Last week, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann signed an Iowa group’s “marriage vow,” declaring, among other things: “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”
Earlier this year, she sparked headlines for insisting that the Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly” to abolish slavery.
What history lessons is Bachmann tapping on the stump? Possibly chapters from her own early activism, much of it built on efforts to ensure that schoolchildren be taught a “Judeo-Christian worldview” of history.
Last month I posted three pieces on Education Liberty Watch, the small but connected organization that played a major role in scuttling several revenue-neutral, bipartisan initiatives before the Legislature that would have boosted the quality of the early childhood education available to at-risk Minnesota kids. Why? Safe at home with their parents, they won’t be drilled in revisionist history.
Education Liberty Watch grew out of EdWatch, first known as the Maple River Education Coalition, the group that gave Bachmann her first visible platform. The writings of the group’s members provide a few hints as to her ideas about American exceptionalism, which don’t square tidily with that whole slavery thing.
A few links, then, for those among you who might want to know more about this view of history:
A good starting point is Education Liberty Watch’s position [May 6 post] on the problems with the proposed state curriculum standards for history. You’ll note that talk of slavery during colonial times is criticized, and wholly absent from discussion of the Civil War.
From there, you might want to sample the YouTube oeuvre of Michael J. Chapman, founder of American Heritage Research and Bachmann’s erstwhile Maple River speaking companion. Chapman explains that the secular humanists’ end goal is numbing an entire generation of pupils into a false sense of complacency so that they won’t know that global citizenship is a plot to strip entire communities of their property rights, among other things.
Chapman’s website also contains a number of articles that might be easier to follow, including one that decries anti-Christian bias [PDF] in U.S. public education.
Page 2 contains some specifics on what mainstream history lessons tend to get wrong about just who is the aggressor and who the victim in this whole oppressor-slave equation. This particular treatise draws its examples from colonial expansion in Latin America, where missionaries apparently sought to protect indigenous peoples from slavery.
Globalism is seen as dangerous for many reasons, not the least of which is it opens the door to immigrants, who open it to Islamic jihadists. Bachmann describes how this pipeline works in remarks about riots in France. Her conclusion: “Not all cultures are equal, not all values are equal.”
Lastly, there’s comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious take-away from the whole thing, in which Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams sail across the Delaware to tell the King of England, who seems to have had a little-known leather fetish, that they had had enough of his liberal agenda.