Sunday, June 22, 2014


If we are to be fair we will have to rename the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.  Our highly revered slave owning founding father, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the following in the Declaration of Independence in reference to King George of England.

"He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions."

This must put him right up there with that complex Indian Fighting New Mexican, Kit Carson.  Surely we must expunge Carson's name for being a man of his times.  The Albuquerque Sunday Journal's state page feature on the Kit Carson debate in Taos was excellent in setting forth all sides on the issue.  But the activists just didn't convince me that the Kit Carson Park in that city should be renamed.  The stampede by the city council is typical of knee jerk revisionism.  Big Brother would have been proud.


Anonymous said...

Nailed it Jim!!! I agree entirely. If Taos doesn't want Kit Carson around then they should return his body to Colorado. The area around Bent's Old Fort would be fitting for his final resting place.


New Mexican said...

There is a nice big statue if Kit Carson at the "Kit Carson" Park in Trinidad, just over the pass from Raton.