by Tom Rogan · September 13, 2019
At the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday, Beto O’Rourke offered a new narrative for America.
Make America understand that it’s evil, again.
I say that in all seriousness. O’Rourke’s vision of America’s founding and ensuing identity can only be viewed as a vision of an evil nation. Don’t take my word for it, take Beto’s.
“Racism in America is endemic, it is foundational,” Beto explained. “We can mark the creation of this country not at the Fourth of July, 1776, but August 20, 1619, when the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will and in bondage and as a slave built the greatness, and the success, and the wealth, that neither he or his descendants would ever be able to participate in or enjoy.”
This is true self-hatred. Here we see Beto’s American version of the Shiite Muslim ceremony of Ashoura: self-flagellating, just without the sense of proud honor.
Beto wants you to know that our nation, our history, and our culture and success is all built on a foundation of evil. You didn’t build it, nor did your ancestors. You’re evil, so were your ancestors, and so will your children be.
Obviously, I reject Beto’s argument.
Yes, America allowed slavery for too long. And yes, the Founding Fathers were direct parties to that atrocity. But to suggest their and our American narrative is defined by slavery is an affront to obvious reality. It is an affront to citizens who rose up against authoritarianism and fought for the right to find representation alongside taxes. It is an affront to the more than 350,000 Americans who died 154 years ago, in noninsignificant part, to end slavery. It is an affront to a nation that has done more for humanity for less material gain than any nation or group in the history of humanity.
Beto’s narrative, in short, is absurd. Still, it will earn Beto some favor from the Democratic Left.
Washington Examiner · by Tom Rogan · September 13, 2019