One of the big ways in which liberals are trying to improve the lot of mankind these days is to tear down a statue in Bronson Park. The statue, entitled "The Fountain of the Pioneers," depicts an Indian bowing before a Pioneer. (See a picture here.) So far, the debate has gone roughly as follows:
Point: The statue depicts the oppression of the noble native American by the evil white colonialists, so it should be torn down.
Counterpoint: The statue depicts the oppression of the noble native American by the evil white colonialists, so it should maintained as an eternal monument to how horrible America is.
Everyone seems to think that the statue depicts something horrible. Am I the only person who is glad that the Pioneers won?
I, for one, am glad that America was settled. Can anyone seriously defend the notion that the Pioneers shouldn't have won?
Yes, I know, some bad things happened to the Indians, blah, blah, blah. The Indians did some bad things, too. Bad things always happen, particularly in wars. That doesn't change the fact that the Pioneers were in the right.
Western civilization is culturally superior to what it replaced. What? How dare I insult the native peoples! Doesn't multiculturalism say that all cultures are equally valid? Well, they aren't. Cultures that have practices such as slavery, cannibalism, bride-burning, child sacrifice, genital mutilation, etc. are, all else being equal, worse than those that don't.
The Indians had a stone-age society. They hadn't even invented the wheel. (That might have something to do with why they lost.) Western Civilization has given us cars, computers, houses, books, indoor plumbing, and advanced education.
Even assuming that there is no moral difference between the two, we can deduce the superiority of Western Civilization based on the fact that none of the people who advocate tearing down the statue actually live like Indians. Their actions prove the superiority of Western Civilization even if they won't admit it.
It seems that after combing through the ten million works of "art" occupying space on our nation's public lands, liberals have found the one statue that is pro-America. Naturally, they want to tear it down. When conservatives objected to taxpayer funding for the desecration of crosses and pictures of the virgin Mary, liberals cried that we were horrible "censors" trying to silence ideas that we don't like. Now, who are the censors?
Make no mistake. Liberals object to this statue specifically because it says that it is good that America exists. If this doesn't prove to you that liberals hate America, nothing will.