Despite our Nation's national sins (all nations have them, you know), the Founding Fathers planted the seed of liberty in our founding documents and principles which enabled the United States to become the freest and greatest nation on earth. Yet academia's systemic hatred for America's cultural traditions and her Judeo-Christian heritage is reaching a fevered pitch. The volume in the echo chamber created by academia, big government, and the mainstream media grows with each election cycle and each major holiday. As many Americans tend to view these opinions as alien caricatures of values which they hold dear, the kooks on the left become more and more frenzied in their effort to "fundamentally transform" America. Case in point: A recent link on the Drudge Report led to a link about an article by a professor at the University of Texas.
In this piece, the author states:
Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic founding fathers.And further writes:
How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?
Of course, such shallow analysis and views aren't all that new. Most of us realize that such views are the offspring of 1960's radicalism. Many of those radicals now hold positions of power in academia, government and the media and their worldview is dominant - at least within those institutions. But what's troubling is that this mindset is being foisted upon the minds of America's youth - at all levels of our educational system and often without the knowledge of parents. For example, it was recently reported that some Texas schools are teaching students that the Boston Tea Party was an "act of terrorism."
News report: New Act of Terrorism
A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.
The article also notes:
Several parents from different locations in Texas have independently confirmed that parents are not permitted to access the lessons being taught in the classrooms. There is a “Parent’s Portal” available online, but the content differs greatly from the lesson plans we have seen.
Like the academics that used to come here and challenge my assertion that America's educational institutions are promoting a far-left agenda - when they thought they would be able to do so without losing the argument. These "educators" have to hide and lie about what they're doing so that parents won't complain and interrupt their little social engineering plans. Giving the benefit of the doubt, I suppose some of the deniers are just ignorant instead of complicit. But regardless, do not ever forget, what's going on in American education is not really history, it is sociology - more specifically, social engineering to the detriment of our founding principles.
As a writer at the American Thinker pointed out:
Government monopoly of public education has facilitated a cultural shift since the era of the Great Society. Schools teach students to feign rational approaches to problem solving and filter decisions through emotions. How does it make you feel implementing your solution? Public education rewards effort over results, because it is not fair that students have different skills or abilities -- it's not your grades that count but how you feel about your attempts to pursue them! History is no longer about facts but is taught from an emotional perspective. America enslaved Africans to farm land stolen from the indigenous people. You shouldn't feel good about that nor should you be proud to be American.
Of course, we know this worldview isn't only being promoted through the teaching of colonial American history. Readers of this blog also know that this perspective permeates modern Civil War historiography as well. It is a common thread among the court historians. And we know the "Nazi" charge is becoming all the rage with many of these folks. The other day, I came across a very salient comment in a review about Professor David Blight's Civil War focused, Race and Reunion:
The reason to read this book is to understand how many in the academic world always look for the worst in American society. In many ways it is not about the history of the reunion of the North and South after the Civil War. It is a deep seated view that America is permanently tainted by racism and other deep flaws of character. Unfortunately, many have taken this book as a "bible" of sorts to interpret the Civil War and the brave men both North and South who fought it and then tried to make America whole again.
That reviewer, quite succinctly, reveals an important fact about much of what you read on the various Civil War and history blogs and about this whole topic.
Academics love to put many of us who hold to traditionalist views under the microscope; peering at us, examining our "antiquated" views, psycho-analyzing us, and poking us like lab rats. What most of them fail to realize, however, it that we've turned the microscope around and are examining their views. And we don't like what we see.
In the short run, traditionalists may lose this struggle - if we haven't already. Fortunately, truth will always prevail - sooner or later and often with great pain - but it will prevail. What many of these progressive historians will one day realize about history and experience is that history gives the test first, then the lesson. I suspect we will see a lot of fails.