Liberal intolerance — Tearing down monuments, rejecting history by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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On August 14, 2017 radical protesters in Durham, N.C., torn down a Confederate monument that had been standing in front of the town Courthouse. According to UPI, “the statute was pulled down from its perch with a yellow nylon rope as protesters cheered. Once the monument crashed down to the ground, several people spit on and kicked it.” 

Communist protestors in Durham NCThe protesters (photo, left) were led by members of the Workers World Party (WWP), a communist party in the United States, a divergent group from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) founded by radical Sam Marcy. In 1994, Marcy went to North Korea to express condolences on behalf of WWP on the death of dictator Kim Il-sung. This far-left group has sponsored demonstrations and espoused violence in the United States by supporting such violent groups as the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground, and openly still supports the communist government of North Korea in its threats against the United States. But neither this event in Durham, nor the nature of the protesters, was widely reported in the mainstream liberal media. Readers of were fortunate to have the UPI article in the News section, for at least some comparison with events in Charlottesville. In Durham, the protesters conducted their illegal protest unopposed, and the event was largely unreported. 

According to the Charlotte News & Observer, in 2015, North Carolina passed a state law prohibiting the removal of any “object of remembrance” on public property that “commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina’s history.” Transgressors can be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of $500 and 24 hours of community service. They are getting off lightly. 

In Charlottesville, Virginia, there was wide media coverage. With the media sensationalization of the event, Unite the Right marchers were confronted and violence erupted. Trump was correct. There was violence on both sides. Virginia State Police Troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates were killed when their helicopter crashed while observing the protests in Charlottesville, and a white supremacist used the new weapon of mass killing, a car and drove it into the crowd killing a 32-year old paralegal and injuring 19 others. 

Charlottesville Protestors fightingIn Charlottesville, it was widely reported even by the BBC — which when it comes to reporting on Trump and U.S. politics has become an international wing of the mainstream liberal media — that Unite the Right marchers were responsible for the mayhem, both sides punched and threw rocks at one another. True. Unite the Right marchers triggered the incident but the equally rabid Antifa (anti-fascist), Black Lives Matter, and the communist counter protesters went unnamed. Every participant in Unite the Right, on the right or on the “far right,” was named. Nor was it widely reported that many of those radicals, who participated in the violent counter protests in Charlottesville, went on to tear down the confederate monument in Durham. 

Likewise, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe condemned only one side. Trump responded correctly blaming both sides, but because he did not follow the prescribed formula of political correctness, he was unfairly attacked by the self-righteous progressive cultural establishment of the Thought Police. 

In New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu also took down four Confederate monuments this year. This may have been a distraction given the fact the city is afflicted with rampant violent crime (including murders), a situation made worse by Democratic politics in the city. Corruption is legendary and mismanagement is at an all time high. Yet, the city spent $2.1 million to remove the monuments. Confederate flags have been removed and calls for removal of more statutes have been made elsewhere — intolerant and repressive efforts to rewrite or reject American history. And after the statues are taking down and monuments desecrated, will book burning be next?

Given the expressed ignorance of events that came before their time, and neglecting what little they may remember of the lessons of history, the intolerant leftists are using the destructive and iconoclastic tactics of the mass murderers of communism, Islamic terrorists, and even the Nazis — the very National Socialists who they claim to hate — to express their mirror-image hatred. The Nazis burned books and destroyed what they considered degenerate arts and buildings. 

One can only imagine these protesters, right-wing and left-wing, vying for power in the streets of a weaker nation without our tradition of the rule of law and our legacy of freedom. On one side, American brown shirts and Nazis fighting Maoist Red Guards and Stalinist communists on the other. 

A recent article in the Telegraph stating that Confederate monuments deserve Soviet treatment is doubly faulty. First it compares the removal of Soviet communist monuments from Russia after the collapse of the evil empire, but conveniently neglects to discuss the antecedent history (read on), thus afflicted with selective omission by the truncation of inconvenient history. Second, the crimes of the Confederacy cannot be compared to the crimes of Soviet communism, either in war or in peace. Lenin, Stalin and the collective leadership were responsible for a huge slave force with an average lifespan of 3 months (hard labor) in the gulag system, not to mention up to 60 million deaths by every other meansJoseph Stalin's destruction of churches in Soviet Russia

Under Stalin, disgraced communist leaders became “nonpersons” and were erased from history, cut out of archival photographs even before the days of Photoshop. The lucky ones were summarily shot. The others were sent to the dustbin of the gulag consigned to the memory hole of history. Likewise, inconvenient events were wiped out from the historic record, deleted from pages of the Soviet encyclopedias and replaced with new pages sent by mail to be pasted in place of the old ones. 

The demolition of historical monuments and the rejection of history are reactionary and divisive tactics of the bad guys from time immemorial. The desecration (as with the statue of Robert E. Lee at Duke University) and the tearing down of Confederate monuments are only steps behind what mass murderers have done to erase and rewrite history. It is not unlike what Stalin did with the destruction of thousands of churches (photo, above), including the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, rebuilt by Putin; not unlike the destructive crimes of Mao and his Red Guards during the cultural revolution; not unlike the demolition of towns, villages and decimation of people by the Taliban in Afghanistan; what Ancient Palmyra ruins before ISIS destroyed themISIS has done with the vandalizing of museums in Iraq and the destruction of historic monuments and ancient cities such as Palmyra in Syria (photo, left: Ancient Palmyra before ISIS destroyed it), etc.

It is the denying and rejection of history as well as an attempt to erase history. But these actions are and should be criminal. In fact, the UN, not a conservative but a globalist organization, considers historical vandalism a cultural war crime, and those crimes are now being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

For example, the crimes committed by the Islamic terrorists in Mali, who are linked to al-Qaeda, committed cultural war crimes when they occupied Timbuktu in 2012, imposed sharia law in the city, and destroyed Timbuktu priceless books and mausoleums listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The captured Islamist extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was tried as a cultural war criminal and he pled guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year. Despite expressing remorse, he was sentenced to nine years in jail and fined $3.1 million in restitution. (Photo below shows workers repairing Timbuktu site after destruction by Islamic terrorists. Workers restoring Timbuktu after destruction by Islamist terrorists

Those who reject history today are of two types: Those easily manipulated by ignorance led to reject the past without even knowing their history. The others are the communists, socialists, and fellow travelers of whom there are today legions in the Democrat Party, who knowingly are following the footsteps of their secret, venerated Marxist saints, Stalin and Mao. 

President Trump has transcended political correctness by correctly condemning both sides. Violence does not attain a moral high ground for either side. He is also correct when in dealing with the issue of the removal of the statues, he asks, “And after Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, who then, George Washington?”

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). His website is

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Violent protesters are the modern Nazis

I think what the American left doesn't get here is that the modern Nazis would have been immediately executed by the REAL Nazis in the 1930s.

No, I don't condone even pretending to be a Nazi, but making a mountain out of a molehill when we certainly need to be more concerned with die hard Soviet and Muslim sleeper cells is what the media excels at. The brainwashed masses of the left lap it up!--ARB
Dr. Faria replies: the modern Nazis come in two collective intolerant varieties: The well-publicized white supremacist Neo-Nazis; and the communist leftist protesters, who as Dr. Stolinsky has written, are as intolerant as the supremacists, the real modern fascist storm troopers, and the biggest threat to academic life and freedom.

But to 1930's Nazis...

Yes, MAF, the current danger is from the Marxist Nazis, and I am sure that there are many of them that are not useful idiots and they know that well. That is why they want the media focused on the white supremacist Neo-Nazis.

From the end of slavery to the massive decline in the Democrat institution of the KKK to the end of segregation to federal laws protecting employees against racial discrimination (and they work), our country has made much progress and that continuing trend is not one compatible with white supremacy. There may even be some truth in the assertion that it has gone so far that it has caused the relatively small amount of white supremacists to become more vocal. I will leave my opinions to myself, but that is what many are currently saying. However, even the liberal of the 1970's is not the liberal of today, and I don't think it is against conservative principles to say that there were problems that did need to be corrected.

The problem (and the danger) is that the liberal of today will never stop finding problems to correct, and that is what the non useful idiots count on. Vladimir Lenin's brain, even with its extensively diseased vasculature and massively gliotic cortex was a brain of such rare brilliance that I have always believed that it was he who originally planned all of this. His successors just employed his playbook, in whatever form that took.

As for the original Nazi party of Adolf Hitler, I meant to say they would have executed both types of modern Nazis you categorized, albeit with reasoning slightly different for each. --ARB

Leftist Violence Must be Condemned

The left has attacked people and historical monuments, and this must stop. In June this year leftist Bernie Sanders volunteer worker James T. Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise and four others with a rifle in Virginia. Perhaps you have already forgotten this, since the media already has.

The left, which apparently comprises most of the Democrat party, the mainstream media, and some diseased parts of the Republican Party, nods in approval or looks the other way when their comrades attack others with whom they disagree. When President Trump correctly pointed out that the violence in Charlottesville came from both sides, he was widely condemned from the left (not surprisingly) and some Republicans (again not surprisingly).

Former Republican presidential candidate Romney claimed Antifa had moral high ground in Charlottesville: "One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry." In Romney’s world the left can attack physically those with whom they disagree.

Disagreeing with someone's political views does not give you the right to assault him or her. Recently, the left has widely advocated punching a NAZI as their slogan, which they have practiced, although not always without consequences to themselves. Assaulting someone, regardless their odious view in your opinion, is illegal and must be condemned.

Pelosi and the mayor of Berkley have finally voiced opposition to the violence of Antifa, but their voices are few. Nor has the left restricted their violence just against KKK, NAZIs, etc. Black Lives Matters members have attacked Trump supporters in Milwaukee, and Antifa have had numerous attacks upon anyone with whom they disagreed politically as in Berkley, Charlottesville, and Chicago.

In 2013 five members of Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement were sentenced to 3 1/2 to 6 years in prison in a violent assault in Tinley Park. “Anti-racist” is a common cover for violent leftists. Antifa use this quite often, and political leaders like Romney spew this propaganda. Remember, the left believes very strongly in freedom of speech, unless they disagree with it. And then they attack the speaker, either by shouting them down, threatening violence to stop free speech as in Berkley on numerous occasions, or physically attacking the speakers.

Gangs of communists, anarchists, and assorted vandals have no legal authority to destroy historic monuments. Any change must be done locally and legally. Erasing or rewriting history is what communists do, not Americans. As for the diseased crumbs of WWP, SWP, CPUSA and their ilk, they must remain in the shadowed sewage or join their comrades in North Korea. Americans must force local authorities and police to arrest, charge, and incarcerate these terrorists.

I saw the interview, and I thought it went very well. A reasonable conservative presenting concise and coherent views. I was most interested in hearing Dr. Faria speak on Communist Cuba. Is there any chance of a talk on this subject in the future? Most Americans know so little about the horrors of communism. Even less is known about Communist Cuba except for the Obama and RINO Chamber of Commerce line that it is mutually beneficial for Americans and the communist dictatorship to do business together.

Iconoclasm & Vandalism

Sept 22 Letter to the editor The Telegraph (Macon)

... Just because a small number of people who are also ignorant of history decide to misuse symbols does not mean the symbols are racist. What if a black hate group rallied beneath a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Are you going to remove it because they were “offended”? Of course not. No one ever learned history from a statue, nor did anyone ever get truly “offended” by one. Statues are inanimate objects that have no voice. At least no one got offended until the television started showing and featuring malcontents.

When is it going to stop? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant all owned slaves. Did you know that Grant did not free his slaves until after the 13th Amendment in December of 1865? Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased — they were inherited) in 1862! Are you going to tear down their statues? Are you going to change all our currency to appease Black Lives Matter and the white guilt groups? The community leaders have little to do with offended citizens; they represent themselves and only themselves… — James Huber, Centerville.
Via personal email

... I agree with you wholeheartedly. This is a national disgrace—the arbitrary removal of monuments to my forebears on both sides of the Civil War.

Worse, how is it that an ignorant minority can command such action? Why don’t the mayors, the city councilmen, the police stop this vandalism? It is not freedom of speech; it is wanton, criminal destruction. — Don Horacio

Rewriting history — Orwell

"Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every street and statue and building has been renamed, every date has been altered."‒ George Orwell, 1984

This book is a most read for those of you who have not read it, then you can watch the movie!

Total Agreement

1984 is one of the few books that can change your world view. Totalitarianism displayed in it becomes a reference to what occurs today. My generation railed against "Big Brother" and now we are Big Brother. The warning ignored. Orwell shows totalitarianism fulfilled. Once one absorbs 1984, he or she recognizes the virus formally unseen.

My TV Interview on Close Up

Regarding my TV interview on 13-WMAZ TV (Macon) with Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Randall Savage on September 9, 2017 on this issue of the Confederate monuments in Macon, I've a couple of words to say.

First, thanks to R.K., N.K. and C.K for their kind words. I've also been told of TV 13 being lambasted by a person defending the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which got what they deserve from my interview. Apparently, "he should not have been allowed to get away with what he said about the Center." The news articles below are references to the statements regarding the SPLC (two of the articles are from GOPUSA and have a similar introductory illustration, but they are separate articles):

The hate advocacy of the SPLC attacking Christian, pro-family and American patriotic organizations.

The multi-million dollar mansion of Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

In fact, there has been a very recent call made advising and requesting that the mainstream media quit using and relying on the SPLC for hate group information.

And as to the person who called, he can reach me via this website, and I will respond to his complaint and debate him privately or publicly, verbally or via written communication.

I do thank Randall Savage and 13-WMAZ for at least giving the other side an opportunity to respond on the subject — i.e., against the removal of the two Confederate monuments embellishing the city of Macon The interview also allowed me to propose erecting a new monument to a great black American hero in downtown Macon.

I discussed at length Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Marine Sergeant Rodney M. Davis, who fighting against the communist Vietnamese threw himself on a grenade saving his platoon during the Vietnam War. He has a monument at historic Linwood cemetery, but we need another in the center of the city to not only instruct the youth about our history and American patriotism, but also to promote real reconciliation in the city and the state.

YouTube responses

From YouTube:
Willieboy (Sept 20, 2017):The first time that I have heard Dr. Faria speak, although I have read many of his articles on his website: Hacienda Publishing. A variety of subjects covered by a man with reasonable conservatism, the real kind, not self-serving Chamber of Commerce amnesty for illegal immigrants but merit-based immigration. With so many young people mired in so much ignorance of communism's crimes and Dr. Faria's direct experience with this, I would love to hear him speak more on this.
Truthteller (September 18, 2017):Excellent interview. Miguel has expressed some very important principles and represents those who have escaped tyrannical governments and risked life and limb to come to one of the freest, most open and greatest countries on earth. Those of us who have spent our lives in this great country can learn valuable lessons from men such as Miguel. May God bless him.

Betrayal up close!

Via private email:
Dr. Faria,
Those responsible should take them down [Confederate monuments] ...You've seen betrayal up close and have plenty of reason to be skittish. What's in a person's heart is impossible for me to determine. If they want to see the Confederacy as a heroic institution steeped in heritage, that's a fine fantasy. I'll stick to the history of the institution they fought to continue. That I could no more support than you could Fidel's regime. —CR

General Order No. 11

So when will the left start demanding we dismantle Grant's tomb and rebury him in an unmarked grave, then what? I won't hold my breath!--ARB

Where do we stop?

... It was when Joshua, Moses’ captain, became the leader of his people, that the River Jordan was crossed and a very memorable statue or monument was erected in form of twelve large stones from the belly of the river. The instruction given was “that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?” The opportunity to present the history of the people was made possible by the stones. Likewise, today’s statues are the stones that ought to teach the history of our society. They are for a memorial unto the children forever according to the scripture in Joshua 4:6-7.

Macon Monument

There is a danger in taking down the history of one aspect of our society as opposed to leaving in place another. The real question is who can really determine what is important to another person as a part of their history. I appreciate Rosa Parks, but I realize not everyone does. However, I expect for them to respect me and what I deem important, and I likewise should do the same for them and only then can we move forward in progress as a people seeking to make real the creeds of our nation.

Statues are landmarks of our collective consciousness at a given time in history regarding race, society, politics and economics, and they show how we have evolved over the years as a people and should not be hidden or moved. If we move a Henry Ficklin PhD statue, we put in place a precedent or statute for future reference and actions. It may be Confederates today, but in time it could be Rodney Davis’ statue if someone decides the war in Vietnam was an anathema. Where do we stop?

Where will it stop? Statues and statutes by Dr. Henry C. Ficklin, PhD., August 18, 2017, Macon, GA

Confederate monuments

From GOPUSA (August 17):

backpacker: Trump is right, these people will be coming after Washington and Jefferson statues. They want to erase history. I remember an episode of The Waltons in the 1970’s, when Hitler was burning books, so the people of Walton’s Mountain started burning books and the Minister was leading the charge in the book burning. The people of Walton’s Mountain ended up throwing a Bible in the fire. John Boy Walton, who loved reading books and loved knowledge, pulled the Bible out of the fire and showed it to the Minister and in not so many words stated, look at what you are doing, you are destroying knowledge, which is no different that what Hitler is doing.

Hamlet: The “left” could learn a lesson from the persecution of the Jewish race. I’m 68 yrs. old. I’ve got an un-ambiguous opinion on the removal of the Civil War statues. I am not Jewish, but I’ve learned the following from meeting and knowing “walking human statues”. These human beings carried serial numbers on their arms. This of course was performed upon them by Nazi’s during world war two. These tattooed folks never had the tattoo’s removed. Why? The concentration camps that have been preserved, the ovens that have been preserved are living sources of extreme remembrance of brutal inhumanity. Why? Why keep these horrible places ? And what of the living souls who carried these numbers on their skin and saw them every day of their lives, why? We know why. They are still alive. The Jewish race is still here. The Nazi’s are not. “Good” has won out over “Bad”. The Jews are not “victims” anymore, they are the “victors”. That’s what the ovens and the photos, and the piles of human hair and teeth, clothing, shoes etc., truly represent. Real History!

The statues are a necessary, compelling and striking reminder of our history. It may be ugly to some, but to many it can be a wonderful force of pride and nurturing. This country gave me a very eventful life of growing up around many wonderful Americans free of “self-victimization.”

Dido: Good point, except the Nazi’s heinous crimes against the Jews are much worse and do not compare to slavery in the Confederacy.