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.
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.