Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To think of all the effort that America's enemy spent on demoralizing the American public...

...when all they had to do was wait for the American educational system to do their job for them.

//Today, we have a president, and a younger generation, that views the U.S. through a different prism – one clouded by Vietnam, racial discord, and now the war with Iraq. It is “cool” to distrust and disdain the U.S., and the media feeds the skepticism. In covering the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan, for instance, news organizations have seldom reported on the military’s successes in building schools and providing basic services in that country; they prefer to zero in on instances of civilian casualties and misdeeds by our soldiers. The coverage leads us to doubt our military, and our morals.

That uncertainty is widespread and perpetrated by our schools. A typical high school U.S. history course focuses on our mistreatment of Native Americans, the scourge of slavery, and the Vietnam War. The role played by the U.S. in World War II merits at best a footnote. Students emerging from our colleges are well versed in issues of gender and race but have no idea why the shortcomings of socialism crushed the Soviet Union.

How can we persuade people everywhere that our system of government is the best in the world when we don’t even try to convince our own schoolchildren? How can we celebrate our commitment to freedom and tolerance when our intelligencia exploits our racial divisions? In India this week, President Obama criticized that country’s human rights shortcomings, but to soften his words admitted, "There were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." Yes, Mr. President, you’ve had a hard life.  //

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