THE BATTLE FOR THE MINDS OF YOUNG AMERICANS; THE RADICAL RIGHT ARE SPENDING, BUYING IT, AND WINNING. IT IS A MATTER OF DOLLARS OVER TRUTH! AND, AMERICANS’ CONCEPT OF HISTORY IS AT ODDS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND HUMANITY.

Here is what I am reading today: “After facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as containing anti-American biases, the College Board released a new framework for the class Thursday morning”: ‘After Facing Backlash, AP U.S. History Course Revised To Emphasize American Ideals’, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ap-us-history-framework_55ba1f15e4b0af35367a538d

This was exceedingly bad news for me; I am a retired history teacher, and what this means to me is that the radical extremist John Birch Society ideology is revising American history, these extremist are dedicated to eliminating democracy from America, and extremists have succeeded in their attempt to control the minds of American children. 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.”

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The College Board, is a corporation that makes profits from providing tests and class outlines for public schools; its interests are profits and not reliable history. “The College Board, the company that created and runs the Advanced Placement program, said the updated course framework reflects feedback it received from educators and historians during a public review period.” That statement is dishonest because the true reason for the revision of U.S. History is, “In August 2014, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution criticizing the framework for “radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”

In recent history, the John Birch Society has become the darling of the Republican Party: some of the Republican elected members of Congress have openly in public remarked that, America is not a democracy, it is a Republic.’

Meanwhile, the “College Board” company insists its revised history reflects, “This structure places more of an emphasis on concepts surrounding American national identity, the country’s founding leaders and documents and the effective role of free enterprise in U.S. history”.

In reality, the U.S. Constitution does not use the words “free enterprise” or “capitalism” anywhere in the document.
The U.S. Constitution does provide for a nationalized Post Office, U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8. Though “free enterprise” and “Capitalism” are not mentioned, the right to own property is preserved in U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV.

From 2000 to 2005, I lived in Europe, I discovered that truth was entirely different in America than it was in the rest of the world. When I looked at it carefully, I had to agree that unfortunately, it was America who lived with lies.

As a historian, I had to find out why?

What I discovered was that in Europe, news media competes by being first and accurate in the news, in contrast to American news media, that is Corporate American owned and competes with other news media only for the advertising; moat of the media news consists of as much as one third commercials, for two thirds news. That doesn’t happen in Europe.

In short, news media in Europe is owned by a multitude of ‘companies’ and in America the national news media is owned by a very few Corporate Conglomerates, who control the news for their own benefit. It was a tragic discovery, for me. The news I got in Europe, was entirely different and often opposite, from news Americans were getting.

In Europe at the time that I lived there, I viewed the corrupted election of W. Bush in 2000 and was surprised, no shocked, to discover that many Europeans knew more about the American Constitution than Americans do; I witnessed the heinous attack of the Saudi Arabian terrorist bin Laden in 2001, and I was consoled by Europeans who also grieved for America; then, I grieved over and objected to the United States’ tragic invasion of Afghanistan, who had nothing to do with the Saudi Arabian terrorist bin Laden’s 9/11 terrorist attack, and bin Laden was never a member of the Taliban; I saw on European TV, explicit and gory evidence of the hundreds of thousands innocent Afghan men, women, and especially children that were killed or maimed by the United States carpet bombing of Afghanistan, whom had no military targets, and Americans bombed the Afghan People with anti-personnel “cluster bombs” and incendiary bombs; also, I heard the protests of the killing of innocent Muslims, by the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, including my European neighbors. And, I heard European TV commentators say over and over, these videos of children mutilated by cluster bombs, will not be shown on American TV.

Also on the run up to the American invasion of Iraq, on European television, I saw Iraqi citizens stating that although they did not approve of or support their dictator, Saddam Hussein, they begged America not to invade Iraq or depose Saddam because it would lead to a blood bath and death like the world has never seen; I have thought about those broadcasts almost every day since 2003.

The TV commentators always included at disclaimer, saying, “These videos will not be seen on television in the United States of America”.
And, I wondered about Americans not seeming to care that it was American Allies like France, Germany, Italy, and Spain that all refused to join America in their ill-fated Invasion of Iraq.

Please note that these reflections are not opinion of mine except where noted, basically, it is actually verifiable history.

In 2000, when I first arrived in Europe, I experienced being greatly appreciated by Europeans, as an American; then, later after 2003, being totally ignored and avoided by Europeans who disagreed with American wars of aggression. Further, I experienced being told by the U.S. State Department, that I should not speak English in a crowded place overseas and not wear American attire like cowboy boots, that might identify me as an American living abroad.

Then, when I returned to America in 2005, I discovered that none of the Americans I spoke to were aware of “why” bin Laden felt justified in attacking America on 9/11; not that bin Laden’s reasoning made his attack justified, but that bin Laden believe he was justified and why? Why isn’t it natural for Americans to want to know the reason America was sadistically attacked by terrorists.

Though most Muslims, and certainly all Muslims that I knew in Europe, did not approve of bin Laden’s heinous attack on America at all, however, neither did they approve of America’s behavior that was bin Laden’s incentive for his attack.

And, I seriously doubt that all Americans now know what bin Laden’s incentive was for his attack on America. I prefer not to say; if you do not know, as a teacher, I prefer you to find out for yourself if you can.

The very worse outcome of the American invasions in the Mideast, Desert Storm 1991, the Invasion of Afghanistan 2001, and the Invasion of Iraq 2003, is that they were all justifiably considered wars of aggression for oil, and yet perceived as religious wars against Muslims, because of the manner in which they were carried out.

Unfortunately, America’s extremist Christian leaders have condemned all Muslims in the world, including American Muslims, for America’s wars in vitriolic rhetoric, which is carried throughout the world to even the most remote places by electronic technology and satellite, America has become a reckless Christian theocracy to much of the world.

The attitude of Americans appears to be that Americans don’t give a damn about what everyone else in the world thinks; as a historian, I do not accept that as an excuse for revising American history and replacing it with lies and misrepresentation, for the benefit of American political extremists and Corporate America’s profits.

Personally, I also believe Americans apparently paid no attention to news that President W. Bush, after having second thoughts, decided against accepting a speaking engagement in Switzerland and traveling there, because he discovered he would be at some point presented with a subpoena changing him with “Crimes against humanity” for his wars and torture of prisoners of war; the President had second thoughts and turned down the invitation. I’m convinced that knowledge that America’s past President cannot travel outside the United States without fear of being changed with war crimes, is actually evidence of some kind of wrong doing.

As a history teacher, I resent guidelines for American History classes being developed by the Republican National Party for political reasons and Corporate America doing it for profits. But it is happening. To me, this is a coup that is dedicated to eliminating democracy and democratic thought from America.

God help America!

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