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Kevin McCarthy isn’t blind to historical past. What he did was worse

by Marcos Bretón

When former Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy made the unimaginable comment that the USA has by no means sought land after profitable a conflict, besides to bury its conflict lifeless, he was pilloried on social media and mainstream media for being ignorant.

McCarthy, a California Republican, proudly shared his untruth on social media final Sunday. For the document, his precise phrases had been: “In each single conflict that America has fought, we now have by no means requested for land afterwards,” McCarthy boldly belts within the video. “Apart from sufficient to bury the People who gave the final word sacrifice for that freedom we went in for.”

He truly mentioned this a couple of month in the past on the College of Oxford, earlier than an viewers on the Oxford Union, the talk society on the famed college. As Politifact reported, the talk “addressed the worth of U.S. intervention around the globe.”

Politifact gave McCarthy’s remark a “pants on fireplace” score, the bottom score they provide. Why wouldn’t they?

McCarthy’s own residence state of California was as soon as the spoils of conflict between Mexico and the USA. Sure, McCarthy’s birthplace is land seized by the USA after a conflict.

However despite the fact that McCarthy is thought to often act dumb for political functions, he’s not dumb in any respect.

McCarthy’s remark wasn’t ignorance and it wasn’t notably partisan both. He was repeating political propaganda within the service of historic erasure, an American affliction that has been bipartisan for generations.

Like many American leaders and influencers of assorted political stripes, McCarthy was pushing the parable of American exceptionalism by making the preposterous declare that the USA achieved its dominance immaculately as a substitute of by means of land grabs attained by waging conflict, threatening conflict, or menacing weaker combatants with financial would possibly.

From the conquered territories of California, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Hawaii to lands seized by pressure from Native People, we all know — or we should always know — the USA has repeatedly seized land by pressure.

Previous lie in new clothes

It’s frequent for liberal commentators to mock McCarthy as a spineless buffoon, however what he mentioned was neither humorous nor simply dismissed. Relatively, McCarthy described a contemporary model of a lie as outdated as our nationwide founding.

The final word American brainwashing of Manifest Future was that our nation below God was ordained to beat North America, and so it did.

American aggression in pursuit of land or worthwhile and strategic property has at all times been justified by the lies we’ve advised ourselves to glorify our extra violent ambitions. For our nation, “To the winner goes the spoils” has meant amassing the ability of controlling a heroic narrative by rewriting historical past to our liking.

What lies are extra highly effective than those who grow to be unquestioned truths promoted by our authorities, Hollywood and insufficient historical past books fed to American schoolkids?

The lie that McCarthy advised is identical lie that drives the fashion in opposition to “Crucial Race Idea,” or any examination of slavery in the USA. It’s the identical lie on the coronary heart of present efforts to ban books or pack college boards with activist ideologues throughout America.

A distinct view

It’s a lie that has shrouded simple truths in American historical past and has left a few of us studying about that historical past lengthy after we had accomplished our “training” in American colleges. I’ll always remember being a 31-year-old man standing in a Mexico Metropolis museum the place I stumbled on a mural depicting the U.S.-Mexico conflict from a perspective I had by no means thought-about.

The paintings I noticed known as “Ninos Heroes,” which is Spanish for little one heroes. It’s painted on the ceiling of a fort in Mexico Metropolis, which was attacked by American forces within the latter phases of the U.S.-Mexico conflict. Legend has it {that a} teenage Mexican navy cadet climbed to the highest of the fort and jumped to his dying whereas wrapped within the Mexican flag, quite than surrendering it to troops below the command of Gen. Winfield Scott. Two photographs stood out: the mournful look on the face of a kid as he was about to die and the faceless, foreboding depiction of the American troops wanting down on him from above. On this piece of artwork, the People had been neither heroic nor morally harmless.

They had been invaders, combatants and conquerors. It blew my thoughts as a result of nothing in my formal training or in my cultural references had ever depicted American troops that method. I had grown up within the shadow of the Vietnam Battle, which was deeply unpopular, however even then our folly was based mostly on making an attempt to cease “the unfold of communism” in Southeast Asia.

However right here, on this hemisphere, it’s a unique story. On task for The Bee in 1995, I traveled to Guatemala, the place some locals might barely cover their contempt for me and the opposite People with me. The motive force we employed advised me why when his tongue was loosened over dinner and beers. His title was Alfonso and he spoke of his anger towards the U.S. for destabilizing his nation by backing a coup in 1954 that toppled a democratically elected president and changed him with a navy dictatorship.

A long time of dysfunction and unrest adopted in Guatemala and all through Central America, unrest that has contributed to the flood of migrants now massing on the U.S.-Mexico border. There appears to be nearly no connection within the minds of many People between the damaging U.S. overseas insurance policies and the migrants who fled nations upended by these insurance policies.

Lies masquerading as reality

This disconnect is rooted within the lie that McCarthy advised. That lie has created a way of historic ignorance in many people who don’t know or don’t care concerning the U.S. seizing lands in pursuit of its personal strategic pursuits, and the harm brought on by American boots on the bottom.

To say this stuff plainly is to be accused of hating America. That’s as a result of as a nation, we might “maintain these truths to be self-evident,” however we nonetheless can’t deal with a few of them.

Marcos Bretón oversees The Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board. He’s been a California newspaperman for greater than 30 years.