by William Skink
James Loewen wants Americans to know about what our historic sites get wrong, at least I’m assuming that’s why he wrote a book titled Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. Apparently there are enough lies to take up over 400 pages. That’s a lot of lying, America.
Montana’s selection is the confederate fountain, a topic being vigorously discussed right now for political reasons. Those other lies aren’t politically expedient to highlight right now, so get a pass.
Previously this post, and other opinions about whether or not this fight at this time is worthwhile, has been deemed wrong, according to Pete Talbot. Fair enough.
While a more historically accurate plaque may be the ideal outcome over this sudden sensitivity to Civil War propaganda, I really wonder if this will be a political win for Montana Democrats.
Allow me to use myself as an analogy: I regularly describe media as lofty as the NYT as being propaganda when it comes to reporting on various geopolitical issues. My “plaque” is excerpts from alternative media, like Counterpunch. From past reactions I’ve received, this conduct is kind of annoying.
So, for Montana Democrats burning away the summer doldrums with a fountain controversy, I suggest this fight you’re picking is analogous to conspiracy bloggers acting haughtily superior to the duped sheeple. I will tell you, from first hand experience, that is not a popular position to take.
Here’s another not-popular position to take: the stars and stripes fly over land stained by genocidal colonialism.