If revisionists want to erase history, then go all the way…
Everyone from Antifa to Fox News contributor Gen. Jack Keane (US Army, retired) have called for the removal of memorials to Confederates and/or renaming certain US Army bases that up until now have commemorated a handful of CSA Generals.
According to these historical revisionists, Confederate leaders, both military and political, are guilty of a multitude of sins. Their rationale runs the gamut of propagating slavery, to high treason against the United States.
Of course, these same people who damn Southerners from the 1860s judge them by 2020 (usually Leftist) standards.
Not wanting to rehash a debate that’s been raging at least for the past 160 years, the re-writers of history are in dire need of assessing history from the macro level.
Examples would certainly be Shawnee Chief Tecumseh as well as Hawaiian King Kamehameha. After all, both of these men waged war against the United States. Additionally, both cultures have historical episodes of taking rivals as slaves.
In all fairness, Kamehameha never really “went to war” against the United States, but he did authorize an attack on a US merchant vessel, killing the entire crew, save one.
Without a doubt, Tecumseh waged war on the US, not once, but twice. First as leader of an Indian Confederation during 1810’s Tecumseh’s War, and later siding with the British during the War of 1812.
Interestingly enough, the US Navy has most recently had Tecumseh and Kamehameha as the namesakes of two separate nuclear ballistic missile submarines, the USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628) and the USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642).
By their own logic, the revisionists should demand that the Navy never again name any US naval vessel after either of these men, no matter how much the United States Armed Forces overall admires their personal leadership and fighting prowess.
Speaking of the Navy, they must cease forevermore naming ships after Indian tribes. Examples would include such as the USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS-7) and the USS Seminole (AT-65).
After all, more than a few Indian tribes not only waged war against the United States, the vast majority also had the nasty habit of taking captives of other tribes, then making them slaves.
As it turns out, the Navy isn’t the only guilty party.
The US Army honors American Indian tribes by way of naming helicopters after them. The fast, agile and deadly AH-64 Apaches and the UH-60 Black Hawks are two prime examples.
Alas, much like the naval examples of the Cherokees and the Seminoles, the Apache and the Black Hawk tribes not only went to war against the United States, they were also known for forcible slavery.
Again, by their own logic, the revisionists should demand that the Army should never again name aircraft after any Indian tribes, no matter how much the United States Armed Forces overall admires their warrior ethos and fighting spirit.
However, the below video is relevant due to its reporting that members of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation are actually celebrating the South Dakota National Guard’s UH 72 Lakota helicopters.
The aircraft will be utilized as secondary emergency medical evacuation helicopters for the state’s many Indian reservations.
This may be presumptuous of me, but I get the impression that these particular Native Americans are proud that this helo is named after them.