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February 6, 2004

The Mutability of History

mutability.jpgI don't think I've been this depressed about the state of my country since about this time last year. Sure, there have been pockets in between (and a general sadness every day), but the past few days of newspaper reading have elicited more anger, frustration, and hopelessness that I don't know what to do.

Our current administration is rewriting...unwriting...history. This happens all of the time, no matter what presidential regime is in office. History is always subjective. Even the concrete can be manipulated, read with a different slant, retold with different voices. Perhaps that is why I love history so much-- it is a constant mystery, a constant struggle to uncover the closest thing to what we assume is the truth, and make it known.

Sadly, anyone can assume this struggle. And those who have the most power will always push their history to the top. The fact that we have been watching our government lie, cover up, tell, and retell our country's history makes me want to cry. I don't want the Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft/Powell version of American History in my textbook, and it is happening even as I write this.

Fight to be heard.

Posted by callalillie at February 6, 2004 8:25 AM | History , My Country


It is the winners who write the history and it's not over yet.

Posted by: bobtrancho at February 6, 2004 1:33 PM

In the world of politics, there are no winners. Just the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: corie at February 6, 2004 4:52 PM

They used to have a saying in the old Soviet Union. "The only thing more unpredictable than the future, is the past".

Posted by: ChrisM at February 6, 2004 7:32 PM

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