Vandalizing Our History
Over the weekend, someone vandalized Plymouth Rock and several historical monuments to the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts. These attacks on our history come as Plymouth prepares to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing.
I don't think this latest outrage can be viewed in isolation. A few years ago, there was vandalism of Civil War memorials. President Trump warned it wouldn't end there.
The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized. President Andrew Jackson's tomb in Tennessee was vandalized. A statue of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized. A monument to Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner was attacked. The Betsy Ross flag is now considered a symbol of racism by many leftists.
I hope authorities in historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia, took note of what happened this weekend in Plymouth and are adding security.
What horrible event took place at Plymouth? There were no slaves there. The people vandalizing Plymouth Rock are making the statement that the whole American experiment is evil. They are the barbarians inside the gates.
Not long ago, we taught our children an idealized version of our founders, which is, quite frankly, what a healthy society does. You want to place the creators of a nation on a pedestal.
Then we slid into barely teaching about the founders at all. Now, we're teaching again. But instead of putting the founders on a pedestal, we're teaching that they were all evil, and, by the way, they were all white. We're teaching our future leaders that the world would have been better off if there never had been an America.
Younger generations of Americans are rejecting the idea of American exceptionalism and increasingly embracing the left's radical view of our country. Polling finds that our nation's youth are much more likely to believe that other countries are better than America. Why? Because they've been taught to believe that.
In the long run, whether our nation survives may well depend on winning this battle rather than the size of our economy.
Bloomberg's In & Bernie's Up
Former New York City Mayor and billionaire activist Michael Bloomberg has qualified to appear in tomorrow night's Democrat debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. He did so by finishing second at 19% in the latest NPR/PBS/Marist poll.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was first at 31%, followed by Bloomberg at 19%, former Vice President Joe Biden at 15% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 12%. No other candidate received double-digit support.
If he appears on stage tomorrow night, it will mark Bloomberg's first appearance in a Democrat debate.
Meanwhile, two new polls show Bernie Sanders opening up a commanding lead in the Nevada caucuses. One poll conducted by a left-wing group has Sanders up by 19 points over the crowded field. A second poll conducted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal found Sanders leading by seven points.
The President Makes History
This weekend, President Trump made history by becoming the first sitting president to serve as the grand marshal of the Daytona 500.
Air Force One flew low and slow over the race track, and then the president and first lady took a lap around the famed track in the presidential limousine, affectionately known as "The Beast."
It seems the president was a big draw for NASCAR fans -- TV viewership hit a five-year high.
Vandalizing Our History