In the hot summer of 1776, a group of prominent American colonists met in Philadelphia. Enraged at being under the yoke of King George III and his draconian policies, they crafted a document whose very words most patriotic Americans can recite by heart: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
If the American colonies lost to the highly redoubtable British empire, all of these men had signed their death warrant. Thankfully for us, they won. No, the country they created wasn’t perfect, particularly for those trapped in servitude or discriminated against because of their race. We’re no utopia, and we continue to struggle to get everything right.
However, no nation on the globe has escaped these ignominies. No other nation has engendered more freedom and opportunity and wealth than America. Not to mention that no other nation has hastened the moral arc of justice more than our shining city on the hill — a shining city established that July day in Philadelphia back in 1776.
And now, in 2018, the mere mention of the date 1776 is enough to send liberals into conniptions and force a principal to apologize. Because that’s where we’ve gone just 242 years later.
According to Fox News, a principal in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is apologizing after the phrase “party like it’s 1776” was put on Cherry Hill High School East’s senior prom tickets.
The reason behind it is because the event is to be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Apparently, though, 1776 is simply too triggering for some students.
“I am writing to apologize for the hurt feelings this reference caused for members of our school family,” Dr. Dennis Perry said in the letter.
“It was insensitive and irresponsible not to appreciate that not all communities celebrate what life was like in 1776. I especially apologize to our African-American students, whom I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of this wording. You can expect that we will do better as a school community to produce well thought out, appropriate communications.”
My head hurts.
Oh, and that wasn’t the only capitulation Perry was willing to make. Students now don’t have to bring tickets to the prom, since they may be triggering. A new commemorative prom ticket will be designed without the offensive phrase.
There will also be “safe guards” put in place to ensure a “diverse group of people” view future communications, because no non-controversy controversy like this can ever happen without some sort of group being set up.
The number of people in America who still think that slavery was a good thing is so small as to be statistically insignificant, and nobody from either political party would ever want to be an elevator with one. Slavery was a horrible evil — one of many evils that have occurred throughout human history, but a particularly pernicious one.
However, liberals simply cannot pretend that nothing positive happened in the course of human existence until they all became “woke” a few years back. That’s especially true for the Declaration of Independence.
America established modern democracy, fought a bloody war to free the slaves, enacted several constitutional amendments protecting them and expended significant political capital (albeit with some tardiness) to ensure that the segregationist Dixiecrats were forced to stop treating the South as their personal fiefdom.
Without that declaration, none of that could have happened.
To condemn America for slavery is to condemn every society on every continent for slavery, to say that no human accomplishment prior to liberal wokeness could even be considered positive. And to make matters worse, this principal was bullied into adopting this worldview.
If we continue to accept this behavior, free speech is going to be dead. Patriotism is going to be dead. Fifty-six men — imperfect men, but brave men nonetheless — who signed a document which could have been a death warrant will be remembered as traitors, not the progenitors of the greatest country and system of government on earth.
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