Tennessee Tea Party advocates editing textbooks, a move from the Communist playbook

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Tea Partiers in Tennessee want to selectively edit history textbooks by removing  all negative portrayals of our founding fathers. For a political party so focused on avoiding a Communist America, the Tea Party in Tennessee appears to know nothing of Communist history.

The act of editing educational textbooks, with the purpose of making certain leaders more favorable, was employed by the U.S.S.R in many (unwilling) Eastern Europe satellites. Oh, and Communist China still does it. Oops.

As a result, the Tea Party organizations argue, there should be “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

“The thing we need to focus on about the Founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” Rounds explained of his interpretation of the legacy of the Founding Fathers.

The issue of revising curriculums to teach history in a manner that encourages the glossing over of the uglier factors of the past has popped up in other states over the past year.

via Richard Locker’s Tea parties issue demands to Tennessee legislators

I feel for these Tea Partiers. I really do. I understand this desire to idolize your favorite leaders. I understand how it must hurt, for your dear leaders to be less than perfect, or… heaven forbid, just “human”.

But it is important that we remember our founding fathers as human! It is imperative we remember, so we don’t forget our own humanity (we all make mistakes). It is impossible to think Washington could have been that ahead of his time, to view slaves as actual people with rights despite being able to purchase them as products…  Everything in his education, from his schooling to society, told him these people were not actually people. And society, at that time, was cool with that…

Of course, this in no way makes slavery right, but does explains how primitive of a people we once were (and still are, might I argue). This was a time when the public believed in witches, thoughts on the legitimacy of kings had recently emerged,  and there was no such thing as electricity.

It is important to remember our past, if we expect to move forward.

(or some other profound statement resounding the importance of history)


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