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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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THE NOVEL, 1984: ARE WE THERE? – PART FOUR

This is the last in a four part series of articles where I have illustrated how our society reflects many of the aspects of the society in the fictional novel, 1984, written by George Orwell. Part one demonstrated how the outer party attempted to “get into a person’s head” and extract his independent thoughts, which were forbidden. Part two mostly dwells with brainwashing and thought control. If the outer party says it, then it’s true. I used racism in this article to illustrate this concept. Part three discusses the concept of newspeak, the fictional language in Mr. Orwell’s novel, used to limit freedom of thought or thought crimes.

The Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth are ministries or agencies in 1984 where all public attention is focused on the figurehead, Big Brother.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with the news media, entertainment, the fine arts, and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine.

Rewrite history, does this sound familiar? For several decades not, the left has tried to squelch the teachings of certain segments of American history because having to learn certain things might be offensive to certain groups of people. Christopher Columbus, who discovered America, is now ostracized by the left for reasons including, but not limited to the following, according to deathandtaxesmag.com:

  • Columbus’ expedition virtually wiped out the Taino natives.
  • Columbus inaugurated the Age of Slavery in the Atlantic and Americas.
  • Columbus was the pimp of the New World.
  • Columbus and his men tortured the Tainos who resisted slavery.

The left has also proceeded to demonize the founding fathers of this nation and has done its best to see that teaching our children about the founding fathers is kept to a minimum and their flaws, including the ownership of slaves and the advocacy of slavery, is exposed.

In June, 2015, a young man, with the intent to kill, entered a historic church in Charleston, SC and began shooting, killing nine church members who were involved in Bible study. The murderer, Dylann Roof, was white and photos of him with the Confederate battle flag were found on social media. Uh-oh! Liberals went crazy, yelling at the top of their lungs that the Confederate battle flag should be banned, destroyed, with no vestiges of it left on the planet. This included any item containing an image of the flag, even something as small and unassuming as a belt buckle.

When conservatives, including many from the South, tried to explain that the Confederate flag was not necessarily a symbol of hate toward the black race, but also represented pride in one’s heritage, the open-minded, free-thinking, tolerant left would have nothing of it, pontificating that the Confederate battle flag was nothing but a symbol of racism, slavery, and hate. There was only one side and that was the side of the “tolerant” left.

Over the next several weeks following the Charleston shooting, attempts were made to take down statutes of Confederate leaders, including many who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. In many places, statutes honoring Confederate leaders been removed, while some efforts have been thwarted and are presently hung up in the courts.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the left wishes to change history. Thankfully it’s not as easy to do as it was in 1984, the novel.

The Ministry of Truth was also responsible for news and information fed to the party members as well as the proles (non-party members looked down upon by those in government). There was no such thing as an independent media. Freedom of the press was an antiquated obsolete concept that had been done away with in its entirety. While public radio and television, plus government Internet sites represent examples of state-run media, we do still have some remnants of a free and independent press. According to breitbart.com, President Barak Obama, in a speech where he was ripping Fox News, made the following comment: “Speaking of Fox News, the poor, and the way GOP leaders think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”

The above should horrifically frighten every man and women in this nation. In addition to hinting at the possible elimination of freedom of the press, Obama is also advocating thought control and his words could possibly construed to advocating the elimination of free thinking. This is scary stuff.

1984’s Ministry of Truth is also in charge of eliminating documents, particularly historical documents, which don’t fit the outer party’s political philosophy. Books that do not meet the party’s approval are also eliminated. The ministry has ways of destroying these documents and books whereby no copy can ever be found plus the existence and content of these documents and books are fully eliminated from everyone’s brain.

Another ministry or agency in 1984, the novel, is the Ministry of Plenty. This ministry controlled the food and water supply of the country, Airstrip One, and possibly the entire region of Oceania. The food and beverages were not palatable and were designed only to keep the people alive. The rations doled out could not possibly maximize body and brain function. Could it be that the people were somewhat mind-numbed where independent thought and memory were diminished?

Along with city and state governments, the U.S. government has made head-ways into dictating what Americans should eat. They do it under the guise of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles. But think about the pitiful school lunches that our schools are serving up to our children. Can these children possibly function mentally and physically with such meager lunches? Could this possibly be the advent of total government control over what we eat?

While this article will be my last in this series, I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface with respect to the parallels of the novel, 1984, and the events and policies of today, events and policies that have been advocated by the left. Is there enough information out there to fill up a novel? Might be worth a shot.

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