Liberals Apologizing and Re-Inventing the Past
Politicians are great at issuing apologies for past injustices, while ignoring their own
This country’s latest official apology was issued Monday by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who delivered her government’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by formally acknowledging “generations of abuse” and “injustices inflicted upon indigenous communities.”
It is appropriate for those now in power to recognize and express regret for historical injustices committed by the institutions they represent. It would be even more impressive if Wynne and other leaders like her could find time to apologize for their own government’s errors and boondoggles, in addition to mistakes made by people long dead or out of office.
LIBERAL REVISIONISTS PRESENT FALSE HISTORY and MORAL DECAY
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. —Theodore Dalrymple, author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It.
To our great detriment, this very thing is going on today in our schools, in the media, and even in many of our churches.
Theodore Dalrymple is the pen name of Anthony Daniels, a widely known and well-respected author who has written extensively on the failures of modern culture. His credentials and background make interesting reading: http://grumpyoldbookman.blogspot.com/2005/05/theodore-dalrymple.html ; http://www.answers.com/topic/anthony-daniels
Multicultural Revisionism and the Falsification of Canadian History
The falsification of the historical record for the purpose of creating a past that fits with the ideological goals of the present has been a common characteristic of revolutionary regimes seeking to legitimize themselves by portraying their actions and goals as if they were continuous with the aims of history or the venerable beliefs of the past.
Perhaps the most egregious example of “illegitimate historical revisionism”, as contrasted to the legitimate re-assessment of the past on the basis of improved evaluation of records, is the complete re-writing of the history of Russia by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; particularly during the reign of Stalin in the mid-1920s to early 1950s; history was not only written according to the “correct” Marxist theory, but state officials commonly went about erasing major historical figures from documents, books, and even photographs (PDF) the moment they were deemed to be “enemies of the people”.