George Orwell's 1984 portrays a world in which the past is repeatedly rewritten to best serve the desires of a centralized party. A slogan of this party states, "Who controls the past controls the future, and who controls the present controls the past." Politically controlled revisionist history in the United States has brought us one step closer to Orwell's vision. Let’s preserve the past as it was rather than as we wish it were. Changing it, even in service of some perceived higher societal goal, is ultimately detrimental. To paraphrase the great newsman Walter Cronkite, "that's the way it was." Let's leave it that way.