Letter: Good riddance to the wooden horse

Published: 9/10/2018 12:00:28 AM

Ray Duckler’s sanitized piece lamenting the demise of Epsom’s wooden horse (Monitor front page, Sep. 3) leaves out the extremist political nature of its origin.

The hotel where it was located was associated with the John Birch Society, a fanatically anti-communist organization that touted conspiracy theories like Martin Luther King was a communist and the civil rights movement was a communist plot. More applicably, the U.N. was considered a diabolical organization rife with communists who schemed to subvert the United States. The motto for this conspiracy was “Get U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S.” As such, the Epsom Trojan Horse was fitted with a banner to that effect for some time and symbolized the “Greeks” in waiting.

Fear mongering of communism in the last century led to such regrettable moments in American history as the McCarthy era and the Vietnam War. From that perspective, the demise of Epsom’s Trojan Horse is no tragedy at all. Rather it should give hope that this country’s fanatical right-wing movements may leave in their wake death and destruction, but the U.S. will eventually find its bearings and reject them.

Burn in hell, Trojan Horse.




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