Teaching American Exceptionalism

Article by Stephen Maddox Sr.

Three_Monkeys on EducationIs it American History or His Story? In August of 2014 the Republican National Committee (RNC) blasted the Advanced Placement U.S. History test, claiming it deliberately distorts and/or edits out important historical events.” The RNC said a new framework for the exam “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.” 

What narcissistic crap. Such dangerous and psychotic lies. Lying in the mirror does not make it true or right, just Right-Wing.

Propaganda Distorts PerceptionEverything the RNC is claiming to be afraid of is EXACTLY what has ALWAYS been done in schools since 1789. They taught purified, edited, hyper-strained history to hide the truth about life in USA. Only their supposed angelic behavior is acknowledged. No faults or even bad intentions are admitted.

These Right-Wing so-called “Patriots” want the good life for themselves but not for everyone else.

The  acceptance speeches at the Oscars ceremony last night included some calls for justice by several celebrity winners pleading for the equality that the American Exceptionalism Talking Heads claim already exists. It appears that as long as the American Exceptionalism proponents have what they want nothing else matters. This would make them the only REAL citizens of the USA. If that is true, who are the rest of us?

Big Mouth Rush Limbaugh elaborated on this American Exceptionalism illusion on his radio show back in 2013. He laid out the propaganda pitch as well and anyone could.

Click the link below to read the transcript of his rant. That day he was lumping President Obama in with Russian President Putin (since then he seems to prefer Putin over his own President)

An Explanation of American Exceptionalism for Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama by Rush Limbaugh  September 12, 2013 [excerpts from his radio show broadcast]

Rush ends his version of His Story with this:

“The US is the first time in the history of the world where a government was organized with a Constitution laying out the rules, that the individual was supreme and dominant, and that is what led to the US becoming the greatest country ever because it unleashed people to be the best they could be. Nothing like it had ever happened.  That’s American exceptionalism.  Putin doesn’t know what it is, Obama doesn’t know what it is, and it just got trashed in the New York Times.  It’s just unacceptable.”

If Rush is right, Women and Minorities must not even exist in his fantasy world and the USA became “Great” without them.

ebonystephen

I am a former teacher, marketing representative, labor negotiator and small business owner. As a black man born and raised in New York City I learned how to survive in the "neighborhood" and in business. Hearing about and witnessing the trials, tribulations, hopes and fears of my extended family and the people in their lives helped mold my life. Helping others with their own life journeys is my goal.

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