04 July 2016

What the Moral Reformer Historian Has Wrought

. . . the new generation of historians has devoted itself to isolating and recovering stories of the dispossessed: the women kept in dependence; the American Indians shorn of their lands; the black slaves brought in chains from Africa. Consequently, much of their history is fragmentary and essentially anachronistic—condemning the past for not being more like the present. It has no real interest in the pastness of the past. These historians see themselves as moral critics obligated to denounce the values of the past in order to somehow reform our present. ~ Professor Gordon S. Wood
And with the incessant denouncing of America, you get:
 

Source. Isn't that a legacy of which to be proud?


Happy Independence Day you bunch of imperialist, genocidal, oppressive slobs.

2 comments:

ropelight said...

These opportunistic 'denouncers' fail to note that America was founded in 1776, long after the events they so piously condemn were initiated by our former Colonial overlords and which were roundly considered so onerously burdensome as to constitute valid grounds to declare independence.

Rather than denounce America, the better course would be to express gratitude to the Founding generation for taking the first great step toward ending the oppressions brutally inflicted on our forebearers by an often hostile foreign power.

Instead of denouncing America, history and commonsense requires praise for our progress, humility for our success, and a commitment from all of us to an even better future.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"Instead of denouncing America, history and commonsense requires praise for our progress, humility for our success, and a commitment from all of us to an even better future."

Very well said and I think, many (if not most) Americans still embrace that sentiment. The "moral reformer" class of historians, however, are quite a different matter. Many of them are simply non-thinking useful idiots. Others truly hate our Founding and want to remake the U.S. into their version of utopia. Thanks for commenting.