I just saw President Trump sign an executive order to suspend needless Obamacare regulations and allow for companies to purchase out-of-state plans and join insurance associations. This is wonderful news for middle class workers. It makes one wonder how Obama lasted eight years when it was clear he was trying to destroy the middle class. It seemed he wanted just two classes: proletariats and party elites. Socialists just hate the middle class. It stands between them and their dictatorship. The middle class’s very existence exposes the lie of the socialist dialectic.
Another week, another overblown weather event, this time in the “person” of Hurricane Nate. This bare hurricane came ashore in Mississippi and caused a little havoc on the coast. Once again there were dire predictions for us in central Alabama but except for a couple of normal, small tornados, it didn’t amount to much more than rain and a little wind. I called a friend in Mobile during the event to see if he was in his “safe space”. He was at home watching TV and listening to the rain. I asked about the wind to which he replied, what wind? No doubt, we would have cancelled work and school again had Nate visited us on a week day. Please weather people, stop the Munchausen syndrome. A major hurricane (not a 1 or 2) is a scary event for coastal areas in its direct path, but the rest of us don’t need the angst.
The latest edition of Alabama Alumni Magazine gave me a couple of laughs and a major groan. The laughs came with the article about 50 things you love about UA. Never mind that most of them are not things I love or even think about. However, it reminded me of Dr. Charles Perry (QDEP) whose teaching method in his popular and infamous courses on the history of Greece and Rome consisted of memorizing lists of things one associates with those times. My favorite was the 20-something things one thinks of when one thinks about Egypt. Sand was number one. Pyramids and Cleopatra were in the list too. (“Anyone who says that Cleopatra was Egyptian might as well be wearing a sign that says ‘I am ignorant’ because Cleopatra was a Ptolemy. She was Greek!”)
My groan came with item number 5 (or was it 15? I’ve already thrown the magazine out.) It happened to be the Mound on the Quad. It’s all that’s left of Franklin Hall, which the Editors tell us “burned during the Civil War”. I actually do remember the Mound though not so fondly as the article proposes. Every school boy used to know the story of the “Burning of the University of Alabama” by the Yankees in the last days of the Civil War. It was a completely barbaric and unnecessary act. The student body had disbanded and gone home. The University was empty but the Union soldiers still took glee in destroying the library, residence halls and classrooms. The War itself would be over within a week. Reminding people of the event is history and it’s important to understand the mental state of the people who could order the burning of a place of learning. It doesn’t mean Alabamians should be angry about it or that we haven’t long since forgiven the transgression. But we should remember it. It’s useful to remember the past when working through the problems of the present.
My professor friend commented that he would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the editorial meeting that begot that wording. Were they afraid of triggering the liberal professorate or the Yankee students they recruited to come watch football? Words have consequences and so does history. One might as well say “Jews died during WWII” or “Hiroshima was burned” or “Britain gave America her independence in 1783”. It might be factually accurate but it doesn’t tell the story, and it certainly doesn’t educate the contemporary generation. We live in an age where facts and reflection aren’t important, but rather the conclusions others have made for us. And their conclusions are all that matter. History and its literature don’t matter. Is it that memories are bad for the psyche? Or is something more sinister going on?
People don’t mean to denigrate coaches when they say that history is left to them to teach. The elites decided long ago that history gets in the way of whatever it is they are peddling. Handing its teaching over to coaches was just a matter of convenience for everyone involved. All that matters now is technology, the current opiate of the masses. This sad state of affairs didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t always because of forethought. But its eventuality has greatly aided the anti-American types in their quest to destroy the concept of American exceptionalism.
American exceptionalism like individuality doesn’t help the elites convince us of the need for giving up our liberty to buy some temporary security. George Santayana said that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Apparently that’s the point. It doesn’t behoove the powers that be for us to learn the lessons of the past since they are Hell bent in making sure we keep repeating the same mistakes. So pesky history like the middle class must be destroyed as it too exposes the lie of the socialist dialectic.