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1 02 2011

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2 02 2011
Visibilium

Tell me about it. I can’t control my giggles when an Orthodox Tsarist has nothing nice to say about America.

2 02 2011
KarlH

Your observation is interesting, but it does not prove anything except for pointing out that natural human tendencies find similar expressions throughout history when living in a way that allows for a great amount of communication between varied peoples. It does not show why this regime shift is such a bad thing, and it really shows that perhaps there is not much of a difference between the old system and the current—indeed, it actually points out that perhaps nothing has changed and we’re not any worse off than we were before. Couldn’t this argument be applied to basically any new model that replaces what came before? C’mon, from this perspective, couldn’t the rise of the Church be seen as simply adopting Roman civilization that already had a pope (Emperor), saints (national heroes), and feast days?

We may hem and haw and crave the old way of doing things and desire the good ol’ days of King and Pope, but let’s be honest—there are some things about the American approach that are admirable. It’s all a mixed bag. Nationalism is good in some ways and it’s not a wholly new American invention; let’s not treat it as such.

2 02 2011
KarlH

This stood out to me as well. George Washington did and advocated for many evil things and it is a shame this has been written out of history. For instance, it is a marvel how few people are aware of the Sullivan Campaign wherein George Washington called for the eradication of all non-American Iroquois peoples—men, women and children and the crops they survived on. And all this DESPITE a practical neutrality on the part of many of them.

Here’s his letter to John Sullivan (1779):

“The Expedition you are appointed to command is to be directed against the hostile tribes of the Six Nations of Indians, with their associates and adherents. The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements, and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops now in the ground and prevent their planting more.

I would recommend, that some post in the center of the Indian Country, should be occupied with all expedition, with a sufficient quantity of provisions whence parties should be detached to lay waste all the settlements around, with instructions to do it in the most effectual manner, that the country may not be merely overrun, but destroyed.

But you will not by any means listen to any overture of peace before the total ruinment of their settlements is effected. Our future security will be in their inability to injure us and in the terror with which the severity of the chastisement they receive will inspire them.”

Good luck ever finding that mentioned in a US history class.

2 02 2011
Dauvit Balfour

I’ve thought for a long time now that America has filled the void left by the Church. We have our patriarchs, our covenant, our messiah (Lincoln), our pope (the president), our magisterium, our saints and their feast days (MLK, among others) and our high holy days, like Celebrate the Military Day, and America, Fuck Yeah Day.

Whether this had to happen in the void left in the wake of the Enlightenment I do not know, but it’s a serviceable way to point out the ridiculous idolatry which so many practice.

2 02 2011
Ron Pavellas

Cute, but it shows ignorance of the thoughts and actions of Washington. Jefferson was the hypocrite, although an exemplary person in several realms–as in the need for formal education of the people to retain a democratic republic (he was most proud of his founding of the University of Virginia). The founders included a great many people whose values would find favor with most people today, I assert. This cartoon shows the continual rewriting of history of those who want their own values to prevail, whatever they may be at any given time.

2 02 2011
aaabatteries

Hilarious, and I normally hate all political cartooning.

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