August 22, 2011, - 5:30 pm

Dumbed Down “History”: They Gave “Historical Monument” Status to WHAT?!

By Debbie Schlussel

This is absurd. Of all the buildings and sites in Virginia that deserve “historical marker” status, the last one I can think of is a parking garage.  Sadly, they’ve dumbed down history in Virginia .  .  . and everywhere else in America.  How else can you explain an Arlington historic preservation agency’s designation of a parking structure as a historical monument, merely because it was where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met his Watergate source, Deep Throat a/k/a W. Mark Felt, Sr.?

It’s truly a sign of America’s ever increasing mediocrity that we pick mediocre things and places, including the Rosslyn, Virginia parking lot, upon which to bestow honors.  And this takes the cake.  It’s the equivalent of posting a historical marker on the square of the sidewalk where young Barry Obama dropped the vial of coke and decided not to do drugs again.  It’s just not important, nor is it history, even in the most elastic use of the word.

Historical locations are Mount Vernon or the site of the First Continental Congress.  They are the Battlefield at Antietam, the site of the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the location where our soldiers stormed the Beach at Normandy, or raised the flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima (though, obviously, the latter two are not in the U.S.

History is not a parking location where a cowardly, disgruntled FBI agent illegally leaked information to two selfish, uber-liberal “reporters” in order to take down a President whose centrist agenda they didn’t like.  That’s not historical.  Nor is history the gym equipment used by Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Hussein Obama Idi Amin Dada.  It’s not even the bubble gum wrapper from the Bubble Yum bubblegum Britney Spears chewed after making out with Madonna and Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Awards.  Nor the hospital bed where RuMohammed, the first Muslim transsexual completed his castration on the way to his career as the first Islamic terrorist leader with male DNA and female make-up and breasts.  Okay, so I made him up . . . but trust me, he’s coming into being in this crazy world in which we live.

Those things are not history.  In the course of real history, the people and places and things I named above–like the parking garage–have no historical significance.  They contributed nothing to America and the survival of the West.  And they will be forgotten. If we’re going to assert that sites of tips to reporters are “historical,” then, perhaps a number of strip clubs and porno theaters should get the status. A lot of reporters meet sources in these places.

In the space age, when we are finally flying around in Jetson-like and Blade-Runner-esque ships and pods, will they be able to tear down that parking lot where Bob Woodward met with Deep Throat, now that it has a historical marker?

By that time, they won’t just mistake the name of the traitorous, loathsome FBI agent for the name of a porno flick.  Both Deep Throats will be long forgotten.  As will Woodward and Bernstein.

If that parking structure is “historical,” so is the hut where Barack Obama’s brother lives in Africa.

And maybe we are even more dumbed down than I originally diagnosed.

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It also marks the degradation of History as well. For some time, history has been dumbed down in the schools, Americans who played a significant role in building this country have been de-emphasized, at the expense of women, Blacks, Native Americans, etc., and meaningless, insignificant, PC events have replaced discussions of those who contributed to our country.

This is why surveys show an astonishingly low number of high school graduates who even know what century the Civil War was in, or who was president then.

This latest outrage builds (or maybe the right word is “pushes down”) this outrage even further.

Little Al on August 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm


    I received a classical liberal education. I’m intelligent and well read and I know history forwards and backwards and I admit I don’t always get every thing right. And when I’m wrong, I expect to be corrected on it.

    Heaven knows what our kids are taught these days. And its probably not the things America needs to know for its future survival!

    NormanF on August 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

“Deep Throat?” Its sounds like a porno movie title – hardly flattering for a designated American landmark.

Leaking government secrets is illegal. No one in the liberal media thinks that’s a crime to bring down a President they didn’t like.

Watergate taught us more about the ends to which the press went to serve their own agenda than it did about the venality of Richard Nixon.

Some Arlington, Virginia landmark!

And the weather there sucks in the summer, which is why it won’t be heavily visited by tourists.

NormanF on August 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    @ NormanF… erm, it *was* a porno title.

    DS_ROCKS! on August 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

In the mind of a liberal, the site deserves historical status because the meeting eventually caused a REPUBLICAN President (Nixon) to resign from office. That is a liberal’s finest hour.

Historical Mark on August 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I live in Los Angeles. Here, there’s a whole tour bus industry that revolves around showing the places where the famous and infamous either live, lived, died, or did something that the average reader of “Oprah Magazine” might find impressive. There have always been, and always will be, people who are fascinated by this sort of hokum. What canya do?

Irving on August 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

It is a time of great historic importance when Bite me Biden and the foul B.O. would be collaborating on the same day with two powers bent on dominating our freedom of information.
Comcast CEO and Chinese Heads of State are enemies of a free people and perfectly suited for two politicians that love their elite status and ability to pontificate and believe their own tripe.
The day should come soon when they join Ghadaffi and Assad in the bunker or stand trial like Mubarak in a cage.
It’s too bad that we don’t have puppet masters like Nixon around today, instead of these light weight puppets.

One term is enough on August 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I just saw my son’s history book. There are 1″ square pictures of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison on the border with a very large dominant center photo of MLK Jr.

#1 Vato on August 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I guess it all began when Americans started recognizing garbage and other trash as art. Or whatever BS that is considered modern art. Just take a trip to MOMA in NYC. The amount of mediocre things and other BS that is taken as high art. Lo behold…there are people who go to extreme length to pretend to enjoy such trash just because they don’t want to be the odd one standing or just because their gf or wives think such grabage is really great art. NYC is so full of such people. I once took a young lady to such a gallery show. Every piece on display was abstract. Many people were oooing and ahh-ing as if they were on the verge of having orgasm. The young lady with me was surprised because all she saw was meaning hodge-podge of color splattered on canvas. She told me she wanted to see “real art”. I then took her to the Met and she was so overjoyed looking at the master pieces.

Rex on August 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Yessir, painting a couple of squares on a canvas is considered great art.

Little Al on August 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Where’s the National Landmark on the DNA lab that confirmed Bill’s semen stain?

Occam's Tool on August 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

This type of “history” has really dumbed down American citizens. Most people living in Arlington I’m sure don’t even know what their city was named after, which was Robert E. Lee’s plantation of Arlington House. But they will know a parking garage in the Watergate “scandal.”

JM on August 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Debbie,it’s debatable how historic this garage spot is.

However,more than once you have defended this scumbag anti-Semite Nixon.

He was a vicious,repugnant Jew hater. Listening to the anti-Semitic hate that he spewed on those tapes is sickening. He also gleefully egged on others including Billy Graham to spew anti-Semitism on those tapes as well.

How you can keep defending this dirtbag I don’t know, especially when you’ve attacked others for being anti-Semitic who have never been quoted as saying anything remotely close to what Nixon said on a regular basis.

He obstructed justice and brought disgrace and distrust to the presidency.

Scott on August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    However,more than once you have defended this scumbag anti-Semite Nixon.

    He was a vicious,repugnant Jew hater.

    He bailed out Israel, during the Yom Kippur War.

    Miranda Rose Smith on August 23, 2011 at 4:51 am

      Miranda, Nixon and Kissinger have Israeli blood on their hands by holding out on aid for days until Israel was on the brink of defeat. Alexander Haig really diserves the credit for the aid – as well as a not so suddle threat by Golda Meir that Israel might launch a nuclear attack.

      Scott on August 23, 2011 at 10:09 am


    I do not see evidence that Debbie defended Nixon in her column.

    There is NO Santa Claus on August 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      You don’t see evidence? Read the contempt she shows for the”traitor” Mark Felt. She’s defended Nixon in previous columns. Who is Felt a traitor against? Nixon.

      Scott on August 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Maybe some day there will be a marker at the border crossing where operation”Fast and furious” allowed hundreds of guns to cross into mexico and into the hands of murderers. That’s more historical.

samurai on August 23, 2011 at 2:17 am

Take a walk around downtown Jerusalem sometime. Practically every building that was used for any kind of a government office or hospital or police station, during the Mandatory Period, has a commemorative plaque on it. And you know how many commemorative plaques I saw in London? Somewhere in Manhattan, in the West 20s, is or was a plaque commemorating Clement Clarke Moore (“A Visit from St. Nicholas,” usually called “The Night Before Christmas.”

Miranda Rose Smith on August 23, 2011 at 4:46 am

gee if Nixon had just promoted Mark Felt, history would have been so different, nah Felt was a coward, he was disloyal even had he been promoted by Nixon, Felt would have found something else to stab The President in the back, like Richard Armitage & Colon Powell. These people are all about themselves.

ChickasawMan on August 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

It’s a rare day that I dis-agree with your main thesis, Deb. This appears to be one of them.

Watergate was a massive turning point for the United States regardless of the exact political leanings of Nixon’s opponents. I can’t compare the parking garage to the trivial examples you cited even if I might not compare it to the other legitimate examples.

Today we look to Congress to stop rising taxes and spending. Little do we know that the Nixon Administration obtained unilateral powers (for the President) to raise taxes on us via the EPA and other agencies established out of the political backlash of Watergate (such as the DOE which was established by Jimmy Carter). It’s “taxation without representation”, thanks to Nixon, Watergate and the events that followed.


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There is NO Santa Claus on August 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

Does the marker note: After spend 20 millions dollars on investigating President Nixon, No laws were ever found to have been broken.

burt on August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

Nowhere as obnoxious as the MLK statue that just opened on the Mall in DC, but obnoxious nonetheless.

Phineas on August 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Burt, are you kidding? Burglary obstruction of justice,illegal campaign contributions,bugging, top aids going to prison,etc.

Scott on August 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

MLK was a friend and defender of Israel.

Rex on August 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I saw a marker for MLK in Vegas. Harry Reid had it earmarked in the Stimulus Package. It was in front of a brothel where Brutha Marty kept plenty of sistas stimulated.

Hymie Town on August 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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