More proof Conservatives hate America – they reject the truth of America’s liberal democratic roots and replace it with ideologically based mythology.
This latest attempt to flush liberals down the memory hole is in the spirit of the Conservative Bible Project, where dead-ender ideologues took passages out of the Bible that they deemed “too liberal,” the Texas Board of Education, a school system that is an embarrassment to anyone with a brain, is now actively assaulting America’s future by disingenuously rewriting history in an attempt to influence the future. This, of course, is in their direct fear that students might catch on that Conservative philosophy is anathema to a strong, vibrant and thriving middle class.
From the beginning of time, normal people have struggled to evolve in spite of the unending drag that “Conservatives” and their ilk put on progress. Historically, Conservatives fought human advancement as that typically meant that the huddled masses became empowered and the authoritarian kings and well-heeled aristocracy were dethroned.
This feudal system thrived on a hierarchical balance of power sustained by the systematic propagation of ignorance – typically with the complicity of organized religion employed to appease the natural anger of oppression with promises of paradise after the “betters” had worked you to death.
From these Dark Ages came the Age of Enlightenment, trumpeted by liberal philosophers such as John Locke, who replaced the Divine Right of Kings and established religion with the political and philosophical concept that people form states to create and maintain a social contract which benefits EVERYONE – not just the top 1%.
The Founding Fathers were students of the Liberal Age of Enlightenment, recognizing the value of government enforcing the social contract, secular authority and rule of law.
Thomas Jefferson was also a true student of John Locke, directly adopting many of Locke’s ideas from his Two Treatises of Government into our founding documents. Jefferson was also a staunch advocate of the separation of church and state – another concept Conservatives cannot abide.
With the mind to create people stupid enough to vote Republican, the Texas Board of Ed have actively removed Thomas Jefferson from textbooks, not just to be distributed within the borders of the failed state Texas, but to infest school system’s country wide. The Texas Board of Ed has replaced Jefferson with John Calvin, a man who believed that God Almighty expressed either his anger or accolades on human by making them rich or poor. This view, of course, exonerates society at large from the responsibilities of creating a world that works for everyone. In other words, “the poor?” “FUCK ‘EM!”
Jefferson was not alone in his liberal enlighten views, Washington himself stated, “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” I often wonder what the Father of our Country would think today if he knew that sick, ideologues were altering the past in order to control the future?
Anyway…. The American Revolution inspired the French Revolution, and in turn sparked a wave of liberal governments in nations across Europe, Latin America, and North America. Liberal democracies eventually survived 2 world wars – even with ideological challenges from fascism and communism – two distinct political philosophies today’s Conservatives are desperately trying to get their average dupes to confuse with liberalism.
The truth of the matter is that America was founded in the shadow of the Liberal Enlightenment, and many of the Founders themselves so believed in its promise that they created a secular government of, by and for THE PEOPLE.
Still, there were others – loyalists, monarchists, CONSERVATIVES of their day that were dragged kicking and screaming into the light and have been attempting to roll back the Enlightenment ever since.
Make no mistake – today’s Republican Party and Conservative ideologues are actively engaged in a class war with the aim of creating a modern state of serfs and lords.
To actually admit that fact would risk even their Stockholm Syndrome suffering “everydupes” catching on to the fact that they are the Sonderkommando to their own demise, so instead they mask it in the mantra of “small government,” knowing that government is the only power that We The People can employ to get their rapacious moneymaking corporations off our already-breaking backs.
As opposed to the philosophy of liberal democracy, whose successes can be actively exampled in highly successful governmental systems on all continents, the fruits of Conservative governance is typically evidenced by a shrinking middle class simultaneously accompanied by windfall the profits of a handful of rich profiteers.
In other words, the REAL Conservative agenda is to take us back to the dark days of hierarchical rule, placing a select few businessmen (noblemen) on the throne.
With this aim, Texas continues to be an economic and intellectual drag on the rest of the United States, continuously threatening secession. We can only hope that on this endeavor they are successful, if only to contain their ignorance.
According to a report titled “Texas on the Brink” by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, this is how Texas ranked in 2009 among the 50 States:
Read more about the Texas Board of Ed’s rewrite of history at Think Progress.
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