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When Will The Insanity Stop?

Updated on August 4, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

It is abundantly clear for me that the people on the left will never stop. Even to the detriment of themselves and to America, Continuing down this path of self destruction. In the hope of tearing down the Trump administration, they will do and say whatever it is necessary to stop him and his agenda.

The latest incident at Charlottesville, VA on the surface was about removing a statue of a Confederate General named Robert E. Lee. It evolved to be much more mainly driven by a biased media.

These hate groups such as the KKK is a small minority in our country. They do not deserve the attention given to them by the media.

- Aug. 2017

- Revised Sept. 2017

My Background

As someone who has lived through the 60s till now, some 50 years, I have a view that may not be of contemporary wisdom. My background is that I am a first generation immigrant. I emigrated from Taiwan to here when I was 10 years old in 1961.

Growing up as an Asian in a mostly white neighborhood, I had very little trouble assimilating. There were a few rare incidents of prejudice by kids but others usually came to my defense. I must admit, I did not experience any of the treatments that blacks received in this country in our past. However, I did experience the over whelming generosity and goodness of the people in the NYC neighborhood. The good out shine the bad by a mile.

I have always been interested in history and I read about the many empires and civilizations of the past and the conflicts and the wars...My passion due to my work and my interests gravitated to archives and preserving our past. I believe we can learn so much from our past both the good and the bad. I started volunteering at my local county archives 15 years ago and haven't stopped. I was also blessed with a very good memory. I remember details from various incidents that most people have forgotten.

Therefore, I have in my knowledge a good sense of balance, backed up by historical events. I am able to pull up facts and stories and real cases when debating people that I disagree with politically and economically and religiously.

What does this matter? In this particular case, I am reminded of a similar incident back in the 1980s. President Reagan was in office and the media was very much against his conservative views and policies. I remember watching the nightly news and would see reports of the homeless day in and day out. The implication was that Reagan's policies that created this human tragedy...

Meanwhile, the same media was silent during the Carter years and later during the Clinton years about the homeless issue. The level of homelessness never changed much throughout. This problem is not an economic one but one of mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction. There is a percentage of our population that just won't accept any help and prefer to live on the streets. The media created an image that Reagan was heartless and forced many people to live on the street, and the people should be outraged and so on... This false narrative had some influence but most rational people saw it for what it was - bias against a popular president of the opposition party.

Who is offended by these old statues that pay tribute to heroes of the past? And why are they being torn down?

What purpose does it serve but to remind people of past grievances? As someone who is interested in preserving history, I am opposed to this witch-hunt, from a practical point of view and an economic one. Why should we spend money and resources to remove something that was sitting there for generations? Where are these statues to be relocated if at all?

I disagree with some who claim such statues should be moved to museums. There are not enough museums in America to hold these statues. It is not only statues. There are schools and building that were named after controversial historical figures. What should we do there? Rename everything? And who is to decide?

I hope common sense prevail here. Leave our history alone with warts and all. There can be a teaching opportunity for adults to tell their children what happened in the past and put things in context.

Charlottesville, VA

This latest controversy in Virginia is just one of many that has surfaced recently. It is not a normal process but created by people with an agenda. To prove this point, I ask you where was this problem during the Obama administration, or the Bush Administration before that? This statue of Robert E. Lee has been sitting there minding his own business for a hundred years...

Why now in 2017 did this statue suddenly became a source of controversy and an offense? Who is being offended? Why now?

We have had our race problems. They have been there since the civil war and longer since our founding. Down through history, we have passed various amendments of our Constitution to deal with equality and human rights...

We've come a long way and have elected a black President Barack Obama. Yet, race is still a problem in America sitting just below the surface and flares up every time we have an incident like with Trayvon Martin and Ferguson and now Virginia. Why is that?

It is like a scab on the skin that was never allowed to heal. It gets ripped off and bleed again and again and the people doing the ripping are celebrating as if they are the only champion of human rights. They need to proclaim their "goodness" and others just don't measure up. Almost as if patting themselves on the back for doing the right thing. What is the "right thing?" Is stroking the flame of racism the right thing? Is tearing down a statue of a former decorated general of the Confederacy the right thing?

You have to wonder...where are we going with this? Where does it end? Who gets to decide? And what good does it serve?

I know this is a sensitive topic for many people. Some who are anti-Trump heard his speech when he said “there are good people on both sides...” and jumped on this assuming he was referring to the KKK white supremist group. He was not. There were many groups in this particular conflict. Some who are against the taking down of the statue for other reasons other than about race. Those groups have just as much right to demonstrate. So, Trump was correct in his statement and yet the media automatically assumed he was siding with a white racist group...and promoted this idea.

Something to Think About...

Assume you have an opposing view on this subject matter, even after reading my article. Here are some logical consequences to follow.

  • Who will decide which statues or plaques or buildings be removed or renamed?
  • How far back in history should we go?
  • Who will pay for these actions? and bear the cost of removal or relocation.
  • Where does it end? After all, didn't Jefferson and Washington own slaves?

Lenin in the Park

A few years ago, I took a vacation to visit the beautiful city of Seattle. In one local park, I was surprised to see a statue of Lenin, the communist dictator who caused the death of millions of Russian civilians. He became somewhat a cult figure for the Amercan left. Some people in Academia praise him and Karl Marx, the father of socialism and communism. Should we call for the removal of that statue? I say, no way.

Summary

I started this article by asking "When will the insanity stop?"

This incident in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of many and unfortunately probably will not end. In summary, I presented my opinion as a first generation immigrant. I have no vested interested in this particular incident but merely commenting as an observer. I love this country and I realized we are a divided nation at this point in time. I did not vote for Trump or Hillary this last election. However, like it or not Trump is our President for the next few years.

As someone who is interested in history and preservation, I oppose any act that will "change history" or "erase history".

Epilog

The latest ESPN story is another example of insanity gone steroid. Let me get this straight ESPN: you decided to pull an Asian sports reporter named Robert Lee from a broadcast because of the Virginia statue incident. How insane is that logic?

In effect, you decided to violate an individual's right to work based on a false notion that his name might be confused with a southern general in the civil war. If that is not cause for a civil rights lawsuit, I don't know what is.

For ESPN executives to stand behind this decision tells me they have lost it. It is condecending for them to think the average person on the street can be confused by this. Can anyone defend this act?

If these executives can't see the injustice of this decision, then, they have no business being in business. It just boggle my mind.

Columbus in NYC

Another controversy in NYC revolved around the statue of Christopher Columbus. The mayor of NYC wants to establish a commission to search and destroy "hate" statues and plaques around NYC public parks and buildings. Is this a good idea? What about Columbus circle? Should it be renamed to something else?

A Quote From the Past...

The media plays a big role in driving public opinion. I am reminded of this quote.

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” - Malcolm X

Postscript Sept, 6, 2017

This article was revised extensively after receiving critique from members of my Writer's group. They have been very helpful to me in understanding where my writings may be misconstrued by some. My tone was perceived to be condescending. Writing an opinion piece is never easy. It is very difficult to separate the emotion from the topic at hand. Their suggestions have helped me in revising my piece and hopefully improve my communication skills. This piece was meant to make people think about the long term consequences. It is frustrating for me at times when we seem to discourage debate and conversation of a political or religion or racial nature when many of our problems are related. If we can't discuss them, how will they ever get resolved?

I welcome comments and feedback below.

Update 8/4/2018 - Added a link to a news article about NY City council approved renaming a street in Brooklyn after a Haitian Leader who commited mass murder against Whites. The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

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© 2017 Jack Lee

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      6 months ago from now on

      Well Jack you are right, a writer's group should help you improve your writing skills...and that's all - it should never pass judgement on your opinion and beliefs or ideology or even comment about it - the point is to help you express in writing whatever it is you are trying to say (whether they agree with it or not) convincingly, understandably and accurately. Comments or criticism by your group on your beliefs is totally inappropriate and revealing of an agenda, a liberal agenda, as always, because liberals live to turn anything into something it is not meant to be.

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      Sanxuary 

      7 months ago

      Did I forget to respond? Check your facts, countless lawsuits on refusing to rent to minorities, the birther argument, attacking a judge because he is spanish, attacks on any minority anytime he thinks he needs to pump up his base, Not to mention his whole white supremist are good people speech. Anytime Trump is losing his mind he has no trouble playing the race card. My guess is anyone who has no money is open game. To go one further he hates Veterans and expects them to die if they defend their country. Thats what they knew they signed up for right? By the way I am more then a Veteran and every soldier I talk to is waiting to get out.

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      Jack Lee 

      12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Tom, Thanks for you comment. I guess being in the writer's group help us improve our writing skills...hopefully.

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      Tom 

      12 months ago

      Hi Jack,

      I enjoyed this piece, as I usually do. There are a few things I might change a bit by editing, however, overall it's better than some previous pieces. I especially enjoy that you used yourself and your own history as an immigrant in the piece.

      See at the GPL soon.

      Tom

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      This is addressed to all left leaning hubberss... who agrees with the ESPN decision? Please stand up and defend this action...Or explain it away...or make excuses...

      Or please voice your outrage to demonstrate to some of us on the right, that not all left leaning people are insane.

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Another example of the insanity as reported by Fox news -

      http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/22/es...

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, there is no need to comment on these allegations by association...

      Do you believe Trump is a racist? If so, you are in the fringe group of Trump haters and TDS....

      I don't think he is and I don't think our country is racist in any way shape or form. There will always be some fringe crazy groups...but we don't have to give them any voice. The current media is just wrong for promoting this fake scenario...

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      Mike Russo 

      13 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: The 16 facts about Trump being a racist that I posted. You didn't even comment on them. Instead you said,"Let me take a crack at answering my own question."

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Checkout this video of Reagan giving a speech at the NAACP...

      http://710wor.iheart.com/featured/mark-simone/cont...

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      breakfastpop 

      13 months ago

      To Mike and Sanxury... Ignorance is not bliss.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, just which fact did I get wrong in your opinion?

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      Mike Russo 

      13 months ago from Placentia California

      O.K. Jack: I'm sorry, but now I know for sure you are in denial. When the information and facts are in front of you and you still don't believe it something is wrong. Everything you stated in your last reply is wishful thinking into the future on your part and is not based fact based in the now.

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Let me take a crack at answering my own question. The insanity will stop when these people are declared insane and put into the cucoo house; or when Trump's agenda start to work in a few years...and people see the effect of a growing economy with jobs and lower taxes and GDP on the rise...or when the biased media became so over the top that even their own supporters and readers turn against them by stop watching or reading their news stories...or when some of these Trump haters finally realize that they been deceived all this time from the beginning...Trump is just being Trump and not the racist they paint him to be...

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      Mike Russo 

      13 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: Here are 16 examples of Trump being a racist.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/president-dona...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Sanxuary, you lost me when you claim Trump has always been a racist... are you kidding? If that is true, how did he survive in NYC, one of the most liberal city in the US? How did he survive Hollywood and the TV industry with a top rated Show the Apprentice with millions of viewers each week?

      Are they all racists in your mind?

      Just reflect on that.

      Trump did not get painted with this racist thing until he entry the political arena. You should be smart enough by now that that is the democrats playbook. When they go after someone, they bring out the race card as a last resort. They tried every thing in the book against Trump and they failed to stop him.

      The bottom line, he maybe many things as I have written about it, but he is no racist.

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      Sanxuary 

      13 months ago

      The problem is what these symbols have become. What they mean today and who they represent now has changed. Even Lenins statue has had different meanings at different times. These statues belong in a museum somewhere and not a idol for Natzis and white Supremist. I knew people in the past who flew a confederate flag for a whole different meaning then the young idiots who fly them on their trucks today. It use to be a symbol of being a rebel now its a symbol of white nationalismn. By the way Trump has always been a racist his personal history is pretty solid on the issue.

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, I appreciate your history lesson but the problem is, Trump may be many things but he is no racist. You make yourself silly when you try to paint him as such... also, the KKK and Nazi groups are small ...small group in this country. The ACLU is the one that needs to be called into account because they were the ones that fought to have this demonstration in that park in VA. Go look it up...so why did they do this you have to wonder...?

      Another point that I made in my article is why now?

      Why was this not an issue under Obama? If you can answer that, you will have won the jackpot...

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      Mike Russo 

      13 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: You are a history buff. You know the civil war was fought for either maintaining slavery or abolishing it. The confederates wanted to secede from the United States of America. That is treason. Those confederate symbols are a rallying point for ne0 NAZI, KKK, and white superiority groups.

      They are also represent to all black people their ancestors being removed from their country of origin against their will and not even being treated as human beings, but as machines.

      Putting Washington and Jefferson on the same level as Lee is a false equivalence, albeit, they both had slaves, they did not want to secede from their country, but were the founders of the country.

      There is an under current in this country of racism and Trump saying what he said, emboldens those racists who have never gotten over losing the civil war. The other extremists just need symbols of NAZI Germany to support their cause. They are nothing but misguided gangs and thugs looking for a cause and support and Trump has given it to them.

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      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Oz, it is statements like yours that proof my point.

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      Oztinato 

      13 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      You must be totally blind not to see that Trump has covertly supported Nazis.

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      breakfastpop 

      13 months ago

      I believe we have turned a corner in this nation, and it isn't for the best. We are a divided nation when it comes to our president. There is so much misinformation out there that the truth is pretty hard to recognize. When he said that there were two horrible groups in Virginia causing trouble, he was spot on. As usual he was vilified. That, I'm afraid, is his fate. Our fate is very precarious, as well. Dumb is in and lies are seen as okay.

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