Today, I read about Republican extremists attempting to pass legislation to replace history in our schools with their extremists’ revisionist’s American History: “Oklahoma Lawmakers Aim to Halt Advance History Placement Course” http://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-lawmakers-aim-halt-advanced-placement-history-course-192251182.html

The news article states, ”Opponents say the revised guidelines for the history course cast the United States in a harsh light by giving undue emphasis to topics such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans, while distorting events such as the U.S. involvement in World War Two.”

And, “Cultural conservatives blast the changes they see as questioning American exceptionalism, while supporters say the course offers students a balanced way to analyze how American history has unfolded.”

Personally I am a quite old, ex-school teacher, who taught United States History for many, years quite a while ago. While I would agree that there are different philosophical reasoning between individuals interpreting history, however, I believe there is only one history. And, I am aware that there are certain politicians who would deliberately misinterpret the facts of history for their own benefit and aggrandizement. That is obvious in the present history revisionist, case

As a history teacher of long ago, I tried my best to teach my students this fact: and, I tried to teach my students how to research history and tell the difference between reliable sources and ideological biased sources, using current existing evidence.

In the 1960s the John Birch Society was emerging; the JBS was a group of very wealthy political extremists, basing their ideology on heir revised history.

And while the John Birch Society and their revised history were rejected by prominent politically conservative figures of the times, Republicans as William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, and President Eisenhower, the JBS continues today, to spread their ideology and revised history through various “front groups” they have created like ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), the Tea Party, and elements of the Republican Party itself.

These political extremists continue today to try to influence Americans and have been successful in influencing many members of today’s Republican Party; and, it is these John Birch Society Republicans that are attempting to force their revised history on the schools and the public. They object to established historical fact taught in our schools.

In this news article about Oklahoma Lawmakers, it refers to these John Birch Society oriented politicians as “Cultural Conservatives”; I totally disapprove of referring to these people as “conservative”. They are not “Conservatives”; they give true conservatives a bad name and tend to make the John Birch Society extremists, a respectable and honored political thought.

The Webster Dictionary definition of conservative is: “Disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions; moderate cautious.”

These politicians today referred to as ‘conservatives’, are in reality ‘political extremists’ of the John Birch Society ideology ilk, and cannot be described as ‘conservative’; they are honestly political extremists, historical revisionist, and they intend to convert a majority of Americans to their ideology and take over and change America’s democratic Constitutional Government base as they propose in their manifesto, “The John Birch Society Blue Book”, 1960.

A primary tenet of these political extremist is to eliminate democracy from America; they contend that America was never intended to be a democracy, and this is best expressed in their own words: John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . . visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

Americans and journalists alike should always vet political candidates by insisting they explain their concept of democracy and the United States Government; unfortunately, this is never done in politics today, and is so obviously evident by its absence in media news!

The “John Birch Society Blue Book” is the best and an excellent source of the historical emergence of these political extremists but it is not a reliable source of other American history. All Americans should read it and know where these Right Wing, primarily Republican Party, extremists are coming from and realize that today’s Republican Party is not the Republican Party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren.

More evidence of the John Birch Society’s recent success, is the voter suppression laws recently enacted, the Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2010 Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts in America, the 2014 election results in which two thirds of voters refused to vote, and the recent Republican political attacks on labor unions, public schools, and democratic principles.

American voters must be vigilant and carefully chose their sources of reliable information.

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