The Politically Incorrect Truth

There are few better examples of historical distortion in war and its subsequent politics than the demonization of William Clarke Quantrill and his Missouri Partisan Rangers. Nations often demonize their enemies to wage war. In the case of Quantrill, the distortions of war propaganda have persisted and even increased to justify modern political fashions.

Quantrill and other Partisans were depicted as psychopathic killers. Every Partisan victory was described as a massacre. Every vile practice and atrocious deed of Kansas Jayhawkers and Redlegs were turned around and attributed to Missouri “bushwhackers” and “border ruffians.”  This did not end with the War or Reconstruction era. Much of this same propaganda still pervades the politically correct versions of Kansas and Missouri history.

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Following the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854—which permitted Kansas to allow or reject the institution of slavery by popular sovereignty—a destructive and sometimes bloody border war between Kansas and Missouri partisans raged for six years.

In 1860, about 80 percent of Missouri’s population was made up of first or second generation immigrants from other Southern and Border States, but only 13 percent of Missouri households owned slaves.  Except for St. Louis, a city of 160,000, where new German immigrants made up a considerable portion of the population, Missouri was solidly Conservative and Democrat in its political leanings. Lincoln ran fourth in the 1860 presidential election, capturing only 10 percent of the vote. 

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The Union Cause Was Not Ending Slavery

here are more books written about the U.S. “Civil War” than any other subject with the exception of Christianity and the Bible. In the foreword of my book, The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, published in 2011, I noted that despite the hunger of Americans to know about the Civil War, it is the least understood war in American history in terms of its political causes and conduct. The second least understood war in American history is the Vietnam War, on which I also published a book in 2009, entitled Lessons from the Vietnam War, Truths the Media Never Told You. The history of both wars suffers from ideological distortion by the relentless imposition of politically correct false narratives that dominate the U.S. educational, media and political establishments.   The distorted narrative of the Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877) has been especially powerful in advancing the liberal-progressive political agenda of centralized federal power and in corrupting voters with numerous victim and entitlement ideologies.

The government and progressive media narrative of the Civil War focuses on one issue—slavery—turning the war into a morality play about freeing Southern slaves. No knowledgeable and politically uncorrupted scholar can endorse such a politicized and distorted simplification of history. Yet that is the prevailing and often repeated public understanding of the “cause” of the war. Slavery was an important secondary issue, but it was not primarily driven by a moral rejection of the institution by most Northern political leaders or their constituents.

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Orwellian Political Correctness and Tyranny

On Friday, May 25, Tommy  Robinson, a conservative critic of the UK’s anti-free speech laws regarding Muslim immigration and crimes, was arrested outside the Leeds Crown Court, while live-streaming a cell-phone report on the trial of several Muslim child rapists. He was not in the courtroom or even on the outside steps of the judicial building. Nor was he gathering a crowd. Yet he was arrested by seven police officers for “a breach of peace.” Immediately following his arrest, he was taken to a Judge and within the space of one hour, without legal counsel, was sentenced to thirteen months in prison. He is now in prison, perhaps not to be heard of again for thirteen months. 
In an ominous totalitarian ruling, the UK has ordered a media blackout on the incident. Internet articles by several British newspapers and Breitbart London have been ordered to be scrubbed from the internet. Ordinary British citizens may be censored, fined, or imprisoned for tweeting or posting related information. This Orwellian Police State nightmare is a consequence of the UK’s laws against “Islamo-phobia,” essentially any criticism of Islam, including verified statistical reports of Muslim crimes, which are a growing concern to anyone in Britain with common sense decency.

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Islam According to the Teachings of the Koran and Muhammad

According to a Terrorism Research Institute study in 2011, of 100 randomly selected mosques in the U.S., 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all.
According to a 2013 Pew Research Survey, 19% of Muslim Americans believe suicide bombings in defense of Islam are at least partially justified. This is lower than the global average of 28% for the Pew Survey. A 2015 survey, however, indicated that nearly 26% of younger Muslim Americans show some sympathy for terrorism.  
A 2017 Pew Research poll found that 20% of Muslims in America say violence to further the cause of Islam is justified. Another 12% say it is sometimes or often necessary. Only 8% say it is rarely justified.

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