived symbol of historical white oppression,” they moved on to burning artwork.  Such targets included an anti-apartheid painting by Keresemose Richard Baholo.  Baholo painted a series depicting demonstrations at the University of Cape Town, and the painting in question showed a figure holding a sign that read, ‘no to violence.’
 
Pollack calls this “obsession with replacing history” a “waste of energy,” noting that:

“These new fights opened up old wounds and racial divisions, at a time when the country ought to have been unifiying — when children were hungry and people were literally dying in the streets of a preventable disease.”

Indeed, the destroying and erasing process in the United States has in some cases also taken on an indiscriminate bent.  Some statues and depictions have been removed or destroyed with clear, though often debated, explanation, such as the planned removal of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. 

It is the composition of the statue that has led to the takedown, as the presence of Roosevelt on a horse flanked by an African and an American Indian on foot “explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior” according to New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio.

Some moves against statues and other symbols defy explanation for cause, however.  In Madison, WI, on the same night that Black Lives Matter protestors attacked BLM-supporting Democrat State Senator Tim Carpenter,  protestors toppled the statue of abolitionist Hans Christian Heg, who died in the Civil War fighting to end slavery.  After beheading the statue, the protestors threw the statue into a nearby lake.

Pollack draws additional parallels between what he has witnessed  in South Africa and what he sees unfolding in the United States.

“Here in the U.S., the sudden obsession with replacing statues and renaming things is a similar distraction for the left from its failure to solve the lingering social problems of cities that Democrats have governed for generations.”
 
He continues,
 
“It is easier to tear down a statue than to confront the teachers’ unions that have a stranglehold on public education; easier to confront a vainglorious bronze pillar than to take on the environmental lobby that blocks factories or new housing developments.”
 
Here in the US, we find Democratic leaders either doing nothing to stop the removals and damage, or actually supporting it, and yet continuing to allow their own cities and states to founder.
 
Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo referred to attacks on monuments including World War II Memorials and statues of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant as “good statements,” asserting, 
 
“It’s a healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it.”
 
Democratic Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh joined with left-wing activists in favoring the removal of a 142-year-old statue of Abraham Lincoln.
 
Pollack’s Breitbart publication has reviewed in the past the many ways that longtime Democrat holds on cities have done their citizens a disservice, including the categories of Obamacare, amnesty, gun control, and the high rate of abortion.
 
Even Democratic Senator Karen Bass touched briefly on the issue of failures in proactive leadership at a recent Roundtable, stating, “We took away resources from mental health, the safety net, a lot of programs.  And then we leave the fallout to the police to clean up.”
 
New York Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch pointed out in a recent statement that police officers are left to pick up the pieces in areas in which New York state has failed its citizens.

“New York state had been failing our communities for decades: failing to provide economic opportunity, failing to educate our youth, failing to care for the vulnerable and the mentally ill. Police officers spend our days addressing issues caused by these failures.”

Pollack continues on the subject of Democrats at the helm, noting,

“They want so many new rules and regulations to create a more just society — but then demand the abolition of the police that are necessary to enforce the law. They demand economic justice — but then loot and burn stores owned by minorities and immigrants in inner city neighborhoods. The Democratic Party does nothing to stop it.”

He remarks that when mobs indiscriminately target statues such as those of abolitionists, “the issue is no longer racial justice but basic civility, the rules we must respect if our society is to survive.”

In Pollack’s opinion and experience, 

“South Africa is undoubtedly poorer today than it ought to be because it keeps fighting its history rather than building its future.

“We Americans are in danger of repeating South Africa’s mistake.”

Perhaps if Pollack’s pleas are heard and attention is turned to proactive rather than reactive actions, to civil rather than uncivil discourse, the United States may avoid the same fate he witnessed in South Africa.

They want to get rid of The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem.  They’re about to make it our battle hymn.

As social justice warriors try and destroy America – and seem to be doing so at an accelerated rate – there’s now a push to remove The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem.  The National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, Kyle Reyes, has something to say about that.

“Leave us alone.”

I think that’s the consensus among the overwhelming majority of Americans.

We are sick of the riots.  We are sick of the quarantine.  We are sick of being controlled and attacked like we’ve never before seen in our lifetimes.

“Leave us alone.”

We are sick of being told we are racist because we don’t embrace the extremism of Black Lives Matter… yet still believe that, like all lives, black lives do matter.

We’re sick of having our jobs, homes, families and lives threatened because we support law enforcement.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of scrolling through social media and seeing the latest news that lawmakers are destroying the Second Amendment.  That politicians are telling us we can’t go to church.  That celebrities want us to be shamed for wanting to see family and friends.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of being told that if we don’t wear a mask in public, we’ll have to pay a huge fine that we can’t afford because the government putting so many companies out of business with their draconian measures.  We’re sick of then seeing thousands of people riot in the streets without masks.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of seeing indoctrination in our schools that literally LIES to our little children and teaches them that police hate black people.

We’re sick of watching books be burned.  Statues be destroyed.  History be erased.

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick of living this new life of anxiety.  We’re sick of restless nights because we hear a sound and think “is someone there?” or “is it finally happening in my neighborhood?”

“Leave us alone.”

We’re sick and tired of watching the America that we love destroyed right before our eyes.  And the sleeping giant is about to awaken.

We’ve sat here quietly.  We’ve watched the tension build up.  It’s like an earthquake, right?  Sometimes those tremblors are simply a preview of a massive quake that’s about to come.  We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks.

“Leave us alone.”

You couldn’t do it, could you?  You just had to push and push and push.  And now you want The Star-Spangled Banner?

We are approaching a breaking point.

Here’s the deal.

The editor-in-chief of Yahoo Music wrote an article asking if it’s time to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner” with a different anthem.  He says it’s because racism accusations against the man who wrote its words, Francis Scott Key, who is of course dead and can’t defend himself.

Just last weekend, protestors pulled down Key’s statue in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for that reason.

They also destroyed with one of former Union General and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.

Then on Wednesday, the Tulsa Athletic — a National Premier Soccer League squad in Oklahoma — said it no longer would play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at home matches.

They’ll now play “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie instead, which the team called “a new song of patriotism.”

Black activist and journalist Kevin Powell was interviewed for the article.  He had plenty to say about Key:

“He was a very well-to-do lawyer in Washington, D.C., and eventually became very close to President Andrew Jackson, who was the Donald Trump of his time, which means that there was a lot of hate and violence and division.

At that time, there were attacks on Native Americans and Black folks — both free Black folks and folks who were slaves — and Francis Scott Key was very much a part of that. He was also the brother-in-law of someone who became a Supreme Court justice, Roger Taney, who also had a very hardcore policy around slavery.

And so, all of that is problematic. And the fact that Key, when he was a lawyer, also prosecuted abolitionists, both white and Black folks who wanted slavery to end, says that this is someone who really did not believe in freedom for all people. And yet, we celebrate him with this national anthem, every time we sing it.”

In George Orwell’s “1984” he wrote:

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. History has stopped.”

That’s where we are today.

Let me tell you what I want for America.  Because not that you know who I am or particularly care, but in many ways – I am YOU.  Regardless of what you look like.

I have three little girls and a wife.  I love them dearly.

I don’t want to fight people.  I don’t want to be bothered.  I want to sit by the little blue kiddie pool and dangle my toes in the freezing cold water with them.

I want to sit outside in our little backyard at night with my wife, drinking cheap American beer and listening to Hall and Oates. 

I want to go to church – not under threat of arrest – and thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

I want to run with my family playing Tag in the park.  I want to cook burgers and dogs.  I want to hang out with our friends – our gay ones, our black ones, our Hispanic ones, our straight ones, our Christian ones, our Jewish ones, our Muslim ones – ALL OF THEM – and do what we always do.  Break each others’ balls and laugh and joke and not talk about politics.

I want a world like we had where I was growing up – where you could pray how you wanted, vote how you wanted, live like you wanted without garnering the hate of your family and neighbors because they stalk you on social media and have decided they hate you.

Is it silly to think that changing The Star-Spangled Banner might be the breaking point for many Americans?  Perhaps.  But every night, as we tuck our girls into bed, we pray with them.  And we sing that song.  Because to our family, it’s bigger than us.  It’s bigger than ALL of us.

It reminds us that there’s hope we can still be one nation, under God, indivisible.

Now I wonder if perhaps we’re indivisible after all.

Just understand this – if you eliminate The Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem… it might very well become the battle hymn of countless Americans who asked you to do just one simple thing that you couldn’t seem to do…

“Leave us alone.”

We hope you’ll consider getting in the fight with us.  Here’s what Law Enforcement Today – the largest police-owned media outlet in America – is doing.

We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear. 

We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.

We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

We welcome with open arms companies that openly support law enforcement, and we are proud to offer them options to get their products to market. 

We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants.  We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.

Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

Survivors of the Dallas five killings.

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

SWAT teams. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

Sniper schools. 

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

World War II veterans.

Societies that erase history have a dark future ahead of them.  If America is to survive, we need to change course quickly.  (Editorial)

And so, so much more.

The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail.  We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.  The majority of our content producers for Law Enforcement Today are active, retired or wounded law enforcement officers.  The revenue we make helps provide for their families and helps bring a TRUE voice about what’s happening in America.

On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.

We have a problem in society.  Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy.  But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.

We’ve launched a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors.  We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.

On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.

You can also download the app to watch the content right from your iPhone.

We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.

Click here to sign up. 

If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today.  I can be reached at [email protected]

We will not be silenced.  You shouldn’t be either.

God bless you all, and God bless America.

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