Tag: Churchill Myths

Myths about Churchill: Coming Up

Myths about Churchill: Coming Up

Win­ston Churchill: Urban Myths and Real­i­ty: Lies, Fables, Myths, Dis­tor­tions and Things that Go Bump in the Night.

Not a day pass­es when Sir Win­ston Churchill, who proved him­self indis­pens­able when free­dom need­ed him, is not accused of some­thing, from alco­holism to war crimes—often with­out seri­ous attri­bu­tion, or through selec­tive quotes, arranged and cropped so as to advance the pre­con­ceived notion.

On that elec­tron­ic Speak­ers’ Cor­ner we know as the Inter­net, Churchill bub­bles in a gur­gling, dig­i­tal soup, where he can say any­thing, or do any­thing, from hid­ing his fore­knowl­edge of Pearl Har­bor to fire­bomb­ing Dres­den.…

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Eagles are Silent…

Eagles are Silent…

“Very often the eagles have been squalled down by the par­rots.”   —Churchill, House of Com­mons, 18 Jan­u­ary 1945

“Winston’s Bag: He hunts lions and brings back cats.” David Low in The Star, Lon­don, 21 Jan­u­ary 1920.

Some sea­soned stu­dents of the man were of two minds about the Jan­u­ary 2015 Win­ston Churchill death cel­e­bra­tions: grat­i­fied that peo­ple still remem­ber; shock at the ill-con­sid­ered asser­tions.

Old Chestnuts

“The Ten Great­est Con­tro­ver­sies of Win­ston Churchill’s Career,” 22 Jan 15

This is such a rote per­for­mance, and sad­ly typ­i­cal. First, you tee up Churchill as the sav­ior of 1940.…

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“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

Poco­han­tas (Wiki­me­dia Com­mons)

A col­league for­wards Mark Steyn’s hilar­i­ous rant on Eliz­a­beth War­ren, the Mass­a­chu­setts politi­cian who passed her­self off as a native Amer­i­can (because she has “high cheek­bones”) in order get invit­ed to lunch (and not, under­stand, for any career advan­tage).

“A friend got his son into a bet­ter pub­lic school by say­ing he was a native Amer­i­can,” my col­league writes. “Unfor­tu­nate­ly they didn’t tell the kid, so he was quite bewil­dered when the prin­ci­pal approached him one day about an after-school meet­ing for those inter­est­ed in Indi­ans. He also told me that this city you can change your racial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but only once.”

Dur­ing a recent encounter with the med­ical world I was hand­ed one of those ques­tion­naires with the inevitable ques­tion “Race.” I checked, “Oth­er” and then wrote in “Human,” hop­ing for a repercussion—but alas no one noticed.…

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