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By Mike Sunderland
Thoughts from a Grey-Haired Point of View 

In Defense of Freedom

 

October 27, 2022

There are those who are so scornful, or maybe afraid, of the past history of the United States of America.

They want to remove the study of American history and our nation's system of government from our schools. Among the reasons given it is claimed that there are more important things to learn. It is asserted that it is more vital our children learn how to live in today's digital world.

Some base this argument on their belief that the past is not relevant to the present. Others contend the foundations of our nation and our governmental systems are racially biased, and should not be studied, only scorned and torn down.

Beginning in the 1960s more and more of our nation's history was removed from our schools' curriculum. First it was condensed into a few pages of text that could be covered in less than a school's quarter. Shortly after that American history was condensed even further and combined into the study of world history. Similar handling is given to the topic of "American Government." Many schools do not consider these courses as necessary to learn in order to graduate from high school, much less college.

Most young people know more about living and working in a digital world by the time they are 12 or 14 years old than most of their teachers! Many of them are already writing their own programs, something I didn't learn until I was in the military and later on in college I received additional training.

It is no wonder many of today's youth (teen through college) are so scornful of America. They have been taught we live in a fundamentally flawed nation.

They have also been taught America was founded on racist ideas. Certain histories on the founding of America are based on deliberately twisted and out right falsehoods ( also known as lies). The 1619 Project comes to mind. I challenge you to research it. Learn who wrote it and especially why it was written. It will shock you.

I contend it is vital for our children to learn the real reasons why America was founded and how it grew from a few small colonies into the coast-to-coast nation we live in today. It is vital to learn about those who sacrificed every thing they owned, including their very lives to defend the fundamental freedoms upon which America is founded.

Samuel Adams, one of America's founding fathers wrote: "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.

We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.

It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." (Emphasis is mine)

 

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