Upon hearing the term “patriotic education,” you may ask yourself, “What the hell is ‘patriotic education?'”
Last Thursday, the dumbest president in the history of presidents, that covers American presidents on down to the presidents of Hair Club for Men, attended the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives and screamed, moaned, bitched, ranted, yelled, and barked, “The left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.” He also cried about liberals defiling Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of every child being judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Yeah, Mr. “shithole countries” and the proud tweeter of “send them back,” is concerned about MLK’s vision. How many black people are in Trump’s cabinet?
Then he announced the creation of the 1776 Commission “to promote patriotic education,” which is a direct response to the 1619 Project, a New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning project that traces the history and legacy of slavery in the US.
So, what is “patriotic education”? For Trump, it’s to “Encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American History.” Seriously? This goon who told us about Revolutionary-War airports, that it was not Russia who attacked Afghanistan but the other way around, thinks Frederick Douglas is still alive, and Churchill gave rooftop speeches during bombings, wants to direct how history is taught? I’m sure it’ll go over like gangbusters in places like Texas where students are taught Mexico lost at the Alamo.
Here’s the thing, kids. America is not the perfect, unflawed nation we, as in white conservatives, want to believe it is. During the Obama years, we were told it was horrible to bring up the sins of our nation. Why, our nation doesn’t have any sins. President Obama was often accused of apologizing for America even though he never did any such thing.
Hell, Republicans can’t even learn that America isn’t just the United States.
But America is not perfect. America engaged in slavery. It kept black human beings in bondage for hundreds of years. Ben Carson (the answer to a question above) calls them “immigrants.” Our nation committed sins while fighting for just causes. We have killed prisoners of war. We have invaded nations we had no rights with. We detained Japanese Americans because they were Japanese. We conducted the Tuskegee Syphilis Study on black Americans. Today, our nation is committing multiple sins and inflicting damage on the world, courtesy of Donald J. Trump, the worst president in history.
Our nation was shaped by heroes and great achievements as well as by villains and injustice.
The New York Times’ 1619 Project teaches that our nation didn’t begin with the Revolutionary War, but in 1619, the year year enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown. It teaches that slavery and racial injustice have been an integral part of American history. The foundation of the United States was built on slavery and racism.
Today, Donald Trump, a man who started getting a $200,000 a year allowance as a toddler and lived on 5th Avenue, says you “drank the Kool-Aid” if you believe in systemic racism. He is a guy who should be taking a real course in American history, not signing an order on how to teach it.
Donald Trump wants to erase slavery from American history while defending monuments to the fight to preserve slavery. How can anyone do that and not get the irony and hypocrisy of it all…oh yeah. He’s a Republican.
Donald Trump isn’t just the dumbest president in American history, he’s the most racist. And someday, history books will teach courses on the world’s dumbest and most racist president.
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