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Friday, July 5, 2013

The sad state of the modern American progressive liberal historian.

Well, I guess it was a forlorn hope that the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg could avoid liberal historian asshattery.


Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg: A Few Inappropriate Remarks

On Sunday, a stunned audience sat in silence as Doris Kearns Goodwin turned the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg into a political lecture focusing on women's and gay rights.

Missing from much of her keynote: Gettysburg.

Self-centered, insular, and oblivious to the occasion, the historian who was infamously caught plagiarizing merely recycled much of what she has said before about herself in previous speeches. And her rambling, self-promoting, and borderline inappropriate lecture touched upon nearly everything except for the heroic sacrifices made on that battlefield.

In so doing, she desecrated the hallowed land on which she spoke, dishonored Gettysburg's honored dead, and disrespected the nearly 8,000 Americans in attendance who did not come to Gettysburg to hear about her life's story and a progressive history lecture.
I mean really?  Yes, really...and historians and teachers of the "liberal arts" wonder why conservatives and REAL Americans like myself (yes I said that) hold them in such disdain...but wait...it gets better!

Then, Kearns Goodwin commented on last week's Supreme Court decisions that she called "stunning."
"On the one hand, a critical section of that same 1965 Voting Rights Act which had stood for fifty years was struck down," Kearns Goodwin said. "On the other hand, the struggle to end discrimination against gays and lesbians took a giant step forward."
She compared the gay rights movement to the women's rights and civil rights movements, and then gushed about how privileged she was that she had a "curious love of history" that allowed her to look back and tell stories--if they were her own--about the past.
The closest she came to discussing the Battle of Gettysburg at length was when she mentioned "Stonewall." But instead of talking about how different Gettysburg could have been had the great Southern General Stonewall Jackson lived to aid Robert E. Lee, Kearns Goodwin instead spoke about the Stonewall gay riots that united the gay community, which she used to discuss how women's rights and civil rights and gay rights were all "human rights" while quoting Robert F. Kennedy's "ripples of hope" speech. She even compared "Stonewall" to "Selma," linking the gay rights movement and the black civil rights movement.

This is beyond sad and pathetic, but it is unfortunately not unexpected from the ranks of modern American historians...and sadly, even military and Civil War historians constantly feel the need to recall their hippie, pot smoking days of the 60s and 70s.

What really makes this personally sad for me is I read Team of Rivals and thought it was pretty good.

I guess she is just another aging hippie trying to relive her glory days...can't say I'm surprised though..the college professor ranks are pretty much 100% liberal progressive Obama lovers...no need for diversity there comrades.

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