BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett

This is about more than a flag. Way more.

The zombies of political correctness, political opportunism and marketing have surrounded us. One by one, those without the fortitude and cultural knowledge, isolated by the lust for power or just easily distracted and entertained, have given way and proven too intellectually fat and lazy to stand on their own.

The simplistic approach of centralized power is to create clear implications of good and bad, right and wrong, for all to either accept or be shamed by. Much to the chagrin of those who seek to centralize that power and maintain it as their own, history provides an unwanted counterpoint to the narrative. Those pesky facts keep getting in the way. Facts that are easily understood by people living them, but divided by the bread and circus acts and political marketing.

Government provided health insurance is the best thing ever, right?

War on poverty? How’s that going?

Untested bureaucratic formula’s that fund and standardize and regulate education, health care, labor, trade, property and dozens of other former aspects of a free society rule via the programs across the spectrum of government. They regularly fail to meet the standards of performance marketed to the public as the next big thing to solve all of our problems.

It slices it! It dices! It will even wash your car! But wait, there’s more!

All of the world is a utopia if people will take off the blinders of common sense and logic and listen. There is a final solution to all this madness! Just stop thinking and, for god sakes, stop remembering stuff that, you know, like, happened!

Unfortunately many have stopped thinking or remembering, and now these zombies are part of the attack. They’ve bought into the premise that facts, truth, reality – all can simply be altered with the wave of the magic government sponsored wand and the message spread through the new industry of outrage via social media.

At first it will be about delegating history to a museum. Sounds innocuous enough, right? But, history doesn’t belong in a museum. It belongs at our fingertips, unedited for our children and our children’s children. It belongs under our feet and in our lives.

So, now it’s our turn, Mississippi. Get ready. The gates have been opened to the madness by some in our own midst, citing their Christianity, no less. How long before that Christianity ends up in the museum, too?

History reminds us of who we are and the individual and shared struggles we have overcome. Those reminders are all around us in the Magnolia State. And yeah, some of it–much of it–ain’t all that pretty.

For the new mob, where we have been, who we are and what we are as a result is not what they wish us to be. Music and literary tradition like no other, the beauty of antebellum architecture unmatched anywhere in the world, the names, faces, memories and lessons of all of our shared history–this is now subject to mob approval, or disapproval, as we slide down this slippery slope.

How long before civil rights history is washed clean too so as to protect the sensibilities of the easily offended? Those videos of young blacks being beaten in the streets, attacked by dogs and fire-hosed — I mean come on did that really happen?

Reminders of the past are reminders of mankind’s failures, and who will worship the powerful and self-appointed people with the knowledge that all men are flawed and have the potential for evil? Who among us will allow others to think on our behalf with the knowledge that the thoughts, ideas and judgements of the mob are subject to the same imperfections that we all carry with us? So, it must be purged, or at least pre-approved by the outrage industry, in the name of progress and perfection. We must throw away our shared experience, our past blemishes, our ignorant customs and quaint celebrations.

We must all worship at the same alter or risk being tossed in the trash heap by the arbiters of the newly written history.

Rights? What rights? Free speech? Privacy? Property? Unless you’ve been living in a cave then you should know that train has fired up the engines and is leaving the station. I mean who needs it anyway, right?

Gone With the Wind is soon to be, well, gone with the wind.

Forrest County is no longer an acceptable name, because Nathan Bedford Forrest was a racist. And what about Ross Barnett Reservoir? Hmmm . . . think that probably needs to be reported to the authorities.

For that matter didn’t Washington, Madison and Jackson own slaves, and didn’t Christopher Columbus commit horrible atrocities?

A lot of work to do here. Maybe it’s time for some elected official to put together a commission on re-naming and removing all things offensive.

Or maybe it’s time for people to snap out of it and recognize that we can’t change the present or the future by rewriting history or pretending it never existed. We change the future by learning from the truth of history — all of it, every last bit.

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund. He has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, government agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by email at or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett


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