Hey Patriots: The First Step to Loving America’s History Is Knowing It

Written by Candace Hardin on July 6, 2018

Raymond Arroyo, a Fox news contributor, did an on the street poll of young people. He was asking if they were proud to be an American.

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of the youth were not proud to live in America.

Perhaps, the reason could be that the public school system no longer teaches the history of the United States?

June the 6th marked the 70th anniversary for D Day, or the Invasion of Normandy during the Second World War. Unfortunately, many people do not know or seem to care about the history of the day.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni made a multiple choice survey for graduates with some simple history questions. They were hard pressed to find the answers from the people they polled.

One in ten college students, not alumni could get the answers correct to simple questions of who led the Allied Invasion, which was Dwight D. Eisenhower, nor who was the President of the US, which was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This is a very sad indictment of the public school system and the colleges where education is supposedly continued.

Perhaps this is why youth are not proud of the sacrifices and heroic deeds that were accomplished in the past that created the wonderful land and Republic that is the United States of America. They are not taught the lessons of the past, therefore, not only are they doomed to repeat the mistakes, but haven’t a clue as to what other people live like in other countries. They cannot begin to understand that liberty lost is almost impossible to regain.

Today’s atmosphere of shame for supposed “White Privilege” and “Believing that America is the greatest country in the world,” is complete bunk that is pushed by the media and the former administration.

The Forefathers of the United States are being maligned for owning slaves, which was a terrible thing, but something that was legal during their lifetimes. No one is taking into consideration that these men were risking their fortunes and very lives to give birth to the Nation.

The Statues of Confederate heroes are being pulled down and destroyed because those who complain of the past really don’t understand it.

Even Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House on the Prairie” books, has become a victim to political correctness. The Library Association has removed her name from the list of children’s books because of her portrayal of Blacks and Indians.

She was not trying to be mean or speak in an ugly way about these races. It was simply the sign of her times. Choosing to ignore or change the landscape of an era doesn’t make it to be true.

No one should ever be ashamed of the United States’ roll in saving Europe from the Nazi Regime during the Second World War.

Neither should anyone apologize for all of the money and time this country put into rebuilding Europe and Japan after the same war ended.

It was not required that the United States do these things as victors of that war, but nevertheless, it was done.

Have we received a payback for the Lend Lease of equipment and implements of war by the Europeans? Not much, if any, neither have our NATO allies consistently paid their portion of the cost of troops stationed in Europe for their protection. (At least, not until the current administration pressed these allies for proper payment.)

There is a new museum in Williamsburg, Virginia that is dedicated to the history of the American Revolution.

It should be a requirement to visit in order to graduate from high school.

That would be one step in the right direction to informing young people of their extraordinary heritage.

The only shame today should be the lack of instruction in history and the practice of revisionist history.
History happened and it is over. It cannot change, but it should be used to guide the future. No one can be sure where they are going, if they don’t know where they have been.

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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on PolitiChicks.tv. and has a blog, kandisays.blogspot.com. Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.