Schools of Indoctrination by Roseann Salanitri
Have you ever wondered how the heart and soul of America has morphed into something barely recognizable in such a short period of time? Or perhaps you have wondered how an American president can be re-elected after going on a worldwide tour apologizing for this nation? There may be a reason for the demise of the American culture that does not reside in the White House or the halls of Congress but has been brewing in classrooms across America for nearly half a century or better.
After considering myself to be fairly well informed about the conditions of America’s once excellent school system, I was recently confronted with the shocking reality. To some extent I understood that the progressive philosophies our children are being indoctrinated with in public schools run rampant. I also understood how anti-Christian and anti-Creator they had become, as well as how pro-humanistic and pro-hedonistic they had become. While I’ve also been puzzled about why patriotic Americans would pay for college-level classes that place their children under the influence of anarchists like Bill Ayers, I just didn’t understand the scope of the indoctrination at the secondary level or how blatantly anti-American it had become. Unfortunately, I now do.
In this writing I will be addressing some very disturbing points made in an article given to an AP Government class at our local supposedly-conservative high school. For those interested, the article was published in the Huffington Post on September 14, 2015. It was written by Cody Cain and entitled “The Founding Fathers Would Deplore Donald Trump.” As you would expect from the title, this opinion article bashed Donald Trump and his supporters. It employed all the familiar and effective semantics used against George W. Bush and his supporters as being uneducated, etc. While such pieces are a protected part of our right of free speech and free press, they are inappropriate to present in a public classroom setting, which is supposed to be politically neutral. It should be noted that it was inappropriate because of the way it was presented. Under protest by astute parents, the principal of the school claimed the article was part of the curriculum that required a segment on media bias. However, the article was presented to the students as an “interesting article,” and follow up discussions did not include any conversation about how the article was biased. It was simply presented as “interesting.”
Here’s some of the details that I found objectionable as well as just plain wrong. The article stated that our Founding Fathers “desired to protect their own wealth and power,” and that they were a “small minority of rich guys, and they were worried that a majority of the population would vote to take away their wealth and power.” Of course neither the teacher nor Mr. Cain bothered to explain why these “rich guys” risked their lives and sacred fortunes to fight the world’s greatest super power for the sake of liberty. Actually, the fact that so many of them were wealthy goes to their credit, since they were willing to risk all they had – including their lives – to fight for liberty against seemingly impossible odds.
The article went on to say that Bernie Sanders is a candidate that the Founding Fathers would have feared because he is dedicated to income equality, which meant that someone like Mr. Sanders would have been a threat to their wealth. In the article, Sanders is glorified and his principles are portrayed as noble. Of course the fact that our Founders would not have had the opportunity to secure their wealth in the kind of America Mr. Sanders advocates for escaped Mr. Cain, the AP Government teacher, and consequently the students who ultimately agreed with the article’s premise.
Mr. Cain went on to disparage Mr. Trump by calling him a “demagogue” and defining the label as “A candidate who seeks support by ‘appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument’.” And Mr. Cain also criticized the election of a candidate with great superficial appeal but who entirely lacked the substance required to be president. Wouldn’t this progressive apologist and his disciples be surprised to learn that these attributes also applied to the man now occupying the White House.
Of course there were other anti-American perversions within the article, such as the reason for the design of a two-house Congress was to insure that the upper class (the Senate) would have the power to curtail the activities of those representing the people, whom the Founders regarded as lower class and unable to rule properly. The fact that the Senate was designed to insure that the smaller states were not over-powered by the larger states never entered into the conversation in the classroom, which was supposed to be teaching some of our brightest students the basics of government.
If this is the propaganda that government-run schools have been pouring into young minds, we are in more trouble than any of us could have imagined. And it sure does explain a lot – like how Bernie Sanders is drawing the crowds he does and how a wanna-be jock like the man now occupying the White House manages to get elected to a second term. And out of all the major obstacles being devised to obliterate our liberties, this in fact may be the most damaging. While we turn our attention toward the upcoming presidential elections, it would be good to consider that those that are running on a true American platform will be diminishing in number as the years roll on. If this public school mode of operation is allowed to continue, we can expect that few in the future will understand the value of our system of government – or the value of our sovereignty as a nation.
It has often been said that elections have consequences. Perhaps it should be said that allowing progressives to teach our children and corrupt their young minds also has consequences. In the latter case, the consequence may be the death of liberty and the abdication of our sovereignty to a new world order. So, as we are paying so much attention to the up and coming elections, perhaps we would be wise to transfer some of that attention to the dens of iniquity and world dominance hiding under the cloak of public education in America. If we do, the American Dream just may have a chance of surviving. It we don’t, it is surely doomed.
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