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Washington Politics for all the People (or at least 0.043% of them)

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Opinion By GRANDPA1940

In among the many strange ways of America’s New Left, some statements and actions stand out for their absurdity. I call the present Democratic Party the New Left, so as to distinguish it, and many of its eye-rolling beliefs and strategies: from the old Democrats. The Democrats whose policies, politics and steady governance gave them the White House for some 36+/- of the years since the end of WW2.

The question possibly should be phrased so as to enquire if a fair percentage of Americans have changed. Otherwise how could America have embraced the election, or sometimes continued elections of Representatives of both City, State and Congress, who now spout beliefs and opinions far to the left of those who sat in their chairs, offices and gatherings less than two decades ago?

As to the evidence of that change, I would simply point towards the establishment, in the very Capital of Federal America, of a District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions. Or “DC FACES” committee in July – to study assets in D.C. named after individuals to “ensure these individuals reflect contemporary DC values,”

Formed by Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the report targeted various buildings, parks and landmarks, all of which they wish to rename to ‘contextualise’ that building, park or landmark with due reference to

  • 1. Did the person contribute positively to African Americans and other people of color?
  • 2. Did the individual participate in slavery or support other acts of discrimination?
  • 3. Was the person a DC resident?
  • 4. Was the person integral or important to DC history?
  • 5. Can we find a reason the person was honored with the naming?

The ‘Committee’ is willing to spend ‘millions’ to rename buildings and parks in order to bring ‘ease’ to the hurt feelings of modern-day DC residents. Their justification for this? The response to  the Web Survey was completed by 2,300 Washington voters.

Unfortunately, the population of Washington D.C. is 5,322,000. So all this heat, ink and false umbrage is the result of replies from 0.043% of the voting population.

They also want to target some Statues, but there is a small stumbling block in their way: the statues and memorials are Federally owned.

Some three years ago, I wrote a piece around Lincoln’s Northern Armies, and the South’s military leader, Robert E. Lee at the defining Battle of Gettysburg; in which the penultimate paragraph dealt with the removal of General Lee’s statue from the New Orleans pedestal. I ended that post with this query:-

The big question, now is “when are they coming for THIS?”

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