Letters: Using history to criticize one's political opponents

Posted: April 16, 2011

Steven Conn, author of an op-ed piece published on Tuesday about the cause of the Civil War ("Losers have written the Civil War's history") may be a history professor, but he also likes to contrive a historical context in order to criticize those he disagrees with and to promote progressive ideology.

In a piece published in October ("Getting in touch with your inner progressive"), he concluded his list of things he regards as "historic" conservative wrongs by writing that "conservatives have been on the wrong side of history over and over again."

Then, last April, commenting on a fairly innocuous Republican effort to replace Grant's image with Reagan's on a piece of currency ("Ulysses' usurpers"), he wrote that "the lily-white Republican Party wants nothing to do with the man who defeated the Confederacy and oversaw efforts to reconstruct a more equitable South."

For Conn, every historic injustice seems useful for indicting those he opposes politically. But a professor of history who sees history only as a means to disparage others has learned nothing from it.

Larry Steiger

Mount Laurel

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