Oliver Cromwell Is Dead

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Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 9.46.13 AMOliver Cromwell is buried and dead
He hi, buried and dead
They planted an apple tree over his head
He hi over his head

The apples were ripe and ready to fall
He hi ready to fall
There came an old woman to gather them all
He hi gather them all

It should be noted that I find the photo of one of the statues of Oliver Cromwell to be hideously distasteful and deplorable.  No one in this country can possibly loath a statue of Nathan Bedford Forest or the Confederate flag, any more than I do this image of Oliver Cromwell.  To me, and to millions of people in the UK, this is the single worst individual who ever lived, after Judas Iscariot. Yes, he was that vile.  More members of my family met their demise via Cromwell than any other  single individual in history.  It is a shame our wretchedly ignorant population here in the US knows nothing about Cromwell or what he did, or they would understand the evil he created.

“…Objects are a part of the study of human history because they provide a concrete basis for ideas, and can validate them. Their preservation demonstrates a recognition of the necessity of the past and of the things that tell its story…What one generation considers “cultural heritage” may be rejected by the next generation, only to be revived by a subsequent generation….”

I have a friend who is in London today, doing the tourist thing. My request.  If she is wanted to do something for me, when she was in Westminster Abbey, she would stomp all over Oliver Cromwell’s head.  His head is buried in the floor, with a stone marker, going into the Tudor and Stuart section.  In order to pay homage to QEI, you must literally walk all over him.  I stomped on him.

It dawned on me how much more creative and cold-blooded the Brits are/were about these things.  Richard III was basically buried where he fell, and there he lay, until last year.  We could learn a lot from them.  They don’t go digging up the buried, unless they are in the middle of a car park.  They don’t destroy their statues.  They understand that history is history and has nothing to do with anything but history.  To assign emotional hatred to say a statue of some Southern general is irrational.

Defenders of the Confederate flag talk about heritage, which is something of a joke.  They are referring to Cultural Heritage – and – they are correct.

“…Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Cultural heritage includes tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity).

The deliberate act of keeping cultural heritage from the present for the future is known as preservation (American English) or conservation (British English), though these terms may have more specific or technical meaning in the same contexts in the other dialect…”

It is the recognition that, no matter how vile he was the statues and burial of Oliver Cromwell, as well as Nathan Bedford Forest are important.  They provide a valuable lesson to history.  The preservation of these items is not a recognition of their holiness, but the fact that they are history, and as history, have an intrinsic value all their own.

The battle to preserve such items is not an endorsement of the person, idea, or anything about that individual person, but it is an acknowledgement that history is more important than the mercurial and often destructive whims of a frenzied mob.  The destruction of cultural artifacts such as statues or even the call for the removal of Stone Mountain is the act of an uneducated mind with a specific agenda.  Only rancid ideologies such as ISIS or the Taliban destroy history, archeological, artistic, and cultural monuments. If those calling for the removal of such artifacts are insulted by the label, then perhaps they should consider their motives.  They may think their motives are for the greater good – but they are simply destructive and set a horrible precedent.

Like Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan cronies, the Confederacy is dead. Cromwell lost.  The South lost.  While I would like nothing more than defiling what is left of his miserable bones, I trust his soul is rotting in hell.  It’s over.

Those who are ignorant when it comes to history, like to wax poetic about the horrors of the Civil War, the death and destruction, blaming it all on the South.  The population of the United States at the time was approximately 31.5 million.  During the Civil War, the total death count, civilians and military rang anywhere from 625,000 to 850,000.   The British Civil War took place from 1644-6152.  At the time, the population of England was approximately 5.1 million.  The death toll from Cromwell’s monstrosity, both military and civilian was about 175,000.  If you look at it like we’re talking a quarter of the deaths during the American Civil War, then reduce the population of the US to 7.8 million and factor in the loss of 175,000 people, and you can see how it devastated nation.

Even with a brutal war that saw a major segment of the population destroyed, the British people did not topple the statues of Cromwell.  They may have literally pissed on them and did a few other things, but that was about it.  Those who are demanding the removal of statues, graves, and memorials of things that bother them, need to realize you don’t go around putting a trigger warning on life.  Right now we are dealing with the extended adolescence of Millennials who don’t quite understand that life is not regulated by helmets, feeling good, pablum, and those ever present trigger warnings.  Just because something disturbs them, it should not be eliminated.  Like the fools they are proving themselves to be, those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

 

 

 

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