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Right wing rewrites history in real time

By DOUG THOMPSON
April 2, 2010

A bust of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in Charlottesville, VA (AP)

The rabid right wants to rewrite history and in states like Texas they are already doing so.

Conservatives in the Lone Star state want the state school board to rewrite teaching guidelines and force schools to downplay the role that Thomas Jefferson played in American history while praising right-wingers like Phyllis Schlafly and challenging the Constitutional concept that separates church in state.

And that’s not all. Writes Steven Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers:

In articles and speeches, on radio and TV, conservatives are working to redefine major turning points and influential figures in American history, often to slam liberals, promote Republicans and reinforce their positions in today’s politics.

The Jamestown settlers? Socialists. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton ? Ill-informed professors made up all that bunk about him advocating a strong central government.

Theodore Roosevelt ? Another socialist. Franklin D. Roosevelt ? Not only did he not end the Great Depression, he also created it.

Joe McCarthy ? Liberals lied about him. He was a hero.

The effort is a classic right-wing ploy: Ignore the lessons of history and create fantasies that never existing.

Conservatives, of course, see it differently.

“We are adding balance,” Texas school board member Don McLeroy claims. “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”

Historians often debate the “official versions” of history but the current effort by conservative is not debate…it’s an attempt to hijack the truth and replace it with propaganda.

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5 Responses to Right wing rewrites history in real time

  1. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)

    April 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Although the Texas State School Board members are elected. Whenever a member retires from the board, the Gov, and in this case Perry can appoint. That’s exactly what he did. He appoints anti-evolution religious fundamentalist.

    We’ve got a hell of a mess with religious wacknuts in Texas…and especially inside our government. May common sense, reason, and logic have mercy on us all.

  2. woody188

    April 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I thought Jefferson and Franklin were already mostly removed from our books replaced by more on Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy?

    Conservatives always hated Franklin’s love of France and women. And Jefferson’s ideas of liberty, individualism, and republicanism are considered too dangerous to teach by today’s plutocracy that demands conformity and obedience without question.

    If we all agree this is happening, why is it so hard to believe that Conservatives in power at the time re-wrote what really happened during the attacks of 9/11 to fit their views that Muslim extremists were to blame?

  3. Lisa Dupill

    April 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    All I can say about this is that students from Texas, if attending colleges in other states, may have to spend extra semesters taking remedial classes because their education will not meet acceptable standards. The other possibility is that Texas can secede from the union, and perhaps this is a step in that direction. We would of course have to build a new wall along the Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico border to keep out the illegal Texas immigrants, but we have quite a bit of practice now.

    • Arthur

      April 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      Not nearly enough practice, Lisa. And those other states? I talked to a Mexican who went to Louisiana and farther east, and asked him if he met anyone who could speak his language. “Nadie!!!!” (Nobody.)

      Now, by way of introduction, my ex is Mexican, my sons half-Hispanic. I am NOT a racist, but I am a responsible American who loves his country and is committed to honor it. This slur about Texas’ educational system might have to be answered, though. Not to say that there is no such thing as racism here in Texas, btw. But if you are at all sane you will have to admit that there is a heap of racism South of the border as well, and it is directed at us gringos. I hope you are really honest enough to deplore racism wherever you find it????

      Anyway, back to the wall against the illegals which you seem to find counterproductive to your personal agenda. One thing we need to recognize first is that we are talking about keeping Mexico’s rejects out. I mean think about it. If we try to send them back or keep them from getting in by felony entry and identity theft the Presidente of Mexico screams like an electrocuted puerco! (Pig)

      “No!!! We don’t want them! You keep them!! Fuchile!” (Yuk)

      But should we try to attract Mexico’s hard-working, Mexico’s honest and law abiding, Mexico’s educated and productive, Mexico’s respectful of others’ rights, then see what el Pres. says:

      Pinches gringos banditos! They want to steal all our talent and leave us with NADA!

      My only wish is that there be some poetic justice in this world whereby the ones who want to drag this country down into the third-world sewer also be on the receiving end of same.

  4. Mightymo

    April 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    And Leiberman wonders why Domestic Terrorism is on the rise?

    These religious nutjobs are spreading and they are just as agressive in their endeavours as the non-religious are to fight it. By the way, Texas is not the first fruitcake state, Utah has been wacked out for far longer and has a long history of re-writing the books to preach the “approved” word.