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What will Jacksonville’s new name be?

If the cancel culture prevails, Andrew Jackson’s name will be removed and the city will have a new name.

Will it be Cowford? That’s what it was called before it was Jacksonville.

This is not idle speculation.

The city of Jackson, Miss., has voted to remove a statue of its namesake from the City Hall. Fascists tried to pull down a statue of Jackson in a park near the White House.

Jackson, a Democrat and former president, is only one of the historical figures under attack.

City officials in Jacksonville already have removed a statue that stood in Hemming Plaza at the center of the city for 100 years in order to appease the radical element that is trying to revise, rewrite and remove American history.

School names have been changed, and more are likely to come.

One certain target will be the city’s two original high schools, Robert E. Lee and Andrew Jackson.

Because a large majority of Jacksonville’s older citizens graduated from one of those two institutions, there is bound to be a reaction from alumni.

How stalwart will they be? Will they stand up for tradition and common sense, or bow to a mob that literally is demanding Americans must kiss their feet?

National Review magazine commented on the current craze by noting the renewed attack on a literary classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.

This now has been expanded into attacks on the Founding Fathers, the names of sports teams, and even a cartoon show on TV called “Paw Patrol,” which includes a police character. In what the Far, Far Left hopes will be the New Normal, police are to be distrusted and disbanded, while criminals are released from prison and the constitutional right of Americans to defend themselves is severely restricted, or abolished if possible.

Most of this is based on sheer ignorance. As National Review notes, an aide to the mayor of Washington was chased out of his job for describing a budget as “niggardly,” which some illiterate complainer in Washington city government declared was a racial slur.

The cancel culture is based on such ignorance, and it is appalling. Young adults already know little about U.S. history and yet cheer those who condemn it.

Much of this lunacy is related to the upcoming election and may either increase or decrease, depending on the result of that election.

Regardless, it is demeaning and dangerous, and residents of Jacksonville should resist efforts to fundamentally transform America by standing with Ronald Reagan, who said:

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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