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ANTI-INTELLECTUAL ELITISM IN THE USA

Or to put it in simple terms, democracy, Christianity, and the information super highway.

In an article dated June 7, 2014 in psychologytoday.com, entitled “The Cult of Ignorance in the United States: Anti-Intellectualism and the ‘dumbing down’ of America,” author Ray Williams indicates that there is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

Not so sure that I understand the complete meaning of all that was said above, but I’ll forge on anyway.

Mr. Williams gives examples of how the United States of America is being “dumbed down,” and indicates that part of the reason for rising anti-intellectual elitism can be found in the declining state of education in the U.S.  as compared to other advanced countries.  One such example is from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, through a commissioned civic education poll among public school students: 77% of public school students didn’t know that George Washington was the first President of the United States, and couldn’t name Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Furthermore, only 2.8 of the students could actually pass an American citizenship test. Other examples include that 18% of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the earth (according to a Gallup poll), 68% of public school children in the United States do not read proficiently by the time they finish third grade (2009 Assessment of Educational Progress), and barely 50% of students are ready for college level reading when they graduate (U.S. News & World Report).

You can review this list by going to The Cult of Ignorance in the United States: Anti-Intellectualism and the dumbing down of America.

Mr. Williams also cites another Gallup poll indicating that 42% of Americans still believe that God created human beings in their present form less than 10,000 years ago, and that 25% of public school biology teachers believe that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth simultaneously. Thus our Christian beliefs, including that the Bible is the immutable word of God have contributed to the “dumbing down” of America. Well, Mr. Williams, I have something to tell you: God was “taken out of our society” in 1963 following two landmark decisions, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963) where the Supreme Court established what is now the current prohibition on state-sponsored prayer in U.S. schools. From my observations, it seems as most of the so-called “dumbing down” of America took place afterwards. In fact, it was churches in early America that established the first schools.

The article, without a doubt besmirches social media. Mr. Williams points to Bill Keller, a writer for the New York Times, who has indicated that anti-intellectual elitism is not an elitism of wisdom, education, experience or knowledge. The new elite are the angry social media posters, those who can shout loudest and more often, a clique of bullies and malcontents baying together like dogs cornering a fox. Too often it’s a combined elite of the anti-intellectuals and the conspiracy followers, not those who can voice the most cogent, most coherent response. Together they foment a rabid culture of anti-rationalism where every fact is suspect, every shadow holds a secret conspiracy. Rational thought is the enemy. Critical thinking is the devil’s tool. Herd mentality takes over online, the anti-intellectuals become the metaphorical equivalent of an angry lunch mob when anyone either challenges of the mob beliefs or posts anything outside the mob’s self-limiting set of values.

This kind of reminds me of liberals on social media. Get on a liberal thread and post an opinion different from the other posters, and you’re pounced upon, like Mr. Keller says, dogs cornering a fox.

At an early point in the article, Mr. Williams cites Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Hofstadter, in his 1964 book, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, describes how the vast underlying foundations of anti-elite, anti-reason, and anti-science have been infused into America’s political and social fabric.

Of course, when “anti-science” is mentioned, we conservatives almost always think about climate change. And while there are experts out there who indicate climate change is a hoax and thus, a means by which the government can more and more control over our lives, we’re demonized, sometimes to the point of being called “flat earthers” when we question the existence of climate change.

Mr. Williams’ article also quotes science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, who once said: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States of American, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

So, is democracy under attack here? My first question is what makes a science fiction writer an expert on American culture and democracy? It sure looks like our system of government is under attack. One of the tenants of democracy is freedom of speech and freedom of expression. We’re free to talk and express ourselves, no matter how ignorant we may appear. Sure looks to me like he’s attacking democracy by indicating that because of our ignorance, we shouldn’t have the right to question experts/those who know best.

With the advent of the Internet and subsequently one of its components, social media, people have access to the world’s knowledge at their fingertips. They also have access to the world’s garbage. We no longer have to pick up the newspaper out of the yard or time our lives by the television to get the news of the day. Instead, we grab or phones, tablets, or laptops and log on to our favorite news sites. And let’s not forget we can turn on our TVs to the various 24-hour news channels. In other words, we don’t have to wait on newspapers, news magazines, or the evening/morning network news broadcasts to know what’s taking place.

Furthermore, if there’s a subject about which we wish to learn more, we don’t have to wait until the library opens, get cleaned up and presentable, and drive to the local branch to see what information the facility may have on our topic, we get on our phone, tablet, or PC.

Because we can absorb more information in less time, from a plethora of sources, we can also form opinions and ask questions.

Through the newer mechanism of social media, we can more readily interact with those who are of like mind or those who are not of like mind. Of course, with the good, always comes the bad. We often make asses of ourselves, and we also can make asses of others.

Mr. Williams, in my interpretation of his article, tells us that the United States is an ignorant nation and is getting even more ignorant. This is because of our Christian faith, the way we govern ourselves, and our immediate access to all the world’s knowledge. It’s made us bold, it’s made us curious, it’s made us question those who put themselves forth as experts.

I agree with Mr. Williams that this country is “dumbing down” or as he would say we are becoming victims of anti-intellectualism. But it’s not because of our Christian/Judeo culture, nor is it because we are a democracy where freedom speech and freedom of expression are not quashed. And lastly, it’s not because of the Internet and subsequently social media.

It’s because we did take God out of our society in the sixties and are still doing it today. Liberalism in its utopic desire to not just guarantee everyone equal opportunity, but to insist that outcomes also be equal has led to the diminishing of competition to determine who is best, replacing competition with a one-size fits all participation trophies.

In our public schools, we seem to hesitate to delineate gifted students who should be recognized and placed on a track to learning that doesn’t allow them to become lackadaisical, losing interest and prone to fill their down time with unhealthy activities. Doing this might affect the self-esteem of the other students and perhaps discourage a potentially gifted student from giving it his or her all.

Teachers’ unions get crazy when anyone outside of academia dares to indicated that their one-size fits all concept of education might be obsolete and various mechanisms such as a school voucher might enhance the educational opportunities of millions of students across the nation.

This country was founded slightly less than 250 years ago, and it is an experiment unlike anything that has ever been tried before. Mr. Williams doesn’t seem to like this experimental nation and feels that freedom of speech and expression, Christian values, and increased access to knowledge continue to make this an ignorant nation. I don’t agree. It’s liberalism.

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ANTI-TRUMP WOMEN MARCHERS

While many scoff at social media, I must admit that I get substantial portions of my material from social media, particularly Facebook. After writing for almost three years, I have become familiar with the political websites, both right leaning, and left leaning and have a list of those on which I can depend most of the time.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a video from Liz Wheeler on “Tipping Point” from One America News. Ms. Wheeler was being snarky when it came to the anti-trump women marchers and their strike on March 8. To those women, she said let’s teach our girls that it’s okay to skip work and ditch your responsibilities when something connected with the job, such as salary, doesn’t suit you.

The organizers of “the strike” encouraged women to skip work, wear red, refuse to shop, etc. thinking the nation’s economy would grind to a halt because they, the anti-trump women marchers were irreplaceable.

Those in the labor force generally are allowed to take time off from work for various reasons such as vacations, sickness, emergencies, etc., with pay and without fear of being fired. The exception is contractors who lose pay when they are absent from work. Long term, experienced contractors most always build in anticipated time off into the rate they request, and negotiations often take place.

I certainly believe in freedom of speech, which includes the right to protest. If a woman wants to take strike day off, whether it’s to attend a protest or to sit around the house or apartment and do nothing, she, or he, has that right, but should also have time built up in the form of vacation, paid absence, personal leave, etc. in order to receive pay for the day. Or, in certain circumstances, she might be willing to take the day without pay. Plus, and this is important, she must make arrangement to take the day off with her employer. It’s best to schedule a day off ahead of time because some companies do penalize for unplanned absences. Whatever you do, don’t just not show up for work. You can be terminated for that and clauses stating such are in most employment contracts.

Ms. Wheeler further indicated that Wednesday’s strike was for the rich women only, those who could afford to take off work such as business owners and CEOs. This strike also only appeared to be for women who had enough time off built up at their jobs that they could take a day’s vacation and still have plenty time off for other things.

In February, we had a “day without immigrants” strike, and according to sources, including Ms. Wheeler, 100 immigrants were fired from their jobs because they didn’t show up for work. And this is very sad. Were these immigrants who don’t speak or understand English all that well? Were these immigrants who are still getting used to the customs and practices of the American culture, and maybe didn’t realize that failing to show up for work could get them fired? And they might not have cared either. We don’t know. But for those who may have listened to the Democrat politicians telling them that their rights are being violated and that the Trump administration and Republicans hate them, followed the lead of those Democrat politicians when they said don’t show up for work, and lost their jobs and their livelihood, the Democrats are 100 percent to blame. Hear me, Democrats, liberals, progressives, etc. You are to blame!

Furthermore, if any women who followed the lead of these awful anti-Trump women marchers, you are 100 percent to blame also. You and only you. I hope you’re proud of yourselves.

Ms. Wheeler went on to ask these awful women just what rights had been taken away from them by the Trump administration that they had before President Trump took office. If any of you who are reading this are anti-Trump women marchers, send me a reply, I’d really like to know what rights you have lost. Ms. Wheeler then asked the anti-Trump women marchers if they had ever been denied a job because they were women, and reminded the women that this has been illegal since 1963. Have any of you not been allowed to attend a class because you’re a female?

All President Donald Trump is threatening to do is take away your free birth control which costs about $10.00 per month. And you’re acting like whiny brats about it.

Ms. Wheeler pointed out that these anti-Trump women marchers were not standing up for the women in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, the Sudan, etc. where women are oppressed, killed, raped, and mutilated. Neither have these anti-Trump women marchers stood up for women who were burned to death in metal cages by ISIS. Of course, these women wouldn’t dare stand up for women business owners who lost everything because their local governments didn’t approve of their Christian faith. And, I think it goes without saying that these horrible women would never stand with women who choose to own guns to protect them from sexual and other types of assault.

These anti-Trump women marchers are nothing but vindictive, only standing up for women who agree with them. Those who disagree with them, be damned. You march for the women who want the government a hand out of free birth control pills, just like animals who can’t control their behavior because hormones rule.

According to Ms. Wheeler, and I agree with her 100 percent, the anti-Trump women marchers think they’re irreplaceable to the extent that the United States economy would collapse because they chose to do nothing or attend a protest for one day. Well, let me tell you disgusting women something. Your little strike didn’t exactly cause the U.S. economy to collapse. If fact, your little strike did nothing except maybe cause hardship to some lower income women who followed your lead. If any women lost their jobs because they thought it was okay to just not show up for work, it’s 100 percent your fault and that of the Democrat party.

And while I’m listing the women who are in danger that you’re not representing, let me list one last group: Those 29 or so million girls who never had the right to exercise their freedoms. Never received life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

One of the ways the anti-trump women marchers used to identify themselves on March 8 was to wear red. Red is my favorite color because red is one of the colors of my school, the University of Alabama, the Crimson Tide. Red means bold and winning. You anti-Trump women marchers are anything but. You’re an embarrassment and turned International Women’s Day, what could have been a fun day to do lunch and other things, into something bad.

You anti-Trump women marchers have set good and decent women back a generation. All you can do is put on your imbecilic vagina hats and dress up like crotches, demanding free birth control. But the rest of us women are strong and invincible. We’ll regain our rightful places quickly in spite of what you are doing to destroy us.

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THAT WOMEN’S MARCH

The day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a march took place on the National Mall called the Women’s March on Washington. Initially, it was referred to as the “Million Women March,” but that was changed.

My initial reaction was to question what these women were marching for or against. Was it just that they hate Donald Trump and were traumatized by his unexpected victory over their beloved, Hillary Clinton? Did they have some valid “beefs” with the new administration or were they generally unhappy with the progress women have made for over half of a generation or were they scared that Roe vs. Wade would be overturned?

According to one of the organizers, Tomika Mallory, the effort was not anti-Trump. Instead, it was a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time.

Per npr.org, the march got its start as a cross-country collaboration among seven women in the aftermath of election day and gained traction online, becoming a network of 50-plus events in multiple countries.

Organizers Hope Women’s March on Washing Inspires, Evolves

Still not sure about the purpose of the women’s march, I sought out information from the far-left website, VOX. In an article entitled, “To understand the Women’s March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism.” Well, hold it right there. I don’t know what intersectional feminism is Reading further down into the article, I determined that “intersectional feminism” is the idea that many women are members of other marginalized groups, which affects their experiences.

Brittany Cooper, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University explained, “And those parts—race, gender, sexuality, and religion, and ability—are not incidental or auxiliary. They matter politically.” Lehigh University’s Monica Miller defined it in an unpublished 2014 interview with Vox: “An intersectional feminist approach understands that categories of identity and difference cannot be separated and doesn’t abandon one category of analysis such as gender, or sexuality in favor of analyzing others such as race, and class.”

Apparently, this concept of intersectionality is not a new one. Kimberle Crenshaw, a law professor at UCLA and Columbia is credited with coining the term intersectionality in a 1989 paper entitled, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics.”

After wading through the Vox article, I still didn’t have a clue as to what this march was all about. But it did make me wonder why I’ve spent so much of my time trying to be the best that I could in the fields where I have worked. Could I have not done just as well writing BS articles and contemplating the concept of intersectionality? Silly me.

Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism.

After the above, and almost two weeks, I’m still not sure what this march was about. The women participating have indicated that it was about women’s right in which they were being denied. I heard complaints of lack of access to basic women’s health care, violence against women, reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, etc.

As few as fifty-five or sixty years ago, a woman could not get credit or purchase a house. Furthermore, a woman graduating or leaving school was destined to live with her parents if she had not found herself a man and didn’t have plans to marry. The most common occupations for women back then were secretary, school teacher, or nurse. If you did accept a job in a town other than the one in which you grew up, you were lucky to be able to rent a room. While in those days, there were certainly women doctors, lawyers, and engineers, they were few and far between.

Fast-forward to today, and none of the above holds true. Women are buying houses, getting credit, entering fields of their choice. The sky’s the limit.

Could things be better for today’s woman? Of course, they can. Perfection will not be achieved until Jesus returns and sets up his 1000-year kingdom here on earth.

Now, I’m sure that there are places where women doing the same job as men are getting paid less. That may be an unwritten company policy or there may be reasons a certain woman is getting paid less than a certain man. I’ve written on this before and in my writings indicated that discrimination is hard to prove and each case of alleged inequity should be examined separately. But if a woman finds herself in that position, I believe it should be up to her to do what’s best. Leave the company and go someplace else to work. And I do acknowledge that this may be easier said than done.

We’re human beings. We have brains and a sense of reason. Unlike animals, we can, and at times must refrain from giving into certain urges or behavior. In other words, we have the means to take responsibility for ourselves, and we should, if possible, do so.

Many women are concerned with a Donald Trump presidency that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and it will therefore, be up to the states to decide on abortion restrictions. At this time, no one can say whether or not that will happen.

Some women seemed to be unhappy with the fact that it is their bodies chose to carry a child and give birth to that child. Thus, they want society to pay for their birth control, even though most birth control methods cost less than $15.00 per month. With the above, some of these women participating in the marches on January 21, feel anger because it’s necessary to purchase certain feminine products for hygiene purposes; whereas, men don’t have to purchase such things.

In her rant during the march in Washington, D.C., actress, Ashley Judd indicated that pads and tampons are still taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not. According to Politifact, that is only half true. When it comes to sales taxes on purchases, states typically set the rules. Seven states currently exempt tampons, menstrual cups, and pads from taxation. Five states have no sales tax at all. So, as of January 22, 2017, thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia tax feminine hygiene products. Because it is a prescription drug, Viagra, an erectile dysfunction medicine, isn’t taxed in any state except Illinois. Rogaine, a product for hair loss, is exempt from taxes in eight states because it is an over-the -counter treatment  and doesn’t require a prescription.

Are pads and tampons taxed but Viagra and Rogaine not?

How much money are we talking about? Is it even worth it? If you think it is, then petition your state representative for review.

The women’s march in Washington and the sister marches held around the country, including my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, were nothing but a bunch of spoiled whiney babies throwing temper tantrums that their candidate was not elected president. And to add fuel to the fire, many of the hats worn were knitted by hand and had cat ears on each side. These were more commonly called “pussy hats.” Some of the women were also wearing costumes made to look like female genitals. Vulgar signs were displayed and foul language such as the F-word were often shouted.

According to The Black Sphere, following the march, tens of thousands chose to leave their signs outside various DC landmarks, including the White House and the Trump International Hotel.

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Women’s March Trash: literally piles of trash left on the streets.

Can you get much classier? Even if I did have a major grievance about something, I would not allow these marching women, whether they were part of the Washington march or other sister marches around the nation, or even advocates of the marches, represent me on anything. In fact, I fear they have hurt women’s causes all over the nation. Would you hire someone who was a part of an advocate of these marches? I certainly would not.

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DOUBLE STANDARD MAYBE?

According to the Huffington Post, in an article dated December 2, 2017, Chip and Joanna Gaines, the realty TV couple who are the starts of HGTV’s popular home renovation series, “Fixer Upper,” attend an anti-gay church. Furthermore, HuffPo feels that this matters with respect to the Gaines’ hosting of the TV show and it matters for anyone attending a church that uses the Bible to justify discrimination. On a similar, but not identical note, President Barak Obama, for twenty years attended the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side where the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was the ministered. Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife, Michelle, and baptized their two daughters. Reverend Wright has said that blacks should not sing “God Bless America,” but “God damn America.” Obama gets a pass on attending a church where controversial messages are common, but Chip and Joanna Gaines are demonized for attending a church that teaches the Word of God.  Sounds like a double standard to me. How about you?

According to ABC News, a review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

ABC News in an article dated March 13, 2008, quotes Rev. Wright saying the following. “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after 9/11/2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Reverend Wright said in his 9/16/2011 sermon. Obama, who claimed he didn’t attend Trinity on 9/16/2011 brushed off Rev. Wright’s comments saying he was probably trying to be provocative.

Rev. Wright retired from the Trinity Church in 2008 had a large following with one congregation member indicating that his sermons weren’t really radical, as many have proclaimed, but were simply about being black in America.

While the Huffington Post admits that the Gaines’ have not used their show as a “platform for spreading hateful messages about queer people,” believes that it does matter. In other words, while Obama was free to attend the church of his choice without repercussions, even though he was a candidate for President of the United States, a country besmirched by Rev. Wright, Chip and Joanna Gaines, TV stars are not free to attend the church of their choice and should be punished for it. Sounds like a double standard to me.

The controversy about the Gaines’ began after a Buzzfeed reporter tried and failed to get a definitive answer from the couple regarding their personal stance on same-sex relations. Instead, the publication made claims based on old sermons and statements from the couple’s church, Antioch Community Church, and its pastor, Jimmy Seibert. The Texas-based church promotes the view that same-sex marriage is un-Biblical and that people can choose to walk away from the “homosexual lifestyle.”

The “tolerant” left has always insisted that anyone who believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman is a homophobe and should be destroyed. That, of course, isn’t true, as are most proclamations from the left. True Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin against God and that same-sex marriage is further a sin against God. However, Christians do not hate homosexuals. God tells us that we should love our fellow man, and that we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. In my church, we have often prayed for homosexuals.

During the presidential campaign of 2008, I asked a liberal friend about Rev. Wright. She immediately responded that she didn’t always agree with her minister, hinting that someone as wonderful as Barak Obama probably did not agree with Rev. Wright’s statements. That would be a reasonable response, except that BHO had been attending Trinity Church for approximately twenty years.

My connection of the Gaines’ attending a church where homosexuality is considered a sin against God, and Obama, as State and U.S. Senator and eventually President of the United States, attending a church where the minister has often said things that a reasonable prudent person would interpret as un-American is a valid one, though not a straight connection of the dots, in my opinion.

As I indicated above, liberals brushed off Obama’s attending the Rev. Wright’s church, but are hollering to the tops of their lungs about TV stars on a cable channel attending a church that espouses issues with which they don’t agree. Double standard? I think so.

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AMERICAN HISTORY TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS

We have been hearing and reading for quite some time how those who were responsible for the establishment of the United States of America might not have been such great people. The main reason for this was because they owned slaves.  The honoring or even the discussing of men such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, John Smith (Jamestown), Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, etc. was brought into question. For to do so, might offend people, especially blacks, who most likely descended from slaves.

The Civil War was a tumultuous time in this nation’s history, and the splitting  of the Union led to reverberations that can still be felt today. This is  something we never want to repeat. Are we teaching our children about it, so they can get an understanding of why we don’t ever want to go back there? Not from what I’m hearing and reading. To teach students about the Civil War might be offensive to some, especially black students. So, we refrain from teaching the history of the War Between the States so as not to offend.

During World War II, Japanese Americans were rounded up and relocated to camps in the interior U.S. These individuals lived on the Pacific coast, and sixty-two of them were American Citizens. These actions were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt shortly after Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. I have a liberal friend, not Japanese, that keeps pointing this out to me in her quest to prove that the United States is a racist, evil, xenophobic, misogynist nation. Have I left anything out?

Following the detonation of the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing countless lives, but  saving more lives in the long run, and winning the war for the Americans, liberals now throw this back in our facse stating that America is a racist, evil, xenophobic, misogynist nation. Again, have I left anything out?

The United States of America was birthed in 1776, approximately 240 years ago. Using biblical stats, our civilization is around 6,000 years old. We’re a  young country. Even though I firmly believe that God was steering our founding fathers in the establishment of this great nation, our founding fathers were mere mortals, and in establishing the United States of America, they were doing something that have never been tried before. In other words, it was a radical experiment.

With the creation of the United States of America and the constitution which allowed for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms against a possible oppressive government, we put in place tools in which we could use to “right our wrongs” when wrongs most certainly would arise.

Because new Americans were, as I indicated above, mere mortals, it stands to reason that mistakes in the development of this experimental nation would be made. At times we would flip to the ways of the old world. But because of the constitution and the foundation that was in place, we gave the American citizens freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom to practice their religion or not practice religion. And because of these freedoms that were given to the American people through our founding fathers, guided by God, the American people put an end to slavery in 1865, less than 100 years after our nation was founded in 1776. In 1920, because of the constitution and the freedoms which were given to the America people, women were given the right to vote. Because blacks and other minorities were still considered second class citizens and didn’t have the rights they were originally granted under our constitution, Civil Rights legislation was passed in 1964.

Following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the women’s movement began in 1970, whereby it became the norm for women to seek careers other than the formerly traditional careers held by women of secretary, school teacher, social worker, and nurse. It became commonplace for women to become doctors, lawyers, business executives, engineers, etc.

Because of the Constitution of the United States of America, put in place by our founding fathers, this country has been able to evolve to the point where every man, woman, and child has a chance to be anything they desire. In obtaining their goals and desires, not everyone is going to have the same path. Some will have it easy, others not so easy. Just remember, God never promised any of us a rose garden. Follow him, to the exclusion of everything else, and he will guide you and watch over you.

Back to our topic, we don’t appear to be teaching our children about the founding fathers and how this country was established because we’re afraid of offending certain groups. Instead, the American history taught in schools is full of America’s mistakes and how this country is racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and many other things. Thus, so many of our young people, particularly those we consider millennials, have no appreciation for how this country was founded, and are following philosophies such as socialism and even communism as ways that the United States should go forward as a nation. Redistribution of wealth, from each according to his ability and to each according to his need, tax the evil rich, screw big business, etc. have become the mantra of those who seek to destroy the cornerstones in which this country was built.

What is not realized by groups that are offended because our founding fathers may have owned slaves, because we were a nation which once recognized slavery, because we once were a nation where women were not allowed to vote, etc. is that the very bones of this nation provided the tools to right our wrongs. The founding documents, created by the founding fathers enabled the United States of America to eliminate slavery when slavery was prevalent everywhere on the planet. The documents created by the founding fathers enabled the United States of America to give women the right to vote when there was no other place on the planet where women had the right to vote. The documents created by the founding fathers enabled the United States of America to pass legislation to further give those other than white males the status and opportunities they rightly deserve.

But again, liberals have determined that it is politically incorrect to teach our children about our founding fathers, about the constitution, about the Civil War (something that we don’t want to ever repeat), about World War II where the Americans defeated two of the most evil regimes to ever exist in the history of the world. Instead, we’re teaching our children about how America is a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic nation which deserves to be weakened and eventually destroyed. Have I left anything out?

For the unfathomable mess that has been created, I don’t  blame individual teachers. They’re given textbooks and ordered to teach out of those textbooks. However, I do blame the teachers’ unions and other teachers’ organizations who side with the left.

Once our citizens become totally ignorant of how this country was founded, we will no longer have a United States of America. We will cease to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. We will have long forgotten the mechanisms that were established so that we would be able right our wrongs. We will have reverted back to old world ways, the ways those who persevered to come to the new world left behind.

The United States of America is a 250 year experiment that is on the brink of failure because we are not teaching future generations about American History and how to sustain our Republic.

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