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Since I’ve suggested we take a couple minutes to post some of the relevant email conversations, announcements and notices we receive to this site, I suppose I should start doing so myself. So…
Below are my comments regarding the current controversy surrounding the books and courses created by David Barton. (For more information, The Blaze seems to be trying to compose an unbiased analysis of the dispute Here.)
While I can’t speak to the accuracy of all of the disputed facts, primarily because I can’t find specifics regarding which facts are disputed, I can speak to the all-to-familiar attempts to discredit the message by discrediting the messenger.
In short, this amounts to making mountains of molehills.
Regardless of who the microscope is focused on, flaws will be found; just as we are imperfect, so will be anything we create. Even if David was the first man ever to produce a perfect work, who he is and what he has done are absolutely irrelevant to the message, and, as tempting as it is, we would be wise to avoid elevating him or anyone else as the source of authority upon which our arguments rest.
Regarding the use of his materials, though I may occasionally crack a joke to the contrary, I’ve not yet met a single person unable to think for themselves. So long as we refrain from idolizing him or holding his work up as some new gospel, there is no need to stop using, or in any way censor, his videos and books; they are an excellent tool that can help cut through the veil of modern education.
Valid criticisms such as those described in the articles below are to be expected, and I hope David corrects any legitimate mistakes and republishes the book; they are minor issues (i.e. he clearly should not have used the word “verbatim” in the interview discussed, but, really, that seems more of a slip of the tongue than an intent to deceive), and they have no impact on his larger message. They simply prove something we already knew—like us, he is human.
One final note: the charge that his work is “revisionist” is not valid.
Use of the categorical description “revisionist history” applies to attempts at distorting the truth; it implies an attempt to change, manufacture or deny the existence of actual historical facts (see Orwell’s 1984). The motivations behind such activities are as varied as they are irrelevant (good intentions aren’t magic–they can’t make a lie true).
Since David is attempting to correct inaccuracies and shine a light on the truth that has been hidden for too long, it’s not accurate to describe his work as a revision of historical facts; a more fitting descriptor would be restoring (i.e. “historical restoration”).
Mistakes, if made, do not change the type (the categorical descriptor) of work he is engaged in; a mistake can’t transform his work from a restorative effort to a revisionist effort. A mistake is merely an error in need of correction. This simple principle holds true for the inverse: a work of historical revisionism does not suddenly become a restorative work if the author mistakenly includes a grain of truth.
In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
The History of Great Nations
George Washington, in his Farewell Speech, entreated this nation to “avert the course that hitherto marked the destiny of nations.” Every student of history knows that all nations of the past have risen and fallen by well-defined steps. These are set forth in the book, “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire,” by Gibbons. He lists them as follows:
(1) Desire and fight for freedom,
(2) Productivity and wealth,
(3) A period of glory,
(4) Moral corruption,
(5) Barbarism and decay.
The course of Rome has been followed by other nations, and there has been practically no deviation from this pattern. It’s also obvious that the United States is in the latter stages of # (4) and the early stages # (5).
I fear that if the US does not turn back to God, in Righteousness
(Proverbs 14:34)(II Chronicles 7:14; Proverbs 3:5-6), it too will lose its greatness and be destroyed, like all the nations before it.
Pray for our country.
Member and volunteer videographer Phil Knerr of Corunna shares his opinion of the SC912C patriotic float and the Truck of Honor as he was videotaping the entry throughout the Owosso Curwood Festival Parade on June 9th. Knerr also documented other parades SC912C has entered since May of this year. These include the Laingsburg Lions Club Springtime Festival, Durand Railroad Days, Memorial Day Parades in Corunna, Perry, Owosso and Vernon. The patriotic float was also in the Morrice Homecoming Parade and is an entry in the Corunna 4th of July Celebration, Firecracker Parade, with others planned as time permits.
The float will be on display for visits outside the Craft Barn in McCurdy Park 12:00-5:00 PM with intended 4 minute readings of the “Declaration of Independence” the essence of America’s 4th of July Celebrations.
Phil Knerr said:
“Matt Shepard of Perry spoke clearly and precisely, announcing the time and place of SC912C monthly meetings as he carried the flag. It was an open invitation to the crowd as he passed. He did it periodically. Tastefully done.
I heard Patty Themm of Durand, prompting cheers from the crowd to “Shout out for the USA”. and it seemed to get good response. I saw some good flag and hand waving from our float riders with lots of smiles. I witnessed our banner carriers (Mark Long and Alex Kruger, of Owosso) at one point as they turned and faced the crowd to the south side, then they turned and faced the north side of the street the same way, so that all could read the banner. Not sure how often they did this but it was a very nice touch and looked coordinated. I thought it was a great affect. I felt very proud of our group as they were exhibiting the spirit of September 12th, the day after destruction. The overall float & truck expressed the theme of “GOD, Country and our Troops.
That was an amazing sight to me. It inspired me and refreshed my hope for our country. Our country will not be won for sustained restored Liberty simply through elections (although, this one will define our country for several years to come) but it must be won back through the grass root efforts of the people. This is what those who have a passion for our representative form of government keep emphasizing. and why Glenn Beck says he has turned his network into a Verb, ‘Commit, Activate, Live It, and Create!’, to equip and enable us, the United States Citizen!!!!
The Constitution was struggled over when it was born, opposing viewpoints were worked through and a document was created which has led this nation for 223 years. It has become our struggle to maintain and preserve it. We are encouraged to stand our ground and not back down, not through violence but through love, the truth and GOD!!!! This is not the time to be silent. As has been said, ‘Speak with boldness!!! and speak the truth’. We will win with that kind of commitment.
I feel that we have a most important statement to make in all of the parades we have been involved in, and the Curwood Festival’s was extremely awe inspiring !!!!! We are speaking and parading on behalf of LIBERTY and FREEDOM….. ”.
SC912C Education meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month, in the Baker College Welcome Center, S M-52, Owosso, Rm C/D, at 7 PM. Business meeting precedes at 5:30 PM. (Holidays exluded.)
The 9/11 Memorial Truck of Honor along with the SC912C Patriotic Float as a Grand Finale in the Curwood Festival Parade on Saturday, June 9 was an exciting opportunity and experience for all!
As the 9/11 Truck of Honor went by: there were “Cheers of USA”… people cried, some stood, multitudes clapped in respect to the message of the SC912C Patriotic Float, the Truck of Honor, and for America!!
After the parade, the Truck of Honor was displayed near the Curwood Office on N. Water St. Hundreds of visitors stopped by, many shared personal stories. A First Responder NYC Firefighter ….who was at the doors of the towers on 9/11, but was then called back, held back tears as he shook hands. Marines, Army, Navy men shared stories in sincere love of country and respect for America and Freedom. Citizens expressed respect for those who sacrificed on 9/11 and for our servicemen and women, also their families.
If you didn’t come see and experience this opportunity, you missed seeing American Patriotism shine at its finest in the midst of Curwood Festival!
The truck stayed until 10 PM, 4 hours past it’s 6 PM depart time due to interest. Hundreds, if not a thousand pictures were taken, videos, etc.
Seeing the truck lit at night was an awesome statement in itself to Love & Faith for America! Truck driver David Cooper said he had to stay and let everyone see the truck with it’s lights on at night. He said he always asks those who visit the truck if they served. He said his most important wish is to personally thank each one he comes in contact with for their service.
The Shiawassee County 9/12 Commission (SC912C) is proud to sponsor and present in this year’s Curwood Parade and Festival….
The “9/11 Rolling Truck of Honor”
This truck is a beautiful, moving, mural tribute to those who died in the horrific events of September 11, 2001…and to those who risked life and limb in an attempt to save as many people as possible. Ultimately, many of those risk takers also lost their lives in the collapse of buildings.
SC912C is exceedingly grateful to the owners of this splendid tribute vehicle: Bo Trout of Bogies Express, Inc. of Tecumseh, MI and Brian Hitchcock of MBH Trucking, L.L.C. of Webberville, MI. for making this appearance possible.
The “Truck of Honor” features:
- On the bulkhead of the trailer, the names of all the firefighters who gave their lives in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
- On the left front side are the names of the police and port authority officers who also made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.
- On the right side a mural includes the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Monument honoring the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania before it could be directed to an unknown destination in Washington D.C.; perhaps the White House or Congressional Buildings.
- The rear of the trailer is a mural of U.S. soldiers while they served in Iraq.
The “Truck of Honor” will be displaying Pride and Patriotism in a staging area on N. Water St, just north of M-21 (Main St.). Anyone interested may stop by to view the truck and learn more about it.
You’ll also be able to obtain information about our local SC912C organization including efforts to educate ourselves and others in the need for “We the People” to once again become individually active in the business of government at the local, state, and federal levels.
Bill Whittle’s latest Afterburner video is a brilliant take-down of the moral relativity and Orwellian ‘current truth’ notions pushed by the Hollywood/liberal elite–which George Lucas embodies completely.
Even if you’re not up to speed on the whole “George Lucas ruined my childhood!” debate, I think you’ll enjoy this wonderfully geeky tribute to American ideals.
To Celebrate Black History Month, Congressman West took to the House Floor with a remarkable speech on the relationship between African-Americans and the Republican party
His speech is divided into two parts below. Very interesting discussion of the true history of American politics. Enjoy!