Outhwaite_06-2018
Society & Culture

Monumental Stupidity

There is a scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic North by Northwest in which the characters look out at a brooding Mount Rushmore from the dining-room terrace of the Sheraton-Johnson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota (since renamed the Hotel Alex Johnson).  There are Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt peering back, and shortly after that the movie’s denouement takes place on the mountainside itself as Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint face off against one of the villains, Martin Landau.  If today’s assortment of slavering, anti-American grievance-mongers should get their way, however, the measured, dignified gaze of those stalwarts of American history might be replaced by the haughty sneers of such heroes of the Resistance as Bernie Sanders (with stony index finger raised in hectoring mode), the paragon of human rights Fidel Castro (with cigar lifted), Barack Obama (chin jutting in familiar faculty-lounge twit pose), imprisoned cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal (middle finger extended), and Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Today’s leftists, in customary high dudgeon, are breaking new ground in their irrational hatred for American traditions and values, the Founding Fathers, the concept of freedom of speech, and Western civilization in general.  In a ghoulish attempt to erase what they claim are symbols of America’s evil past, they vandalize and demand removal of statues and memorials...

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