Banishing 'America'
0 comment Monday, September 29, 2014 |
The latest salvo from the anti-America forces out there: this op-ed piece, by Michael Warren, from the Detroit News describes the censoring of the word 'America' from Michigan schools.
Censoring the word "America" from our own schools is something Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden would never have thought possible. Michigan has done it without a whimper.In perhaps a well-intentioned, but pernicious example of political correctness, the Michigan Department of Education is attempting to ban the "America" and "American" from our public schools. Even though the word "America" appears in the department's own civics and government benchmarks, the department's style protocol for the Michigan Education Assessment Program requires that "America" and "Americans" be expunged from our testing and grade level expectations. Last week, the department ordered that our hard-working teachers not utter the words.The Michigan Education Department mandarins have decreed that the word 'American' must not be used in reference to us, the citizens of the United States of America; after all, Canadians, Mexicans, in fact everyone in both North and South America are 'Americans.'Further, the American Revolution is now the 'North American Revolution'. The idea, say the Politically Correct commissars who created this idiotic policy is that it is 'internationally friendly.'The writer of the piece, Michael Warren, goes on to say:
That we would sacrifice our language to the altar of internationalism is a betrayal to the American spirit. Indeed, the whole idea of America is to be a beacon of light, a shining city on the hill, which inspires the rest of the world.The word "America" is the most important word of all in learning about the history of the United States and our civics. America is an inspiration and an aspiration for generations of souls who strove, and continue to strive, for freedom and liberty.Now some people are simply dismissing this as more of the usual PC lunacy, just a lot of harmless liberals trying to show their 'tolerance' and 'inclusiveness.' But as Warren so rightly says, the word 'America' and the history that goes with it are vital; if we surrender even our very name, the name which is so full of rich associations not just for us but to people everywhere, we are essentially surrendering our identity.Who could have imagined that we would see such a relentless onslaught against our history and our national identity in our lifetimes? It's all happening so fast it makes the head spin.
And this calls to mind the recent low-profile news stories announcing the plan for a 'North American Community' which will essentially be the EU-style merging of all the countries on the North American continent. Every sign indicates that this is in fact the agenda; how else can we begin to make sense of the effort to destroy our borders, our national identity, and to forcibly blend the populations of Mexico and the United States?Meanwhile, Americans (there's that forbidden word!) are distracted with 'bread and circuses'.But there are encouraging signs that a number of people are sensing that things are going seriously off track in America, and many people are beginning to be very disaffected and angry. And no matter what some PC pharisee or Orwellian bureaucrat says, this IS and will always be 'America'; you can't steal our identity.
Update:Following the referenced article was a rebuttal by Michigan State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan, in which he attempted to downplay or dismiss the original column by Michael Warren.Another editorial appeared, entitled 'Keep our schools safe for Americans', which upheld Warren's story, and implies that Flanagan was engaging in some revisionist history himself in his rebuttal. The latest op-ed piece rightly calls the PC school officials on their policies:"His department should restore the use of "America" on the social studies MEAP test. And perhaps he should keep a better eye on what his officials and consultants are up to when they think no one is looking."Amen; chalk one up for the good guys. These things need to be exposed and challenged.

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