LIONEL PODCAST: Historical Illiteracy And Imaginary Grandeur Of The Fourth

Behold the founding fathers. The Native Americans, the indigenous tribes that we all but wiped off the face of the earth. Behold the U.S. of A. on its 235th birthday and its wonderful legacy: African enslavement, subjugation of women, voting irregularities and denials, Dred Scott, Japanese internment, the McCarthy era blacklisting, the Gulf of Tonkin, JFK’s assassination — and if that ain’t an inside job, there aren’t any inside jobs. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment, MK-ULTRA. Oh, why bother? Here, read these later.

This namby-pamby saccharine presentation of this country’s history by doltish Archie Bunker, Ted Baxter, John Wayne corn pone and yee-haw bunkum types is enough to make me spew Vesuvius-like emesis. We’ve a long way to go before we can claim this country is as perfect as these Lee Greenwood yokels attest. Just look around, Sparky. Look what’s happening to our believed Bill of Rights. And do you think we’re the only country that has free speech or “freedom”? Just like when a person loses a lot of weight, it’s the maintenance that’s critical. And as far as losing our tyrannical bloat, we’ve made improvements but we’re still obese.

One of my heroes Clarence Darrow in his call for radical change (if not revolution) said, “And if it shall come, when you look abroad over the ruin and desolation, remember the long years in which the storm was rising and do not blame the thunderbolt.” Be the thunderbolt.

Beware of the airbrushed historical revisionist. Remember the wilder the waving of the flag, the bigger the flag lapel pin, the less the bumpkin knows.

“History would be a wonderful thing – if it were only true.”
— Leo Tolstoy

“History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions.”
— Voltaire

“[A]ny fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.”
— Oscar Wilde

“History is a myth that men agree to believe.”
— Napoleon

“Be chary of the historical charlatan, his soothing, rhapsodic fables. Be not content in our accomplishments, be vigilant in preventing the reoccurrence of the tyranny we’ve exacted upon our citizens.” — Lionel

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