First They Came for the Confederates, and Then They Came for Teddy Roosevelt

Former President Theodore Roosevelt arrives for the laying of the cornerstone for a Carnegie Library at Fargo College, September 5, 1910. The campus was once located south of Island Park in Fargo. Credit: NDSU Archives, Fargo, N.D.

MINOT, N.D. — I wonder if this era of American history will be seen as our Maoist cultural revolution.

A time when dissenters and their works purged from the public eye in favor of the ascendent mob’s preferred ideology.

George Floyd’s death, tragic and unnecessary as it was, has a real chance to become an inflection point for our nation. An intersection at which we pivot and turn to a better way of doing things.

I’m afraid Floyd’s death has become an excuse for ignorant mobs, inspired by the left-wing orthodoxies, which dominate so many of our cultural institutions to exercise their hate.

I have little patience for those who have a fetish for the Confederacy.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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