Tucker Carlson Smashes Leftists’ Columbus Day Hypocrisy and Intolerance
This guy is good. In just three minutes, Tucker Carlson pulverizes the Left for its blatant display of hypocrisy, intolerance, and bigotry toward those who celebrate the achievements of Christopher Columbus and deface public statues of the explorer.
Tucker correctly observes that this latest “cause” is just one element of the Left’s assault on all of Western Civilization and its core principles.
Even more insidious is the fascistic censorship and shaming of the Left’s opposition in academia. For example, Tucker cites the case of Professor Gilley at Portland State University who dared to argue in print that colonialism had its merits as well as its flaws. He suffered a full-scale Leftist assault for politically incorrect thought, including retraction of his paper. That kind of silencing, especially on a university campus, makes the Left’s childish, moronic attacks on statuary seem trivial.
The Left has finally gone so far that a split has begun to develop in the Democrat party between its extreme Leftist/progressive/statist/communist wing and its “liberals” in the classic sense of the word “liberal”. Yes, there are still some out there, including some of them old enough (like me) to remember John F. Kennedy.
I myself know some classic liberals who still believe in individual freedom, including free speech. Out of fear or simple disbelief, they’ve been oddly silent about the extreme Left’s takeover of their party. Many have gone along with it — for a while. But having witnessed the party’s collapse in the elections of the past ten years, they’re gradually becoming “woke”.
NOTE: October 22, 2017:
YouTube has censored and removed the video that originally accompanied this article. It is no longer available on the internet (as far as I can tell). In lieu of that, here is the transcript from Tucker’s excellent monologue.
So, the left has finally found the only immigrant in history who had no right to come to America, the only one who didn’t improve the place by his presence. His name? Christopher Columbus. His crime? Violating the sovereignty of the people who lived here already. Plus he was the wrong ethnicity.
But try making that argument about any other immigrant to America and see how long you keep your job. But whatever — happy Columbus Day anyway. Enjoy it while you can. Your grandchildren won’t even know it existed. Progressives have declared war on Christopher Columbus as they have on most things older than last week.
This is year zero on the revolutionary calendar. History starts now. Ignorance of the past isn’t simply tolerated, it’s required. Does your average protester know anything about Christopher Columbus? That he is celebrated as a hero throughout much of Latin America for example? Of course not.
The left speaks only speaks of Columbus’ genocide, mostly because his ships brought old world diseases to the new world. Of course, those ships returned to Europe with syphilis and tobacco, which proves only that real history is more complicated than the childish theology your kids are learning in school.
Now, you could make those arguments to liberals if you wanted to, but save your breath. They don’t care because none of this is really about Christopher Columbus.
What we are watching is a full-scale assault from within on the West itself — its history and its political and intellectual legacy. It’s not a debate where one side tries to convince the other. It’s a war, with one side trying to erase all remnants of its opponent, in this case, western civilization.
Consider what happened recently at a sleepy academic journal called Third World Quarterly. Professor Bruce Gilley of Portland State University published a paper there entitled “The Case for Colonialism.”
Professor Gilley argued that western colonization of the world, while flawed obviously, was quote, “objectively beneficial.”
He noted that countries that have embraced western institutions left behind the colonial powers have succeeded while countries dominated by anti-colonial ideologies have not succeeded, to put it mildly.
Now, you might agree with his thesis, or you might disagree. But in this current moment of revolutionary fervor, you are not even allowed to have thoughts like that. Gilley’s paper has since been pulled after half the publications board resigned in protest of it. Keep in mind nobody alleged plagiarism here or inaccuracy. They just didn’t like the conclusion. So they silenced the person who wrote it.
Reason, tolerance, free inquiry, those are western civilizations central gift to this world. It shouldn’t surprise us that in places where the West is under attack, those very principles are under attack too.
So, when they come for the Columbus statue in your town, it’s worth fighting back because it’s not about the statue, is about something much deeper.
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