As Jefferson’s statue is torn down it’s time to remove all presidents from public view except one;
It was of course inevitable that the progression would go from removing Confederate statues to red painting or torching Christopher Columbus, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln's !
Thus nothing was more certain, given this sometimes odd trajectory, that the "Father of The Nation" George Washington would be sent to the outer darkness.
That our first president has had his memorial plaque removed (as was Robert E.Lee's) from the church he bought pew number 5 in and attended for over twenty years "because some people are offended" is hardly to be wondered at, but viewed with a terrible sadness as something inevitable but tragic.
"While acknowledging “friction” over the decision, the church’s leadership said the twin memorials, which are attached to the wall on either side of the altar, are relics of another era and have no business in a church that proclaims its motto as “All are welcome — no exceptions.”
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques,” the church leaders said."
This is of course the worst of sophistry, a whitewashed wall of political correctness and 'white guilt" gone mad.
However we must bow to the inevitable, in at least the East and West Coast liberal redoubts diktats and take the next step and renumber the list of American presidents to reflect the new values and history.
There are, or rather were 45 presidents of the United States, but to prevent further white guilt, citizens being so offended that they leave the country and civil dislocation, this list must and should be purged forthwith along these lines.
Firstly and obviously the 12 presidents who were slaveholders have to be removed from the lists and all statues, postage stamps, school/bridges named after or picturing them have to be similarly expunged.
Farewell to; Washington/Jefferson/Madison/Monroe/Jackson/Van Buren/W.H. Harrison/Tyler/Taylor/A.Johnson/Grant. This takes us to 33. But we are hardly done yet as there are many more persons who will be offended by the majority of the remaining so on we push.
James Buchanan "a reluctant slaveholder" might be given a pass but his "if you emancipate your slaves, they will become masters "Is there any man in this Union who could, for a moment, indulge in the horrible idea of abolishing slavery by the massacre of the high-minded, and the chivalrous race of men in the South?" puts him well beyond the pale
Down to 32 with work to do still.
Rutherford B. Hayes was elected via the 'stolen election' on the promise of removing federal troops from the former Confederate states which made for the introduction of segregation and Black voter suppression. 31
Democrat Grover Cleveland was twice elected non-consecutively, as the 22nd and 24th president with the support of the entire segregationist South-down to 29.
Democratic president Woodrow Wilson was a notorious racist and Princeton's 2016 decision to keep his name on one of their schools will surely be rescinded shortly. 28
Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times with the support of the segregated south, a vital part of the Democratic party's coalition. His successor, Harry S. Truman was alleged to have been a KKK member as was Lyndon Johnson in the just released JFK assassination files. But doubt is enough in these querulous times to expunge. Down to 26.
Whatever can be said about Warren Harding, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton we know they either fathered children out of wedlock or had affairs in the White House itself so in today's moral climate they are solidly entrenched in the up to date list of unsuitable presidents.
The current occupant President Trump, regardless of the fact that his own Daughter and Grandchildren are Jewish has come under attack for supposed "racism" so to be safe even though he is in office he shouldn't be counted as one of the presidents.
Thus we arrive at 25 presidents who, on current sensibilities, can be allowed to be considered as presidents of the United States including especially the East and West Coast states.
However it may be considered best to have completely new start, after all, up until the Civil Rights Act every president presided over either slavery or segregation, and make what was president number 44, Barack Obama, the actually first president displacing most certainly the unlamented George Washington.