Austin No More?

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JULY 31, 2018

YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIER STATUES FROM PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY. NOW LIBERALS IN TEXAS WANT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF STATE CAPITAL. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, THEY SAY, USED SLAVES FROM MEXICO TO BUILD THE STATE’S ACONOMY.

AUSTIN CALLED SLAVERY “THE CURSE OF CURSES” IN 1831, BUT HE HAD LONG UNDERSTOOD THAT SLAVE LABOR WAS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT WOULD POWER PROSPERITY FOR THE THEN-TERRITORY.

LAST WEEK, THE CITY’S EQUITY OFFICE (DON’T YOU LOVE THAT NAME?) RECOMMENDED RENAMING SEVEN STREETS AND THE REMOVAL OF THREE HISTORICAL MARKERS HONORING CONFEDERATE HISTORY, CALLING IT A HIGH PRIORITY FOR THE CITY TO DECIDE. THE OFFICE PUBLISHED A SECOND LIST WITHOUT RECOMMENDATING ACTION. AUSTIN’S NAME WAS ON THAT LIST.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SECULAR PROGRESSIVES? HOW ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH RELIGIOUS NAMES. WILL THEY ALSO BAN BETHLEHEM, ST. PAUL AND LOS ANGELES, THE CITY OF ANGELS? NONE OF THIS IMPROVES A SINGLE LIFE, BUT TO THE LEFT IT’S ABOUT FEELING GOOD. MEANWHILE, THE BABY KILLINGS CONTINUE IN AUSTIN AND EVERYWHERE ELSE. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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