Friday, February 15, 2008

Revisionist "Historians"

I really hate revisionist history. I recently read a book entitled “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” by James L. Loewen, which purports to show that we were never taught the truth in American History. Talk about revisionist PC! The author is a left-wing liberal who is bent on finding fault on virtually everything European – he consistently uses adverbs such as ‘probably;’ throughout the text - in other words, offering his opinion as fact. Seriously - and many folks are buying into this crap. Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews on Amazon

There are literally thousands of books about every aspect of American History. From the earliest colonists through 9-11, any subject about our great nation is easily accessible at nearly any bookstore or library. Most of these books use numerous original first-hand sources – letters, journals, diaries, newspaper accounts. Then one or two so-called historians will release a history book that goes against the grain (Howard Zinn is the other pseudo-historian that comes to mind), stating pretty much that all we have learned about history in school was untrue. Of course, the idea behind such books are very intriguing but, upon reading the text one will begin to notice that those so-called modern history books are based more on opinion and political correctness rather than hard facts. The authors will get their facts from other authors or biographers so, to find where the basis of their ideas came from one has to do some digging.

No thank you – I will read the history books available which cite their sources plain and simple.

What is it about these so-called "historians" (and their followers) in this day and age that are bent on changing our history? Yes, I will agree that much has been left out of the textbook history books. But, instead of writing an antithesis, why can’t we gather all of the FACTUAL information (not opinionated), and add it to the books instead of writing strictly a scathing, dare I say anti-white American piece of propaganda? Of course, that will not happen – not as long as this garbage is eaten up by liberal PC college professors and the like.

The following is just one teeny example of the B.S. perpetrated by these leftists:

The Europeans were able to conquer America not because of their military genius, or their religious motivation, or their ambition, or their greed. They conquered it by waging unpremeditated biological warfare.

How about re-writing this to state: Unbeknownst to the European colonists who settled on the American soil, they brought with them diseases that the natural anti-bodies of the Indians could not fight off. It was unfortunate that millions of the native peoples died because of this.

Here's another extremely biased accusation from the same page:

The scarcity of disease in the Americas was also partly attributable to the basic hygiene practiced by the region's inhabitants. Residents of northern Europe and England rarely bathed, believing it unhealthy, and rarely removed all of their clothing at one time, believing it immodest. The Pilgrims smelled bad to the Indians. Squanto "tried, without success, to teach them to bathe," according to Feenie Ziner, his biographer.

And where did biographer Feenie Ziner receive this information from? So Loewen call this "Biological” warfare? Because the Indians supposedly bathed more than the Europeans? Actually, I feel (I have no proof - this is JUST my opinion - at least I admit it) that because the Indians did not wear much clothing and the Europeans did, of course the smell might be a bit stronger. Also, I am sure the European's odor was different than the Indians, hence the idea that they smelled bad. This is common sense, folks!

Why would anyone want to spew crap like this? To justify what was printed in the past? So, two wrongs do make a right in some people’s eyes, I’m sure. Me? I’d rather get the truth – the whole truth. Loewen’s commentary’s are, in my opinion, anti-American, which fits in perfectly in this modern day and age in which we live - it’s “in” to knock everything American, everything patriotic, and everything traditional.

Another very easy target author Howard Zinn jumps on is Columbus and the slavery issue. Instead of admiring the greatness it took to navigate across the Atlantic Ocean in the 15th century, he chose to concentrate on a very 21st (or 20th century, when the book was written) issue: slavery. Did Columbus come here looking for slaves? Absolutely. As well as gold, as the author correctly writes. But, the author, throughout the Columbus segment, writes of nothing else. Now, to Mr. Zinn (and his followers), please understand something: in the 15th century (and many centuries before and a few hundred after) slavery was an accepted way of life, was it not? It was legal and promoted as such. In that era, one was either a slave, a slave owner, or one of the very few in between. Simple. No need to go deep in depth. Whites, Blacks, Asians, Indians…all were slaves at one time or another. Accept it. Get over it. You want the truth? Then print the whole truth.

Now, instead of fixating on changing our past, go after the modern slave trade that still persists today.

I am a proud American. Do I like and agree with all that is going on in this country today? Of course not. But, I also look at the positive and good. Yes, contrary to what you may hear, there is a lot of good going on in our society today. Of course, just stating that I am a proud American will give many so-called Americans the jitters. They will automatically pigeon-hole me with George Bush and the like. They will also think that, duh…I’m not the smartest because, duh, I am patriotic. Believe what you want – you’re going to anyhow.

1 comment:

Mike Gillett said...

Ken, as you know, my family came to America in 1630 and happened to do so from Europe. England, specifically. White Anglo-Saxon, blah blah blah. I am pretty sure they weren't evil and had a complicated plan to take over the world. That is for James Bond villains.

Just a bunch of people trying to make a go of it in a harsh world.

When folks elsewhere complain about America, I cannot help but think of how everybody wants to come here.

Don't get me started on the French... "Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys". They seemed to love us in World War I and World War II fine.

And everybody loves America when they want something or need help.