Love of country, sense of history gone

To the editor:

The insanity that has taken over the country since the death of George Floyd is disgraceful. No one disagrees that Floyd died in a horrible way, as a result of the actions of a bad police officer.

Civil rights leader, politician and Baptist minister Al Sharpton, at Floyd’s funeral, instead of words of unity, spewed vengeance and hatred. This is not the action of a man of God.

Peaceful protest in the days that followed in memory of Floyd was hijacked by murderers, law breakers, looters and vandals. What is amazing is the amount of loss of life, destruction of businesses, private property, statues and monuments that is continuing to this day.

Anarchist and groups like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter have been emboldened with their actions, because of the lack of law enforcement, due in large part to spineless city mayors.

An anarchist is a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law or custom. ANTIFA is an anti-fascist group. Some things that make a fascist government — belief that the strength of the country is more important than the well-being of the people, rule by a dictator with unlimited power, few freedoms and giving the people no voice in government. Black Lives Matter was started by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after the George Zimmerman acquittal of the death of Tryon Martin in 2013. Their agenda is against violence, systemic racism, civil rights for members of the LGBTQ community and feminist views on race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality.

All of this is addressed in the Bible, our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the abolition of slavery and the Civil Rights Act 1964.

As for our history: The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus was in 1492. The Pilgrims arrived in 1620. Our independence from England was July 4, 1776, when we became the United States of America. The Civil War was from 1861 to 1865.

It is apparent that all of these rioters are totally ignorant of the history of the United States and what a great country they live in. Many spout that there have been 400 years of slavery, but 1776 to 1861 is a span of 85 years. A remarkable amount of time to end slavery. It is apparent no other nation has accomplished this in that short a time.

The desecration of churches and religious items, destruction and removal of statues and monuments shows the utter stupidity of these self-proclaimed righteous.

It is disturbing that the mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, found it necessary to remove the Christopher Columbus statue because, according to him, it is a “symbol of divisiveness and oppression.” Why is he even representing the city?

Lacking are celebrities, politicians and media that know American history and have love of country.

Merica Petrella



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