Magazine article The American Conservative

Tear Down This Colloseum!

Magazine article The American Conservative

Tear Down This Colloseum!

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They're falling like dominoes, starting with the great Robert E. Lee, whose statue went down with a yank of a crane in a jiffy, after standing tall in his New Orleans perch for 133 years. Jefferson Davis is also down, and the great confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard, who partnered with the heroic General Johnston on his left flank in the battle of Shiloh, has also bitten the dust.

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Removing statues of great American generals who fought for, er...the wrong cause, is the latest trendy thing. The virus has spread as far away as Australia, where the politically correct, in cahoots with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender brigades, demand that a tennis legends name be removed from a stadium named after her. Margaret Court won 24 Grand Slam titles in her time during the 1960s and early 70s, one more than Serena Williams. But a couple years ago she committed the greatest crime ever: she criticized same-sex marriage from the pulpit of her church in Perth, where she is a pastor. Her name has been mud ever since, at least among those who don't want anyone anywhere to question whether persons of the same sex should marry.

So far so bad, and I will get back to Margaret Court below, but here are a few predictions concerning these latest outrages by the PC crowd: Old Hickory is history, as far as the $20 bill is concerned; Malcolm X or Muhammad Ali to take his place. Andrew Jackson killed too many Indians and never apologized for it, so there. Poor old Alexander Hamilton had a close call, but the Broadway play depicting him as black and speaking rap has saved him on the tenner, at least for now. The next big bad guy is going to be Thomas Jefferson, who not only owned slaves, but also slept with them. I expect my old alma mater, the University of Virginia, whose founder he was, will deal with him rather sternly. The big one, of course, will be when the PC Nazis demand old George to be struck off the dollar bill for owning slaves and freeing them only after he met his Maker.

Back in the old country, Greece, people are in a tizzy over the removal of past heroes in order to satisfy present trends. As a nephew of mine put it, "The Parthenon was not exactly built by rich Athenians, only financed by them. It was the slaves under a merciless whip that put it up. Should we dynamite it?" The Parthenon is known as the most perfectly symmetrical and beautiful edifice ever built by man, but it was slave labor that put the marble pieces together. …

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