Anne Althouse suggests that Ward Churchill (what a way to ruin a noble last name) is getting "too much attention." And I agree that this long haired publicity hound and faux Native American is an "Oliver Stone" with a Professorship and without any talent. But this little read blog is hardly publicity.
What I find disturbing is not him, but the 100 or so people you see cheering his every word when they play the clips of him on the news. On today's college campus people are being "taught" that America is scum and that we have no culture. They are being taught to think for themselves but not any basis for those thoughts. They are no longer being taught the sacrifices our ancestors made for this country but rather the focus is on the "crimes" that got us to this point.
Building a country like the USA is not easy and tough choices have to be made, and guess what people make mistakes!
People sometimes even make mistakes with the best intentions. The people who fought on the Southern Side of the Civil War felt they were fighting for their wives, mothers, and children and their way of life.
Was their way of life immoral by today's standards? Of course.
But did they know any better? That's how they were born and raised.
That's the problem with historians like Howard Zinn who interpret history through a moral lens based upon utopian idealistic values of today.
It took the leadership of great but flawed Americans like Lincoln, a depressive, and Grant, a drunk, to push the country towards greatness. Even that great champion of the Democratic Party, Martin Luther King, Jr., had his flaws, a weakness for women. He was a visionary who fought for his people against the status quo of the time. These men did what they did because life any other way would have been intolerable.
Now Ward Churchill is no visionary. He is saying that the USA is merely reaping what it has sown. That we stick our noses into too many places where it doesn't belong and use questionable tactics. And he blames the victims. If the terrorists wanted to attack our military or our government installations, well that's one thing (not that we shouldn't kick their ass for that too). But the terrorists intentionally attacked civilians. The civilians were the target, not "collateral damage," and that's the difference between a military strike and a terrorist attack.
However, half the time we are asked to stick our noses into these sticky situations. If I recall, we were brought into Vietnam after a little country called France got themselves stuck deep in the rice paddies. It was the idealism of Kennedy and the fear of communism that led to that disaster.
Now we have a generation being taught by a group of people who believe they were heroic in stopping the Vietnam War by protesting and smoking grass. And it's this 60's idealism that is killing this country. Even our past two presidents, who were both 21 in 1967, the summer of love, are afflicted by utopian dreams.
Clinton's dream was one of peace, love, and understanding.
Clinton: "Can't we be friends?" "And better yet "friends with benefits
," if you're female. Oh what the hell, even if you're a transvestite, I'm a liberal guy."
North Korea, Iran, and China: "Sure just give us the big missile, Billy boy..."
Clinton: "Kimmy boy would you put on this wig. Oh Jong-il, Jong-il. You little crazy dictator..."
It caused President Clinton to ignore the fact that not everyone likes us, and allowed our enemies, North Korea, Iran, Osama Bin Laden, China?, to gain a huge edge on us.
George W. Shrub dreams of freedom for everyone and making his daddy proud. But George, shouldn't people have to fight for their freedom and weren't we there simply to protect ourselves? Are we still protecting ourselves now that the WMD's have been moved or never existed. Why are we fighting the Iraqi's revolutionary War for them?
We need a return to the practical values of the 40's and 50's born out of the trying times of the Great Depression and WWII. When you're fighting just to keep your head above water, it's hard to be idealistic, and you're forced to appreciate what you have and who fought so that you have it. This is American culture - clawing, digging your way to the top so your children can have it better. And it's a shame to see the children of "the greatest generation" believing that these ideals can be exported as easy as American TV shows and movies.
Always remember that American Culture is a bunch of different people who are willing to fight for their freedom and tolerate difference of opinion, but in the end are United for the good of the Republic. What is Ward Churchill fighting for by blaming the victims? It surely isn't the good of the Republic.
In the end, who will be the Iraqis' George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr.?
And why didn't they fight Saddam, themselves?
If a bunch of farming ex-colonists could kick the crap out of the British Empire, why didn't the Iraqis' kick the crap out of Saddam? I'm sure George W. Bush unlike his Daddy would have been happy to lend a hand.