First they came for our statues…
First they came for our statues…

Seeing the tempest in Charlottesville, VA as an opportunity not to be missed, they came for a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., stomping it to the ground. 

The same happened in Baltimore.

Other memorials are likewise being targeted and as President Trump pointed out, “Where does it end?” 

Altogether three times, so far, Trump has been perfectly clear about his disdain for white supremacists but none of it counts for one reason.

Because he is Donald Trump and they hate him and they hear him only from the filter of their own misconceptions, misinterpretations and prejudices.  

Behind their high-minded moralizing lurks their animosity for one man, Trump.

He asked if founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next to be toppled from our heritage and erased from our memories.

In fact, next they want monuments of Theodore Roosevelt in New York City and of Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia obliterated. 

That’s only a partial list and in no particular order…and they, the vandals, sure enough call themselves Social Justice Warriors. 

More to the point, they are brutes, the Radicalized Left’s Foot Soldiers and Remembrance of Things Past is not for them, that is, if it does not conform to their Progressive ideology. Or as British novelist L.P. Hartley had it (in his book “The Go-Between”), “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

Why exactly are they all dumping on Trump for Charlottesville? That’s because he won’t give them the satisfaction of blaming ONLY those despicable white supremacists. 
Quite so…and the past is not always a friendly reminder of who we were and what we did, like slavery. That makes us uncomfortable. We wish it weren’t so. But it’s our history. Some of it is disgraceful, indeed slavery; much of it quite glorious, indeed liberty. 

But the past is what we’re stuck with; and we don’t get to choose yes from column A, and no from column B.

We don’t get to pull ourselves from our roots as if the good, the bad and the ugly never happened. Once we do that, we’ve handed ourselves over to the mobs who want the past, present and future only to themselves. The best of who we are is also at risk when we fall for the tyranny of forgetfulness. (Taken from the novel, “The Bathsheba Deadline.”)

We saw how anarchy plays at the UN when UNESCO passed resolutions denying Israel its sovereignty to its very own heritage as to the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs. If Jewish Heritage, codified in every Bible, can be so easily trampled, our chances of freedom and tolerance in the United States aren’t much safer via our Constitution.

They – the Progressive vandals – they come with lofty words to commit the basest acts. They had their pretext in Virginia, but nearly every college campus is now owned and operated by the Violent Left. Conservative speakers have no chance. BDS, which torments Jews on and off campus, forms from the Radical Left. Why is Trump wrong to call them out?

To the well-fed well-paid (Soros) mobs of the Left, the game is fair so long as diversity is THEIR diversity and only when free speech is THEIR free speech, not yours or mine, If you seek relief from the media -- well we know that’s no place for reasoned thinking or debate. 

Even Fox News has been taken over by Trump derangement panelists…and why exactly are they all dumping on him for Charlottesville?

That’s because he won’t give them the satisfaction of blaming ONLY those despicable white supremacists. 

He knows the Left, equally despicable and often brutish and barbaric. They don’t want to hear this. They will parse each word of his and attribute words to him that he never spoke because in the end it’s all about Trump and getting him to pay the price for getting elected president.

Hours ago, meanwhile, a statue of Lincoln was defaced in Manhattan. That too is the tyranny of forgetfulness.

So what’s next from the Index of Forbidden Works that doomed millions from the Spanish Inquisition? Book burning? Mob Rule?

Trump is right. Where does it end?

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the ground-breaking inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: