Let me state this right off. If you want to understand the motives behind such intolerance from leftists, then understand these two facts. First the left loathes America because more than anything else, America was founded on individual liberties, or natural rights. The Left, are collectivists, and despise the very ideal of natural rights. Therefore, the left wishes to destroy America.
Secondly, one of the ways you destroy a nation is by destroying its history and heritage! This is yet another step in the war to eradicate American heritage, culture and history. Mike McDaniel picks it up here
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, however, does not agree. To the enlightened, woke, socially just sensibilities of one Ron Way, Mt. Rushmore is racist, a monument to–what else these days?–white supremacy. He writes in The real History of Mount Rushmore:
A tourist mecca cut from stone and a sinister delusion of destiny.
Those planning a trek to South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore these last several weeks of summer will be among 3 million who annually visit the world-famous sculptures of U.S. presidents. Most will swell with patriotic pride as they stand on a marbled deck under flowing flags at the ‘shrine to democracy.’
The place brings Americans ‘face to face with a rich heritage we all share,’ says the National Park Service.
The carved visages are iconic Americana, appearing in a gazillion media photos and books and travel features, in advertisements and promotions, on U.S. postage stamps in two eras, and on South Dakota’s license plate (‘Great Faces. Great Places.’).
But the back story of Mount Rushmore is hardly a rich history of a shared democratic ideal. Some see the monument in the Black Hills as one of the spoils of violent conquest over indigenous tribes by a U.S. Army clearing the way for white settlers driven westward by a lust for land and gold.
As it was in colonial America, the young country’s expansion was fueled by “Manifest Destiny” — a self-supreme notion that any land coveted by Euro-Americans was, by providence, rightfully theirs for the taking.
In the Star Tribune’s narrative, Mt. Rushmore is a symbol for all that is wrong with America, which is pretty much everything. Of course, they rely on the opinion of the United Nations:
In 2012, a United Nations human rights official endorsed returning the Black Hills (‘Paha Sapa’) to resident Lakota [the Lakota Sioux], reviving a debate over whether eligible tribes should accept a cash settlement that tops $1 billion in an interest-bearing account. A prevailing response is that tribes want the land, a basis of the 1973 occupation of nearby Wounded Knee by the Minneapolis-based American Indian Movement.
The rest of the article draws a line of supposed evil beginning with Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, continuing through the settlement of the West, including the Indian wars, the various treaties with Indian tribes, General Custer, Wounded Knee, and ending with Mt. Rushmore, the repository of all western settlement, and before, evil. I’ll mention only one of the many historical errors in the article. Way states it was a local tourism official that inspired Borglum to come to South Dakota, but it was actually the state historian, impressed with his work at Stone Mountain, Georgia. For an essentially non-politicized version of Borglum and Mt. Rushmore, visit this article by the National Park Service.
Go read it all, this is more than extremely important because the left is, actively trying to destroy this nation, and this is one of their favored attack strategies. Sadly too many of us have looked the other way and allowed the miscreant whiners to get their way, as monuments, flags, holidays, street names, etc, have been “cleansed” by the leftist agitators and bullies. Hell, some fools on the right even agreed that men like Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee should be erased from history. Well, as anyone who has any grasp of how the totalitarian left works knew, they would not stop with Confederates. And, so, here we are, fighting a new front in the war to reshape America, and it is a war we must not lose, if we do, we lose all of our nation