History vs Histrionics?

The following line is taken from a sermon given by Dr. King that you will find in his 1963 book, “Strength to Love”.

We are not makers of history.  We are made by history.

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Okay my friends, you can argue that Dr. King was trying to imply that you have to “go along in order to get along.“  Or perhaps he was saying just the opposite, you don’t have to accept the “status quo”. Both are pretty good arguments for a spirited debate among thinking and reasonable folks. His focus was on his present-day history (civil rights) and how to define it and what actions to take.  That was his “jumping off” point to start the national discussion and debate – “history”.

However, it seems to this retired Gumshoe that elements of the radical left do not want to debate or discuss opposing ideas when it comes to our collective national history.

Presently,  they want to destroy it by tearing down statues.  Easy targets, statues can’t run or fight back.  Brave folks indeed!

What will be their next target(s)?  When and where will they stop?  What’s their end game or goal?  Do they end up eating their young like the French Revolution during the “Reign of Terror”?  Robespierre eventually used his own blood to lubricate the guillotine blade!

Will the written works like “1984” and “Fahrenheit 451” be the radical cookbooks for the recipes of a “woke” tomorrow?

How about the last chapter of  “The Lord of Flies”?  Great ending!

I ask the question, “If you don’t know where you came from, how do you know where you are going to go?”

One of my favorite quotes is from Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. I think that trying to destroy history whether it’s a statue, book, event, or anything else ultimately leads to destroying people.

Think of the Holocaust and take pause.  “Never again!” is the cry that must be heard and echoed in every heart and in every thought and in every generation. This cry must be our collective lodestar or else it will ultimately be in the parlance of “Star Wars”, our “Death Star.”

The jury is still out of my friends.  The clock is ticking towards our national survival or our national suicide.  It will not be “painless” either way according to human history.

God bless you Dr. King wherever you are!  (and you also Mr. Burke)


Danny Pitocco
Danny Pitocco
RETIRED (as a Detective with the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Department, Washington State), Danny has over forty years of law enforcement experience across city, county, state and federal levels of government, including service as a Special Agent for the DEA, US Department of Justice. He’s a decorated law enforcement veteran, and recipient of the "Detective of the Year" award for Snohomish County, Danny is a certified composite artist and has testified as an expert witness in the field of narcotics and modus operandi of particular crimes in state and federal courts in California, and has given testimony before federal grand juries. Danny served four years of active duty in the US Marine Corps and loves Jesus as his personal savior.

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  1. The system of dominant values, the style itself of the present age tend to consider superfluous history. Devaluation of the past and its potential for knowledge; erosion of memory, public and private; decline of the future, the inability to think and pre-figurarlo: the present is to assume, in our society, an all-encompassing dimension, as if this was really the only possible world. But history shows – and this is its irreplaceable task civilian – that other worlds are possible: that things do not necessarily go as they should go; that the scope of human possibilities moves in a predetermined space, but not closed. This awareness of the open character of our collective story you can have only studying history.

    • I whole-heartedly agree with your very insightful and wise comments Aldo. We really need a “frame of reference” to intelligently study (and hopefully) learn from history. The drawings inside caves to our footsteps on the moon – to quote Buzz Lightyear, “To infinity and beyond!”

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  2. I stand in shock at what is happening in this country and others. Do people really think that ripping down statues will erase history? Does banning “Gone With The Wind” differ from burning books? Does burning and looting private property fix any real or perceived racial issues? Our history is our history. Some good, some not so much so, but still our history. Learning from it means that we can’t erase it, nor should we.

    • Your response to my posting Ken is definitely “simpatico” with me my friend. Trying to erase history is a fool’s errand, just like trying to stop time and tide. Idiocy at it’s worst!

  3. There are numerous “trails of tears” in human history Linnie. Humans either choose to follow the “light” or choose to remain in the “darkness”. We must all choose to be our brothers keepers through charity.

  4. I love the line “If you don’t know where you came from, How do you know where you are going? Tears come to my eyes and my heart aches that as these precious children come into the world they are never going to know History, as it relates to injustice, such as Pharo in the Bible, had both white, black, and Hebrew slaves. The slave trade was with the African American culture long before. Yet, it is not taught that way and probably never will be. I have great friends who are African American, and we cry together. What about the Indians, oh Lord, this is so sad.